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Graphic Novelist Paul Hornschemeier Draws His Influences

The Evanston artist presents ‘Artists Authors Thinkers Directors,’ featuring tributes to David Byrne, Richard Scarry, and more.

Over the past few years, the Evanston artist has been drawing his cultural influences. He turned his doodles into Artists Authors Thinkers Directors, a book of 100 stylistically diverse portraits (Fantagraphics, $20), due out this month. Here’s what he says about three of them.

David Byrne illustration by Paul Hornschemeier

David Byrne, musician

“He’s difficult to draw: The better-looking and more symmetrical you are, the harder you are for me to draw.”

Photography: Charlie Deets


Richard Scarry illustration by Paul Hornschemeier

Richard Scarry, cartoonist

“I feel like he manages to do such an amazing job of creating the Richard Scarry World. You have to wonder what he looked like.”


Billy Wilder illustration by Paul Hornschemeier

Billy Wilder, screenwriter

“He always felt like this dad-like figure. I juxtaposed him with a depressing color palette [because] it felt more like him and the totality of his work.”


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