What do you wanna be when you grow up (part 1 of Many!)
Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on March 13, 2009
So…where to begin with this one?
Well, I was doing this and that online in between outputting animation for work (I get, maybe, a 2 minute break here and there).
Anyway, I see one of those dumb ‘pick your career’ online trade degree program ads with a million little iconic looking people on it (doctors, welders, etc etc)for a flash of a second on a page and it somehow stuck in my brain.
I thought, huh, I could do that.
Kinna like when I heard LadySmith Black Mambazo as I mentioned in this post about how their concert spawned a film fest favorite for the kiddies!
So I started doodling various iconic “archetypes,” if you will. I started with these two:
I’m not sure why the devil has a bow tie, but it’s just kind of funny. Devils are always very well dressed, it seems. I like that the angel has a halo on a stick, too.
Then, these guys…
If that dirtbag artist guy looks familiar, well…
I work a lot in advertising, so all the ‘people’ in ads are always very iconic- doctors in white lab coats, artist with a funny hat and a smock, etc. So this was pretty fun for me.
I also got to thinking, hmm, this sounds as much like a list of ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?” that a little kid would make. So that’s why I added some robots, etc that kids want to be when they get older. I remember some little niece or niece’s friend or something who said she wanted to be a pony when she grew up.
The guy with a TV for a head was suggested by a co-worker as what an animator should look like. Hmm, that’s how they view us, eh?
One more for now…
I also got to thinking- how many kids wanna be a sports hero when they grow up?
I know I sure did- I wanted to be Pele’ the soccer star!
That’s him on the right… the one on the left is just the Larry Bird style tall pasty white guy basketball player.
If you read through a few of these, you’ll see some of the things I wanted to be as a kid (but never grew up to be for one reason or another) as well as some things I ACTUALLY DID grow up to be, that I never dreamt of being as a kid! How’s THAT work?
Next time, some more scribbles of icons from childhood!