For Page Turner on pigeonholing art.
Attractor engine weeps.
Wisdom! I’m teaching Eccentric Illustration online (ILL379 OL1) next Spring again, so if you’re an AAU student, why not sign up. Here’s Lindsay Watson, she took my class this semester and made exceptionally lovely things.
Also! Charlotte Dumortier,Amanda Greenberg, Saaya Masaki, Ben Juers, Anna Deflorian, Stephen Collins, Elliot Freeman, Simone Massoni & Ilaria Falorsi, Bendik Kaltenborn, Maria Ines Gul, Cathon. Love them all.
Bestiality! I don’t make lists because I’m not a Nick Hornby character, but if I were, I’d write “Lost Cat by Jason.” Ten times.
UK! More of my stuff available from Impossible Books.
Resolutions! Read more, draw less, go out/make frenz/do things, find a new style, sigh backwards
Questions! everythingisfucked asked you: I’ve been following you for some time now and have become quite the fan of your expressive and interesting style. I’d like to ask about how you started out, what your beginning influences were in art, and how you have changed (in your own view) since then.
Thank you! To me research and self-editing are more important than tight skills and good ideas, which come naturally after a decade of beating your head against the desk (not literally). You can listen to my interview on MITTE in which I go on about my troubled path in too much detail.
Anonymous asked you: Роман, вы читаете замечательных писателей и рисуете под их влиянием столь же замечательные иллюстрации. А знаете ли вы про такого автора, как Роберт Эйкман (Robert Aickman)?
Нет, но теперь знаю. Спасибо!
robotpriestess asked you: I think you’re pretty spectacular. And so are your glasses.
Thanks! I just got new ones, they’re ever better.
Finally! My Kickstarter is almost over. Thanks to everyone who contributed, I’ll start sending things out as soon as.
PS! If you have a Motorola X/G phone, try turning it off & on again.
Charlotte ‘Eppie' Epstein, a swimmingcoach from the past who did nice feminist things and generally promoted swimming in liquid water.
For Julia Rothman’s Who, What, When book that will be published by Chronicle in the future.
And yes, the book she’s holding is a Faustroll reference.
Hello internet, I just launched a modest Kickstarter for my next Yellow Zine. Rewards include original drawings, a secret nanozine about fountains, those Vogue bags that aren’t for sale, $1 PDFs, discount NPR calendars (with my awwwardwinnums illustration) and so forth.
Giveaway winners have been notified. Thanks.
Yesterday I found out that my NPR caldenar piece won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators! Huge thanks to everyone who supports my work, I have a few caldenars left and I’ll make a nice big giveaway for them (& other items (and a YZ4 kickstarter!)) very soon, so stay tuned.
Meanwhile, I thought I should show some process bits & dits.
My original ideas revolved around Georges Perec’s Life A User’s Manual, but I’m glad that we didn’t go for an actual building—only last week during the OuLiPo events I learned that Life was in fact inspired by a Saul Steinberg cartoon. I was perilously close to plagiarizing not one, but two of my heroes!
Drawing heavily from Steinberg, I tossed out all background ideas and focused on voices, dividing the broadcasting & listening segments, and constraining myself to a number of mediums & finishes for each one, plus three colors from the NPR logo.
While drawing all these people was borderline fun, the digital part took ages, since I was still putting everything together on a little macbook and in fact never got the chance to see the whole thing fullsize until it was printed.
If anyone is wondering, the post-it man’s leg is taken from the Cyclops chapter of Ulysses, while the score I can’t remember (shame, shame), but it’s probably something great.