I also bought Playboy: 50 Years: The Cartoons, which was on sale at Oscar's art books. There are some amaaaaaazing watercolour pieces in it and it set me off on a painting frenzy. Thus the boob:
My favourites from the book are Jack Cole (uh... that's definitely not one of the best paintings he's done) and Erich Sokol. I love the no-line watercolours where it looks as if these shapes were effortlessly thrown into place, and yet aren't muddy or even bleeding into each other! Anyone have any tips? There's hardly any info on watercolouring that isn't flowers or still life, or, say, painting every single hair on some wolf. I'd imagine it takes a lot of experimenting and getting to know your paper and water. Anyway, the book is soooo nice. Check it out if you can.
Here's some lady and her kid (actually she had two, but she was clutching this one) spotted during lunch yesterday. I think that face a kid makes when they're about to go postal on you is the most funny yet horrifying sight ever. Their faces scrunch up into this terrible little old person's.
These were all painted with turbid water. END!
The girl in the middle panhandles around Burrard & Granville Skytrain stations. Blows smoke into your face while you walk by....
This is a drawing of a little blue stuffed skunk I bought from Jocelan. I loff eet! Check out her store here and you can take a squishy friend home with you too.Oh yeah here is also another doodle of the sphynx from some time ago. I should stop drawing her with this hair as it doesn't really suit the story.
Sorry guys, not a heck of a lot going on, drawing-wise, lately. I seem to be doing better with scribbly comics. Speaking of which, here's a preview of my comic for Flight 4.... (click the pic). Still sitting on it for a little while to let all the typos and mistakes surface before I hand it in.
Also! The main comic in my mini:
If you'd like a dead tree copy they are available here.
Anyhoo, the Stumptown comics festival was fantastic, and Portland is definitely best in Autumn. Got to meet up with some old friends and some new ones - take a look at some photos heah!
I'm using Bloglines and I still can't keep up with the hundred or so blogs I follow. Sigh.
*edit: I lied. THIS is going to be the cover. Try to imagnie it on hot pink cardstock. Didn't do that for online because it'd burn peoples' eyes out. The other one has been demoted to Table of Contents (and changed slightly).
Mini is done! Just need to arrange the pages now.
Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canuckers! My family had ours last evening - I made these and those. They were pretty good, especially the root veggies.
This was done some time ago... wanted to draw a few things about the opera, still might do that....
This guy I saw on the way to work - he looked like he was about to step on someone's foot. Perhaps a child's. This is such a nice area.
Y'know, I think these two have nice colour design - they're so recognizable you're able to see them when they flash by, doesn't matter what shade her skin tone is at a given moment.
Also! Those vampire prints Krista and I made ages ago are now available online! If you'd like a set, click the pic here: Oh! They are 6x6" prints. I forgot to mention on the page, but will update it when I get home.
Man, it took about six tries to get these pics up here (and from the looks of it, they uploaded four times.) Great waste of space! Way to be broken, Blogger.
This is supposed to be my dad but of course it looks nothing like him. Being a dim sum cart pusher, man - no respect.
Here's something I remember from the second grade - I had a good friend who was amazing at drawing, and she pretty much inspired me to go at it regularly. We were always figuring out stuff together, and the day I started drawing coloured pupils and highlights - wow... what a discovery that was - she made a point of calling them "deluxe eyes." Unfortunately I don't think she draws anymore, but she was really, really good.
Done while listening to Brenda Lee with that curdling sad voice of hers.
More sphynx sketches for a comic I wanna do. Too squishy in the one with her and the guy - she needs to look less like her chin got yanked out from underneath her (was drawing EVERYONE like that for awhile). My scanner is unwell and has been scanning things in strange lines more and more.
Y'know how dogs (or cats) splay themselves out on your kitchen tiles when it's too hot? That's always cracked me up.
Heeeeey. Sorry this took so long! Here's part two.... There was a significant increase in downtime as the sun in Italy tried to burn my brain out.
Went to see "The Da Vinci Code" with Bannister and Derek. It was raining pretty hard that evening so we were smooshed together under my magic umbrella while everyone else blew smoke in our faces. They let us in about ten minutes before the movie started, and then there were about 40 minutes of ads. Chyaaaaaaaaaaaaaa............. The code puzzle is pretty dumb. You just hold it up to a light and see through the thing. Bannister figured that one out!
Unhappy-looking people on the metro. I think it was the constant smell of urine and how people would slam their metal spring-seats up. It's really, really unpleasant being on the receiving end of a spring-chair slam. Parisians do a lot of nail-biting.
Card for Dylan, while waiting (very stoked) to see Marie Antoinette.
Very bored doodle page, and the fox that gave the card below...
Last day in Paris *sniff* Went to this really fun restaurant. Didn't have frog, but had foie gras. And escargot. Mmmmmmmmmmm........... FINALLY some good food in Paris - you can't get anything half-way decent for the 10-20euro range. Either get expensive fast food or go higher. So expensive fast food or groceries it usually was.
Drew this after viewing the Nimes Arena (the one that is most fully in-tact... it's only about half the height of the Roman one, though). Just plain silly, the long train ride and sun made me loopy.
Ok, from here on out what is spelt "Guigno" should be "Giugno" - June in Italian. I can't spell under any circumstances.
VENICE. *hearts all over the place* I love the Carnivale mask stores... they're such a blast of eye candy the first time you see them. Can't take a bad picture here. The gondola guys are all in stripes and straw hats... it's a tourist trap come true! Most gondola rowers didn't sing but they each had a unique warning that they sang or called out in repetition when turning tight corners. The water taxis just blasted. God, it's amazingly beautiful in Venice. Here, have an AVI. Wait! Have two.
Fruit mask - we didn't find one that wasn't made in China. Hurrr.
Sounds from my cousin's place, where we were staying. There was a party going on every night so you really couldn't sleep.
Alleyway in Verona.
Ok, there was this utterly amazing carving at the entrance to a park in Bologna... it was a woman with a hippocampus and an octopus. Later on I saw a fountain of Neptune's and the four winds were on there, pinching their breasts where four streams of water spurted forth. (there were other fountains where water had amusing sources but I can't remember them all now)
Had the most expensive gelato in the world in Firenze. Really caught off-guard on that one, grrrn........ Do not go to Perseo's gelato!!!!
My feet were pretty hurtin' by this point in time.
A church near the Roman forum at right, and my griping about the Vatican museum at left.
This is why I did not enjoy the Vatican.
Angels of Death everywhere, and some guards were being very rude to a couple of teenage girls wearing skull pendants. I don't think they were there with bad intentions, they just wanted to enter the prayer area. The guards were being annoying.
Here's a gladiator!
And here's a real modern-day one. The end!! That's it! I'm tired, so apologies for long-windedness and cranky. Off to work!
And for those who are curious, here's the stuff I hauled around:
I mostly used the watercolours because the gouache kept smudging and was not as washable. I also had a flat wash brush and white gel pen but they seem to have run off at the moment.