But anyway, here's what I got up to in my little pocket sketchbook, better late than never!
|One of the last days of work before the New Year break. |
Christmas? Nobody celebrates. Boxing Day? What's that?
It was only a two week trip, and I was down with a very bad cold for most of it, but I was on the Denentoshi line into Tokyo a lot. It's about a half-hour journey from northern Yokohama across the Tama river and into Tokyo, getting off or changing trains at Shibuya or Omotesando. Most of these sketches were drawn on this train line, sitting down whenever I could, but sometimes standing all the way....
|Passengers without phones or tablets are in a minority|
Though my virus was picked up in the UK and hammered me throughout the whole trip, I wasn't the only one with a cold. I've not been back in the winter for several years and was really struck by the sheer number of people with face masks, either to contain viruses, or perhaps to prevent catching one.
I don't colour my train observation drawings, partly because there's not enough time on a train journey, but also it would be a dead giveaway of what I was up to. Just drawing, quietly, without being noticed.... pen drawing is both surreptitious and what I really love doing the most.
These were all very rapid sketches, there's never quite enough time on commuter trains, but sometimes having to curtail a sketch gives it a certain power of it's own...
|I loved this guy's woolly jacket.|
|scarves, bags, coats... the start of the January sales.|
|A senior citizen who spent the entire journey |
talking to her friend and waving her hands about,
making it rather difficult to pin them down!
More sketches to follow!