best of the drawing of the day, week 62– broomstick

drawingoftheday-week62-broomstickThis drawing started out to be one of the “weird statues” series– I was going to goof on the classic statue of Athena (or Minerva) with the spear and the shield and the helmet and the owl on her shoulder.  But I couldn’t get the pose right– she kept standing with all her weight on one leg and her hip cocked and just generally refused to look classical at all.  Also her hand was up too high on the spear, like the thing was levitating and she was trying to hold it down.

This is where the conventional artist starts erasing and fixing up her classical statue with a dignified pose and a spear that stays on the ground where gravity put it.  But the drawing of the day artist just says to herself “so maybe it’s not a spear, then”.  That’s how you end up with a science fictiony part witch/part soldier: a broomstick rider in armor.  The lines at the end of the powered-on broomstick might be actual broom straws, or they might represent ribbons of force or strands of magic or whatever you like.

We’re left with only two questions:  what is she going to do with that great big shield, and what happened to the owl?  There was supposed to be an owl.

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8 Responses to best of the drawing of the day, week 62– broomstick

  1. Wolfie says:

    The owl has flown off to grab the broom’s instruction book, so they can figure out how to put it in neutral.

  2. Pam Bliss says:

    A useful sort of owl, that.

  3. Rick Santman says:

    Well now, the “broomstick” looks as though it continues up out of the panel, are you two certain that the owl isn’t perched on top?

  4. Wolfie says:

    Owl, quit trying to fly off with the broomstick… Owl… OWL! I’m talking to you! Enough! Get down here on my shoulder. Shoulder! We have a photo shoot and… OWL! You’re gonna go back in the cage, Owl. Right now. As soon as I can… OWL!

  5. Rick Santman says:

    (Huh. I better keep an eye on that tall gaijin, he’s AAAAAALMOST tall enough to reach me when I’m perched.)

  6. Pam Bliss says:

    Those owls can be tough customers. The funny thing is that I probably left the owl out just because I don’t feel comfortable drawing owls. But now I really want to draw an owl story where the owl is an engineer with a bad attitude.

    • Pam Bliss says:

      Maybe Edison has a pet owl? He could think of it as a pet, but it should be obvious to everybody that it’s really his familiar or that something else sort of funky is going on.

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