London’s a Crazy Melting Pot, and This Illustrator Captures It Perfectly
London’s a Crazy Melting Pot, and This Illustrator Captures It Perfectly

Could you draw someone in a few minutes while between stations on the Tube?

That’s what illustrator Spike Zephaniah Stephenson did when he first came to London – mainly, he says, as a way to stop himself being bored during his journey.

His 30 Days on the Tube series was the result, with around 30 illustrations of passengers (one a day) taking shape, the quickest of which was sketched in just three minutes.

Since then he has done 30 more Tube illustrations, saying that he is drawn to certain types of faces. “I find old men’s faces the most fascinating,” he says. Spike is currently live sketching on Thursday nights at Betty’s Coffee Open Mic Nights on Kingsland Road in east London. His portraits are also on display for purchase.

Runs till February 20th.

Illustrator Spike Zephaniah Stephenson spent a month drawing people on the tube when he first came to London. He called the series 30 Days on the Tube (Si Gross/The Epoch Times)
Illustrator Spike Zephaniah Stephenson spent a month drawing people on the tube when he first came to London. He called the series 30 Days on the Tube. (Si Gross/Epoch Times)

 

Spike live-draws a Tube passenger between stops (Si Gross/The Epoch Times)
Spike live-draws a Tube passenger between stops. (Si Gross/Epoch Times)

 

Spike live-draws a Tube passenger between stops (Si Gross/The Epoch Times)
Spike continues the live-drawing. (Si Gross/Epoch Times)

 

One of Spike's finished sketches (Si Gross/Epoch Times)
Spike’s sketch to illustrate his “30 Days on the Tube” series. (Si Gross/Epoch Times)

 

One of Spike's finished sketches (Si Gross/The Epoch Times)
One of Spike’s finished sketches of a passenger. (Si Gross/Epoch Times)

 

One of Spike's finished sketches (Si Gross/The Epoch Times)
(Si Gross/Epoch Times)

 

One of Spike's finished sketches (Si Gross/The Epoch Times)
(Si Gross/The Epoch Times)
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