illustration brief


Comix Thing was a bust last night, but it was kinda nice to people-watch and doodle for a few hours. All Sharpie in my Goodwill sketchbook.

I haven’t drawn horses in a looong time, hooboy. XD

The second page shows some splash page ideas for Brainsick. Gotta get back (tothepast) to using watercolors and acrylic inks, and making funky photo illustrations!

I did hold brief conversations over Junji Ito’s Uzumaki (a guest was wearing a button with the artwork) and the Portland Zine Symposium (I happened to table next to its founder!), which I applied for last week. 


A Brief History of Black Drawing Materials

During the Industrial Revolution, particularly around 1850, the range and availability of black drawing materials exploded in France.

Previously limited to simple materials like natural black chalk, artists began experimenting with man-made black media such as conte crayon and fabricated black chalk.

Artists made black prints and drawings with increasing concern for the properties and effects of their materials. The meanings and significance of the color black also played large roles as artists searched for a new world of subject matter.

Artists used these new techniques to explore darkness and its associations with the deeper recesses of the human condition—evil, cruelty, and death.

Other artists were using black media to portray the rusticity of rural existence and the gritty, shadowy spaces of urban life. Around this time landscape artists were using charcoal for its ethereal effects to show dappled sunlight, placid water, and feathery leaves.

One color, so many ways to use it. So many interpretations. Its the subject of a drawings show on view at the Getty through May 15, Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century Prints.

Story Time: C2E2

So I got back from C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) last night, and I have to say that while I’m physically drained to my core, I’m mentally refreshed and excited. I’ll put the story proper under a cut so I’m not flooding dashboards with selfies and things of the sort.

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Great Woodcuts of Albrecht Durer: 94 Illustrations

A master of many media, Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) excelled in the art of woodcut design. This modestly priced edition, comprising images both sacred and secular, offers an ideal introduction to his work. Scenes from the lives of Jesus and the saints and episodes from the Old Testament appear alongside a variety of subjects, including a portrait of the Emperor Maximilian and Dürer’s coat of arms.

The ninety-four black-and-white illustrations feature brief captions with basic information regarding titles and dates. Long treasured by the world’s art lovers, these familiar and lesser-known woodcuts are reproduced in excellent detail. They constitute an indispensable archive for professional art historians and critics as well as a source of pleasure for all others.

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Check out the comic Interritus :: Page 96

Long absence on social media, erratic updates, but I wanna get back on track with this! Reasons why I’m hardly on tumblr anymore are, for once, positive rather than negative; i’ve grown to love my college and classmates and i’m currently working on a few brilliant design and illustration briefs at once. life’s good but hella busy and thank you for everybody sticking by with my random, random updates of interritus!