A few years back the creators of Homestar Runner and Strongbad emails came to SCAD Atlanta to talk about their creations, and let me tell you, those guys are so humble and awesome. It’s sad that they’re not updating as much as they used to, but at the same time it’s not sad because they put importance on their family life and whatnot, which is super cool.
I asked them a few questions like their inspirations, methods, and their odd dialog choices (“The Ab Abber 3000! They’ll Be All Up Ons!”). My friend Rachel O. made fun of me for my star-struck self, but how could I not? Those guys were a contributor to my desire to become an animator!
After their “lecture” I walked up to them with my sketchbook in hand, because I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to get their signatures, but as I waited in line, I wondered if I could maybe ask for a quick sketch or something. A lot of artists don’t do free sketches like that, but when I asked them they looked at me funny and was oddly embarrassed by the idea. They said their drawing skills weren’t that great compared to students in art school. I told them it wasn’t true, and if they didn’t want to draw in it, that’s fine. I kind of felt bad anyway for asking. I definitely wanted their signature, though.
So the above picture was scanned from my sketchbook. Mike sat there for a while talking to people with my sketchbook open and blank and he kept apologizing when he would remember it was in his lap.
I tried very hard not to be a fan girl. To my perception I kept it mostly cool, but every time I look in my sketchbook I get giddy. They are cool guys with cool ideas that probably still don’t even realize how big they are.
For those of you who have no idea who these characters are, please go here.