You have to do it over and over, so you start to understand what characteristics make a face distinctive, what features identify someone. I had a teacher at Parsons who taught us that ear placement is critical, too!
Tom was one of my closet friends in early sobriety, during a year where I carried a sketchbook everywhere I went. He is a fellow New Yorker; we met at the halfway house after I finished my four months and while he was doing his. We become instant sobriety buddies and confidantes. Eventually he moved in for a while with me and my roommate Anita.
We went to recovery meetings almost every night, and went for coffee before or after.
We spent a lot of time at the coffee shop!
I used to scribble and doodle and sketch in my notebooks, something I gave up completely after I became a courtroom artist and then a comic artist.
My pencil doesn’t move unless it’s work, since about 1992.
That’s ok, because I have delightful mixed media crafts and projects to play with!
None of these drawings had ever been photographed; until now, no record of them existed – if we had a fire or flood they would just be gone forever.
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