Miller teacher creates portraits, gives to students as keepsakes

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These Miller eighth graders loved receiving their self portraits drawn by teacher Brett Comegys ahead of winter break.

Each day, about 128 students pass through Miller Middle School social studies teacher Brett Comegys’ class, and he has made a mission to give each one of those students a self portrait by the end of the school year. 

“I just use a piece of copy paper and go buy the frames at Walmart,” Comegys said of the portraits, which are based on students’ school photos.

He said he uses a pencil to carefully draw each portrait, and 35 are so far complete. Comegys said he has been putting up a new portrait in his classroom almost every day in recent weeks, and students come to class excited to see which of their peers’ faces was added each day. 

“I haven’t drawn a serious picture in over 10 years,” Comegys said, adding with a smile “I started drawing and had to redo a few.” 

Each drawing takes a little over an hour to complete, he said.

Comegys said he hopes the next batch of pictures with smiling faces will be complete by Valentine’s Day, and another sometime in the spring.