Wednesday, January 31, 2007

EDM #83 - Erie Canal - Neverending Sketch

So, I'm finally getting back to this one after some time off. I think it's nearing completion but the trees take forever. Not sure how to handle the water either. I'm sure in another month or so I'll have something resembling a finished product.

Part Two
Part One

Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Stack

I've got a monster stack of books that I'm slowly working my way through. What is the What by Dave Eggers and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel were Christmas gifts from my Mom (although I already had Fun Home, so I exchanged it for the new paperback edition of Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory). My Dad gave me a $50 Borders Gift Card, so I put that towards Berlin: City of Stones by Jason Lutes and The ACME Novelty Date Book by Chris Ware. I also ordered MeatHaĆ¼s 8: Headgames and MeatHaus 6 on a whim. Those are anthologies of comics by a collective started in New York by graduates of the School of Visual Arts and include work from Becky Cloonan, Farel Dalrymple, Tomer Hanuka, James Jean, and many others. Chris McD even included a quick sketch on my packing slip. Groovy!

Everything here comes with my highest possible reccomendation. Eggers is a genius, so is Ware. Bechdel's Fun Home was the breakout graphic novel of 2006, topping TIME's annual Top Ten Book list. Berlin, by the time it is completed will be one of the most significant works of historical fiction ever produced in comics, and the MeatHaus books are just great fun!

Wandering in Ithaca

I did some wandering around Ithaca, NY Friday evening. Some highlights included speaking with the artist Neil Berger at the Ink Shop Printmaking Center, the State of the Art Gallery, several used-book stores, a fairly decent comics shop (where I picked up Gilbert Hernandez's New Tales of Old Palomar, among others), and having coffee and drawing at Autumn Leaves, a cafe upstairs from a used-bookstore.

Got into a pretty heavy discussion of the events of 9/11 with Neil and William, a couple of regulars. I did a quick sketch of William while we were talking. Neil gave me a copy of Painful Deceptions: An Analysis of the September 11 Attack. It looks interesting but I havn't got around to watching it yet.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Sketchbook Construction

So, I'm coming to the close of my current sketchbook. It's a beautiful book, constructed of handmade papers from Nepal and a very cool bamboo latching system on the front cover. I'm going to be sad to see it go. I've started looking for a replacement but havn't been able to find anything quite so unique. One thing I really like about this journal is the way that the cover is not glued to the spine. This allows you to open the book ALL the way up and makes scanning double-page spreads a breeze.

So, I was wondering if anyone might be able to point me in the direction of a similar journal, or altern- atively, if anyone knows of any good resources (books or websites) for handbinding your own books?

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

All Over Coffee

This is stunning! Found the link to this on Cully's Blog and I'm completely floored. Incredible!

EDM #83 - Erie Canal - More Progress

That bridge was a pain in the ass. Now onto to the ten-thousand squiggle trees on the right bank...then the boat...then the canal itself...then color? When will this sketch ever end?!?!?!

Part One

Ancient History Redux

Couldn't sleep tonight so, I went digging through an old stack of books and came across another old sketchbook spanning 2002-2005. There's not a whole lot of interest in there but I did find these two sketches of Aron Ralston and Lance Armstrong from the summer of ’04. You may recall Ralston. He's the climber who got trapped by a boulder in a secluded canyon in Utah and was forced to amputate his own arm in order to survive. These guys were on my mind at the time because I'd just had surgery to reconstruct my left ACL and meniscus. While my meager suffering is nothing compared to what they went through, it was a long road to recovery.

Someone (maybe my sister?) gave me Armstrong's biography, It's Not About the Bike, and it was one of the first books I read after surgery. I'd definitely recommend it for anyone trying to come back from an injury or illness. It certainly inspired me to go all out in physical therapy and I was rewarded with being back to full-time skiing in 5 months (standard procedure is a return to sports in 7 months).

Monday, January 15, 2007

EDM #83 - Erie Canal - A Work in Progress

I must be the world's most infrequent blogger. One post a month! Pathetic! Alright, new year, new commitment to art. And to prove that I'm not doing absolutely nothing here's a sketch I've been working on recently. I took the photograph in August, halfheartedly started it in colored pencils sometime in September, let it languish until this past week when I re-booted it with a .005 Micron pen. You may remember the streetlights from an earlier post. Although, more than likely not as that went up more than 4 months ago!

So, there ya that I've got this half-finished skribble posted I'm hoping it will force me to be more productive (one of my resolutions for this year) and finally finish this sketchbook...which was intended as a Christmas present. Will it become a Valentine's gift? 4th of July? NEXT Christmas? Stay tuned...