Archive for December, 2012

The theme selected for week forty six of Operation Graphite will be: Jules Verne.

tumblr_md2s7izpSE1qb64zjo1_1280For the first Grey Op due in 2013, we will think towards the future, but forward in a way that is over a century old. Jules Verne could be thanked (or blamed) for the modern Steampunk genre. Even though later authors truly refined this sometimes amazing, sometimes bewilderingly annoying genre, Verne was one of its fathers. The characters, adventures, or subtle, victorian era, retro futurism of, Jules Vern’s stories is what we aim to capture.

Any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme, Jules Verne, is fair game.

All art work is due on Thursday 1.3.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday 1.4.13

“What pen can describe this scene of marvellous horror; what pencil can portray it?”

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Week forty five of Operation Graphite – theme: Krampus.

This week is especially festive. The world didn’t end, the holidays are in full swing, and we have a new member in the Graphite Corps. As 2012 draws to a close, we take stock of what we did this past year, and what we hope to accomplish in the next. Not getting on the naughty list, resulting in being devoured by a horned, satyr-like beast, seems like a pretty solid goal.

Contributing Krampuses, or is it Krampai?

Alter Ink – Krampus

bruku – P.S. Virginia

Shock – Midnight Snack

Keep Krampus in Christmas.

Week forty four of Operation Graphite – theme: Kaiju

I don’t know about you all, but I was making lots of weird monster sounds while drawing my submission. In fact, I don’t know if I’ve ever been able to draw monsters, and not at least imagine the Earth shaking howls of monstrous creatures. I’m sure that’s a sight to be seen, some weird guy with bad posture, bent over a drawing table making sounds like Godzilla. Would that make me a method artist?

Contributing Kaiju:

bruku – Chicago Bear

kalebschad – Giant Tyrannosaurus

Shock – Capitol Wreckords

Thank you for destroying the city.

The theme selected for week forty five of Operation Graphite will be: Krampus.

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While the Dutch have their Zwarte Piet, the Germans also have their own Christmas character, and it is uniquely… German. Meet Krampus, what he lacks in racist stereotypes, he more than makes up for by being absolutely fucking terrifying. A demonic monster who either will beat you bloody with sticks, or simply kidnap and eat you if St. Nicholas deems you naughty. Ah, the Germans, the people who gave children Struwwelpeter, and the years of nightmares that followed.

This is the last Grey Op for the year. There will be a week of R&R for Christmas. Try not to get eaten by Krampus.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, of Krampus

All art work is due on Thursday 12.20.12. Submissions will be published the following Friday 12.21.12

Week forty three of Operation Graphite – Theme: Perspective.

Perspective is one of those fun drawing challenges, but definitely one that needs time to make it work.

Contributing Perspectives

bruku – The first toy I bought for my baby

kalebschad – Perspective

Shock – space shit

Thank you for contributing.

The theme selected for week forty four of Operation Graphite will be: Kaiju.

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Rumor has it, next week the first trailer for, Guillermo Del Toro’s, Pacific rim will drop. I wasn’t fortunate enough (didn’t wait in line for 9 hours) to see the footage at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con. So, I am really excited to finally see what a true, unabashed monster fanatic will do with the Kaiju genre. Literally translating to “Strange Beast” in Japanese, Kaiju is the genre of Godzilla, Mothra, Gamera, and many, many other giant beasts who’ve either come to destroy the Earth, or defend it.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, of your Kaiju.

All art work is due on Thursday 12.13.12. Submissions will be published the following Friday 12.14.12