My son has various after school activities, one of which is basketball class. The class meets twice a week for an hour at a time, working on basketball skills and scrimmaging. During this time, I am a basketball spectator, but I am also the entertainment for a 4 year old girl. Yes, my daughter waits with me, hopefully entertained by the stickers or rubber animals we have brought with us, but sometimes those begin to lose their luster 45 minutes into the waiting. So then Mama takes out her little notebook that she takes with her everywhere, and we think of something to do together. This particular day, my daughter told me, “Draw a cute heart guy. Put two white dots in his eyes so that he looks really cute.” So I drew the cute heart guy, but I added a tutu even though she didn’t request a tutu, because I’m a rebel like that. Then she instructed me to draw candies for the heart guy. It was very specific, because this little lady is detail-oriented like that. “Draw him chocolates. He wants two white ones and two dark ones. Now he wants two lollipops, a red lollipop and a yellow lollipop.” She was aware that I only had a black pen, so I shaded one in a little less and said, “That’s the yellow one.” She agreed. Then she asked for three gummy bears for the heart guy. Each one a different shade of pen ink. And finally, I added a chocolate kiss myself. Just because I felt like it. And we didn’t even feel the time pass really. Basketball class was concluded, and my son bounded over to see what we had been up to. So today we post the result of the mother-daughter-passing-the-time-during-basketball collaborative art project: Cute Heart Guy with Candies.
So what is the deal with the banana that is the star of my “Whatever.” Webcomic? In high school, my best friends and I used to write notes to each other with little drawings (during class? I plead the fifth…), and I often drew anthropomorphized produce (in addition to a spotted dog and lemmings, of course.) So going back to my roots, I sketched this little banana in my recipe book a while back. And then, the rest just happened. Well actually, I had to draw it all painstakingly. Except for the ones that the fairies drew for me at night. But those I can’t show anyone. Yet.