Since The Goldenrod Snit established Sydney Van Cleef, (affectionately known as Syd) as a canon member of the Kekionga cast, I decided last weekend to draw a sort-of-official portrait of him as my drawing of the day. I don’t have real model sheets for any of my characters, but there are definitely drawings that look exactly right, and I think this is one of them. Syd’s costume was sort of defined by what I drew him wearing in Snit: a baggy white T-shirt, a black vest with several fannish buttons on it (the big one is Rick’s Merry Marvel Marching Society button that he knows I sort of covet), cargo shorts and the standard Kekionga high top sneakers, usually untied. In winter add an M45 field jacket, long pants and a striped Tom Baker scarf.
Since I drew this at the table at SPACE, this turned out to be Syd at a con, which is one of his native habitats. You can tell it’s Con! Syd because he’s wearing a fan T-shirt and carrying something I really wish existed: a mini long box for the new additions to his minicomics collection.
And of course, when you draw at a table with your phone in your pocket, it’s easy to document a work in progress. So here is Syd photographed in pencil and at the waiting-for-the brushwork-to-dry-phase, and then a scan of the finished drawing. Look ahead to more stories with Syd, the nerdy little guy with the great big opinions, as a loyal member of the supporting cast. His dating adventures alone will be worth a subplot or two.