A notebook that fits in your breast pocket is a thing of beauty.
Comprised of no more than a durable cover with a neat image and and some quality graph paper, a small notebook helps me create an unparalleled connection to the world around me. It lets be in the moment.
I was recently approached by WRCT Pittsburgh to produce a small run of notebooks for their journalists to use during their 2013 coverage of the SXSW Festival in Austin. It was a pleasure to make them a custom screen printed design for the occasion.
If you are interested in ordering some custom notebooks, let me know. I’d love to work with you in designing a small runs of notebooks for you and your crew.
dearest crinkled comrades, as you’ve seen I’m not posting on here much, but I feel you should know the drawing’s still happening. I’m even getting better, dontcha know?
Just wanted to say I definitely won’t be around to give you tasty comics treats until January, so sit tight. Come January, though, you’ll want to hold on to yerr butts, buckaroos, because there’ll be a ground swell of posts that I’ve backlogged as drafts.
much love from the crinkled corner.
Before I pop on out, here’s a song with some synth lines that’ll make you think of my high priests of glorp.
Lots of ground to cover in this post.
Clockwise from upper left: Eleri Mai Harris, Sara Sarmiento, Luke Healy, Ben Gowen.
I’m pretty proud to have been part of the design team that sought to tie the whole yearbook together with the theme of “stereotypical indie cartoonist”. To evoke the theme, we turned the whole book into a flannel shirt with pocket and facsimile moleskine. I was responsible for preparing the little fold out notebook, which served as the table of contents.
I’m surrounded by talented and passionate dudes and dudettes here at CCS, why not check out how they’ve depicted themselves? (My work is the mythical blobs.)
On the subject of passionate people, have you had a look at Oily Comics’ exploits over the past year? If not, you’d be advised to know that Oily is where it’s at. Earlier this week I got the crop of October comics. A solid bunch of robust little black and white minis. The slew of Oily Comics that have come out this year makes me proud to be an American cartoonist.
As a friend of Oily I feel it’s my duty to draw draw draw draw. As such, I’ve got to ask you, are you satisfied with your drawing practices? Need some inspiration? Well then, might I direct you to this little post by Darryl Ayo that highlights what’s so great about Joe Lambert’s process of image creation. The short story is that he gets better and better doesn’t stop.
In the spirit of putting my money where my mouth is, I’ve been ripping through sketchbooks this week. Just put a close to one today and another yesterday. Here’s a peek and what’ll be sitting quietly in a drawer waiting for a day when I get nostalgic about my scribbles. Started a new one this evenin’.
Recently I’ve been exploring repetition, dedicating pages to variations on simple characters. Hope you like some of ’em.
Besides doodlin’ all over the place, I’ve been screen printing covers for On They Bicker. I’d like to have some copies to give away and trade at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest next Saturday. I’m nowhere near where I want to be in terms of my screen printing, nevertheless, slowly but surely I’m can see improvements in my work practices and my color separation technique.
I’m currently working on an 8 page comic that was arrived at through bibliomancy. Using a Robert Micro dictionary I arrived at the following prompts. Connaitre le monde: s’envoler: cahier. These prompts are to be the hinges of the narrative.
The story revolves around the following character, Helene, who longs to escape the grip of slow life in Nantes. Constantly devouring tomes on the world outside of France, her second home is the city’s travel bookstore. The story will be a vignette that tries to capture the essence of the multiple lives that we lead and the way that we find satisfaction in those lives.
I’ll be working on it extensively tomorrow while other CCS students try their hand at 24 hr comics. I’ll be inking in the style of Dupuy and Berberian, so I’m really excited. I hope to be able to submit this comic to the Andromeda Quarterly for its January issue.
Given that Dupuy and Berberian are across the Atlantic, I can’t say I’ve ever seen any of their original art in person, let alone in scale with the human body. This video of Dupuy and Berberian exhibiting their artwork in Paris alongside Maja at the Galerie Petits Papiers satisfies those curiosities. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWneeMVeOQU&feature=related
With the cartooning out of the way, here’s some music and some winter heating tips:
1. 3 ways to effectively stay warm and to keep your heating bill down this winter courtesy Paul Wheaton.
2. and a solid little mix by my friend, SHRUBS:
Here’s a promo video for the new line of Field Notes memo books. The theme this time around is a celebration of America’s Agricultural heritage. From Seed is the name of the line.
Friends, this is how I feel about your minicomics. If you ever want to know that when you send your comics off into the world, they find a good home, send ’em my way. I will forever cherish them.