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This started as a group portrait of my D&D campaign. Which is made up entirely of characters with musical skills, so it only seemed natural to turn it into a fake album cover.
The band’s name comes from the campaign; the song and album names are all my fault, and mostly reference events in the story so far. The front cover and their logo is heavily inspired by early Ozric Tentacles releases because that just felt right, even though I doubt they sound very similar.
(Last session, the DM was insane enough to give us a Deck Of Many Things. I drew a card; the thieving kobold with the lowest wisdom in the party now has three wishes. I intend to do my best to make sure this Does Not End Well in the best way possible.)
The past few weeks have been pretty hot – Seattle’s been seeing temperatures up in the mid-nineties. There are all kind of doomful extreme heat warnings going out.
But those don’t apply to me. I grew up in the South. I know what to do: wear as little as possible, and carry shade wherever you go. So I’ve been wearing pretty much what you see in this drawing iRL. It works even better up here, where it’s not so humid that there’s only about a 2º difference between the sun and the shade.
(Bonus tip: get something designed to protect fabric from UV, apply liberally to bumbershoot, enjoy reduced chances of skin cancer.)
Would you like to see a picture of a cosmic unicorn lady with two penises standing on a planet while jerking off? Because I drew one.
Oh wait because that weird lady who draws just like me but has a different name drew one. Right.
Anyway. Birthdayish piece for Sigil, also because they just drew a picture of one of my characters doing some raunchy stuff as well.
I went to the Hey We Fucking Value Funding Science march the other weekend. This is one of the slogans/chants going around it.
And here’s a PDF if you wanna print it.
So yesterday I did something I’d been needing to do for a long, long time: I finalized the designs for Lexy’s droogs in Five Glasses of Absinthe. I can now start drawing panels they appear in.
This is, in fact, a drawing from the comic; they were drawn small, and then blurred, but I liked these drawings too much to leave them at that. So I tweaked them a tiny bit, scaled them up, and did some quick text.
Their names are (currently, L-R) Pulchello, Mouse, and Alea. Pulchello’s gender is “bishi”. If you were wondering. We briefly imagined a spin-off in which they, along with their leader Lexy, roam around the Skylands in a van, solving mysteries. Sort of a queer, diverse reboot of Scooby Doo for the Millenials. But I’m pretty sure the guy animating Mystery Skulls videos is a lot further along the road of that show pitch.
I kinda want this on a t-shirt.
There are many things to like about living in Seattle but I’m really starting to miss the sun. I just wanna be a lazy lizard basking in the desert.
Quick doodle in Illustrator.
Illustrator, 1h. Much of which was spent playing with details that I ultimately removed. Less is more.
also: the image searches I had open while drawing this.
A post on Hacker News about “aligning your daily to-dos with your long term goals” made me decide to sit down and ask myself what my long term goals are right now. This is what I came up with.
I need to think about Drowning City more. There are some large questions about it being asked here. Absinthe and Parallax have pretty concrete things to do, but there’s something ambiguous I have to grope for in that story before I can push forwards on it. Or maybe I just need to stop putting it off and make myself draw panels in my chapter 1 roughs for a week to get some progress.
Enchant is the dance studio I’ve been going to for the past couple of years. I took a break this winter with the intent of finding Something Else to keep fit with and have just been slouching.
There should maybe be some political action goals but uggggghhh
I’ve got a trip coming up next month that may be partially on a friend’s couch or may not. I need to try planning for the latter in case the former falls through.
I guess the overall long term goal is “keep doing this art thing, get back to where it almost pays the bills like it did when you were cranking out Rita”.
From a photo taken the other night around ECCC.
Slight edit the next day: removed the ten pounds added by the camera, added the lipstick that had vanished by that late in the evening. Left my big-ass nose because hey I’m a fortysomething French/Italian mix, I got a nose.
Making a mess with a bunch of art brushes I have lying around. I went into this with absolutely no plan and just let it develop; it’s a hell of a lot more painterly than my usual approach.
To a certain degree this feels like how the Magic Sketchbook “wants” to be drawn in. This is mostly metaphorical; I feel that different media are good at different things, and that they “want” to be used in the ways that are mostly what they’re good at. Drawing on the screen in Illustrator is a different process from drawing in Illustrator with a separate screen and tablet; I can still easily shift back to the ways I normally work, and I could do this on a separate screen and tablet, but something in the setup is just pulling me this way.
We’ll see if this is a new artistic direction or just a thing I fool around with for a while.
Illustrator, about 2.5 hours.