Friday, July 29, 2005


I drew this self portrait two years ago after I was diagnosed with skin cancer. It manifested itself as a bb sized freckle under my right eye. I didn't give it much thought until one day, as I was washing my face, it started bleeding. I got a biopsy and was (mildly) relieved when the doctor said it was basel cell...the "good" kind of skin cancer.
I underwent Mohs' surgery, which is supposed to be the most non-invasive form of skin cancer surgery. I was a bit surprised that such a little lesion would require so much cutting and stitching...I felt a little like Frankenstein as I changed the bandages a few days after the surgery. It's the price I am paying for a childhood spent outside in the sun every summer with no sunscreen at all...back then we didn't know what UV was, much less what it could do to you. We just tried to get the deepest, darkest tan possible, sunburn be damned!
The scar has heeled now, and I'm the only one who notices it, of course.
I posted this "before and after" sketch in hopes that it will help all of us to be more conscious of the time we spend in the sun, and to pay attention to even minute changes in our can mean the difference between life and death. Luckily for me, it was just minor surgery, and a subtle daily reminder every time I look in the mirror.

Friday, July 22, 2005


OOPS! To go to "Aging", click the "Drawrings" masthead at the top of this page.
I didn't have time to do a new piece this week, so I hope this will suffice. It's from a book cover I did a while back, and the image has always felt dreamlike and tranquil to me. If you'd like to see the original book cover version, it's right here.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Designer Babies

Designer Babies
A look at what might happen if that "Designer Baby" doesn't turn out exactly as planned.


Some of you (older folks) will get it, some of you won't.

Friday, July 01, 2005


Congratulations to Lance Armstrong on his unprecedented 7th consecutive Tour de France victory. Vive la Lance!