Mark Dunford kept telling me that my portrait of him made him look like a movie star. For the life of me, I just couldn’t figure out what he was talking about! The drawing looked just like him: a disheveled old man. His hair was dirty and he had bloody cuts and bumps on his forehead—no movie star there! He wore neither a pair of movie-star sunglasses nor a movie-star smile. He was in a wheelchair and had stumps where his feet used to be—lost in a fire, he says.
It wasn’t until later that I realized he must have been referring to a sense of dignity that he could see in his portrait. A quality movie stars possess, but certainly not him. It just didn’t make sense!