March 20, 2013
So I was asked lately to draw an autograph before shipping in one of the books somebody bought from me. Ok, no problem, I pick up the book and to my surprize there is a drawing already done. Not only that, that’s a drawing created in 2006. And I can’t remember doing that. Clearly something lost and found. So I tweaked it a bit and there you go – a drawing which creation spans over seven years.
The strangest thing was to see how much my technique changed during these years, and this hybrid of a drawing sporting the old and the new. Really strange.
February 7, 2013
The Workburger International Comics Anthology features some of the finest masterworks of world-renowned artisans and craftsmen/craftswomen of the comics medium. This skillfully woven patchwork of diverse comic strip narratives, revolving around the topic of contemporary work, has been manually assembled from many serious and witty as well as provocative and investigative artistic takes on the topic.
Contributing artists, drawing from both theory and personal experience, have tackled this elusive term, bridled its creative momentum and harnessed its vast, explosive potential: one of work’s most useful and at the same time dangerous characteristics.
The book, lucidly detecting and generously displaying the various permutations in the meaning of the term itself, is thusly a document of its own time while still remaining a future classic by dint of covering one of the most universal human issues from time immemorial.
“No workarounds! Only comics that really work!”
-Simon, a guy in a suit
“Someone must’ve been working out…”
-Tina, the hot yoga teacher from across the street
“I knew that there was more to life than just working the turk! A real eye-opener!”
-Peter, trust-fund baby & master procrastinator
“All work and no play makes you a bad artist.”
-Unknown, art school toilet stall
Stripburger Enterprises proudly present some 50 working class heroes, who dedicate their thoughts, views, comics, blood, sweat and tears to the concept of work.
August 13, 2012
So, this happened.
Let’s go back to the beginning. I’m a man of challenge. It’s not that I like to challenge myself – it’s that I have to challenge myself in order to do better.
It’s always been like this. Find something hard to accomplish – and then just do it. Last year for example it was 24 hour comic project. It’s a one-day event, where you sit and draw for 24 hours straight with no sleep nor breaks, your goal is to create 24-page comic book. Here’s what came out of it last year. Although challenging, I must agree, this project has it’s flaws. The resulting comics is often crappy, rushed and basically not good enough.
Enter the new challenge.
Some might argue, but in my opinion 24/24 is a lot easier than 46/46.
46 pages in 46 days that is. A full european-sized comic album, created in a steady pace of one page per day. 46 days, merely a month and a half. How is this harder? Well, for 24 hour comic you have to sacrifice just one day. And a night. For 46 day comic you have to sacrifice 46 days. Well, maybe not whole days, but most of working hours. And you have to stay on track all the time. There will come days that you just can’t draw. Or you shouldn’t. Maybe someone’s birthday party, maybe a sporting event, maybe a Sunday dinner at your parents’ house. And then you have to just work through it. If you don’t do a page one day, you have to do two the next day. No excuses.
I started on June 15th and finished on July 30th and that gives a nice, round number of 46 days. Some might argue that this kind of work is also rushed and crappy. Well, you be the judge.
The limit of one page per day gives enough time to do that the right way. At least in my opinion. I admit, this challenge is hard, but the payoff is well worth it. Not only did I get a comic book, which is already in the publishing house (coming out in s eptember), but there are other, even more important benefits.
I freed my mind. I know I can do more than I thought I could.
I know I can work harder. It is doable. I feel that I can do anything after this.
I feel ready.
Do I feel like something important happened? Yes, I do. Here’s an obligatory photo of one proud self time-stamping this occasion.
April 7, 2012
June 8, 2011
May 12, 2011
Stripburger is presenting its exhibition Greetings from Cartoonia in the independent cultural centre La Zone in the Belgian city of Liege from the2nd to the 8th May.
April 9, 2010
Phew. That was a long and complicated post title. So this piece of work is from one of Submachine fans – Daniel Chaves and I’m letting him talk from now on:
I was thinking of what other classes of movers existed in the subnet. I wanted one that was powerful and versatile. So, I made one.
My plan for the whole room was for it to be machined out of 7075 aluminum, anodized to a custom color (R:82, G:103, B:100, excluding domes, which would function as lightbulb casing). For scale models, I turned to 3D printing. My school happened to have one of those (Dimension uPrint), and my teacher was kind enough to let me print it for free (ABSPlus plastic costs $7/in^3). Attached are images of the printed part, which required minimal post processing (but which happened to be a lot of work) to make the doors work (split the model, dug support out with screwdriver). The left door is very hard to close, so that door isn’t seen closed in the pictures. Not seen is the large “screen” on one of the walls that displays some sort of map, I don’t know which yet, and the light on the ceiling which lights up the whole room, except in the section view. Bonus images: STL file rendered in 3ds Max and interface, section (interior) view.
All I can say is – that is super cool. Thank you Daniel.
January 22, 2010
Greetings from Cartoonia / Pozdravi iz Striponije
RAM hotel, Bologna, Eatalley
22. Jan. – 12. Feb. 2010
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