Our Absurd Life: 09/29/21 – Spaghetti #25

Spaghetti #25

HOLA Night OwlZ, Early BirdZ & Dog LoverZ

Tonight’s Essential Cartoon continues the Spaghetti run.

The idea for this cartoon came from my job.  Every 3 months we review emergency drills with our clients.  Fire, Earthquake, and, unfortunately, Active Shooter drills.

Back to cartooning: 

I’ve read a lot about the importance of doing warm-ups before sitting down to draw.  I mean, it makes sense, right?  Musicians and athletes do warm-ups, why not artists?  Usually I get bored with all the circles and squares and cross-hatching exercises, because they tend to feel unconnected to whatever I’m working on.  But today I realized I can keep the warm-up simple and more pertaining to the cartoon.  So instead of random shapes and lines, I warmed up with the shapes that would be used in tonight’s cartoon.  This way, by practicing these particular shapes –ovals & squares (heads), rectangles (body), arm, book, hands, letters– my warm-up would be more focused.  If it interests you, then you can check out the attachment.

Warm-up Exercises

Also, took a book out on Labrador Retrievers from my most favorite place on Earth  —  the library.  I will start to incorporate details that Labs have, like the shape of their ears, for example.  I’m also experimenting with Spaghetti’s eyebrows, less Groucho Marx.  

One last thing.  I bought my first magazine in, like, 15 years.  When I saw the dog on the cover, I figured, what the heck.  It’s the National Geographic “The Genius of Dogs” issue.  Can’t believe it was $14.99 ($17.99 in Canada, man they’ve got it rough) which is probably why I haven’t splurged on one in years.  I could’ve gone out to eat for that money.  I guess it’s food for the brain.

If you made it through this email — thanks!  If not, then no worries.  I just hope you enjoy the cartoon.

Catch you all on Friday.


Ian S.



“No rulers were harmed during the making of this cartoon.”

“Let’s still be careful out there.”

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