Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Intercorstal for Offlife


I've been a fan of Off Life comic for a while now -- they release collections of short comics from mostly-UK based creators. The style of the comics the run with is absolutely nothing like what I make, but I thought I'd give it a punt anyway, and repurposed the layout from a Ditko Amazing Spider-man (which Andrei reliably informs me is Ditko's best page, which I genuinely didn't know beforehand).

To make it a slightly better fit, I put some diary-comic style words together -- details of that can be found on my personal blog about the whole thing: http://garethahopkins.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/submission-to-offlife-10.html

But here it is, in its raw form (other than bumping the layers and cropping, obviously).

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Disc Jockey

I have put together another work for the Santoro 2014 competition. Check out here: http://urban-aesthete.tumblr.com/post/94951463509/a-year-flies-by-this-is-my-entry-for-the, and some screens below.

The piece is called Disc Jockey, and it pulls together music visualizations and lyrics of those songs together into a larger narrative arc. It is all the music without the music.









Sunday, August 3, 2014

"The Artistry of Alex Toth," poster presentation, Comic Art Conference at SDCC, July 26, 2014


A week ago I gave a poster presentation on Alex Toth at the San Diego Comic Con.  Here are the components of the poster.  (They were laid out in two tiers of four.) Since I do mention abstract comics, compare to them Toth's page compositions, and discuss his abstract doodles, I thought this might be interesting to readers of this blog.  Please keep in mind that the text is supposed to be just bullet points, brief summaries of my theses, and that I greatly expanded on them when discussing this subject with the attendees.  I will expand this into a proper essay (or more) at some point. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

collage in a sketchbook...by Rosaire Appel

Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Identity" by Seth Mirza


snow crystals by Olaus Magnus, 1555



Here's a page from Olaus Magnus' book Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus / History of the Northern Peoples, published in Rome in 1555, while Olaus was in exile from his native Sweden. He also did many of the illustrations in addition to writing the book. Many of the other illustrations, such as those here, are also good fun. If you replaced the fanciful shapes with more "realistic" forms of snowflakes, you'd end up with something even closer to what we consider to be abstract comics.