Oh Helga…

Oh Helga…

Writing Helga-esque monologues to my girlfriend.

Failing to be nearly as poetic and honest as a 9 year old. 

I’m watching the Hey Arnold! episode “Married” because it’s one of my favorites. 

But I noticed something pretty amusing during the scene where Rhonda’s fortune teller predicts Arnold will marry Helga: 

Gerald. Are you ok? 

Look what I was drawing at two in the morning!

Hey Arnold! and Art History

In the Hey Arnold! Episode of “Helga and the Nanny”, Big Bob hires a housekeeper and nanny to care for Helga and the house since Miriam is starting community service at the animal shelter. As some people may or may not know, Miriam (Helga’s mother) is an alcoholic. Yeah; those smoothies were a little more than just that. So it can be assumed why she has to do community service. Anyway, Inga the nanny arrives and enters the kitchen where Helga and Miriam are seated:

Inga: Good morning, everyone. I’m Inga. Oh! And you must be Helga. 

Helga: No. She’s Helga and I’m Toulouse-Lautrec. 

Here is where it becomes interesting. Helga switches herself and her mother. But Toulouse-Lautrec isn’t Helga’s mom! Yes. I know this. But Henri de Toulouse-Leutrec is one of the great Post-Impressionist painters of France. Many of you may know him for his paintings of the Moulin Rouge, a swanky French bar for artists. 

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
At the Moulin Rouge
1892-1895

A little known fact about Toulouse-Lautrec was that he was an alcoholic for most of his life. Do to inbreeding in his family, his legs did not develop completely leaving him crippled and of considerably short stature. Depression over his condition led to promiscuous drinking. 

And so, as you may have already connected, Toulouse-Lautrec is Helga’s way of calling her mother out on her drinking problem. 

Then again, this isn’t the first time Helga Pataki seems to know a thing or two about art. She easily identifies an Edward Hopper print while at the psychologist’s office in “Helga on the Couch”. 

I am always impressed by finding such small moments in shows like Hey Arnold!, where I may not have noticed it before. 

edit: And let’s not forget this little gem: 

I original wasn’t sure if I wanted to put this up on my tumblr but I thought “Eh, might as well.” So here is a drawing I originally did over the summer in a notebook and then just recently put into my Photoshop Elements 4.0 to color and what-not. I mean, like most things, I’m not as happy with it as I originally was. That’s how I am with most things I draw or write or make. Well, anyway. I realized that there are some things about this I’m still proud of in a way (like some of the coloring) and even though the face is ugly, I mean, it’s Helga. She’s not supposed to be pretty and that’s a major part of her character.
The style is a bit off from my normal style, just because I was trying to mix in a bit of the cartoon-ish style into it (bigger eyes, thin neck, bigger head, etc…). Despite that all, I’m submitting it anyway because I feel bad if it rots in the abyss of my computer’s hard-drive in a file called “Mine” (as in my own drawings). So, I present to you all:
Helga G. Pataki, 16.

I original wasn’t sure if I wanted to put this up on my tumblr but I thought “Eh, might as well.” So here is a drawing I originally did over the summer in a notebook and then just recently put into my Photoshop Elements 4.0 to color and what-not. I mean, like most things, I’m not as happy with it as I originally was. That’s how I am with most things I draw or write or make. Well, anyway. I realized that there are some things about this I’m still proud of in a way (like some of the coloring) and even though the face is ugly, I mean, it’s Helga. She’s not supposed to be pretty and that’s a major part of her character.

The style is a bit off from my normal style, just because I was trying to mix in a bit of the cartoon-ish style into it (bigger eyes, thin neck, bigger head, etc…). Despite that all, I’m submitting it anyway because I feel bad if it rots in the abyss of my computer’s hard-drive in a file called “Mine” (as in my own drawings). So, I present to you all:

Helga G. Pataki, 16.

Can’t go wrong with Hey Arnold!, especially embarassing pictures of Helga.

Can’t go wrong with Hey Arnold!, especially embarassing pictures of Helga.

This kills me.

This kills me.

TMI Tuesday!?

Why haven’t I done this yet? I’m such a douchebag. Keeping your vaginas clean… All the time…

ANYWAY!

My bit of information that may be too much is that I act out and play roles or characters when I am by myself. I really do talk to myself too much, but then I’ll turn it into an interview or an episode of "Cribs" or into a movie where someone is trying to explain a dire dilemma. Other times, I make believe that I’m a character. Lately I’ve been playing a lot of Helga from “Hey Arnold”.

I seriously love her, so it’s funny. So yeh, holding conversation with myself and acting in the shower and all that good stuff is what I do.

Is that too much?