Hello! Yesterday I was interviewed on The Comics Reporter, and many topics were covered, including this cover, the cover to my upcoming dinosaur leporello, coming this fall from Nobrow Press. Keep your eyes peeled for ordering info, but in the meantime, excite yourself!
Anonymous said: When you draw, do you find yourself kind of 'feeling out' what you're drawing, as if you have a perception of the depth of the object?
It depends. A drawing professor once told me that skilled draftspeople look more at the subject than they do at their work, and when you do that, you are feeling along the contours of the thing with your eye as you replicate them with your hand. But at the same time If I’m drawing from life, or from a preexisting image, the process requires discarding intellectual information about the thing being drawn: you draw only what you actually see, not what you understand to be there. In that sense the depth of the object doesn’t matter, only the two-dimensional lines and shadows which the depth produces.
If I’m drawing from my imagination the process is a little different. Sometimes I’m kind of 3D rendering it in my mind in order to get the shading and foreshortening right, but years of consistent life drawing practice mean that I’ve more or less memorized convincing configurations of lines for thousands of frequently-drawn objects, and I usually don’t have to think it through that much.
This is just about perfectly stated. And reminds me that I have to do much much more habitual life drawing.
Love this so much on so many levels. PLUS whoever made this ended up with a photographic artwork similar to the drawn/painted artwork of our recent mural, “An Ode To California”. Great minds think (sort of) alike)
humpback whales in their natural habitat before deforestation forced them into the sea
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Subject suggestion was “Lost/Bad Robot.”
Andrew Neal, owner of Chapel Hill Comics, bought a $25 drawing but he’s such a sweet guy I decided to do a little strip for him instead. Also because I love birds (his subject request).
DAN: Do you have methods of tricking yourself into having ideas?
JOHN: It’s not a method as much something that I came upon, which is, I keep all…
I’m great in interviews, as long as the topic stays close to boobs.
THE NYMPH (print).
5” x 7” indigo print, available here, $10.
FASCINATING RHYTHM (print)
5” x 7” indigo process print, available here, $10.
THE LADIES MAN.
11” x 14” giclee print, timed edition ending 5pm EST today (June 16). Details.
- slugspoon said:Hi Elio! i was just wondering where you got your brush that has a very realistic pencil-like texture you use for lines, or what settings it is and if you're willing to share
I rarely use digital brushes. The very realistic pencil is in fact, a very realistic pencil!
Many of the lines, textures, or painterly effects in...