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About a year and a half ago my cousin’s multitalented husband was in town as part of the crew for a show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. I dropped by to say hello, and found myself captivated by the opening act, Julien Baker. As everyone knows, I am a stone cold robot, but on the rare occasions when I want to remind myself what it’s like to love, lose, and have a pulse, I crank up folk rock belted by women half my age, usually starting with this.
I sketched this while watching a terrific documentary on Netflix, Floyd Norman: An Animated Life. Floyd was an animator and writer on basically every cartoon I ever saw as a kid, from Sleeping Beauty, to 101 Dalmations, to Scooby Doo, to the Smurfs, to Toy Story.
Disclaimer: I was not a kid when Toy Story was released. Floyd is now 81, and looks younger than me, and I wish I was joking.
I have to admit, I find most photos posted to Reddit Gets Drawn kinda boring; sure, I need practice, but selfies bring out the old man snob in me. Back in my day, we expressed ourselves through Transformers action figures, and we liked it. Anyway, I appreciate it when people post something that’s fun to sketch, like this.
I finished off my weekend re-watching Season 1 of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” on Netflix. Season 2 premieres April 15!
I think Kimmy’s roommate/sidekick Titus, in his knockoff Iron Man…er, “Metal Hero Friend” Times Square character costume, is the closest I ever want to get to drawing a superhero.
My brother-in-law requested a logo for his company’s baseball team, which is named after a minor league club branded with a similarly metallic and ornery oinker. So yeah, in terms of the basic concept (and color scheme), this is a total rip-off, but the cartoony head, for whatever it’s worth, is all mine.
I worked on this from start to finish on my iPad Pro. The initial sketch (below) was done in Procreate, and the vector art was done in Autodesk Graphic, formerly known as iDraw.
The first thing people often noticed about my favorite coworker was that her office chair was an exercise ball. Today, she made a move that was both gutsy and rational: leaving her post simply because she was ready for something new. Does she have a new job lined up? Nope. Will she succeed? Yep.
Have I thought about following her example? [REDACTED]
I almost forgot the Golden Globes was on tonight, which is funny considering where I work, and the fact that several of my co-workers were on the red carpet. But Ricky Gervais pulled me in with his usual lack of reverence for Hollywood stars, which set the tone for a show has been entertainingly off the rails.