Yesterday I did this sketch of Magnum and then put it on my deviantArt page. Another deviant then commented: "Nice, did he sit for you, or is this from a picture?"
I had to laugh a little at that. I could not imagine Magnum sitting with this contemplative gaze just so I could draw it. I replied back: "Thanks, it's from a photo. He's not much of a 'poser'!"
In fact, the photo I used as a reference was a spontaneous "unposed" photo. That's what I like about it. I thought it captured more of his true self rather than a posed version.
Magnum and I met in college. Actually met in the classroom - not at a bar or frat party. One of the things I liked about him was that he was most certainly NOT a "poser". There are up sides to Asperger's and that is definitely one of them for me.
And now here we are, a good 23 years later. It's not always perfect, but what is? I will admit that there are days when I don't have the energy. There have been moments where I've said to him, "Don't. I just don't feel like dealing with the Asperger's right now". But I will add, that on the rare occassions when those moments have occurred, it was almost always during a certain week of the month ifyaknowwhatimsayin'.
So yeah, I came across that photo, and to me, that was the Magnum I decided to talk to that day in class. A nice, but shy guy who would probably like it if a girl struck up a conversation with him. Did he pose for me?