Saturday, March 29, 2008

My concentration has been shit this week. In the studio a few times but I haven't really done anything. My roommate is out of town on a roadtrip so I've been enjoying the solitude. I was in the studio for about five hours today, mostly sketching and staring off into space but I managed to get some trees down on the big drawing.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Last night after work, I went to the studio. As I've mentioned before, I have to pass through Negar Alley on the way to the building--it's an odd little underpass under an overpass of the LIE and then it (Negar Alley) becomes an overpass over the LIRR. The underpass bit of the Alley has a view into and along the LIRR tracks. There was a familiar sight from last year parked on a spare branch: the railcars for Ringing Bros. circus. The air was filled with the smell of animal dung and straw. Which reminded me: the elephant were going to walk into Manhattan tonight.

The studio is right near the mouth of the Queens Midtown Tunnel--from the roof, you can look right down the throat of the QMT. So Eve and I got up on the roof to watch but then--upon seeing a gathering crowd near the tunnel entrance--we headed down to street level. After about an hour of freezing our asses off, the elephants came. They were cool--elephants are always cool--but there were only six elephants. I don't know what I was expecting...maybe 600 elephants? A tribute to Hannibal crossing the Alps?

Anyway, my photos came out crappy. (Crappily?) I was so busy trying to get a decent photo of the elephants that I didn't really look at them. But it was still kind of cool: pachyderms in Queens.

I also got a picture of the Ringmaster and Douchey the Clown riding in a pickup truck at the head of the phalanx. Why not get out and walk? Where is the leadership?

Sunday, March 16, 2008

...and here's the rough of Sometimes Girlfriend.
This is a rough clip of Zuke. It's an animation collaboration I'm doing with Joseph Merideth. And when I say "collaboration" I mean "Joe does all the work while I just sit on my fat can and provide the character and direction." We're also going to animate this Sometimes Girlfriend drawing as well.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

New drawing. Tentative title: Malevolent Planet. This is a big one, approximately four feet by eight. I've never done well at this scale. I can't seem to successfully compose a picture this size. Let's see what happens.

Oh, I've added a few posts to the Papyrus site. Nothing exciting but dumping a backlog of Papyrusian splendor.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Gary Gygax died last week. As I've said before, Dungeons and Dragons (and, therefore, Gygax) is about 85% responsible for my pursing art. Something vague about how Gygax gave you a framework you could plug your imagination in to, that it (your imagination) was something vital that you could use to build new things. I've never really been able to put it into words. I just know the two are fundamentally connected somehow. I'll leave it at that. I still frequently slip bits and pieces of the original first edition books into the drawings--the Jewel Ape is copied directly from David Trampier's illustration of the Ape, Carnivorous in the original Monster Manual. All of the swords and pole arms in the drawings? Dungeons and Dragons.

Here is a nice tribute to Gygax, and here is a great interview with the King Nerd. I see a theme running through a lot of tribute to him: a lot of Midwesterns (like myself) found those imaginary worlds very compelling. I don't think you can really see the appeal D&D had until you spent time in Indianapolis or Lake Geneva where the landscape is uninspiring, the winters long, gray and muddy and the culture is very thin and usually mall-based.

Godspeed, sweet nerd. Godspeed.

I've been trying to post these images since early Sunday night. Blogger/Google/Bloggoogle wouldn't allow it, kept returning error message. But anyway...The Wisdom of Ceilings is finished.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Walked to and from the studio today. Had a difficult time concentrating for no particular reason. Not really feeing very connected to this drawing anymore.