i unsee the future

by brandon as Uncategorized — brandon Thu 2 Jul 2009 1:00 am

google image search 2.0

Simply a humble suggestion as to future directions for our favorite internet search engine colossus thing. Also, why hello there, art blog. You’re looking mummified today!

watching the watchmen

by brandon as book art — brandon Wed 11 Feb 2009 9:03 pm

Rorschach has scored 200 XP! Rorschach has achieved level 2.

Apparently this here picture has regained some slight internet currency what with the movie looming upon us and all. Around the era in which I still updated my art blog, I got a bit of criticism from other comics dorks, along the lines of “that picture is invalid! Everyone knows that Rorschach has symmetrical markings on his mask!” I thought it was pretty stupid at first, because the mechanism of the mask (two synthetic surfaces and an interstitial liquid, as I recall) would in real life have generated symmetrical markings about as well as your shirt generates symmetrical wrinkles, esp. when shit went down. But, I checked the book, and whoop de doo there is Rorschach with symmetrical markings on his face. I guess Moore and Gibbons were making some sort of metacommentary about the iconic status of (super)heroes with that, though I’m not sure I see where that metacommentary was going or if there was a comment behind it at all and not just mindfucking. Anyway, whatever: here is your freaking symmetrically-splattered chibi Rorschach, comics freaks from like three years ago. I serve it with condiments of social disdain. Taste the bitter flavor, and recoil!

A bit more recently I drew this as a bonus graphic to go on one of the posters for my comic. SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT

Rorschach has taken 1952 damage! Rorschach has been killed.


by brandon as Uncategorized — brandon Tue 7 Aug 2007 12:47 am


…yeah I just had to get that out of my system. I am probably going to start updating again pretty soon, as there are a couple of images in here that are kinda sorta flirting with general relevance.

if: 80’s, and make-up work

by brandon as illustration friday — brandon Fri 19 Jan 2007 12:22 am

Okay, it’s not that I’ve been not doing Illustration Fridays for the past month or so, it’s that I haven’t been doing them in time. So let’s backtrack a bit and I’ll drop comics and try to explain what I was thinking or just gabber on about semi-related stuff.

help! barbarians approaching!  food prices skyrocketing!

I started out just goofing on terrible adventure situations, but two panels in I realized I had found a gate into Dick Cheney’s mind.

I left some old salami there. We’ll see what happens!

in pace resquiat

This one is pretty hermetic, I think. That’s ok.

I am risen!

If my life really heads south maybe I’m gonna be one of those guys who gets a samurai sword and runs around in the mall until the cops tazer him. I just decided this. You gotta keep your options open.

And, the current theme:

the age of miracle and wonder, long-distance calls and shit

Ok so nostalgia’s a pretty powerful force and you find yourself wanting to return to some version of the past where everything was safe, and yet new, where everything is a discovery – I think that is what I most miss. I mean, I was cynical then, but there were still cultural frontiers that held me in awe and made me want to join in, people singing about things I felt (though you had to really look) and just a space in the media, a sensibility to which I belonged – and that was very much in the 80’s. In fact I spent a lot of time looking back at parts of the 80’s I was too young to appreciate… I think many of my cohorts did. It’s not that now is alienating, it’s that it feels like an undead version of the 80’s, and I’m a ghost that’s bumping around in a strange undead body haunting my interests.

I don’t always feel that way, but sometimes. Maybe a lot. So I understand the urge to bring the 80’s back forever.

On the other hand, tons of f’ing nuclear weapons poised to blow up the world.

Yeah, bringing back the 80’s forever isn’t a real smart idea.

if: mask

by brandon as illustration friday — brandon Thu 14 Dec 2006 9:36 pm

no one understands her.

Really, what else could she possibly do?

if: might (i got bored)

by brandon as illustration friday — brandon Thu 7 Dec 2006 11:37 pm

the might of the securitron

Hi guys! It’s been a while. I got bored.

Illustration in terms of exploring media is not that fun to me. Exploring media is more a fine-art thing, something where you can’t just throw a simple word out, like “clean,” and come up with interesting ground for long. To pursue media, you really have to be either entirely free to explore, or (if you’re serious), focused on your particular direction. For me, Illustration Friday was simply a way to get in the discipline of doing something for the internet on a routine basis. The comments were nice, but that was the point. And that’s been achieved: I put that effort now into my comic.

