Thursday, April 23, 2009
I caught this Corporate Business drone staring off into sapce lost in thought on a Manhattan Bound train. WIth the climate of the job market today he was no doubt wondering if he could afford the double haxel nut Latte at Starbucks os should he be economical and go with dollar coffee at the food court outside the subway? decisions, decisions! As I was drawing him i couldnt help but wonder if I'd seen him before. I certainly remember the head construction.... maybe Im just lapsing into old drawing habits and referring to a particualr "caricature head template" that his fell into.
A couple of weeks ago, Susan Boyle was a 40 something spinster who nobody knew, and who would have passed on the street without giving her a second thought, and from her appearance, a few laughs.
After her stunning knock em dead performance on the show, "Britain's Got Talent" San Boyle, has optained superstar status, and the "chance" she never got.
Susan's voice is not just "good" or even "great" it's positively captivating. I can honestly say that I have never seen that look of astonishment, wonder and pure joy os Simon's face as he heard her sing, "I Dreamed a Dream" from the play, "Les Mesrables".
As a Caricature artist who makes fun of faces for a living, I cant help but to pass up a face as interesting as Susan's, but IN caricaturing her face Im also convincted, like so many others who saw her that night prior to HEARING her, of judging by appearances. The Scriputes tell us that Man judges by the outer appearance, but God judges the heart. This is SOOOOO true. When Boyle took the stage nobody I couls see was expecting much more than a lackluster, maybe even comical performance from her. She is not an attractive woman in the conventional sense, behing tall , big boned, overweight, and possessing a mane of curly hair and eyebrows so bushy that they look like they need a gardener to get them under control. Her appearance, however has NOTHING to do with her beautiful voice, and even LESS to do with her personality, shich judging from hearing her speech, was lively, animated and full of a quiet confidence.
Susan taught us all that you can NEVER judge a book by its cover. I hope in the future we are all a little wiser about quick judging the "books" we read before cracking open the cover.