Urban sketches from the subterranean passageways of New York City.
As so many sketchers have discovered, public transportation is the most reliable source of gratis life drawing study in the world. No matter where you go, you know just where to find interesting people who are willing to sit for you.
An issue of Subway Sketchbook contains a bag of shells. From carefully observed portraits to hasty scribbles, each line tells a unique story, weaving the intimate and personal details of sartorial expression with the swinging elbows and sudden lurching that characterize subway work.
Subway Sketchbook comes in a range of sizes. Check out the complete set, and collect them all!
All of the classic zine/minicomics formats are here.
In addition, folio-size drawings (5.5″ x 8.5″) appear in Brain Fever.
The different formats do not reprint the same drawings at different sizes! When I draw on the train, I end up with a variety of shapes, sizes and even angles. It's kind of unconscious, actually, but it depends on how far away I was from the subject, whether I was sitting or standing, who might be looming over me, etc. It's a process, you know?
The ¼-page mini is the workhorse of the mini-zine circuit. Half of a ½-page zine, the spread feels luxuriously wide due to its letter-size aspect ratio. Small enough to be discernibly miniature, but large enough to tell a story, capture a mood, or advance a philosophical argument!
The standard mini is made by cutting two sheets of letter paper in half and folding them to make four signatures, for a total of 12 interior pages.
The ⅛-page super mini is the epitome of pocket-size. Slender and elegant, you can read it with one hand!
The super mini is made by cutting a single sheet of letter paper into quarters and folding them to make four signatures, for a total of 12 interior pages.
The venerable "no staples" zine transforms your art and/or ravings into a beautiful piece of origami. This format is printed on only one side of the page, so it is the very cheapest (standard) zine to manufacture, and you don't even need to pay for a staple!
The super duper mini is made by folding a single sheet of letter paper into eighths and cutting a slit half the length of the page, centered. Final assembly may be left as an exercise for the reader.
The standard micro mini is papercraft alchemy. A 28-page book out of a single sheet of paper? You must be joking!
But it's true. Divide a single sheet of letter paper into 16 signatures, but pay attention—it's not so easy to keep the pages in order!