I’m posting again because I found a new way to make Illustration Friday work for me. I’m back into cartooning heavily, and finding that I want outlets besides my online comic, which has a very particular tone to it. (The tone of howling madness, bewilderment, and despairr!) So what I figured I’d do is dedicate this blog to three-panel sequences. They aren’t necessarily going to be funny or even have a point, they’re just explorations in putting pictures in sequence, kind of a freeform formal exercise. I’ll use Illustration Friday and various other internet memes and possibly my library of books once again as jumping-off points. There will be little experimentation with media, though: just three black and white panels per post.

This comic reads like a Carol Lay cartoon, and what I’m going to do here in the near future will also follow that path, because Carol Lay is one of my very favorite cartoonists on this still somewhat green Earth.

if: capture

by brandon as illustration friday — brandon Thu 10 Aug 2006 8:25 pm


Ok, I’m trying to keep up here!

I hardly have anything up on the walls and it’s getting to be a problem, I think. The thing is, as an artist, the stuff I’ve made to put up hasn’t functioned as decorations so much as self-criticism magnets. I mean, you don’t look at your sofa and go, damn, that one line is really bothering me. Why is it there and not here?

So the next few IF’s I’m gonna use to drive compositions that I’m going to – going to – be putting up on my walls! The final products, supposing they look good enough to get that far, will be large collage/ acrylic assemblages, I think 4 feet tall. Their dimensions will be identical. There will be 5 of them and they will go up in my little, bare-walled bedroom.

This one, based on “capture,” is a composition sketch for one piece.

5 pictures in all. I said it here, it means I’m gonna do it. (#2 is “opposite,” that one theme I missed – still gonna get to that one!)

Actual things on the walls! Finally, right?




if: clean + sacrifice

by brandon as illustration friday — brandon Thu 3 Aug 2006 2:34 pm

the importance of good hygiene

Self-portrait of me in the mornings.

I have been pretty bad about this lately, and I’m not sure many people at Illustration Friday are going to get to see this, seeing as how it’s Thursday afternoon – this is more for the three or four of you out there that have this blog on your blogrolls. Yes, I’m still around. Cough. Ooh, dizzy.

I never did do one for “opposites” – I couldn’t think of anything, and that one should be pretty easy, right? – but “sacrifice” was an inspiration for one of my Nobody Scores! comics, where most of my efforts are going these days. Here’s a teaser:

it's really a bad sign.

You can click on it to see the whole thing, if that sample failed to warn you away, which it should have. I’m telling you, no clicky.

I’ll try to do make-up work on “opposites” next week along with whatever other theme rolls around. Yes, teacher. I’ll be good now.

if: skyline + sticky

by brandon as illustration friday — brandon Thu 13 Jul 2006 12:49 am

Been a little while, huh? Well, let’s start this properly.

First, we bring the noise for “skyline”:

rock yr. skyline

And then, once we have brought down the house, the other house, that house over there, and all the local condominums, we make up for lost time. No, I have not forgotten last week’s theme. In a schoolhouse far away, a mischievous little boy gets carried away with the “sticky”:

it's a veritable cache!

I never did this. I was good. Yes. But I always had respect for extremes. This kid would have been a hero.

He’d also, probably, have been toothless. Mighta cut down on his appeal somewhat.

So I was in sunny Vancouver, B.C., celebrating the 4th Canada Day well outside the States, hence my absence. Pretty amazing city, all in all. Polite and pedestrian-friendly Canadian and beautiful landscape and beautiful people and, very much unlike the American part of the Pacific Northwest, perky! Except for that one street with the druggies and hookers. But go! Go there if you haven’t been. I command it.

illustration friday: rain

by brandon as illustration friday — brandon Wed 28 Jun 2006 12:04 am

i can't stand the rain

Some days I’m like Missy Elliott, some days this right here is fantasy illustration. This is one of those days. Seriously, Portland, I moved away from Texas so’s I don’t have to deal with this crap. What’s wrong with you?

Alternately, I could work in a nice big anonymizing but – but – refrigerated cubicle farm again. Seriously, 102 degrees and no AC – that was my real life Monday; Garfield’s got nothing on me; oh wait that is always true – 102 degrees and no AC and you’ll be fantasizing about all kinds of things you wouldn’t imagine otherwise. Ah, sleet! How I missed you! Running down my back all icy and pneumonia-causing. Ah, bathtubs full of guacamole! Uh. Ok I should stop now.

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