1001 Black Men #678


I actually did this drawing from a photo I took at the Alternative Press Expo, back in October. This guy stopped at my booth and chatted with me for a while. He was kind enough to let me snap a photo for later use. I held onto this pic until a couple weeks ago, when I completed most of the drawing. It was only this evening, however, that I decided on the color of the background. The main problem is that I can’t find the notebook in which I wrote the name and email address of the subject. It’s late, and so I’m not going to look right now, but when I find it I’ll add it to this post (and I’ll send him a link).

Ajuan Mance


  1. Corina says:

    It is always a pleasure to read your story behind the portrait you’ve made. It’s a very personal approach. Btw I love the color of your background.

  2. 8-Rock says:

    Hi Corina,
    It’s great to hear from you! So glad you’re enjoying this part of my posts. Including the stories has really forced me to consider when and how I am noticing the Black men who’ve made their way into the series. It’s been very interesting for me to consider the power (and the limitations) of my own gaze.

    PS: I’m glad you like the background.

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