Getting close to being caught up with all “The Miniscules” to date. There will be a few more Wednesdays before you will be getting the current weekly serving of hilarity. Of course, you can always catch Miniscule Monday on Instagram @lines_by_leon
No verse for the creatures this week, just a query.
When I started The Miniscules it was just an avenue for some strange ideas that I had in my head. sometimes they got into predicaments because of their size, then later they became embroiled with current events. With a bit of time on my hands, and in answer to many queries like, “Where did the Miniscules come from?”, I decided to use my rudimentary skills to produce what I like to call: “a waste of a few hours of my day…“
Now to continue your refresher of The Miniscules so far:
So, there you go. I hope that you enjoy The Miniscules as much as I do.
Continuing the evolution of my “artistic” side. Some ideas are poignant, others come from everyday situations, the last one was inspired by all the sports repeats in 2020. You can see that I haven’t figured out where to put the web link:
I started a “Miniscules: Origins” movie. I got as far as a trailer (will post that soon). The last one was due to changing my Instagram account.
“Can I see more creatures” you ask? Of course.
I hope you have been enjoying my scratches and scrawls.
Sometimes humor can make you laugh out loud, chuckle, snicker, giggle, smile, smirk, purse your lips, furrow your brow, or shake your head. As I have written before, humor is subjective (read my previous post here: Humor/Humour) and it is so diverse from the silly to the “I can’t believe you said that” to the just plain weird or bizarre.
I have always enjoyed the just plain weird humor. The Far Side cartoons were some of my favorites, and the humor of Steven Wright was groundbreaking. So, continuing with last week’s post, I am going to catch you up on my cartoon, The Miniscules, to show one aspect of my sense of humor. If you have read my other posts, you’ll know that I usually interject humor wherever possible.
I put together the rough drafts that became the finished product which I called ‘Scule-volution.
Notice the addition of various borders…
Most of the early humor was derived from the fact that they are just so small, which later will incorporate more current events.
And finally, on the theme of weird, here are my creatures. I don’t know how they came about, but they did, and they are definitely weird.
I like to sketch and draw, but for some reason, I could not consistently draw people-or cartoons. Not being one to give up, I decided to give up. But, I had all these oddly humorous situations that needed an outlet. So I came up with “The Miniscules”.
Some of the situations encountered were inspired by current events, others because they are so tiny, or the combination of the two. I began to post them on Instagram under the tag -minisculemondays. Seeing that my Mondays here were taken by my love of music, I’ll share some of my favorites and catch you up to date.
I’ll start with some of my originals and show how they evolved from a crude scrawl to a not so crude scrawl-but with a fancy border!
Weird? Yup. Laugh out loud hilarity? That’s still up for debate…
Don’t ask me why I was thinking of this, but I was thinking about things I used to draw as a kid. Usually during class. Usually in my scribbler. Sometimes on my desk. I don’t want to give away any clues, but most of my desks in elementary school still had holes in the upper right-hand corner. Their intended purpose was unknown, but it made a great garbage hole.
The top of the desk had a pencil groove, which didn’t do much good if you lifted the lid. It did, however, provide a handy area to fill with pencil graphite (we still believed it was lead) and coat any of your fingertips with a shiny, gray powder.
Anyway, these are some of the things I remember drawing:
There were some favorites, though. Full points of you guess them all.
I took up sketching a few years ago. I am always amazed at the talent people have to create realistic drawings. I never focused on a specific subject; I just started to draw what came to mind.
I think that I’m a funny person. I like to make people laugh. I also have an odd sense of humor, which led me to try to draw cartoons. But alas, it was not to be. I never quite liked my creations, and it was the content of the humor which was more important to me than the visuals themselves.
That led me to create “The Miniscules,” who find themselves in odd situations (due to their minisculeness), and later, comment on some of the current events. But wait, you are thinking. Isn’t miniscule misspelled?
Well, according to merriam-webster.com:
“The adjective minuscule is etymologically related to minus, but associations with mini- have produced the spelling variant miniscule. This variant dates to the end of the 19th century, and it now occurs commonly in published writing, but it continues to be widely regarded as an error.”
So, to answer your question, Yes-kinda. Does it detract from the loveableness of the characters? To answer my question, I hope not.
Now the dilemma was: Where to put them? I’m not a big social media participant, but I had an Instagram account just waiting to be used to 3.54% of its full potential. I created Miniscule Mondays, where, if you haven’t already figured out, I post a Miniscule… OK, I don’t have to explain.
Just get to the cartoons, I hear you say. I have all (most) of them posted on my website, but here are three of my earliest:
Here are a few of the pandemic inspired:
Finally, a few of my favorites:
I hope you have enjoyed “The Miniscules.” Stay tuned for a “Miniscules: Origins” movie. There is a teaser trailer on my website as well.