N Train Rider 1, 2011, graphite on metro card, 3 1/2 x 2 inches
I created three small drawings for the show. Trying to find a subject matter that might work for such a small format can be tricky, but many of the participating artists have found imaginative ways of making art out of the cards. I opted for a quicker medium, something that would allow me to turn in my pieces on time. I decided to make portraits of subway riders on the metro cards. I originally intended to make self portraits, but thanks to my partner's quick way of thinking he thought I should go through my archive of subway photos and draw those. The portraits stemmed from that idea.
N Train Rider 2, 2011, graphite on metro card, 3 1/2 x 2 inches
I have sketched subway riders in my moleskine before, they were exercises on achieving quick gestural lines and capturing the moment. I approached the metro cards in the same way this morning on my way into work, and at night on my way back home.
N Train Rider 3, 2011, graphite on metro card, 3 1/2 x 2 inches
This turned out to be a fun project and something different than the usual painting I do. I have some ideas floating through my head thanks to this, I might be working on more of these cards and might take it a bit further. For more information on Single Fare visit its site here.