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Illustration Friday

David Marshall's iFriday: Confined

Tech Talk

Corel Painter, Adobe CS3

Art Speak

Cover for the science fiction comic book Outbound. The surrealistic story "The Null Device" combines Jack Kirby action, intergalactic espionage and speculative history of computing. One reviewer comments on the "very attractive visual style". The cover focuses on rescuing a "Damsel in Distress".


Has it really been a year-and-a-half? Guess I've been busy: Current Projects | SketchCrawl | Art of the Comic Book | Lucky Seven, the Dee Brown Incident | 24-Hour Comic Book Day

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iFriday: Geek Trick

Tech Talk

Corel Painter, Gouche and Blender tools

Art Speak

Back in 1982, "Harry the Hat" Anderson performed a geek trick by shoving a needle through his arm. As his blood trickled to the floor, Harry called the screaming spectators "a bunch of namby-pambies", insisting it was all a trick. Mimicing a violinist by moving the needle back and forth through his wound, Harry caused an even louder reaction by asking "Would you like me to play 'Melancholy Baby'?". IMDB | SNL Transcript

iFriday: Geeky Web Trick

Tech Talk

Adobe Illustrator + Painter. Screenshot from BBEdit

Geeky Web Trick: Counting Your Comrades

Ever wonder how many other iFridaynistas there are out there, like you, toiling away their talent for intangible gain? If you've got a web editor like BBEdit or Dreamweaver, here's an easy way to find out:

  1. Click here
  2. On the left navigation column, right-click to "View Frame Source", save to your local desktop
  3. With your favorite web editor, open your local copy in "code view"
  4. Search for "img src="thumbs/" (this string is unique to each artist's thumbnail)
  5. Click "Find All"

That should do it! The search result should produce a line like "fooNUMBER occurances of "img src="thumbs/" found ..."! For an accurate assessment, do this late Thursday night or early Friday morning. Last time I tried, there were just over 500.

iFriday: Geeky IDG

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Refurbished: Individual illustrations from the mid-1990s. Collage and background are new

Tech Talk

Vector art in pre-Wacom tablet Adobe Illustrator.


Samples from my high-flying days as an illustrator for Computerworld magazine (one of my geekiest clients, under the International Data Group). Once again, real life prevented a newer posting. Hopefully the collage technique expresses a transformation of neurotic chicken-stratching into a high-tech career.


Tech Talk

Corel Painter IX, Gouache tool. From start to finish, this probably took 3 hours to "finish".

I'm Baaaaack ...

I've been to busy with career and family stuff to iFriday lately, but it's never been far from my mind. My trusty Wacom tablet died, and didn't get replaced until last month. And truthfully, some of the iFriday themes haven't been that exciting to me. However, waiting around for the perfect theme to roll around was sounding more like an excuse as the months rolled on.


This illustration depicts a very specific breakup situation. Probably too personal to bring up here.


I noticed a lot of romantic interpretations of this week's theme. Seems like I haven't been gone a long time.

What the Heck is Illustration Friday?

Think of it as a voluntary, client-free playground for illustrators. A topic is posted every Friday morning. Participants from around the world create, post and share their interpretations.

No Client? Why Bother?

At this stage of my career, I need a weekly public exercise to draw anything at all.

Freshness Dating

Unless otherwise stated, my iFriday work is all-new, created soley for that week's theme. Other Freshness categories include:

  • Repurposed
    Old art, lifted straight from the archives with no current modifications
  • Refurbished
    Previously-viewed art, modified and enhanced for current times
  • Alt Theme
    Past iFriday themes, presented when I have nothing for the current week's theme

Mission Statement

"It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not."
-- Andre Gide

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