I am not sure how the creative process for other people work, but for me, one day I just kinda closed my eyes and this image for a minimalist drawing on Ricky (Wilson Cruz) from “my so-called life” popped into my head.
It was nothing like any drawing I had done before, but I was so in love with it, I HAD TO sit on the computer and draw it before it faded away from my brain.
After I did Ricky, the amazing Wilson Cruz came and complemented me on instagram. He always warms up my heart when he interacts with the fans and I love him so much for it.
I thought to myself “there is absolutely no way I can actually draw the rest of the cast”. But, apparently, I could! And the response I had on facebook from the people on the “My so-called podcast” discussion group was so real and so sweet it actually made me believe that maybe I didn’t suck as much as I thought.
By the way, this blog is in no way related to the podcast, but if you are a fan of “my so-called life” and you are not listening to it, you are doing it wrong in life! Just FYI.
So, here are my drawings, I hope you enjoy them! They still need some adjustments ’cause I made them one at a time super quickly during lunch breaks and they are not the same size, but this is what I’ve got so far:
As a part of my big plan to not get over the fact that the 90’s are actually over just yet (it’s going pretty well btw, guys!), I have added another item to my collection of things that cost no money and remind me of when I was 15!
I spent the past week screen-capturing scenes from “My so-called life“, in the hopes of drawing a decent floor plan for other fans like myself. I know you are out there, I have listened to your podcasts. It is a work in progress, but I wanted to share it anyway!
I am 100% not over the fact that this show has been cancelled over 20 years ago and, since we are at it, I must tell you I am probably not over Jordan Catalano yet either.
But, about the house…
The thing is, the house from “My so-called life” is perfect in many levels to me. Hopefully, this design also works for some of you! So, I’ll go over some of my favorite elements:
1. Wood and warm colours:
Before people fell in love with their clean lines, gray walls and shades of teal, there was actual warmth in their houses. I am not here to judge your gray walls, but both the set designer for my so-called life and myself agree that shades of red plus wood is a very cozy combination.
2. Furniture colour variation:
Not every piece of furniture you’ll find in this house will have the exact same shade of walnut wood. You can actually find some white bits, like on the frames and that book shelf we see in the corner inside the office:
Also, each room has a different character. You don’t see living room references in the kitchen, for instance. They have different colours and different curtains. I think that breaks the monotony and I am all for it. Plus, I like to shop for different stuff and I get sick of things pretty easily. So, I like the excess of information and the different details in every room.
3. Blue wallpaper
This is a very personal point, actually. Wallpaper and light blue colours are my favorite choice for walls. But, at the same time, I like medium wood colours and red classic carpets and sometimes I have a hard time combining them. Luckly, the set of my so-called life has helped me see how I could combine those 3 elements.
4. The memories
I am a sucker for all things 90’s. Therefore, the office is my favourite place in this house. I like how it’s so filled with details and it also gives you the idea that these people have lived in this house for a while. It’s a pile of stuff that doesn’t necessarily go together perfectly but that was gathered over the years and maybe some of this stuff were gifts maybe… In general, it feels very real and it tells a story by itself.
So, as I started drawing the house , I discovered the set was build side by side and there were challenges:
The set did not match the facade they used for the exterior, which was this one (source: iamnotastalker.com ):
The set actually changes at least 3 times. Look at the changes on the couch:
Where did the plaid go?
Also, the living room showed the TV in the corner and some ugly white and green fireplace.
I like the newer version better.
So, I used a little bit of imagination and “forced” the second floor on top of the first the best I could. I got exhausted at one point, but will for sure be digging more into this and finally drawing Patty’s bathroom! Actually, I feel like I should create Danielle’s room!