best of the drawing of the day, week 26–look! scientists!

October 9th, 2012
“Look! Scientists!”
F nib Lamy pen over pencil
©2012 Pam Bliss

Look! Scientists! Or, rather, look, more scientists.  I draw an awful lot of scientist characters in my sketchbooks, and I’m not really sure why.  I am not a scientist myself, and the kind of science I sometimes write about in my stories is definitely the rubber kind rather than the real kind.  I do like a good true fact, but the work it takes to come up with one isn’t something I know very much about.  I guess it’s just the whole lab coat thing–it’s easy to turn a character who looks like he or she is on the side of brains rather than brawn into an identifiable scientist, rather than, say, an economist or a philosopher.  And a lifetime of consuming genre fiction has made me think of scientists as characters you can always count on to get the plot moving.

And I yes, I do know that real scientists can be plenty brawny–I once knew a biologist/mathematician who played soccer and lacrosse and had a physique you could have used as a model for a very respectable superhero.  These two don’t quite fit into that category, although the one on your right is a rock goblin and probably packs a solid punch.

This drawing differs from my usual pattern in that I used a dark background to help define the forms.  When you see me do this, it’s almost always because I made some kind of awful inking error that made something way too big, shaded my way out of it, and then was unable to stop.  The result is usually not very pleasing, but in this case I think it worked.  I might have gone a little too far when I made the shape of the shaded area echo the shape of the goblin’s skull, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.  If I went back into this drawing, I would put the shading back to work and use it to reduce the size of the goblin scientist’s inside ear and bring it up a little higher to make him more symmetrical.

Oh, and you’re lucky this drawing is monochrome. Rock goblins have a unique sensorium that allows them to see well in low light, but which affects their perception of color.  This gives them a reputation for favoring bright, clashing colors in wild combinations.  You so do not want to know what color that sweater actually is!

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3 Responses to best of the drawing of the day, week 26–look! scientists!

  1. Wolfie says:

    Nice to see a rock goblin… and I always enjoy your scientists, mad or otherwise.
    I’d like to see you tackle Jyoti sometime…

  2. Pam Bliss says:

    I didn’t know he was a rock goblin until I drew his ears– he was originally going to be a short, stocky baseline human. Once the ears showed up I just went to town with the goblin features. He was a lot of fun to draw.
    The distinction between a mad scientist and a regular one is a lot thinner than the line between a basic and a rock goblin!
    Jyoti is definitely on the list of people I want to draw. (For everyone else, she’s a naga teenage girl and should be a lot of fun to try to capture. Wolfie has written a first class description of her in one of his manuscripts.)

  3. Pingback: best of the drawing of the day, week 97– science! | a cartoonist in Kekionga

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