Michael Sloan
February 2012
Street Fair People
Last summer I went to a local street fair as part of a weekly outdoor sketching class.  There was going to be a good blues band performing, and I was excited to sketch the musicians. When I arrived the band was taking a break so I began sketching the locals attending the fair instead.

I found a shady place to sit on a park bench with good views up and down the sidewalk. Everyone walked past me enjoying the various booths that displayed games of skill, local crafts and products. Everyone was having a good time on a beautiful sunny day, eating fried dough, cheese dogs and bratwurst. Nearly everyone was overweight.

I was particularly interested in one man who was very obese. He stayed slumped in a folding metal and canvas chair for nearly two hours so I was able to unobtrusively draw him from several angles. I wondered if this man was physically able to stand up.

Finally as I was preparing to leave the man stood up… and lit a cigarette.
Time passed and I forgot all about my sketches of the street fair people. 
Then last month I worked on an assignment about obesity for the Yale School of Public Health magazine. This assignment reminded me of my sketches, so I emailed a few to the editor asking if he might be interested in using them? I was very happy when he agreed to publish five.

New work
Some assignments completed since January 1:
The Washington Post.

Article on obesity for the Yale School of Public Health.

Cover art for The Boston Globe's "g" magazine.

Banks of the future, for JPMorgan Chase.

Housing market recovery, for The Christian Science Monitor.

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