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It’s good to be back


Junot Diaz's short stories illustrated by the great Jaime Hernandez.
Junot Diaz’s short stories illustrated by the great Jaime Hernandez at Gosh! Comics, Soho.

It’s a fleeting visit to London, but lovely to be back in the town I grew up in. When I was 12, comics were like religion. Almost every Saturday I’d be in town with paper delivery or window cleaning or whatever money, visiting Forbidden Planet and Gosh! comic shops. The series that really raised my heart rate was Love and Rockets. Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez were mysterious gods, not just because of the economy of their lines, but for the complex magical reality they crafted for their characters… So real and exotic to me that I looked for whatever glimmer of their likenesses I could find in the people around me for years to come!

Great model of London at the NLA, the centre for London's built environment
Great model of London at the NLA, the centre for London’s built environment

Visited two of the key WW1 exhibitions, the first at Morley College, which is a fascinating collection of ephemera, paintings, sketches, propaganda posters. And then the far more substantial, although not particularly coherent exhibition at the Imperial War Museum.

Liss Fine Art collection at the Morley Gallery
Liss Fine Art collection at the Morley Gallery

german-prisoner-badges-960One thing that struck me as odd was the absence of J.G. Meyer’s The World Undone from the otherwise pretty comprehensive library of history books for sale… Not entirely sure why such a seminal history should be missing and assume it’s a political decision.books-ww1Meyer makes very clear the decisive, vital role of Australian and Canadian fighting forces and strategies in Entente/Allied victory. A very fine work and a glaring omission from the otherwise excellent book collection on offer.

Window display of a Soho textile shop.
Ominous window display of a Soho textile shop.
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Depth Perception


First published September 7th 2013

Detail illustrating the choices in shape, size and degrees of contrast to adequately capture the original form.
Detail illustrating the choices in shape, size and degrees of contrast to adequately capture the original form.

Related to the high aesthetic value placed on an economy of lines in a skillful drawing, I’ve been working on finding a vector-based style that simplifies the high detail of other mediums. The success of the style relies a lot on the subjective cognitive perceptions of depth and detail – the filling in of these qualities by our eyes and brains when confronted with a primitive form. It’s turning out to be a really interesting creative experience.

A favourite photograph of a favourite sculpture, originally part of the eastern pediment of the Parthenon and now residing in the British Museum.

This sculptural element is part of the the oddly named Elgin Marbles, presently resident in the British Museum having been transposed from its original position on the east pediment of the Parthenon. It has always been a real great favorite of mine. (more…)