Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ants On Speed

Here's another drawing of traffic on the streets of Long Island. This one is a composite made over the course of several trips. Drawing in the car is good practice because you have to draw rapidly. If you get caught up in some detail of the passing scenery, you'll be left miles behind. It forces you to simplify and get the most important lines down.

The automobile culture out here is interesting. Everybody drives because the bus system is minimal and slow. Also, everyone's in a frantic hurry. People drive 20 to 30 mph faster than the speed limit. If you're driving the posted speed, you're a dangerous, slow-moving obstacle. There are also many lunatics that weave in and out of traffic, not just on freeways but also on city streets.

I wish we all drove government-issued cars that had a top speed of 35 mph.

Personally, I prefer walking.


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