A camog, of course, is a cross between a dog and a camel. (My husband thought up the word , and, hey, it’s better than “damel”.)I drew this camog on the back of yet another Steak and Shake placemat at yet another Steak and Shake, this one over in South Bend. (You’re lucky you got this at all, since when we turned a corner after dinner we passed a Sonic, and if you think I am going to eat at that Steak and Shake again now that I know there is a Sonic in the next block you are out of your mind. Because, Sonic. I am not going to drive all the way to South Bend to eat at one, but if I am there anyway I am going to have tater tots and a cherry limeade. And a breakfast sandwich. Breakfast all day, at Sonic. You know, what this town needs is a Sonic. And a Trader Joe’s. But I digress.)
The camog was drawn, as all the best placemat drawings are, as a pure automatic drawing rising from a few random “warm up” lines. Any animal I draw without planning has a tendency to come out looking like a dog, and any unplanned drawing tends to expand to make best use of the page as a whole. This is why I do almost all my work on an 8 1/2 x 11 or smaller page– so anything I draw will fit on the scanner to be digitized and further messed around with.
Restaurants help us out, all us artists who have only a small flatbed scanner. Why not include an 8 1/2 x 11 “safe area” in your placemat designs? No one’s asking you to print an actual border on the back– we know as well as anyone that getting something printed on both sides is way more expensive than a single sided job. But if you included a border or something in the art that shows through the thin paper, you would make it easier for us to constrain our placemat drawings so they fit safely on the scanner.