August 8, 2010

I had this ideal of drawing the story of the day, the mundane stuff, as if it were a Twitter feed.

Even though there was no way to get it out.

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It was actually Mel Taylor who had died, and here's the NYT article I drew myself reading. There was a Don Wilson in The Ventures, as I can figure out now. I mixed up the names. I guess my sketchbooks are full of errors of the kind the internet would save me from today.

23 comments:

AJ Lynch said...

If you were like Al Gore, you could claim you invented Twitter and Blogs! Heh.

Seriously, it looks like you voice has been dying to be heard since 1990 or so and Blogs gave you the megaphone and platform.

1jpb said...

I didn't know that folks dumped ice into frothed milk. Seems weird. But, I'll give it a shot.

deborah said...

Neat!

Palladian said...

"I guess my sketchbooks are full of errors of the kind the internet would save me from today."

Maybe the Internet is full of errors of the kind that your sketchbooks would save you from today. Draw again, woman!

El Pollo Real said...

Ah The Ventures. Classic California instrumental surf from that tiny little window avant le déluge. Me likey likey.

I didn't get your humor. Were you dissing them?

Chip Ahoy said...

Perhaps we should examine color aversion, the apparent need, if not to see then to express in stark black and white.

Speaking of colored pencils ...

what?

The set of 48 Prismacolor I'm using now is pissing me off. They keep breaking while I'm sharpening them and while I press an edge to scrape. I suppose I'm too ham-fisted for their tender delicate selves. Plus half get used a lot and others not used at all. Because of that the greens are down to little nubs and the others are still full length. Therefore, I just now ordered a set of 24 Staedtler Karat Aquarallel watercolor type pencils to see what the deal-io is with those. Apparently you can do both dry, wet, techniques along with scraping and smudging. We'll see if they're all they're cracked up to be. I'm mostly interested in them not breaking off so easily.

ricpic said...

I have measured out my life in coffee spoons.

--Love Song of Alfred E. Newman

deborah said...

Chip, you still there?

Ann Althouse said...

"I didn't get your humor. Were you dissing them?"

It's not meant as humor. It's more of a diary. I read that Mel Taylor/Wilson had died, so I went immediately to the record store in the hope of finding a CD of the music to listen to. Today, I'd just go to YouTube and find some video. Back then, you actually bought a CD. Clearly, I bought it, so how could I be dissing them?

Fred4Pres said...

It is interesting to see someone show you something that is really good. A talent you did not know they had.

Fred4Pres said...

Thanks for sharing Ann.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

I agree with Fred, thanks for sharing.

But please shave your legs before your next self-portrait.

El Pollo Real said...

Ignorance is Bliss wrote:But please shave your legs before your next self-portrait.

From "Shaving In The Name Of" by Rage Against The Machination:

Shaving in the name of!
Shaving in the name of!

And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya

Some of those at work forces are the same that shave crotches

Bob_R said...

So when you were studying art did you imagine the current size of your audience? Did you imagine that they would not be paying you?

I'm guessing yes and yes.

sydney said...

Yeh, I was wondering that, too. What's with the unshaven legs? You don't seem like someone who would go around with hairy legs, let alone portray herself unshaven, even if she did forget to shave for the past couple of weeks.

El Pollo Real said...

Clearly, I bought it, so how could I be dissing them?

Well I bought Rage Against The Machine's single from iTunes.

El Pollo Real said...

Upon enlargement it seems to me that the alleged leg hairs could actually be artistic rendering of musculature and shadow.
Perhaps the artist could weigh in.

k*thy said...

Yes, thanks for sharing. Many of my long time friends are artists of varying colors. I envy their talents.

knox said...

Just guessing, but unless Althouse was still a *hardcore* hippie in 1996, those aren't hairy legs... just shading and whatnot.

Ann Althouse said...

LOL about shaving legs. I saw it that way now too. At the time, it was just the kind of "shading" you call "stippling" in pen and ink drawing.

The Crack Emcee said...

All of a sudden I find myself looking at the Koh-I-Noor Rapidiographs again. And I know I've got a lot of extra time on my hands at work,...

Ann Althouse said...

@Crack I used a Mont Blanc fountain pen -- with "fountain india" ink. Over the years it got gummed up and I've never been able to bring it back properly. But it was great while it lasted. The flexible point was important.

howzerdo said...

Your old sketchbooks are treasures! Thanks.

I have drawn a comic strip on and off for my entire life. I had not drawn one in maybe a decade, and had not regularly drawn it in longer than that, when two weeks ago I got up in the middle of the night because I couldn't turn off my thoughts. Usually in that state I go to the computer and write, but instead I got a piece of paper and pencil and drew a new strip.

I've recently taken a consulting project that has to do with arts in education and inquiry based learning, and I can already see the influence it is having on me.