The Case of the Turncoat’s… Coat
When Claudette Knickerbocker discovers corruption in The Force, she calls in the only person she can trust: an old friend from… The War.
Join Private Investigator Ford Phillips and Public Journalist Fig Wineshine as they help their pal untangle this knot of betrayal and intrigue in a deadly serious film noir with absolutely no jokes whatsoever. None.
Congrats on five years @shipwreckedcomedy, I’m so grateful for all the things you’ve made so far, and excited for everything you’re gonna make in the future.
PS: Shipwrecked are currently fundraising to make a holiday short and you can see donation info here if that’s the kind of thing you wanna see. (It is.)
Henrietta Swan Leavitt, a super cool astronomer I wrote about for AQUILA’s November issue: Science of Light.
I had Big Plans for sketching in Singapore. I wanted it to be like my Europe sketchbook (1, 2) but with a way higher pictures to days ratio, and in colour. I had visions of making a beautiful stop-motion video of sketches appearing on a desk, taking you all on a journey through my trip.
As it is I came back with a lot of sketchy scribbles and colour notes and photos and ideas, and things that mean a lot to me. There were a lot of lessons about materials (crayons melt in the heat) and sketching methods (as above: using memories instead of actual material can help me narrow down a picture to its key elements instead of overworking). And I learned some more about the sorts of things I want to make.
But I didn’t end up with a lot that I really want to share. So I’ll just leave you with this, and a link to my instagram for the two sketches I posted while away.
Alert! I am now one of Those People who takes pictures of their art materials. This is what working traditionally has done to me.
Anyway, I’m going to Singapore, and this is the stuff I plan to take. It’s definitely overkill, but that’s okay. We’re only gone for a week, and clothes for Singaporean weather don’t take up much space, so there’s plenty of room in my bag 🙂
Any recs for places to see? Things to do? So far our plans are: eat a lot. Wander around both the Botanic Gardens and the gardens at Marina Bay. Visit the fancy new Art Gallery and the Art+Science Museum. And see the Masjid Sultan and Sri Mariamman Temple.
brown paper, dramatic lighting and sports. basically all my favourites.
I went sketching at the Royal Show yesterday and even took my paints. The School Paraders gave me an opportunity to sit down in a peaceful place and sketch some fairly still subjects.
I’m still enjoying not immediately posting my sketchbooks online, but I gave this painting away to the mum of the competitor so I wanted to record it now. Especially because I was proud of my milestone of painting outdoors without a table.
Also FRIENDS I’m going through my travel sketchbook and this is the first iteration (other than a tiny thumbnail that shows nothing particularly interesting) of my little robot buddy explorer 🙂
It feels like it’s time again, to make a list of inspiring illustrators/artists. A 2017 list is here, and a 2015 one here. Most of those still apply and many of the following I already liked. But anyway, here’s who has been particularly inspiring me lately:
Victoria Semykina : vivid and striking collage-y fun. Her work challenges me to stretch myself further and care about things and figure out what things I care about.
James Gurney : masterful imaginative realism, you know him from Dinotopia. It’s not like I’ve ever not been inspired by him. But it’s been more of a focussed inspiration lately! And his blog and YouTube are filled with useful information.
Pam Smy : bold thoughtful greyscale. I bought her book off the basis of like one illustration I loved it so much. Her line vs texture vs shading is fascinating and all her characters have such emotion to them.
Andrea Serio : !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s it guys. His art just blows me away.
Charlotte Ager : weird bright mixed media. Her work is more abstract and sketchy-messy than I usually like but some of it (landscapes/architecture particularly) just astounds me in its perfection. A reminder that all the styles of art can be good.
Some others I feel like I’m maybe on the cusp of getting really into: Laura Carlin, William Grill, and Dominique Corbasson.