Tuesday, January 31, 2006

· Try drawing your teacher while they're lecturing; see if they notice.

It's funny, but over my winter break from school, when I had all the time in the world to be working on writing and drawing and comics, it's then that I was lazy and had no creative energy and I procrastinated contiunually. Now that I'm back in a new semester, I'm full of new ideas and putting my old ones into action finally. Something to do with having structure, or the energy I get from riding my bike there every day. Who knows?

Additionally, I tend to doodle a lot in class. These are actually from last semester, but you get the idea.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

· forthcoming

For some reason, I almost never discuss something I'm working on with anyone. I don't know whether it's because I fear early criticism, or simply that I want the work to stand on its own, without people having a preconceived idea of what it is. Francois on the other hand, will speak readily and at length about his (or my) upcoming projects with almost anyone who's willing to listen. Is one of us more right than the other? I don't know, but I've decided that maybe my reticence should be tempered somewhat by openness. With that in mind:

My upcoming self-published comic is entitled "Ochre Ellipse," a phrase I chose solely for its intrinsic beauty. I'm not sure how long I'm going to keep working under that title; right now I have a three-issue "story arc," so to speak, in mind. Themes to be discussed: youth, growth, inevitability, determinism, puissance, power, control, truth, honesty, nature. What I want to do is to build up a sort of lexicon of symbols which represent each of these ideas, so that they would be well-known to the reader in the same way that the tropes of a "Peanuts" strip are familiar, immutable constants.

One way I want to do this is to lay out a series of charts or graphs of different types to explain each metaphor. I did something like this in my comic about myself for the "Family Style" zine:

I've been reading Edward Tufte, and trying to understand the best way to display and design information. But can you chart an abstraction? Can you graph a metaphor? And if so, what's the best way? Am I on the right track?

Friday, January 06, 2006

· emeth!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

· sketchbook