Michelle Obama is Olathe man’s muse

Michelle Obama is only one of Leslie Brown’s muses. Brown’s notebook includes sketches of Jackie Robinson, Oprah and Morgan Freeman. But the Michelle Obama sketch landed Brown on Mrs. O, a blog devoted the fashions of the First Lady.

The site goes into excruciating detail about Brown’s process and notes that the language arts teacher from Olathe doesn’t sell his work — no messy copyright fights a la Shepard Fairey (Stay Red Kansas noted this weekend that Barack Obama’s iconic contemplative look on the “Hope” poster came while listening to a speech by Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback about Darfur). And Brown apparently isn’t finished with Michelle Obama. He wants to sketch a version of this Annie Leibovitz shot that was featured in Vogue.

Thanks to my friend Jen Chen for passing for the tip.

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