Borscht and a “Quivering Man-Monster”

So Procrastinator’s Day Off wrote a very cool comment on the Gesture Sketches post:
“I feel a dolphin cartoon brewing…🙂
I suppose the urge to commit something to paper can be triggered by anything from a curious juxtaposition of shapes to the way the light hits a particular subject. I remember being compelled to sketch a weirdly-shaped cobweb once which looked like a quivering man-monster. I just couldn’t stop looking at it.” 

I sat staring at the cobweb description for a while, and then doodled something messy with a pen on the pharmacy receipt that resides on my desk for some reason. It’s way too poopy looking to post, so instead here’s a slightly less poopy digital doodle I did as warm up today. I’m still very curious what their original sketch looked like though!

quivering_man_monster

That converasion got me thinking about drawing comics again. I’ve attempted it numerous times in the past, but I was never happy enough with the results to ever post anything anywhere.
I have many tales of this infamous soup. One is the legend of how my mom learned to make it, at a pretty tender age. Another is how I tried to cook some borscht for a friend in London. Then there was the time I struggled to squeeze some soup out of a plastic water bottle… I might draw these some day as well. For now, behold our disguisting borscht-eating habits:

My favourite way to eat borscht

I spent a very long time meticulously colouring everything with the six markers I found, but then looking at all the very bright colours made my eyes hurt, so using the magic of instagram filters I changed it to this. I also wanted to follow this up with an animated loop frame of my mom and me sitting on the couch, belching garlic-breath-clouds at the cats, causing them to faint, but then I ran out of baby-free time. Adding it to my list of things to do though 😀

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