|10/25/18 University Village Starbucks|
At Starbucks the other day, I sketched a young woman working at her laptop. She was young, but she wasn’t eight, as she might look in my sketch. When I compared each feature I had drawn to her face, I thought I was reasonably accurate, and yet a small miscalculation in facial proportions or some other subtlety can result in a 30-year-old woman looking like a child. Ah, if only we could shave a few years or decades off our own appearance so easily!
Of course, I’ve done it the other way, too: Made attractive young men look like old geezers, even when I kept their hairlines intact. The sketchbook can be cruel or kind (and usually arbitrary).