Final project in my narrative class. It’s a comic about “memory”. So my memory was going back to the memories of me in the tropical waters back home amid this cold weather. :)
Here’s a quick few of pictures of what I’m reading at the moment.
Tiny Pencil 3: Beast issue, with spectacular cover by Lee Misenheimer. My love for Tiny Pencil, the all-graphite comics and art anthology, is immense. They did a special summer issue which comprised of 3 boxed mini-zines packed with comics, puzzles, art and more (it came complete with colouring pencils and mini dice), but they’re now back to the more traditional A4 format. I’ve had a quick flick through and it looks suitably amazing- lots of dark and creepy leanings in this volume. Hoping to read it over the weekend and report back next week sometime. Great line up of contributors too, featuring Lilian Coquillaud, Renee French, Isabel Greenberg, Alys Jones, Malojo, Andy Poyiadgi, Charles Santoso, Dace Sietina, Allison Sommers, Sina Sparrow, Tobias Tak, Eleanor Taylor and James Unsworth to name a few.
Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half, of which I’ve heard much, particularly in relation to her comics about depression, and thus have bought. Interested to know how many folks have heard of this, considering it’s sold hugely well, probably better than any other cartoonist this year. But there seems to be a snobbishness surrounding the definition of whether it’s ‘comics’ or not, which I find sad, and hypocritical taking into account the medium’s own constant struggle for legitimacy within literature.
Christmas present from the Peow! Studio guys- the new Time Caspule anthology- super excited for this. Love that card :) Big thanks to Olle, Patrick and Elliot. They’re coming to TCAF (Toronto Comics and Arts Festival) next year, and fingers crossed- they manage to get a table at Thought Bubble too. I’m hoping (sorta quietly confident) 2014 is a great year for them- they’re honestly bringing out some beautiful and very, very good comics and they deserve it. If you haven’t already check out their shop and wares.
Something old, something new. I know Giannis Milonogiannis has just published the second volume of Old City Blues, but I’ve not yet read the first, so now seemed like a good time to get on board. It’s got androids, murders and future detectives, so it should work out. On an aside- I’ve never seen someone receive more Tumblr asks about why the first book is in hardback and the second in softcover. Milonogiannis is way too nice to his audience- if it was me at the end of 10067th wheedle: ‘When will there be a hardback version of volume 2?’. I would just boom ‘NEVER!’ followed by an appropriate (or not) Gravity Falls gif.
New Parker adaptation by Darwyn Cooke from IDW: self explanatory. Shorter than previous volumes- comes in at about 80 pages, plus a short story, but it’s not like I’m not going to buy it, which they’re obviously well aware of. What I mean, of course, is, however many pages it takes to best get the story told. Yes.
Watercolor, gouache and pencil. ca. 1901. Alphonse Mucha.
I’ve designed some Concertina Christmas Cards for this festive season. Available to buy in my online shop http://owendavey.bigcartel.com/product/concertina-christmas-cards
I wrote about some of my favourite comics of the year on the Big Little Tales blog! Featuring the work of Katie Green, Gareth Brookes, and Allie Brosh:
Three long-form comics have come out in the last few months that I’ve particularly enjoyed… (I can’t call them all graphic novels as one’s a series of short stories and one’s an autobiography.)
Although at first glance these three books seem very different, I realised as I jotted down ideas for…
Artist’s Sketch of a Swallow, New Kingdom, ca. 1479–1458 B.C. metmuseum.org
New on Broken Frontier:
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Daniel James Baldwin’s documentary on the self-publishing scene both needs and deserves your support! Today’s ‘Small Pressganged’ isn’t the usual review or in-depth interview…
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I’ve been doing a bit of sketching for my children’s illustration MA. Here are some of my favourite things to draw in London.
This is the first purely personal piece of artwork I’ve made in a long time, and with it I’m going to break away from the norms here and share something. After spending time with dear friends yesterday and talking about process and struggles, I felt compelled to make something and talk about something I usually hide away.
The fact is, for over a decade I’ve been fighting with anxiety and depression. I feel very weird writing this here— it seems like in the online world it’s something we’re supposed to tuck away. It might not be professional, or it could come off as complaining or bleak. But I do not mean this to be, dear readers. I know that we are products of our experiences and the tough critic I am has made me a stronger tougher illustrator. But it is something that has been a struggle, knocked me down and left me feeling lost and isolated. When my work failed or floundered, it became a reflection of myself. Coupled with a mean perfectionistic streak, it’s lately made me question my personal practice to the point that working on anything for myself felt like a waste of time and effort. Doubly strange and hard when I see my students struggle, leap and grow in school, but feeling paralyzed myself.
I still feel very weird writing this. But I feel like it’s important to take a risk and be honest about this part of me to evolve beyond it, and also share with those who work and struggle and feel alone. After all, process isn’t just the pretty sketches but it’s also the rough scribbles.
I write this with a positive note; after finally getting sick of this pattern I am taking strides to fight these issues at their core and separate my well-being from my work, and for the first time in a while I’m starting to feel good (knock on wood). It’s still a long road yet, and I know it’s something I might fight my whole life, but that’s the benefit of art-making— when we can actually get deep within the work, we can learn new things and get lost (and found) at the same time.
Thank you for following me and reading this; even though I may not know you all it makes me happy that I can share with you and fight the good fight. Hopefully there will be a lot more art to share soon—till the next.