Drawings from 2018

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.

1920s women 01
1920s women 02

I did this drawing of Albert Hofmann, the fellow who discovered LSD, on his birthday.

Albert Hofmann

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?

Wimpodelica

More Vintage Everyday, British people dancing from the 70s (I think).

British Dancing

And more. Women of the French Resistance in World War Two. Fighting Nazis! The ones in the second picture have grenades on their belts!

French Resistance 01

French Resistance 02

I guess mostly I feel like drawing people from old timey photos lately. These were men on postcards wearing fancy costumes.

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.

Mary Nolan

And here are some women from the Humanae Project.

humanae 01
humanae 02
humanae 03

December Drawings

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…

Walter Schmaltz

Then I drew Strauss, because he had great hair.

Johann Strauss

Some men with hats from an old photo.

Men in Hats

And a father daughter beret team.

Berets

A cute little temple with nice fall colours in pencil crayon.

Autumn Temple

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 Clash

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.

Arctic Explorer - Robert E. Peary

Arctic Explorer - Tom Crean

Arctic Explorer

This month in drawings,

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.

Brick Cabin

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.

Girls Eating

Continuing my fascination with drawing temples, I found this one on googstreets in the United Arab Emirates.

Zubara Temple

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.

Temple in New Mexico

Here is something that happened one night when I was walking four blocks home after hanging out with Doug Savage.

Skunks

And here is an old time-y lumber mill. I think I found it on that Old Photos site too.

Old Timey Lumber Mill

Temples and Shacks

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.

Vinegar 40 Cover

In October I had that spell of drawing old time-y stuff. I drew these old time-y women in their swimming costumes.

Old Time Bathing 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.

Old Time Stanley Park Squatters Shacks

Here is the town of Yale, British Columbia, in its early days.

Old Time Yale, BC

Here are some men working on the street car tracks at Main and Hastings.

Old Time Main & 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.

Manaus

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.

Tarot October 30, 2017

On Halloween I did not dress up as Mega-j, but I did draw this, inspired by the little pumpkin I carved.

Mega-j and the Pumpkin Man

I continue to find temples and the such enjoyable to draw, with all the crazy detail on them. I forget where this gateway was.

Gateway

This is a gigantic monastery in Tibet.

Tibetan Monastery

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.

Astronaut Eugene Cernan

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.

Lagos, Nigeria

Things to Draw

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.

Rothko

Manien buzzed my hair for me again, and I was trying to think of a Halloween costume, and I thought “El, from Stranger Things!”

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.

Upstream Color

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.

Shot Put 1

Shot Put 2

Shot Put 3

Javelin

Discus

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.

Agent 488

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.

Fisticuffs

A comic I’m trying to get rolling has a part involving a temple, so I drew this temple in India.

Temple

Another comic I’m developing has me looking at eco houses, including Earthships. Here is the Earthship Hive.

Earthship Hive

I was trying to find some more old time-y people to draw and eventually came across these Yukon gold rush gamblers.

Gold Rush Gamblers

Twin Peaks Roundup

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.

Twin Peaks Summer

Twin Peaks - Death of the Log Lady

The End of Twin Peaks

Smoke Days

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.

Smoke Days 1

Smoke Days 2

Smoke Days 3

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.

Lynch 01

Quiet and Walking Through Space

I drew this scene from the new Twin Peaks, because I just loved that the show could slow down and just show the sheriff’s men walking through the forest. Not just one quick shot. A series. The sounds of the birds. No talking. Also, I loved the backpacks.

Twin Peaks 3 - Sheriff's Men in the Woods

I thought how it this quiet scene relates to my work. People walking through space. Moving through forests. Fir Valley. Farm School. The Adulation. Older projects. Upcoming projects.

Twin Peaks continues to be a delight. Every episode feels like a journey. I say to Manien “Wow, it felt like a lot happened in that one!” after every one. Only a few left now.

I was feeling like doing some drawings and thought to revisit David Lynch’s Interview Project from 2009. Lots of interesting regular people to draw.

Interview Project 01

Interview Project 02

Watching these interviews had me pondering David Lynch’s interest in small town America, and the darkness in it. Run down areas. Things both ugly and beautiful. Horrible yet sublime. Blue Velvet. Twin Peaks. The Straight Story.

Interview Project 03

There is also something from my previous Twin Peaks drawing that I have been thinking about a lot. The feeling of when you are deep inside something, a project, a scene, a relationship and it feels like this massive overwhelming thing to you. But from outside, it looks like… what is that person even doing? It looks like nothing. Or from a slightly different angle, I am reminded of the end of Lord of the Flies. Or one Peter Straub story the Buffalo Hunter, where a guy was quietly going crazy in his hotel room. Someone intersects with your craziness and can’t fathom how you got there. Which inspired me to draw another scene from the new Twin Peaks. Another lovely pause.

Twin Peaks 3 - Trouble in the Woods