Drawing buildings, even famous ones is a task I don’t enjoy. It’s been done and it’s repetitive and I don’t think I do it that well. Check out Doonesbury and compare. He draws great buildings. Of course half of his drawings are photoshopped in.
I found a picture of the White House in a travel magazine while buying tickets for a flight. I thought it was a great picture taken from a great angle that would suit future cartoons. I ripped it out and now it’s about seven years old but that’s OK. The White House hasn’t changed any in seven years except for who’s in it.
Cartoonists used to make clip files of photos of things, places, people, etc they suspected they would have to draw someday. I was horrible at saving clips because I’m lazy. Thanks to the internet and specifically google we don’t need to do that anymore. When I was at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin we had librarians who would retrieve files for us and they would deliver huge stacks of photos. If I had taken Tuesday’s to a librarian I would have requested Paris Hilton photos, update on her Billboard standings, oil prices, projections and photos of oil cans. I think they were afraid of me.
Just a quick update for the third day of my second week. Today started with one of my Emilys drawing what she would have preferred for breakfast. Stephen didn’t refer to me as “Mister” today. Each child created their own character. The Kindergarten through First graders are still obsessed with drawing butts and now they’ve advanced to adding poop to the drawings. I had to wash marker ink off Linday’s forehead. Christopher has proposed to Lindsay who responded on the dry-erase board “NO”. I need more dry-erase markers as the kids are grinding the tips away. I’m about out of paper. And finally, the people in charge of all this haven’t figured out I don’t know what I’m doing yet but with two days left I’m probably in the clear.