“When I was little, like 4 or 5, I had an imaginary friend named Simmel Simon (haha I wonder what character inspired the name). He was part of a very large family that included six sisters (three older and three younger)…and two younger brothers. The sister closest to him in age, and who was probably my alter ego, was named Jo. In reality, there was a tree next to my house that, in my mind, served as the Simon Family’s home…” — from Beth T.
My friend Beth told me this story about her imaginary friend. It’s so cool that kids imagine fantastical things, like a gigantic family living in a tree! I love being inspired by people’s stories. Did you have an imaginary friend growing up? Tell me about it, and I’ll try to draw it!
For Jon’s birthday, we had an Easter-egg party! We created and bashed them on each other’s heads, cascarones-style. It was epic… see below for lots of beautiful eggs and process photos!
Before the mayhem, I created confetti from those never-ending mail catalogs and construction paper
Maris dazzles with a sequin outfit
Rebecca uses cheese-cloth to tie dye her eggs.Those cell-phone stickers? They are also hilarious on eggs!
An illustration for the story, Concrete Fairground, by Olivia Aylmer. Read it all at Narrative.ly!
Who’ s your imaginary friend? For 2013, I’m drawing a new imaginary friend every day. It’s been a lot of fun, and a nice way for me to experiment with different materials, photo manipulation, and iPhone apps. I plan to make little books to give away at conventions (I’ll be at Stumptown and TCAF!) Here are a few of my favorites:
Burnard always shows up early to birthday parties, licks the cake and floats away on a balloon.
Meowtro attempts to keep the trains running smoothly — and fails.
“Frusty thinks his parents will visit him during the snow storm; how do I tell him they’re more imaginary than he is?
Norbert cleans my nostril hairs and documents the creatures he finds.
Tiffany got lost in her favorite song. Can you hear her singing along?
Lil’ Chompers loves to go shopping, and has more coupons than you can shake a stick at. Soon my buddy becomes an internet celebrity in Turkmenistan.
VVVoman scares little boys. Her voice is like Mom’s, like your teacher’s, like all the pretty ladies. She’s a made-up puzzle that boys can’t solve.
Follow my #imaginaryfriends on instagram, tumblr, or flickr. Let me know what you think and a little about your imaginary friend!
Making ornaments inspired by these by Eva Revolver.
Here is a page of the start of something, Pansy Boy #1. It was June’s comic in my subscription service; head on over to Doodle Airlines if you’d like to subscribe!