Another little thing that grabbed my heart in the 80s was a little guy named Gizmo, a lovable little creature called a mogwai from the 1984 comedy horror film Gremlins. Here’s a little doodlewash of him in case you haven’t seen it. This was an incredibly weird movie that was also incredibly fun. And I, of course, wanted a little mogwai of my own after watching it.
Unlike Tamagotchi, these little guys were super simple to take care of as you only had to follow three rules: do not expose it to bright lights or sunlight (which will kill it), do not let it get wet (it will multiply), and never feed it after midnight (it will spawn evil creatures who will try and kill everyone in sight). Granted, they are three rules that we discover are super hard to follow and all hell breaks loose.
I thought the movie was awesome but it was criticized for its more violent sequences. An image of this little guy standing cutely on the poster made people think it was fun for little kids. Which it was, of course, but many parents disagreed. Two months after its release the PG-13 rating was created, so we can thank Gremlins for this worthless extra rating from “moms that aren’t yours and don’t know what’s best for you.”
I’m still traveling and head back to Kansas City tonight, but my doodlewash addiction can’t be stopped apparently. Somehow I’ll always find a way to sneak in a sketch. It’s fun to enjoy something so much that it feels as important as breathing. I’m sure I would have felt the same about my mogwai had I ever been able to acquire one. But unfortunately I’ve never found a Chinatown antique store selling live pets, much less these. I guess I’ll just have to settle for this quick little sketch of my impossible dream.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Blue, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. 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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