Plenty can and will be said about our 44th President, but for me the call to action during his farewell address is something that we should all aspire to.
“Show up. Dive in. Stay at it.”
The divisions that have been starkly drawn across our nation once again is worrying, but if we can keep President Obama’s directions in focus as well as a bucket full of empathy and compassion then we might well weather the end of an era. More than that though the start of an age in which citizenry isn’t a title with which we bludgeon others, but a badge we earn by helping those who need it most.
In case you haven’t seen it here’s the farewell address:
here’s a link to the video and the transcript of the full speech: click!
Have a great weekend, folks, and be good to each other!
I realize, at the very tail end of this meat-grinder of a year, that I never posted this year’s INKtober entries. I’ve updated the website and you can check it out here, or just watch the slideshow below.
The goal this year was to tell a story without words. Just a little spin on the challenge and hopefully something to collect and maybe print later. The Papercut Kids is suburban fantasy and colorful and poppy. I wanted to do something scratchier but adventurous. Joseph Campbell, Hero’s Journey kind of thing. I don’t know if it was the stark black and white, a contrarian impulse against the stuff that I had been working on, or if the over-whelming election news coverage had seeped into my subconscious (the 2016 Election in the States was viciously divisive, dear future readers).
I’m a bit under the weather as I write this and I’m listening to the new NIN album. The new NIN sounds like the old NIN (a good thing) and I’m having a hard time concentrating on this…
… I have the wherewithal to wish you all a Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Let’s put 2016 in our collective rearview and endeavor to make more art, better choices and the world a significantly better place.
If you managed to click over here near the middle of 2016 (I don’t know when you’ll be reading this, or who, where or WHAT you might be) …
… you’ll have noticed a large overhaul to this site. Big changes are in the wind. The kid is graduating in June, and Jess and I are looking to move and expand into new digs. I thought the changes should extend into my web presence as well. Sort of throwing a new coat of paint on the beast. The pages are a bit more collected and organized and more importantly the content has been updated.
New art work for everyone!
The hope is that with change comes the chance to create better habits. I plan to post more often, not just in the blog but updating the core content whenever I can. New Papercut Kids comic pages are getting done, and I plan to update that site soon as well. New projects and an eventual shop will pop up here to sell prints and sketch books. Stay tuned for more!
Every once in a while I revisit AKIRA. Whether watching the movie or reading the collected books, it’s an itch I have to scratch. When I do I always want to whip something up so here we are. Notes in the captions…
a quick gesture sketch with a large flat brush just to get a good shape down to work into
the devil’s in the details. roughing out the lines and working out the nuttiness of Tetsuo’s undulating weirdo arm
inks at 11×17 with Copic Multiliners, nib and brush
colors via Photoshop
If you’re reading this soon after it posts and you’re in the NYC area you can actually catch AKIRA on the big screen at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers. Click the link to check out the one night show.
… is still a pretty big problem. Just wanted to keep the train rolling with color pieces. After fan art, and a more successfully executed moody image, I trod happily into my wheelhouse and whipped up a high energy piece with monsters, oddly designed vehicles and a pilot that looks like he knows he took a wrong turn at Albuquerque.
more structure coloring
Here’s a confession … I should get better at color theory. I know a bit and I kinda just do what feels and looks right at the time, but often I just treat it like an electric coloring book. I make sound effects when I color and draw, too. I can’t be the only one, right?
I did that Elektra piece in a bit of enthusiastic haste with the new season of the Daredevil, which is pretty great if you haven’t seen it. I like the drawing fine, but I wanted to do something with a bit more teeth. I started with a quick tiny thumbnail sketch, scanned it and drew it up in Photoshop, printed it and lightboxed it on to some Bristol board. Rescanned the full sized 11×17 and colored it in Photoshop using brushes I copped from a Ryan Lang post a while back. BTW Follow him on everything if you like production art. Anyway, here are some of the process images…
… and here’s the finish.
I’ll have this available when I get an online store up and running. Oh! I’ll have an online store up and running at some point when I revamp this site.