Frank's Sketchbook Entry of the Day
| Horrifying Cliché
August 24, 2014
The phrase "courting disaster" jumped into my mind yesterday, and it
conjured up this sort of image. Mad Magazine used to have a segment called
"horrifying clichés" which would do a similar thing. As far as I know, I
haven't seen any cartoons on this one.
The basic idea is some sort of rube who came a-courting. He'd be on one
knee, hat in hand, looking up at the object of his affection. I wasn't
quite sure what to make of the incarnation of Disaster. And to be honest,
it's not great. But I sort of ran with it, even though the lines aren't
great and there's little that's distinctive about her (and she doesn't
look all that feminine either). But I liked the sunshine world of his in
contrast to the gray, twighlight world of hers. I added the stars, and
then decided it was too gray and added the red star. Then I remembered
the origin of the word disaster is essentially a malevolent star (or
astral influence) and decided the red star fit nicely. There are cracks
in the ground by her feet, possibly foreshadowing some upcoming event.
I had thought to add some disasterous events in the background, but the
art was muddled enough that it would only distract. Oh, and the blobby
thing on her shoulder was originally meant to be some sort of ominous
bird, like a raven or crow or the like, but then I just left it at that.
This only took a couple hours to do and was mostly because I wanted to
draw something, since it's been a while, and didn't really care how nice
it looked. So it seemed right for my Sketch of the Day.
I tend to doodle. Over the years, I've accumulated lots of random
sketches of things, sometimes people, sometimes things, and sometimes
just abstract lines. The basic idea on these pages is for me to slowly
scan in highlights from my collection of random quick doodles. I also
am providing a place where I can explain what it is or what motivated
it or perhaps some reason why I'm not to blame. With the sketches of
people, their name may be hand-written, or there might be a talk title
provided, but I will tend to avoid providing full names. I don't mind
if people know who they are, I just don't want them coming up on search
engine hits, since that might be a bit rude.
Note that the images are PNGs with transparency. Mozilla and Firefox
properly render them. Safari too, I think. Internet Exporer doesn't.
I don't care.
If you want to see the image without the annoying blue-lined background
image, just click on the image.
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