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October 29, 2008
Meet the correspondents: NEW YORK > Jason Das
"I started sketching seriously about three years ago, in late 2005. I'd always assumed I knew how to draw but realized I didn't do much of it. I love how drawing from life realigns my engagement with my surroundings. Field sketching is a lot like what I imagine meditation to be like — the wiring in my brain switches around. Parts I usually keep on switch off, parts I can't consciously activate start working. And of course I notice details about people, plants, buildings, light and color that I never would have otherwise.
Then, at the end of it all, I get a drawing to show off! It's a pretty good deal.
Sometimes I go out planning to draw, but generally I just try to keep a sketchpad with me whenever I can. I draw in offhand moments, in leftover time — while waiting for a train, eating a lonely lunch, or hanging out at a bar or coffeeshop. A lot of my best sketches tend to happen when I should be doing something else."
• Jason's blog: Gas Water Nothing.
• Jason's art on Flickr.