Archive for October, 2015

Week one-nintey-one of Operation Graphite – theme: Frankenstein’s Monster.

Thus ends the best month on the calendar. I can tell you my son will certainly miss seeing skulls and jack-o-lantern decorations everywhere. He’s not quite old enough to understand that it isn’t a normal thing to have macabre decorations out all the time; except maybe for our house. I don’t think he will get the same kick out of the Christmas decorations that are already starting to come out. For the last Shocktober Grey Op, we cover a monster with no name, but often gets named after his creator. Perhaps that isn’t entirely false. Perhaps Frankenstein Jr. would be appropriate?

Contributing reanimations:

Sethomatik – Frankie

Shock – Frankenstein’s Monster

The theme selected for week one-nintey-two of Operation Graphite will be: Comedian.


To shake things up, we will put aside the grim and grisly, and laugh off the last month. The idea was to find another category to hone our portrait skills, and the wide selection of well loved comedians seemed like a great pool to work with. Which sketch, improv, or stand up comedians are among your favorites?

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 11.6.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 11.7.15

Week one-nintey of Operation Graphite – theme: Guillermo Del Toro.

The twisted mind of Guillermo Del Toro has no shortage of creatures, each more elaborately designed than the next.

Contribuyendo monstruos de Del Toro:

kalebschad – Pans Labyrinth

Sethomatik – Pale Man

Shock – Del Fauno

Sweatywest – Hellboy

The theme selected for week one-ninety-one of Operation Graphite will be: Frankenstein’s Monster.


To wrap up the month of October, one last Halloween inspired theme to satisfy your thirst for horror, or Mel Brooks comedies. Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, one of the earliest Sci-Fi novels. This week we head to the lab, where Dr. Victor Frankenstein is furiously sewing together body parts of random corpuses in hopes to reanimate living tissue. I don’t know, sounds a bit too much like necromancy. Doesn’t seem like that could end well.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Frankenstein’s Monster.

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 10.30.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 10.31.15

Week one-eighty-nine of Operation Graphite – theme: 80’s Horror.

Horror in the 1980’s was often driven by iconic, villainous characters. Some of these characters were so charismatic, they were often viewed with love and admirations by fans of the genre, despite the fact that these characters were often child molesters and murderous psychopaths. Another factor was the evolution of the craft of special effects. Foam latex, corn syrup and KY jelly were able to achieve things that todays best CG still have trouble with. Horror has always been the low budget genre, and filmmakers have long tried to find the best way to scare the crap out of people as cheap as possible. The 80’s created some of the most iconic low budget characters who later went on to become big box office draws.

Contributing Vilains:

Sethomatik – Elm Street

shawnbrookwilliams – Toxie

Shock – Invaders from Mars

The theme selected for week one-nintey of Operation Graphite will be: Guillermo Del Toro.


Crimson Peak hits theaters this Friday, the latest film from Guillermo Tel Toro to dazzle your eye holes with gothic beauty. What better month to celebrate the films of Guillermo… What better time to kick my self again for not going to the art show dedicated to him. I found out the day of the gallery opening, and the location was just a few blocks from where I work. The gallery opened right when work ended, so I totally could have checked it out before I went home to my screaming children. But no, I figured Guillermo probably wouldn’t not show up, and then if he did probably not until the very end of the opening. Nope, he was there! Saw pictures posted the next morning, and it was fucking daylight out. So he was there right at the god damn beginning of the opening. Another chance to meet Guillermo, failed.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 10.23.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 10.24.15

Week one-eighty-eight of Operation Graphite – theme: Justice League Dark.

Shock - Zatanna and Deadman

Times like these I am reminded not to try anything too ambitions when I have only a short time to spend on a piece, but also graphite is my media, ink is still a struggle. But those brush pens are just so cool, I really enjoy working with them. The fundamentals of dynamic inking is really about dynamic light and shadow. Without photo reference, I am often lost when it comes to knowing exactly how shadows fall on objects. And once the ink is down, its way too late to fix the horrible proportions, scale, and the countless mistakes made. Oh, and it’s too damn late to start over.

Shock – Zatanna and Deadman

The theme selected for week one-eighty-nine of Operation Graphite will be: 80’s Horror.


More Halloween, More Nostalgia. This week we celebrate horror movies of the 80’s. There are definitely some horror gems from that decade, but there were also a lot of duds. Horror has always been the discount genre. With the dawn of video rental, more and more small production were putting out cheap crap horror vying to turn a profit. Some of these film are classics today, others are a different sort of classic, loved for their camp and cheese. What horror film from the 80’s do you love, or love to make fun of?

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: 80’s Horror.

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 10.16.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 10.17.15

Week one-eighty-seven of Operation Graphite – theme: Demon.

Shock - Pazuzu

We all think of demons as evil spirits corrupting or tormenting the righteous. Mythology isn’t always so black and white, even if some like to see it that way. Take for instance the ancient Sumerian demon Pazuzu. Hollywood has forever type cast this demon of drought and famine as the tormenter of Regan MacNeil. Yet, in ancient Mesopotamia, this demon was actually invoked as a protector. Little Pazuzu amulets were used to ward of a much more terrifying demon, one that preyed on the unborn and young children. So, even in ancient times, parents were so paranoid about harm befalling their children. Would you invite a terrible demon into your home if it promised to keep your children safe? That sounds like a fantastic plot for a sitcom.

Shock – Pazuzu