Cartoon Home Interior Sunbeam
Today’s cartoon is one of my childhood. One of the most important tools an artist has (if not THE MOST IMPORTANT tool) is his/her memory. We can’t always have reference in front of us to draw from, so we must use our memory. A sharp and vast mental library of images you can call upon is vital to making any illustration grounded and believable. In this case, I closed my eyes and wandered through memories of early childhood, seeking places I remembered quiet calmness. This image of a corner of my home popped to mind, as the afternoon sun would drift in through the western windows during lazy summer afternoons. I remember quite often settling down in this spot to read a book, or more commonly, a volume of our encyclopedia. I eventually read our entire Encyclopedia Britannia this way. This is a corner of the house as I remember it.
Some details included: Mail on the floor through the mail slot; Staircase and bannister,which I often slid down; homemade curtains; family photos on the wall; porch swing outside the window; sunbeam streaming through window; giant wooden spoon and fork. My sketch has a heater register on the floor ( metal grate which served as an air return for the massive boiler in the basement) but it detracted from the final art so I removed it.
The boy added below, was an afterthought.
Here’s the cartoon home interior, shifted towards the blue spectrum:
EDIT: Someone asked about the giant spoon and fork on the wall. Yes, those were real. They were a gift from some Aunt or Uncle who visited a tropical island while on vacation and was talked into buying the tourist junk. I found an image of them, well after I drew this.
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