Monday, 6 December 2010
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Of course, it's not exhaustive (how can it be) but it's fair to say that everyone on there has made want to pick up a pencil and have a go myself.
As news of Pulp's reformation is all over the web, I've had another crack at drawing Jarvis Cocker (not the modern bearded version, as such, but certainly a more recent version than this one).
It's just pencil and a quick bit of photoshopping at this stage, but I might work this up into something more finished.
Monday, 25 October 2010
Friday, 22 October 2010
Monday, 6 September 2010
I saw this 1970 painting of Neel's in the flesh on Sunday, and loved every inch of it. Exaggerated, beautiful and full of life. And I like the way you can work out the character of each subject from their shoes; the ones on the left are stylish as hell, but could probably kill you dead.
It (and other pieces in the show - all the 1970 onwards stuff, anyway) made me realise how one-note my drawings are; and inspired me to get some more observation into the stuff I've been doing, really. Not that I'd ever be this good, but I've realised how much I rely on tricks; and how I seem to draw the same three or four characters over and over again.
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Thursday, 26 August 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Sad to hear that Harvey Pekar has died. I first remember coming across him in the 'Harvey Sez' column in some reprints of Weirdo, when I was about fifteen or sixteen. Since then, I've read tons of his stuff (and taken in the excellent film of 'American Splendor' of course).
There's a real sea of autobiographical comics around, and the majority of them are introspective twaddle. Yet another illustration student talking about yet another unrequited crush? Boring.
Pekar could certainly be self-obsessed, but he was obsessed with the other characters in his life, too. It made you care, and it's what made his writing so interesting.