I did a placemat sketch today! In years past this would hardly be a notable occasion, but with so few restaurants* using paper placemats any more the opportunities are far less common than they used to be. Steak and Shake is the happy exception, so today while I was waiting for my chili cheese fries (with shredded actual cheese instead of that awful cheese sauce), I drew you a mermaid. That’s either a small tablet or a big phone she’s got there; call this scribble “mermaid with a phablet”.The original, in black Pilot Better Retractable ballpoint on a placemat with an ad for a Birthday Cake milkshake on the reverse.And the same scan cleaned up and antialiased, suitable for reproduction. Note that a typical restaurant placemat is always slightly too large of the scanner.
*The exception is the local Chinese Buffet. It is, of course, required that every local Chinese Buffet use one of the the three Official Chinese Buffet Paper Placemats With The Chinese Zodiac and At Least One Extra Dragon On Them**. But for some reason these seldom get drawn on unless you are with a large group. I think it’s because you don’t have to wait for your food. You get there, you tell the waiter what you want to drink, and about two minutes later you are stuffing yourself with “crab” rangoons without having time to do any preliminary sketching. And twenty minutes after that you are finishing your fortune cookie and heading over to the dollar store.
**If your Chinese Buffet does not use one of the the three Official Chinese Buffet Paper Placemats With The Chinese Zodiac and At Least One Extra Dragon On Them, it may actually be a Fancy Chinese Buffet. Watch out for Fancy Chinese Buffets– they are more expensive than the regular kind. On the other hand, there is probably actual crab in their crab rangoons.