Sunday, August 24, 2008

THE VIEW FROM MY IVORY TOWER

The View From My Ivory Tower

After a busy week, I'm finally testing out my new camera. Still no official decision on what I'm going to name it. As of this afternoon it's a stalemate between "Lensface" & "SOULSTEALER©."

A few shots from the sprawling I Like You Graphik campus.

The View From My Ivory Tower

The View From My Ivory Tower

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

ART BARELY IMITATING LIFE

Art Barely Imitating Life, pt. 1

My childhood obsession with zoology resulted in thousands of pages of drawings from mail order photographs. The Wildlife Treasury was published from 1975 to 1980 by Leisure Books Ltd. A few years ago I rediscovered its green plastic carrying case in my parents basement. The Tasmanian Wolf (Thylacinus cynocephalus) is still one of my favorites.

Art Barely Imitating Life, pt. 2

The last Thylacine in captivity died in 1933. Instead of hiring an illustrator to draw the extinct animal, The WIldlife Treasury just took a picture of a stuffed one. This photo documents the exact spot where "lazy" intersects with "f**k it."

SOLZHENITSYN

Solzhenitsyn

No. I will not be drawing a sentimental portrait every time a novelist dies.

At home for Christmas break a few years ago, I was drawing portraits from the biographies on my parents bookshelf.

I recently discovered Mr. Solzhenitsyn in between sketches of JFK and Bo Schembechler. For serious.