Thursday, August 20, 2015

All asleep

A comics version of a poem about sleeping by Alcman, who wrote this in 7th Century BCE Greece:

Saturday, August 8, 2015

fashion spread

Sketchbook page of women and their outfits in DTLA:
 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Re-drawings: 2015 vs. 1969



 Here’s a roundup of all my redraws of the Bob Lubbers’ “Robin Malone” strip. I saw the originals when the comics reporter site posted a link to http://allthingsger.blogspot.com/2015/06/you-are-not-malone.html . I thought it would be a good drawing exercise, and I’ve enjoyed it when other cartoonists like John Porcellino or Kevin Huizenga have redrawn comics. 

A few random thoughts from the experience: 
Even though I tried to blast these things out quickly, there’s no doubt that Lubbers’ was working even faster creating the things than I was copying them. And he’s a lot more tidy, accomplished and detailed than I am while likely working twice as fast. (In my defense, I was cramming this in between working a day job).

It was instructive looking so closely at his work while copying it. A lot of great little details that you might think extraneous if you had to draw a daily strip, but he still does them. The pose of Robin’s assistant in the background of the first panel of strip 3, doing some light filing. Or the production team in the background of the third panel, the guy has some card in his pocket, he’s holding a baton. Lubbers’ clearly took pride in his work. 

Besides forcing you to imagine different ways of composing, different perspectives of scenes, re-drawing is also a negotiation. I had to constantly check myself to neither mimic Lubbers’ too slavishly, nor veer completely into my own style and use his strip as a script, essentially. I wanted to attempt the gestures Lubbers uses without creating some ungainly hybrid. Lubbers draws extremely articulated hands, and I deferred to that because I thought they were a strength I might learn from. 


On the other hand, his faces are kind of dead to me, they’re in the Rex Morgan style that I was bored by as a kid and only sort of interested in as an adult, so I didn’t mind jettisoning that and imposing my own hyper cartoony faces on them. Trying to keep the whole thing from looking freakish was a good challenge. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

October Ink

I decided to do that inktober thing where you draw something every day of october and post it. This was an easy decision because I decided to do it a few days before the end of october. These is they:

 









 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Make It Mercantile




I would be remiss if I didn't note a few things of a commercial nature.

1) I have an etsy store for original art: http://www.etsy.com/shop/xotoa

2) I illustrated and contributed cocktail recipes to the vodka and gin volumes of "The Cocktail Hour" a charming manual from Scout Books. You can order a personalized set of vodka and gin by paypaling $10 to me at jurkarcade@gmail.com



3) I contributed an adaptation to vol.3 of "The Graphic Canon" from 7 Stories Press. Pre-order on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Graphic-Canon-Vol-Hemingway/dp/1609803809



Sunday, January 13, 2013

Starting 2013 with my favorite music from 2012


I like to listen to music, but I miss a lot of it, so I always end up trolling the internet's year end best-of lists in the hopes of finding some gems. In the interest of paying it forward, here are twenty of my favorite pop songs of 2012. 

As will be obvious, I like to listen to a lot of disco-y club music when I'm drawing.


TOP 20 FAVORITE TRACKS OF 2012:


1. Show Me the Place - Leonard Cohen *I was surprised and affected by this album

2. Built For Love (feat. Romanthony) - Kraak and Smaak 
3. Home - Romy *i like the 'party girl' house sound of this
4. Warrior - Kimbra/A-Trak/Foster *this had such a big sound
5. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen 
6. Radioactive - Marina & the Diamonds *'having a psychotic break @ disco' genre
7. Do You... - Miguel
8. Ghost (Hey Champ Remix) - Gemini Club
9. Share My Love - R Kelly
10. Go Pressure (Peacetreaty Bootleg) - Starkillers & Alex Kenji
11. Let It Go - Dragonette *hard to decide between this and "Run Run Run"
12. The Keepers (The Knocks Remix) - Santigold
13. Constant Conversations - Passion Pit
14. Dirty Talk - Oliver *this came out early jan 2012 and I hoped the whole year would be like this
15. Body Work - Morgan Page ft Tegan and Sara
16. Beat of the Drum - Van She
17. Lets Go - Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo
18. Diamonds - Rihanna
19. Geronimo - The Knocks
20. Foreign Language (Feat. Jess Higgs) - Flight Facilities

honorable mention to stuff from Lower Dens, Grimes and Hot Chip.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

drinks all around

I contributed art and cocktail recipes to THE COCKTAIL HOUR, a series of pocket sized cocktail manuals from Good Ink/Scout Books. It's quite a nice little product for a reasonable price: 
I illustrated the "GIN" volume:

 

    New Release! | The Cocktail Hour: Rum, Vodka, & Gin 

What do you get when you mix favorite spirits, great contemporary bartenders, and add a dash of lively illustrations? The Cocktail Hour: Rum, Gin, & Vodka is a trio of single-spirit drink recipe guides from some of today's best bartenders and cocktail-savvy creatives. With a mix of fresh twists on classics and unique modern concoctions, each of these charmingly illustrated, pocket-sized volumes showcases over two dozen drink recipes. Throw in recipes for easy-to-make infused liquors and professional-grade tinctures and syrups, and you'll find that The Cocktail Hour: Rum, Gin, & Vodka is a perfect fit for novices and seasoned mixologists alike! Featuring cocktail recipes from Teardrop Lounge, Clyde Common, 12 Bottle Bar, KASK, Portobello, Metrovino, Beretta (SF), New Deal Distillery, Aviation Gin, Deco Distilling, and many more!

Illustrated by Tuesday Bassen, Anna Hurley, and Trevor Alixopulos.

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Meanwhile, there are the usual sketchbook pages: