After years of teaching illustration at Pratt Institute, Parsons the New School for Design and our own Dalvero Academy, the advice to “practice drawing people in the subway every day!!” has come back to me full circle. Above is a small drawing I was commissioned to do for the Columbia University magazine, illustrating a light-hearted story about an older judge who endures the angry backlash from two stylish older women, who compete with each other to give him their seats on the train. The story was cute; he invoked some judicial rule about not accepting favors from the public to get out of his social dilemma. It just seemed so funny to me that after years of telling students to draw people on the subway (and doing it myself) this particular job crossed my board. By the way, I did do it on the subway, and NO ONE – stylish or otherwise – offered me their seat. Oh well, guess I’ll have to get used to drawing standing up!!