I almost skipped a post today as I was insanely busy and had absolutely no time to paint. But I figured that there’s no time like the present to try a crazy speedy doodlewash with no pen of another of my childhood toys. From here, I would typically add more detail, but there’s no time today, so this is where we landed. Today’s star is Mr. Potato Head, as he appeared when I was a kid. A strange and ominous creature with giant lips, weird eyes, and doing the unthinkable… smoking!
Yep, back in the day, the favorite little Mr. Potato Head add-on was a little black pipe that your little character could smoke to its heart’s content. This was still an upgrade to the first Mr. Potato Head which was just a bunch of plastic accoutrements that you added to an actual potato. This was changed after mother’s everywhere complained about rotting potatoes found underneath their children’s beds. Something I would have imagined the creator’s to anticipate, but apparently this wasn’t the case.
When I showed Philippe he just grimaced and said that he preferred the one from Toy Story, and I think I have to agree. I hadn’t really remembered what the one I played with looked like and after really looking at it again, I can only say that they made all the right improvements. This version was a little odd to say the least. And I got bored with him really quickly. I think that’s why I decided to just steal his feet and create an entirely new character with fabric when I was little. But the concept of creating a character was super fun, and something I still enjoy to this day.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Gamboge, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Teal, Burnt Sienna, Pyrrol Red, Azo Yellow, and Neutral Tint in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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