|Subway Sketching with Bobby Chiu's Toronto-based drawing group makes up for lost time on your drawing resolutions.|
If you find yourself on the Toronto subway on a Sunday afternoon, you might notice a cluster of eight-or-so artists hunched over sketchbooks, staring at you with wild intensity. These are the Subway Sketchers and they travel the transit system in search of cool things to draw. Don’t worry, after a minute or two they’ll abandon you in favor of the old guy one seat over, furiously scribbling his sour expression and his funny yellow hat.
The Toronto Subway Sketch Group was founded by Concept Artist Bobby Chiu as a way for artists to get together and practice their drawing. It’s completely open to anyone at any skill level, and the only cost is a transit token. I’ve attended a few times now and I always find it to be a warm environment and a welcome change from my regular routine. There’s a real feeling of community, where everyone supports and learns from each other regardless of age or experience. For every artist on the path of self-improvement, it sure helps to have a few friends who are sympathetic to your cause!
As Students and Animation Professionals it can be hard to find time to create work that’s just for you and not your portfolio or your job. But I think it’s important to feed this side of your creative spirit. Use it or lose it, as the saying goes.
If your New Years Resolution was to draw more than last year and you’re less than satisfied with January’s progress, why not give Subway Sketching a try? Resolve to draw out of sheer pleasure, a Resolution that’s way more fun (and less sweaty) than twenty sets of burpies and couple of squats.
Union Station, end of the platform
Every Sunday at 3:30pm