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( Oct. 20th, 2010 10:01 pm)
I've started falling off in my regular blog-reading, which is how I somehow completely missed this post at Making Light (and the post it links to at Talking Points Memo). It's a great little piece of writing. But its subject— an obituary in Florida's St. Petersburg Times for a man named Neil Alan Smith— is not just great writing, but one of the most moving things I've read in a while.

This was drawn from a photograph of Smith in The Atlantic which also mentioned the story.

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( Oct. 18th, 2010 10:07 pm)
I was gratified to hear at APE that someone actually still checks my blog, every six months or so, to coincide with my rate of posting. Ok, ok, point taken. Here's yet more life drawing then. here )
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( Oct. 10th, 2010 09:07 pm)
I've linked A Journey 'Round My Skull here before, but I feel it's important I make clear that there is also a journey 'round my skull on tumblr and it is pretty much my favorite thing on the internet right now.

I am very happy to note that the freelance job I've gone on and on about has been featured in issue 51 of Communication Arts. I'm a little embarrassed at all the whining I did about it now. All credit, however, should rightfully go to the excellent designer, Connie Hwang, and you can see end result here on her site. I'd given up applying to design annuals years ago, and now, out of the blue, there it is.

So that really made my day. My previous day had been made by going to the annual San Francisco Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival:

John Langford was my favorite act of the day. Possibly influenced by the fact that his was one of the first ones and the crowds hadn't gotten too bad yet. (Not pictured anywhere in this post: The Carolina Chocolate Drops, on account of their stage being so insanely crowded that it was impossible to see them without binoculars.)


The crowd listening to Jonathan Richman, which was already big enough that I didn't try and draw the speck that was he off in the distance. The top sketch recounts a dreadlocked hippie guy who was going around selling coconuts out of a cooler. He would hack one open for you with a machete, pour in some rum (pictured), and add a long straw. He did quite a brisk business, exemplifying that hard-working, go-getter entrepreneurial spirit for which be-dreadlocked stoner hippie dudes everywhere are known.


Crowds, and Bonnie "Prince" Billy. I'm not as keen on the latest album, but I liked his banter. He paused three-quarters of the way through "Easy Does It" and started heckling the crowd. "So, like, what are you guys into? I mean what are you into? You, you there, what are you into... yeah, you... he says he's into... Dungeons & Dragons... missed connections on craigslist... and the Tea Party... like, not the Tea Party's politics, but, like, the sort of the idea of the Tea Party..."
I myself think that if the re-branding of right-wing ideology in an effort to distance it from a failed former Republican leadership can possibly ever count as "populism", then so much the worse for populism. But those other two things... well, maybe I'll plead the Fifth.*

More stage banter:
BPB: Ok, this one's going to take a little brainpower. Knock, knock...
BPB: Interrupting Crowd...
Crowd: [confused quiet with a few distant 'Moo's]

It didn't occur to me until the next day that he was probably trying to be booed.

* In fact, just the day before, my day had again been made, by reading this short story.
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( Sep. 21st, 2010 12:15 am)
These drawings of Rhesus monkeys celebrate my love for the book Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart.

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( Sep. 16th, 2010 10:13 pm)
It feels good to have time again to do a couple cafe sketches.

I like the furrowed brow of concern as she reads the YA book. I think she's doing some combination of bonding and parental supervision; I did not get a chance to draw her kid in the next chair, who was obviously the true Animorphs fan. It was cute. Shame they didn't hold still long enough for me to capture the whole scene.

It hasn't been caught in any of these sketches, but it's interesting how you can sometimes see social trends reflected in the cafe environment— a couple of years ago the place noticeably filled with people intently manipulating their iPhones. I've now noticed quite a lot of books, some being read, others left alongside tables and chairs, with titles along the lines of "How To Land A Job— Even In The Worst Job Market!". Signs of the times.
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( Sep. 15th, 2010 06:30 pm)
I am looking forward with great anticipation to the release of Koko Be Good. Allow me to brag that I picked up and loved the mini-comic version at APE six years or so ago. Jen Wang's drawings and storytelling are brilliant. Highly recommended.
Latest life drawings (and by "latest" I mean ones I drew months ago and scanned weeks ago):here )
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( Aug. 30th, 2010 08:21 pm)
Some drawings from the roughly hour-and-a-half pose sessions.

