Monday, August 20, 2007

August 18-19, 2007
Stayed home and worked all weekend on images for the graphic novel. Didn't even go up to the office, as I often do on weekends. Here's two pages I did on the plane ride home from Guatemala. The stewardess came by with drinks and cracked, "Hobby?" looking at the sketchbook on my lap with a sarcastic grin. I pointed at her drink cart and said, "Hobby?"

Actually, I wish I'd said that, but of course I thought of it after she left. What I actually said was, "No, it's an obsession." The hobby comment really got my goat, though.

I was quite impacted and influenced by all of the textile colors I saw in Guatemala, as is witnessed by these sketch pages I did when I got home and had access to some colored gouache paint (below):

Had a good phone conversation with Paul Hutton on Saturday and he suggested more of a Honkytonk Sue look as a possibility for Mickey Free. As you may have noticed, I went through a color phase on Sue (in True West magazine), then went back to the black and white because it's cleaner and stronger. Shifted gears, on Saturday, and decided to aim for a cleaner black and white look. Hard to do. I'm so used to cross hatching and shading:

I hate it that I'm still failing so much on these images. I wonder what Annie has to say about this?

"Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over gain, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose—not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember."
—Annie Sullivan

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