Faces of the Underground
I see their faces and I wonder who they are. Where are they going? Where have they been? Here is my second installment of subway sketches.
We pass by so many strangers everyday. We never know who these people are. Sometimes we catch a glimpse into their lives, other times we make them up ourselves. I weave a story around each person; who they are, what they do. I wonder what they think my story is.
The Power of the Mustache
I’ve been spending my spare time drawing mustaches on babies. Here’s some of my newest work inspired by some sketches I did a few years back while I was in first year university at Sheridan College.
I did these sketches after we had a discussion in class about how one feature can change one’s entire perception of someone. Something like a mustache can speak volumes when it comes to an illustration. This got me thinking about juxtaposition and how I could use this idea in my own illustration. Then I thought about how a lot of dictators have very distinctive facial hair and it came to me; Dictator Babies!!
I’ve had the sketch for years and always had a fondness for it so I decided to redo it digitally in my current style. I’m getting into doing more portraiture and am going to be focused on that more in the near future. Eventually I want to have a separate Portraits section on my website but in the meantime the site has just been updated with new work including these little babies so if you get chance drop by alyssaandres.com, have a look and let me know what you think!
Until next time.
Taking the Long Way to Work
I’ve been working a lot lately and the time I have had to pursue artistic endeavors has been limited but I’ve really taken to sketching people on the subway, on my way to and from work at the Royal York Hotel.
I thought I’d share with you some of my drawings from the past week as a quick post before I put up a bunch of new pieces early next week for you all to see!
I hadn’t sketched in pen in a long time and I’m really enjoying it. I used to do a lot of pen and ink before I started to do a lot of digital collage and I actually went out and bought a new pen today so you’ll probably be seeing lots more sketched in the near future (and maybe they won’t be on lined paper!!)
It’s always funny sketching people in public because, even though I try to be discrete most people figure out that they’re being sketched and it can make them feel uncomfortable. On the other hand, some people love it and try to talk to me or ask me to draw them so there are the two extremes.
So even though I have been working full time graveyard shifts at the hotel and sleeping during the day, I’m still keeping busy and keeping at it and expect to see some new work and an updated website in the near future. In the meantime I hope you enjoy my little sketches and I hope everyone has a gorgeous weekend!