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A breath of fresh air.

18 Feb

It’s been over forty degrees the past two days, I have totally been sleeping (mostly) at night, I went to my very first Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School event, and I’ve gotten to draw a lot of pin-up girls in a fairly short amount of time. Life is good, you guys.

Oh, yeah, and we had a fantastic visiting artist this week, too! Here he is:

Howard Cruse

Howard Cruse, creator of Barefootz, Wendel, and Stuck Rubber Baby, came to talk to us this week. He was one of the most enjoyable guest speakers we’ve had this semester, I think. This is the first time this year that we’ve had a visiting artist who was used to working in different styles and spoke to us about when and why he employs them. (Last year we had R. Sikoryak, but I don’t recall him explicitly speaking about why he used specific styles in his Masterpiece Comics.) I find myself bouncing around from style to style pretty frequently (as you guys may have seen, given the contents of this blog), so it was really great to hear him speak so specifically about how style and content relate to each other and how you can use it to your advantage. I was also excited to find out about his other comic works. I’d only heard of Stuck Rubber Baby, which I read this summer. I thought it was a really interesting story, but I wasn’t as into the art style since the super-crosshatched underground comix look has never done a lot for me. Hearing him talk about the way he adjusted his art style to fit the content of the book helped me to appreciate it a little more (even though it’s not an aesthetic I’ll bring into my own work) and made me excited to read his other series. Guess I’ll be going (back) to the library tomorrow!

Also, I forgot to mention this in my last post, but do you remember that Pearls of Lutra picture I drew? Well, my friends Kevin and Josh have also drawn pictures celebrating the work of the late Brian Jacques. They are both awesome dudes, and you should totally check their work out! :)

Some sad news.

10 Feb

Sorry this post is late, guys. I found out earlier this week that Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall series, died on the 5th of a heart attack. I loved those books when I was a kid, and it’s sad to see him go. I had a regular update planned, but instead I wanted to paint this:

R.I.P., Brian Jacques.

This is Tansy and Arven from The Pearls of Lutra, which was always my favorite Redwall book. I love anything with a no-nonsense heroine and lots of riddles, so it was totally right up my alley. I reread it this summer and still found it fun–it felt good to get sucked back into a familiar world, one I hadn’t visited in a very long time but still remembered loving.

R.I.P., Brian Jacques. We’ll miss you.

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