Saturday, June 16, 2007

Illustration Friday - "Rejection"

Bob simply couldn't understand why he and his "Better Mousetrap" were rejected by the judges from going to the next round.

After a week in which rattlesnakes figured prominently and in which I watched the amateur inventor reality show on TV for the first time, this cartoon seemed almost too obvious! I received several emails inquiring about Ken and realize I should have told the rest of the story. He is doing just fine. The rattler obviously injected very little toxin into his hand as it was swollen and sore for a couple days but then returned to normal. I have ordered a 42" snake pole from a place that specializes in live traps and I hope once it arrives he will be able to re-locate the snakes a little more safely. Of course if he keeps getting bit maybe he will eventually be immune!

The more of these cartoon drawings I do the more dissatisfied I seem to be with the results. It is not all bad - I like the guy sprinting for the door, but the rest leaves a lot to be desired. I think I may need to upgrade from my dime store watercolors on sketchbook paper. I should probably try to spend more than an hour on each drawing as well. Perhaps more importantly, I need to stop using these weekly exercises as an excuse to keep from practicing my drawing the rest of the week!