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Illustration Friday


"Love has its place, as does hate. Peace has its place, as does war. Mercy has its place, as do cruelty and revenge."
-- Meir Kahane

Art Stuff Corel Painter, Acrylic tools. This seems to be my most comfortable software artmaking tool. The layers and opacity control let me do the glazing technique of my pre-digital days. The HoliDaze season cramped into my IF time. (Let's see, spend forever on free art OR keep my job and shop for my 5-year-old ...). A search for wrapping paper turned up my old sketchbooks. The 1995 brush-and-ink drawings were looser, bolder and a lot more fun. These two elements (no time and old sketchbooks) contributed to this week's "if it ain't rough, it ain't right" look. Lemme know your thoughts.

IF Observation So far, my most political or smutty works got the most comments (KKK=9, Sexy Robot=9, Sexy Woman in Crackhouse=12, CEO with Arrow through Head=8, etc.) Meanwhile, the most wholesome, G-Rated entry on the site drew only 2 comments (and one of those was rigged). What does this say about us iFridaynistas?


Repurposed Selections of children's text book illustrations I did for Houghton-Mifflin. The drawings are so old I can't remember the original application. They are, however, recolored for the new audience of Illustratiion Friday.

I still have a trick or two up my sleeve for a second, all original contribution (think opposite of "nice"). Career and family lives are more demanding this week, so it might not happen. We'll all know by Wednesday night.


Repurposed, no ... refurbushed art. The drawing is part of a failed 24-Hour Comic (24 pages in 24 hours). It took me 24 hours just to get 11 pages done. By 6:30 AM, I was bleary-eyed and incapable of making even the most basic decisions. This panel shows how most fictional characters are really just different views of the writer.


New art, Painter Gouache. This was supposed to be a saucy superheroine in distress piece. The project got a bit sidetracked by my memory of Watchmen, Alan Moore's classic graphic novel about how superheroes couldn't work in the real world. Basically, my illustration depicts the only known example of people wearing masks and special outfits to violently enforce their own views of justice.


A study utilizing pairs of black and white job applicants with identical credentials found that in 476 hirings in Washington, DC, and Chicago, "unequal treatment of black job seekers was entrenched and widespread, contradicting claims that hiring practices today either favor blacks or are effectively color blind. In 20 percent of the audits, whites were able to advance further through the hiring process than equally qualified blacks."

Opportunities Denied, Opportunities Diminished: Discrimination in Hiring
Margery Austin Turner, Michael E. Fix, Raymond J. Struyk, The Urban Institute


Lame-ass Caption: Apple gets serious about software piracy. (If you folks come up with a better one, I'll post it).

Media Awareness: All-new art, rendered in Corel Painter's Acrylic tools. No glazing, one-layer, no research. I'm getting better at the modeling, but can't pull it off consistently. I'm aiming for clarity first, style consistency second. To be honest, I spent so much time rendering, I can't tell if the drawing is funny anymore. The thumbnail was funny enough ...

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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