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Week two-fifty-eight of Operation Graphite – theme: Zelda.

I had this really dynamic idea of Link doing this attack / dive thing and the result was a little wooden and awkward.

Shock – Link



Week two-fifty-seven of Operation Graphite – theme: Guardians of the Galaxy.


Well, hello there. I’ve been absent for quite some time. I really doubt anyone has noticed. This past spring was a tough time, work picked up and I got pretty burnt out.

I had previously hinted about my plans for ending phase one of this project. With only a few more weeks to go, I broke my streak and ended up abandoning it all.

The plan is still to wind things down, and even though I did complete my goal of publishing consistently for five years, I didn’t have the nice neat cap to end things with. My current plan is to wrap things up by the end of the year.

This particular post was initially meant to go up when Guardians Part 2 hit theaters. Now it is even months past the blu ray release. At least I made it before Part 3 comes out.

Shock – Drax and Gamora

Week two-fifty-six of Operation Graphite – theme: Pants.

By now you may have noticed that most of my posts are ether an excuse to draw people with swords, or monsters. This week was not an exception. 

Shock – Slops and Feder

Week two-fifty-five of Operation Graphite – theme: Rogue

After a minor but significant spelling error which have our hero a rosy hue rather than a rebellious nature, things were set back on track. There was also an extra week this time, did any one notice? No, didn’t think so. 

Shock – Blue Haired Rogue. 

The theme selected for week two-fifty-six of Operation Graphite will be: Pants.


The theme is pants. I had no idea what to do this week, and the first word that jumped in my head was, pants. Yeah, so have fun with that one.

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

All art work is due on Friday, 3.3.2017. Submissions will be published the weekend of 3.4.2017

Week two-forty-five of Operation Graphite – theme: Armor.

There was a hope of having the time and inspiration to design a cool set of armor, or rendering some exquisite gothic plate mail or something. Even when there is a theme I can get behind, sometimes I just don’t have the drive to deliver what I original envisioned. Even though the armor is minimal, the Black Knight did serve as a quick idea to knock out quickly. All grievous bodily injury is taken seriously as the topic of armor has been resting heavily on my mind as of late. This weekend I have my first HEMA tournament, and my armor is a little lacking at the moment. My drawing time has recently become craft time, and I will see how well thick craft foam holds up to being beaten with synthetic long sword wasters. Something tells me I shouldn’t take any pointers from this guy.
Shock – None shall pass.

Week two-fifty-three of Operation  Graphite – theme: Year of the Cock.

One of the odd things I’ve learned while working on this project is that I really like birds. Not just an appreciation for the fierce and noble raptors or for vibrant tropical varieties, but I’ve realized that I have a fondness for everything from big ugly turkeys to tiny spastic humming birds. Just looking at various chicken breeds was more interesting than I thought it should be. I fall back on the dinosaur as ancestors idea to kinda make it sound cool, but you would think flight would be cool enough for most. Don’t get me started on Corvid intelligence, it’s pretty amazing.

Shock – Red Jungle Foul Cock.

Week two-fifty-two of Operation Graphite – theme: Gangster

I don’t know why I always default to Batman. That’s just how my brain works, I guess. We are fascinated by gangsters, we simultaneously know they are bad, but admire their moxie and success. So what does it say about one Gotham City character who hides behind a prop? 

Shock – Scarface. 

Week two-fifty-one of Operation Graphite – theme: Scumbag.

I was thinking about doing a lovely portrait of William Atherton, but time and initiative were not on my side. I’ve had enough scumbags on my mind recently, and couldn’t get very motivated this week. I think this generic guy might be a used car. I wouldn’t trust him. 

Shock – Discount Derek’s Auto Extravaganza 

Week two-fifty of Operation Graphite – theme: Troll.


Trolls come in a variety of shapes, sizes and temperaments. Some might only bother you if you tread to closely, some might purposely hunt you down, some are small and hide under bridges, some are huge and roam the frozen forests of Scandinavia. Either way, you probabaly don’t want to meet one.

Shock – Troll