Monday, May 23, 2011

A sequence

Edit: I now posted the original art to this here:


  1. these seem, well, brainal - depicting the working of brains, variations and possibilities, connections, interconnections....

  2. @rappel: agreed
    These are great.
    Andrei are these from your sketch books or is it a new work?

  3. Nice!
    Slime motion in fluids and tendons. Something alive effected by vibrations of sound.

  4. Thanks for the comments! I'm currently without power (due to a thunderstorm yesterday), for 21 hours so far... I'm typing this on my phone, will answer in more detail when power is restored.

  5. @Brendan great discriptions

  6. I'd really enjoy "reading" these in a book.

    would you call this a graphic short story?

    4 per page, & all varied, works well for me.

    certainly organic. they give me a feeling of skeletons of sea creatures & stretchy parts such as muscles of warm-blooded creatures. also seeweed, & tiny diatoms swimming. & sentient animated clouds of a rubbery material.

    also, visions of a magic realm in which letters & shapes have personalities & life-cycles.

    I wonder if any literary theory afficionados are clever enough to explain how abstract comics such as this one work.

  7. Well, the power seems to be finally on for good--so if anybody cares any more, here is the original art, where I describe how I made it:

    Briefly: yes, it was drawn in my sketchbooks, but consciously as a sequence... Didn't plan ahead where I was going, but I knew I wanted each "panel" to respond to the previous one. In the end, I think I got some kind of (formal) story arc into it. In my mind, at least, the underwater imagery Tim mentions was more prevalent than anything body-related--but then, that's been the case in my earlier work too, especially in 24 x 24 (published in, well, "Nautilus"--see?)

    Tim, I'm not sure that literary theorists would have very much to say about this... If anything, I've found the language of musicology or film studies (or, well, comics) to be more helpful. At least, when I make them, that's more the feeling I get, more like music or film than literature. But then, music (even a sonata or a symphony, or a DJ set for that matter) can tell a (formal) story too. There's modulation, dissonance, resolution, etc. On the other hand, there IS something of the same form in poetry too--but, even in that case, maybe music would help explain it better (think of Mallarme).


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