Next I did fresh sketches of all the faces that would appear in my cover art.

I drew my sketches on a number of separate sheets of tracing paper. That way I could shift neighboring faces back and forth until I was happy with the exact way they overlapped (as with the sketches of Sammy and Les below).

As I drew, I anticipated the numerous ways that sections of the faces in a crowd will be obscured by such foreground objects as picket signs or the heads of others standing in front of them, not to mention graphic elements like the rectangles that would contain my book's title (and its authors' name).

One reason I was glad not to be literally drawing the March on Washington was that I could spice up the crowd with a few racists who wouldn't have been caught dead listening to a Martin Luther King speech (like these guys below)!

Material from Stuck Rubber Baby ©1995 by Howard Cruse
Previously unpublished sketches and visuals ©1998 by Howard Cruse

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