The theme selected for week one-fourty-seven of Operation Graphite will be: The night Santa went crazy.

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It’s that time of year again, time to prepare yourself for a home invasion from a deranged holiday sociopath. Naughty or nice are relative terms, Die Sinterklaas will find you, and few children pass his harsh judgement. A religious zealot who stalks children, threatening to give the naughty to the demonic Krampus to eat. A legion of enslaved elves are kept working day and nigh at an arctic compound. They dream of the day they overthrow their tyrannical overlord. This week we follow Santa Claus, and the day he finally snaps.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: The night Santa went crazy.

All art work is due on Thursday, 12.25.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 12.26.14, but with the holidays, There may be a delay till Saturday.

Week one-fourty-five of Operation Graphite – theme: Heavy Metal.

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Back in the 80’s and 90’s, Heavy Metal was pretty much everything a geeky thirteen year old wanted in a magazine. While boobs and swords were certainly the main draw, it was also a bastion for very weird stories that few other publishers would print. Heavy Metal is not much more than a whisper of its howling past, but much of the dark and gritty sci-fi and fantasy today has a little bit of heavy metal in their DNA.

Shock  – Marooned

The theme selected for week one-forty-six of Operation Graphite will be: Stronghold.

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This Grey OP will be a shift from the mostly figurative studies of past themes, to more of an architectural focus. The castles and fortresses of the medieval world are often the first thing that comes to mind when one things of strongholds. These obsolete military structures still inspire the imagination, but any defensive structure can be a stronghold. Whether defending against orcs, wildlings, Jehovah’s witnesses, or zombies, a stronghold is that last fortification between you and crushing defeat.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Stronghold.

All art work is due on Thursday, 12.18.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 12.19.14.

Week one-fourty-four of Operation Graphite – theme: Riding mount.

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Into battle, across great distances, and plowing though the field, many animals have carried humans on their backs. After millennia, it is mostly machines that now carry us, and yet we sometimes think of our trusty vehicle as a being. We are so ingrained in treating our ride with animal husbandry, we give it a name, we pamper it with hot wax and detailing, and also fret when it gets the smallest scratch. We love our cars, maybe because our ancestors loved their horses, oxen and pack animals. While innovation has saved millions of horses from servitude, some still long for that connection with their beast of burden.

Shock – Mounted Soldier

The theme selected for week one-fourty-five of Operation Graphite will be: Heavy Metal.

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A comic anthology with so many bare breasts, it had to be created by the French; Métal Hurlant (Screaming Metal) was introduced in the United States in 1977 under the name, Heavy Metal. Artists such a Moebius, Philippe Druillet, and H.R. Giger, along with Writers such as Harlan Ellison and Alejandro Jodorowsky have contributed to the magazine. While many might recognize the magazine for its cheesy, and often sexist illustrations, after you scratch the surface, Heavy Metal has showcased some amazing illustrators, and the strangest, and darkest Sci-Fi and fantasy stories out there.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Heavy Metal.

All art work is due on Thursday, 12.11.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 12.12.14.

Week one-fourty-three of Operation Graphite – theme: Athlete.

 

 

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The peak of physical perfection, athletes are both inspiring, and also kind of make us feel guilty for being lazy bastards. Since ancient times, viewing feats of athletic prowess has been a favorite pastime. Even with modern apparel and the endorsements, today it is still all about who is quicker, sharper and stronger.

Shock – Jessica Ennis: Heptathlete

The theme selected for week one-fourty-four of Operation Graphite will be: Riding Mount.

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Early in human history, someone saw a creature larger than them and thought, “here I am walking like a chump, I could just get on that things back, and it could do the walking for me.” Thus began the slow and painful recovery, after a primitive human ancestor tried to climb on the back of a mastodon. It also marked the beginning of humans taming animals who were bigger, faster and stronger than they were. While the horse remains the dominant mount, reindeer, elephants, alpacas and many other creatures have been adapted to allow lazy, weak humans to ride on their back. And then there is the fantasy realm, where Dragons, Big Cats, Hippogriffs, and Gryphons carry both heroes and villains on their journeys.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Riding Mount.

All art work is due on Thursday, 12.4.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 12.5.14.

Week one-fourty-two of Operation Graphite – theme: Daredevil.

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The Ben Affleck Daredevil film didn’t do too well, so no sequel was ever made. Ok, there was that one spin off, but even with that, Fox let the rights revert back to Marvel. Now Daredevil and all related characters are in the MCU. Instead of a major motion picture, there will be a Netflix series, because we need more superhero shows apparently. I’m so behind on tv series, I might get to in by the time my kids are in Highschool.

For those keeping track, thats Daredevil, Superman, and soon Batman that Affleck has portrayed on the silver screen.

Shock – Swing Kick

The theme selected for week one-fourty-three of Operation Graphite will be: Athlete.

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There is Jedi vs. Sith, G.I. Joe vs. Cobra, Alies vs. Axis Powers, and then there are Nerds vs Jocks. It’s an old rivalry that some insist on, and others try to set aside. I am pretty sure, Fantasy football is the NERDIEST fucking thing that has ever, and will ever exist; it is clear that these two groups have completely merged, and formed nerdy-jock offspring. While there be some die hards on both extremes of the scale, many of my nerdy friends have both been athletic and into sports in some way, the two former waring sides have been at peace for some time. One reason we are drawn to sports figures is because they are the human approximation of our super hero legends. They are those phycical specimens who transcend normal human limits. And of course, certain athletes do tend to exemplify the ideal active human physique, and that works great as a life drawing reference.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Athlete.

All art work is due on Thursday, 11.27.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 11.28.14

Week one-fourty-one of Operation Graphie – theme: Meleagrididae.

Shock - Turkey neck

While the turkey may not be the most handsome member of the aves family, they are a rather fascinating creature. Birds in general become even more fascinating after the realization that they are descendants of dinosaurs. The feathered nature of dinosaurs is still not precisely know, nearly all had feathers, but unknown is to what extent. Long or short feathers, vibrant or dull colors, plumage varies so wildly between bird species; it is hard to imagine what dinosaurs might actually look like. And then there are turkeys, where it isn’t the feathers alone that make it distinct. Chickens, turkeys and a few other birds have caruncles, those are the weird fleshy bits on their head. Specifically, the comb, snood, wattle, and dewlap are those fleshy bits, that for all we know, some dinosaurs might have had them too. The snood is probably the most disturbing (and is about to get a whole lot more disturbing) which is that weird little fleshy bit that hangs off the tip of the beak. This is erectile tissue, and becomes engorged with blood when the turkey becomes enraged or aroused. Thats right, a little ragging turkey boner, let that sink in as you eat your holiday meal.

Shock – Turkey neck