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.
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 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.
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.
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.
I have been avoiding doing drawings of the new season of Twin Peaks for the sake of not spoiling it for others (because I would have to post them!). There was one scene that I did feel like drawing though, and then last night I saw a twitter user who had exactly that scene as their header image, so I did a quick drawing last night and a longer drawing today. It was hard to try to capture the dusty washed out vibe with pencil crayons.
I spent a week with my brother and his family, on Vancouver Island, Galiano, and in Vancouver. It was fun to hang out with them and to goof around with the kids. One day at the cabin on Galiano the kids were into having me draw characters they made up on the spot. Here are a couple of them…
I have been noodling and doodling and gradually thinking myself towards a new comic. Here are a couple of drawings I did from photos I found on the internet, looking for overgrown things.
In the meantime, I finally got rolling on a project that originally was going to be a mural in our old place in North Vancouver. At the start of December 2014, I was planning to work on it over my Xmas break. By the time Xmas rolled around we had decided to sell our place. Recently Manien and I decided to revisit the mural idea, which I still liked. We bought a seven foot plank that I am going to paint it on. I don’t paint very often, and every time I have to figure out how it works again. But it is a fun and different process.