Week two-thirty-five of Operation Graphite – theme: Dictator.
This was actually a tougher one than I imagined, as I really wanted to stay away from any specific race, nationality, or political agenda. I just wanted a scary guy in a uniform, not to put anyone down or pick fun of a nationality. But I will admit, there is a little M. Bison in there. All apologies to the people of Mriganka.
Shock – Supreme Leader
The theme selected for week two-thirty-six of Operation Graphite will be: Sidekick.
There are great heroes, and there are heroes who are maybe less great. Maybe they are heroes in training, perhaps they are apprentice heroes, waiting to be journeyman heroes. Someday they might become great heroes themselves, in time bringing another under their tutelage, just as they were once under someone else’s. The side kick has always been treated like a joke, but not everyone can rise to greatness on their own. Some of us need mentors, teachers and someone to show them the ropes.
Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Sidekick.
All art work is due on Friday, 9.30.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 10.1.16
Week two-thirty-four of Operation Graphite – theme: Deer.
Maybe an Elk is a bit of a stretch, but I would have lumped in caribou, reindeer, stag, elk and moose together with deer. They are all in the same animal family.
And yes, in the photo, it totally looked like it was smiling.
Shock – Smiling Elk
The theme selected for week two-thirty-five of Operation Graphite will be: Dictator.
So, as I was trying to think up a last minute theme, which I completely forgot I had to do tonight, and my woefully underpowered computer was freezing up. Spotify was apparently the culprit, and the screen was locked on the discography of Weird Al. Yes, I have the music taste of a twelve year old a times. As I pondered how I couldn’t afford a new computer, what my next theme would be, and what time my children will wake me up, I noticed the album cover for Mandatory Fun, with Mr, Yankovic festooned with the archetypal fruit salad of medals and military dress of modern dictators. “Hey that would make a fun theme,” I thought to myself. Because dictators are just loads of fun.
Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Dictator
All art work is due on Friday, 9.23.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 9.24.16
Week two-thirty-three of Operation Graphite – theme: The Monster Squad.
In a summer of lack luster sequels and reboots, and even another Squad movie, old movies and new TV shows that have the feel of old movies are extraordinarily popular. Not to completely rag on all this summers movies, Civil War was pretty good, and I just saw Kubo and the Two Strings, and that was really fun. There were’t many other films I even got out to see. It’s not as easy to get out and see a movie these days, so when a flood of weak reviews come in, I lose much of my excitement. We don’t need reboots of movies from the 80’s, we need new movies that feel as if they came from the 80’s. Is that a strait up remake. is that dissecting multiple films and creating a nostalgic Frankenstein, or is it about capturing the fun, pacing and innovation of some of those early film?
Shock – Wolfman (with nards)
The theme selected for week two-thirty-four of Operation Graphite will be: Deer (for a second attempt)
Remember that one time we were going to have the deer theme, but life got in the way? Well here is the second attempt at that theme. There will also be more time allotted for this one, but I am sure I too will procrastinate until the last minute. Time for deer, elk, moose or caribou; any member in the deer family is fair game.
Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Deer.
All art work is due on Friday, 9.16.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 9.17.16
Week two-thirty-two of Operation Graphite – theme: Stranger Things.
Sorry about the delay with this post, I was trapped in the Upside Down. While we wait for the second season in this Netflix series, we will have to rewatch all those 80’s movies that inspired the show.
shawnbrookwilliams – Bike Sketch
Shock – Lucas and Dustin
The theme selected for week two-thirty-three will be: The Monster Squad.
On one summer night in 1988, I was sleeping over at a friends house. We watched The Monster Squad on HBO, and stayed up late playing the first Castlevania. The two complemented each other perfectly.
80’s nostalgia is all the rage, and what better time to think about the Monster Squad, especially since there may be a Shane Black reboot. Goonies and Stand By Me get all most of the attention when it comes to 80’s adolescent adventure tales, but The Monster Squad has always been one of my all time favorites. It’s got all the classic Universal Monsters, Stan Winston did the creature effects, including on of my all time favorite versions of The Wolfman and a fantastic Creature from the Black Lagoon. And it was the 8o’s so the soundtrack was pretty cheesetastic, but totally in a good way.
Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: The Monster Squad.
All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 8.26.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 8.27.16
Week two-thirty-one of Operation Graphite – theme: Work.
As I fill out my unemployment forms, it certainly adds a depressing closure to this weeks Grey OP, or is it Gray Op – I really don’t know. Everyone says enjoy your time off, as if it is a vacation. It is just like a vacation though, but one where you are haunted minute by minute about your impending financial disaster, where feelings of inadequacy, worthlessness and absolute dread wash over you like El Nino waves against the CA coast circa 1997. Yeah, its a fucking blast. But going to work, that’s almost as bad.
Shock – Pick Axe
The theme selected for week two-twenty-three of Operation Graphite will be: Stranger Things.
The new Netflix original series, Stranger things, has been gaining a lot of fans. It is absolutely one of my new favorite things. An adolescent adventure reminiscent of the Goonies, combined with dark horror tones and a super creepy monster, all rapped up in a nice eight part mini series. It’s very 80’s, but totally in a good way.
Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Stranger Things.
All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 8.19.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 8.20.16