Sunday, January 17, 2010

Return of the Son of Vomit

Clicking on the images gives you nice, large versions.

It's been a long time since I graced these pages with a Vomit Comic. The feature (and exercise), such as it was, had migrated over to the Walrus Comix site, but even there it had stalled in September of 2008, a victim of flailing interest on the part of myself and the universe at large.

The point is that the Vomit Comics work best as what they are - sketchbook exercises, with all that entails. This means an exploration in drawing and/or writing, a ground to figure out how to work quickly and with as little of myself and my ego or sense of what's 'good' in the way. That's sometimes harder than it sounds, ego being both the drive of great art and also its bane.

Case in point: this page exists only as itself, a literal comment on the fact that it was the last page in that particular sketchbook, and I wanted to have something nice on that page. I also wanted to mess around with my grey tone Pitt Brush Pens, because while I've moved away from an interest in really involved line work, I still like to have a page display a sense of volume and tonality.

The Pitt Brush Pens, I can't recommend highly enough. If you're at all interested in drawing, they're wonderfully versatile and freeing at the same time. Not too expensive, either - I'd say they're comparably priced to Sharpies. This particular set has six markers, three in warm grey tones and three in cool grey tones. I didn't pay that much attention to the temperature of the tonality when I was putting this page together, as this unaltered version shows:

The temperature of the tones on the page is obviously kind of random, so I thought (and Yesenia agreed) that it looked better essentially in neutral grays, as at the first image.

And that's pretty much it. The writing is an automatic recursive meditation on the act of creation, which is important to the artist even when nothing of any real value is being said. It's entirely about art as being about nothing more than the fun of making marks on paper.