Ahmed Essam’s drawing of an old man on metro tickets - his Facebook page
CAIRO – 25 January 2018: The daily commute is very tiresome for many people sitting for hours in mind-numbing tedium. However, some people find ways to put the time to good use; whether it is reading, writing, drawing or whatever else keeps them occupied until they reach their destination, the metro offers time for such pursuits and, sometimes, is a source of inspiration. Speaking to Egypt Today, a 24-year-old Ahmed Essam tells of how he decided to beat the boring commute through his hobby of drawing and sketching.
Essam said that he spends three hours on the metro everyday during his commute to work. To kill time, he usually brings his sketchpad and draws the facial expressions of people riding the metro.
Ahmed Essam’s drawing of an old man on a sketchpad - Facebook page
“I tend to draw simple poor and working class riders as that’s really what attracts me,” he added. One day he forgot his sketchpad and began to draw the portraits on the metro’s tickets.
Ahmed Essam’s drawing of an old man on a metro ticket - Facebook page
Graduated from the Faculty of Commerce, Essam discovered his drawing skills in 2009; since then, he has dedicated his time to improving these skills through studying with his friends at the Faculty of Fine Arts.
Ahmed Essam’s drawing of a baby on a metro ticket - Facebook page
He remarked that he wants to hang a big portrait of these tickets at one of Cairo’s metro stations.
Ahmed Essam’s drawing on a metro ticket - Facebook page