Ball-point pen

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HARRISONBURG, Va. — There was a many-year-long stretch where I barely drew. Then, randomly at a women’s basketball game, I started sketching with a ball-point pen on the back of the media game notes. This was circa December 2011.

The drawing above is not what I drew on the back of those game notes. It was a part of a run in winter 2012 in which I drew a lot of old movie stars, all with ball-point pen and usually between 2 and 4 a.m. while drinking bourbon.

This sketch started as Fred Astaire, but a quarter of the way in, I stopped looking at Fred and just made it up. Now, I say this is a picture of “Ned” Astaire.


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