Welcome summer?

fashion, illustration, iPhone illustrations, Ken Wilson-Max, London

“One swallow does not make a summer.”

Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist (384 BC – 322 BC)

Victoria Line

idea, illustration, iPhone illustrations, Ken Wilson-Max, London

picture of a man reading

Rowan’s 10 pin bowling

idea, illustration, iPhone illustrations, Ken Wilson-Max, London, photography

Rowan’s 10 pin bowling is just outside the main entrance of Finsbury Park Station in North London. This started as a live painting and was finished using photos as reference and walking by several days later. During these busy days I have several images that are unfinished on the iPhone waiting for the right time and mood to finish them. The low pixel count of the phone’s camera is very useful as it mirrors the level of detail one can put into a finger painting. The quick, blurry photos that are sometimes taken (by mistake or lack of concentration or plain shutter lag) capture the mood perfectly and work really well for me as reminders of  the moment.  I don’t trace the images, though.

Early morning on the Northern Line

illustration, iPhone illustrations, Ken Wilson-Max, London

Its surprising how full the Underground can be at 6:00 am! Some days there aren’t any seats available. Every Thursday I get up at 5:00 am to make a meeting that starts at 6:45 am. Some weeks I go by bicycle but lately I’ve been using public transport as it allows me to make paintings. This person was half awake. He didn’t move a muscle the whole time I was on the train.

Quick sketch; Old Street Station

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I made a decision to leave this as it was. The train stopped for about 6-7 minutes and then I continue working the picture trying to fill in all I could remember fro another two stops before I had to change to another line. It seemed a shame to clean it up afterwards…