These pen drawings are from a work in progress of writers and artists titled All in a Day’s Work. Saroyan in the shower. Simone de Beauvoir relaxing in the hammock. Henry Miller wandering the streets of Brooklyn. Mundane, everyday moments. About 100 drawings in all.
Each drawing was an act of faith since I didn’t sketch it out in pencil beforehand, work from photos, or ever use Wite-Out to obscure a drawn line. That’s also why the drawings stray from a strict likeness.
Ideally, the book will include writings from the subjects themselves or anecdotes about them. This will amplify the portraits and give them a voice. It will also slow down the process of looking at the drawings.
“Hustlers of the world, there is one mark you cannot beat: the mark inside.”
–William S. Burroughs
“The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.”
“… in the end your face has become only an ugly expression which takes twenty, thirty, or more years to come up from your stomach onto your face.”
Mark Rogers is a writer and artist who lives most of the year in Baja California, Mexico. His crime novel Koreatown Blues was published by Brash Books; Endeavour Press published Red Thread; Night Within Night, and in Feb 2018 will publish his crime novel Sky Dog. Find him on Facebook, on his blog, and on his Amazon Page.