Neurotic Owl

flying through clouds of uncertainty on wings of existential dread

Special request! Which I sort of failed at.


A certain friend who shall be forever (or at least for this post) know as Lrequested a cartoon with this caption, with Neurotic Owl running off to an adventure.  Simple, right?  I draw more ridiculous things than that ALL the time.

So this is version #6 or maybe 7, because NO is really designed as a character who stands stiffly and awkwardly and hardly ever moves, and I just can’t seem to make him run.  I tried!  I swear, I tried.  Running poses looked like he was sitting, or dancing, or had to pee, but never running.  The only way I could get him to look like there was some kind of running happening was to go off-model and stylize him (differently than his usual stylization), and I’m pretty sure she’s looking for NO classic.  So, fail, but I’m posting this one because I sort of love it and think it’s adorable.

That would probably sound egotistical if I hadn’t just admitted that I can’t draw a cartoon owl running.  Send me one of those ads where you draw the donkey to supposedly get into art school, damn it!  I feel the need to prove myself!

Look, naked ladies!  I can draw those!


Cartoon David Tennant riding a unicorn?  Check.


All the stuff a nerd could want?  No problem.


Running cartoon owl, you are my new nemesis.  I shall conquer you!

2 comments on “Special request! Which I sort of failed at.

  1. SS
    August 6, 2014

    I suspect NO would not “run ” toward adventure. He might go forth but with timidity and trepidation so this rendition is spot on!

    • naralesser
      August 7, 2014

      That is more or less the issue with trying to draw him running — at least, running TOWARDS. I tend to think he’d back away slowly if retreat were necessary, too. Or maybe trip and fall. Oh, lord, he’s the blonde girl in the horror movie.

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