Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
If you havn't noticed yet, I'm a huge fan of comics...although I lean more towards independant books rather than the mainstream superhero stuff that most of the populace would immediately call "comics". Anyways, I've attended a couple of small-press conventions MOCCA in New York City and the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD. The most amazing thing about conventions like these is that many people will carry a sketchbook that the artists will usually be more than happy to do a quick drawing in. (Usually for free! only occasionally asking that you buy a book or comic.) My book for these show starts with one of my own drawings and at the last two shows I went to my sketches set the theme. The first one, from MOCCA in 2002 was, obviously, Rock and Roll. The second from SPX 2003 was a bit more open...robots, outer space, or cowboys...or any combination of the three! This resulted in lots of fun, creative drawings. I'm not sure if I should put the artists' sketches up without their permission, so for now here are my two drawings.
I've be reading Craig Thompson's Carnet du Voyage over the last few days. It is both a humbling and inspiring experience. To see page after page of masterful sketches and realise that Thompson is churning these beautiful illustrations out on-the-spot and in extremely challenging conditions blows my mind. It simultaneously makes me want to stop everything and draw for the rest of my life and also to throw out every pen and scrap of paper I have. Anyone who enjoys, illustration, travel, beauty, trees, architecture, etc. should run out and get a copy of this wonderful book. (Then treat yourself to his other books, Blankets and Goodbye, Chunky Rice.)
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Saturday, August 12, 2006
So, my girlfriend, Nicole, went in for a minor knee surgery today (is there such a thing as MINOR knee surgery?) and I did a couple sketches. One of her right before they wheeled her into surgery and one of all the books I got for my birthday (July 24th - you can still send gifts!).
By the way, Nicole is home and doing just fine.