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Matvey Lykov and the model artist

March 18, 2009 | 10:05 am

Rage_matvey_merry Over at the Rage compound, we're always happy when something from the Image section moves a reader to write in. So we were impressed, and yes, a bit flattered, when we received an e-mail from a Claremont, Calif., teenager who was so inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning L.A. Times photographer Carolyn Cole's cover shot of the rising star who appeared in our story about male models on the subway, that she put pencil to paper. Here's her e-mail:

Hi! I read your article in the newspaper about Matvey Lykov. I saw his picture in the front page of Image, and I thought he looked cool!
Anyway ... I drew a picture of him from the front page, and I thought I'd send it to you.
...The image quality isn't that great ... I took it on my cellphone camera. So ... There you are!

From: Nina Merry, 15

We're forwarding it on to Lykov, who told us the piece had also generated some interest from people interested in helping him take his career to the next level (in our interview, he expressed an interest in the film industry), and we've posted the drawing above as well.

-- Adam Tschorn

Image: A sketch of Matvey Lykov. Credit: Nina Merry