Once again, there comes a day thick with projects (and chores, and horrible thunderstorms) and nothing has risen to the top as something worth writing about. This is when an ongoing, long term project really comes in handy. It’s always a good time for a drawing of the day.
I decided to leave this one uncropped, since it’s really all about the size of the sheet of paper. When I started the drawing of the day project on January 1st, 2009, it was as a New Year’s resolution. Rather than just resolving to “draw more”, I challenged myself to make a finished drawing every day for a year. If I could do it, which I thought was highly unlikely, maybe I could make a little book out of them. With that in mind, I chose a spiralbound sketchbook, since it would be easy to lay the pages flat on the scanner. I don’t remember why I decided on 7 x 10 for the page size. Maybe that was just something that felt good in my hand?
No one was more surprised than I was when I managed to keep my resolution. And I didn’t stop at the end of that year, or the next, or the next. It’s become sort of a ritual, sitting around on New Year’s Eve, deciding whether or not to do the drawing of the day for another year. But who am I fooling? It’s a habit now, and a far better one than most of my others.
So by the time I was drawing in sketchbook #8, I was already intimately familiar with working on a 7 x10 page. I remember penciling this image and trying to draw the biggest animal that would fit in the space without looking crunched up or stretched out or crowded. I don’t know why I didn’t turn the book sideways, except that I’m used to working in portrait orientation from years of making comics. So that left a lot of room at the top of the page for the happy figure. Not only is he good for the composition, but he makes the animal look even bigger by adding some scale.
As always, any time you see a character wearing dark glasses, it’s almost certainly because I messed up the eyes and decided to cover them up rather than fix them. At least in this case the boy is wearing beach attire, and the shades work fine in context.