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Snapchat in the Garden of Good and Evil

September 25, 2016

Next up in the “big head people with different backgrounds” series…

(I need to find a shorter way to describe these things.)

This one is my brother. I won’t identify which one (I have three) because the bro in question was horrified by this representation of him. And to be fair, it truly is a horrible representation.

But hey, I’ve been saying all along that the person I’m looking at is merely a jumping off point. From there I blow up their head and distort their features. Sometimes it’s intentional. Sometimes it’s not.

When he saw the initial pencil sketch he said, “Where are my muscles?”

Then he said, “I guess I’d better shave.”

snapchat-in-the-garden-of-good-and-evil

Anyhow… I did the sketch one night while he and I (and some other fam) were having dinner outside. He’d been snapchatting all day, which is why he is staring at his phone.

SIDE NOTE: I am going to take this opportunity to rant about something that’s been getting on my nerves lately.

There are a lot of cranky old curmudgeons (aka COCs) who like to make stupid jokes about millennials (I’m looking at you WWDTM) and gripe about how they are a bunch of lazy entitled brats who just stare at their phones and take selfies all all day.

Well, I have three things to say to you COCs:

  1. Oh shut up! Do you realize that people have been making the old “this new generation is sooo lazy” complaint since BIBLICAL TIMES? Really, they have. Here is just one of many articles quoting angry old fuddy duddies who’ve been saying the same damn thing since 20 BC.
  2. I happen to think Millennials are pretty freaking impressive. Most of the ones I know are very smart and open-minded. And they’re doing a lot of cool, creative, ambitious work. Meanwhile, a big chunk of the Gen X-ers and Boomers I know seem to be spending quite a lot of their free time watching Netflix, posting selfies, and complaining about Millennials. (Contrary to popular opinion, oldsters post a lot of selfies too).
  3. As someone who likes to sketch strangers in public, I find it VERY convenient that so many of them are staring at their phones nowadays. Not only are they keeping still, they are completely unaware that I’m staring at them. The smartphone phenomenon has led to a huge reduction in awkward, “Are you drawing me?” encounters.

END OF SIDE NOTE/RANT

So back to the drawing. When coming up with ideas for the background, I tried to think of stuff that my bro was into. One of the first things that came to mind was Doctor Who.

And what is the best Doctor Who episode of all? The weeping angels, of course!

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So I added a weeping angel type statue to the background.

Then that statue made me think about the book/movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which I always thought was the best title ever. I saw that movie in the theater entirely because of the awesome title, and because I loved the creepy cool poster.

(BTW, the movie was disappointing. Very boring IMHO. Maybe the book is better.)

midnightinthegarden

The poster has this statue of a sad girl in the middle of a swampy overgrown graveyard. So I added in my own swampy background, with the same sort of alternating rays of dark and light cutting diagonally across.

My biggest regret here is that I jumped the gun and colored in my brother before figuring out what I was going to do with the background.

If I had known I was going to do the whole creepy-swampy-statue thing, I would not have used such bright colors in the foreground. I would have tried to integrate him into the setting more, like I did with the Frankenstein drawing.

Too bad I can’t hop into a TARDIS and go fix it.

Ah well. A not-so-great drawing is still a hundred times better than a non-existent one. Plus, I had a lot of fun coming up with the setting for this one.

Even though I have regrets about each of my drawings, I usually have things I am secretly proud of too. Whether it’s a happy accident, something I learned while working on it, or just a nice memory attached to it, I’m always glad I have the drawing in the end.

The thing I secretly like about this one is the smartphone in the statue’s hand. I know it’s corny, but when I came up with that idea I was pretty darn pleased with myself. It’s that one little detail that turns this picture into a story.

Failing forward!

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