I made a gif! Exciting! I'm currently having a lot of Lawrence of Arabia feelings. Sometimes stories/characters hit me like a freight train and I just have to draw it out of my system. Like, literally draw.
I went to New York Comic Con last Thursday and it was awesome! I got to watch Juanjo Guarnido draw and ink Blacksad, so that was amazing. And I got to meet --and make a fool of myself in front of-- most of my favorite comic book illustrators (particularly Francis Manapul and Cliff Chiang). Overall it was a very, very great experience. I look forward to going again next year :)
I got home and immediately wanted to try inking something again. The previous weekend I went to the Bronx Zoo and fell a little bit in love with the camels, which are delightfully weird animals. So between that and a recent viewing of Lawrence of Arabia (don't even get me started on gloriousness of the Blu Ray), this happened.
There's an October inking challenge over on Twitter and I thought I'd try it. I've never really worked in ink before (only experimented with it a couple of times for class in college, but I don't really count that), so it was... kind of horrifying. I ended up tweaking it a bit and adding shading in Photoshop, but still... it wasn't awful!! The drawing is sort of based on a silly movie I watched this afternoon called How to Steal a Million starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole (because I enjoy looking at beautiful people).
Today's Sketch Dailies. I'm feeling really burnt out lately, I've got too many projects going on at once. It was nice to just take a short break this afternoon to draw something for fun... recharge my batteries a little bit. I shouldn't complain about having too much work... that's a good problem to have!
Also, I thought I'd share this from the other day. Took a 5 minute break and quickly sketched Lawrence and Ali (and a camel) from Lawrence of Arabia, which I've decided is my favorite film. I can't think of a more perfectly acted, engrossing character study. It also has one of the greatest scripts ever written and might be the most beautiful film ever made. Anyway, I was pretty happy with how these likenesses came out, considering I drew them so quickly.
My final project for the Lab was to design a bag that would be given out to donors. It features a handful of migrant species that spend their Winters in South and Central America (often on coffee plantations, thus the coffee plants) and spend their summers in the US, often in new-growth forests. The species pictured are: Blackburnian Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, American Redstart, and Summer Tanager. Fall migration is starting up, and if you try going outside early in the morning and look up into the trees you may just see one of them! I saw a Blackburnian in my backyard a few days ago.
Today marks the 100 year anniversary of the death of the last Passenger Pigeon, and thus the extinction of the species. Once the most numerous bird in America, Passenger Pigeons traveled in flocks that numbered in the millions, often darkening the sky as they blotted out the sun. Humans are 100% responsible for their demise. Hunting and habitat loss decimated their numbers from 3.7 billion birds to 0 in only 40 years. In 1914 the last Passenger Pigeon, a specimen named Martha, died in captivity (having never lived in the wild). Today is a good day, then, to reflect on how powerfully we impact the environment, and how important it is to protect and maintain all living things.