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SKETCHY ARTIST
This dude wants to draw you. But don't worry—you're not alone
Manhattan-based artist Jason Polan could be drawing you, and you'd never know it. The 25-year-old sketch artist lurks on random street corners in New York City, and captures the faces of people as they pass him by. This isn't stalking though—this is art.

"I wanted to find a way to interact with New Yorkers," Polan says. "And I wanted it to be an unaggressive project that people could interact with, too."

The project Polan is working on is the "Every Person in New York" project, and the goal is simple: to draw every person in the nation's largest city.

This is just the latest in a long line of his "every" type of projects. While traveling across the country with Artrain after graduating school in 2004, Polan attempted to draw every person in the phone book while in a small town in Washington.

Since then, he has spent 12 days drawing every work of art on display at the Museum of Modern Art, which he has since turned into a book.

With over 8 million people in the five different boroughs of New York City, Polan's current project is a little more of a challenge.

"It will take forever. I don't think I will ever finish. I pretty much went into it knowing I was going to fail," Polan says. "But I think once I get 10 million, I'll say I finished."

To speed up the process, Polan is asking people who wish to participate to email him. "I ask them to tell me what they will be wearing and where they will be for at least two minutes," Polan says. "I work pretty quickly without being noticed, sometimes I take only a minute and a half."

Despite impending failure, Polan is working his way around New York diligently and posts his sketches online, where people can log on to see if they recognize themselves.

For Polan this project is about more than just sketches. "I wanted it to be fun and interactive, to be something that they would want to talk about," he says.

But just don't call him a sketch artist.

"I'd like to call myself a scientist," Polan says. "I really consider this to be more of a science experiment than an art project."

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