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May 26, 2010

Take Me With You

Last week I took my little brother to the movies to see Iron Man 2. He's only five, so he's growing so much every day. During the big fight scene, he pulled at my arm and (speaking some with his little open mouth, but mostly with his huge blue eyes), whispered something like "Lisa, I am so glad this is not in 3D".

That's something that happened last week. And as much as the moment fills me up, I know the specialness of it doesn't read so good to a third person. So when I crawl into the comic drawings of Aidan Koch, I wonder how he does it.

I wonder how he can take something as elusive as a moment, and neatly wrap it up in a page of loose, inky marks and quiet grey lines. Is there a secret technique to not just show someone what happened, but pull them into it with you?

I'll leave my thoughts in the comments, because they'll be as good as yours....


May 14, 2010

Bleeding Knees Can Be Fancy

Beautiful women are everywhere. Right now, sitting at this tiny cafe, I count 17 - most of which are showing more skin than not. So then I wonder why the beautiful women drawn by Caitlin Shearer are so fresh.

Maybe it's a little thing called class. You know, that illusive trait that made Grace Kelly a star. In Caitlin's drawings, there might be a formula to it - perhaps lush hair, dramatic eyebrows, and translucent skin maketh the classy lady.

Or maybe it's about feeling like we're peeking in on these effortless beauties in a private moment. With the internet, we're never short on pouty people showing-off for the camera... so it's nice to sleuth in on a moment of quiet. A moment that it feels like no-one else is noticing.

Oh, and there are two other things I like about Caitlin Shearer. One - she's as classy in real life as I hoped she would be (she looks a leading lady in a 50's film). Two - we can see her style evolve from all the way back in 2006, because flickr pro is awesome like that.


October 27, 2009

So Many Lines

Today's inspiration comes from Oatmeal's flickr because I absolutely love hand drawn hair. And lots of it. Zoom in




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