posted by Aeire
Comicon 2007 was fantastic in many ways - one of which
was the spur of the moment decision to draw flatulent mermaids in the
sketchbooks of everyone that requested the dreaded 'draw whatever you
want' from me.
me just pause for a moment here to try and lay out the situation for you,
to give you a picture of what is going on in in the artist's head when
you present them with that request. Most artists at conventions have been
there for awhile, have drawn several pictures, and are mostly brain-dead
due to being asked question after question and running all over the place
and the overall excitement of being at Con in general. Seriously, there
is very little brain activity going on there guys - when we're at cons,
regardless of the con, it's all about you guys, meeting the fans, chatting
with you, selling merchandise, answering questions, doing and/or going
to panels, etc. We aren't really thinking. So when a person walks up to
us and hands us a sketchbook (which, by the way, you should check beforehand
to see if said artist charges for sketches - I never do personally, but
I do know some artists that do so, and the sketch quality is well worth
it - but make sure you know before you hand your sketchbook over, it just
saves unhappiness, okay? Okay.) and then says, when asked what they'd
like, the dreaded 'draw whatever you want', most of us short-circuit.
are some individuals that have been doing cons for so long that they can
just whip out an automatic con sketch - but you'll be getting what a million
other people are getting. I understand that most people think that giving
us artistic freedom to do whatever's on our minds is being nice, but in
all honesty, it's just putting us on the spot. Suddenly we have to think.
Thinking takes time, and while I'd love to spend forever on your
sketch, the three people behind you are wanting sketches too. So be considerate,
and decide on a character or a something that you want drawn before you
approach the artists - and uh, try not to make it too complicated, again,
most artists haven't got all day (or if they do, that's called a commission
and you are expected to pay for it!). Okay?
SO - mermaids. I drew so many horribly surprised looking mermaids with
bubbles trailing from their...er...tails over the course of those four
days, due to a booth across the way from us from Penny
Farthing Press advertising The Loch, which looked very pretty and
had mermaids in it. I like mermaids, I like drawing mermaids, and drawing
surprised mermaids was way fun. I've been drawing mermaids ever since...er...well,
since The Little Mermaid came out, because I absolutely adored that film
when I was a kid. I think I memorized the whole thing frame by frame.
is why I thought this
video right here was one of the most hysterical things I saw at the
convention this year. Partially because it was funny as hell, and mostly
because, as most of you already know, I am a huge fan of spoofing
obvious Disney references right down to drawing panels based off of
paused frames of the animated sequence I'm spoofing. Seriously. Go watch
the video. And read the comic from
the beginning while you're at it.