Archive for November, 2014

Week one-fourty-three of Operation Graphite – theme: Athlete.



Shock - Jessica Ennis

The peak of physical perfection, athletes are both inspiring, and also kind of make us feel guilty for being lazy bastards. Since ancient times, viewing feats of athletic prowess has been a favorite pastime. Even with modern apparel and the endorsements, today it is still all about who is quicker, sharper and stronger.

Shock – Jessica Ennis: Heptathlete

The theme selected for week one-fourty-four of Operation Graphite will be: Riding Mount.


Early in human history, someone saw a creature larger than them and thought, “here I am walking like a chump, I could just get on that things back, and it could do the walking for me.” Thus began the slow and painful recovery, after a primitive human ancestor tried to climb on the back of a mastodon. It also marked the beginning of humans taming animals who were bigger, faster and stronger than they were. While the horse remains the dominant mount, reindeer, elephants, alpacas and many other creatures have been adapted to allow lazy, weak humans to ride on their back. And then there is the fantasy realm, where Dragons, Big Cats, Hippogriffs, and Gryphons carry both heroes and villains on their journeys.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 12.4.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 12.5.14.

Week one-fourty-two of Operation Graphite – theme: Daredevil.

Shock - Swing Kick

The Ben Affleck Daredevil film didn’t do too well, so no sequel was ever made. Ok, there was that one spin off, but even with that, Fox let the rights revert back to Marvel. Now Daredevil and all related characters are in the MCU. Instead of a major motion picture, there will be a Netflix series, because we need more superhero shows apparently. I’m so behind on tv series, I might get to in by the time my kids are in Highschool.

For those keeping track, thats Daredevil, Superman, and soon Batman that Affleck has portrayed on the silver screen.

Shock – Swing Kick

The theme selected for week one-fourty-three of Operation Graphite will be: Athlete.


There is Jedi vs. Sith, G.I. Joe vs. Cobra, Alies vs. Axis Powers, and then there are Nerds vs Jocks. It’s an old rivalry that some insist on, and others try to set aside. I am pretty sure, Fantasy football is the NERDIEST fucking thing that has ever, and will ever exist; it is clear that these two groups have completely merged, and formed nerdy-jock offspring. While there be some die hards on both extremes of the scale, many of my nerdy friends have both been athletic and into sports in some way, the two former waring sides have been at peace for some time. One reason we are drawn to sports figures is because they are the human approximation of our super hero legends. They are those phycical specimens who transcend normal human limits. And of course, certain athletes do tend to exemplify the ideal active human physique, and that works great as a life drawing reference.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 11.27.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 11.28.14

Week one-fourty-one of Operation Graphie – theme: Meleagrididae.

Shock - Turkey neck

While the turkey may not be the most handsome member of the aves family, they are a rather fascinating creature. Birds in general become even more fascinating after the realization that they are descendants of dinosaurs. The feathered nature of dinosaurs is still not precisely know, nearly all had feathers, but unknown is to what extent. Long or short feathers, vibrant or dull colors, plumage varies so wildly between bird species; it is hard to imagine what dinosaurs might actually look like. And then there are turkeys, where it isn’t the feathers alone that make it distinct. Chickens, turkeys and a few other birds have caruncles, those are the weird fleshy bits on their head. Specifically, the comb, snood, wattle, and dewlap are those fleshy bits, that for all we know, some dinosaurs might have had them too. The snood is probably the most disturbing (and is about to get a whole lot more disturbing) which is that weird little fleshy bit that hangs off the tip of the beak. This is erectile tissue, and becomes engorged with blood when the turkey becomes enraged or aroused. Thats right, a little ragging turkey boner, let that sink in as you eat your holiday meal.

Shock – Turkey neck

The theme selected for week one-fourty-two of Operation will be: Daredevil.


This week we focus on one of Marvel’s other incredibly acrobatic New York City vigilantes. Mild mannered (and completely blind) attorney by day, Matt Murdock becomes the echolocating defender of Hells Kitchen by night. We’re not talking about the Gordon Ramsey show, but about one of the worst, crime ridden parts of Manhattan. Perhaps that dates the comic origin a bit, as Hells Kitchen was pretty much cleaned up, along with everything else seedy and slummy in Manhattan. It has less to do with Daredevil, and more to do with Giuliani and gentrification. Never the less, with Daredevil back in the hands of Marvel Studios, filming has begun for a new Netflix series centered on the, Man with out fear.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 11.20.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 11.21.14

Week one-fourty of Operation Graphite – theme: James Bond.

Shock - Jaws and Dolly

James Bond may be a brute, a chauvinist, and smug bastard, but those were the types of people we felt we needed during the cold war. While the sexual politics are very dated, the idea of the head strong, cunning agent is still the kind of weapon you’d want on your side against SMERSH, SPECTRE or the Soviets.

Shock – Jaws and Dolly

The theme selected for week one-fourty-one of Operation Graphite will be: Meleagrididae.


This weeks theme is Meleagrididae, which is really just me being a smart ass, as that is the scientific name for the family of birds that include the Turkey. Not to be confused with the country, but while I think of it, the Turks and Ottomans would make a great future theme. This is, after all, the month of November, and since that new world bird is not only synonymous with Thanksgiving, it is also popular through out the entire holiday season of overeating. Perhaps you might find the turkey a noble and dignified creature, as Benjamin Franklin did, or perhaps you find its grotesque visage of waddle, snood and caruncle to be rather horrific. However you view this bird, that is the theme of the week, and may be prepared anyway you please.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 11.13.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 11.14.14