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Frank's Sketchbook Entry of the Day

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Something political
Gollum and Guns
Chain Saw
The Creeper Escapes
The Mad Cow
Thoughts in the Dark
More politics (Zod!)
Not a cloud
Groundhog Hog
Strangulation hazard
Ultimate Elephant
Pod me!
Robot Ninja Pirate
Not my fault
Ken's Robot
Pain is my Guide
Physical Therapy
Pod du Jour
A Week in Ireland
Rough to Finished
A Week in Norway
Bass Player
Horrifying Cliché
  [this can only end poorly]

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.

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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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