“When you have the talent to be able to write and to draw it seems a shame to choose one. I think it’s better to do both.”
I love to draw portraits. In every human face, there’s a story, only you don’t have to necessarily tell the story, you just look at the face, and there it is. The only trouble with drawing portraits: it’s hard to get people to sit still for you. That’s why I tend to draw my best portraits in conference rooms–when people are trapped in badly-lit rooms in front of Powerpoint presentations. (If I rode the subway to work, it’d probably happen there.)
These two might become part of an ongoing project that I’ve dubbed “A Life Spent.” It would be rough portraits of people accompanied by an educated or imaginative guess as to where they’ve spent (or where they look like they’ve spent) the majority of their time. Maybe we could get some audience participation involved, and I could draw the portraits, and you guys could guess where they spend their lives…
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Satrapi’s quote has become my new motto. Why do you have to choose? Well, the answer could be, because how will you ever get in to grad school if you don’t? I think I might be able to make a career out of starting an MFA program in visual storytelling…
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Here are some links: trace the evolution of speech balloons, learn how to copy the New Yorker DVD set (I’ve been thinking about making my own portable hard drive with the recently reincarnated 2.5 inch notebook drive I have leftover from the Powerbook fiasco–did I tell you the Powerbook is fixed??? Because it is!!!), read an interview with Eddie Campbell, ruminate on The Pitchfork Effect (which I read religiously in college), watch the Islands playing on the streets of Paris (they’re coming back to the Grog Shop!), and listen to Charlie Baxter talk Flann O’Brien on NPR (I read the beginning of THE THIRD POLICEMAN on break…it was nutty. And did you know THE FEAST OF LOVE is being made into a movie starring Morgan Freeman?)
Also, the full excerpt of the Osama/Whitney connection from Harpers.
And: if you’ve never read Persepolis, I’ve put up an intro page on the Pizza and Prose Myspace blog. Check it out.