Project Dates:
March 02, 2015
April 30, 2015


Toronto, Edmonton

Sketching the Line – March 2015

Sketching the Line showcases drawings made on public transit around the world to commuter audiences using public transit

Sketching the Line is a unique exhibition focusing on drawings of commuters sketched by other commuters – a select group of artists chosen especially for this exhibition. It explores the creative process of artists as they capture moments with distinct artistic styles, then showcases their works in the public transit environments they travelled through. Sketching the Line is part of PATTISON’s ongoing Art in Transit programme.

The works of established and emerging artists, as well as those who enjoy drawing as a hobby, will be featured on digital screens in Toronto’s TTC subway stations and Edmonton’s LRT stations. Debuting on March 2, 2015, sketches will be featured until April 26, 2015.

Sixty drawings contributed by 10 artists, including TTC employee Marek Badzynski who has been sketching transit commuters for several years, will be shown every 5 minutes on digital screens operated by PATTISON Onestop (PATTISON Outdoor’s Digital Out-of-Home advertising agency).

Sketching the Line has been successful in bringing a range of compelling artistic voices to transit commuters,” said Sharon Switzer, National Arts Programmer and Curator, PATTISON Onestop. “This exhibition explores the medium of drawing as well as the social context that the artists worked in, and the influences that affect their practice. Sketching in public is not only a useful tool for observation, it is a raw and immediate expression of the artists’ unique vision. We are proud to be presenting Sketching the Line for another season and thank the 50 artists from 16 countries that submitted work for consideration.”

Artists exhibiting their works include:


Bios and Statements:

Marek Badzynski (Toronto, ON) – urbansketchtoronto.weebly.com
Trained abroad as an Architect, I now work for the Toronto Transit Commission in the Engineering, Construction and Expansion department. I use my drawing skills to sketch everything I see – people, landscapes and cityscapes – in a variety of techniques, from dry media to watercolour.

“Sketching is my equivalent of yoga for the brain – a happy state of freedom, where the hand puts down lines on paper subconsciously, with little or no control from the mind. All sketches were done while traveling on the Yonge Subway Line in Toronto few years back, sketching fellow passengers in the early morning hours. Morning sleepers don’t mind being sketched on the subway – they snooze, I draw, we have a best time together!”

Tony Yin Tak Chu (Richmond, BC) – www.behance.net/chuyintak
Born in China and raised in Hong Kong, Tony Yin Tak Chu came to Canada in 1996. Started as a drawer and a painter, Tony moved into Mixed Media Installation after graduating from the Visual Art program at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2006.

“In modern world, it is not unusual for artists to have art unrelated jobs, or even jobs outside the home cities. Some of these transit drawings document the tiring commuters, and they manifest the journeys into art-making. Ironically, the 15 minutes of fame someone claimed everybody deserves is not the motivation behind any art makings. It turns out that the journeys are the most enjoyable things in life.”

Deborah Dendler (Newton, MA, USA) – deborahdendler.com
Deborah Dendler is an American figurative sculptor. Dendler also exhibits portrait and figure drawings in chalk or pen and ink. The recipient of numerous grants, awards and commissions, Dendler exhibits her work in juried and invitational shows, both national and international. Creating within the realistic tradition, Dendler’s work celebrates the extraordinary beauty of everyday life.

My favorite medium for sketching is pen and ink. The looser and more relaxed my hand is, the faster I can draw. Moving people, expressions, gestures, postures may only be visible for a few minutes or even seconds so I have to work fast to capture what I see.  Ink’s absolute black provides maximum contrast with the paper’s absolute white, accentuating expressive line. There is no substitute for the immediacy and vitality of drawing from life. You can’t get that exuberance and spontaneity any other way. I love to draw people wherever I go, especially in planes, airports, subways and trains.”

Robert Guenther (Berlin, Germany) – robertguenther.prosite.com
Robert Guenther was born in Chemnitz, Germany, in 1979. From 2001 to 2008 he received his artistic education at the Berlin University of Arts (UdK). Since 2009 he has worked as a freelance artist, graphic designer and art teacher. His works were shown in Germany, Poland and China. He works and lives in Berlin, Germany.

This work is from the series “18 x 18 minutes, “consisting of 18 digital drawings, which I drew on my smartphone while riding the S-Bahn. This ride on the S-Bahn takes 18 minutes. I started drawing when getting on the S-Bahn and stopped when getting off. The drawings do not only depict the places I have been to and the people who were there, but they are also a picture of time.”

