Art by Lola Gentry-Dey. All rights reserved.
I took a “Drawing Cartoons” class when I was a kid because I used to draw them in my school notebooks when I was supposed to be paying attention to my teachers. I was a big daydreamer. Luckily, ADD wasn’t a big social issue then, so I was able to adjust on my own without Big Pharma drugging the life out of me.
Still, habits can be hard to break. I doodled in my college notebooks, too.
Elsie Gee was a character born in my college notebooks, a spirited girl who got her name from my initials LCG. I copied the drawing style of one of my art teachers because I’m terrible drawing hands. His philosophy was “Keep It Simple.” It worked.
The three panels here are my favorites. They reveal the young woman I was… and my dependency on tracing paper, lol!