Archive for November, 2015

Week one-nintey-five of Operation Graphite – theme: John Carter of Mars.

Shock - Green Martian

The recent film adaptation will no doubt tarnish the planetary romance tales written a century ago. Was it a bad movie? no. Was it a good movie? The problem with adapting a century old sci-fi story is, everything that made that first story so awesome has been borrowed for a hundred years. A lot has been said about the failed Disney film. One complaint that no one else seemed to care about was the art design. I was a bit underwhelmed by the vehicles and cities. Helium should have been a much grander sight. But the Green Martians were pretty bad ass. Even if the distinction between tusks and horns is up for artistic license, the design of the four armed green Martians was spot on. And Woola! Woola was perfect.

Shock – Green Martian

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The theme selected for week one-nintey-six of Operation Graphite will be: Edo Period.

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The Edo Period was boring… at least it was for some people. After years of bloody war, peace broke out – which is usually a good thing. However, if your livelihood has been waging war, as was also your father’s and your grandfather’s, there may be a bit of an existential crisis when one finds themselves out of a job. It was a time of artistic and economic development, but it was also a time of isolationism and harsh social order. In cinema it was the age of the wandering samurai, and that is often what people most think of, even though it was much more.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 12.4.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 12.5.15

Week one-nintey-four of Operation Graphite – theme: Helmet.

Shock - EVA Helmet

There are so many helmets to choose from, fireman’s helmet, football helmet, motorcycle helmet, historically inaccurate horned viking helmet; however you want to protect your noggin.

Shock – EVA Helmet

The theme selected for week one-nintey-five of Operation Graphite will be: John Carter of Mars.

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Over a century ago, a 35 year old jack of all trades got fed up the crapy, dime store, pulp fiction novels of the time, and decided to write his own. That story, originally published serially in a monthly magazine as, Under the Moons of Mars, was later published in it’s complete form as, A Princess of Mars. It was this seminal work of planetary romance that introduced us to John Carter, A former confederate soldier who finds himself transported to Mars where there is a war between red and green Martians. Oh, and no one wears clothes. The book is really clear about the fact that everyone is naked. Don’t image search Dejah Thoris at work, trust me.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: John Carter of Mars.

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 11.27.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 11.28.15

Week one-nintey-three of Operation Graphite – theme: Dragon.

Leather wings and breath of fire; stories about dragons have inspired humans for millennia. From ancient China, Persia, Meso-America and Europe, mythological reptile or serpent creatures are symbols of power and majesty. While some may be bored with classical depictions, when a dragon is designed well, it is clear why it is the creature has remains the top of the fantasy food chain for centuries.

Contributing Dragons:

shawnbrookwilliams – Dragon

Shock – Balerion the Black Dread

The theme selected for week one-nintey-four of Operation Graphite will be: Helmet.

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It came to me as I was doodling skulls, then stormtrooper helmets, then realized how the original stormtrooper helmet is really  and abstract skull. Though the prequels tell you that there was some sort of Mandalorian influence on the original. Really it was a white skull, with ocular orbit shapes, nasal bone, and teeth. No, what you think are the monster teeth is really the abstracted nasal cavity. The think of the vertical vent at the bottom as the teeth. So yes, lots of doodling stormtrooper helmets turned into designing other weird Sci-Fi helmets. And I thought, Helmets would make a fun theme. Modern, Historical, and Sci-Fi. everyone needs some good head protection.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 11.20.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 11.21.15

Week one-nintey-two of Operation Graphite – theme: Comedian.

Shock - Judy Tenuta

There were so many comedians to pick from, many of them prime candidates that could have been portrayed by the corps. My first idea was thinking back to the stand up comedy boom of the 80’s, and pick someone a little more obscure. Oddly enough, one of the first comedians I thought of was Emo Philips, but instead chose Judy Tenuta, mostly because accordions are underrated. The internet tells me the two of them used to be married, which not only makes one of the most unusual couples, but they must have been riot to hang out with.

Shock – Judy Tenuta

The theme selected for week one-nintey-three of Operation Graphite will be: Dragon.

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We’ve covered various mythological animals before, but never the grand daddy of all folklorish creatures. Dragons, and dragon like creatures are found all over the world with myths dating back to ancient times.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 11.13.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 11.14.15