2012 Sketchbook - Original Character Design
Was on the far west side of the city—and was
looking for a place to stop for a bite and sketch.
I saw a little Chinese restaurant, and drove into the
parking lot and wondered if it was any good.
As I sat in my car debating going in I saw a guy
place so I rolled down my window to ask about it.
Normally I wouldn't mention anyone race
unless it was very pertinent to the story and in
this case it was—and I'll explain why.
He was a youngish black guy who looked to
be about 30 or so—and when he answered my
question about the place—within a few words
it was obvious he had a strong Chinese accent
which caught me off guard because I assumed
he was just your "average" American dood. ☺
Anywho—He mustn't have done a good job
of "selling" the joint because I wound
up at a
little Mexican place I'd been to before.
After eating there I started to draw and was well into
this character when I realized it looked a lot like a
cartoonish caricature of the guy I'd spoken to.
Clearly, he'd made
made an impression
on me during our short interaction.
BTW—later I told this story to a waitress
I knew at a Chinese buffet and she said that
it is very unusual to see blacks in China except in
larger cities—and she had never see one other than
in the movies/TV until she moved to the US.
Image: Copyright 2012, Jeff Curtis (Jephyr)
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