mad in pursuit journal

DISPATCHED FROM THE CROSSROADS, AT THE intersection OF wise & wicked


Ever have those top-of-the-world moments when you feel like you're going to kick some serious ass?

For my drawing practice last night I was trying to capture a moment when Maddie is given a new project and she feels like she finally has the power to make the world a better place. Career drudge turned superhero. Look out Forces of Evil!

Most of our lives are exercises in anxiety management. (See the other Maddie pencil sketch below.) We're fearful, self-conscious, and happy to hide in a crowd.sketch

But every so often — kazaam! kaplow! wham! — we are transformed by right challenge — the adventure we've prepared all our lives for. We're beautiful. We're bold. And we know what needs to be done next.

In the real world, the Forces of Evil are never conquered and disillusionment is a bitter pill. Still, it doesn't mean we can't do good when the power is upon us.

Technical note: The Maddie above is a scanned pencil sketch, "painted" in Photoshop (not in the mood to fiddle with Illustrator). The pose was influenced by the female models in the book "Drawing Crime Noir for Comics & Graphic Novels," by Christopher Hart. Instead of toting guns, my Maddie wields facts and ideas.


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