Stars, Cheese and Mustache drawing by Fox Larsson from Some Stories Squared Series

Stars, Cheese and Mustache — Some Stories Squared

I started this piece after reading a story from the gender stereotype project N. and I are currently working on. In this story a man shares his long moment of trepidation in the store: he is contemplating probably having to buy this fancy cheese, because he’s a man and has to be generous and a provider of goods, and then, after a while, succumbs to what he calls his innate Jewish frugality (and ends up not buying the cheese after all). It’s hard to describe all that went into this piece, I spent over a week working on it, and this week was very intense. There was thinking about the actual story, of course. Of feeling you have to do something because you’re a man/woman. I think about that a lot, square pics or not. There’s this David Foster Wallace story, it’s in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, about the guy that services you like a Ferrari and never lets you do anything for him. I cried when I first read it.

But mostly, the original story worked as a starting point, and then life just starts weaving its lace around it. Going on a date with someone I really liked (that someone knew Chess the musical!), making love to J. and R., being too tired to draw, write or walk the dogster, watching the Art Assignment videos about creativity and mental illness, discovering Avenue Q, drawing line after line after line. They’re all in the pic.

I love the way the moon and the stars are hanging on strings. I love how the strings partly blend into the background. I love the contrast of his tense face and the otherwise tranquil scene.

I spent a lot of time figuring out his face, I wanted it to have a certain hardness, and he kept turning out like a tender romantic youth, moon gazing. That was not what I wanted. But I think I got what I wanted with the screwed up features and the rigid geometry and the down-turned lips.

Mom asked if his eyes were going to fall off his face. I don’t know, I don’t have an answer to that, I don’t know which way the situation will go. As usual: that happens in a lot of my pics — a moment that can go either this way or that. But as usual, I hope he will be OK. I really care for my characters and always wish them the very best.

Stars, Cheese and Mustache drawing by Fox Larsson from Some Stories Squared Series

I really think the cheese is much less of a danger than he seems to be feeling. I’m quite sure he is well aware with his conscious mind. But I also know how hard it can be to process that thought when the cheese is right there, right in front of you.

I really appreciate you sharing,
Fox

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