While trying to escape my homework by rummaging in my desk drawers, I came across this New Year's card from last year, that I made for my friend Denis Sirotinin
(who can be quite inspiring to the point of performance anxiety).
It is a bit interesting, since it is yet another example of how certain family members of mine don't 'expect' me to draw well. For instance, once, many years ago, I drew a quite nice and to-the-point portrait of my mother and gave it to her for Christmas. Since my signature was either very small, or non-existent on the drawing, she instantly assumed that it was my sister who had drawn it, as it was so good ... (But if it had been badly drawn, I betcha that she would have guessed that I would have drawn it!! Yes ...!)
Another example was once, even more years ago, when I had doodled some pictures of Mitsu, of which two looked like crap, while one was pretty okay
. Naturally, my mother assumed that I had drawn the two crappy ones, but that my sister had drawn the better one, despite the fact that they were all on the same piece of paper ...
Well, this New Year's card is yet another example of this phenomenon. As you can see, the legs of the rooster look like shit. Now, when my sister saw this drawing, she said, "My god! It doesn't look at all like you've drawn it! Oh, but the legs do look more like your style." Yes, thank you, dear sister. I know you 'didn't mean it like that', but ... well ... it can get a bit tiresome sometimes.
By the way, this reminds me of another thing. When the Japanese manga artist Baron Yoshimoto visited Sweden, he did some action painting
as part of his "lecture". (That's my sister in the picture next to him ...)
I've always been bullied for not usually making any 'body sketches' when I draw people. My sister claims that she always does, because that's 'how you're supposed to do it', and 'all the great painters and cartoonists do that'. The fact that I don't sketch the person's body before I start drawing the face, clothes, etc., has in my peer group been widely perceived as yet another example of how I can't draw well.
Well, seeing how Yoshimoto-sensei started his action painting with the outline of the character's face, then the hair, then the neckline and shoulderline of his clothes ... was quite pleasing. At last I know I'm not the only cartoonist who doesn't sketch the body before everything else. Baron Yoshimoto does it like that, too ...! Whee!