Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Occasional Stutter

My inability to create art is, perhaps, one of the greatest disappointments of my life.

Whether it involved drawing, or painting, my talents never evolved beyond 5th grade art class. I was stuck in a land of stick figures, which I continued to doodle in the margins of my poetry books.

This has gone on for years, with my drawings being a source of bemused embarrassment; something I never shared, though I seldom had reservations about posting my words under the comfort of anonymity.

But then I discovered very respectable web comics like Toothpaste for Dinner and Exploding Dog, which helped me come to terms with the terrible artist within:

I don't understand perspective or shadows, and I couldn't draw a human face to save my life... but I do understand a bit about the world, and some days I just can't put it all to words. I'm a very visual person, believe it or not (hence my obsession with photography).

So for a few years now, I've actually been keeping track of my drawings. And this Friday, something strange happened: I filled up the last page in my book.

I've also been sharing a few comics with co-workers, two of which have encouraged me to give my strip a name and put it online.

And so I did. I've scanned everything in that I've done thus far, which means there's ample material for a comic-a-day for quite some time... particularly when you consider I hope to continue the series.

So here's what I'm going to do: on days when I have a new comic to post, I'll do that. But if the muses fail to inspire, I'll have something old already triggered up and ready to go.

Next time you come to YAWP and you're disappointed to see I've (once again) failed to post, try The Occasional Stutter.

You'll be disappointed in a whole new way.


david said...

You can't claim to have no artistic ability when you can convey your intentions in such few lines. Sign me up!

ds said...


M@ said...

"Disappointed In a Whole New Way." Apropos of Winter's post today, THAT is how you market Goat Shit.

Pamela said...

looks like you should have considered a second income from doodling.

M@ said...

You remind me of that SNL character who used to do DRAW-ings. Quit lookin' at my bum, you bum lookers!

Anonymous said...

Cool. Thanks. :)

BTW, you should check out Geek humor done with stick figures. Some of the earlier ones are really touching.

whoissecretdubai said...

a humble request...(for anyone not allowing this post through--not spam--)

Anyone happen to know who Secret Dubai (the blogger: is?

ds said...

so, no new posts in yawp? just drawings. gotcha.

Stacy said...

give yourself some credit, I love to paint portraits but my cartoons are NOT funny. The fact that you strive to release your creative muse is all you need and the life is good dude made out very well with stick figures. They are all stick figures in the beginning.

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