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Anti-Shoplifting Mechanism



This is another one of those drawings where I feel like "alright, I did an awesome job and I've gotta share this!", but ALSO feel like "oh man, people are gonna give me weird looks for this one..."

Elements of this image exist because I had an idea for a short story, others exist because I wanted to practice proportions, anatomy, and other art-type stuff, and others exist because I knew a friend of mine would appreciate them.

I'd say this is probably THE BEST pencil drawing I've ever done, even before a small cleanup in Photoshop. Therefore, odd as it may be, it's getting posted.

Also both good and annoying is that all I used was an H6 pencil for the base and a mechanical 0.7 pencil for the rest. This is good because it's simple, but annoying because I have two really good sets of drafting pencils and the mechanical pencil seems to have outperformed all the pencils in those sets put together ^^;

Anyway, to make CERTAIN I get those weird looks, here's a story to go with it.


A woman intent on shoplifting wanders the mall looking for a good place to snag stuff from. She doesn't intend to pawn the goods that she swipes or really gain anything of value; she just loves taking things. Unfortunately, even with her trusty trench coat, just about every place has visible security measures in place.

Then she finds an odd store, one that claims to sell items of power and intrigue from around the world and created by the owner. She doesn't much care about that, but many of the things for sale are small, shiny, and best of all, there are no apparent security devices anywhere.

Quietly filling the coats interior pockets with trinkets, she stealthily makes her way out the door. She thinks she's in the clear, but can't help feeling that something is wrong. People are looking at her and the mall looks larger than she remembered, but she can't figure out why.

What she doesn't realize is that by leaving the store without paying, she's set off a magic alarm that will shrink her down to to 8% of her normal size to make her easier to apprehend and detain, and that she will be unable to realize this is happening until she inevitably trips on her own relatively huge clothes, which is bound to happen any second now.

Let this be a lesson to all: just because you can't see security measures doesn't mean they're not there.


Weird looks? Anybody? THERE we go ^_^

Anyway, I mentioned proportions and such? Well, she's supposed to be at half her normal size in this image, so that coat is intended to be 200% normal size relative to her. I used a reference for scale, and essentially just doubled every measurement. I tried to take into account that she can't fill it out at her size, but since people wearing clothes way too freaking huge for them are uncommon, I didn't really have a reference to work from ^^;
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sallyfourth's avatar
Well, it looks like a great idea to me. And a very, very nicely rendered drawing.