Can YOU draw this man?
No, not the gentle looking guy on the left, but the rather belligerent toothless looking geezer on the right.
Why that's no stand-in for Gabby Hays – it's acclaimed artist, writer, teacher and lover of bizarre stuff Stephen R. Bissette!
The guy with the baseball hat is our mutual friend Joseph Citro – a great author of books such as "The Vermont Ghost Guide," "Weird New England" and a new book out later this year on the monsters of Vermont.
Now Joe needs a drawing of Steve for the book jacket and while we were discussing this I chimed in that I would do one.
You see, if you scratch a writer there is a yearning arteest beneath the surface. The difference between the visual arts and the written ones is the immediacy of reaction – and acceptance – from audiences.
So writers crave for the day somehow people will instantly appreciate their collection of words just as artists have experienced since the first caveman drew a mastodon on a stone wall.
Now here are the things you need to know about Bissette:
1. He does have teeth
2. His favorite shirt color is plaid.
3. This is a rare photo of him without a hat. NO BASEBALL CAPS! Steve wouldn't be caught dead in one.
I'm working on my drawing, which will be awful because I am a writer not an artist. Steve once had me draw a dino cartoon in a sketchbook of his, among the same pages with real artists. I dutifully submitted for what I knew would be ultimately humiliating and crafted a joke about an enormous dino turd.
But I'm prepared to risk embarrassment again.
So send me a jpeg of a sketch to mdobbs at crocker dot com and I'll post them here.
© 2009 by Gordon Michael Dobbs