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This week’s contributor is a cartoonist and illustrator I’ve known online for a few years, and recently I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him offline as we moved to the same city this summer.
Phil’s work is in many ways decidedly old school, his scratchy pen and ink drawings have a quality that place them in a tradition of cartoonists like Ralph Steadman, Ronald Searle and the great Quentin Blake.
He says that being locked in his studio would be a terrible punishment, even if work sometimes demands living like that. He gets antsy if he doesn’ get to go out, talk to people, look at trees, pet stray cats and ride his bike.
If we were to lock him in his studio however, he would like to be given: a blanket (for cape reasons), a big sandwich, a drum set, a bottle of orange juice, and a case of beer. (editor’s note, while Phil has a very nice workplace, I really don’t see how he’s going to fit a drumset in there, unless it’s a tiny one)
Bad Girl by Lee Moses. I don’t know much about Lee Moses. I’m pretty sure he never got all that famous. I somehow came across this song a while back, I don’t remember how exactly, but it immediately became an obsession for me. It’s got a raw, powerful sound, the sort of sound that I imagine can only come directly from a person’s soul. Lyrically it’s great. I love that so much is left unsaid, left to the imagination, and yet when you listen, a very clear picture is painted. It’s a gem of a song.
My friend and fellow illustrator Chuck Groenink asked me to come up with 8 songs that I’d listen to if I found myself locked in my studio. It was great fun (and very hard to narrow it down to 8 picks). Thanks, Chuck!
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HELLO, HOW ARE YOU?
This is part of a book proposal I’ve been noodling with for a while now, this particular bit being inspired by something I wrote last year about drawing horses and how nothing bad happens when you make a bad drawing. Nobody will die if your horse drawing looks stupid. The worst thing that happens is you get a little better at drawing horses. Just put your fun hat on and draw that dang horse or motorcycle or whatever it is you’re afraid to draw.
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Hello I’m starting a daily fashion style illustration journal blog
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I’ve got a full page in this issue, in stores now.
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Today I also received my copy of Crying in Front of Your Dog and Other Stories, illustrated by Phil McAndrew and printed by Grimalkin Press.
I can say I thoroughly enjoyed it, and the limited edition print is rocking! I’m going to look for a frame for that so I can keep it in my room, everyone else’s opinions be damned.
Though the wait to get it was terrible, because the local post here is slow as hell, and the office I had to go to looked super shady and something straight out of a horror film. Mostly the waiting part was the issue, but yeah, at least I’m happy now that I have my book~
(could this be the start of a collection of indie web artist comics)
Today is your lucky day, my friend! It just happens to be available right here.
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I hadn’t been to a life drawing session in a long time, so a friend and I recently decided to try to get into the habit of doing that regularly. These were all drawn from life, directly in ink. I love having fun with the ink, embracing the mistakes, intentionally stretching things out and squishing them.
I should note to the young artists reading this that I only got to a point where I felt like I could REALLY let loose and confidently play around with the human form after seven or eight years of drawing live models almost every week (or several times a week when I was in college). I don’t claim to be a master or anything, but every art teacher on Planet Earth will tell you that you can only break the rules once you’ve actually learned how to follow them. Or something like that.
Whatever, just draw stuff and have fun. But it’s good to build a strong foundation for yourself too! And that can only happen through years of hard work.
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I will be at the Small Press Expo (or SPX as it is known) in Bethesda, Maryland this weekend, September 14 and 15. You’ll be able to find me either sitting behind or hiding under table W38B, which can be located with this handy guide. I will have copies of my book (pictured above) and lots of other books and comics and drawings and assorted items. Please come say hello if you’re in the area.
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SWIMMING. Work in progress.
Hey! I made a couple books! They’re really awesome!
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WHY DO I HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO DO MATH?!
Hi, friends. This little comic goes with a book proposal I’ve been working on.
Speaking of books, you can buy the books I’ve already made right over here. Buy yourself a book and then get off the computer and go read it outside with all the bugs and creatures and trees and stuff!
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So many amazing pieces in this show, now available as prints! Take a peek at my contribution right over here.