Monday, March 31, 2008

Non-Negative

Hmm, that last post has been up for a while. It was pretty negative, for me. But I haven't had a lot of other stuff to talk about lately.

That's not exactly true. There are things that I would like to talk about, but I don't think I should talk about just now. I should draw more pictures, and write more, and generally get shit done. Well, anyway, I am doing stuff and hopefully I'll be able to post some of it later.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Inconceivable

I am reading through my backlog of Interzone magazines during lunch. Recently I finished a story (which I will not name for reasons that will soon become apparent), and I thought, "wasn't that one of the readers' choice stories?" IZ had the results of a readers' choice poll in issue 209. I pulled the issue, and sure enough, there was the story.

I can't say I was surprised, but, I have to be honest, I thought the story was gut-thumpingly awful. It was built around a gimmick, and it was written entirely to make a point that was bland, simple, almost trite (although true, but being true isn't enough). It assumed that the reader was too dim to have appreciated the point before, while being at the same time so sensitive as to be moved by the author's treatment of it. The author basically clubbed the readers over the head with this point and nothing else and sat back, satisfied this was sufficient to make a story worth writing. It was a ode to the author's own sense of what his writing could do for the world. And I thought it was terrible. It was the kind of thing I would expect from a gifted* high school student in creative writing class, not being published in a magazine that people pay for.

This was one of the readership's favorite stories of the year.

Obviously I don't understand what people like to read. Did they like that the story was oh so clever? Did they honestly think it was insightful? I'm baffled.

* Yes, gifted. It was well enough written for what it was.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Modern Cartoonist

Modern Cartoonist by Daniel Clowes.

Don't be afraid to look at your work, get disgusted, throw it in the toilet, and start anew.


Great, I'm going to be unclogging my toilet for decades.

Found on Bookslut.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Clunky

I scraped together a bit of a portfolio, although I didn't rent out a short-ish domain name for it yet. It's a bit disappointing, actually, because so little of my stuff so far has been completely mine. I'm looking to change that.

It was also hand-carved out of HTML in one evening, including scratching out the background image. Clunky.

Friday, March 21, 2008

08-03-21



Another thing done to relax, straight from a photo, so no good for a portfolio. (You might recognize it, if you are paying entirely too much attention, as the reference used for this. Which, come to think of it, probably puts that picture out of the running for portfolio material as well. Ah well, I wasn't too happy with that one anyway.)

Very relaxing though. I actually also managed to get a bit more work done on the "work" work. It's coming along. I am pleased.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Portfolio?

I'm thinking of setting up a small portfolio somewhere, probably with a further whittled (and better presented) set of the images from Past Favorites, only original stuff (no swipes or direct copies of photographs) plus whatever new stuff I can come up with. Nothing fancy. I wonder if just setting up a bunch of pages in the space provided by my ISP and buying a domain to redirect there would be too clunky and DIY.

Meanwhile, in the sooper seekrit world, exciting developments. Here, more pictures of girls. (Hey, it's what I do to relax...)





I also played around with that digital watercolor tool in Painter. Damn that's hard to control. Some fun effects though. I think I'll spend some more time practicing with it.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Maybe? No.



Another try, from scratch, produces same-same but different. The lips came out OK, but basically this is overworked and tends in the direction of a style I don't like much.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

By The Way

I'm much happier about how this one turned out, at least, as far as I took it.



Inevitably, though, there are still things I don't like. I feel like I'm missing something important. Maybe something to do with value.

Massive Frustration, As Usual

Not going anywhere. I thought I might spend another session and see if I could fix and finish it, but instead I ended up pushing pixels around for an hour and a half to no good end. If I make another go at that one, it will be with a new, blank canvas.

Monday, March 10, 2008

A Different Rough

Here's a different kind of distraction.



A rough, unfinished picture with Painter. The idea was to try and finish it in one session, but of course I got caught up in details, and decided that finishing would be impossible. So, some bits are detailed, and some are not. The colors are a bit grey, and the proportions are a bit off, I think.

Still, it was a useful distraction.

Friday, March 07, 2008

I should point out

In case any of you listen to the samples on that band's site, I should point out that I picked this picture on a whim from stuff my wife has, and I think she got it because it was the theme song to some TV show. The music is not quite my cup of tea. And by not my cup of tea, I mean it would drive me stark, raving, foaming-at-the-mouth, mad if I was forced to listen to it for more than, say, fifteen seconds.

(The singer is not entirely hard on the eyes, but that's to be expected, isn't it?)

Scribble 3



Another scribbled picture, this time from a Japanese pop duo's album back cover. Yes, she is sticking out her tongue.

mihimaru GT, "I Should Be So Lucky," if you must know.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

This is how it's done, folks

This is how it's done.

Effing beautiful.

Scribble 2



More like scribble twenty-eight million. They serve to distract me from the "work" I'm doing. (Which at least I'm doing. That's an improvement.)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Scribble

A messy sketch.