All in all, this fellow came out almost exactly the way I wanted. Drawing the face with a Sharpie helped.
All the hamsters are named after old coworkers at Viz.
I wrote this one way, way early; the whole storyline is basically built around the concept of a bunch of hamsters dressed as a guy. That said, I’m disappointed with the way the final art turned out. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but the thumbnail of Artie’s expression in the third panel was perfect. Sometimes you just can’t recapture the magic.
Lord, Human!Artie is a fun character to draw. He has such an expressive face. Anyway, yeah, Artie’s not a mad scientist, so these declarations don’t come naturally to him. But it’s okay, because he’s adorable with hamsters all over him.
I kind of have a soft spot for Artie.
Let it never be forgotten: large groups of hamsters are always adorable. Large groups of hamsters perched all over a hot guy are even better.
Artie’s hand gesture in the second panel is a pose for zazen meditation, so apparently he’s followed up on his idea from this week of strips.
Looking at it now, this strip is pretty good, but at the time all I could think was that drawing all these hamsters was a big pain in the butt. They’re pretty cute little guys, though.
I wrote this strip early on, way before any of the other strips in this storyline, and I still think it’s pretty funny. That said, Sammy the Thread-Spool Man came out much better in the thumbnail than the final art. I think you only ever get one shot at drawing Sammy the Thread-Spool Man.