1) Hmm. It’s weird that I’ve been drawing so many sketchy outline-y pictures lately. You have to scroll a good deal before hitting styles that I identify more with (e.g. this panic attack picture, which I really like). Interesting interesting.
2) This is not a real story/comic/whatever, but merely a fake cover for a thing that doesn’t exist.
There’s an improv exercise for “getting out of your head” where you do a scene “as if you’re in a play that you’ve memorized the lines to.” It sounds like an absurd exercise, but it often produces fantastic results—people end up making bolder choices, being more dramatic, painting a fuller picture, and just generally having more interesting reactions when they imagine that they’re in the context of a larger work. I was basically trying the same thing here. I want to work on pictures that tell more of a story, and I think that imagining that this picture reflected a larger existing story (by making it a title page) made it easier for me to add more fun details (this started out as just a picture of a businessman crying).
I thought it was a fun exercise!