Thomas Thorspecken’s energetic blog contains some of the most engaging sketches of life in a community I have ever seen. He’s an illustrator and journalist in Orlando, Florida, chronicling everything from food trucks to mermaid shows. You must go to his Analog Artist site and see for yourself. (Above: At local club BB King’s; Below: The back room at American Shoe Repair)
Brooklyn-based photographer Peter Koval is also a prolific artist, with a dozen beautifully detailed street scenes like these on his Flickr site. He has that special artist’s eye for minutiae that makes these sketches so superb.
The alleys around TriBeCa and Chinatown are very Blade Runner, especially if there is a haze in the air and the sun is reflecting off the fire escapes. I liked that the address was 72 and it was 72 degrees out. (March 9, ’12)
Montreal based graphic designer Amanda Mocci produced these fascinating people studies while traveling by subway as a student.
- “Toronto? no, maybe Vancouver? Montreal no, maybe Barcelona!”
I would carry my sketchbook with me every day and draw people. I would then associate the people with adjectives. After that I would come up with an imaginative phrase that goes with their appearance and what they might be thinking at that moment.
The drawing style is simple because she wanted to “evoke movement through still figures by using smudges and blotches of color.” Her Les personnes du métro page has more of these to browse, including close-up detail.