Geek

Sketched on paper, traced manually in Painter and then automatically in Illustrator, colored in Painter, converted to Photoshop and “saved for web”.
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This weeks Illustration Friday challenge is “Geeky.” The original definition of a geek is someone from a circus or carnival freak show who ate live animals such as mice, including biting the heads off live chickens. How the word Geek came to mean someone who is into computers and nerdy, I don’t know. I guess it’s the social outsider thing. So I just took it a step further and made it a freak show guy who eats computer mice and other computer parts. I made myself stop playing with this illustration so that I’d still have time to do some real painting today, so it’s not as clean as I’d like it to be.

I’m a bit of a computer geek myself, and have recently been studying color management theory and practice between devices and software programs. It’s really complicated. This time I was able to embed my monitor and color profile in Painter so that when I converted it to Photoshop they had fairly similar color.

Refrigerator Update
For someone who prides herself on being a techno-geek, I definitely don’t have it when comes to large appliances. It turns out that whole disaster with my fridge was caused by the dial in the freezer (which I didn’t even realized existed) being turned to OFF. I don’t know how it got turned off, but that’s all that was wrong. The skinny, weasel-faced jerk of a repairman tried to charge me $98 instead of the $65 I was quoted over the phone for a diagnosis, claiming he had to charge for his (5 minutes of “labor” too).

I told him the guy on the phone said there’d be an estimate before any labor was charged and he said, oh yeah, they always tell you that. But I have to charge for my time starting with when I walk in the door.” I called Sears back and the guy on the phone confirmed I was right so I asked him to talk to the repairman. They chatted for a bit, the repairman said “OK” and handed me the phone, which I hung up. He said, “No, you were supposed to talk to him–he was going to tell you to pay the $98 and take it up with Customer Service later.”

I thought for a moment and said, “I’ll tell you what, I’ll give you the $65 I was quoted and YOU take it up with Customer Service” and crossed my arms and stared him down. He realized there was no point arguing any further and gave me a “discount” back to the original quoted price and left. Sheesh! What a scam!

Here’s the original sketch on a decorative notepad.
Original sketch for Geek

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  1. Good for you for standing up to that repairman! Way to go!

    Interesting info about the origin of the word Geek, too. Thanks for teaching me something.

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  2. So maybe your sketch isn’t really a COMPUTER geek at all, but rather a refrigerator geek, eating unmentionable offal and refuse? Smiling here….

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  3. Thank you for your blog and digital art.

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  4. Never a dull moment at your house, is there?
    I will NEVER be a geek!

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  5. As soon as I saw this I thought of Monsieur Mangetout – have you heard of him?

    http://edition.cnn.com/WORLD/europe/9806/11/fringe.mr.eat.everything/
    sorry, don’t yet know how to make that a link.

    This is a great really original take on the theme.

    The repair guy really takes the biscuit – not only trying to rip you off, but keeping it up…still I’m glad to know you were more than a match for him.

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  6. Oh, wordpress makes it a link. I like wordpress…

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  7. TOO TOO FUNNY, Jana! I can so relate!! GREAT JOB on the drawing!

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  8. haha, funny concept!

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  9. I’m with Ann, as to what your drawing is really all about! Love the jump you’ve made here from circus Geek to computer Geek…As to the repairman form Sears; Good Show!!!!

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  10. Great take on Geek, my first thought, although mine was not so orignial. Funny!

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  11. Haha! What an original idea! A great way to interpret this weeks’ theme. Love the mouse in his mouth and the tattoo!

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  12. Funny take on the dictionary definition. Great way to combine both images of a techno-geek and the circus-freak animal-beheading geek!

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  13. gave me a smile, a very surprising, fun and clever take on the theme!

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  14. LOL, just great Jana!

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  15. hehehe…great one jana!

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  16. I like the cartoon ^.^

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