(Drew’s take on "Hermes", or as the Romans called him, “Mercury”)
First of all, he’s an all powerful Greek God, (out of his time) . . . did I mention powerful skills . . . Anyway, he’s extremely insecure, unsure of his place in the pantheon of classical Greek Gods . . . in spite of his deep intelligence and acute reasoning skills (one of his godly gifts), the other Gods just think of him as their messenger … (their ego needs to be in charge).
Now, he does have the ability to be pretty much anywhere instantly. He’s very fast, you see . . . but he is also the only Greek God who ever second guesses himself. He sometimes has doubts (this could be a sign of his intelligence?) . . . and the other Gods know this about him. They don’t want him in charge of anything . . . they, who never doubt themselves, want that power for themselves! . . . anyway, his feelings are hurt .
But! . . . “Nowdays” . . . he doesn’t care about that so much. He wants to go to Hollywood, act in a few movies, and show the people some very Godly tricks* that only an immortal could do!
* THINK SPECIAL EFFECTS Jan 2015: Gentle
I have probably 20 notebooks of varying sizes & shapes, full of sketches. The notebook drawings go back 30 years to my animation career. They were generated during two main periods; the first group drawn during my many years of animated cartoons for Hanna-Barbera & Disney, etc; the second group here in Arkansas since I've retired from animation.
The first group were drawn in moments of relaxation, letting my mind wander & my fingers dance along the edges of the unconscious, a way to relax my head & my hand from the rigid constraints of creating animation. The animation work was very intense, so I began this method of adjourning that led into expressing aspects of human persona. To this day I tend to put shirts on over my head rather than button & unbutton the front because the rigors of animated affected my ability to do little delicate tasks like that.
The 300 or so drawings that I still possess from those 30 years are out of a group of maybe 3000 that I culled, discarding the rest. The second group, really done since 2008, have been drawn with me giving free rein to my fine art & not so much as therapy from animation.
This post begins an ongoing series about the notebooks. Today's blog is a more recent drawing, from a day in January 2015 when I was obviously in a more playful mood. Sometimes I sketch a bit of info or a background storyline as well, a holdover from storyboarding in animation days. Here's the text from "Hermes", in case you can't read my handwriting.