WWOW I drew this back in December and didn't bother getting around to submit it until now. Probs because I wanted to explain everything in it but was too lazy to at the time haha. But now I am here and am Free of the Lazy and Have the Time! And it'll be fun to try to remember what everything means.
I drew this to encapsulate many of the experiences I had my fall semester of my sophomore year of college, since it was arguably one of the most emotionally turbulent times of my life. I ended up making and destroying a fair number of friendships simultaneously. Fun times! I'm going to run down the meanings of the symbols so I don't forget.
From top to bottom, left to right:
The Angels: The two people in my life that carried me through academic turmoil, ordering pizza with me in the wee hours of night and holding my hand through all my organic chemistry blunders
The chemical drum and respirator: I ended up taking up work in a chemical plant, but they refused my admittance at first because I wasn't physically well enough to wear a negative-space respirator. Respirators are so cool though! There's something empowering about being able to traverse through dangerous environments with only a mask separating your very, very fragile breathing organs from the world.
The syringe: they had to take my blood for work...not my favorite thing in the world. I also drove across the state of Massachusetts for the first time to get that blood test. I was terrified.
The rocket: An allusion to travelling far off, and the far off reaches from which I met people
The devil satyr: An unwanted offer to fulfill carnal desires that were not present
The rainbow: Every time I draw those goddamn stripes, it's a reference to the band Tycho, I promise
The mannequin: A good friend at the last minute
The mackerel with glasses: He doesn't want what you want
The yacht: I went on a yacht. It was great.
The wind turbine: Remnants of a shitty fluid mechanics project we bullshitted really really hard
The smoker: A delightful friend from Dublin who carried a cloud of smoke like his conscience
The half-masked scarf: A deeper friend than I first imagined
The hidden leaf: A desire to parade with you through the trees, but you rejected it
The Tau Wolf: Tau is the fluid mechanics coefficient for shear stress. The Tau Wolf, in its great size and anxious face, is just that: stress, in a physical form
The pencil: take a guess
The Christmas lights: For when we didn't have a tree and stacked a bunch of Monster cans for a makeshift one
The female symbol, stabbing in the eye: for when the oppressor tries to tell the oppressed when, where, and how they can feel safe.
The rose: You kept that rose from October to April. We watched it die together. Then we took silly pictures with it
The cupcake: The bane of my roommate's existence
The ?: A symbol of 24-hours of asthma and sleeping on the student center floor with a Nesquik and a roll of aluminum foil
The Chicken: Friends I could have had had you not been an asshole
The Firespinning Jackrabbit: Yes, you, you are the asshole
The blue hand: Trying to keep things together
The Apple: A time spent with friends climbing trees and eating their goods
The octopus: Remnant of 8 hours in a basement, Popeyes, clay, light painting, and people I didn't like all that much
The white pumpkin: Once we cooked an entire pumpkin. Why do people waste their pumpkins after Halloween? The whole thing is edible, I swear
The bolt: let me tell you something: I regret my animation minor
The camera: I had to model that and I didn't have a good time
The quesadilla: We lived off of that quesadilla maker for weeks. Pizzadilla. Peanut butter and jellydilla. Breakfastdilla. You name it.
The water: It's my cold blue blood. I'm a horseshoe crab.
The crystals: spiritual energy probably
The pipes: goddamn FLUID MECHANICS