Sketchwalk 4, a nice easy walk from Sé Cathedral, was to São Bento Railway Station. Goody. Commuters. It is famous for its decorative tiles but I only had eyes for the trains right in front of me discharging and accepting riders. The walls inside this part of the station were nonexistent from some point up to the ceiling and afforded a magnificent view, on both sides, of the jumbled chaos of buildings climbing the steep hills. Close up and right there. I opened my stool and stationed myself so I had a good view of the ticket vending machines where confused travelers stood and tried to get a ticket. Perfect.

#16 is the third drawing I did in this station. I had a sudden idea on how to obliterate the awful sketch (it was haunting me with it’s awfulness) done earlier at the Cathedral. I took out a Higgins Black Magic Chisel Marker and sketched big black Commuters over the whole thing. Instant happiness. The acrylic markers were added later in my hotel room.

I would occasionally get up from the stool and walk around. The station was filled with hundreds of Sketchers lining every wall, in nooks and crannies and even in the center of the action. As I walked around I examined the reason for being there – the tiles.

On a separate piece of mixed media paper I sketched some people waiting for their train. I donated this drawing for the USK Symposium silent auction that would be held the next evening.

Stillman and Birn Beta Series sketchbook; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen; if there is color it will be from Molotow and/or Posca acrylic paint markers; Higgins Black Magic Chisel Marker.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper