I wasn’t too sure what this Simpsons character is called, but apparently he’s commonly known as “Sarcastic Clerk”. I wanted to incorporate the address into the picture, so I thought the Sarcastic Clerk (who was working as a mechanic in the episode I was watching while drawing this) holding a clipboard with the address on, was a good option.
No calligraphy in this envelope though, as I thought it could be a bit too small for the poor postie to be able to read easily. Maybe next month’s mail art competition envlope will be a calligraphy theme one…
I did try a few different ideas for drawings for this envelope, but nothing seemed to be working. So rather than draw something and feel frustrated that it wasn’t up to my usual standard, I decided to just go with a faux calligraphy ‘mail art’ envelope instead.
This also meant I was able to use my metallic gel pens, which do catch the light really well. I think they’d look even better on a darker envelope, although Royal Mail do prefer a white envelope (or at least a white sticker for the address), as their machine struggles to read it otherwise.
It’s been a long time since I’ve watched Hong Kong Phooey, but it’s also a cartoon I’ve only ever drawn once! So what better option for this mail art than Hong Kong Phooey jumping out of the filing cabinet?
As you can probably guess, I didn’t leave myself much space for the address 😛 I skipped any faux calligraphy, to let the illustration stand out better.
With Euro 2020 taking place, I had to draw a football themed envelope, although I’m not convinced that Donald Duck would get through the entire match without at least a yellow card!
Because I want to make sure the address doesn’t run if the envelope gets wet, I used a permanent pen for the faux calligraphy, and also for the typewriter-style address lettering. Maybe I need to get a permanent brush pen, so I can write the address in ‘proper’ calligraphy!
“This just in” – the classic words of news anchor Kent Brockman on The Simpsons. I had another attempt at using my watercolour pens to colour the drawing – this came out better than my previous attempt, but it still doesn’t really look fully blended. Maybe I need to use specific watercolour paper instead of a generic envelope!
I tried using watercolour pens for this envelope, but I can’t get them to blend properly. So Tom has to put up with some unusual blue shadows and some darker grey where I’d coloured over one section again.