This didn't quite actually happen. I did actually make weird faces while reading The Queen of Attolia trying to raise only one eyebrow. And Rich really can do it and I can't. Still. But he wasn't actually there when I made the faces. Nobody was, fortunately.
Go read the book. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. Its really good even if you don't make weird faces while reading it.
Its time to retire my shoes. Again. Which is really sad because I literally wear them EVERY DAY. I have for years--no joke. Well, not this exact pair. I bought the shoes once after getting home from my mission, then wore them to death. I was so sad to have to find a new pair of shoes that I realized that the internet is a wonderful thing. Yes, I found and ordered the exact same pair again.
And now they have holes in them and let the water in. *sigh* I have a new pair of shoes mom got for me that I'm breaking in. And they'll be great, I'm sure. And I also really do have a box full of other shoes that I haven't bothered to unpack yet. I should go drag that out.
I'm just mourning the old ones first.
I thought of maybe doing a Christmas-related comic, but inspiration didn't strike. And I think anyone who has been married can relate to this.
And since we're away from home, we have an even lower quality image than usual, straight from my phone! Ah well--whatever works.
"Are you drawing all over my harmonics chart?"
"Its your fault! You left a pen next to it!"
The other day, Rich came home with this really cool chart he'd made which, he told me, "explains how music works" or something like that. It was a really cool chart. Which he left on the table. So it isn't MY fault if some doodles showed up on it, right?
What really happened is I realized that I was doodling on his awesome chart (in pen...) and I stopped. And he didn't get upset. But I still felt bad. But... it was paper, and there was a pen, and I'm me... things happen.
By the way, this little comic is completely unedited except for cropping. I drew it in pencil, used a fine tip black marker to draw over it, scanned it, cropped it, uploaded it. I'm going to be completely honest--If these are ever going to go anywhere but my sketchbook, I really have to set the bar low. That list of steps is already getting a bit longer than I'd like, but there isn't really anything to cut. So sometimes, the characters won't look the same from panel to panel. Sometimes, my handwriting is hard to read. Sometimes, I just can't draw. But I've found that, one, making these is something I enjoy, and two, they're something I like to share. But sharing them and even creating them will never happen if I decide that they must be perfect. I've decided to learn as I go--as I create and share and get feedback, maybe I'll get better, and maybe even feel better about committing more time to it.
The last couple weeks I've been going through a book called "The Artist's Way", which is supposed to help people to unlock/regain their creativity. Its for anyone who wants to be creative in any field, not just visual artists.
Anyway, one of the things it has you do is make a list of "other lives" you'd like to have. Like, in another life I'd be a novelist, or a monk, or a marathon runner--just anything else you'd want to do/be. Well, one of the "other lives" I listed was to be a webcomic artist.
So you list these "other lives", and then you're supposed to take time once in awhile to do things from your "other lives". So I made a little comic.
It has been so long since I've just sat down and drawn something for fun... I need to do this more often! I did a lot of doodles and brainstorming until I had the idea for this little comic.
So here it is, pretty much just as it appears in my sketchbook:
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