BLINK: Fast blind sketches coupled with tall tales. Letterpressed and ready to go.

Drawing of Paavo from Turku


This is Paavo, a bearded bloke from Finland who enjoys spinning disks on boats.

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Fast blind sketches of fabulous folk

With time to fill on a regular workday commute between Newcastle’s Civic and the university at Warabrook, I began drawing the intriguing characters I saw en route.

The result is Blink, an ongoing series of quick drawings of fascinating folk teamed with tall tales. I barely look at the paper as I sketch (ok, I sometimes peek) and it’s usually all over in under a minute, often with amusing results. I take note of characteristics — the way they wear their hair or how they combine fashion — situations and locations, which I use to craft short stories about the interaction.

My commutes have since gone global taking in 20+ countries and producing a whopping 1,200+ Blink drawings from Antalya to Auckland, Sydney to Singapore and Tromsø to Taupo.

I’ve always got an Artliner at hand and paper at the ready as I gadabout in search of new people to draw. I get a real buzz out of making my Blink drawings, I hope you enjoy them too.

Curious about their names?

Happily, I’ve found routine trips to the supermarket to be fruitful fodder for my follies. With a quick glance at the store assistant badge on exit I’ve spied another name for a future new friend.