Someone suggested we might not want to just choose a good-looking person off the internet and draw them, so I had to do that. I have succeeded in making a beautiful guy into a monster. Well, at least this latest version of my drawing looks human. The last version looked like a cat mixed with a refrigerator. I’m a writer and it takes most writers quite a lot of writing before they’re able to reveal character through dialogue — that’s when the find their ‘voice’. That’s what I want to do with drawing — find a voice, reveal character. I’ve worked with storyboard artists who can show incredibly complex human emotions on the face, and they do it in ten seconds. You can watch Picasso draw a single line by squirting a tube of paint onto a board and you know exactly what the drawing is trying to convey (it’s not just recognisable, there’s also mood, humour etc.). People can even make cartoons sexy, with a couple of lines. I’m not an artist, I’m a writer, but I want to be able to make humanity radiate between a portrait and viewer. Even just a little. Right now, I can’t even show likeness. I picked this guy because he has a fleshy, handsome face full of character. I thought if I just got the lips right it would make the drawing recognisable — they’re so distinctive. Also that nose, with its brilliant two or three sections. I couldn’t render either of those things, which looked so simple. In fact, my first drawings looked so bizarre, that I started to measure and I couldn’t believe how far down the face the eyes actually go. My mind told me something completely different. I thought the eyes were up above the nose, but they’re really at the sides, like a fish. I realised that I could forget about character and likeness, I need to start with proportions and get a drawing looking like a recognisable human being before I move on.