+1 nude figure )
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( Aug. 27th, 2010 04:24 am)
So, that freelance thing that I stressed out over? They wanted me to go back onto the project and revise the work I did, and offered me a much higher rate. So here I am again, taking a second to post some old stuff at nearly 5 am. This song is my soundtrack right now.

This was a digital figure painting. I invented the shirt she's wearing, and drastically altered the color balance because I felt the original colors, while relatively more accurate, turned out especially garish.

+1 figure drawing )
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( Aug. 9th, 2010 10:34 pm)
These are photoshop portraits, the pose being roughly an hour and a half.

But mostly I'm just posting as an excuse to say how much I like the choral cover of Radiohead's Creep. I don't really care that much about the zuckerburg movie, but man, did that music make the trailer. All hail Scala & Kolancy Brothers.

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( Aug. 3rd, 2010 11:10 pm)
I've not been out cafe-photoshop-sketching quite as often lately, but here's the latest.

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( Aug. 1st, 2010 11:00 pm)
I know what the internet needs... the internet needs pictures of my cat.

(She's not an amputee, that's how she tucks in her front paws whilst napping.)

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( Jul. 28th, 2010 10:34 pm)
1. I got a haircut:

2. some lifedrawings:
cut for nudity )
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( May. 31st, 2010 11:31 am)
The theme of the month for the workblog was art based on a song title, and I had enough fun with it that I figured I'd cross-post it here )
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( May. 25th, 2010 10:49 pm)
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( May. 24th, 2010 10:03 pm)

A watercolor from a plein air meetup in Mill Valley, under an enormous freeway overpass bridge that's casting the shadow in the foreground. There's some smudges and spilled water in the sky area, but I felt like leaving them, in a novel gesture of non-photoshoppery (Though I probably should have just covered them up with gouache). Pictured here is coworker Jackson Dryden.
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( May. 17th, 2010 08:56 pm)
A couple drawings from a sketchcrawl outing Saturday:

A smaller and somewhat more hardcore group got dinner and went to draw more from the lounge at the top of the SF Marriot. The fog came in as the night came on, and the vista drew many a comparison to Bladerunner, William Gibson, and Bioshock. This was a tiny portion centered around the Museum of Modern Art.

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( Aug. 20th, 2009 10:37 pm)
A cafe sketch stitched together in photoshop from three pieces of paper.
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( Jun. 21st, 2009 10:46 pm)
Have some almost-abstract art. Chairs and safety cones stacked in a corner of a cafe where I was sketching.
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( Apr. 13th, 2009 09:56 pm)
I meant to post these to the sketchcrawl forum, but out of my love for lj wanted to put them here too. Because my affection for lj outlasts russian takeovers and spam-bearing bots and ugly, ugly ads (if you look at my journal plz use adblock thx!). Now if I can only remember the code for an lj-cut... *racks brain*
chinatown sketches )
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( Mar. 6th, 2008 01:25 am)

A belated r.i.p. to Gary Gygax.
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( Jan. 19th, 2008 11:29 pm)
Spent the day in the city doing that sketchcrawl thing, around Portsmouth square in chinatown.
+10 )
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( Dec. 19th, 2007 12:19 am)

Jackson C Frank
This was drawn from a photo; in the liner notes of a Jackson C Frank anthology cd there's this polaroid of him late in life. Having only seen the pictures of him when he was young, I had an "Oh my God" reaction similar to the one described by Jim Abbot in the wikipedia article.
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( Dec. 4th, 2007 09:57 pm)
On a sketch-trip over the weekend at an SF shipyard, I drew the Cosco Busan. Colored later in photoshop, of course.
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( Sep. 23rd, 2007 12:14 am)
Had trout for dinner tonight; I wanted to do a quick photoshop painting of the head.
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( Jul. 30th, 2007 03:26 pm)

This was a really really bad figure painting upon which I mercilessly performed terrible photoshop experiments.
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( May. 17th, 2007 11:10 pm)
Some more colored museum sketches.
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( Apr. 29th, 2007 07:14 pm)
This morning a major freeway overpass collapsed. Over lunch I drew a view of it, which you can kind of see behind the palm trees if you look in the center.
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( Apr. 16th, 2007 12:14 am)

I doodled this years ago - the foot of Kilgore Trout's money tree, from Slaughterhouse-Five.