These drawings came from a smaller drawing night, with Dillon, Tom, Ryan, Virginia, Manfred, Brent, and a newcomer (since I started this blog) Kelly Murphy, a fellow designer at work. I guess that's not that small, but it felt so. Dillon seemed to want a little more structure on his second visit to draw night since last time it freaked him out to just sit down and draw whatever. I recommended that he just grab some character reference from online and do his own interpretations. An image popped in my head of Eric Canete's Mononoke, and I suggested to Dillon that he do something like Mononoke or Totoro. After mentioning Totoro, I had this vivid image in my head of a Totoro in the wild. Not the cute Totoro that Miyazaki depicted, but an actual Totoro, in all his fearsome glory. So when I sat down, I said that I wanted to do something with Totoro, but Ryan had never heard of it. So I drew a ridiculous Totoro from memory and Ryan suggested I ink it.
It was nice to have Tom on hand because he's a fancy lad with an iPhone, and he was able to look up actual reference for Totoro and show one of the most awesome moments from the movie to Ryan. Using his iPhone, I drew some Totoro reference in the upper-left and proceeded to do my rendition of a feral Totoro. Two thoughts crossed my mind while drawing it. The first was that this might reveal the difference between how Totoro treats little girls and little boys. The second was just that all wild Totoros are just this mean. This was a crazy fun drawing to do.
The final page was just random stuff from my head. Tonight felt a little reverse-order, where my last drawings seemed like warmup drawings. And that's it! It was a simple night.