From its humble beginning aboard a suburban train to global gallivants…

On a slow Australian workday commute between Newcastle’s Civic and the university at Warabrook, I idly drew the intriguing characters I saw en route.


The result is Blink, an ongoing series of quick drawings of fascinating folk teamed with tall tales. I barely look at the paper as I sketch (ok, I sometimes peek) and it’s usually all over in under a minute, often with amusing results. I take note of characteristics, situations and locations which I use to craft short stories about the interaction.


Since that initial commute my travels have gone global taking in 20+ countries and umpteen places stretching from Antalya to Auckland, Sydney to Singapore and Tromsø to Taupo.

1,200+ drawings & counting

I’ve always got an Artliner at hand and paper at the ready as I gadabout in search of new people to draw. I get a real buzz out of making my Blink drawings, a whopping 1,200+ to date. I hope you enjoy them too.

Where do I get the names from?

Short answer: supermarket trips. While waiting in the queue I sneak a peek at the badge of the checkout chick or dude serving me and add them to a long list of names from my travels.

Blink: Fast blind sketches with brief tall tales. © David Wills 2019.