Saturday, November 28, 2009

We losers lurk around the 17th floor...

By the way, my best-17th-floor-friend (because we both know our friendship doesn't extend past the dorms), Maelle Doliveux makes fantastic diary comics. I am ALWAYS excited to see new work from her, and think she should ditch illustration and pursue her true calling, cartooning (though she's equally good at both). Anyways, she's now posting these comics online now over here:

The Pretentious Fool

Check it out. You'll love it. Not only do her comics include ME, but you'll also see some sightings of Carey Grant, David Bowie and Taylor Mali (a hilarious spoken word poet-- youtube his stuff, you will not regret it!)


I don’t have much to show right now. I’m swamped with work and trying to catch up (fell a bit behind, but I’m catching up quite well). Sorry for the low quality pictures. My camera is dead right now, so all I have is my phone. Better ones to come soon!

Self Portrait
This self portrait was to be included in a grouping of drawings from the AMNH, so I tried to make myself look wilder. I’ve always been a fan of the Adam Ant stripe. Seemed like a perfect time to throw it in.

Bison Bones
Drawing of bison bones, which was part of the grouping.

Ewa 1
Doodle of a character that appears in something I’m working on.

Clara Bow Sketches
Clara Bow sketches! I find her to be stunning.

I’m designing a portfolio website, and this is just a tiny snippet of what’s going on (don’t want to give it away too much!). I did the original drawing in my sketchbook, scanned it, and coloured it/amped up the line work in photoshop. This was my first stab at taking anything on paper, into photoshop, and colouring it. The colour being fairly flat was a personal choice (not laziness).

I recently finished Local by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly, and David Small’s “Stitches”. Stitches was really disturbing (I didn’t want to believe it was true!), but I had a good cry at the end. The only thing that bugged me about it at points was the lack of backgrounds. Too many panels zoomed in, and not enough energy spent on the backgrounds as on the figures. I understand that at some points it’s meant to emphasize isolation, or the eeriness/sterility of hospitals, but I found myself wanting more information in some panels. This is a problem I’m sure I have so that’s why I’m so aware of it in others.

My closest friend (who actually has a fantastic art history blog: shared this quote (from our favourite author) with me, and I thought I would pass it along:
"Why are you afraid of women?" I asked a group of men "We’re afraid they’ll laugh at us," replied the men.
"Why are you afraid of men?" I asked a group of women "We’re afraid they’ll kill us," replied the woman.- Margaret Atwood