When Hamilton Cline rides the train, he doesn’t bury his head in a book or play on his phone…he gets to work. Call him a BARTist. It’s way more than people watching—this is people painting. 2015 has been a prolific year for the local illustrator/graphic designer.
Cline has a much anticipated art show, which opens on Thursday, Dec 3 from 5:30-7:30 PM at AAU Galleries at the Cannery (2801 Leavenworth). The exhibition runs through December, showcasing his sketches of public transit passengers. In case you’re wondering, he uses a Samsung Note 3 (with a stylus) to render these remarkable portraits.
In January, we interviewed Cline about his sketches of bus and train riders. Above and below are his newest portrayals of unsuspecting passengers.
For his latest project, he’s cranked out a portrait of a random fan every week, making good on his goal of creating 52 illustrations this year. Even though he’s overwhelmed with submissions and booked through December, you can use the hashtag #drawmeham to get his attention. If you post an image you’d like him to re-create, he’ll get back to you with a quote.
Cline, who specializes in live digital painting, is a web development instructor at the Academy of Art. He got his start as a caricaturist at theme parks, and he’s also worked as an art director for video game companies. With art shows and a book series in the works, what’s next for a man who can’t possibly get much sleep? Who knows, but we can’t wait to find out.
[All images courtesy of Hamilton Cline]