Today’s request comes from Tommia who was inspired to send in a challenge after attending the Emerald City ComiCon.
Tommia writes in; “A middle-school student/cartoonist’s desk.”
Yeah, so this is the most challenging request so far, but the first thing I thought of was the desk where I learned how to draw when I was in school.
You see, I was a loud mouth in my school days and I often disrupted the class and got in trouble a lot for tardiness and chewing gum and other silly things your not supposed to do in school. I was reprimanded time and time again with the punishment called “In School Suspension”. I was put in a cubical for the entire school day, in an empty classroom, alone, my teachers brought my assignments in and I was supposed to sit in solitary confinement and quietly do my studies. I goofed off of coarse, listening to my CD player and copying drawings from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic books. However, I owe what ever talent I have for drawing to those wonderful teachers whom I annoyed. It was they who sentenced me to my all day detention where I spent hour upon hour learning and honing my drawing skills, and also to the comic book artists who’s work I copied day after day.
In todays drawing we see the desk I worked at so many years ago when I was in school. A dotted and textured background represents the orange canvas wall of the cubical I was in, you can also see three of the drawings I worked on that day; the key to Hell, Dream himself and his sister Death. On the right is the comic, Sandman – Season of Mist, inside it the pages I loved to copy. In the upper left of the drawing is my CD player, a juice box and a Misfits CD. Scattered about are a few sharpies, a pencil and an eracer. Located on the bottom right you can see where I scratched the surface of the desk with a paper clip to spell out; “Jackie Was Here”.
I would imagine middle school cartoonists these day may have a similar set up, except maybe now a ipod in exchange for a portable CD player.
Here is an article about an after school Cartooning program at the YMCA, I wish I could have found something as cool as this to get involved in when I was a kid. This article inspired today’s drawing request by Tommia.