She is just too beautiful to draw.

Taylor Swift’s face is just too beautiful to draw.

If you have access to the Internet, you’ve seen those sketches of Taylor Swift in court during her groping trial (which she won by the way) against radio host David Mueller. They went viral because, well… it doesn’t resemble the pop star all that much, and the artist who created them, Jeff Kandyba, wants you to know gosh darn it he tried!

Kandyba has been Denver’s go-to courtroom sketch artist since the ’80s, and the city’s local Fox news station caught up with him to chat about them. “A person like Taylor Swift, who is very pretty — has perfectly proportioned dimensions on the face — is actually much harder [to sketch].” He adds: “It’s hard. Some people are just much easier to draw than others. If you give me somebody with a beard and glasses, bingo, got it.”

Swift fans were furious their idol was portrayed as anything less than stunning, but Kandyba offered a reasonable explanation. “I’m probably sitting 35 feet away from her looking through binoculars — and if you’ve ever tried to draw anything looking through binoculars, it’s not the easiest thing in the world. You go more for resemblance, and hopefully you can at least get that.”

There was even a conspiracy that Kandyba drew Swift the way he had because he sided with Mueller. “I don’t have a horse in either of those races… I don’t listen to either of them,” Kandyba told Westword. “I know who they are, and I think they both seem like really fine individuals. But I don’t have a preference either way. Taylor Swift fans think that because of my drawings, I must not like her, and it’s not like that at all.”

So what is the truth?


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