Feb 26, 2021
I speak with New York-based artist Sarah Nisbett, who has been sketching people on the subway for over 9 years. Her work is titled Drawn on the Way, which is an apt description for her art as well as this episode. Drawing on the subway means that Sarah is always racing against an invisible clock, because she never knows when a subject might leave. This makes her alert to inspiration, and ready to leap at a drawing opportunity. It makes her work simple yet expressive, quick yet surprisingly detailed.
We talk about the value of making quick and simple drawings for the social-media soul, and the various reasons why other people should try it too. We also discuss the incredible importance of social media to the career of an artist. We discuss how crucial it is to share not only the content but also the context of one’s work. Sarah and I work similarly in a lot of respects, so it was fun to go back and forth on common ideas and inspirations. If you find yourself stuck for subjects, hesitant over the blank page, or frequently foiled by your own sense of perfectionism, this episode will give you inspiration and courage.
Sarah has a **new book** now available for pre-order! Check it out here.