July 20th, 2008
|03:15 pm - Athens!|
The local Alt-weekly puts a guide out every year and this year they asked me to do the cover. It was really fun to do, although I spent way too much time on it, and it's not in a style that I really want to work in as a regular thing so I can't even say "It'll be a good portfolio piece" which is what I usually console myself with on work I don't get paid much for. But it gave me a fun excuse to feel the love for my adopted town.
Tragically there was a lot I had to leave out. I tried really hard to fit the Bizarro Wuxtry (one of America's greatest comic shops), Fook's Foods, Taj Mahal, Ben's Bikes, Tiny Farm, the graffiti by where the train track go under the loop, the projects, Antojitos (sadly no more), etc etc etc. But I was able to include the yard of local sculptor Mr. Rittenberry, the frequently unacknowledged chicken plant, the tiny zoo, the hangar, Daily Grocery (my new place of work!), Costa, and a lot of other important stuff. Plus, a bat eating a taco!
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May 29th, 2008
|12:44 pm - Other people's memories|
Years ago my mom told me about my aunt saying this, in passing, and for some reason the anecdote rolled around and around in my head and without my realizing it turned into a little scene. I have been thinking a lot about women in art recently. I had a brief theory that there weren't as many women artists because women realize art is unimportant sooner than men do. I don't have any idea if this is true. I go back and forth on whether I think art is important or not.
|01:59 am - The Dyer and her Daughters|
Meg Hunt (exitwounds) does some really neat stuff with patterns, which I've always admired, so I thought I'd mess around with more patterns too. I get a bit of a chuckle at how literal this sketch I wound up doing is. It is not how Meg uses patterns at all!
I think I have to cut myself off from drawing pensive ladies, especially faux-victorian pensive ladies with button-up dresses.
March 13th, 2008
|12:56 am - Short comic|
Drew read this and then he kicked me in the shin.
February 25th, 2008
|03:08 am - Sketches!|
I made a daily to-do list, with sketchbooking at the top. So I've been doing more of that. All these are older though- still trying to work through the current backlog.
Drew was all, "You misspelled tongue" and I believed him because he is always right. But he was wrong! I was right! My greatest triumph.
Also v. old. Looking at this sketch I realized it appears that we have a giant ashtray full of cigarette butts in front of us. It is actually a bad drawing of an unusual wicker pot-rest. Don't worry, Mom!
February 18th, 2008
|01:48 am - Sketchin'|
I've been trying to read more. What books would folks recommend. Not time-waster books, or books that are totally impossible that you tell people you are reading at parties to try and sound smart. In-between books.
Have you read any of Sarah Glidden's stuff. She's working on a comic called How To Understand Israel in 60 days or Less. She has a mini out of the first chapter. It's good. I recommend her work.
My dad, age 6? 8? wearing a fake beard. From a photo. I think he said he was at the fair.
Current Music: Track 02
February 11th, 2008
|02:31 am - Howdy|
Our friend Adam (piece_of_pork) just spent a nice week with us. He left yesterday so I spent most of today being listless and reading manga. Adam, it was more fun when you were here!
Here is a picture of Adam and Drew and me and our pals David Mack and Kerry making a bonfire out of our old christmas trees.
Speaking of David Mack, he got a LJ that he's been posting nifty illos and comics on! He does a very good comic called Otto about an upside-down boy. (Featured in the Fluke 6 anthology, and The Flagpole.) Everybody should friend him! He's nice! He's monkeyfingers!
And on a lighter note:
January 7th, 2008
|01:55 am - Comic about my friend Kate.|
I did this comic for the next MOME and I am already nervous that people will say it's a cop-out. It is pretty darn self-indulgant. Also, it is short, only 4 pages. But I like it pretty well.
December 9th, 2007
|08:36 pm - Lots of misc.|
Gouache. Our scanner always makes the paper texture show up too much! Ah well.
We saw James Sturm give a lecture where he talked about the importance of bearing witness and I got kind of emotional and drew the girl, and then later felt mildly silly about it and drew the bear. Making a much better illo I think.
Drew's been making Thai curries and got this sweet potato with some unusual anatomy (for a potato). I completed his little body. I refused to let Drew cook him, but time has taken it's toll and since this photo was taken his jolly fat penis has shriveled up! Poor fella.
One of my only lifedrawing pics where the face looks like the model! Jacked up the hand tho.
We are looking at Set to Sea, which drew has hung up on clotheslines all over the studio for ease of editing.