It’s Epic Friday! I have an epic cramp in my left arm! That’s because I drew today’s comic with my left hand!
I was inspired by this webcomic by Drew Mokris that I found on reddit today. It brought me way back to my high school days when our art teacher Mr. Delach instructed us to draw stuff with our non-dominant hand when he ran out of lesson plans. If you’ve never tried it, it’s pretty crazy. It’s great stimulation for your brain, kind of like folding your laundry with your toes if you’ve ever tried that, but it gives me a temporary cognitive smackdown.
To wit, today while I was finishing the comic, I put last night’s dinner on the stove to re-heat. Two minutes later I started to freak out that someone was making noise in my kitchen because I didn’t remember that I had put food on the stove. This effect wears off pretty fast, but if you’re into that sort of thing, it’s cheaper and safer than huffing glue. I’m not sure exactly what happens in the brain, but I imagine it’s like that part in Smokey and The Bandit II when they have to shake Burt Reynolds awake from under a pile of beer cans and try to revive him to drive his Trans Am once more on an epic quest.
As for the comic itself, this is one of my all time favorite quotes. It’s from a pre-kinder – so, a four-year-old – and it’s so sweet and thoughtful. I’ve dreaded drawing this comic because I knew it would take a long frickin’ time to draw it the way I envisioned it in my mind. So the left-handed thing gave me an excuse to be much more expressive and sloppy with it and stop procrastinating on getting it done.
Can you guess where I teach from my photorealistic depiction of the city skyline?
As I wrote in yesterday’s entry, during the summer months when I have more time I’m going to start posting on Saturdays and Sundays. Again, the posts can be anything. I want it to be fun, and it’s really just for the folks who might pop by to see what’s happenin,’ and the hardcore fans. Missing the weekend posts won’t matter if you are strictly following the comics from the Mister G Kids world. They’re just for fun!
So this is my first one, and I figured, what the heck, I would show you what I worked on yesterday to do Kitten Kids.
I wanted the kitties to be cute, but also to look like they belong in the world of MGK. I noticed that lots of kiitten drawings feature huge eyes. Eyes are small and black in MGK, so I wanted to find a way to make that work. Freakishly large eyes were scaring me when I drew them.
For Elizabeth, the reference point was the drawing of a kitten in my old post Kitten that tons of people really liked. That particular kitten has solid-colored eyes, without the white part. So I wanted to achieve that again. You’ll note that Tommy has black eyes, but his fur color suggests white around his eyes, without explicitly drawing them. I like how they turned out. Tommy looks a little bit like Yoda, but I’m ok with that, haha!
Lol, Hello Kitty was in there partly as a joke, but I did like how her head is huge and her eyes are little, so it was a reference point too.