I didn’t say the days were going to be consecutive, did I? No.
So back to the pig. Previously on Argh:
My pal Krissie has the ugliest suitcase on the planet, a dingy pink monstrosity she affectionately calls the Pig. We’ve travelled all over the world with the Pig, and while you’d think its ugliness would become more endearing, it remains the Embarrassment on the Baggage Carousel. Then I painted silver stars on my luggage and Krissie said, “Fix the Pig.” Except we were never together long enough for me to do it, so when she left this time, I handed her my silver star suitcase and said, “Leave the Pig. I can’t stand it anymore, I’m fixing it.”
So the Stars went to Vermont and the Pig stayed home.
In retrospect, I was too harsh. The Pig is not the ugliest suitcase on the planet, but as Opus would say, “Lord, it’s not good.” So fast forward five weeks and I’m still staring at the Pig. It’s sitting in my sunroom, and it’s sneering at me, and I am still fresh out of ideas beyond “make it a pig.” So I decide the hell with it, just DO it, which is always what happens when I’m stumped on a book, too.
I began by making a drawing to scale of the Pig as it is:
Here’s the photo of the pig for reference:
Then I pulled out the photos of real pigs that I’d decided were going to be the most help and then I began to draw. I knew I wanted to stay within the inner section and I wanted to use those pointed areas at the top for ears. After that, I had nothing. So for about an hour I drew pigs inside that rectangle, starting with ears, and no matter what I did, they looked like cows. The thing is, if you look at real pigs, they are cows: rectangles with tiny eyes, huge nostrils, and pointy ears. So I broke away from the pictures of the real pigs and went to a rounder head, and I finally had something that looked like a pig. Wasn’t very exciting though. Then my eye fell on the gift bag I’d bought for Callie’s birthday present (yes, Callie is about to become one year old) and on this bag was a Famous Logo that Krissie loves, and I thought, There it is, and I drew this:
If Krissie approves, that’s going on the Pig. I’d say “Stay tuned for Day Three,” but I’m swamped here and I have until the end of July when I have to take the Pig back to Krissie, so I’ll just say, “And at a later date, I’ll be painting the Pig.”
You know, this blog is just nothing but cutting edge class.