Artist Jason Polan, who wanted to draw everyone in New York, is dead at 37

Artist Jason Polan, who wanted to draw everyone in New York, is dead at 37

Artist and illustrator Jason Polan, who was working on an ambitious project to draw everyone in New York, died on Monday aged 37, his family confirmed to the New York Times.

The cause was cancer, the family told the newspaper.

In 2008, Polan started “Every person in New York” in the form of a blog, stating: “I am trying to draw every person in New York. I will be drawing people everyday and posting as frequently as I can. It is possible that I will draw you without you knowing it. I draw in Subway stations and museums and restaurants and on street corners. I try not to be in the way when I am drawing or be too noticeable.”

The last sketch on the blog is titled “Man at Taco Bell” and dated December 16, 2019.