When I saw the artist behind one of my favorite web comics, Hijinks Ensue, was having a “fancy sketch drive” and that for a monetary donation he would draw basically anything you wanted, my little Cherbrain got so excited.
Then I began having anxiety attacks because I had no idea what to ask for. The request form sat open on my computer for HOURS, making rude hand gestures at me and taunting “na na na na na na” in a sing-song voice from hell. There were just so many things I could ask for, from the comic, from geek culture, from life. How the hell would I pick one? And worse, what if my request was just so awful that he mailed me a drawing of a hand turkey saying curse words which is what he threatens to do if you request stupid shit?!
After several hours and several beers I gave up and just typed words and my credit card number and hit submit:
“I’m not sure how this works, so… I would like a sketch of myself that incorporates any or all of the following: Doctor Who, Harry Potter, craft beer, Twitter. So maybe I’m, like, drunk leaning on the TARDIS, and casting a spell about Twitter. I don’t know. Um. It should maybe also say beingcheryl.com and/or @CherylHarrison on it?”
A couple days later I forgot I had ordered the sketch and resumed a peaceful life.
And then, after about a month, I got this in the mail:
(For those of you who don’t know what you’re looking at, the police box is from Doctor Who, the wand is from Harry Potter, the beer is from beer.)
So now I’m back to having anxiety attacks again because I can’t decide between hanging this on my headboard so I can look at it when I sleep and during sexytime OR taping it over my rearview mirror so I can admire it while driving OR carrying it around forever and shoving it in strangers’ faces.
COMMENTERS – IF YOU WERE GOING TO COMMISSION A SKETCH OF YOURSELF WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING IN IT AND ALSO WHERE THE HELL SHOULD I HANG THIS?!