Mythbusters is an important show to me. I’ve previously written about what the show means to me elsewhere so I’ll keep it brief. I think watching the show when it first started gave my family something to connect with. Even if it was yelling at how much they messed up the experiments and how to correct them. It was a couple years later that my dad developed a brain tumor and Mythbusters was almost on constant repeat on the discovery channel. It was something we could watch when nothing else was on, and still connect. So I’m sad to see Mythbusters go off the air. Not just for my own emotional connections to it, but also the disappearance of show that got people excited about science.
On a more selfish side, I wanted to talk a bit on this sketch about drawing real people. It’s something that I’m asked to do alot at conventions. While I’m not realistic or a caricature artist, I fell with some percentage of error, that I tend to deliver something that resembles the subject. To a degree those con request are much easier than doing something like Mythbuster, or what we’ll see later with Walking Dead. When it is a person at the con, my information is very limited. I only know of them existing the outfit I see them in and the little time we interacted. Also the recipient knows the context of the drawing.
Drawing a real person and tossing it out on the internet creates a whole new problem. How to make people know who it is.
Superheroes are easy in that respect. They have a costume. I can draw almost any face, but as long as it has blue outfit with a red cape and undies, everyone will know it’s Superman. With the mythbusters, I need to communicate that this sketch is Kari Byron. Unlike Adam and Jamie, she wears entirely different clothing every day. So how to you find something iconic to place her in context? With her located in this group, it’s obvious, and outside of this group, she’s not quite famous enough to stand on her own. But we shall see what happens when posting the build team on their own.