Bob Brier (aka 'Mr Mummy')
© Joan Lansberry May 2007
The thing pinned on his blue oxford cloth shirt is a microphone...

He always wears blue oxford cloth shirts. He must have an entire wardrobe of nothing but blue oxford cloth shirts and khaki pants. Even in his Wikipedia photo, he has the familiar outfit.

I created the original of this image by freezing a frame of a DVD from a course he gives on Ancient Egyptian History. The course is on sale right now, so we splurged. He is a very animated and enthusiastic teacher, which I hope comes through in the drawing. He has a way of explaining everything clearly and vividly, which enables me to remember what he teaches. I don't agree with his view of Set, but he is extremely knowledgeable on everything else, especially concerning everything to do with mummies. Studying from many different scholars, each with their own strengths, enables us to layer one approach on top of the others for a gradually deepening understanding.

As I was drawing him, I couldn't help but notice the similarities between Brier's lean face and my mother's lean face.

It took some doing to get this drawing all scanned. As the original is 14 x 17 inches, and the scanner plate is only 8.58 x 12.32 inches, I had to carefully copy and paste scanned sections together:

Not so easy, for the scanned sections are darker at the edges...

I first copy n paste the general layout, then do more specific sections at a time in order to remove the darker bits. And, oh yes, I use Picture Publisher for the pasting, as I've never been able to figure out how it's done in Photoshop.

(Note of October 28, 2007:)
I've figured out how. First create blank size of full size, say 11x14 inches at 200dpi. Take your individual scanned sections, 'select all', copy, and paste. Go to 'move tool' to place each piece. Flatten image after each placement. Then do polygonal lasso tool to pick smaller pieces to be pasted in afterwards. Flatten, rinse, repeat, however many times.
What had confused me was the 'move tool'. I was puzzled when the pasted piece just plopped itself in the center and didn't know what to do after that.