I have been doing these drawings this week where I can just zone out and listen to a podcast and… draw lots of leaves. The same thing as when I would draw debris photos or Mega-j with lots of hatching. I was looking at plants on a sunny day and vivid repeated patterns were almost hallucinatory for me, and I thought I would try to capture that in a drawing.
On Monday while I was drawing I was listening to this Nerdist talk with the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer about Cloud Atlas. And then on Tuesday I was listening to this Peter Greenaway talk about the re-inventing cinema. In both there was interesting discussion of how the conventions of film have become so incredibly limited.
Here are my forest drawings.
A while ago I was looking at the symbolic meanings of colours in my Dictionary of Symbols, and I liked something in the meanings of blue and thought I should draw a blue person. At some point that became I should draw a blue elf.
When I finished the first drawing, I thought the elf and astronaut looked too big. I asked Manien what blue elf would be in Afrikaans and she said “die blou kabouter”.
And here is a song from the 80s that popped into my head out of nowhere. It was only now as I sang it in my head that I realized what the title meant. Have no money.
I seem to still be struggling to fully shake this cold. This has not helped me get all productive. But nonetheless, there is a new True Loves 3 up. And you should all go order your books from the store too. Seriously. DO IT. Here is a little comic I drew today about something that happened today.
A drawing I did from another of those photos, while listening to this nice WTF chat with Iggy Pop. It seemed like they could have used at least another hour!
A while back I came across this video (and probably posted it already) and thought I wish they would make a movie this original and awesome looking.
And then the other day I came across another video by them, which was also a supercool little world unto itself.
This made me wonder who the heck made these awesome videos. Turns out it was We Were Monkeys, from Montreal, I think. Their website led to this short film. Also cool. Someone give them money to make a full movie.
Home sick from the dayjob. That doesn’t happen often. I watched three movies. And that’s about all.
There is a new True Loves 3 up. This brings us to page 100 of 120. You can of course get the whole book at the store for ten bucks.
Here are a couple of comics about a situation in our house this summer.
Hey look, new Die Antwoord video. Creepy and dirty as ever!
And a new Postal Service song? What the heck?! Apparently it was part of the 10th anniversary edition of “Give Up”. I still listen to that album regularly.
I recently realized there was another Julee Cruise album put out shortly after “Floating Into the Night”, also with David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti. While purchasing that, I saw more recent music done with DJ Dmitry.
You can read the latest installment of True Loves 3 here. In the meanwhile this happened.
Yes, I finished True Loves. It was hard to believe it was done. There was still all the scanning and so on to do, and that ended up taking quite a while. When THAT was all done, I was in a daze, feeling strange and a bit lost for several days. It still feels strange. We started the first book way back in late 2000, so that is quite a long project to be concluding!
Did I mention I finally got a cell phone recently? So now I take photos when I’m ambling around my little section of North Van. Things like this, so I can torment my friends and relatives in the rest of Canada the past couple of weeks.
Things like this art installation.
Or if I’m out walking at night, I get fascinated by pockets of light.
And look, a rainbow.
I had a sudden urge to draw another of these tonight. Mega-j, about to enter the bright light.
And finally I watched this great video of Nick Cave at the Coachella Festival. It does a pretty good job of capturing how incredible he is in concert. It gave me goosebumps, and made me kick myself for not making an effort to see his most recent show here.
New True Loves 3 is up. I am currently inking page 116 of 120. Holy smokes! So close!
The rain has returned after being away for over a week. I am okay with that, all the bursting plants needed some water. Vancouver has been looking insanely beautiful. Everyone is instagramming the heck out of all the blossoms. It is hard not to, they are so lovely.
Sometimes when I wake in the night, I have super energetic music in my head, and that doesn’t bode well for me falling back to sleep. Earlier in the week, to ensure my brain wasn’t too rambunctious I was singing this Rolling Stones song. It was quite soothing.
On the weekend I was at the comic jam and a couple of people expressed distress at where things were going in True Loves 3, and that was nice to hear. That people are following along and care what happens in it. Because I get very little feedback on it, beyond the occasional facebook LIKE or retweet on Twitter or tumblr reblog. Those are great, but I guess they suggest a general support for the comic, rather than responding to anything specific in it. INTERNET.
Speaking of the Vancouver Comic Jam, it was a pretty epic one. Good fun, great energy, new people, old people, ridiculous running gags. Good times. See the huge pile of comics produced here. Advisory: There Will Be Humping.
Here is a song I have been enjoying recently.
It makes me think of this song.
And here is Sigur Ros playing the song that was stuck in my head at all night. My brain was not in a calm sleepy place.
Happy Valentine’s Day. Every year I think I should do some kind of True Loves Valentine’s contest or something, and every year I just manage to get my act together for Manien’s birthday the week before, and suddenly Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Anyways, here is a highly romantic installment of True Loves 3. In other TL3 news, Manien and I did some writing on Monday, and got up to page 109 of 120ish. The end is near!
Manien and I have traditionally not done anything much for Valentine’s Day. Maybe use it as an excuse to buy some champagne, like this year. As I was heard to say earlier “IN MY HOUSE WE DROP LOVE EVERY SINGLE DAY!!” Also, we just last month celebrated 16 danged years together.
I’m having a surprising amount of trouble finding some love songs to post. My heart on fire.
Oh hey, how about a bit of the Blues Brothers? Watching this movie recently, I wondered how much influence their dancing had on my dance stylings when they eventually emerged.