High School Student Draws 411 Portraits Of Fellow Students, In 4 Months.

You definitely must have read a lot about what creative and successful people do everyday. But the truth is, there’s no limit to what creative people can do–except in our minds. Everyone has special talents. The question is whether you have found, harnessed it, or still watching Discovery Channel hoping to find it there.

Creative people are never satisfied with their latest achievement. They’re constantly looking for new and better ways to express themselves.

Both if you do it as a job or you are just a creative person, you know there isn’t just one way to express creativity. If you are a photographer you’ll probably love to create in so many other ways. The same applies to painters, art directors, writers and every creative person in general.


Image: Phillip Sossou

A creative student who understood he needed to showcase his talents thought of a better idea. He went to work. While others were sleeping, having fun or studying, Phillip Sossou stayed awake, painfully combining his studies and practicing art “secretly”. 

By the time all seniors at Boston Latin School arrived for their final day of classes, they were amazed to find pictures of everyone pasted on the walls.

None of the students ever expected Phillip would go that far–not even with the limited study time he seem not to have had.


He made a total of 411 portraits, each for every member of the class. The 18-year-old boy spent the last 4 months drawing those pictures in secret.

A report said he drew the portraits in charcoal and he worked on them every day, sometimes long into the evening.



MOTIVATION is another factor that helps creative people perform better. Phillip decided to embark upon the extra-curricular project in order to bring some unity to the school in light of recent negative press in response to allegations of racism.

“I was trying to show everyone in a positive light,” Sossou told the Boston Globe. “Our class has been kind of divided. Having these pictures helps us to embrace our diversity.”








Looking at the portraits, you’ll quite agree with me that this dude has a bright future.