A man sketches Howard Jones playing a keyboard on a page. Using colored pencils, the artists shades the keys in pastel hues. Lavender notes shoot out as Jones plays. He walks along the sheet music.
A cord plugs into an outlet and bursts into flames. Jones lies between two bars on the sheet music. He holds a giant crayon and writes the song title in shorthand on the page. A young man in green pants plays the saxophone.
Jones appears in human form for a moment. A bee flies onto a flower of made of piano keys. A human Jones lifts up his jacket. An animated heart pounds on his shirt. Multi-colored notes fly past him as he plays the keyboard. The multi-colored notes jump out of the border and circle the page. The artist crumples up the page and starts over.
The colors are lightened as Jones plays the keyboard. Only a few notes fly above him. Colors swirl around him as he plays the keyboard.
In black-and-white, he claps his hands as he exits the studio.
Back in animated form, he gets inside his convertible and turns on the radio while multi-colored swirls smudge the trunk. The artist sketches over the page in white, creating a blank page.
None of the sketches are working. The young man turns off his music and decides to take a walk. During his walk, he kneels down to examine the deep green of the leaves and multiple threads of grass. He takes a picture of a convertible. It would be a visual aide for him.
His introduction to sketching teacher advised him to give it time. She told him he had potential but needs to self-reflect. In his notebook, he has drawings of cartoon characters and his favorite musicians. However, they are standard poses without any depth.
He returns home and opens his sketchbook again. He begins with an outline of Howard Jones. Using a picture of him as a guide, he is able to shade it in to achieve some realism. Jones seems to look at least human. However, Jones seems to be a faceless human incapable of any real emotion. He slinks back in his chair and stares at the poster on his walls.
Director: N/A Year: 1986