Do you live in Portland, OR, or nearby? Then you have PLENTY to occupy your time with this weekend.
- International Comic Arts Forum: ICAF is an annual academic conference dedicated to promoting the scholarly study and appreciation of comic art, hosted this year at U of O’s Portland campus. Kicks off on Friday night with a talk by Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon, moderated by Matt Fraction.
- Wonder Northwest: Wonder Northwest is an amalgamation of pop-culture subcultures. Here you will find regular folks co-mingling with super heroes, pirates, geeks, nerds, cosplayers, film enthusiasts, gamers and other nice people! Our vendor room features comic books, toys, video games and more from some of the best dealers from across the country.
- Espionage Cosmetics Launch Party at Bridge City Comics: Join Merrick Monroe and professional makeup artist Jamie for the launch of geek-inspired Espionage Cosmetics at Bridge City Comics! Bring your curiosity and love of colour, we’ll provide the makeup and champagne! Grab a glass of bubbly and learn about this wonderfully versatile line of cosmetics with colours inspired by every aspect of geek culture… from comic books to video games to a certain beloved space western.
- The Alter Egos Society’s Power Struggle: It’s time to don your superest outfit for The Alter Egos Society’s Sixth Annual Hero/Villain Power Struggle pub crawl. On Saturday, May 25th you can settle the score in the bars and on the streets of inner Southeast Portland. At 5pm heroes will begin to gather at one bar and villains at another. Choose your faction wisely because the two sides will meet for games and contests, battling for prizes and pride before the final destination. Come dressed as any alter ego of your own creation - that means original costumes only please!
For more information on everything, follow the links. Now, go. Get your geek on.
This June, Sequential Art Gallery hosts the art of ItsAJackal. Stay tuned for details.
The Art of HELHEIM, by Joëlle Jones » Sneak peek at tonight’s First Thursday event. In Portland? Come on by: 328 NW Broadway, #113, 6pm-10pm
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Never take your rights, or your education, for granted. Happy International Women’s Day.
Joëlle Jones is coming to Chicago on March 6 for the release of Helheim. More details at the Challengers Comics + Conversation site.
Join the Open Rights Group | a message from Neil Gaiman
neil-gaiman: The Open Rights Group. I’m a Patron.
And this video is about copyright, and why I think anyone reading this in the UK should join the ORG…
My Thoughts on Photo-Referencing | by Ming Doyle
mingdoyle: My thoughts on photo-referencing: I don’t do it enough.
Either subconsciously or unthinkingly, over the past few years I’ve made it my mission to draw all my sequential work with no referencing at all. I don’t think this was due to any sort of cockiness, i.e., “I can draw this better than real life, so why bother looking at reference?,” but rather out of a genuine desire to just magically know how to be able to draw anything, always.
Of course that’s a lofty and unrealistic goal, and even now, about 6 years into drawing comics professionally, I still feel like an absolute beginner in most ways. Maybe that’s due to having studied fine arts rather than illustration or comics, and never having formally learned how pesky little things like perspective and pacing worked.
Anyway, the point is that now, I’m finally starting to admit that I may not just be able to come up with everything off the top of my head (though I certainly do try that approach, nine times out of ten). I remember something my friend and great influence Eric Canete said to me several years ago, when I asked him to look over my first set of substantive inked comic pages: “Is this supposed to be the inside of a car? I think it might be, because of the seatbelts, but why don’t you try looking at the inside of a car?”
Oh, ouch! But Eric really did have a great point. Observation is often the best teacher.
To that end, I’ve been using photo reference in about 10-20% of my panels on MARA, which is more than I’ve ever used before. Here’s an example of one of my most extreme instances of photo-referencing so far, from photographs, to thumbnails, to semi-finished inks. There’s my whole process.
Maybe some people still view photo-referencing as cheating, but more and more I view it as a kind of exciting evil. Sure, looking at a photograph isn’t as creatively “pure” as pulling something fully formed from your own mind, but if it helps you grow? Then I suppose I’m for it. I’ve been very preoccupied with bettering my craft and not painting myself into a rut through sheer stubbornness lately, so here you go. My confession. My name is Ming Doyle, and sometimes, I use other pictures to make my own pictures better!
Artists: Protect yourself. Protect your art.
Curators: Protect your artists. Be diligent in your research of artists you choose work with.
By Jason Levesque (thestuntkid): Walking around Art Basel, this weekend I came across a few pieces in the Scope show that looked pretty familiar. There was a sampling of 3 pieces presented by the Robert Fontaine Gallery all by the same artist. I recognized my photography in two of them and the third was a copy of my good friend Marie Killen’s photo. When i got home a quick google search reveled that nearly his entire body of work was comprised of other peoples photography. No credits were given, though that wouldn’t have put the artist in the clear. Josafat Miranda hadn’t bothered to change the composition or content in any appreciable way, even though that too would not have put him in the clear.
For me, photography was a hobby, something i did for fun. But it was art. These weren’t candids, they were carefully composed, edited photos. The model traveled, did her makeup and helped style the shoot. Put simply, it was a collaborative artistic endeavor by me and the model Tracy P.
Marie Killen is a wildly talented photographer living in North Carolina. Photography is her passion and craft and she does it extremely well. In my opinion she’s one of the best photographers in her genre. Her shoots require far more work and planning than mine ever did. She’s developed, through hard work and practice, a recognizable style.
What Josafat Miranda has done here reveals a total disrespect for photography as an art form. He’s quickly and with very little creative alteration, harvested the yield of someone else’s hard work. What makes a painting strong, isn’t just the brush strokes and the rendering method, more, much more, than that is the composition, the subject matter and the hundreds of creative decisions that go into making an original piece of art.