Honestly, I just felt like drawing these guys. And from the look of things, they’ve gotten themselves into a bit of mess with some magical pests that just won’t leave…
I did say I wanted to branch out a bit and do more with other original characters that I have, sooooo…
I don’t know if I’ve ever properly introduced these guys, now that I think about it. From left to right, they are Thorn, Stella, and Miranda. Thorn’s a cactus golem, while Stella and Miranda are witches (more witches, Drew? Gasp). Still fleshing them out, but more will come, hopefully.
I’ve been wanting to post more art on Instagram for a while now, just to get more eyes looking at it, and I’ve been trying to figure out what I should be posting. I mean, I’ve got this backlog of comics here on this website.
The only problem is, I look at some of it, and…it’s rough. Or at least I think it’s rough. Especially the earlier stuff. So that’s probably just going to stay here on I Draw Walruses.
Maybe it’s just an artist thing to think all your early stuff is bad, I dunno. I mean, I’ve definitely improved on some level, thank goodness. Maybe I’ll redraw a few. Who knows?
I was scrolling through Instagram, as I am wont to do, and I kept seeing these different comics featuring these ghost-like, shadowy characters, most of which represented the creator’s anxiety/depression/whatever. And I thought to myself, “Hey – those kind of remind me of Dot.” Which was quickly followed by, “When was the last time I drew Dot?”
Dot is one of my oldest characters to date, preceding even Lars, who wouldn’t show up until middle school. She popped up sometime during 6th grade – I have this very distinct memory of first doodling her on some homework assignment that we were going over in class. Originally, she was just this black blob with eyes, based off of this one Powerpuff Girls episode where the girls take on different superhero personas, one of which was this dark, shadowy character with glowing green eyes.
So basically, Dot was a Powerpuff Girls rip-off. Because I was mildly obsessed with them back in the day.
I would usually draw Lars and Dot together, featuring them as this odd couple of best friends – Lars would be bright and cheerful, with Dot being all gloom and doom. Eventually, I would coin Dot as a living shadow, capable of shapeshifting into different forms, including a human one.
When I hit college, Lars and Dot both disappeared, as I moved onto focusing on art school and trying to survive. Then of course, I stopped drawing all together due to stress, anxiety, and a load of other fun mental things going on. So, everything took a backseat.
When I started up this blog, Lars came roaring back into the picture (clearly – he is the walrus here on I Draw Walruses). And yet, Dot stayed back, mainly because I had forgotten about her altogether. Which is kind of sad, when I think about it. Nobody deserves to be forgotten.
So, after seeing these comics, I decided to bring Dot back. With a bit of a redesign, as seen here, just to give her her own character, rather than being just a shadow with eyes based off of a cartoon. And I’m glad I did – I forgot how fun she is to write.
So. Dot. She’s back. And she won’t be soon forgotten.
I am well aware that I have a very small audience.
A handful of people reading this blog, a slightly bigger handful following me on Instagram – not a whole lotta eyeballs looking at my work.
So, one of the things that I do find myself fantasizing about is gaining that audience, having people follow me and seeing what I do. And maybe, if I got big enough, I could even try and make this a career. I mean, that was the dream when I was younger, right? Professional cartoonist.
However – and this is a very BIG however – there are moments where I pause and say, “Do I want that? I mean – really?”
Because people, in my honest opinion, are terrifying.
They whine if you don’t do this. They can rip you apart if they so feel like it. They complain, spread rumors, drag your name through the mud, try to get you “cancelled” – again, all terrifying.
There is this YouTuber that I enjoy, Kurtis Conner. Nice enough guy, I like his commentary. He had a friend who said something stupid, and suddenly he got dragged into it simply by association, being the bigger name. Another artist who just released a generally well recieved cartoon pilot is facing people digging up dirt from when she was a teenager – stuff that she had already apologized for and was, overall, generally irrelevant.
And don’t get me started on the Pokemon community as of late. That’s more than enough to make me want to hide under my covers forever.
So right now, I’m feeling stuck in this odd place – wanting to get my name out there, and scared of what would happen if I do. Fun stuff, all around.
I’m going to keep chugging along and drawing, of course. But, man. People. Exhausting.
And with that, Inktober has come to a close. I have to say, I really enjoyed myself, and honestly think that I produced some cool stuff this October. I do think that I may have inadvertently gone down the theme of “How many things can I put antlers/horns on,” but those always make things…fun, I suppose.
Hope you all enjoyed this little artistic jaunt, and just as a note, you should maybe/maybe not expect some of these guys to show up again in the near future. Maybe. Who knows?
Happy Halloween everyone! May your day be as sweet or as spooky as you like!