I used quite a bit of artistic license in creating this and the next drawing (#281). Both are sketches of one of my co-workers, completed during a meeting. My co-worker is a talented artist and poet and one of the my favorite people in the department. He is not, however, African American. He is actually Vietnamese American, but he’s such a great subject, and I liked my drawings so much that I had to incorporate them into the series. Soooooo … I actually made some very minimal changes to the original drawing, mostly of his hair style and the suggestion of a tightly curled afro style. Also, I altered his jacket lapels so that they would differ from the next drawing, in which I didn’t change the style of his clothing at all.