It was Lula’s first day of school and she was scared to meet new people in an unfamiliar place. Many of the other kids were scared too, but Lula had something the other kids did not: a squid hat.

Early that morning Lula decided to wear Mr. Noodles, her invisible squid friend, as a hat, using his tentacles as a curtain to spy through. Lula’s squiddy friend gave her encouragement throughout the day. When she felt comfortable, she brushed the tentacles away from her face and introduced Mr. Noodles to her classmates one by one.

By the end of the day, all of the children in Lula’s class had invisible squid hats and very confused parents. Both Lula and Mr. Noodles couldn’t wait for the second day of school.


Notes: I wanted to try “inking” in Photoshop today. At the recommendation of a friend, I purchased and downloaded brushes from Kyle Webster’s gumroad page. The brushes have been such fun to play with. It’s been a real challenge for me to to get precise control of inking lines with the Wacom pen — very few lines were right on the first try — but I’m very happy with the potential and can’t wait to try some more. I started with a scanned sketch for this image. 


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