Archive for June, 2013

Week seventy of Operation Graphite – theme: Gross.

Shock - Captain Puke

 

Some themes work better than others. This one was my idea, and even I couldn’t really get into it. Perhaps we should go back to more of the geekery of the past Grey Ops. Stay tight, we’ve got some better ideas coming up for July.

Gross thing:

Shock – Captain Puke

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The theme selected for week seventy one of Operation Graphite will be: American Folklore

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With the Forth of July fast approaching, it seemed like a good time to tackle some of the American myths and folktales. Now, this doesn’t just have to be Johnny Apple seed or Paul Bunyan, it can also be the Jersey Devil or the Headless Horseman. American Folklore is full of possibilities, whether it be exaggerated historical figures, fictional heroes of tall tales, stories of local monsters or literature characters who become ingrained into national identity.

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

All art work is due on Thursday 7.4.13 Submissions will be published the following Friday 7.5.13.

Week sixty nine of Operation Graphite – theme: Literal Sports Mascot.

Sports can bring out the best, and also the worst in people. As someone who wasn’t originally very enthusiastic about pro sports, I had my negative opinions. The silly trash talk and the outlandish boasting of ones home team, the elevating of some terrible people to fame and stardom for just playing a game, and the opinion that everyone from the other team is a terrorist, kitten rapist. It probably wasn’t till college that I really gave pro sports a chance. That first year I met some of my best friends in college at gatherings where we watched the first Packer Superbowl win in thirty years. It’s still a bunch of guys getting paid obscene amounts of money to play a silly game, but In time I grew to appreciate the camaraderie of cheering for a common team, and picking on the other. Just as long as it isn’t taken too seriously.

Contributing Teams:

kalebschad – Vikings

Micah – UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs

Shock – Bear Sausage

The theme selected for week seventy of Operation Graphite will be: Gross.

Fig11-36_RenStimpyTooth_3305This week we will explore all sorts of gross and disgusting content as we embrace our juvenile sense of humor.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, of something Gross.

All art work is due on Thursday 6.27.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday 6.28.13.

Week sixty eight of Operation Graphite – theme: Realistic Heroine.

Shock - Desert Rat

Realistic – how do we define this when we’re making stylized images? Or, can they not be stylized at all? Is photo realism something that such a heavy word demands? If the eyes are too big or the proportions not right, do we miss the mark? A Realistic Heroine, certainly the antithesis of so many dumb comics from the 90’s, must have depth, strength, and believability. In the end, maybe the look isn’t always the key determination, as realism goes deeper than the visage. But don’t let that be an excuse for ridicules poses and outfits.

Shock – Desert Rat

The theme selected for week sixty nine of Operation Graphite will be: Literal Sports Mascot.

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When universities and professional sports teams pick a name, it’s meaning usually has some weight. Whether it be a fierce and intimidating animal, a historical reference, or a something special about that region’s culture. Then, there are other Mascots that are just plain weird. This week we may take any existing sports team, and illustrate a realistic depiction of that team’s mascot or namesake.

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

All art work is due on Thursday 6.20.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday 6.21.13.

Above: The original New England Patriots

Week sixty seven of Operation Graphite – theme: Hopeless.

It’s hard talking about the idea of hopelessness without the overwhelming notion that everything is hopeless. Even when we are all so fortunate for the things we have and the people in our lives, just approaching the topic has me curled up on the floor in a fetal position.

Hopeless artists:

Shock – Later night Data Entry

sweatywest – Hope

Thank you for contributing.

The theme selected for week sixty eight of Operation Graphite will be: Realistic Heroines.

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Sometimes there’s a mission that no man can accomplish. That’s when she steps up, kindly says, “stand aside boys,” and gets shit done. She won’t have the proportions of a barbie doll, or any plastic parts. A realistic heroine, not one of those voluptuous contortionists on a comic book page; a real woman, not just a thirteen year old boy’s fantasy.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, of a Realistic Heroine.

All art work is due on Thursday 6.13.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday 6.14.13.