From a real squeezing-every-last-drop-of-blood-from-this-stone concepting session, but I was at least having fun with the opaque effect I’d recently discovered:
On July 4 this year we spent the day at Jones beach, melting in the sun and getting sunburned in inopportune places. Ben and I each brought two e-readers; my perpetual “backup book” has apparently been replaced, in the modern age, by an entire backup library. In the non-lifeguarded area we weren’t supposed to swim, but it was independence day, so we did anyway. The water was cold but pleasant.
At one point I saw two people, strangers to me and to each other, accidentally forming an impromptu American flag. I didn’t have a camera to hand, but have recreated it in Paint:
There was something so nice about it, this unintentional patriotism; different people who don’t know each other and might not get along even if they did, somehow forming a greater whole without even realizing it.
Last week, while leaving work…
Mark: i have a business proposition for ya. three words:
Mark: whaddya think??
Mark: stage one: gerbils.
Mark: stage two: pterodactyls.
Mark: phase three: profit.
So far Phase 3 is eluding me, but we’ll see.
Pterosaur mood board:
Gerbil mood board:
gerbils are boring
My workload is insane right now, as it has been for months. BUT, part of my job for the past week or two involved listening in on phone interviews for message research, and I discovered I focus much better if I’m doodling (it stops me from getting distracted by the internet). Thanks to this totally legitimate and not at all questionable fact, I had a chance to catch up on some backlogged projects. Including this one:
With my propensity for perfectionism regarding things that don’t actually matter, I actually created two different cut-out impalas (as always using only MS Paint, thankyouverymuch), so if you got here by googling for African antelopes against a white background, here are two options:
My moodboard for this project got hijacked by increasingly humorous rabbits.
Mark got a new laptop. I surreptitiously baptized the desktop background:
speaking of things that rhyme with doodle, the other day I realized that if you crossed a canoe with one of those pool-floatie-things called noodles, it would be a canoodle.
When I first moved here, I had a hell of a time making friends. Chloe was my the only person I knew, and I really didn’t have a handle on the rhythm of the city at all.
And a few quotes:
KJ (after a party): I don’t know how I kept killing the conversation so quickly.
Chloe: You were lecturing them about Grecian gods.
KJ: It’s very interesting!
“I don’t care what he thinks about me, I care that he thinks that I care what he thinks about me.”
“Just because it’s superior, doesn’t mean it’s better.”
I started to fully re-draw the first cartoon, but got lazy. This is as far as I got:
Found this in an old journal and re-drew. My first few months here, I couldn’t quite make my brain understand how big the city really was.
Here’s the last few comics from this time period. By this stage they were painfully and inescapably meta, as it had become a “thing” that, whenever something of note (or something notably un-noteworthy) occurred, I would immediately draw it out and then pass the cartoon around for group approval.
One thing I often got harassed about was the cartoony mannerisms shown in the comics, which I always argued captured the spirit of the moment if not the actual physical gestures utilized. And then, one day…
And thus, art became reality, and I returned to normal journaling for the next couple years.
I believe this last one was drawn primarily to capture the awesomeness that is Christine in a Disney store
Found some more of the College Spring Break comics. Apparently all I did on this trip was draw cartoons about the trip? Anyway, here’s two that seem to go together:
Clearly that woman with the lace made a big impression on me.