Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Recently I handed over a rather sizable stack (say, roughly 1/6) of Devil Doll artwork for a small exhibition (of which a fraction will be shown). While organizing the other piles I came across this study for a barmaid character and one of the many panels that she eventually appeared in. Though not appearing in print, as this art was later scrapped for an entirely rewritten and redrawn third chapter. Other fragments from this chapter are littered about in the blog. While these particular pieces will not be in the show, a large amount of other original material will be, some previously seen in Mome and some that never made it in. More details on the show soon.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Warren Bernard's illuminating overview at TCJ. I usually keep a number of books close by for inspiration. A couple on Otto Dix, George Grosz, Max Ernst, and more than a few by Ronald Searle. The Searle book I break out most often and with most zeal is The Square Egg and The Vicious Circle (Stephen Greene Press, 1968). On the surface it's a collection of drawings from various magazines. Beyond that, it is a masterly device for innovation. A sermon on living, working and expressing. Searle shows you page after page, how to loosen up, how to keep experimenting. Anytime I feel like I'm stagnating, I reach for some Searle and soak his work in. I study those lines, I absorb the energy, and take in the wit. His distortions, along with those of the other artists I mentioned, are the most telling and accurate renderings we have of ourselves. Ronald Searle 1920-2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
August 2012 Update:
David Shinaver (vocalist, bassist) uploaded a few clips from one of our shows at the Comet circa 1997. This would be the transition period between the single and album. They're pretty easy to find on you tube.