Adebanji Alade is a talented artist born in Nigeria, living in the United Kingdom. His site "My art, my passion for sketching” is a treasure trove of carefully observes and skillfully sketched commuters on London's public transportation, with the occasional update of his studio work. I regularly check his site to see his work and get inspired. Recently, I learned he was participating in a sketchbook/journal exchange entitled The Flying Moleskins.
Adebanji provided a theme for his sketchbook of "Homelessness and Poverty." I wrote him expressing my interest in contributing something. For years I've been doing this morning exercise (for a lack of a better term) of drawing a portrait-a-day of news makers, on the corresponding news article. Most often my posted doodles are done on the New York Times or The Star Ledger, but I thought it would be interesting to sketch the New York homeless on the pages of the Wall Street Journal, (a business and financial news daily.) The dichotomy between the subject and the subtext would create a commentary more profound than I alone could express, becoming greater than the sum of it's parts.
Adebanji very graciously agreed to let me contribute. I bought the Wall Street Journal on the morning of February 4th, 2010 and headed out onto the streets of New York to sketch, but found it more difficult then I had anticipated. The weather was bitter cold that day and I found few homeless outside. I spent the afternoon sketching in New York's Penn Station on 34th Street. The resulting sketches were displayed on his site yesterday. Thank you Adebanji for your kind words, I was honored to be able to participate in your worthy project.
One Note: Adebanji presentation is far superior to mine enabling you to click on the image to view a larger version and easily read the underlying text. click here