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Animal Sketchblog
All drawings are done on site during the event. Most of the time, I'm pretty far from the speaker and drawing in the dark, so I apologize to all my subjects for the resultant wild inaccuracies. Sherman Alexie Of all the speakers I saw at this year's Festival, no one was more elemental than Sherman Alexie. I hesitate to say it that way, as it seems to go straight for the "Indians are More Authentically Natural than White People" idiocy that Alexie mocks so thoroughly. Yes, he's utterly... Continue Reading >>
Hyde Park Day Sketchblog
All drawings are done on site during the event. Most of the time, I'm pretty far from the speaker and drawing in the dark, so I apologize to all my subjects for the resultant wild inaccuracies. Paul Sereno: Dinosaurs True Confession: I teach anatomy, and I've been a dinosaur nerd since I was a leathery egg myself. So there I sat, watching this vibrant, brilliant guy explain the evolution of quadrupeds, and the wonder of clavicles and scapulae, and how the coffee-table sprawl of a crocodilian... Continue Reading >>
Northwestern Day Sketchblog
All drawings are done on site during the event. Most of the time, I'm pretty far from the speaker and drawing in the dark, so I apologize to all my subjects for the resultant wild inaccuracies. Deborah Cohen: Shame's History One of the remarkable things about Deborah Cohen's talk (watch it on YouTube) was the way she gave a sense of the actual lives of cognitively-impaired children who had grown up in pre-war British psychiatric institutions. So often, disabled people just appear as examples... Continue Reading >>
Temple Grandin: A Sketch of Specificity
Temple Grandin will speak at the 2013 Chicago Humanities Festival on Saturday, Nov 9. In 2009, I sat in the audience at the Chicago Cultural Center to watch Temple Grandin talk. It was perhaps the third time I'd seen her, and she had already changed so much about the way we talk about autism. I sketched her while she talked, enjoying what a striking figure she was; tall, androgynous, and dressed in a Western outfit that might have looked like a costume on anyone less completely self-defined than... Continue Reading >>