Video: Al Hirschfeld Draws

When Al Hirschfeld was 99 years old, Susan Dryfoos filmed him drawing Paul Newman, who was then appearing in a revival of "Our Town."

The drawing took 8 hours.

This near-silent short film shows us the process of one drawing; going from lose pencils to the final inking with a crowquill dip pen. The camera gets in close, and you can hear the scratch of his pen. I noticed that there was no TV, no radio. No distractions from the concentration of the late Mr. Hirschfeld.

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