Pencils and Pixels

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This week, my comics group, SketchCharlotte, held a gallery opening for comics, comics – related art and all alternative art. If interested, it’s still running now through February 12, 2016 at the Max L. Jackson Gallery, in the Watkins Building at Queens University.  Come see original works by me and many of Charlotte’s great local artists. And bring money, for alot of our stuff is for sale!

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Date and location Information about the Gallery.

For More Information, check out the Facebook page from BigDogStudio:
https://www.facebook.com/events/171807783177261/ik

How to Destroy A Government: The Comic

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 Included in this exporation into the deep web by YouTuber SomeOrdinaryGamers, is a CIA-sanctioned illustrated propaganda booklet for Nicaraguan citizens on how to sabatoge their country’s daily infastructure (Link). The actions rage from misdimeanor (scattering nails on a road) to major terrorist acts (building a molotov cocktail). I’m sure a nation in economic collapse due to minor inconveniences pushes it further into a dependance with wealthier nations.

Politics aside, can you imagine being the artist who had to illustrate that booklet? How do process what the a request like this from the CIA?
There must be a support group for propaganda artists somewhere.

Brady ‘ s “Deflate” Face: When Fan-Dumb Ensues

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Ouch.

In case you’ve just resurface from a subterranean existence last night, you already know that Patriots fans are all over the “Deflategate” the courtroom sketch artist who did not render Tom Brady according to their likings.

In response, the artist, Jane Rosenberg, provided the best “apology” this “controversy” deserved:

 “Tell Tom Brady I’m sorry I didn’t make him pretty enough. He’s very pretty.”

While I hope this incident does not Ms. Rosenberg’s career, this provides a lesson for court artists around the nation. Next time a star athlete is in court, sparkles, muscles, and violet eyes will be applied at all times.
 

Some Value in VOGUE

My school’s online library just launched a Vogue magazine archive going back to 1892. Until the 1960s, fashion catalogues were primarily illustrated, serving pretty well for studying historical costume design and illustration conventions the progressing time periods. As a enthusiast of Victorian/Edwardian-period illustration style, this is a goldmine.

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Grounded for Rioting

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Like most of the US, Ive been following the Baltimore Uprising. What’s been on my mind is the odd public response to the mother who caught her son in the midst of the chaos and responded as a mother would. How was this different from a mother dragging her kid from a teen party? Or that episode of Sister Sister where Tia’s dad catches her on TV at a music festival gone wrong in Detroit? So much outrage over something that should make people laugh.

New Comic – The Gorgon Transplant : Volume 2

Just want to take a moment here to the second volume of my series The Gorgon Transplant: Vol. 2.  Continuing the concept I initiated at the Sequential Artist’s Workshop, this volume features comics lampooning the public events industry and concerts.

Check out a sample of what’s inside here:
http://imgur.com/Ho8tl7h
GT_2ndbook

 

Imitation of Life and Art

Redrawn!
I decided to follow my fellow cartoonist friend Justin’s footsteps by taking the Redrawn! challenge. What better comic to redraw that the very one I grew up reading: Jim Davis’ Garfield.

Originally published January 5, 2000
My redraw.
Yes, I know I messed up on garfield’s belly in the middle panel.
It’s pretty easy to see that Jim Davis’ style is not exactly mine, yet in the process I can see what style is my own. The first mistake I made was measuring the panels more vertically, which affected the placement of the word bubbles. Where Davis used an ink brush, I used a pigment pen, to which the this choice reveals the most difference in Garfield’s stripes. It’s always been Davis’ use of the brush that has established the style of those stripes. In his first year of drawing Garfield, Davis used a pen, and Garfield’s stripes were just as thin as they are appear in my redraw.

Secondly, Davis is very abstract in his character design (has anyone ever commented on Jon’s nose?) while I have developed my style from more realistic sources like anime and Edwardian era comics.

One final significant detail is Davis’ ability to keep his drawings consistent enough that they look almost cut and paste. I just cannot stay that consistent, but then, neither did George Herriman.  Oh Well.

City Drawn!

Ever since Matt Groening confirmed his locational inspiration for the Simpson’s Springfield, I’ve been interested in finding my own style in drawing local cities. Next, is a little illustration of Arlington, VA.

Arlington, VA
Pretty decent approximation, ya think?