There are 35 faces in this crowd. I always assumed Drucker kept the world's largest reference file of face photos:
But Drucker explained that these were "spontaneous faces" he made up as he went. I asked where the great variety came from and he answered, "I like to notice people's faces. Sometimes when I was on the subway or sitting outside the dressing room at Loehmann's waiting for my wife Barbara to try on a dress, I'd see an interesting face and say, "Hmmm, I can use that."
How do you make use of your time on the subway?
I don't know of another cartoonist today who pays such attention to the variety of the human face. To the contrary, as I've complained in the past, the trend seems to be toward generic, simplified faces with little content or individuality. This seems especially true of cartoonists and illustrators who pride themselves in their editorial content.
Talking with Drucker, I was struck by the pleasure he takes in the humanity of individual faces. That may be a difference between an artist who focuses on the human and artists who focuses on abstractions about humankind.