During the month of February a group of illustrators and myself will be creating an illustration per day on the theme of love.
I am really quite excited to be part of this and am hoping it will break my 5-year hiatus from art. Working at the Society is great, but it really puts pressure on me to create good art when I’m surrounding by such talented colleagues. I think sharing this art on a blog with people I admire so much will force me to follow through with it. It will be interesting to see if my confidence builds in 28 days.
You can check out my first illustration on the Month of Love blog!
American cartoonist and author Lynda Barry (born January 2, 1956) is as much a storyteller as she is a visual philosopher. From her 1999 graphic-novel-turned-off-Broadway-hit The Good Times Are Killing Me, exploring the interracial relationship between two girls, to her long-running, deeply empathic weekly comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, Barry’s instantly recognizable works are invariably imbued with equal parts humor, irreverence, sensitivity, and wisdom.
In 2009, her graphic novel What Is, published the previous year, received an Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work. But perhaps the most remarkable quality of Barry’s work is precisely its defiance of reality — the whimsy and wit with which she blurs the line between the real and, to borrow Sartre’s term, the irreal to peel away at some simple truth or grand complexity of what it means to be human.
For Christmas this year I wanted to get @alphacolin something fun and unique. And with help from Clay Rodery I was able to do that!
Clay created this awesome portrait of Colin. I wanted it to look like a graphic novel because we’ve been getting into some awesome comics lately.
I really enjoyed working with Clay. It was really fun to see him go through the process, and I’m happy to report that Colin loved the art! He’s currently using it as his avatar and it makes me smile everytime I see him post something.