Initial sketch for most current version of Fray, with vest, skort, and swirly cigarette smoke (ca. 27 October 1997).
What's with Fray L. Ormandy?
If we could get away with just about anything...then we wouldn't have to draw
Fray. Let's face it--she is all the attitude we would like to project to the
world around us, while unencumbered with none of the entailing responsibility.
This is not to say that we are crude, rude, or obnoxious, but at times we
certainly wish we were.
Fray still has her legacy website tribute, The Fray Ormandy
Home Page, where a daily Bon Mot (a quip/quotation that means
something literally in French we're too ignorant to know anything about) has been
posted just about non-stop since 1996. There you can see what is up with the
Smoking Girl, and read up on her nemeses (Gabrielle Reece and Picabo Street, to
name a few of many), and see some of the old cartoons from as far back as 1986
that we're too lazy (or ashamed) to put up here.
Fray wasn't always the center of attention and the universe. She was a sidekick
to two male characters we've since forgotten how to draw back more than 13 years
ago. She had poofy hair, glasses, and generally a nay-saying spoilsport voice of
reason. Now she's degenerated into a whimsical, carefree, selfish, caustic
person; but hey, she gets away with just about everything she wants to get away
with, and that certainly has to be admired...from afar. She represents the dark, unexplored parts of our mind; the id, if you will.