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collages and sketches

the last couple of nights when drawing with wendy mac before bed, little guy has been cutting up his drawings and pasting them in his sketchbook and mine, collage style.

based on the pile of leftover paper triangles, i think he enjoys the physicality of cutting the paper more than the act of drawing.

the orange puppy i drew is my childhood stuffed toy, Orange Puppy. Drawing your stuffed toy was the latest assignment in Wendy Mac’s Draw Together.

oatmeal soup

Little Guy likes to grab a few bowls or pots and pans and some ingredients and ‘cook’ at the kitchen table. (Last time he did this, he said, ‘I need to cook this now, and slid the pan underneath the table, just like putting it in the oven.)

Saturday he made oatmeal soup. in the sketch above he’s getting ready to test it. he’s way more optimistic than i was about his dish.

Here’s the recipe, near as I could tell:

Oatmeal Soup

Serves 3

  • 3 bowls of water (half full)
  • lots of cinnamon/sugar
  • lots of red sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal (he calls them oatmeal seeds)
  • (6) grapes. 2 per bowl

Instructions

  1. Fill your bowls halfway with water.
  2. Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar generously into each bowl.
  3. After sampling the sprinkles, add a generous portion to each bowl. You may not have added enough. After sampling sprinkles again, be sure to add more to your bowls.
  4. Stir.
  5. Plop two grapes in each bowl. Each grape should plop with a little splash. Splash is important. Keep adding grapes until you get a satisfying splash.
  6. Enjoy?

I think he and I both agreed that pretending to eat it was more delicious than actually eating it.

organizing the studio

organizing the studio last week and dug up these marker drawings i drew about a year and a half ago of little guy while he was drawing:)

i’m writing this while sitting in the waiting room of a tire shop.

the valve stem on the front driver side tire broke.

i walked over to the grocery store while waiting for the tow. a lot of holes on the shelves. crowded. a nervous energy. i bought some canned goods.

reading dune

sandworm
ornihthopters
ornithopter

and drawing ornithopters and sandworms…

dune’s been on my to read list for awhile now

i expected it to be a slog, but it’s not. it really moves

the first chapter throws a lot at you, but after that it goes non-stop

star wars owes so much to dune, but elements of the novel seem to pop up a lot in other, unexpected areas of pop culture as well

(i’m thinking of metal gear solid’s sneak suit and skull suit owe a lot to the stillsuit of dune)

but maybe even more interesting than the influence of dune, are the influences on dune

i can’t wait to dig in there

i know so little about frank herbert, but he must have been off – the – charts brilliant

itching to play some zelda

itching to play some zelda

ignited by recent reviews of the link’s awakening remake i’ve been itching to play a zelda game

i found a list of the best zeldas and decided on a link to the past, originally on snes

right before bed i’ve been getting a few minutes of gameplay on an online emulator

i really should be doing other things, but there’s something about the zelda games celebration of exploration that i must be craving now

the opening of the game is fantastic. it takes place in the rain – so moody. i wish there was more weather in video games. and movies. more weather in everything really

my only complaint is the enemies. wish i could remove them all from the game. i’d just wander hyrule collecting treasure, discovering hidden passages, and solving puzzles. (i’d only draw my sword to mow down bushes)

previously on screentone: video games

didn’t expect to dig the rescue bots

chase from rescue bots

didn’t expect to dig rescue bots – the toys looked like they barely transformed, so i didn’t expect much out of the show

i expected a boring version of transformers

i was wrong

we’ve been watching the first season

colors and character design are great

most of all, it’s nice to have a superhero show where the problems can’t be solved with punching

the rescue bots just help people – while trying to figure out how to work together as a team

good stuff for toddlers and preschoolers

more posts where i draw while watching tv

ooh and here’s a few more

digging ‘journey to the microcosmos’

Digging the new YouTube show Journey to the Microcosmos.

It’s incredible. A… celebration of observation.

Every choice the creators have made, from onscreen font selection, to Andrew Huang’s unobtrusive ambient music, to Hank Green’s subdued; though still enthusiastic; narration, allows the viewer to focus on James Weiss’ cinematography of the microcosmos.

And it’s Weiss’s cinematography, and the organisms it photographs, that are the real stars of the production.

My hurried notes and scratchy ink marks don’t do the series near the justice it deserves. Instead, you should go watch, and subscribe, so they can continue to make more.

stencil

i made myself a little stencil

stencil

it helps me make 4 in x 4 in squares in my sketchbook

using the stencil makes it faster than having to measure and mark the lines out every time

getting the courage to make comics, even if they’re ugly or messy, or don’t come out the way i want to has really come from reading lynda barry’s syllabus and hanging out at the  tumblr she uses to stay in contact with the comics class she teaches

if you’re thinking about making comics (or anything really) and you’re scared to, lynda barry is good company to have with you while you work

last of the 2015 everybody comes to raph’s

hereslookinatyoukid

Here’s the final five 2015 strips of the Casablanca/TMNT mashup webcomic, ‘Everybody Comes To Raph’s  by Mcwhitseen and I.

It’s been fun to go back through them again since first posting them on the tumbles back in 2015. It’s still staggering to me how well the world’s align

You’ve probably noticed the shift in styles over the course of the work, as I tried to find a way to work faster, and smarter. At one point in 2015 I was posting new strips every day and sketches on the weekend, but mostly it was long gaps between posts.

Of the visual styles I used I think the ‘painted’ look was the most evocativethe most appealing. It’s the look I would use if I were doing the project from beginning to end.

Wouldn’t that would be fun, to do the entire Casablanca movie populated with the Turtles universe? Maybe one day.

Here’s lookin at you, kid.

 

a few more raphs

 

aprilasilsa

sad that i never got april as ilsa to look as good in the strip as she did in the sketchbook

posted a few more raph’s  in the once ongoing, now nongoing mashup of Casablanca and The Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles, co-written with fellow scribe mcwhitsteen, and originally posted on the tumbles

you can start from the ‘beginning‘ here, but i’d like to warn you… it’s not the beginning

and thank you to Michael Barrett for the kind words on his micro.blog

 

 

more everybody comes to raphs

suchwatch.jpg

so if you’ve been reading along in our casablanca/tmnt mashup, the story continues here

or you could start here. which was kind of where we started, but its not the beginning of the movie.

mostly we skipped around to the parts where we could make pizza jokes.

the photo here is one of the sketches for this strip

and if you haven’t seen casablanca you should stop reading this right now, go watch it, and then come back and read these. you’ll get twice as many jokes. maybe more

timelapse of the airplane drawing

Forgot to turn on the screen capture of me going from the sketchbook sketch to the digital sketch, from yesterday’s on the airplane strip, so here’s the sketchbook sketch:

ontheairplane

 

And then the timelapse begins after i get the digital sketch overlaid.

As you can tell, I really had some trouble figuring out the color for this one. I ended up back at the watercolor look, but without the ‘ink’ lines on top…

 

 

popcorn sketches from the sketchbook

maybe the most important part of doing the strip is figuring out the timing

when trying to do that my sketches can look more like the diagrams you see in the top half of the page

then comes figuring out the props like the chair you see in the bottom half of the page

I also need to figure out the main poses

here you can see I really had trouble with that left leg

see it all come together

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