9 Dec 2022

Subway Portrait Drawings on the Spot

Subway pencil portraits drawn on in situ.

New Yorker Devon Rodriguez creates these pieces on the go and then gifts it to the person that provided the inspiration.

Drawing a portrait on the spot is difficult enough, add to that: the car moving, jolting from side to side and the model can leave at any moment. It makes a pristine result, a kind of mission impossible.

The drawings perfectly detailed and shaded. Looking at the images below, there is no hint of mistakes. This is not like sketching a building, where you can sit down and take your time in a stationary, comfortable place for as long as you want. Maybe, even come back to it another day. Here you have minutes at best...

Impressive work by an artist that shares his talents by teaching all that he has learnt.

I leave you with one last thought: Imagine sitting there doing your thing and minding your own business, then... All of a sudden somebody hands you over a free and beautiful gift such as this...   

Ps. I gave the images some titles.
Riding with my dog.
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Focusing on my phone.
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Relaxing on the ride.
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Reading on the go.
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Daily routine of a horror character.
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Serenely daydreaming.
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Focused on the plot of the book.
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Making the best of an empty car.
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Focusing on something out of view.
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Recording whilst the artist draws her.
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