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July 26th, 2008

Still ness Frontispiece

Frontispiece, first Instalment on Monday.

8 Responses to “Still ness Frontispiece”

  1. Dick Whyte Says:

    This is such a lovely frontspiece – I love your lettering so much. I love the dialectic between “stillness” and the “movement” of the letters – even they look like they’re alive.

    I am excited about this one.

  2. Draw Says:

    Thank you for your kind words. I was just concentrating on trying to keep my lettering as neat as possible. It is interesting you rasie the dialectic between movement and non-movement. As a comics artist that is one of the things I am interested in exploring, these moving still images.

    In comics there is a notion that the only good lettering is either very very neat hand lettering or computer lettering copying hand lettering. So I find it frustrating that there is an ideal that I can’t reach yet. Most of the time I try not to think about it and I know that I will get better and the way I letter does suit my drawing style.

  3. Dick Whyte Says:

    Fuck all previous notions!!!

    Smash comic systems. Make a machine which kills fascists! I wouldn’t worry what people think about “good lettering.” Did Robert Crumb worry about what people expected?? No. He did whatever the fuck he wanted and the world stood up and listened (well, a few people anyway).

    Change the world by smashing conventions – by embracing the things about your art which are YOU. Don’t try to be like other comics artists – be yourself David and be proud of that selfness. Then become “selfless” in the act of creation. Be the cosmos! The cosmos trembles and shakes and vibrates. It is never still. Never perfect. Always unfinished.

    But I also admire your passion to get “better” at your art. Change the self through your art and show others the way to change themselves in the process. Change the world with art. Without art there would be no history, no knowledge, and no way to learn.

    I love the tension in your lines which is not present in many comic artists – my hand trembles as I read, the eye-hand relationship is brought into contact. Like Sam’s music performance last night – did he care that he accidentally knocked over something in the middle of the guitar piece? You could read that as an accident, or as unprofessional. I prefer to read it as a moment in which my body is engaged in “hearing the heard” and the “heardness of hearing.” Here I become aware of the “drawness of drawing,” and the “drawing-drawn.” Keep it up.

    All the best,
    Dick

  4. Robyn E. Kenealy Says:

    I once had this big conversation with Al Greenhough, when he found me – we had gone to the movies together, and I don’t know where he had gone but anyway, he came back – I was staring at the esculator. And he said ‘what are you doing?’ and I was like i I want to figure out how to draw something that’s moving whithout making it look like it’s stopped.’ You can do this particular thing, and I’ve seen it and it’s awesome.

    In relation to this, this particular aspect, which you explore, I would say that many of your explorations are extremely succesfull, and it is, to some extent because of the tension that my beloved husband describes.

    This machine gives facists a big hug. Hopefully, soon they won’t want to be facists anymore.

  5. Robyn E. Kenealy Says:

    sorry, FASCists, not facists. Oops!

  6. Krissi Says:

    Facists hate faces.

  7. krissi Says:

    facists hate faces

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