Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Encounter

The other day I ran into a high school acquaintance.

This is always nerve-wracking.  I was kind of a loser in high school.

She was nice, though.  She was like:
"I saw you on campus the other day."


And I was like:
"O rlly?  We shoulda said hai!"

And she was like:
"You were talking to yourself."

And I was like:

And she said:
" A lot."

And I was like:

And she was like:
"Your hands were moving and stuff."

And I was like:


"Let's talk about something else!"

Isn't it nice to know that some things never change??


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I'm delighted to say that the speedpaint blog has taken off!  I'm really impressed by the level of talent.  If you haven't checked it out yet, go ye therefore!  If you want to join, we want to have you!  Email me at storyboarder@gmail.com

Here's this morning's speedpaint, a 30 minute of Mary Blair cinderella (actual one first, natch.)

30 comments:

Lizzie said...

Oh Heather... you were NOT a loser in high school. I think you are awesome. And love how you make life so funny. You're the best!

perkyhandmaiden said...

Haha! I ran into a high school friend a while back and they were graduated and married with a kid. I felt like a total bum.
You should have told her you were on a bluetooth :)
You are so funny! And I love the speedpaints.

LinWash said...

This blog always makes my day!

Jules said...

I like the idea of doing a speedpaint from a picture...maybe I could actually do one that way (maybe?).

Also I just discovered your fish feeding thing and I think I could be happy playing with that for the entire workday.

Julie said...

That makes me laugh! That is just the way I feel sometimes. Well, OK, most of the time! It's nice to know that others feel the same way too. It's very normal not to know quite what to say to awkward people!!

Carrie Liao said...

your speedpaints are always so impressive! :D

--Hey said...

Can your fish get fat from over feeding?

--Hey said...

I'm distracted... what was it that you posted?

Brittany said...

You crack me up! And I have to second what Liz said, you were far from a loser. I wish I could be like you. Seriously! I've had way too many of those post high school awkward reunions too.

Claire said...

"What? I was talking to you - you just didn't interpret me correctly!"
"I was directing the ants, they're very industrious once you start talking international espionage."
"I was talking to my friend! See? Meet George... What do you mean you don't see him, he's right beside you!"
"Your Mom talks to herself."

Haha! But no, I wouldn't say those things either... I'd probably chortle and make up some excuse like "I must chase that car now... T'ra!"

Abby :D said...

Weirdo in High School???? ...wait isn't everybody?? And why is it weird if you talk to yourself!!?? I mean, I do that all the time, and I'm like SUPER AWESOME!!! So that must mean you are SUPER AWESOME as well :)

Thanks for making my day once again! :D

Erica said...

Seriously. Your drawings are to a "T" perfect on expressions. I laughed so stinkin' hard. And you know what? I heard that people who talk to themselves are smarter than those who don't. So, take that high school reunion.

Johnson Family said...

All I can say is that I sure hope your conversation with yourself was good. lol
I will never forget our wonderful Saturday nights volunteering. We had so much fun making our own stories and joking about anything and everything. You are so amazing and talented and if that requires a little bit of talking to yourself then so be it!

Claudio Cerri said...

Very cool stuff here! I follew you!

Caitlin said...

hahaha, the awkwardness!! This happens to me WAY more I'd like.

SaraO @ TheLibrarianReads said...

haha, I run away from high school acquaintances...and current/former students. No shame.

Aria said...

I have 3 kinds of high school acquaintances cause I moved high schools the middle of my junior year. In fact the only real friend I maintained was my best friend and we never went to that same school. I started a 30 day art challenge today. The first one was "draw yourself" unfortunately I was wearing curlers at the time...

Margaret Marshall Moon said...

Your Blair emulation looks fantastic, Heather! Well done.

Nikki Mantyla said...

These comics of yours are the best! They always make me laugh so much. LOVE the other one with the old guy and the turkey sandwich too. So hilarious!

Marcelo Vignali said...

If you weren't a loser outcast in school, it means you weren't spending the necessary time alone learning how to draw and paint. That's why all of us artists are a bunch of dorks, we spend way too much time alone, drawing, talking to ourselves -- a lot.

Funny drawings.

Emily said...

My favorite thing about this post is the ginormous bow the baby's wearing. It's bigger than her head.

Also, talking to yourself is way underrated. I tell myself that all the time.

Heather said...

Your blog always -- ALWAYS -- makes me laugh. I just love it. And your speedpaint is awesome, as usual.

On another unrelated note, I just wanted to report to you that the Jolly Holiday at Disneyland is lovely. I wished you were there so we could geek out together about everything there.

Heather Dixon said...

Hahaha. Thanks guys! Isn't high school such a weird time of life? (It's probably up there with dating during college. Yes, probably.)

@JohnsonFamily (Heidi): I TOTALLY remember those stories! You know, I think I actually still have them in my parents' basement! (freaky)


And: I've spent like hours feeding those fish. No matter how hard I try, the little black one never swims toward his food. He's so proud.

Anonymous said...

I didn't think you were a loser in high school - of course I talk to myself frequently. The voices don't like it when I ignore them and they just keep pestering me until I respond. Seriously, though, talking to myself helps me organize my thoughts and helps reduce anxiety when I'm stressed.

Mary said...

As usual, I am enjoying the blog.

I am also enjoying Entwined, which I am rereading. I have to write book reviews for the paper at work (local library) and I am doing yours this time. I don't think the local crowd gives your book enough attention, we'll see about that. ;)

I am always impressed by the 30-min Speedpaint blog. Makes me feel bad for being such a lazy artist.

P. Daniel Quinney said...

Whenever someone catches me talking to myself, I simply explain that it's the only way I can have an intelligent conversation.

Heather Dixon said...

Shucks Mary, thanks! Totally come join the speedpaint blog--we'd love you.

Funaek said...

I love how well you use the comedic long pause! Your drawn stories always crack me up!

Cindy D. said...

Hahaha! I totally love the story of bumping into someone from high school and your outstanding comic of the event. So great!

Mary said...

I thought I had replied before, but, obviously it didn't work. :P
I am so flattered Heather! But, I think for now I have to decline. I am juuuust now trying to teach myself some digital art, and it's very slow going. But, I am going to be going to school soon and actually studying art/graphic design! (this has been a LONG time coming, and I am SO excited.) So, I may get back to you about the blog later. :) Thanks!