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Welcome to your fuzzy cup of coffee open thread. Y'know, Salvador Dali made a fur-lined cup; obviously perfect for coffee, built in filtration-- kinda like a baleen whale sifting krill.

The last couple of weeks I shared some photographs with you. There were the castle ruins of Krakovec and some meandering, meatless monsters. This week I thought I'd fling some ink at you. Below the ginger hairball I've got a few of my latest drawings to share with you. This is an open thread so feel free to frolic.

This is the sort of stuff I scribble for my own entertainment. I bash out the drawing with a pencil and then add India ink laced with black gouache (for denser blacks) using only a single round brush. Then I usually scan the drawings and add a layer of gray tone using good ol' Photoshop™. These are my experiments. I'm continuing to learn, and hopefully improve, as I make these.

I continue to toy with ideas for a comic book and that is an image that seems to need some help filling in the speech bubble. I keep thinking up things like: "GRZ!" or "Say CHEESE!" ... but I'm not happy with anything I've come up with so far.

A bit awkward and silly but then, so much of my stuff is ...

Ah yes, makes me laugh a bit that one. Here's the thing, I get asked to draw a lot of female figures for storyboards but rarely do I just draw them for fun. I wonder what odd psychological block is causing this. So I engaged in a bit of therapy this week. It has been said that the most difficult thing to draw is a beautiful woman.

Well, I'm working on it. I'd retouch that jawline if I was me-- a bit heavy-handed.

Yeah, a lot of my day to day scribbles end up looking a bit lumpy.

Lumpy and rather grim. You might not guess that while I draw these I'm listening to British comedy programs. I have a friend who creates beautiful paintings and sculptures almost entirely with themes relating to death but his images are more of the fanciful and elegant morbidity of Edward Gorey and quite unlike my necrotic studies.

Yeah, I get the feeling my skills will atrophy if I don't do stuff like this. It's really marvelous fun to use a brush to draw. It is far superior to a pen.

I hope you're all having a wonderful Friday. Feel free to drop by and share your thoughts over the entire weekend. I don't post diaries that I don't carouse in and keep an eye on so I'll be checking in on you all eventually. And do please let me know what you'd like to see in a Fuzzy Friday Coffee Hour next week and I'll try to provide. Any and all suggestions will be eagerly and gratefully considered.  

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  •  Cookie Jar (15+ / 0-)

    I've been taking some of my drawings and paintings and putting them up on an online store that offers on-demand printing of all sorts of things on all sorts of things. I'll be adding many of these drawings, and many others to my store over the weekend. Do stop by Graphic Designs and let me know below what you think of the place. I'm rather new to on-demand printing so if you have any general thoughts to share on that subject I'd be most grateful if you'd please share them. I had some friends who had awful experiences with a rather well-known company. Otherwise, I thought that next week I'd perhaps share a few bits of video and audio with you.

    Many thanks for stopping by my little impromptu gallery of comic book art!

    “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

    by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 12:19:46 PM PST

  •  Just Heading Out (8+ / 0-)

    Need to pick the niece up from work. Got double good news this week. Medicaid will pay for my Medicare Part B and if I start getting medical bills I am eligible for Medicaid itself. Social Security is going to pay for the some of the drug costs. Just need to get a supplement plan and I'm seeing my agent on Thursday.

    It was a good day for art as well. This is called "The Eye of God."

     photo TheEyeofGod2_zpsd390c6a6.jpg

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 01:26:45 PM PST

  •  #3 (7+ / 0-)

    The woman in this drawing would be quite awesome with the right story line.  

    Dwell on the beauty of life. ~ Marcus Aurelius

    by Joy of Fishes on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 01:32:24 PM PST

    •  Thanks! (6+ / 0-)

      I've had several false starts with comic books over the years and a few, short run comic strips. I'm kinda collecting drawings, thinking about characters and just how far over the cliff I'll drive my next effort. I wish I could find something like Kickstarter over here.

      “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

      by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 01:52:40 PM PST

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  •  my brother is a comics artist (5+ / 0-)

    and he's posting a monster every day this year - all from a project called Daughter of Spiders.

  •  Thank You - N/T (3+ / 0-)

    "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

    by linkage on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 04:10:04 PM PST

  •  O.K. Suspending the spiritual side right now. (3+ / 0-)

    Or, maybe just bending it in a different direction.

    Marko. Love it all!  

    Suggestion for the speech bubble. "Drone my a*s"

    Whoa. Loving the head shot of AZ guy on the T-shirts. Wouldn't mind one on a coffee cup. Would remind a body of what happens when a bunch of folks all screw up at once.

