Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Rhapsodic Sketchiness

I hate the act of a sketchbook.

I cannot stand the idea of doing sketches in a sketchbook for the sake of  "warming up," or "putting down ideas."

It's not the same thing as playing with designs to figure out what goes where, or how something might flow. 
That's a completely different animal.

What I'm talking about is doing a drawing that pops into my head, unloading it into some do-nothing-with book, and then . . . what?
Eventually be redone into a more completed piece?

Fuck that shit.

A good idea gets put down on paper ONCE, and "sketching out" that idea first, is tantamount to throwing it away.

Sketchbook sketching, is the creative kiss of death.

It saps your energy and focus, meanders about, and shits out nothing but half-assed ideas, that if were initially nurtured, and used for something completed, would have been time better spent. Because, in my opinion, an idea has only one single point of application. Anything after that, is just reworking it. And reworking art, even from a sketch, will never retain that initial spark that happens when the pen hits the proverbial paper for the first time.

Even if the finished piece sucks, it still can be learned from. 
Whereas a sketch gives back absolutely nothing.
Because it contains no foundation to base a critique upon.

Don't get me wrong, I've done my fair share of sketchbooks in the past. Pages upon pages filled with stuff that ended up going nowhere, because I blew my creative load too soon, and it all went limp because it was "just a sketch." 

And so, where are all those half-baked, creatively stunted works now?

Packed up in a box in the garage, fending off silverfish, and the page-yellowing specter of time.

Yeah . . . my point exactly.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Funky Resurrectus

The second installment of my absurdist manual, Funky Porcini, has been birthed.

It'll go off  to press next week, and then ironically, be available in the Store on Labor Day weekend.

When that happens, aside from the pin, whatever 5x5's and woodworks are left after the present sale, will be permanently removed, and relegated to Con appearances only.

With the release of the second issue of Funky Porcini, I'll be starting the Store over with an entirely new base of works. No longer will I be stocking any of my trades or collected editions, even though I will occasionally be throwing on original art pages from those past series.

Otherwise, the Store will solely consist of all forthcoming issues of Funky Porcini, new woodworks of varying sizes, 5x5's, napkin art, pins, and a few other ideas that are presently gestating in my grinding head.

Also, at some point, I'm planning to bring back the "Your Character Here" 5x5 campaign, for a brief period.

But, for now, it's time for me to get this latest manual of allegorical funkiness off to press.