Today we have a little thing that burst onto cinema screens everywhere in 1982 by the name of E.T. The concept was based on an imaginary friend that Steven Spielberg created for himself after his parents divorced. One might think he’d create a talking teddy bear, but instead the outcome was a loose-skinned, wrinkled alien with a long neck and impossibly large eyes. This film was such a great memory from childhood, and it actually surpassed Star Wars and became the highest grossing film, until Jurassic Park came along later to beat it. So, I decided to see what the little alien would look like in a doodlewash.
My E.T. looks just as weird as the original I think. Philippe didn’t like this movie and thought it was too scary for kids. He also kept wincing as he walked by me sketching it as he thinks E.T. is extremely ugly. Many kids I went to school with thought he was “ugly cute” but many others just thought he was plain gross and “grody” looking. I was in the “ugly cute” camp, but only because of the story and the fact that this little guy was essentially abandoned on a foreign planet and just wanted to go home. I couldn’t imagine what that must be like.
Also, I had the video game on my Atari 2600 (they actually released the 5200 the same year as this movie, but I never owned that version). The game was silly fun, but not particularly amazing. I just liked it because I liked E.T. This was also the reason why I had to have Reese’s Pieces candy as well. This was the candy that the little boy, Elliott, uses to lure the alien into his room to hide him. The most iconic part of the movie is when E.T., wrapped in a blanket in the basket of a Elliott’s bike, uses his power to make the bicycle fly across the moon. Ugly or not, if this little guy could make my bicycle fly through the sky, he would have been my friend as well.
Still playing catch-up and trying to get caught up on things, and so these posts are coming to you rather later than usual. But I’m determined to keep going and wanted to thank everyone who’s continuing with me on this journey! There’s only a few days left of this little doodlewash adventure and a new one begins on Monday. Hope you’ll stay tuned with me to see what’s next! I say “with me” because as many of you know, I haven’t a clue what’s next and am just as anxious to discover what it might be.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Azo Green, Pyrrol Red, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Teal, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and second pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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