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.
I know what you’re thinking, and no, I will not be wearing a button-up tomorrow. Nor will I be making the turkey. But there will be brownies.
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Enjoy the food, the family, and be thankful and merry!
And we’re back!
Took a quick break to recuperate from Inktober, but now, it’s time to get back into the swing of things.
And yes, I did go to my first Anime Convention a couple weekends back. Truly an experience, and a really fun one at that. The costumes that people wore were amazing – had to marvel at the artistry on display with a good many of them. And I got to attend some interesting panels, like one talking about Joan of Arc’s impact on pop culture (not something you’d expect to see at an anime con, but really quite fascinating), one about Japanese mythology in anime, a kind of creepy one about number stations – all really awesome, truly.
Best part was probably Artist’s Alley and the Dealer’s Den – basically, merch central. Probably spent way too much money, but there was so much cool stuff to buy. So I mostly wrote it off as helping out my fellow artists. And now I have more keychains than I know what to do with.
All in all, a fun experience. But once I got home, I definitely needed to hide, just wanted to get away from being around so many people. My introvert battery was bottoming out and in desperate need of a recharge. Of course, I did have to go to work the next day, but I managed for the most part.
But yeah, now I’m back. Expect more cartoons shortly!
They are adorable, aren’t they, though? And I’m very pleased with how this entire storyline turned out! Hope you all have enjoyed this Summertime story!
Please, marvel at that shading in Panel 4. It took me a good hour and a half just to finish it.