It’d be a bit like having a fire alarm that will never turn off, no matter how many times you try.
It takes a lot to weird Dot out.
So congratulations, Eliza! You did it!
I’m still working on certain elements of Dot’s new look, so if she kind of changes in the next couple of comics, don’t worry, I’m not completely slipping as an artist. Just seeing what works.
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.
Well, this should be interesting.
I need someone to do this to me in real life, just to stop the almost obsessive need to check the weather over and over and over again. ‘Cause it’s not going to change in the 30 seconds since I looked at it.
I may or may not have gotten caught in this awful cycle for a good 30 minutes a couple nights back. I may or may not have also cried out of frustration. My brain is a strange and terrifying place.
In the meantime, Easter and Thanksgiving sit on the sidelines, looking on forlornly and wondering why THEY don’t get these kind of fanboys.
I did actually have this thought when I discovered that the last Christmas cookie had been eaten – the Holidays are over now. Time for whatever’s next.
Clearly, Jeff doesn’t agree.
And we’re back!
Sorry about the brief break. A delightful mix of overthinking things/lack of ideas/general laziness decided to settle in with the new year.
So I decided to get back into the drawing game with Pokemon. And these three little guys have gotten really popular in that community, and I do think they’re adorable.
So here we are – Spike the Pincurchin, Fred the Snom, and Pooka the Pyukumuku. I don’t really do fanart, but this was fun. Might do it again in the future.
Pretty sure Winter just gave Spring the gift she always wanted.
And there we go! Christmas Seasons, all wrapped up. And only 2 weeks after Christmas.
Sorry for not posting Monday – extenuating circumstances out of my control may have occurred (read: broken phone, sad Drew). But yay finished storyline!