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"This diskette is the data storage of the future!"

Strong Bad draws a diskette, with the help of some '80s magazine advertising magic.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Twitter); Thursday, February 15, 2018 (YouTube)

Running Time: 2:09


[edit] Transcript

STRONG BAD: Gather 'round for another {opening titles enter} Skills of an Artist!

{Opening titles fade, music begins}

STRONG BAD: This week, it's diskette time! Let's go! We know how this works.

{Strong Bad draws the left and top of a wobbly-sided, slightly tilted square}

STRONG BAD: We're gonna do a nice, lovely square.

{Strong Bad detours in the top-right corner to draw an inward tab}

STRONG BAD: Over here we got a little tiny mouth.

{Strong Bad continues his square downwards}

STRONG BAD: Tiny robot mouth.

{Strong Bad closes the square}

STRONG BAD: Come back over here. Look at that. Diskette. Already taking shape.

{Strong Bad adds a rounded rectangle in the upper left corner of the square}

STRONG BAD: A rounded rectangle up here. {Strong Bad adds two horizontal lines} in the top left corner of the diskette. Some lines there. To put your detailed information. All the different files that you could fit on this massive storage system.

{Strong Bad draws a circle in the center of the diskette}

STRONG BAD: And and here comes the washer-mouth. {Strong Bad adds another circle inside the first} In the middle there. Hoooooah! Look at him singin'. {Indicating the label in the corner} He's wearing a pirate eyepatch of those Venetian blinds shades that Dangeresque Too wears, you know what I'm sayin'?

{Strong Bad adds a vertical oval shape below the circle in the center}

STRONG BAD: And then here's his little chin-dimple down here. Oh, hello little chin-dimple. Look at that diskette. He's adorable! Now we've gotta give him some 80's magazine advertising magic.

{Strong Bad starts at the top-right corner of the diskette and draws a wavy line leading right toward the edge of the page}

STRONG BAD: So, it's like... a rainbow trail coming off the back there.

{Strong Bad draws another wavy line starting from the bottom left corner of the diskette running right, creating a wavy trail behind the diskette}

STRONG BAD: Ohhhh, rainbow trail. And let's give it some stripes.

{Strong Bad draws a wavy line parallel to the top wavy line accompanied vvvvrt sound, then a second one, then a third.}

STRONG BAD: And let's see, over here of course you gotta have—

{Strong Bad draws a series of diagonal lines jutting out from the bottom left corner of the diskette}

STRONG BAD: —that futuristic laser grid—

{Strong Bad now draws a series of lines perpendicular to the ones he just drew, creating a grid}

STRONG BAD: —extending into infinity. So futuristic. And the last thing is some radical 3D shapes.

{Cut to a close-up of the diskette. Strong Bad draws a cone to the left of it}

STRONG BAD: So, like, floating cone {shading the cone} in the middle of the air. Oh, that's radical.

{Cut to a close-up, this time on the right side of the diskette. Strong Bad draws an incomplete circle behind the rainbow trail}

STRONG BAD: And, maybe like a {adding shading} sphere. Get the shading right, {adding a circle inside the sphere as a "shiny"} make sure it looks spherical.

{Cut to the whole drawing.}

STRONG BAD: Look at how 3D...! This diskette... it's the data storage of the future!

{Indicating the tiny "robot mouth"}

STRONG BAD: {mumble-acting} Oh, please don't put a foil piece of tape over this for the copy protection! There's no WAAAY I'm just going to rent this game from the video store and diskcopy A-colon B-colon and put the tape back on!

{Strong Bad pauses}

STRONG BAD: Copy protection!

{Rhombus transition to a navy field where a green laser grid, yellow cone and a crimson sphere float into view. A diskette graphic is floating in leaving a rainbow trail with orange, blue, pink and green stripes.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover, electronic-filtered} Diskettes... are the storage medium... of the future!

{The figures snap into place as arranged in Strong Bad's drawing. Text reading "DISKETTES!" slides in from the bottom right corner of the frame followed by action stripes.}

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

[edit] Trivia

  • The Twitter description for this post is "Skills of an Artist - PC/CGA - Disk 1 of 17".
  • The YouTube description for this video is "Learn to draw an 80's PC magazine ad with everyone's favorite 90's cartoon man, Strong Bad!"
  • The diskette Strong Bad draws is a 5.25" floppy disk.

[edit] Inside References

  • Diskettes and all the things Strong Bad describes about them are related to his love of outdated technology.
  • Strong Bad compares the striped label to Dangeresque Too's sunglasses.
  • The diskette's copy protection tab is called a robot mouth.

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