Tuesday, March 06, 2007

My Chipalobuffamunk & Me

When I saw that this week's Toon Club topic was "Imaginary Friends," I didn't know what I would draw. I never had any imaginary friends... unless all my friends were imaginary. I guess that would explain the low turnout for my birthday party.

I decided to turn my childhood self into a character from
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends... a fine show on Cartoon Network. Seeing my t-shirt, you may assume that this drawing is set in 1981. But if you watch our home movies (and don't) you'll see that I was wearing that same "81" shirt on four consecutive Christmas mornings. So all the numbered t-shirt indicates is that it was not before 1981.

Sadly, the head-to-body size comparison here is not a caricature... which is probably why I never changed shirts. Squeezing my giant noggin through tiny neck holes has nearly ripped off my ears on several occasions. I'd probably still be wearing that t-shirt if I hadn't torn through the thing like an angry Incredible Hulk in late '85.

Got the Lakers shorts and high-tops going there too... I was quite a Lakers fan in the 80's. Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Scott, Cooper... hey! The 80's Lakers were my imaginary friends! I'm so glad I finally put this together. Thanks for missing my birthday party... stupid Lakers.

23 comments:

Piotr said...

haha hilarious post ST! i still have imaginary friends!

Todd Oman said...

I like this alot great stuff.

Nathan Lindsay said...

The longer version of the story that you have here makes the drawing even better. I discovered in my time off that the cartoon network actually plays some better cartoons during weekdays...but only during the day. Apparently evenings and Saturdays are not when they want to entertain me. Great "friend".

GhettoFab said...

other than your work theres nothing finer than some 80's lakers...ahhhh the memories!

Thanks for sharing mr lewis. Nuther smile chalked up.

Mike Mac said...

You nailed the style with this one. Awsome blog!

Kevin Keele said...

This is awesome Shane, I'm very inspired. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends is my favorite cartoon show ever, but I've never thought of drawing young me with an imaginary friend in that style. I may have to copy your idea, very cool.

Jarrett said...

Yo! I love this! Man, very very cool. Nice design.

Florian Satzinger said...

Absolutely great and genius. Wow, really great design!

Cuffe said...

You really make this stuff look easy. Swine!

Sam Nielson said...

Great style imitation! Very well done, and fun designs.

ljay said...

Been a while since I've come by for a look...some really great suff here...took me a while to read all this stuff but I laughed quite a few time...even out loud. I hope to meet you some time...really like your work!

flipstudios said...

dude, you are way too funny!!! great pic. different style for you but ya nailed it. cheers

adrian said...

What about A.c Green? Very nice Buffalochipawhatchamacallit too by the way. Yeah 80's Lakers!

Blogerts said...

I always love the drawings, but I think the writing is what I enjoy the best. I'd really like to see a drawing of that head trying to go through that shirt neck hole. Maybe that's why you never took it off.

Tim Bye said...

As always this is hilarious and impressive! I wouldn't want to be on the wrong side of your imaginary friend!

Ron Jensen said...

Yes! Thats a great character. He's so orange. Its nice to see a bit of a different style comming form you. When I first saw it I thought of Fosters imaginary friends. Very cool cartoon.

Ken Chandler said...

How are you so consistantly hilarious Shane? Is there a recipe, I want it. Awesome illustration! Great caricature-- looks just like you, only younger... and cartoony. Stopping by to read your comments is always a treat.

Valkeus said...

Nice one Shane. I am glad I don't live in your world—I would have to commit myself, wait, my wife already did that.

Bloop Bloop Bleep Bleep said...

Alas, the inner workings of the crazy man I live with. I don't know if there's a cause to your weirdness - but I attribute it to the size of your head. And to those of you who don't know Shane personally - his head really IS that big...seriously. I've tried to make him a hat before - it's giant. It's full of random facts too - all mixed in with the craziness.

Jed said...

again, shane. you are the funniest person I know. Someday Walt Disney animation will need you as their gag man. It's cool how Pixar is kicking them back into shape, huh?

jed

Heather said...

Wow! Brilliant blog; love the classic Pinocchio picture. Isn't it just the best thing when you find them?

Lots of Love,
Heather

Amber Monette said...

I love it..it is very fosterish however your style still shows through. I love the big guy, he is great and fun and nice personal touches. YOU got Great stuff on here!

Sian Cross said...

I love your character designs and I really like your post showing the step-by-step process of finishing a drawing in photoshop.

I'm just starting out on the $100,000 Animation Drawing Course but I'm a complete novice....and it shows! But just wanted to say how great I think your characters are, you make me green with envy!