Portraits

Girl with Shaved Head

There was a girl whose head was shaved because she had lice. To channel the eerie first impression of her I had to draw her ey

Guitar Playing Sketch

Somebody brought the guitar to the hospital and many people were playing it, trying to play it, or at least pretending to play

Guitarist on the Couch

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Happy Devil

He seemed to always expect you to say something hilarious and was ready to laugh even if you didn’t meant to be funny, a

Portrait of a Hunt

He comes from the indigenous Western Siberian tribe of hunters, fishermen, and reindeer herders, whose official English spelli

Mental Patient as Emperor

He wasn’t too bright, wearing a permanently perplexed expression on his face, as if he were always lost in deep philoso

The Accused

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Mobster from the Caucasus

Another patient. I don’t know if he was a real mobster, but he surely talked and acted like one. At one time he stole my

Siberian Komsomol Guy

I didn’t know his political views, but his face reminded me of the propaganda posters produced by the Komsomol (Young Co

Korepanov, China Style

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College Student Preparing for the Test

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Ulokhan Plays Lezgin Song on Guitar

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Ulokhan Sleeping

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Ulokhan: Lezgin Young Man from the Caucasus

Lezgins are an ethnic group of about 700,000 members in the North Caucasus. They are believed to have inhabited that area sinc

Chechen Magomed

A Chechen man named Magomet. He looked fearsome but was rather timid and worked as a truck driver. Share this...FacebookTwitte

Chechen Magomed, Brown Ink

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Chechen Magomed, Sketch

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Man in White Shirt

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Man Reading in Sunlight

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Portrait in Red

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Portrait in Yellow

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Mustachio Man

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The Neck Guy, Take Two

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Man with Athletic Neck

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Nelepa’s Portrait

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Nelepa in Bed

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Crazy Old Man on the Bench

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Childless Lady Knits Baby Shoes for Strangers

This aging childless alcoholic woman in Siberia had spent her youth partying and now she was knitting baby shoes for other peo

Woman of Many Ethnicities – Fragment

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Woman of Many Ethnicities

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Osetin Man’s Dream About Flying Home

Osetin man’s dream about flying home to the Caucasus mountains from Siberia. Share this...FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinteres

Osetin Man Reading

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Osetin Man, Stoned

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Osetin Man, Profile

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Two-Colored Ink Portrait of Pavka

I drew him in the style of an early Soviet poster because looked like an earnest, selfless, ascetic, and all-around positive s

The Renaissance Man

Hailing from the Caucasus, this young man looked like one of Michelangelo’s models. So I also styled it like a Renaissan

Oil Rig Worker in Siberia

Not my best drawing, but he did have a peculiar face… And a weird neck that looked like three Adam’s apples stacke

A Sad Boy

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Nurse Tamarka Sanitarka

Tumen state hospital in Siberia. This nurse looked and acted as if she were on the front lines fighting against the Nazis. So

Sasha the Moscow Hippy

As my friend and I were traveling in Uzbekistan in 1983, we met Sasha – a self-identified hippy from Moscow. He was sit