Emblem of Civilization (V)

I can’t say I did much this week, I am not sure where it went or when weeks begin and end, the axis is skewed as of late, mostly weighted in a direction that favors me, yet it seems to slide into places unplanned.

I’ll just post a couple bits therefore.

 

As well I guess most effort went back into what once held the glorious title of “Untitled 2020”. Which once again is another piece which starts up with my usual ‘Man walks into a bar’ setup and I hope to wind up at a new punchline, the man in question is emaciated and has a deal about civilization and plans for wheat, and probably books on the best use and case situations for cages. “Great Man of History” or something to that effect.

More evidence that scanners are magical.

 

I can read so sometimes I do.

 

Inherent Issues – Go Old School or Go Home

Past week has been pretty much just one drawing, some bits of changes on other works but mostly i just did this:

The longer you look, the dumber it gets.

I used to draw just in pencil, I’m sure that’s kinda the norm, HB lead pencil in a classroom = drawing to escape boredom. But then I got into ink and it became a kinda default of work, a stupid expectation that everything will wind up dominated by this medium and balanced against it. But just working in pencil is so easy, I forget what a pain in the ass pen and ink is cause I have internalized its terrible pace.

Besides this, not much.

nah dunna think so

Supposedly I am taking part in an open studio day, but really? I don’t foresee letting people come in to my tiny drawing box and breathe their covidian breathings all down on the place. Usually someone comes in and just asks if it’s George Washington, snickers and that wraps up the human interaction portion of the day in which I play my role as subject in a human zoo.

Real happy like ok

Finally for all the shit posting, cat tax.

Weekly ish – Loosely Updated in Yellow

The Ascension of Homer Simpson

All else fails, yellow works. A replacement midtone, semi opaque. Covers up the mistakes (kinda), people like color, and actually gives a nice Simpsons-esque quality to the drawing with a slight bit of the jaundice.

– Yep…

Gutsy captions unavailable.

New big “Scroll” work continues its march towards victory over old and boring works I have little hope of ever finishing

Enough of that, it doesn’t look so great online, I think I just like blank paper. So, other stuff.

Small detail… best part of whole damn drawing

As for the rest of this post, let’s go with the sketches and some studio shots, all handled loosely as looser hands is the aim as of late, to try and wrest back some pre ink based hatching tendons, I once upon a time could shade with a pencil in that way that is like soft and not by scratching lines into paper. “Naturalistic”, like quasars n’ shit.

Also, comic page, about waking up in “spaghettie”, in Seattle I think… I never worked in a real 7-11, just “Lil’ Champ”, Amoco, Shell?, and some other lame pretenders to the throne.

Is this even worth posting?

And finally, I hope, let me wrap this up with what the Twitter bot coughed up from the depths, it has the word virus in it, so it seems relevant now:

Oldie – sometime in 2009 – part of ‘Unabomber’ series

Weekly Updates – Chunky Tweet Portions

Perhaps it could be possible to really make a weekly update if I did things differently.

  1. Stop playing video games?
    • NO
  2. Make updates about old stuff since I can’t really churn out content at such rates.
    • Yeah, why not start regurgitating the old stuff, I think with notes and critiques, like hey youngin’ you done fucked up here.
    • Right now working a bit on the Trapezoid Series Page. Will add some more work in progress shots, details and such, also somewhere I had better photos of Trap III.
  3. Stop starting new works before finishing old ones?
    • New work (see featured image above), is part of this attempt to turn my desk into a megascroll and just run paper thru until its a decent 2m of material, than slice and start new. That said, I did not progress at all on the other big drawing of 2020 at all this week, cause it is lame.

 

Weekly Postings – Myths and Realities

There have been some delays… (distractions as well if I am being honest here.)

A bit of “dear lord what the fuck am I doing with my time on this here earth” has been slowing this drawing down, and that is only fair since this drawing induced the sensation (give and you shall receive). This current WIP is merely off to a lame ‘start’ (several months in) lets say, the anatomy, the composition, I mean I am a fan of repetition but I have to say this needs a spark, and I have been here before, usually there is two options draw a hole into it or give it some room to breathe. So onto the back burner with it for the foreseeable future, no need for another wasted period of stressed efforts, I can wait… (so patient… fucking peice of shit, stupid drawing)

For now, studies and let some other drawings get moving. The one below is one I started when my eyes were littered with the noise of cataracts and I couldn’t tell if the paper was yellow or why anything was so blurry. So, now with some time distanced I can use it as a testing pad, perhaps I can make it work.

Nothing beats listening to Behind the Bastards talking on about people drinking bleach / prescribing bleach as a cure all for fucking idiots, whilst sketching out some anatomy and other nonsensical shit.

And some more photos of alterations underway in the studio…

And seeing as one giant drawing is never enough, I ‘modified’ my desk in order to turn it into something akin to a giant calculator, or scroll, so I can roll a huge piece of paper out indefinitely and just cut it every couple of meters and say, ‘look, a drawing has been finished’.

So much ink on the floor

Spaghetti? Comics again… underway… hopefully.

Wake up in spaghetti

If ‘Fallout 76’ and ‘Slay the Spire’ are held at bay, I should manage to continue the regular updates, if anyone reads this no matter, sense of direction (the micro accomplishment machine) is worth it alone.

Many small lines accumulating

Desk was like 70 EUR, now I can no longer think of ever leaving this room cause moving it is out of the question.

Some scanning has been done, of the proper variety, no lousy hand scanner testing here, no sir.

Hopefully I can manage a weekly update, I think it will be mildly interesting in the end to see a year of drawing being built up, very mild.

Here is a few more bits of miscellany.

Hermit Life

Working on this new pic has entered that ugly phase, imbalanced, ugly. When it’s just pencil, everything is nice and at the same levels. Now, bits in ink, and mistakes get loud when they are in ink, back when they were just pencil, one would barely note them, now they are glaring. But I will upload anyways in order to document the mess. Oh and since it is the era, covid 19 something something and I am still a hermit with a masters degree in advanced social distancing.

They are locking Berlin down now, so hopefully I can still make it to the studio.

Untitled 2019 Updated

The whole thing finally pieced digitally together, half a year after completing it.

Untitled 2019

Finished the drawing above about 6 months ago, ripped up a scanner in order to get it scanned in somewhat, that still left some distortions in place, and needs a remake. The tough part was the top part of this, seemed like everything wanted to reject patching it together, figured out finally that there was a segment of it that for some reason was 150dpi, not 300, or 300 and not 600 depending on the folder, but somehow the original source was 50%. Should have noticed it sooner, and anyways, done now.

Second issue today fixed/found, WordPress loves to compress images, in order to make it stop you have to edit the themes functions.php file (in “Theme Editor” click on Theme Functions (function.php) on the right-hand side) and then add this at the end:

add_filter( 'big_image_size_threshold', '__return_false' );
add_filter('jpeg_quality', function($arg){return 100;});

 

Fixing up the top half of “Untitled 2019”

I could never get this to scan in right, some images weren’t the same size, and I ran thru every conceivable option I thought, but I seem to have forced Photoshop into finally getting this, albeit with a bit of a fish eye lens somehow. Still gotta fix that… The pic above is cropped to avoid that annoyance, but later next week I will fix this all up and combo it into the Untitled 2019 page.