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.