Tuesday, December 29, 2020

SATURDAY: The Gangster Sketch

Thanks to Jerry Shafer for the idea

Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

The bad ones, the rule breakers, the people who ignore our laws and even common decency,  they are with us, they walk among us, and admit it, we are fascinated by them.  The world of petty criminals up to the lords of international crime - is a parallel universe that we see on television and in the movies, we see them on the news.  And if we are unfortunate, we might even have had a personal encounter.

For today's sketch you are invited to search for the faces and scenes of the criminals of society.   Pick any time, it doesn’t have to be current.  Lizzie Borden? Billy the Kid?  Al Capone?  John Gotti?  From pickpockets to mass murderers.   If they are bad - let’s sketch them.

One more suggestion, let the style you use say something about the people you sketch.  Sketch real villains, not TV or movie representations.  

AM:  The faces and  situations
PM:  The places, and the world in which they lived.

Here are a couple of sites to get you started
NYC Mobsters:
Mug Shots:
Death Row:


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