The Nervous Breakdown

Date: 4 September 1999.
Medium: Pencil on notebook paper.

This particular piece was one of several studies in facial expressions done around the same time. Expressions can be tricky to draw, so it's helpful to do study sketches to get the lines right. Since Bug-Things are a head on a long neck with no body, facial expression is the only way to show their emotions. It's for this reason that Bug-Things are the most expressive of any of my characters and tended to serve as test models. Nearly every expression I draw was first drawn on a Bug-Thing. They're very tolerant of experimentation, a good quality in any organism.

Of all the drawings I've done in all my years, this is one of my personal favorites. I'm quite partial to it.

Updated 28 January 2002