Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Silver Lining in a Crappy Week

This week hasn't treated me well. My sales were down the pooper and I had gotten a lot of naggy mothers that have too high of an opinion about what their children look like. But even with a pile of crap chin high, there's always a small gleaming gem stuck inside.

After three straight days of dealing with nothing but crappy customers, I get this wonderful family who wanted to get all four kids drawn. The lone boy went first and after seeing what I did to him, every last one eagerly jumped in the chair, waited patiently while I drew them then scrambled back around once I told each one of them they were done. I'm just a little bummed I couldn't get all four of them together for a snapshot of the real people.

This one has a funny story to it. I had been trying to reel this guy into sitting down for a drawing. While he was looking back at the other artist who was drawing his brother. In that time two little asian girls scrambled in front of me basically demanding that I do a drawing for them. While I sat down and got ready to draw her, she gave this seriously hard vibe that screamed out 'I am going to reject your style no matter what you try.' So I decided to play it safe and do a 'flatter-cature' to get it over with as quickly as possible. After tearing it off and showing it to her, nothing. She pays then leaves. Lucky for me this guy was still waiting and wants to get drawn. With the last drawing leaving a bad taste in my mouth, I decided to just have fun and let loose with his drawing. While I'm starting up the drawing *surprise* the girl comes back saying she doesn't like the drawing. So while the other artist handled the redraw, I continue with this drawing. Both of us finished roughly at the same time, and what happens? Prissy self-conscious asian girl was just as unsatisfied with her second drawing and this guy absolutely LOVES his drawing. I think that if I hadn't drawn that girl first, this one would have been a blandly generic one instead. Weird how things like that work out.

This one doesn't have a funny story to it, but the girl was definitely not prepared for what her face would look like even after seeing what I did to her significant other's face.


  1. It is cool to see what it is like to do charicatures, I always wondered. Good job!

  2. Nice work, Matt! Yeah, it's so nice when you can draw a really good one that the customer likes right after a really bad one that the customer DOESN'T like.