My friend Jodi Bart (who I get a ton of new restaurant recommendations from) asked me if I’d draw a food trailer for her upcoming Tasty Up Trailer Tour, so I doodled this. If you don’t live in Austin or you’ve never been there: yeah, there’s a lot of good food to be eaten out of trailers.
CARTOON IN THE TEXAS OBSERVER
Here’s a fun example of selling your by-products: The Texas Observer ran one of my cartoons in a feature on The Minor Mishap Marching Band in their November ’09 issue.
I drew the band at the Austinist Local Music Is Sexy event and the writer (and band member) Michael May saw the drawings and T.O. bought one. (Thanks, Michael!)
My friend Marsha Riti has a photo in the feature as well.
Pardon the crummy iPhone shots…
BUT IS IT POETRY?
ROBERT CRUMB, FRANCOISE MOULY, AND ART SPIEGELMAN
Texas Performing Arts was kind enough to give me some tickets to the conversation between Robert Crumb, Francoise Mouly, and Art Spiegelman last night at Bass Concert Hall.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take notes: the lecture hall was dark, and I wasn’t close enough to the stage to get light from the slideshow to see my sketchbook. So I dashed these doodles off during the Q&A when the lights came up.
(Folks interested in Spiegelman should see my notes from when he visited Bookpeople last year.)
FUN FUN FUN FEST 2009
Let’s get something straight: I hate music festivals. I don’t dig on big crowds, standing around for extended periods of time, port-o-johns, and overpriced beer. All that said, Fun Fun Fun Fest is a pretty awesome time. I made it a record 6 hours yesterday, and even got inspired to doodle a few index cards here and there. Once it got dark, and I couldn’t see anymore, I headed home.
I won’t be going back today, because I have a ton to do, and I like my health and my sanity. (If next year, FFF Fest wants to provide me with a lawn chair and a good view, I’d be happy to doodle away all day.) Yes, I know I’m giving up the chance of a lifetime to draw Danzig. So it goes.
Death came out onstage in monk costumes:
Crazy-loud metal band, The Sword:
LOCAL MUSIC IS SEXY
Friday night the Austinist folks had me out to draw their Local Music Is Sexy pre-party for Fun Fun Fun Fest. Music + cupcakes + booze = a magic formula. My favorite moment was TV Torso covering The Wipers’ “Over The Edge.” You can hear an MP3 of them doing it in the studio if you head over to Paige Maguire’s blog. (Thanks, Paige, for inviting me!)
Note: click any of the drawings to see them bigger.
Tea bag + index card + ink
ELVIS COSTELLO ON AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
I’ve been wanting to see Elvis Costello live ever since I was a teenager. Last night, we got to see him tape Austin City Limits. Talk about wish fulfillment!
Sure, he was playing bluegrass (with The Sugarcanes), but his voice sounded great, the band was top-notch, and he was witty and great with the audience. We even heard “Mystery Dance”, “Everyday I Write The Book,” and “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding.” Not too shabby.
I was going to take the evening off and devote my attention solely to the music, but I pulled out the Sharpie for a couple doodles.
I frequently get asked by people how they can get tickets to ACL. You’re best bet is to follow Leslie (@theotherleslie) and Emily (@acltv) on twitter, and subscribe to the Austin City Limits blog for giveaways.
And to see drawings I don’t post to the blog, check my twitter feed!
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MORE ON THE TEA BAG DRAWINGS
After two blog posts, I was suddenly an expert on tea drawing, so a nice gal from the American Botanical Council interviewed me about the tea bag doodles:
Austin Kleon, a writer/artist based in Austin, TX, uses tea to create sketches that jump- start his creative juices.
“Tea is for when I want to smoothly sail through the day,” he said (e-mail, July 14, 2009). “Coffee is for when I want to hack through the jungle.”
On the mornings that Kleon opts for tea, he waits until his cup of tea has brewed, and then drops the tea bag on an index card, which produces an unexpected variety of blobs, blurs, and smears. He then hunts for images in the tea stains and creates sketches using a black Sharpie® felt pen. He got the idea from a fellow writer/artist, who got the idea from Dave Gray, the founder of the consulting and design firm XPLANE.
“I really love the color, honestly,” said Kleon. “And it lends a kind of earthy, organic feel to line drawings.”
Many of Kleon’s tea sketches end up depicting light-hearted scenes, such as a “fat kid dancing,” or another with people floating away in hot air balloons. Sometimes he will incorporate a process he learned from another artist’s blog, which involves dividing the piece of paper or note card into a grid of panels, which he then uses to creative cartoon narratives.
“Not-knowing what image will show up is part of the game,” said Kleon. “You get to let your subconscious take over. It’s like a Rorschach inkblot test. You could show the tea stain to 100 different people, and they’d see 100 different images.”
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