I continue to inch forward with my D&D comic, which I had best get moving on if I want to have any chance of getting it together for VanCAF. In the mean time here is a comic that will appear in Vinegar 41, and drawings of a dream I had.
I am inching forward on my fantasy comic. Some rough pencils and some writing. I need to apply myself more vigorously to it. In the mean time here is stuff I have been drawing in my sketchbook.
I found photos of women from the 1920s with wavy hairstyles. I love when I find groups of photos like this that have a real variety of faces. I’m assuming these were from my go to website for old timey photos these days Vintage Everyday.
I did this drawing of Albert Hofmann, the fellow who discovered LSD, on his birthday.
I was doodling Popeye characters and somehow ended up filling a page with Wimpy in a psychedelic burger fugue. This weekend the Popeye movie is playing at the Cinematheque, but the timing isn’t good for me. 11am the morning after a comic jam?
More Vintage Everyday, British people dancing from the 70s (I think).
And more. Women of the French Resistance in World War Two. Fighting Nazis! The ones in the second picture have grenades on their belts!
I guess mostly I feel like drawing people from old timey photos lately. These were men on postcards wearing fancy costumes.
And here is an actress Mary Nolan, from some time in the past. Oh probably almost 100 years ago! I still have trouble believing we are 18 years into the 2000s.
And here are some women from the Humanae Project.
Year in Review? It seems like a long time ago that Fir Valley came out, but it was this year! And then all those glorious months of Twin Peaks. What a great year! Of course there was also a lot of shrieking and awfulness. All year long.
Regardless, here are some drawings I have done in the past month.
Manien and I were visiting her sister’s family and there was a waltz playing. Manien’s niece was trying to identify the composer, and accidentally mashed up Strauss and Waltz so it came out Schmaltz, which became…
Then I drew Strauss, because he had great hair.
Some men with hats from an old photo.
And a father daughter beret team.
A cute little temple with nice fall colours in pencil crayon.
I have been on a bit of Clash kick recently, watching documentaries about them and such. Drew this from a photo. Kind of botched poor Mick Jones’ face.
The rest of the country was in a deep freeze over the holidays, while Vancouver was its mild and rainy self. I thought I would draw some Arctic explorers, in sympathy for everyone dealing with the cold.
I am just slightly starting to work on two comics, while also still trying to wrap up Vinegar 40. Mostly though I have been puttering away doing drawings of stuff.
Here is a bricky cabin I found on Cabin Porn, a site that sometimes comes through for me with a nice cabin to draw. And it has great looking cabins, anyways.
Here are a couple of old time-y girls having a mystery snack. I think I found this on a site called Old Pictures, which has quite a lot of old pictures. Also a bit of an old time-y website.
Continuing my fascination with drawing temples, I found this one on googstreets in the United Arab Emirates.
And I came across a picture of this temple in New Mexico. I drew it while listening to the lovely Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, on WTF. He has the greatest laugh.
Here is something that happened one night when I was walking four blocks home after hanging out with Doug Savage.
And here is an old time-y lumber mill. I think I found it on that Old Photos site too.
I haven’t been making much progress on comics, though I do have issue 40 of Vinegar almost ready to go. I drew the cover the other day.
In October I had that spell of drawing old time-y stuff. I drew these old time-y women in their swimming costumes.
I was also reading a book about utopian communities in British Columbia The Promise of Paradise by Andrew Scott, and that got me thinking about the history of Vancouver. I occasionally think it would be interesting to try to do a comic set in the early days of Vancouver. Here are some squatters’ shacks in what eventually became Stanley Park.
Here is the town of Yale, British Columbia, in its early days.
Here are some men working on the street car tracks at Main and Hastings.
I was reading another book, State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Most of the book takes place in the Amazon, and part of it took place in Manaus, so I got on the old Goog Street View and found this colourful scene by a dried up river.
Once in a while if I am looking for something to draw, I will draw some tarot cards. There is a lot of crazy stuff going on in them, and it is an extra challenge when a card is upside down.
On Halloween I did not dress up as Mega-j, but I did draw this, inspired by the little pumpkin I carved.
I continue to find temples and the such enjoyable to draw, with all the crazy detail on them. I forget where this gateway was.
This is a gigantic monastery in Tibet.
One day I felt like drawing an astronaut and found this jumping chap. I thought it was from the first moon landing, but when I went to check it turned out it was from the LAST moon landing, Eugene Cernan, the last man on the moon. Kind of crazy how brief a period that all lasted. I also enjoyed how clunky and non-sleek the landing modules were.
And lastly a shack by a river in Lagos, Nigeria, with big houses across the way. Yeah it is all temples and shacks for me these days.
When I don’t have an active comic project to ink away at, I will find myself looking for something to draw, to give myself something to do while I listen to a podcast. So here are some of the random things I have drawn recently.
Here is Mark Rothko. Someone posted a nice photo of him on twitter, so I tried to draw it.
Manien buzzed my hair for me again, and I was trying to think of a Halloween costume, and I thought “El, from Stranger Things!”
There is this website called Filmgrab, and its random post feature sometimes comes through for me when I am looking for something to draw. This is from Upstream Color, a movie which I might put in my top ten.
At some point this year I was looking at a photo of all the different body shapes of Olympic athletes, and I think that planted the idea that it might be interesting to draw different women athletes. I found shot putters on youtube and boy they go through a lot of postures in a single throw! And they make great faces when they are lost in that moment of throwing. Then I did some javelin and discuss throwers too.
I came across something claiming that Carl Jung was a spy in World War 2, and his codename was Agent 488. So I drew that secret agent.
After drawing lady athletes, I thought it might be fun to draw old time-y boxers for some reason. I couldn’t find much in the way of interesting photos of them though. I did find this.
A comic I’m trying to get rolling has a part involving a temple, so I drew this temple in India.
Another comic I’m developing has me looking at eco houses, including Earthships. Here is the Earthship Hive.
I was trying to find some more old time-y people to draw and eventually came across these Yukon gold rush gamblers.
Since Twin Peaks ended it is tempting to just watch/read endless interpretations of what was going on, especially the last episode. I like that the show is open and mysterious enough that people can project many different ideas onto it.
I don’t really have any profound thoughts on it all at this point, and as I heard David Lynch say in an interview, what’s important is what it means to YOU when you watch it. One thing that I read that I thought was interesting was that since it is 25 years later and the actors are all older, it gives a certain weight to it. The characters have had lives since we last saw them. Anyways, it was such a joy to have this show to watch all summer.
I have been working on material for a new issue of Vinegar. This will be issue 40! Here are a few pages I drew about my experience of watching the new Twin Peaks.
I am working on a new issue of Vinegar, drawing little stories and things from the summer. Back in August there was a week where smoke from the forest fires blew over the city and I drew this comic about it. Yesterday as I worked on it, I happened to be listening to a WTF podcast where the guest was Al Gore. At one point in the conversation Marc Maron was exasperated asking what it would take for people to accept that climate change is real and we need to do something about it. Which just happened to come up in this comic, so I thought I would post it here.
I need to do a post about Twin Peaks ending, but I have a couple of other comics I need to finish first. And maybe a drawing. In the mean time, here is a comic of David Lynch, with dialogue taken from the documentary Lynch 01, made while he was working on Inland Empire.