Pictures + Words = Play
Examples of comic artists drawing their significant other…
I like to draw while watching TV: I drew this while watching Ken Burns’ new documentary, which is quite good. The guy who told this story is a badass.
A sketchbook comic in which I try to catch the bus and fail.
Golfing with God: his son whines and God looks for the beer girl.
EPs designed for the band Hawkline.
Golfing with God: God suggests that not bothering with the Old Testament, because “everything changes after you have a kid.”
A sketch of my wife reading in bed, and advice from cartoonist Frank King: “carry a paper pad and a pencil and make sketches of everything.”
Why post only the good stuff? Why not post the crappy little doodles that make up the majority of a sketchbook?
Four pages of sketchbook drawn during a 4 hour employee orientation session…
Sketchbook comic of my stolen car.
A process piece about how I created the album cover for Hawkline’s “Shipwreck” EP.
Sketchbook drawings of our time on the road to South Carolina.
Sketchbook drawing in red ink of leaves with the caption: “birds woke me with singing.”
Keep a dry-erase marker in your bathroom so you can make notes on your bathroom mirror.
Sketchbook drawing of a floating angel in a polka dot bikini.
A collection of random post-its from my sketchbook.
Sketchbook drawings and thoughts on all players in the job search process.
It’s my opinion that every couple should go out to breakfast at least once a week, if they can afford it.
Doodles from lunch with Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner.
A page from the sketchbook.
I want to thank my new friend, Tim Walker, for his excellent Austinite advice and for clueing me in to LinkedIn, which seems like a pretty excellent professional social networking tool. (Dig my profile. Add me as a contact!) I’d also like to note that I’ve been absolutely blown away by the hospitality and kindness […]
One particularly great subject for neuroscience is babies…
I have been sick and our bootleg wireless signal is down, so my past couple of days have been pleasantly lo-fi. I’ve been working with the brush a lot (see above), reading books, and staying away from the computer screen. The only hi-tech thing I did the past couple of days was play Super Paper Mario […]
hawkline is the name of one of the bands that my buddy corey drums in. i was trying to come up with a logo for them.
I’ve been seriously slacking on the book, spending most of my Work time reading (today it was Vonnegut’s GOD BLESS YOU MR. ROSEWATER and a great article on commuting in the New Yorker with a great spot illustration by Kevin Huizenga) or messing around with the sumi-e brush. Yesterday I just entered random junk into Flickr […]
Lynda Barry on turning to collage when you get stuck. A collage of our upcoming move to Texas.
Clouds have lifted around our place. I think we’ve figured out what we’re gonna do for the next couple of years, and that always feels good. My wife and I are two people who like to have a battle plan. I was reading a Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi book in Half Price yesterday, and he was talking […]
drawn on our trip to Austin
an abandoned color exercise from a journal doodle…
My sketchbooks ebb and flow. Whenever I’m working non-stop on a project, my sketchbook suffers. Whenever I’m meandering, reading a lot, wondering what to do next, my sketchbook flourishes. Is there a correlation to my mental health? Almost certainly. Were food and shelter provided for me, I could be content to spend the rest of […]
You’d think from looking at my recent entries that I’d abandoned comics. Not so! This is the title panel from a new piece of autobifictionalography I’m working on. It’s a father/son, brother/brother story about taking 4-H pigs to the county fair. I’m really stoked about it, and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with […]
throwaway, sketched in the breakroom at work.
Saul Steinberg on being a novelist using the language of cartoons, the profile view, rubber stamps, acronyms, speech balloons, comix, maps, and calligraphy.
Making good on my New Year’s resolution. Last week Meg came home from the store with a watercolor set and announced that she was going to teach me to watercolor. Last night she made good on her promise… Color is still a foreign world to me — working with it makes me feel very young […]
done with sumi-e brush and markers. way bigger than my scanner, so i experimented with cleaning up the digital photo in photoshop (check out peter durand’s great post about this)
drawn on Christmas Day
Sketchbook page of what I’m packing for our wedding weekend.
“Maybe I’m even extremely biased but, on my honor, there is something to this place! And this something can be sensed by a person with mettle who agrees that life is sad, monotonous — this is all very true — but still, nevertheless and despite everything it is exceedingly, exceedingly interesting.” —Isaac Babel, “Odessa,” quoted […]
Here’s another map I did with the ol’ sumi-e brush for an essay I’m working on. The piece of paper was really huge, so I had to take a photo with the digital camera. I had all this random junk floating around my head for the essay, but I couldn’t figure out how to put […]
“My working method has more often than not involved the subtraction of weight.” —Italo Calvino, Six Memos For The New Millenium Drew these two pages while listening to a solo KCRW gig by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. Jim James’ voice + silo reverb = heaven. A beautiful equation.
“Birdseed,” a silent comic.
A couple of comic pages and Cory Doctorow’s “give freely and they will buy” business strategy.
This is a Sharpie sketch I did of Meg this morning. Friday we start the 30-day countdown until our big event. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of sketching her… Last night we went to Joseph-Beth to see Harvey Pekar sign copies of the BEST AMERICAN COMICS. Not much action — Harvey gave a […]
The running around caught up to us. I don’t feel good enough to post anything else, so here are a couple of crayon/ink scribbles I did at my mom’s house over the holiday. I am, essentially, colorblind, and I only had three crayons, so give my color a break. Some wisdom from Tom Waits: “There […]
Plan inspired by a post on Dan Zettwoch’s blog and Stanley Donwood’s work for The Eraser: Now I just gotta learn to animate using Flash…
– a midnight sketchbook page drawn after our annual viewing of Tod Browning’s 1932 masterpiece, Freaks My mind is still a little blown by the idea that there were really positive elements to being a sideshow performer. Check out these words from an NyTimes article about Ward Hall, King of the Midway: “Nowadays, it’s in […]
To loosen up in the morning, I pull off a huge sheet of trashy sketch paper and doodle with my sumi-e brush.
A little exercise in information design/gallery hanging today: What’s the best way to let total strangers know what it is that you do? If you’re a multi-disciplinary artist, how do you express the range of your work? How can a portfolio page engage a viewer/newcomer as well as a piece of art? I like the […]
Most cartoonists wait til the final stage of their process to pull out the ink and the brush. Not me. I like to get out the brush early in the morning, and do my rough sketches in sloppy ink. There’s something about the brush, the way it can cover a lot of surface in a […]
An (abandoned) graphic novel-in-progress: