I don’t know how I get so lucky sometimes! What can I say? I have awesome friends. A few weeks ago (I don’t know how I had the audacity to ask her) I mentioned to Mulya that I really admire her artwork and would be honored to death if she’d ever be willing to make a cartoon of me. I love her style. Her cartoon characters always use just a few lines, but they express such a beautiful attitude towards the world!
Obviously, the results were AWESOME! She’s never seen me full-length, so I take no issue with any proportions being different from me. But it is so rare to see a drawing of a fat lady done in such a way that implies she’s still pretty, loving, fun, friendly, active and everything. Seriously, to me Mulya is a genius!
I have no talent for cartooning myself. It’s a skill I’m very jealous of. I can draw photo-realistic things, but it takes a special sort of creativity to be able to interpret reality into a lovely and simple form that communicates just the essence.
I didn’t post the image she sent me right away, because I was mentally retarded at that time. Seriously, I’ve been going through some stuff lately that has made me feel incapable of thinking or functioning like my normal self. The result was that I couldn’t figure out how to translate the picture she e-mailed to me into an image that I could upload. But I seem to have gotten past that stage of incompetency and now am very proud to display the beautiful image she so kindly drew for me. I am extremely pleased to be able to adopt her sweet drawing as my new avatar.