While I work on drawings that I cannot yet reveal, here’s a little bit of history for you.
This drawing is circa Fall 2007, right when I had moved here to Portland. My love for ink, brush, and charcoal really began at this time.
Drawn on 11 x 14″ Bristol board, this began as a doodle and ended as a finished piece.
During this time, I was attending my first semester at PNCA, and taking a class called “Time Arts”. This class covers all time-based arts – animation, film, performance art (ahhhhhh!!!!!), and sequential art – comics!
Here is the first, and as of yet, only comic I have ever made, Balloon.
During the critique, some of my fellow students found the 8th frame confusing, and I agreed – it’s a bit unclear. The little blob underneath the girl’s body is her shadow as she slowly floats away, becoming a balloon herself. Curses!!! You mean, I’m not perfect?
Also, you can definitely see the Edward Gorey influence in these drawings, as around this time I had been studying his work.
So why haven’t I done anymore comics?
It just ain’t my cup of tea. I like cramming my narratives with so many quirky little details, in a single shot, rather than having moments dragged on, frame by frame. Comics are a lot of hard work, and if I were to ever make a graphic novel, I would obsess so much about the quality of each frame that it would take me twenty years to finish one.
Yes!!! The DMV, my most favorite place in the world! I wish I lived there!
Tomorrow Jake & I must venture down there to take care of….well, a lot of things actually. Which means we’ll be there forever. How could I not bring my sketchbook? It’s like a goldmine of people-watching. I mean, the last time I was there, I saw a grown man crying like a baby. Alright!!