"My blood is too thick for California: I have never been able to properly explain myself in this climate."
ROCKET RACOON! Time to draw what all the cool kids are drawing! BAM BAM BAM!!!
Actually I needed to try out my new pen! I custom ordered a Namiki Falcon fountain pen from nibs.com and had it customized to a super fine tip. My hope is to get a bit of that old Hunt 102 line weight in a portable pen.
It’s going to take some getting used to but I’m glad I took the time to practice before jumping into inking more “Fear & Loathing”. It’s got a very VERY fine touch, just graze the paper and you can get a super fine line. The ink goes down thick with a little pressure and takes a while to dry, so I smeared a bit before I noticed that. Mixing that up with my Pentel brush pen and BAM! ROCKET RACOON!
See what happens when you give control of Billy and Mandy to a couple of Maritime Canadians. We promise to be silly.
That’s right! The 4th annual CBSW is now in effect! Get those pencils to work and make comics like a shark!
Unfamiliar with Comic Book Shark Week? Read the maifesto here:
"The Comic Artist, silent and cunning – shunning the light and oft relegated to the murky depths of our popular culture. These highly intelligent creatures, like a hideous plecostomus remain perceived as the bottom feeders of the cultural algae despite their incredible and underrated contribution to society.
These rare and elusive beings surface at specific times through out the year and briefly dazzle the public with wonderful displays of talent and creativity; be it Free Comic Day, Read Comics in Public Day, 24 Hour Comic Day or one of the many Comic Conventions spread through the land. These magnificent beings breach the surface, flashing brilliantly in slow motion like a shimmering, diamond encrusted Sturgeon before crashing back into the sea of Anonymous Toil.
Fellow creators the time has come to evolve! Neither a day, nor even a weekend will be sufficient enough; we demand an entire week be devoted to recognizing and honing our beautiful and noble creations! For are we the disposable guppies of pop culture whose value is only to feed the larger fish in the Entertainment Tank or are we the mighty, free roaming sharks who must always move forward without rest, always on the hunt? We must illustrate to the world that we are more then timid clown fish wrapped in the protective anemone of mass entertainment.
Like the shark, we lurk just below the waves. The sight of a rising and fast approaching dorsal fin gives pause to any in its path, yet fear and fascination rule the mysterious natures of both these elusive predators. It’s with this in mind we have co-opted the most amazing week of television in modern history, begin to circle en mass around an unsuspecting public and brazenly show our collective fins.
So what exactly IS Comic Book Shark Week? It is a global event that takes place annually to coincide with “Shark Week” on The Discovery Channel. Comic artists around the globe smell the ink in the water and are whipped into a creative frenzy for the week, attacking the page with wrath and a gnashing of murderous teeth. It is a time to be exceptionally productive, moving violently forward on projects with abandon and thrashing about in the populated resort beaches of the collective media.
So dig out that unfinished comic and get to work! Double your efforts on that graphic novel, it’s swim or die in these waters! Work in a group and begin a creative feeding frenzy building off other’s maniacal devotion to the craft! Begin a new project and go at it like there’s chum in the water! Write and draw in public, let them know we’re out there and are a force to be reckoned with! Make no apologies for doing what is in your nature to do and do it with single-minded passion.
Like a damn shark.”
So get out there and join the frenzy! Score high on the motivation level and win the week! Share the link and spread the work - IT’S COMIC BOOK SHARK WEEK!!!
And don’t forget to draw a shark at least once this week.
Hunter S. Thompson and “The Red Shark”. (Also known as a 1971 Chevy Impala)
In the name of investigative reasearch for my adaption of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" I decided to seek out and build The Red Shark for reference as it’s featured so much in the first half of the book, and frankly I suck at drawing cars and can use all the help I can get.
The closest model I could find was a ‘65 Chevy Impala, but the build is very similar. I’ll just keep photo ref of the details on the ‘71 handy when it comes to drawing it.
In case you didn’t follow the thrill a moment #ModelBuildLiveTweet over the last two day on my Twitter feed (follow me! @meanwhilestudio) I’ve highlighted a few moments here.
I haven’t made a model anything in decades, so this was a ton of fun. My enthusiasm makes up for my amateur I hope, especially on the paint job. (I really should have used spray paint, but here we are.)
Now if anyone can direct me to a 1971 Cadillac Eldorado kit (AKA: The White Whale) we can relive the twitter magic once more!
COMIC BOOK SHARK WEEK 4 BEGINS AUGUST 10th!!!
Get your pencils sharpened for the most intense week of comic making all year. COMIC BOOK SHARK WEEK 4!!!!
I’m a big fan of Pentel brush pens. I recently picked up a “Pentel Arts Colour Brush Set” (the set comes in black, grey, sepia and a water brush) and decided to bust out the grey and see how it worked. I’m happy with it for knocking some tone into the sketchbook.
Always happy to hear from Angora Napkin fans! I hope to get back to the web comic sooner then later, just have to figure out how to fit it into the work week. Considering starting a Patreon to kick it back into gear.