Well, you see, it all started innocently.
I was on the phone, waiting to get through to the Salvation Army donation line, in order to donate some furniture I am not using any more for those flood victims that are all around me.
Finally, I got through to their customer service officer, only to find out they do not want my furniture or my big screen CRT TV (apparently they only accept donations of flat screen HD TV's and spiffy stuff they then sell in their stores) but, rather, want to put me through to another officer who can take my credit card details so they can get some of my money.But when I told them I am only sporadically employed nowadays and am only making enough to pay bills and feed my family's ever hungry mouths, they seemed to have lost any interest in my call.
They did arrange to send someone around towards the end of February to take a look at my furniture and decide if it is worthy of their collection, but stressed that, if there's anything wrong with it, they will not pick it up.
However, that's not the point to this story, merely a little rant for no particular reason other than thinking how these days beggars CAN be choosers.Back in the day when I arrived to Australia, I had paid 300 bucks for a fridge that was held together by rust, and 150 bucks for a VCR that ate half of my tapes. Eventually I had to keep the lid on top of it open and a screwdriver next to it so I can operate it.
Anyhow, point of the story is, that, while waiting, I did this little chicken scratch of a floating pirate ship and a bunch of circles and stick people, representing the crew:
I often do that and I have a bunch of A4 papers lying around loaded with crap sketches and ideas I never do anything about, but this particular one for some reason bugged me, so I ended up scanning it.
Then I went to do some other, more important stuff.
At some point I looked at it again and not being able to resist, I did another sketch pass on top of it, somewhat more detailed and meaningful:
Aaand, that was the beginning of my doom.
Because then, I thought, it will not take me long to clean this up, and it will make me happy.
And those were my last words.
For the next 3 days, any opportunity I got- I would get back to it, clean it up a little add another character or two, then start feeling guilty and go back to my other, proper work.
Finally yesterday and today, I could do nothing else.Unfortunately, the more I finished it, the worse it looked, composition was (and ended up being) non existent, my ADD would not let me color it properly so it ended up looking the way it does.
But I must admit, even though I feel like I failed, I still like it, because I enjoyed my time while doing it.
I would definitely not call it finished, but I am pretty sure it is as finished as I will ever get it.
Now, the final image is pretty big, over 10K pixel high (even the one I am trying to post here is pretty large).
Anyhow, I am not saying never again, but next time I will think twice about cleanin' sketches.
Cheers to all,
If you want to play a little game or two, here they go:
1 -Tell me which of the characters is the captain.
Hint 1- these particular pirates are also called Chi's crew, and the captain is often overlooked or not taken seriously .
There's other, visual hint to the captain's identity in the image.
2 - Can you tell El Phante's story of revenge ? :)
3- can you tell me which brush size I used for the entire image.
All the clues are in the image itself :)
First person to answer all three, will get a signed A1 print of the image*
*If I ever print any :)