Monday, February 27, 2006

02/27/06 - Cool Illustration Sites

While browsing the magazines at Joseph-Beth, our local independant book seller, I saw a website mentioned in Illustration Magazine (a nice mag with lots of 20th century American commercial art) called american art archives. Guess this shows a personal bias to realistic figurative art but I don't think I'm the only one that will enjoy looking through these great galleries. Lots of new discoveries for me here!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

02/22/06 - Next meeting and Instructional Link

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 2/28/06. I had to correct the blog header: we meet the second and last Tuesdays of the month. I may post some more about the upcoming meeting - may try to produce an agenda of what we will be doing.

Found this at newsarama in a series called One Step about breaking into drawing comics (thumbnails specifically) which is part of an ongoing series. Check it out.

Please email me or comment on this post to let me know you will be attending on the 28th. Need a head count possibly for handouts.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

02/19/06 - Project 1: Exposed

Show us what you've got!!Art: 2006, J.Gilpin. Drawn in Alias Sketchbook Pro 2 with an Wacom Intuous tablet

No. Not that, silly.
Now is a good time to post a link or your actual work from Project 1. Let's see what everyone has done!
My roughs are on my personal art blog.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

02/09/06 - Local Pulizter Prize Winner Speaks Out

Joel Pett our editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader was on National Public Radio's All Things Considered this past Tuesday (here is a link to the story and audio file archives) talking about recent news events regarding cartooning and the right to free speach. I hope you all listen to his audio editorial.
I may be crossing a line with this post (this is not a blog about politics) - but I think cartoonists should be watching these issues quite closely. Have you noticed how many news stories talk about the images without showing them? How can there be a public discourse about this without seeing the objects of so much controversy? Mostly I object to those who are propagandizing and inflaming the Danish cartoon situation with misinformation to provoke violence and destruction. Surely, if anyone is breaking moral laws, it would be them.
Here is an interesting story regarding that -
And here are the comments of respected comic artist: Joe Kubert -

Kirk Man and Caramel

So, we come to see Bob (er Rob depending on how fresh you are with the guy) Kirkman, and I'm psyched. I thought maybe I'd learn something unique, or bear witness to some kind of trick to improve my technique. Basically, he signed my Walking Dead book, I chatted a bit, showed a little of my stuff, and then I went home. Some how I was... vexed about the whole thing. Not with Kirkman at all... more of myself. I would have liked a reaction from Kirkman about my work to be a little more enthusiastic. I think I'm just realizing how far the gap is between the pros and myself. I was finally feeling that the gap was slowly beginning to close just slightly. This means I'm going to work a lot harder to get to a point where the gap is gone. Hopefully, little epiphanies like these will happen to everyone in the group and strengthen every member. Anyway, thanks Bob, you freakin' rule, and thanks for drawing that zombie in my Volume 1, it kicks the face of all who oppose!


Thursday, February 02, 2006

2/2/06 - Robert Kirkman Appearance

Robert Kirkman will be at A+Comics on Wednesday February 8th from 4PM to 7:30PM for a public appearance and book signing. In case you haven't been paying attention; he is a local Lexington comic book writer who has written several independent titles and recently several books for Marvel. His "The Walking Dead" and "Invincible" series have been very well received by readers and critics alike.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

2/1/06 - Good meeting & New Template

We had a good meeting last night with several new people showing up. Hey John and Ken! Since some folks hadn't had a chance to get the script for Project 1 we will extend the due date to our next meeting on 2/14/06 (Uh-oh, that's Valentine's Day - let me know if we should cancel/reschedule?). Oh, now I've forced your hand - you MUST post a comment.

By the way, what do you think of the new page template "Minima Ochre"? "Son of Moto" didn't differentiate main content from sidebar well enough for me...might try "Rounders".