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Scottsdale faces: Drawing up a dream

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Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2007 6:47 am | Updated: 7:56 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Chris Blake hands a sheet of paper to a coffee shop patron. “What do you think?” he asks, while the viewer grins and nods. Blake enjoys carefully watching people’s reactions.

As a budding cartoonist, the 32-year-old spends most of his free time doing what he is driven to do: draw. He is inspired by life’s lessons and designs his cartoons to reflect self-help, self-awareness and self-consciousness.

The self-taught artist creates what he calls “mirror cartoons” — each one a part of life’s lessons that he would like people to learn from.

“When I was little, I wondered how can a single drawing move you so much?” Blake says.

Blake says he has probably had about 35 jobs, but can’t settle down until he gets his cartoons published regularly.

The Scottsdale resident is hoping to teach an art class this summer.

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