Tiara Zhan'e Hernandez Photo by Tiara Zhan'e Hernandez. Justin Abraham poses.
Nearly 26 years ago, Krandel Lee Newton quit his job as an engineer to follow his dreams as an artist. Newton recalls his very first "butt sketch" which was initially supposed to be a painting of men in a parade. Before Newton got a chance to paint his sketch, a man commended him for his work.The praise inspired him to sketch another, and another.
Today, Newton works with eight other artists in Dallas Texas. They have worked with many celebrities and they even plan to bring their talents and skills to the stage of America’s Got Talent. Based on the popularity of just one artist from OBS, students agree that the team of artist should take their skills to the big stage. Freshman Destinie Vindel especially appreciated how quickly Newton completed the sketches.
“Normally, if l see a line for something like this I wouldn't wait because I'm rushing to class, but this time I decided to stick around because I saw how quickly he was sketching. I only waited in line for about five minutes, and when it was my tum my piece only took about one minute," Vindel said.
Although Newton is not exactly sure when he and his team will be auditioning for America's Got Talent, he advises everyone to keep an eye open for the Original Butt Sketch.