|Illustration: Richard Haines|
Now, much the same way as people peacock for Tommy Ton and Scott Schuman, I'd be lying if I didn't tell you that I've been hoping for eight months that Richard would one day draw me. I always make sure I'm wearing my Sunday best whenever I go to meet him, and he's often complimented me on different garments or an overall outfit, but it's never gotten to the point where he's whipped out his iPhone to snap a shot (which is what he does with most of his subjects).
But on Sunday I was walking down 14th Street towards 8th Ave, when I saw Richard standing outside Pinkberry. I ran up, gave him a hug and he immediately expressed interest in this secondhand butcher-stripe denim sailor shirt that I was wearing. He asked if he could take a photo, fireworks erupted in my brain, and I attempted to pose casually without too much show of the celebration that was occurring within.
And here's the result. He was particularly kind in his rendition – both stretching my body vertically and filling in the patches in my beard, but that's why we love him. I can now tick 'Get illustrated by Richard Haines' off my bucket list.
Thank you Richard!
I LIKE YOU!