Operation: Star Trek

Posted: 12/23/2017 in Uncategorized

Week two-sixty of Operation Graphite – theme: Star Trek.

Kirk Vs Picard

It has been five years, and 260 themes. When I started this blog, I was unemployed and looking for a way to motivate my self to draw more. Now I have a wife, two kids, and hardly any time to poop. Ah, times change.

I end Operation Graphite, or at least this incarnation of Operation Graphite, with the theme Star Trek. Picked mostly because of the,”Five year mission” line. I have reached a milestone, and though I had initially hoped to keep this going on indefinitely, I feel continuing for five years was enough time that I can end this without the crushing guilt of quitting. That and my scanner died, so these last few Grey Ops have been a pain to upload. I made it till the end, and five years is good duration, at least that is what will keep telling my self as I curl into the fetal position.

I also want to thank my fellow members of the Graphite Corps. While I was running many solo missions towards the end, I often had a hand full of amazing artists submitting. I joke that this sites greatest accomplishment was getting my far more talented friends to send me artwork every week, but it was that work that kept me going this long, without it I doubt I could have made it two years. Thank you, everyone who has contributed, especially those of you who were regulars.

And Operation Graphite will be back… maybe. Ideally, after some down time, I will come back with a new project. Perhaps I will chronicle a long term project, or think of a new batch of smaller projects. Till then you can find some of my work on DeviantArt.

See you space cowboy…


Operation: Batman

Posted: 12/07/2017 in Uncategorized

Week two-fifty-nine of Operation Graphite – theme: Batman.

That ninja Batman anime now has a trailer, and it is even crazier than I imagied. Batman can go anywhere, get recycled, revamped and reinterprited a million ways, and most of the time, can still be great. He’s a pretty versatile guy for a weirdo who dresses up like a bat.

Contributing Dark Knights:



Week 260: Star Trek

Posted: 12/07/2017 in Uncategorized

The theme selected or week two-sixty of Operation Graphite will be: Star Trek.


The five year mission has come to an end. What better way to end the project than with a beginning. The Final mission will be Star Trek. There is a new series to pull from as well as all the past series and theatrical films.

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

Week two-fifty-eight of Operation Graphite – theme: Zelda.

I had this really dynamic idea of Link doing this attack / dive thing and the result was a little wooden and awkward.

Shock – Link



The theme selected for week two-fifty-nine of Operation Graphite will be: Batman.


Holy Crap, there is going to be a Ninja Batman Anime! I told my son this, and he seemed insulted by such a mash up. He may want to play as an Iron man / Batman / Flash / Shark-Boy hybrid with Humming bird powers (hyperglycemia?), but he can’t understand the completely awesome and very logical convergence of bat themed vigilante and a shinobi no mono. The boy is only four years old, and hasn’t basked in the glory of the best batman incarnations, I’ll cut him some slack for now.

The penultimate grey op will focus on the Dark Knight. It can be any take on the character from Lego incarnation, a tribute to Adam West, the Nolanverse version, or set in the Edo period.

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


Week two-fifty-seven of Operation Graphite – theme: Guardians of the Galaxy.


Well, hello there. I’ve been absent for quite some time. I really doubt anyone has noticed. This past spring was a tough time, work picked up and I got pretty burnt out.

I had previously hinted about my plans for ending phase one of this project. With only a few more weeks to go, I broke my streak and ended up abandoning it all.

The plan is still to wind things down, and even though I did complete my goal of publishing consistently for five years, I didn’t have the nice neat cap to end things with. My current plan is to wrap things up by the end of the year.

This particular post was initially meant to go up when Guardians Part 2 hit theaters. Now it is even months past the blu ray release. At least I made it before Part 3 comes out.

Shock – Drax and Gamora

The theme selected for week two-fifty-eight of Operation Graphite will be: Zelda.



Nintendo has a new gaming console, and a new Zelda game to go along with it. From the few reviews that I have read, it sounds amazing. I probably will never get to play it.

Phase One Operation Graphite is winding down. We are past, or closely approaching the the five year mark, depending on which metric you choose to use. I had some hope I could make it to 300 Grey Ops, but I think it may be time to end things sooner. I do not intend this to be the end of Operation Graphite, but the end of the the project in its current form. The end of a chapter, and a start to a new one.

Over the next few weeks I will post the last three themes. 260 will be the target, and after that there will be a short break, and perhaps a new mission for Operation Graphite MKII, or Phase 2. I haven’t settled on the fancy title for the next incarnation, or what the next incarnation will even be.

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

Week two-fifty-six of Operation Graphite – theme: Pants.

By now you may have noticed that most of my posts are ether an excuse to draw people with swords, or monsters. This week was not an exception. 

Shock – Slops and Feder

The theme selected for week two-fifty-seven of Operation Graphite will be: Guardians of the Galaxy.


The first Guardians of the Galaxy was the equivalent of Marvel throwing a Hail Mary pass even though they were still ahead, 34-3. Oh my god, I just made a sports reference. What is wrong with me? A property no one knew became one of the biggest Marvel hits, and one of the funnest, most beloved comic book movies to date. There have been better comic book movies, and certainly much worse, but there are few ensembles that quite match the Guardians for providing a fun, action packed, sci-fi adventure. I’m super pumped for Volume 2.

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

Week two-fifty-five of Operation Graphite – theme: Rogue

After a minor but significant spelling error which have our hero a rosy hue rather than a rebellious nature, things were set back on track. There was also an extra week this time, did any one notice? No, didn’t think so. 

Shock – Blue Haired Rogue.