“Pen and Ink Book, Page 15” by Jesse Baggs

Page 15 of my pen and ink sketchbook. Somehow I stumbled on these excellent photographs by then-high school student Nico Young for The New York Times. They’re really compelling; Young has quite the eye for color and composition. In the two bottom drawings, I tried to capture the motion of the handstand and the wrinkles of the skaters, and was pleased with the results. I was less thrilled with the likeness I tried to capture of reporter Olivia Krauth, which you can see at the top. The bird drawings are from photos by me.