TAYLOR YINGSHI

Subway Characters #3

I stayed at a friend’s place in Brooklyn all summer. It was a one hour subway ride between the apartment and the place I was working, so I had plenty of time to sketch. I thought, live drawing classes are like $100, why not DIY it with the added challenge that your subject could move positions at any point!? I ended up learning a lot not only about the technical side of figure drawing, but also the minute details—a scuffed watch, an asymmetrical earring—that add to a person’s aesthetic and often reveal a lot about them.

Digital drawing, 6×9 inches, 2022

Taylor Yingshi is a sophomore at Columbia University making finely detailed, undulating illustrations inspired by a confluence of aesthetics—from the exuberance of Baroque paintings to the granularity of modern digital art. Her work revolves around the preservation and transformation of memory, history, and heritage. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @yingshiart, or at tayloryingshi.com.

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