This is the first of several “best of the drawing of the day” posts you’ll see over the next week or so, as we catch up on the drawings that didn’t get posted in the excitement over the last round of minicomics live and the preparations for SPX. For new readers, the drawing of the day is an ongoing art project I began almost five years ago. It started out as a New Year’s resolution– I would do a finished, inked drawing every single day for a year. Frankly, I figured if I filled up one sketchbook I would count it as a win, and no one was more surprised than I was when I completed the year without missing a day. And I just kept going. Currently I am filling sketchbook #22. Every Thursday, I post the best drawing from the previous week, and others appear sporadically as bonuses. This one dates from the 18th of August of this year:
One of my favorite things to draw is people wearing Mysterious Hooded Garments–I like the shapes they form, and they way they hint at the bodies underneath. And, of course, they are mysterious. This drawing is a backstage glimpse at the bafflement of even experienced comics characters when confronted with Mysterious Hooded Garments of their own. How exactly are they made, how do you put them on, and what keeps them from falling off? The blond person in spectacles seems to have figured his out, while the person in the striped pullover is still working on it. The Strange Animal, of course, is quite smug– he does not require props of any kind to be as mysterious as all get out.