From the Bspot|Plane Sketches|December 17, 2008, Emirates Air|Kuala Lumpur to Dubai|Originally Posted June 26, 2009
I’m going to start posting my airplane sketches on here. These are drawings I do on a plane. Because I’m a nervous flyer-well, I used to be anyway-my sketching style changes. There is a purpose to most of these drawings and that’s to help me pass time.The drawings are different and distinguished in several ways. First of all, I don’t use my beloved Isograph pen. It took me years (and two accidental self-inflicted wounds which I like to pretend are tattoos) to realize that the depressurization on the plane is too much for this mechanical pen. I usually end up with massive ink leaks. Instead, I use a regular felt tip or ball-point pen. Secondly, there are the squares, or sometimes tally marks that serve as a time-telling device. I don’t wear a watch so I draw these squares and fill them win whenever I feel a minute or five or ten have passed. Lastly, and this is something I realized just today-after a sketch or two-that I tend to go a little insane on a plane. I start to draw spirals and squiggly lines as you will notice in these pictures. The drawings here are just some that I did on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kuwait via Dubai.