Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Why They Made It Blue, I'll Never Know


I thought I'd post a little more artwork today after my "eh" Stephen King post yesterday.

To the right is the cover of my high-school's Student-Parent Handbook. Really nothing more than an overblown calendar of events for the 94-95 school year. But anyway, they asked me to do a cover for it and so here it is. As you can see, I swiped the Raiders of the Lost Ark font for the text here. The font (which is probably in turn swiped from some old poster for some serial or another), makes even the word "Sanderson" jump off the page and promises a rip-roarin' adventure. Of course, there's not a shred of adventure in this handbook. Just let's you know when the days off are and when the PTA meetings are, etc. Once you get past the cover, it's a real downer.

To draw this I went to my suburban Atlanta high school yearbook and found images that exemplified certain quintessential high-school activities. So, in this collage of all that is high school; you got your football, you got your prom, you got your music, and a few shots of people just hanging out, being friends. So I bookmarked the pages that had the photos on them, and drew them up. It took a while. When I was done, I brought the completed drawing to the Vice-Principal. After she told me how much she liked it, she told me that she didn't like that the girl in the very bottomest-rightest corner was sticking out her tongue . That, apparently, was beyond the pale; far too tawdry for this upstanding publication (and she made me feel a little like a pornographer for trying to get it past her). So I had to make a change. I don't know if it was because the drawing was already inked, or if I didn't have enough time, or if I just wasn't good enough to make a believable alteration to a photograph, but the change doesn't look so good -- true, she isn't sticking her tongue out anymore, but the bottom half of her face does look rather chimpish. Also, please pay no attention to the black gentleman on the right's left hand. Just because his hand wasn't in the photograph and I had to draw it without reference, doesn't mean his hand isn't really as horribly deformed as I drew it.

One last thing: when this came out at Sanderson High School in Raleigh, a few people came up to me to ask if that was them I'd drawn on the cover. They'd have it in hand and be pointing at one of the people and say "Is this me?" and "That's me, isn't it?" I always told them, no, they're all people who went to my old high-school and they seemed disappointed. [Writer's aside: This seemed to me like an admission that most white people really do look just like other white people, even to themselves. Haven't you experienced that? You go from one school to another and you find the faces of all the people you used to go to school with, except now they have blonde hair, or now they're a little shorter. It's almost like there aren't any more than a dozen or so "face-types" and most people fit into one of the 12. Anyway. Random thoughts; maybe stuff for another entry.] I think, though, there was one girl who didn't quite believe me. After I told her no she looked at me with that guarded half-smile that says she "gets" that I'm telling a joke but still isn't sure if I'm letting her in on it. I think she went away pretty certain I was trying to put one over on her.

Anyway, I'll keep posting this art stuff up until I run out.

6 comments:

Fried Pepperoni said...

I like it, Crane. There's a 3 story statue of Jesus's upper half coming out of a body of water on I-75 north of Cincinnati, and he has hands not unlike the black dude in your drawing.

So know that you're in good company.

Anonymous said...

the blue is cool, but the drawing stinks

noahkey said...

is that kirsten dunst hugging that nigger's leg?

blankfist said...

I don't know about all of that, BOC, but mid-page second from the right looks a lot like Zuben. You know, Crane, I had a similar story where I drew the senior t-shirt for our class, and being that no one else would enter after they heard I had (talk about an ego boost), the school had to pick my drawing.

There were some reservations about it, for sure, but the rules are the effing rules! I won. Then, the Art Teacher (if you can call that evil witch that) called me into her office to tell me that they decided NOT to use my shirt design after all. I asked why and she said because it was Satanic, had a trident (or pitchfork) and the Devil in the picture was giving the middle finger. Well, just so everyone knows, our mascot was the Red Devils. Kind of hard to draw a senior t-shirt for our mascot without insinuating something dealing with... er... Satan?

On any account, when I looked at the picture (my original) I noticed she had changed the drawing by erasing the middle finger, which was in fact the index finger which she could've figured out if she'd just COUNT THE FINGERS! Drew in a new knuckle that made the devil's hand look worst than the black dude's hand in your picture, trust me! Then I noticed his nipples were colored in with a large tip Sharpie. When I asked her, she said, 'Oh yeah, I found the two sixes, but try as I may I could NEVER find the third one'.

She thought my nipples (on my shirtless Devil) were two sixes. She was looking for 666 in my drawing. How lame.

Anyhow, they never used it anyhow, even after they altered it. They said the trident was the kicker that put them over. I did the typical thing a kid like me would do in that situation... I cussed the principal out and spray painted the school with some of buddies. I gave them all the satanic emblems they could stand, that fateful night.

Payback feels good. And, I wasn't a taxpayer back then, so... Hey! I never paid for it! :)

Anonymous said...

I don't think you should be friends with anyone who uses the "n" word.

noahkey said...

Um....this is the REAL BOC and that previous post was most likely put on here by Blankfist.

But in his defense: I don't think anyone who posts a comment on a blog anonymously should tell me who my friends should be.

I mean what do you have against Kirsten dunst, A-non?