Self-portrait on Rives BFK in charcoal ≈1999.



Note the brown stains around the edges. I think those are rat or mouse pee stains. That’s what happens when you have to store your drawings in an attic for too many years. Or, I guess, what would happen if you fed your pet mice and rats lots of booze and then gave them a little dancing party on your drawing.
My point is, rat piss, really universe?
I chose this self-portrait to post because of how non-creepy I look.

Susan Szegda née Crawford ≈ 1992 a portrait. With restoration.

That is a scan from my 35mm Kodak Tri-X negative. It had been stored in my little house in Mississippi and unfortunately some little critter really liked the gelatin on the Tri-X.
Here’s what a closeup of the area around Susan’s right foot looks like, with the tones adjusted to really show off the tracks these negative eating weasels left:


These are very much like the tracks one gets from critters crawling around the agar in a petri dish. Yay.

And here’s round one of a restoration attempt: