Archive for December, 2013

Believe it or not, we are quickly approaching year three of Operation Graphite.

Big Brother - Graphite flat sm

It’s been tougher and tougher to keep up with posts these last few months. Now with a newborn, my free time has quickly evaporated. I intend to keep up the fight, and continue to unleash my mediocre doodles on the world. I realize that this whole project is not about one crappy drawing, but consistently doing crappy drawings over time. I still hope others join me in my weekly fight against stagnation. Taking the good with the bad, there have been some great drawings done by my fellow Corps members. I’ve maybe had one or two ok ones as well.

See you next year,


Week ninety five of Operation Graphite – theme: Elves.

Shock - Door Key Elf


When I say, one crappy drawing a week,  I really mean crappy. Lest those don’t think they have time, or don’t want to submit something unless it is really something spectacular. Sometimes a quick doodle is  the best you can do, and could do.

Shock – Door Key Elf

The theme selected for week ninety six of Operation Graphite will be: Year of the Horse.


We will take a week off for Christmas, but we’ll return with an equine theme for the new year. 2014 is the Year of the Horse, or more specifically the Year of the Green Wood Horse in the Chinese Zodiac. I really don’t quite know what that means, but it does sound kinda cool.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 1.2.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 1.3.13

Week ninety four of Operation Graphite – theme: Hobbits.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, hits theaters today. And even though I’m not terribly excited, part of me still wants to catch it in theaters. I am really tempted to give the HFR a try, as I didn’t see, An Unexpected Journey, that way. Everyone said it looked weird,  but I want to give it a shot. The HFR TV’s kinda bug me, but the last Hobbit movie had such quick pans an blurred action, I wonder if the High Frame Rate will actually help those scenes.

Contributing halflings:

Micah – Hobbit

Shock – Southfarthing Longbottom Leaf

The theme selected for week ninety five of Operation Graphite will be: Elves.



This week we get a little dual usage with our theme, as the Christmas Season closing in, and we have another Elven heavy Tolkien film hitting theaters. Elves make toys at the North pole, cookies in hollow trees, Shoes when the cobblers are sleeping, and are wicked deadly with a long bow. There are so many versions of elves in folklore, popular culture and fantasy; any one of them, from Keebler to Drow, is fair game.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 12.19.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 12.20.13

No theme for the week for Christmas, but we will be back the following week with, Year of the Horse.

And incase you didn’t realize, that’s Ralphie from A Christmas Story in red next to Will Ferrell.

Week ninety three of Operation Graphite – theme: Hipsters.

Shock - Cold neck in July

There have been several online battles within the last few years, all stemming from definitions. Since the meaning of a word or phrase can change, get co-opted, hijacked or reclaimed, some don’t always have the same idea in mind when a term appears. Hipster is one of those words that conjures different reactions.

Whether it be the obsession with retro and vintage fashion, or blurring the lines between looking homeless or bohemian, the “fetishization of the authentic, with a winking inauthenticity,” are perceived cues to this cooler than thou clique. Hipsters are the “embodiment of postmodernism as a spent force,” according to Rob Horning, “revealing what happens when pastiche and irony exhaust themselves as aesthetics.” Many times the fashions that is associated with hipsters is just popular individual styles that are lumped together or used irrationally. In a way it as about how the obsession to be Cool has turned in to this absurd parody of style.

As the term has become a derogatory term for the post modern dedicated follower of fashion, it could almost be a modern aversion to the uber cool. Just as terms like Geek or Nerd have somehow been reclaimed as a badge of honor, now it’s the ultra hip kids who are reviled for their vapid culture. Some are simultaneously embarrassed and repulsed by the term, as the line of distinction is so vague. The hatred of hipsters might stem from the fear that others may see us as one, just as the weird kid in school doesn’t always befriend the other possibly weirder kid, they often pick on them as to draw attention from their own weirdness. Thus is the theory of Hipster Relativity, as Dustin Glick observed, “there is no such thing as a hipster on it’s own. A hipster can only exist in comparison.”

As far as the Graphite Corps is concerned, it is an experiment in iconography. For a moment we can set aside our comics and 80’s movies  and create a different kind of character. The theme allows one to build upon real life examples to create an exaggerated amalgam of a culture style that is immediately recognizable and seemingly realistic despite being totally fabricated.

Shock – Cold neck in July

The theme selected for week ninety four will be: Hobbits.


The next installment of the over blown, three part, HFR adaptation of a once simple adventure story will be hitting theaters soon. Sounds like as good a time as any to spotlight the furry footed, sod home dwelling, advocates of 7 meals a day.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 12.12.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 12.13.13