Eyyy, it’s my Walrus Merman, Clark! And he has a friend!
I’ve been wanting to draw a selkie (basically seal people that can turn into a human by shedding their seal skin) for a while now, and Mermay seemed to be the perfect opportunity for that.
I’m…not a hundred percent sold on the name, but for now, selkie boy is Silver. Both him and Clark are good friends of Lars. Actually, all the mermaids are good friends with Lars. Because why not? It’s Lars. He gets along with just about anybody. He met them some time during his travels abroad.
I may have to do a storyline about that. We’ll see.
I was at work, doing what I needed to do, collecting books to be placed on hold, trying not to think about anything super hard. I’m just about done when I hear this noise. No idea where it came from, almost sounded like some kid that was either really upset or super excited (hard to tell sometimes). I shrug, and wander into the back room to start processing books.
That noise was my boss.
And that was how I found out that Joe Biden won.
Honestly, right now my feelings are a bit more mixed than presented in the comic. Characterwise, I’m sure Lars is breathing just fine. And so am I. It’s like 2020 decided to finally throw us a bone at the end of the year. Kind of like a miracle.
I’m still struggling with this deep down feeling of doubt. Like, some lingering unease or anxiety lurking about. What if something else happens? What if things suddenly flip and What’s His Face manages to pull something off?
What if, what if, what if.
I want to be Lars here. I want to be able to fully embrace this and just breathe without these under-feelings. And I believe I can. I need to take care of myself, though. I need to make sure that I avoid falling down certain rabbit holes and winding myself up, period.
Then I can settle into this peace. Hopefully. And actually celebrate.
First up in character introductions: the walrus in I Draw Walruses, Lars!
He really did come about during an art class project. We had to make papier-mache masks of any character we wanted. I decided to take inspiration from Shel Silverstein and create a walrus with braces. From here, Lars was born.
I would often pair him with Dot whenever I drew him all through middle school and high school. They just seemed to be a good match, riffing off of each other with their different personalities.
During college, Lars sort of disappeared for a bit. Even then, though, I would try to squeeze walruses into at least one art project per course (minus my life drawing class – I don’t think I would risk it given the terror that particular professor struck in me). I even wrote a story featuring talking walruses for one of my writing courses once I fled the art department.
Walruses have been my trademark for quite some time, as you can see. When I started up this blog, clearly, walruses needed to be involved. And Lars came bouncing back into my life.
It’s hard to believe it was just me, him, and Willa for the longest time. And now it’s become all this. Lars was truly the beginning of it all for me – getting back into drawing and creating. I’m fairly certain if I ever get something done in the picture book arena, Lars would be front and center.
We’ve gone from the brink of WWIII (January) and Australia being on fire (February) to being in the midst of a pandemic (March), dealing with killer hornets (April) and now, the United States is on fire (May-June).
It has been…a lot.
Like, 2020 has been pulling no punches and just keeps dishing stuff out. It’s crazy, man. I am all up for joining Anemone under the sea at this point.
On a more serious note, I have already posted my thoughts about everything that’s going on over on Facebook, but to sum it up here:
Now is NOT the time for all lives matter. Now is the time for Black Lives Matter. Now is the time to give Black people the microphone. Period.
I really, really hope something good comes out of all this, and that everyone participating in the protests stay safe.
Derek Chauvin and his fellow cops can rot.
Donald Trump needs to take an exit. Or least have his Twitter taken away.
George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade. Say their names.
It would feel a bit remiss to not at least mention something here about it. Now is the time to learn and listen. Believe me, I’m doing both.