    Now that I think about it,  AZ guy looks like he did some miles with Cormac McCarthy on "The Road." This is clearly what happens when the purpose of the last shell in the chamber is forgotten.  

    Bending it in yet another direction.
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    Returning this Diary to the sane and sensible direction of whoever is in charge. I forgot.

    •  Thanks Dixie Dawg! (3+ / 0-)
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      That's a lovely little sparrow. Seems to have a bit of a crest going on there ...

      Here's perhaps a bit better look at AZ for you:

      That site doesn't really give you the option for a closer look at the artwork.
      I really like the look of Apocalypse Zombie on red or black shirts. One of those tablet or notebook covers would be pretty cool too I think. I thought those ornaments might be more decorative than a pine tree hanging from your rear-view mirror. I don't know what the ornaments smell like. Alternatively, I do have a friend that decorates his Christmas tree each year with a theme perhaps more appropriate for Halloween.

      From looking at my work what ever gave you the idea that this diary was ever going in a sane and sensible direction?

      “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

      by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 09:16:13 PM PST

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      •  Thanks for the improved view. (1+ / 0-)
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        They really need to fix the site Apocalypse Zombie is on for you.

        He belongs on the cover of a book.  Mascot for a band.  I'd like to pass out pictures of him to a class of seventeen year olds and ask them to tell me the story.  

        I did that with a B&W of American Gothic and got back some great stories. It was a HS class of  "trouble makers" who had been booted from regular classes.  Probably the most creative kids I have ever been around. They would fly with Apocalypse Zombie.

        Keep it up!

        •  Well, the site isn't broken as far as I know (1+ / 0-)
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          But yes, a larger preview would be a vast improvement. The images they use to print from are my 300 dpi versions, which is higher quality than most printing. Supposedly these folks do wonderful work. I keep hoping to sell something ...

          I suppose I have no qualms about you swiping the image above to distribute among your class to inspire some creative writing. I loved my creative writing classes in high school. Perhaps adding the link to my Printfection store would inspire someone to buy a shirt or something. I'd consider it promoting my work. Of course, letting me read the results of their efforts would be pretty cool too.

          The "troublemakers" are often the smartest kids in a class merely acting up because they're so easily bored by the usual pace of things.

          “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

          by Marko the Werelynx on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 02:11:30 AM PST

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          •  I would love to have again, or think I do (1+ / 0-)
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            access to a classroom of "troublemakers."  They were really good kids.   But, alas, those days are long gone.

            Probably, for the best. Today, I would aggravate the system just to watch the powers-that-be twist in the wind.

            •  I used to teach too-- mostly ceramics. (1+ / 0-)
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              I was missing my students today; reminiscing about bumping into one of my students at a bus stop we drove past this evening. I'm not even sure of why I was at that bus stop on that particular day but it was outside a hospital I've been to several times. Turns out one of my ex-students was completing her nursing studies at that hospital. I wonder about some of those old students of mine. I've managed to keep in touch with a few of them. May be time to invite a couple of them out for a beer with ol' Marko again.

              “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

              by Marko the Werelynx on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 01:01:22 PM PST

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  •  Nice Drawings (2+ / 0-)
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    You have a very good command of the line.  I never had the patience nor steadiness of hand to ink with a brush.  I used to use crow-quill pen to ink my drawings.  Now I use art markers in a variety of line weights, because they're more reliable and less messy.

    I haven't been drawing in my sketchbook much lately, but here are a couple past doodles:

    Hannibal Tesla and Ginger

    Walking the Hodag

    Studies from old National Geographic photos

    Living With Ferrets

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 10:32:57 AM PST

    •  Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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      I've always liked your style. It has been a while since I stopped in to visit Hannibal Tesla. Your strips are wonderful and I look forward to checking out those sketches. Many thanks for all the links!

      I've used all sorts of things for inking my drawings. Tech and dip pens for awhile there. For many years I strictly used permanent art markers. I had a professor back in college that was a fan of brushes and encouraged all of his students to practice. His classes were the most useful for the direction my career took. It's only the last year or so that I've started using a brush to apply my ink again and I am really having fun with it.

      “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

      by Marko the Werelynx on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 12:07:34 PM PST

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    •  One quick bedtime story later ... (1+ / 0-)
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      I really enjoyed seeing your sketches and the ferret comic.

      I should get some of my stuff up on deviantart.

      That street scene was particularly lovely ... makes me wish the weather was a bit warmer and dryer here this week. I may just get out some photo ref instead.

      Thanks again!

      “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

      by Marko the Werelynx on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 12:34:33 PM PST

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    •  Very nice doodles. Tesla and Ginger! (2+ / 0-)
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