Monday, August 11, 2008

Commuting by seaplane

Friday, August 8, 2008. Pigma Micron 08 pen and gouache on small moleskine.

Here's a commute that would be fun: a one-hour floatplane ride from the San Juan Islands to Seattle's Lake Union, just a few blocks from where I work. A few problems though: I don't live in the San Juan Islands and a round trip would cost me almost double the $130 that I pay for my annual bus pass.

On the sketch, a Kenmore Air seaplane at Lake Union last Friday afternoon. According to their website, they're the largest seaplane operator in the United States, with a fleet of 20 seaplanes and half-a-dozen wheeled planes that fly more than 125,000 people every year around this region surrounded by water.

[ Esto sí que sería una forma de ir al trabajo fascinante: vuelo en hidroavión de una hora entre las Islas San Juan y Lake Union en Seattle, a sólo unas manzanas de donde trabajo. El problema es que no vivo en las Islas San Juan y, además, un sólo trayecto de ida y vuelta me costaría casi el doble de los $130 dólares que pago por mi tarjeta de autobús anual. ¶ En el dibujo, un hidroavión de Kenmore Air en Lake Union el pasado viernes por la tarde. Según su página web, se trata de la compañía de su tipo más grande de Estados Unidos, con una flota de 20 hidroaviones y media docena de avionetas que transportan a más de 125.000 pasajeros al año en esta región rodeada de agua. ]


  1. Something about those seaplanes I love, super drawing of the planes and he harbour Gabi.

  2. Me again, thanks for including me on your sketchworld list also, what size in inches is the small moleskine that you used for the floatplanes? Thanks.

  3. This is beautiful. I love your sketches of people and everything around you- inspired me to start sketching whoever is around me. Thanks.

  4. thanks don and rob! sketching is addictive ;) so cool to be inspirational!

    don, this spread is about 7 inches wide by 5.5 inches tall. i like the small moleskines because they fit in my pocket and i can also be discrete when sketching inside the bus

    when i have more than 20-25 minutes to sketch i like to use the bigger moleskine (10.25 by 8.25 inches spreads)

  5. $130/year for a bus pass!!!!!!! They charge $450/year here and the service is terrible and unreliable! Love the sketch!

  6. hey Marta, i should have said that i get my annual bus pass at a discount rate through my employer, otherwise it would be similar to what they charge in SOCAL. i'm sorry to hear the buses are so bad and unreliable there. i only took them a little bit locally when i lived in Palm Springs and those were okay but have no idea how things are in Riverside and closer to LA. don't give up on public transportation though! the more people using it, the better it will get in the future!