Today we expand our roster of contributors again to include illustrations from my talented wife, Susan Wise. (You may recall that last week we featured the first in a series of CTA haikus by Jen Masengarb.)
Susan the artist carries a small notebook with her and dashes off quick sketches of people she sees on CTA trains and buses.
“You have to be quick so they don’t catch you doing it,” Susan said. “A few times I’ve gotten the stink-eye while drawing someone. Evidently, drawing people is considered more intrusive than photographing them in public.” Then Susan comes home and completes the drawing from memory.
The first one in this occasional series is apropos, given recent discussions about passengers not fitting in the “bucket seats” of the new aisle-facing seats on the news Series 5000 rail cars. Plus the news that the FTA is recommending new bus safety rules because Americans are getting, ahem, bigger.
Back story: This gentleman is occupying two seats under the watchful eye of a U.S. Cellular cell phone ad, touting its “overage forgiveness” plan.
Meanwhile, here’s a video From People of Public Transit.by an artist from San Francisco chronicling his trips on Bay Area transit.