For example: we have a large waiting room/lobby. There are two doors leading from that lobby out into the wide world, and both are clearly visible and marked with illuminated EXIT signs. From any point in the room you can easily see at least one door if you're willing to turn your head. If an evacuation of the building were required, I don't imagine that anyone would have any trouble finding the exits, unless perhaps they were 100% blind, in which case one of the staff assigned to the evacuation team would assist them.
This is not good enough for at least one of the regulatory bodies. The inspector insisted that we must post a map of the lobby on the lobby wall with the paths to each door clearly marked. Really? Is that honestly necessary? You think that if the fire bell rings someone will, instead of proceeding to the clearly marked exit, pull out their reading glasses and inspect a map? Well, whatever. You don't get anywhere by arguing with these people, so we posted a map.
However. That was not good enough. The inspector came back and insisted that the path to the doors on the map be printed in RED. For the love of... Fine. We reprinted it in red and reposted. This was deemed to be satisfactory.
Do you think I'm making this up? I wish I were making it up. Truth is stranger than fiction, and I guess the inspector needs to prove to his boss that he's doing his job.
So what's the good news? I drew this guy. I'm pretty proud of him, even though one of his eyeballs is twice as big as the other. Every once in a blue moon I get inspired to do a sketch. This is from a photo of James Baldwin.
I think his hand turned out well. That's my favourite part of the sketch. It looks a bit stippled because I scanned it as a PDF and then converted it to a JPG and that's how it turned out.
Ken thinks it's scary. I left it on his desk so that he could see it, and when I came in the room he had turned it face down. Sure, it's a little intense, but that's why I liked the photo! That and all the interesting lines around his eyes. What do you think - does it scare you?