Marie-Judith Jean-Louis (Toronto, ON) – www.mariejudith.com
Marie-Judith Jean-Louis is a multi-disciplinary artist and blogger, currently living in the city of Toronto. Shortly after joining the international Urban Sketchers’ group and moving to the city, she founded the Toronto Urban Sketchers in 2013. She regularly organizes and leads on-locations sketching events, encouraging Torontonians and visitors to observe this vibrant city with its architecture and its people, and translate what they see into sketches amongst like-minded creatives. She always brings a sketchbook with her wherever she goes to visually capture stories all around her.

“ For me, sketching in the city is an easy form of meditation. It enables me to be present. When I sketch on location, I become the observer. I get to take a step back, look at the world around me and find beauty and inspiration in little things I would otherwise miss.”

Kathleen Newman (Edmonton, AB) – nowismystoryinsketches.blogspot.sg
Originally from Singapore, Kathleen Newman started her working life in medical research but made a mid-life career switch into graphic design. Her move to Canada in late 2002 gave her the opportunity to further her fine art interests including completing a Certificate of Fine Arts (Extension Faculty, University of Alberta). In 2012 she became an avid Urban Sketcher. This art practice and especially the visual documentation of daily life in journals has become her main focus. Her other interest is Arts in Health Care and she is presently a volunteer with the Artists on the Ward program at the University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton.

“I carry a sketchbook with me all the time and sketch as a way of documenting my daily life. These train sketches were completed while on transit in Edmonton, and on trains in Singapore when I was there in 2014. In Edmonton my commutes were short 16-minute rides. In Singapore, on the other hand, I was living in an outer suburb and I always started my journey on a relatively empty train. 30 minutes into the journey my view would be completely blocked by standing passengers allowing me to see only…feet!”

Vincent Roche (Edmonton, AB) – fatrasmagazine.wordpress.com
Vincent Roche grew up in the south of France. He taught himself how to draw as a way to study the world around him. Upon moving to Canada, he began a monthly zine called, Fat-Ras, which was selected at Angouleme Festival in France under the Alternative Zine category in 2014 and 2015. His work has been published in Arts & Culture XL and his drawings have been on display at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, the Paint Spot, and Salon d’Automne.

“This series is a selection of drawings created in transit: bus, LRT and Airports across Canada in 2014. While documenting the environment, these drawings attempt to capture the behaviours of people in public. As well, this process allows me to practice my techniques and record my daily experiences.”

Louise Wilde (London, UK) – louwilde.com
Louise graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2002, with an MA in Animation Direction and attended the Royal Drawing School, London in 2012. She uses a combination of traditional techniques and digital methods to create work in 2D animation, illustration and observational drawing.

“My particular interest as an observational artist lies within the animate form – in attempting to capture motion, movement, gesture and expression, through drawn marks. I am fascinated by the possibilities of a moving image captured within one single frame – a frozen point in time which carries the weight of a drama played out or about to be played out.”

Nick Wildermuth (Brooklyn, NY, USA) – nickwildermuth.com
I was born in Lake Wood, California and graduated with a BFA from the California State University of Fullerton. In 2010 I moved to San Francisco, CA to study at the San Francisco Art Institute where I graduated with a MFA in 2012. My work was featured in the Pacific Northwest addition of New American Paintings at the end of 2013. After maintaining a studio practice in San Francisco for a few years I made the move to Brooklyn, New York where I live and work today. In March of 2015 I will be having a solo exhibition of my most recent paintings at Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts in Brooklyn, NY.

My series of iPhone subway paintings started in the summer of 2014 when I moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn, New York. While on my daily commute around New York I began to sketch/ paint other commuters on the subway with a painting app on my iPhone. Sometimes the subjects would be in the train with me a few minutes and other times my entire ride. I have been able to capture individuals from all walks of life here in New York.”

Wilfred Wong (Toronto, ON) – www.typeizcrazy.blogspot.com
Wilfred Wong was born and raised in Toronto. As an artist who commutes mainly on the public transit system, he has taken to capturing his fellow commuters with ballpoint pen in a sketchbook, especially when they’re asleep. Drawing all his life, Wil’s serious intent to capture images in a sketchbook started 6 years ago and his interest in drawing his fellow commuters started during the last year.

“My interest in drawing my fellow commuters is one facet to my recent interest in portraiture painting. The gamut of faces seen on Toronto’s transit system allows me to study the infinite shapes, sizes, angles and colours of the human face and applying these observations to my paintings. Not knowing how long I have to draw a subject, my interest is to capture the essence of a person before they leave.”