Live Drawing (Yet Another ) Democratic Debate

I can’t help myself every time

We are still watching (or not) debates of large numbers of democratic candidates for president. I am compelled to watch for a few reasons: curiosity, desire for political drama (as if I don’t have enough), civic duty that has been untested by such a plethera of debates. Every time the date approaches for one of these, I whine to my husband, “I don’t want to draw tonight.” He knows I will. And I do. I can’t help myself.

First person to be asked to speak was not a suprise: Elizabeth Warren.

Then, as they were each given their moment to speak, I tried to capture them. I am getting pretty good at some of these folks, but I still struggle with capturing others. Cory Booker, for one. His distinguishing features are his smiling eyes and his mouth. And bald head. His head shape is hard to get right. His sound bites are always fun to grab.

Bernie and Pete are a bit easier to draw. They both had a good night. Bernie tossed a few jokes, which was a surprise (and which I didn’t capture). Pete seemed very careful not to upset his newly-found high poll numbers.

I seemed to draw Kamala Harris a lot last night. I think in part because her face fascinates me, and I keep trying to get her right. I don’t have her down yet either. Her jaw is strong, as is her nose, and her hair quite changeable. She had a strong night; Kamala is showing her feminist side more now than ever before.

For a frontrunner, Joe was pretty mellow — maybe that’s what they do. Except when he talked about his record on race and women, then he got steamed, particulary if it he was being attacked on said records.

Amy Kolbuchar had a fantastic night of presenting herself as a moderate with passion. Her best line (and she had a lot) was in praise of the strength of Nancy Pelosi. Also, of all the candidates, I think Amy has the most evolved sense of humor.

Andrew Yang had a great night as well, always a little off center in how he sees things. He right talked about the future and how we need to think about doing things differently.

Tulsi Gabbard will be remembered for her attack last night on Hillary Clinton, and repeated mention of Hawaii. She got very little time, in the end. Same for the billionaire, Tom Steyer.

On to the next one! I hope Kamala and Cory get to this debate stage, I need more practice drawing them.

Visual journalist/writer for New Yorker, New York Times, CBS News, CNN. TED, SXSW speaker. Looking to change world w humor.

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