Archive for December, 2014

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

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The thick (pachy) skin (derm) of elephants, rhinoceroses and hippopotamuses once placed these animals in the [now defunct] category of, Pachyderm. Even though the true taxonomy of these animas is much different than how they were once classified, the term is still used to describe these huge, thick skinned herbivores.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 1.8.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 1.9.15.

Week one-fourty-seven of Operation Graphite – theme: The night Santa went crazy.

Shock - Santa

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I’ve been spending most of my time finding out what does, and doesn’t mix well with egg nog. For those keeping track, coconut rum = good, soy sauce = bad, turkey gravy = AMAZING!

Shock – The ice caps aren’t melting fast enough.

The theme selected for week one-fourty-eight of Operation Graphite will be: Nicolas Cage.

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Put down the egg nog, its time to crack out the fancy pencils that aunt Helga got you for Christmas. Inspired by a coworkers completely, Nick Cage themed Christmas tree, which was as frightening as you would imagine, this weeks theme will focus on, Nicolas Cage. A unique actor, who is mostly known for absurd performances. And then, after having fun with a few rolls, can totally pull off a top notch performance when he feels like it. If he just were a joke, and a meme, it would feel cruel, but since he can pull out his A game once and a while, I wouldn’t be surprised if Cage is in on the joke.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 1.1.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 1.2.15.

Week one-fourty-six of Operation Graphite – theme: Stronghold.

Shock - Castle Greyskull

This week on backyard blitzkrieg, we show you how to zombie proof your house with simple goods found in any supermarket.

While castles are the more classic and beautiful form of stronghold, other types of fortifications should not be ignored. One stronghold of note is would protect a family from Squiotes (North American, carnivorous, pack hunting squirrels) using only day to day house hold items.

Shock – Castle Greyskull

The theme selected for week one-fourty-seven of Operation Graphite will be: The night Santa went crazy.

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It’s that time of year again, time to prepare yourself for a home invasion from a deranged holiday sociopath. Naughty or nice are relative terms, Die Sinterklaas will find you, and few children pass his harsh judgement. A religious zealot who stalks children, threatening to give the naughty to the demonic Krampus to eat. A legion of enslaved elves are kept working day and nigh at an arctic compound. They dream of the day they overthrow their tyrannical overlord. This week we follow Santa Claus, and the day he finally snaps.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: The night Santa went crazy.

All art work is due on Thursday, 12.25.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 12.26.14, but with the holidays, There may be a delay till Saturday.

Week one-fourty-five of Operation Graphite – theme: Heavy Metal.

Shock - Marooned

Back in the 80’s and 90’s, Heavy Metal was pretty much everything a geeky thirteen year old wanted in a magazine. While boobs and swords were certainly the main draw, it was also a bastion for very weird stories that few other publishers would print. Heavy Metal is not much more than a whisper of its howling past, but much of the dark and gritty sci-fi and fantasy today has a little bit of heavy metal in their DNA.

Shock  – Marooned

The theme selected for week one-forty-six of Operation Graphite will be: Stronghold.

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This Grey OP will be a shift from the mostly figurative studies of past themes, to more of an architectural focus. The castles and fortresses of the medieval world are often the first thing that comes to mind when one things of strongholds. These obsolete military structures still inspire the imagination, but any defensive structure can be a stronghold. Whether defending against orcs, wildlings, Jehovah’s witnesses, or zombies, a stronghold is that last fortification between you and crushing defeat.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 12.18.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 12.19.14.

Week one-fourty-four of Operation Graphite – theme: Riding mount.

Shock - Mounted Soldier

Into battle, across great distances, and plowing though the field, many animals have carried humans on their backs. After millennia, it is mostly machines that now carry us, and yet we sometimes think of our trusty vehicle as a being. We are so ingrained in treating our ride with animal husbandry, we give it a name, we pamper it with hot wax and detailing, and also fret when it gets the smallest scratch. We love our cars, maybe because our ancestors loved their horses, oxen and pack animals. While innovation has saved millions of horses from servitude, some still long for that connection with their beast of burden.

Shock – Mounted Soldier

The theme selected for week one-fourty-five of Operation Graphite will be: Heavy Metal.

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A comic anthology with so many bare breasts, it had to be created by the French; Métal Hurlant (Screaming Metal) was introduced in the United States in 1977 under the name, Heavy Metal. Artists such a Moebius, Philippe Druillet, and H.R. Giger, along with Writers such as Harlan Ellison and Alejandro Jodorowsky have contributed to the magazine. While many might recognize the magazine for its cheesy, and often sexist illustrations, after you scratch the surface, Heavy Metal has showcased some amazing illustrators, and the strangest, and darkest Sci-Fi and fantasy stories out there.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 12.11.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 12.12.14.