On The Train
Ball point pen on newsprint
Today I had two photo shoots for book covers I’m working on. That means a commute into the city. I think New Jersey Transit coaches might have the worst suspensions of any moving vehicles still in operation. Besides making it challenging to read a newspaper, it makes it very difficult to draw a picture…but not impossible. I did this doodle on the train. You have to abandon all hope of placing the pen down and moving it exactly where you’d like, in short, forget about line and think like a painter scribbling in mass and form.
After my shootings I stuck around and went to see James Gurney Lecture at the Society of Illustrators. This is the second time I saw him lecture at the society. He is a perfect cocktail of talent, intellect, imagination and dedication,…and I’m not just saying that because he was gracious enough to sign my book and add a doodle of his own. Thanks James!