Sunday, May 17, 2015

Upended/The Fun Never Stops...

Got home after a grim, depressing day, heard a funny noise from the back room, found young Atticus had somehow managed to upend the covered litterbox. With him inside. And so the Cycle of Life continues. Or in his case, chases its own damn tail all over the cabin.

Taking a break as finals are over, grades turned in and the semester's done. Still have a full docket of drawing + miscellaneous gigs in the pipeline for the summer season: never a dull moment here at Ink & Snow...

In the meantime here's a penciled panel prepped for an inking demo done in advance of a guest classroom gig at a local school's Career Day. Pics to follow - stay 'tooned and thanks for the visit.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Souchie (1994 – 2015)

   Unfortunately yet another obituary: raising some catnip for a passage over the Rainbow Bridge, as I had to say goodbye to Souchie early this week. It certainly had been a long, long time together, which doesn’t necessarily make it a damn bit easier. Twenty-one years of adventures together, migrating from one side of the continent to the other (much like Bird-Dog, and even little Pippen too), around Alaska, with spells in Montana, Maine and more. He will be deeply missed about the cabin, and leaves a pretty big space in our life. Been a bit of a bummer year in losing both people and pets, but this one in particular will leave a big ol’ hole.
   More mullings over the fold...

Sunday, May 10, 2015

"The Death of the University"

It's academic.
Yeah, so I’m kinda weird in that I have a couple years of Latin under my belt, and like to read old books to study history on the side. Way back in the day I even used to be a philosophy major, before I switched to Fine Art, as it was a degree with a bit more of a lucrative future and earning potential. Just to be perfectly clear here, that’s a joke, one that most of my philosophical friends didn’t get.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Danizoic Era + All The Drool in the World

Dino-sized props to a former student who went on to study Illustration at the Ringling College of Art & Design. This is the cover of her senior thesis report, and she's got an awesome start on her online portfolio: have a little look-see here.

Another special one to keep an eye on that I’ve really been enjoying reading as of late is Hannah Beck’s “The Daily Delilah” … an “Autobiographic comic about a girl and her service dog" – check out her Tumblr here. She currently has an Indiegogo campaign here.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

"Lane Ends"

I honestly think this every single time I pass one of these signs on the highway. Don't think I successfully imparted the idea of a vehicle just sailing off the edge of a cliff - it looks more like a simple crash, rather than a freeze-frame of the action.

After a few attempts at reworking the truck off on a separate sheet of Bristol, it seemed to be making it worse, or at the very least not "fitting in" with the rest of the composition. Sometimes I think it's a crucial aspect of a successful composition to get everything down right in one shot with one sitting per scene. And I think this discongruity can at times be seen, as it can affect the aesthetic flavor and feel of an image by giving it a slightly offset look. After so many years of digitally rearranging elements for graphic design work, it's a sublime satisfaction to successfully compose all the elements into a matching, unified style.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Death of a Pen

   Not an ode to any particular pen of note, as it was one of the free ballpoints offered at a local gas station (thank you Gold Hill Liquor & Grocery). Though to be sure, of all the ones I've tried, it is the best of them out there: a nice black ink + medium-weight line, and a preferred implement for sketchbook doodles over the years. And I like the low-fi aspect of the tool, as one of the selling points behind drawing - drawing comics/cartoons to be specific - is affordable, humble and ubiquitous materials like copier paper, #2 pencils and Sharpies.

   But aside from all that, it's always well worth a moment of consideration when one thinks on the amount of time spent with this one instrument in hand. Just the simple, repeated act of holding the same object for countless hours surely deserves a passing acknowledgement of faithful service. All the places it was taken out: from satchel, pocket or dashboard; and all the places it was stuck: between teeth, behind an ear, from sweaty fingers to cold hands. One reservoir dries up, but it was only a spigot, tapping the well of ideas that continues to dribble, gush or leak from inside.

   And I think of all the things that it drew into existence, how many letters and lines. By some accounts something like thirty-five miles of a continuous line comes out the other end of an average ballpoint, and from point A to point B many weird and wonderful marks were made.

   I had an art teacher of old who would personally hand his students a new ballpoint at the start of the semester, and over the course of the course it would be the solemn duty of the aspiring talents in the class to return an empty vessel as evidence of their discharged discipline and dedication to drawing (not to mention a sketchbook full of resultant imagery).

   Reach for another, get a grip, and turn the page.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Tripod Tension

What passes for amusement in our neck of the woods around this time of the season: waiting for the ice to go out on a river. What with words like "stuck," "stalled" and "hung-up" the tension is just unbearable, I tell ya. I'm on the edge of my seat... well, in the outhouse.
Update: yeah it's over now... but next year.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Results Are In: Google Image/Solipsist Searching

Dovetailing with an earlier essay on online art thievery, I remember working for years at a local copy shop and covertly on occasion seeing random folks making photocopies of my cartoons, presumably to mail to friends & family, stick up on doors, cubicles, outhouses etc. I always thought that was the coolest, and exactly akin to sharing images on-line via re-posting on Facebook etc.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

"The Experiment Farm" + "Resignation"

Pardon the glut of editorials - we'll rejoin our regularly scheduled cavalcade of nonsense after this weekend, but there's just so much rampant idiocy on display with local politics it's the equivalent of unearthing an old chew-toy from under the couch and rediscovering the faded flavor of catnip still lingering inside.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


"Education is among my highest priorities. Teachers, your job is difficult, and these challenging times introduce uncertainty. I want you to know we value your service." - State of the Budget 2014
The Walker administration's transitional government proceeds apace. Prescient posts aside, it's a telling reveal to witness what legislative priorities are in store for our state. At least he's making the trains trucks run on time (h/t John). That and I can kiss off any hopes of a Governor's Award for the Arts nomination...

I am once again reminded of Alaska's official centennial license plate, which in fact depicts a long line of economic refugees fleeing the state to find work somewhere else.

Update: Another example that is indicative of not taking the issues facing education seriously would be the nomination of yet another member to the state education board who lacks both classroom experience and represents the interests of private schools (as do many members of the legislature who are themselves advocates and alumni of private schools).
JUNEAU -- Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday defended his appointment of a principal at a private Catholic high school to the state education board, which was sharply criticized by a state teachers union.
Walker’s other board of education appointee is Keith Hamilton, the founding president of Alaska Christian College in Soldotna, a position he’s held since 2000. Nathaniel Herz/Alaska Dispatch News