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This one has a very large opening that you think would be filled in since we always fill in the blank spaces. However, this one was our second commissioned work. It didn't start that way. It started like all of our other drawings; that is, we started drawing one night at work and it followed the natural progression to it's final state which is what you see here today. When we were about halfway through, my brother Tyler Haines started asking me and Tim to do a "Mind on Loup" drawing for him. He has an awesome web series that him and his buddy Vince Foster make out in L.A. It's called On Empty and you can watch episodes by clicking that link embed. They are always getting themselves into these crazy situations, so the marriage between "On Empty" and the T&J drawings seemed like it was a perfect match. As you will see in the full colored version, I think we succeeded in making a cohesive, albeit strange marriage. This drawing I like on it's own as well. We had these great pens at this time at the Loup. You see, Tim and I use what is provided for us at the Cafe Loup. We don't bring in our own supplies and we use only what is already at the restaurant. I have worked at places where they make you bring in your own pens, and if this was the case, we would have switched over to nicer pens for these drawings a long time ago. However, since the restaurant provides us with all the necessary tools to make these drawings, why mess with perfection? The only problem with this mind set is that sometimes the pens that are at the Loup are subpar. Yes, they work and they place many food orders and make very large and very small bills. But sometimes, when we try to draw these pictures on the triple dupe pad, they turn into disappearing ink pens; humorous, but not very effective in making art. So, at this point in time, we had these pens from the Office Depot(?) that were amazing. They were not only very good looking pens, coming in a variety of colors, but they wrote like a charm. The lines were all clear and concise and you could get a nice variation of line width. By far, the best pens we ever were provided at the Cafe Loup. The ones we usually have, Papermates, can sometimes be good, but mostly suck. So, with these happy little pens, Tim and I went ahead and made this one. We both decided it would be a good idea to add Tyler and Vince later since we didn't want to have to draw them from memory. That would have made them mutants, probably. I know my own brother isn't a mutant, but memory works in strange ways, especially when you find yourself at work. So we held off. I think it was a good idea, and when I post the colored version, you can either agree or disagree with our decision.