Metro Sketches and Highlighters

Aside from my love of sketchbook art, I also love graphic recording, where highlighter-style markers play a large part into the palette of this amazing art form. Here’s a page from my sketchbook, which I use for drawing people on the Washington, DC Metro. After doing these quick sketches with my trusty fountain pen during a morning commute, I embellished the drawings later in the day with highlighters found laying around my desk, inspired by the background stylings sometimes found in the artistic output of graphic recording sessions.

Felt Tip Action

In my previous sketchbook, most of the drawings were done with a fountain pen, particularly my trusty red Lamy Safari steel-nibbed fine point. Fountain pens, of course, are designed for writing, not drawing; the ink tends to skip when the nib moves across the paper quickly, the nib itself is not made for side-to-side strokes, and the ink itself is water-based, so you can’t wash over it. Still, the pen offers a graceful glide over the paper surface, each line has a unique stroke in width and transparency/opacity, and there’s a certain artistic romance to sketching with old world technology. Still, with my new sketchbook, I want to expand beyond the fountain pen, so I grabbed a felt tip pen laying around and decided to have fun with it. Lucky for me, this gentleman had the decency to fall asleep across from me and my pen on the train this morning.

Thursday Metro Sketches

Been pretty busy lately on production art projects, though I’m still getting some drawing and sketching in on the side (“side” being the Metro, the nearest Starbucks, and late at night through some weary eyes). In the meantime, here are some more Metro sketches from my 4×6 sketchbook, which I’ve since finished and I’m now working on a new one.