Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The Life and Times of a Solitary Arm Fuzzy (And how he found his shadow)
This is not a story about a face. This is a story of friendship and joining together! A story of light, and shadow! A story of the rise and fall of arm fuzzies!
Barry was a hair. He was dark and tapered, just like a hair should be. He grew up out of a funny little crater, just like a hair should. He even got light highlights and dark shadows on his body, just like a fuzzy should
But Barry had a problem. Barry had no shadow.
Barry was pretty sure he was supposed to have a shadow. Doesn't everybody?
Barry knew that an object's shadow was defined by the direction of the light and the angle of the surface the shadow is cast on.
Barry plead with the universe "Why! Why don't I have a shadow?!"
"HAHAHAHAHAHA!" Said the Evil Force of Diffusion ", I scatter light, and blur shadows!"
Barry gasped ",You blurred my shadow to death?! Oh! If only I were larger so I could defeat you!"
Suddenly, a great, chill wind blew and all Barry's friend rose, and stood beside him. Each cast their own, small and blurry shadow. Together, they made a slightly larger, reasonably visible shadow.
"Huzzah!" said Barry "I have a shadow!"
(A) When I started drawing.
(B) When I got bored of hair and hair shadowing.
(C) When I realized it was ridiculous to try to illustrate something that I just figured out is nearly invisible anyway.
Moral: Diffusion doesn't give a rat's ass how big you are, it'll blur your shadow just the same. If that means the shadow no longer shows up, too bad. Diffusion has no patience for weakness.
Yep, I've been doing that all wrong. I've been carefully edging far too many, far too tiny shadows.