Sunday, January 25, 2009

A sketchbook drawing that wound up in the Atlantic and also in an illustration annual. I think it looks like Carl Sandburg, but I wasn't trying to do Sandburg. For me character portraits begin with the pose, the plant of the feet, the way the arms and legs have settled. People are most themselves when they are relaxed and relaxed poses are always awkward. They twist themselves into odd postures when they are happy, like dogs when you look at them affectionately or move toward the door. When nobody is looking people slouch. Their hands twitch and clutch and grab hold of things.


  1. I see Andy Warhol distressed that his name wasn't included in the latest New York "Blue Book" Social Register.

  2. i slouch even when you're looking.

    and that does look like sandburg.