I’m embarrassed that I’ve gone so long without a blog post, not much sketching, not much of anything. I’m beginning to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, though. My leg is no longer the size of a telephone pole and my knee bends again. More important, while I’m not completely pain free, the pain is not constant so I can begin to think about other things.
I’m still lacking in energy but I went sketching for the first time last week. It wasn’t a successful trip by most measures but it was nice to see the gang and the trip made me feel as though I was on the mend. We went to the civilisation museum where their main exhibition right now is from France and presents the works of cartoonist, Herge, a Belge cartoonist best known for his Tin Tin character.
I got on the bus and headed to the museum. The trip, one I used to walk in 40 minutes, seemed more like a crossing the Alps adventure than a simple trip across town. By the time I got there I was exhausted but also excited to see everyone.
Some wanted to draw character images glued to the side of the building. We could see some of them from a large window and people set up to draw. Honestly, it seemed sort of silly to draw these simple characters but the truth was, they fit my energy level and ability to engage with a subject very well. I spent about 15 minutes drawing these.
This quite literally wore me out and I spent the rest of the session sitting around, talking and looking at a bit of the Herge exhibition.
This week I found myself better able to walk and with even less pain. I’ve started doing some doodling at home and even managed to get some winterizing stuff done on the weekend. Still lacking energy but even that had improved. On Wednesday I hopped a bus to the library where we were going to draw from comics. Seems there’s a theme developing here.
It was a wonderful session, though my lack of energy, and probably my hiatus from drawing, showed when I tried to draw some of my favorite cartoon characters. I began drawing Corto, a very famous Hugo Pratt character. Pratt is an Italian cartoonist and one of my favorites.
As I look at this small sketch I can’t help but reflect on how tired I was when I finished it. I spent the next half hour just flipping through comics, mindlessly looking at the graphics.
Ultimately, though, I decided to draw Obelix, one of the main characters in the Asterix series of comics that taught most French kids early European history. Asterix and his buddies are Gauls and the bad guys are Romans. Obelix was Asterix’s super-strong friend, his loyal sidekick.
We ended that day with a cup of coffee and the sketching banter I have so missed over the past six weeks. When I got home I took a nap, but I’m getting there…taking baby steps with a limp.