Well, I have said this in the past, so I hope i don’t bore you by repeating it, but I think that we live or die under the tyranny of perfection. Socially, we are pushed towards being perfect. Physically, beautiful to conform to standards that are cruel and uncommon, to behave and lead our lives in a certain way, to demonstrate to the world that we are happy and healthy and all full of sunshine. We are told to always smile and never sweat, by multiple commercials of shampoo or beer.
And I feel that the most achievable goal of our lives is to have the freedom that imperfection gives us.
And there is no better patron saint of imperfection than a monster.
We will try really hard to be angels, but I think that a balanced, sane life is to accept the monstrosity in ourselves and others as part of what being human is. Imperfection, the acceptance of imperfection, leads to tolerance and liberates us from social models that I find horrible and oppressive.
— Guillermo del Toro, on why he has always been intrigued by monsters [x] (via radiophile)
3:48 pm • 17 July 2014 • 1,404 notes
“She appears before audiences simply as vulnerable, as someone whose ongoing presence in the world is not entirely assured.”
— The Weird, Scary and Ingenious Brain of Maria Bamford - NYTimes.com
1:56 pm • 17 July 2014 • 17 notes
A couple of people have asked me to ask about my tools/process lately, so here’s my current go-everywhere kit:
That top picture is my current sketchbook. I cover them in stickers. I will put almost any sticker I encounter on my current sketchbook. They wind up looking like luggage.
These days my sketchbooks are plain Leuchtturm1917 Masters (http://www.leuchtturm1917.com/en/content/master-notebook-ae-classic). For years I drew in the similarly sized hardcover A4 Moleskeines (http://www.amazon.com/Moleskine-Folio-Professional-Notebook-Ruled/dp/8862931913/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405614883&sr=1-3&keywords=moleskine&dpPl=1), but the Leuchtturms are more solidly constructed, have more pages, and pre-numbered pages. This is my second Leuchtturm, and I don’t think I’ll be looking back, even if they are just a little more expensive. The paper even takes watercolor like a champ, even when watercoloring the same spot on both sides of a page (more on that in a second).
Leuchtturms come with a bunch of stickers for labeling your notebook, and this a heavier stock guide paper that’s lined on one side and gridded on the other. The sketchbook paper is thin enough that you can read the guide paper if it’s underneath. So I took this guide paper and folded it into eighths and ruled those out in thick marker. Instant gutter-less Frank-Santoro-style grid. Now when I can’t think of anything to draw, I rule out panels on blank pages until a notion comes over me.
That blue pencil is a pencil holder with non-photo repro blue lead. Until a couple months ago I took it as a point of pride to never pencil, but this new system has me using it again, not for “standard” penciling the way I used to, just for panel borders and the occasional coloring in a general shape before actually drawing it in pen.
My only pen for sketchbook work is a Prismacolor Chisel Tip Marker (http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-premier-illustration-markers/). I go through them fast, so I buy boxes at a time. They used to die with clockwork regularity after 8 days of use, but now that I’m drawing full comic pages each page, they only last about 5 days. When they’re fresh the lines come out too tinny, so they’re best between days 2 and 4. Few joys are as grand as laying that full chisel edge down and making a thick black line.
Then I have this portable watercolor box that I bought in college and never used until a couple years ago when I drew weird City Slickers 2/”Two Princes” mashup paintings. The brush is also a water reservoir. It’s a brilliant idea, but works best after you’ve flooded it with water then let it dry out a few minutes. Do a pass, let it dry, then do another pass on the Leuchtturm paper to get best color results.
If I’m at home, I have a pile of odd catalogs and magazines to cut things out of and collage them into panel shapes, but I’m not picky enough about scissors or glue sticks to endorse a particular brand.
The rest is just filling panels with whatever nonsense bubbles up, really.
11:58 am • 17 July 2014 • 12 notes
Anonymous said: why do you draw random lines across the layout of the paper?
lots of reasons but mainly: to ruin it. to make it imperfect so i don’t have to worry about if it’s perfect.
11:26 pm • 16 July 2014 • 43 notes
YouTube comments aren’t “just the Internet.” They’re not the product of a group of otherwise nice guys who suddenly become evil when they wear a veil of anonymity. YouTube comments are actually a nightmarish glimpse into the sexist attitudes that define the fabric of our own existence in the “real world,” a world that, like YouTube, is owned and dominated by men. The most terrifying gift that the Internet has given us is that it’s shown us how men honestly perceive the world: as a place where women exist exclusively for their sexual pleasure.
In the wake of VidCon, and as more and more women start speaking up about the harassment they face online, it’s time to start realizing that our narrative of progress is deeply flawed. Things aren’t getting better for women on the Internet; they’re deteriorating and ignoring the problem amounts to being complicit in it.
— "For women on the Internet, it doesn’t get better" by Samantha Allen (via femfreq)
10:53 pm • 16 July 2014 • 14,718 notes
Scanners (1981), dir. David Cronenberg.
Architecture is in 70s/80s Cronenberg - Toronto as harsh, industrial space full of brutalist corporate & academic buildings, assaultive commercial spaces, garish colors.
10:50 pm • 16 July 2014 • 53 notes
— Eight Years of Solitude — Medium
12:44 pm • 15 July 2014 • 2 notes
My secret comics sketchbook project continues. It’s all over the place in tone and quality, but it’s delightful to see that there’s usually a panel or two a day that genuinely surprise even jaded-old me.
11:00 am • 15 July 2014 • 18 notes
“We use the presence of passion to first diminish and then dismiss arguments. The offended must play by the rules of the unoffended, or even worse, the offenders, in order to be heard.”
— 4thletter! » Blog Archive » Beyond Outrage
3:27 pm • 14 July 2014 • 27 notes
“This manifold nature removes the burden of representation from any one or two female characters as is the case in most media: Usagi can be emotional, flighty, and boy-crazy, and still a wonderful heroine because she doesn’t stand for half the population.”
— The Sailor Moon Renaissance As A Feminist Mission
2:27 pm • 14 July 2014 • 5 notes