Archive for September, 2013

Week eighty three of Operation Graphite – theme: Dinosaurs.

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For the three people who actually follow this site, my son was born this past Sunday night. How does that apply to this week’s theme? When he screams (and he does that a lot) he sounds like a Velociraptor screeching. He also came home wearing a onesie with dinosaurs all over it.

Shock – Tri Tops

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The theme selected for week eighty four of Operation Graphite will be: Star Trek.

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Star Trek was once considered one of the nerdiest franchises to be a fan of. It still kinda is, but is certainly is a great deal more acceptable than it once was. I spent a gratuitous amount of adolescent time drawing the various ships in the Star Trek Universe. Sometimes those ships were along side the ships from other franchises, which is why charts like this one are so enjoyable to me. This week is not necessarily about the ships, but anything in the Star Trek universe, character, ship, or creature. Feel fee to look for inspiration in the Cannon Universe, Mirror Universe or the Lens Flare universe.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 10.3.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 10.4.13.

Week eighty two of Operation Graphite – theme: Hell Spawn.

Well, the boy is late. He was due last Saturday, and he doesn’t seem to want to leave the warm comfortable security of his mothers womb any time soon. Hell, I don’t blame him, I didn’t want to leave either. I was two weeks late myself. They had to cut my mother open to get me out of that soft safe place. If he had any idea how much college is going to cost in 18 years, or how all American jobs will be either outsourced or done by robots by the time he needs to find work, or even how Monsanto will own the patent on his genome so by the time he’s and adult he’ll have to pay them a license fee every month so his organs aren’t harvested, well… I don’t think I would want to come out either.

Contributing Hell Spawn:

kalebschad – Satan Spawn

Micah – Hellings

Shock – Late Little Devil

Thank you for continuing the human race by creating hellish offspring.

The theme selected for week eighty three of Operation Graphite will be: Dinosaurs 

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Dinosaurs are just one of those things that seemed awesome as a kid, and just seemed to get cooler as time went on. I remember being really excited for the EPCOT ride with the dinosaurs when I was a kid, as crude as those puppets were. Then Jurassic Park hit in the 90’s just when I though I was getting to old for dinosaurs. The combination of CG and exquisite live animatronics reminded me that there was no such age. But Feathers, what do you all think of that? Are these behemoths any less awesome with feathered plumage? This week we can delve into our favorite prehistoric carnivores and herbivores. I will leave the feathers up to you.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Dinosaurs (with or without feathers)

All art work is due on Thursday, 9.26.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 9.27.13.

Feathered dinosaur by Nebezial.

Week eighty one of Operation Graphite – theme: Robin Hood.

Robin Hood has always been one of my favorite characters, and yet most of the recent screen versions haven’t been the greatest. I admit, I didn’t see the Ridley Scott version, but then there was that weird BBC series that didn’t quite know what time period it was. Then there was the one in the early 90’s which most remember for Kevin Costner’s bad English accent, but also Alan Rickman playing another amazing villain. Another Robin Hood movie will likely be made in another five or ten years. Not like Hollywood will ever think of anything original.

Contributing Merry Men:

kalebschad – Robin Hood

Micah – Robin

Shock – Hood

Thank you for usurping the Sherif on Nottingham.

The theme selected for week eighty two of Operation Graphite will be: Hell spawn.

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September 14th is the due date for my first child, officially making me a father. If the the baby is one day early, we could be looking at a child born on Friday the 13th. Regardless of whether Friday is the birthdate, the idea of my progeny being an evil little demon is hopefully just some harmless humor.  There was that reverse pentagram that I found underneath the bed, painted with rat’s blood that even cockroaches wouldn’t go near, but I’m sure that was just a random occurrence.

This week is either about devil babies, Hell spawn any other kinds of demon offspring. I might not be able to update at the appropriate times this week or next, but whenever this little devil allows me, I will be keeping the posts updated as best as I can.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 9.19.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 9.20.13.

Hell’s Pawn will also be accepted.

Week eighty of Operation Graphite – theme: Greek Mythology.

Unfortunately, I’m a little frustrated with my submission this week. I had plenty of time, and even sketched out some ideas, but nothing quite clicked. For one of my favorite subjects, I really hoped I could have pulled something great together. Of course it is a theme I can always come back to, and even I need to remember that Grey Ops are less about grand, laborious  works and more about quick, fun sketches.  Thank you to my band of brothers for having my back.

Contributing works:

Micah – Forgotten Gods

shawnbrookwilliams – Cyclops vs. Siren

Shock – Dionysus

The theme selected for week eighty one of Operation Graphite will be: Robin Hood.

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Stories of Robin Hood have been told for centuries, and like King Arthur, no one knows if it was just a story, or if he was based on some one real. Robin Hood is one of those characters who will always be relevant. Even if a few of the film or TV versions are lack luster;  ideas of fighting tyranny and skilled marksmanship with a bow don’t really go out of style. This week the theme is Robin Hood, and you can illustrate any incarnation of him, or his many friends and foes – human or animal.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 9.12.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 9.13.13.