Welcome to Best of the Drawing of the Day Weekend, a festive long weekend of posts devoted to catching up on the weekly Best of the Drawing of the Day feature, which was sadly neglected during the World Cup. This feature now returns to its regular Thursday night spot on the schedule. As if this blog has a schedule. It is to laugh.
This, according to the handy caption provided at the time it was drawn, is a magic user:I have a love-hate relationship with the term “magic user”. It’s general and useful, and of course it reminds those of us of A Certain Age of youthful ventures into the world of the creative imagination in the form of games of Dungeons and Dragons. But it’s a dry term that lacks the charm of words like wizard and sorcerer, and my usual default, “mage”, which is open to endless interpretation. I don’t know exactly why I used the term here. Perhaps I was suggesting that even the character doesn’t want to define his abilities or his ethical position by using a more emotionally loaded word.
This burly hexapod, with his nonchalant display of some kind of raw power, may be a psi anyway, if there’s a difference. (And doesn’t that open a whole new kettle of fish. )
To change the subject, you can see that my new “scritchy scratchy pen” is developing nicely– the entire drawing was inked with that fine nibbed pen, for what I am hoping is an etching-like effect. The “magic” was added after the drawing was finished, with a brush. Anyone with an opinion about why for about the last year, year and a half, I’ve started drawing so many characters with dark finger and toenails is welcome to share it.