Thursday, December 3, 2009

Idiot With A Pencil 2: Faeries

When The Boy was young, he invented a game called "Paper Wars", whereby we would draw an assortment of monsters on paper and then engage them in battle. The Boy's mind was such that he was always making games. However, his explanation of the (always lengthy, convoluted) rules was enough to render people (literally!) unconscious.

The Flower dabbled in such complex rules for a bit, but lacked the somnolent powers of her elder brother. In any case, when we draw, I quite naturally draw things I think will interest her.

So, a session or two ago, I drew a faerie. This is sort of uncharacteristic of me. I usually go for the goofy, or the weird or the comical. I don't have the discipline, most of the time, to really clearly envision something and hold that image in my mind long enough to draw it.

I scanned this one in—and this is another area where I'm weak, trying to figure out how to transfer something to digital form—and it came out overly light:

Then I sharpend it, which made the colors a little truer, but which also exaggerated all the minor shadings:


Anyway, The Flower liked it, which is all that matters.

3 comments:

  1. The Boy's mind was such that he was always making games. However, his explanation of the (always lengthy, convoluted) rules was enough to render people (literally!) unconscious.

    Oh. My. Word. My son is EXACTLY there, and he has been for a year or so. It's getting a little better (regarding the number, length and convolution of the rules), but it's been a hard slog. I mean, you want to be supportive, but geez. And since I'm not at all a gamer, I don't even get half the references. (My husband does, but he maintains this makes it more painful, not less.)

    Anyway, I know that your first paragraph is not the point of this (very charming) post. But it resonated so much I had to say something.

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  2. Well, actually, I'm glad you said that! I thought it was just him.

    Not that it would be the only completely idiosyncratic thing he's done, but still, I'd never seen that before (or since).

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