Monday, November 5, 2012


So Chaco was here on Saturday night and he, Wolfgang, and I were sitting around talking religion(?) while they messed with video games and I doodled.  I ended up with this hermit house for Illustration Friday.

The prompt was "shy".  I thought to do a tortoise - the shell thing and all.  But I thought a tortoise would be better as a painting and I didn't have time to mess with mixing paint.  Pen and sketchbook it was.

I remember being shy around adults as a kid.  By the time I was in my teens, I'd crossed the extrovert bridge for the most part.  But I didn't wander too far from the bridge.  Given a choice between going out to a party or having a quiet night in, I prefer... yes.  Either has an equal chance of being chosen depending on my mood.

I've been subjected to the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator twice - once in college and then again a few years later.   I came up ENTJ both times, "E" for extroversion.  If nothing else, going through the exercise reminds us that we humans are a diverse bunch, on the insides as well as the outsides.

Why I drew a hermit house?  Well, other than laziness, not much.  In general, I think that hermits prefer to be isolated from others, but shy people don't.  Otherwise, why are there so many books about how to overcome shyness?  How to meet people?  How to be comfortable in a crowd?  Etc.?

But, it's a hermit house.  I'd leave him alone.  I'm not overly shy, but I think I can take a hint.


Janet illustrator said...

I enjoyed reading your post and I like your hermit house. I think he must be very happy there.

Jimmy said...

I agree with you, there are many books on how to overcome shyness but none I can think of on how to stop being a hermit, a hermit wouldn't read it anyway as you know hermits have no peer pressure.

I really like your drawing of the hermit house.

LL Cool Joe said...

I'm not shy at all, but I'd love to live in that hermit house. Maybe for a few weeks. :D

Guano said...

Just like there are no "How to not be a hermit" books, I've never heard of a "Shy House" either.
And as for Myers-Briggs, lately I've been WTFO.

ShadowRun300 said...

I JUST took the Meyer-Briggs test because I'm trying to figure out what I want to be next, and I am INFJ. So the hermit house looks pretty inviting to me.
Okay, that's not completely true. I do like socializing, but I need lots of time to myself as well.
Glad you shared your sketch! I like it!

Anita said...

I don't think I would go to that house. It's a little creepy, but also, I'd get eaten up by insects as I walked through his... lawn(?)

Nice drawing. The roof seems to draw my eyes to it, mostly.

I don't know what my Meyer-Briggs results would be.
I was a shy child, but don't consider myself a shy adult. I enjoy talking... a lot... too much somestimes. :)

agg79 said...

I am ISTJ for what it's worth. Guess it means I don't play well with others or some other such nonsense. The hermit house looks great to me. I could definitely make it a home in a Clint Eastwood Grand Torino sort of way "Get Off My Lawn!"

Larz said...

Ha, I'm INTJ. And I was more extroverted as a kid than now. I like the drawing!

Rock Chef said...

I would love to live in that house!

I was shy as a child, but being a Leo I am not adverse be being in the middle of things. Not that I crave praise or attention - I have decided that I know that I am good at what I do and don't need others to reassure me.

But that house still looks good...

terri said...

Hmmm... Hermit house? There's one of those in our neighborhood. I tend to think of it as the lazy house.

My sister and I were out roaming around recently and she showed me a true hermit house. Almost didn't even notice it there. You're right. The hermit has no desire to socialize. Shy people actually might.

CiCi said...

Being comfortable around people depends on what the people are like. Argumentative and cranky, don't want to be around them. Easy going and friendly, my kind of comfort people.

Some people have a difficult time being around other people and learn from repeated failure that they should just not associate with others. I know people like that.

Your hermit house is detailed and actually charming. Looking at it in an artsy way, I can overlook the practical thoughts about needing work, and just appreciate the whole picture.

Coreopsis said...

We live in an extroverted culture, that's for sure. It took me many years to realize that it was okay to be an introvert, and okay to stay in and not go out at all, because parties, even ones with people you like a whole lot, can be exhausting.

It sounds like a lovely time with your family. My far-away boy won't be home for another month, but I look forward to those conversations as well.

This looks like a great hermit-house.