If you haven’t been able to tell I’ve been on hiatus for a while, I’m once again sorry that life has gotten in the way of my drawing. I’m not quite sure when I’ll get back to drawing, but I know that when I do I’m planning on having enough story finished to make it worth the wait. I’m looking at some changes in the format, and after going through some old drawings and ideas I am excited, but finding the time time to get everything done with work, and other commitments- somethings are having to take a back seat, including the comic. The comic mostly because I want to be happy with what I’m posting, I could rush stuff out, but I wouldn’t like it. A big change in my thinking since I started. I’ll keep posting to the blog, sometimes ramblings, sometimes doodles, and will post comics when I’m ready to tell you a story I’d want to read. Thank you all for your support and I hope as the holidaze descends upon us, you all have a wonderful time.
The one that was never made! I drew this one out, including details on the robe for a unknown monkey themed house at Hogwarts, but for some strange reason this one, as far as I know, was never made into a badge, and therefore never given to anyone… If I’m wrong, please let me know.
While finishing up the process I made a badge for some old friends (they will come up later) and afterwards I ended up getting some emails from people asking for badges. I replied with “Thank you… glad you like my work… badges are only for a select group… if I have any spare time I’ll see what I can do.” Basically, “Sorry, but No.” SO I actually did do the badges- and used the excuse of these were warm ups. Just like anything you warm up before you get to serious drawing, little doodles that you toss. I took a few of those to a finished state, and this was one of them.
I don’t know much about MINIon #0727, the email I received was of a personal nature helping me to figure out what to draw, but I don’t feel right sharing it. You might be able to guess at some of it through the clues in the badge. I was able to see their MINI at a gas station in Nevada. I never actually saw them, but I recognized the badge. I don’t feel right coming up to someone and introducing myself “Hey! I drew that!”
I tried to exemplify a MINI convertible owner with this one… in fact I think this was the first one I had drawn with a full on smile (which then led to other people asking why their MINIon wasn’t smiling). As I’ve said many people said “just draw whatever!” which puts me into a bit of a bind, what if they don’t like it? If the request is hyper-detailed it becomes work, but when you are trying to capture someone in a drawing of a monkey, so many things could go wrong. So I decided that I rarely see MINIon #0714 without a smile, I would make the skin tone a little more tan, and when you drive a convertible you better have sunglasses.
MINIon #0714 (I still think they chose that number so they would be one higher than #0713) was part of the group we met in England at MINI United, and since then has been an active part of the MINIons. Always willing to lend a helping hand Sue actually drove with MINIon #0714 for part of MINI Takes The States 2014 after I had to head home for the start of school.
When I decided to do this one I actually knew what I was doing. You see MINIon #0317 and MINIon #0713 are married. So, I figured I would just reverse the design. I did try it a couple of different ways including reversing the entire design, but felt that was a bit much. I also had to change the number so it read 0713 instead of 7130. Playing in Photoshop which is how I do these. You see ( I really should check if I’ve said this before) I hand draw and ink each MINIon and then scan that into Photoshop to color and add to a template I have for the badge. So somewhere around my house are the actual drawings for each and every one of these.
I met MINIon #0713 at MINI United in 2009 and since then we run into each other (figuratively) at MINIs on the Dragon, and Mickey & MINI when I can get there. From what I understand he is nothing like MINIon #0028. See MINIon #0317 for further details.
I keep saying that there was one design that sent out the message that I will draw some really cool and unique for you, even if you don’t ask. If I remember correctly, this was that design. Before I drew this one if I had a special MINIon it was something they held in their had, or something like that, this was the first one I went beyond on… causing many hours of cursing and asking myself “why?” and stranger and stranger requests started to come in. The funny part those people I really had gotten to know over the years, didn’t ask, and were happy with what they received. Sadly I can trace it all back to my attempt to channel Mike Mignola, Hellboy in monkey form.
MINIon #0666 is a bit of a hellion. Actually, he is one of the nicest and caring people I know. I’d say that even if he didn’t wield the Hand of Doom. Creative and just plain fun, he’s a bit of a clown. Just avoid listening to him sing karaoke… trust me.
It seemed that I was possessed when creating this post… I’m sorry the image did not show up and decided to post it again for those folks on Facebook and Twitter… Social Media is a product of the devil.