Today there’s an SFist post about Google China and how it, apparently, proves that Google has gone from being hero to millions to as corrupt and evil a mega-corporation as :spit: Disney! Ah well, I hope I’ll be able to sleep at night knowing that every web search I do makes me complicit in tyranny.

Since I still don’t have a “links” section working, let’s spin the big wheel of Thursday topics I could talk about to pad out the rest of this post:

We have a winner!

My favorite blog of the moment is called Drawn! The Illustration Blog, because it’s all over the place. I would’ve expected that art-viewable-on-the-internets would consist of about a million webcomics and then the occasional portfolio, but this one shows how much creativity and variety there is out there.

The coolest bit, to me, is how frequently you’ll see people in the visual arts who’re willing to show you how it’s done. Like Olduvai George’s step-by-step demonstration of how he draws a mammoth. There’s still no chance of most of us making something like this painting (yeah, it’s a painting; I would’ve sworn it was an Ansel Adams photograph), but it takes a little bit of the mystery out of it.

Sugar Frosted Goodness is like an artists’ jam session. I’ve been trying to follow the work of this guy, Drew Weing (from Savannah!) ever since he did an Achewood guest comic, and his latest stuff just looks great. The “Copper” tutorial is another step-by-step demonstration, this one of a webcomic. Plan 59 (formerly Ephemera Now) collects “commercial art of mid-century America,” and I’m still trying to decide which ones I want to buy and hang up over my couch.

And of course there’s Illustration Friday, which Jeff contributes to. He wins because of this drawing of Solomon Grundy.

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  1. Hey! Yeah, that article in the smoking gun, and the resulting controversy, was the first I’d heard of the book. I was even still inclined to feel a little sorry for the guy after the smoking gun’s expose, until I started reading reviews of it and excerpts from it. He just comes across as an arrogant bastard who puffed himself up to make himself sound like a bad-ass, all to profit from it with a sequel and a screenplay to support his failing movie career.

  2. Thanks for the website tip. It looks really fun and I really, really, really want to learn more about how people make art for the web because I have decided that all published books on this topic are irretrievably dumb.

    I would just like to know how Penny Arcade draws their stuff, you know? As someone who is an average drawer at best, but who has some ha ha funny stories to tell, I want to know if the computer can help me make my art good enough, so that I can then just focus on the ha ha funny story.

    Does that make sense?

    Another way to say this is:

    I need mad sk33lz. Can the computer grant me these mad skeelz powers?

  3. Well, I know that the guy from Penny Arcade (whichever one does the drawing) is a fan of Alias Sketchbook Pro, and there’s a demo of how he does a drawing in that program on their demo site (which I can’t link to).

    They’ve also done a step-by-step from sketch to finished comic in one of their news posts, but I’ll leave that as an exercise for you. Search the archives for “photoshop” or “process” or “how I draw this thing” or some such.

    For the rest of it I’m pretty much in the same boat as you. I bought a Wacom tablet hoping it would make me super l33t drawer, but so far all I’ve found out is that it takes practice just like everything else. As far as I can tell, using tablets and Photoshop and such help your stuff look a lot cleaner and more polished (it’s easier to color, erase, organize, etc.), but it won’t automatically master the fundamentals for you.


  4. Thanks for the props, Chuck…I’m honored to get a mention. I’d never seen Olduvai George’s site, either..most impressive. I love the megafauna, y’know.

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