Sporadica: Bored at Work
Written by productofsloth on February 25, 2019
Once again, took time off. Good thing I named this column ‘Sporadica’ since I’m about as regular as a trucker full of cheese. Stew on that for a moment. It’s one of my better metaphors.
This time out I decided to talk about myself. My column, my narcissism. A long time ago I worked for a company that sold animation art. The pay was crap, but I loved the customers. Toward the end of my tenure, the owner of the gallery sent me to a sales training course. If you’ve never been, don’t go, they suck. Two minutes of useful information, 58 minutes of fluff. Utter garbage. Anyway, I happen to be an incessant doodler. Can’t help it, that’s how my mind works. If nothing’s going on and I can’t walk away…I draw. When I went to the training class, I took a sketchbook to keep my mind occupied. Owner didn’t like that and told me I was being insubordinate. I disagreed and might have said I didn’t need a lecture on how to take notes. Yadda, yadda, yadda, and I was fired from a cartoon company for doodling.
If there was a lesson to be learned I missed it. I still doodle like a madman.
And every now and then I do something with them, like posting them here.
These all started off as ‘marginal sketches’ because I did them in the margins of meeting notes. The inspiration was a sign near my office featuring a cow, a pig and a bull. I couldn’t figure out the cow so I drew a chicken instead. Not sure where the bunny came from, but I think I might have some resentment and anger issues.
When all is said and done I plan on drawing the entire Chinese Zodiac. It’s the logical progression of bull, chicken, pig, rabbit…rat, snake, panda, geisha, dragon, stick, fortune cookie, monkey? I don’t know, I need to do some research.
In the meantime, enjoy this little feature I call ‘Bored at Work’.