Archive for March, 2016

The theme selected for week two-thirteen of Operation Graphite will be: Spawn.

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Back in the 90’s a new comic book company was formed, this company was created as a vehicle for creator owned content. Todd McFarlane’s Spawn was one of the biggest characters in the early years of Image. One of those good old fashioned stories with a dead special forces soldier turned into minion of the devil and sent to Earth to do his bidding, but instead fights crime. There was lots of brooding, and he had an awesome cape. That’s pretty much all I remember.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 4.8.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 4.9.16

Week two-eleven of Operation Graphite – theme: Wizard.

Another very fantastical theme this week, and a chance to practice the wizarding arts.

Contributing Magic Users:

shawnbrookwilliams – Wizard Woman

Shock – Sorcerer

The theme selected for week two-twelve of Operation Graphite will be: The Fool.

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March is waining, and April is fast approaching. Time for stupid pranks and hoaxes.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 4.1.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 4.2.16

Week two-ten of Operation Graphite – theme: Tree.

Shock - Weirwood

Shock – Weirwood

The theme selected for week two-eleven of Operation Graphite will be: Wizard.

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Time for more fantasy characters! This week we look at our party’s magic users, mages, sorcerers, enchanters and wizards.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 3.25.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 3.26.16

Week two-oh-nine of Operation Graphite – theme: Star Trek.

Shock - Q

We can dispute the Nu Trek universe all we want, but the fact of the matter is that Star Trek the Next Generation never had a great final movie to end on. The original series had a fantastic farewell with Star Trek 6. The final episode of TNG was fantastic, but most of the movies were never satisfying. The even / odd rule was broken when Nemesis came out and was worse than Star Trek 5. I still wish there could one final, good movie in the original Trek universe for the TNG crew. And it would probably need Q in it.

Shock – Q

Week 110: Tree

Posted: 03/09/2016 in Operation Mission Briefing
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The theme selected for week one-ten of Operation Graphite will be: Tree.

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Who doesn’t like trees? They’re big beautiful, convert CO2 to O2, provide shade, lumber, sometimes nuts, sometimes fruit, trees are pretty fantastic.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 3.18.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 3.19.16

 

Week two-oh-eight of Operation Graphite – theme: Four.

Shock - The Light Warriors

And so, it’s been four years already, and I can’t say I know where this is going. I’ve had a few good drawings, and quite a few terrible ones, but I’ve been drawing. I’m thankful for my friends who have participated from time to time. Several of those friends have submitted quite a few works. I do not blame any members of the Graphite Corps for not being more consistent, I have to force myself most weeks to keep at it. The goal was to find a way to force myself to draw more, and also to force myself to write more. Where I one time thought I might be able to do art for a career, I never imagined myself wanting to be a writer. My entire reason for picking up a pencil is about getting an idea out of my head. Usually it is sketching that puts that idea to paper, but there are also stories I’d like to eventually tell, and ideas that I hope I can put to words. You don’t need to be a writer to want to be able to write better.

But now, I believe I might only keep this operation alive for one more year. A five year mission, just like for the original Enterprise. It is been harder and harder to fit drawing into my schedule. This week is a perfect example, I had an idea I couldn’t succeed at in just a few lunch breaks. I’ve been unable to start any long term projects, both because of time, because of these Grey Ops, and also not really even having space in a tiny place with two kids.

When this ends, I may change the format of Operation Graphite. Maybe one theme a month. Maybe it will no longer be a community project. Maybe I will start some longer term projects and have updates every week. Or maybe, I will just give up. I don’t know if any one even reads this thing.

Just checked my Wordpress stats, and apparently  four people from Albania read this site today. Përshëndetje!

Shock – The Light Warriors.

The theme selected for week two-oh-nine of Operation Graphite will be: Star Trek.

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Alright Trekies, there are rumors that a new Star Trek series will soon begin production. On the plus side, it sounds like the people involved are talented and passionate about Star Trek. The down side is that the show will only be available on some new subscription CBS service. Paying for network TV? Will there still be commercials? But, a new Star Trek series… Consider me cautiously intrigued.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 3.11.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 3.12.16