“No no no, it has to be a massive crowd scene with everyone you’ve ever drawn, and the apatosaurus floating in the background, the owl slug wrapped around a lampost, and Jillysauce, you need Jillysauce–”
“Yeah I can’t really do any of that.”
That’s right, it’s been one year.
It really shows how little I expected to come of this that I started Radio Trees on 9/11. Bit awkward, isn’t it? (My condolences to those who died on 9/11 and their families.)
It’s also just after the weekend on which I had my biggest exhibit yet. Probably the first one you could actually call an exhibit at all. So.
Well. I just really don’t know what to say. I’ve been trying to come up with something meaningful for this post, but I got nothing.
This weekend, while I was watching over my exhibit at Art Hop, some friends came by to visit me, and we raised a toast (a crushed, mostly empty water bottle one of them was holding) to the hope that one day, these will be humble beginnings. That’s really it, I guess. I hope they are. And I wouldn’t have a year ago. Art just didn’t matter nearly as much to me back then, I didn’t have enough faith in myself to let it.
So that’s pretty good.
Thank you to everyone who’s stuck around. I know I’m nowhere yet, but just you wait.
HERE LOOK WHAT I MADE YOU!
“Hey, Mehra, where’d our last copy of Catcher in the Rye go?”
Mehra’s a big J.D. Salinger fan. She thinks he’s full of crap and his life was a wreck, but at least he knows that’s true of everyone.
I did a background! God, the last time I did a background…. I used paper back then, you guys. Actual paper. I even still have that one!
Anyway, just freaking look at this. It’s not even a background, it’s, like… an actual place. It has a name, even. This, my friends, is
the Gryffindor Common Room Granny May’s Bookshop, where Mehra works with Rainbow Dash Max.
So yeah. How’s this for having it together?
Editor’s note from a few years later (older, wiser, and bitterer):
I began using paper again almost immediately after this drawing. Also, the stairs are horrible.
This was a lot of fun to do. I combined MyPaint and GIMP for this one, doing most of it in the former, then moving to the latter for shadows and highlights. Sorry for the last minute upload, but I really can’t feel too bad, what with last weekend’s quadruple update. That’s got to be a record for me.
I want to do something plotty with Mehra soon, but, then again, I’ve been wanting to do something plotty with Marcus, Bri, and George for months and look how that’s turned out. The problem is really that the excerpts of writing follow the drawings, and the drawings come out of doodles trying to cement the already fairly sturdy designs of various characters, so they’re not exactly actiony. And I’m sure my phobia of backgrounds doesn’t help. But maybe something soon? I’ll try, anyway.
Guess who hates me? The new, old, and unidentified scanners currently in our front room. So here are photos of sketches. My apologies, I’ll try to get more finished versions of these up soon.
This was from an unsent letter about the ravey sort of dance we had midway through GIA. It was amazing.
This is Mehra. She’s from these little snippets of a thing I was trying to write a year ago. I really love Mehra as a character, she’s unaffected, unimpassioned, and cynical, but laid back about it and mature and compassionate. I kind of miss writing her. Anyway, I decided to fill up an hour of free time at GIA with drawing as many different versions of her as necessary to find the right hairstyle, and then I got it on the first try.
In our comedy writing class (yeah, this is all GIA stuff) we were told to try to come up with a distinctive character design, and then a family for them. I was halfway through drawing this woman when it became an indisputable fact that she lived alone with too many cats in an apartment in New York.
I drew one of her employees/coworkers at the coffee shop she manages instead.
So yeah. Hopefully I’ll have a working scanner by next week.