To pass the time, he brought with him the following:
—An Olivetti travel typewriter and 1 box (10 reams) of typing paper;
—1 box of Peek Freans (Fruit Creme);
—1 unopened bottle of Bac’n Bits;
—Extra socks and underwear;
—Assorted European postcards (he intended to have these sent out from St Claire’s to Europe, then sent back from Europe to his colleagues to explain his absence – Belly would help);
—A Woods lamp;
—Violet Sedan Chair album;
—The most current printing of DSM-III;
—A tabletop centrifuge, to help the nurses;
—A tape recorder and blank cassettes, to record his impressions.
All of it was taken away 10 minutes after his arrival.
I keep coming back to images of Walter at St. Claire’s. When I drew the first St. Claire’s picture, I did it because I was pressed for time and needed something done quick… but I find I really quite like spending time in a mental institution (ha). As a result, I am now considering doing an actual story about Walter in St. Claire’s next year, where I had no plans to do that before.
These pictures are an example of how I feel that a certain story or setting needs to have a certain style attached. Fortunately, this style is easy to achieve. I draw these in Procreate using the 6B pencil tool set to a fairly wide thickness, in simple black and white, and then run them through a bluish filter in Snapseed to heighten the claustrophobic feeling. The aesthetic is supposed to be very “crazy person scribbling on a bedroom wall with crayons.”