The witchsona meme got me to free-associating and that lead to some inspiration (which was such a relief, I can’t even tell you).
He’s called “Which Way,” and he’s all about locating, whether it’s finding things (he’s great at shopping), navigating, or transporting. He wears a hat made of maps, shoes of sure-footedness, and a flannel-lined mantle of celestial tranquility. His familiar is a companionable spirit whale, who is an expert navigator among Worlds.
Which Way is a living orrery and loves maps, compasses, and sextants; he collects keys and other souvenirs (e.g., fridge magnets) of the places he’s been; and he enjoys long walks and road trips. He has an affinity for Odin the Wanderer of Norse mythology. He will redline his abilities to help others, but when he applies his talents to his own needs, they short-circuit; his is the “long way.” He rarely feels “at home” anywhere, but yearns for a place where he belongs.
More than anything, he dreams of places—walking through strange buildings or unknown cities; driving across dangerous terrain. He never forgets where he’s parked. It’s inevitable that his conversations are peppered with the language normally associated with journeys, like feeling lost, trying to discern his way in the world, wondering where the guideposts are, &c. Unironically, he drives a school bus; commuting is his job.
This pic is my first-ever all-digital artwork, which I could not leave as just a sketch because I’m that kind of person. I finally learned how to use layer masks (I get it now), which means created in Photoshop … and there MUST be an easier way to do art on a computer.
As for my lazy-butt shortcuts, credit where credit is due:
Here’s the plaid.
Here’s the starfield.
Here’s the map with the compass rose.
A coloring sheet I drew for G1RL’s class: The Peanuts Gang in contemporary costumes having a Halloween masquerade party. G1RL bailed me out by making great suggestions. Totally fun!
I’ve been intending to create a new avatar since … well … April. The old art gears are gummed up somethin’ fierce. Anyway … I call this one OverextenDad: Stretched too thin and bent outta shape! [Not really true, of course; sometimes, it just feels that way.] As avatars go, he’ll do for now. [Translation: Already thinking about the next one.]
Let’s call this one “Master Monster”! Last week, I reread a bunch of Doc Stearn…Mr. Monster! comics AND discovered the “Little Heroes World” art of Alberto Varanda—two influences that collided in my creative space and inspired this little tyke.
Me, on a Mars of my own making.
Mr. Fantastic in the Negative Zone.
This image is the mostly highly favored of my art on my deviantArt account, even though I drew the ball “wrong” and the exaggerated foreshortening is wonky.
The dreaded “Teen Meme”!
My linework version of “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” an 1851 oil-on-canvas painting by German-American artist, Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze.
Anne Bonny, pirate!
Ulysses S. Grant.
The instructor’s plot: “The hero hears a call for help. Using some power or device, the hero surveys the situation. The hero hastens to the rescue … only to discover that it’s just a cat stuck in a tree.” We students chose the genre, characters, style. I added a twist at the end.
A Watchmen tribute: Ozymandias versus some stooges!
A Watchmen tribute: The MinuteMen! (And a homage to Kevin Maquire and Terry Austin’s classic cover of Justice League.)