Sketching up some sketchy characters!
This is something I'm playing with from a story called, "One Wish".
The story is about a kid who receives a used magic lamp with only one wish left.
So he does what anybody would do... he wishes for a hundred more wishes!
One of my favorite books as a child was a Walt Disney version of "Arabian Nights".
Much like Aesop's Fables and the Grimm Brothers fairy tales, Arabian Nights (originally called "One Thousand and One Nights") was a collection of stories by various authors over hundreds of years.
It was the biggest book I owned and it had stories like "Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp" and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves".
They were such amazing an exotic stories! A far cry from the Dr. Seuss, James Marshall and Richard Scarry stories I was used to with primary colors and funny characters. Ali Baba, Aladdin and Scheherazade's stories had caves, secrets, treasure, murder, Jinn, and far-off, exotic locations where people wore curved knives around like it was normal. I didn't draw any knives into the sketch (times have changed). But I am trying to figure out how to draw a sketchy-looking discount Genie some time soon!
When I was in high school my older brother went off to college to study Psychology.
One weekend when he came home I asked him what he was learning.
He grabbed a piece of paper and a pencil and asked me to draw a picture of a person.
What I drew looked a lot like a version of these guys.
He then said that what I drew was how I see myself. I think it was supposed to mean that if you drew big ears or a long neck you were self-conscious about that part of yourself.
I didn't agree with his assessment.
He never did go into the field of psychology as a career so he was probably wrong about self-sketching as self interpretation.
But I do think that my hair, when I grow it out, does look a bit like that sketch in the upper right.