One of the best things to do in New York City is people watch, but probably one of the worst things about New York is the commute. But then where else can you get a nice glimpse of humanity crammed into a tiny space like the subway trains of Manhattan?
Yet art inspiration can be found and brought out in a beautiful way that brings both things together to achieve a creative endeavor. As part of the New York MTA Arts for Transit program, this artist got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to design an art piece for one of the most busiest subways in the world. You can find her art on the nearest NYC subway in 2012. She explains on her blog:
“Needless to say I love the subway. I glean all my characters from my fellow passengers. The same sorts of things which attracted me to Missed Connections, I find on the train: subtle interactions, eccentricity, beauty, sorrow, secrets, kindness, generosity, excellent hairdos.”
When you find more than enough different kinds of folks on a New York subway, you can find your inspiration. With simple illustrations in watercolors, it almost feels like Manhattan is a calm cartoon feature with its surreal characters going about their business. The people are exposed, all their characters and behaviors.
Watercolors can add some calm to the busy feel of the city. I enjoy how her view of city folks are realistic, but inspiring.