How do you draw faces?

How do you draw faces?

I do not draw faces, you know, and I have seen your work. And I know you have had a very complicated relationship with the American face. I think what you do is you write a book about a face and you illustrate it. It’s in one of your books, which was called “Sketches and Scrapes” and it’s about an African-American boy who wants to be a dentist. And you draw a child with a smile on his face.
So you go, “Well, this is going to be a bit difficult for the American reader to understand.” That’s why you did it the way you did and why you think it’s a better story. And it turned out well. The first time I met you and that conversation was before I knew that you were doing the book “Sketches and Scrapes” I had no idea of its implications.
When I went to interview you and I told you that you worked on the book about African-American children with the intention of making an image for the book—I think that was the story—you said, “No, no, it’s not about that. I’m drawing pictures based on a photo.”
That is just a lie.
You said, “…a photo,” and then, “and then the picture was in the background. You’re talking about drawing pictures?”
Yes.
But you said that in “Sketches and Scrapes” . . .
I didn’t say, “You can put me in any of your pictures. It’s just a matter of the picture.” You did that. I don’t remember.
I don’t remember.
What I do remember is that that’s something that you said. And when he said that, I was dumbfounded, because there was no way that I could respond to that. I couldn’t have said, “I don’t know who you are or what you are or where you come from. I just want to draw the same kid over and over again and let him have his own image.”
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As an artist, why write all these books in this language?
And if I’m not going to do it, who’s going to? So I said…
And the first question was, you don’t mean to say that the American picture book readers will still pick it up?
No. I want to make a point. I love the children’s book genre and the stories and all the details—I enjoy those.