There are 75+ of these now (see earlier set) - drawn on the Northern, Central, District and Piccadilly lines - a small proportion of the total station-to-station journeys on the tube network. These give a feel for the visual range in results so far (and we haven't even got to the roller-coaster that is the North-western end of the Metropolitan line):
- Tottenham Court Road to Oxford Circus (sitting, direction of travel to left)
- West Brompton to Earl's Court (sitting, direction of travel to left)
- Hammersmith to Acton Town (sitting, direction of travel to left). This one is an equivalent, except for changes in the train's motion, to 5 superimposed drawings from the District line.
- Euston to Mornington Crescent (sitting, direction of travel to left)
- Mornington Crescent to Camden Town (sitting, direction of travel to left)
- Camden Town to Kentish Town (sitting, direction of travel to left). Compare to the first which was completely different, though done standing up.
The movement of the subway can be like a giant invisible hand that just pulls and pushes everything and everybody around. Drawing in such an environment is like trying to keep the pen steady during a mild earthquake, or when there are turbulences on a flight. Imagine trying to draw anything fairly small on a packed train that runs on the express track between 96th and 72nd street, or what happens in the shakiest last car of a subway going from a dark tunnel onto the elevated tracks. We are traveling at high speeds, on metal wheels, on metal tracks, through an environment that is under the surface of Manhattan.
There can be a lot of people in the car, a constant shaking, a rocking motion, acceleration, deceleration, the train stops to refresh its cargo and the cycle starts over again. The movement of the car helps to add very unpredictable distracters and disturbances into the drawings, which could probably count as mistakes, but I try to include them in the process.
I have to admit, though, that some elements are added when the train is in the station, or even at my desk, far away from any large moving means of transportation.