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I really don't have anyone to blame except myself when it comes to the last reason. I hadn't bothered to think of anything during the week, assuming I'd get it sorted on the Saturday morning (I quite like a looming deadline to focus the mind :) Unfortunately I'd forgotten we were going out for the day, so was reduced to scribbling thumbnail sketches on some tiny bits of scrap paper while out and about. Joy!
Here's the first idea - had to draw it up so I could just get the pub/drink ideas out of the way.
Flip the sketch around - I thought about only having one unicorn on the ark...
Another doodle - old couple sharing some drugs. Strung out gran offers needle while grandad hits the bong. (apologies for no doubt incorrect drug terms)
By this point I'd decided I liked the 'mum gives birth' gag and decided I'd draw that up when I got back home early evening. Didn't like the 'ark' or 'drugs' gags enough to draw them up.
Unfortunately I made the mistake of checking the competition on my phone to see what had been posted so far. Lots of great stuff including a terrific 'mum gives birth' gag. If I'd already drawn it up and was at home I'd have posted it. Seemed daft to now go home that evening and draw pretty much exactly the same gag, so I drew some more ideas.
This Easter Island idea I quite liked but thought it was perhaps a bit too strange...
And doodling snowmen I came up with this...
Here's the last sketch I did and ultimately drew up... (I rescued it from the bin to scan for the blog)
I didn't win the competition that week (quite rightly - the other entries, especially the top three, were uniformly excellent), but got a few votes. With hindsight should I have chosen a different gag to draw up? Perhaps, but if I'd pontificated any longer, I'd still be here scribbling ideas! Anyway, there's always another competition the following week... hope to see you take part!
You can see the whole competition thread here, including the controversial 'captiongate' scandal that rocked the very foundations of cartooning. It's ok, everyone hugged at the end.