An artist who draws monsters next to unsuspecting subway riders is blowing up on social media

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Ben Rubin creates the ‘Subway Doodle’ creatures on his iPad. Courtesy Ben Rubin

Ben Rubin has worked in television for 25 years and owns The Mint Farm, a marketing company that creates commercials and promotions for television networks and social media.
However, he has recently become a star on social media himself by posting images of furry monsters superimposed on subway travellers to Facebook and Instagram.

His “Subway Doodle” creatures run the gamut from cuddly to blood-curdling — kind of like New York City subway riders themselves.

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