Inktober 2018, Day 16: Angular

This, on the other hand, is one of my favorites from the month. Stylization has always been a friend to me.

Day 16:

Stylized drawing of St. Vincent performing with an angular guitar.
Stylized drawing of St. Vincent performing with an angular guitar.

What I wrote about this at the time:

Angular. The prompt reminded me of St. Vincent’s guitar, and her riffs. Brush pen in sketchbook. digital fixes in Autodesk Sketchbook on iPad – rather more of them than you might think, because I wanted this to be a bit tighter than usual, and also I made some last minute decisions about how much more I could leave out.
Made it past the halfway point!

Inktober 2018, Day 15: Weak

Disappointed by the results for Day 14, I ran right back into the arms of some of my long-time characters.

Day 15:

Bertie Hogsworth cringes weakly as the shadows of several Rogues menace him.
Bertie Hogsworth cringes weakly as the shadows of several Rogues menace him.

What I wrote about this at the time:

Bertie Hogsworth is such a sad sack, it makes him a lot of fun to draw in perilous situations
Going back to basics after a few drawings where the digital colors, shades and post-processing overwhelmed the ink aspect of the project. I made a pretty fundamental mistake in this one but I still like it.

Inktober 2018, Day 14: Clock

For the first two weeks of Inktober, I mostly struggled to get decent quality art in the available time, but towards the end of week two, things were improving. Then this happened.

Day 14:

Mostly-digital drawing of a grandfather clock, from which a skeletal arm bearing a scythe emerges
Mostly-digital drawing of a grandfather clock, from which a skeletal arm bearing a scythe emerges

What I wrote about this at the time:

I took part in a running event in stifling midsummer heat today. This is what happens when the energy, motivation and inspiration run out. Done is better than perfect – but is it better than adequate? I’m still sharing this in all the same places so people can see that I’ve done the day’s work, though.

Linklog for March 15: Christchurch shooting edition

A terrorist motivated by racism shot up a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand overnight, killing at least 40, making this the biggest white supremacist terror attack since Utøya, July 22, 2011. I am not going to link every news report but some responses are worth keeping.

Wajahat Ali on Twitter (thread):

Let me quickly explain why the Christchurch mosque shooting affects many of us, not just Muslim communities. If the shooter’s manifesto and social media feed are accurate, he was inspired by a right wing ideological infrastructure that thrives, recruits and radicalizes online 1/

Swift on Security on Twitter links to an earlier thread:

So, something weird happened a year and a half ago I’ve never talked about. It was a direct message from a white supremacist

Alexandra Erin on Twitter:

Okay, before I crash: there is a reason that fascists keep referencing PewDiePie, and yes, it is a big joke to them, and no, we shouldn’t fall for it…

But “falling for it” in this case means accepting that he is just a nice young man who had some Heated Gamer moments.

I am personally still undecided on whether PewDiePie can be blamed directly for stochastic terrorism, though I think he contributed to a climate where white supremacist ideology is normalized and has become part of the right wing ideological infrastructure. However, it is much clearer that the Australian far right is to blame for stochastic terrorism:

Jason Wilson on Twitter (thread) details which Australian right-wing nationalist piece of shit said what, when, that might have encouraged the attacker:

been writing. i see this “alleged” p.o.s. is australian. tell me again how the far right in australia isn’t important or worth worrying about

The case for quarantining extremist ideas (The Guardian)

Back in June, a writer by the name of Deo wrote a guide to The Rhetoric Tricks, Traps, and Tactics of White Nationalism. It is very extensive and goes into great detail, though it does highlight one major theme: most of the tactics Nazis use when propagandizing focus on deniability. Please note that it has some disturbing illustrations in it, including, at the end, a complete reproduction in screenshot forms of a specific strategy for recruiting new nazis. The fact that this is the last thing you see is a major flaw from an information hygiene point of view. I’m also not very enamored with the ‘this is for centrists and normies’ framing, because it’s not like people not in these groups aren’t also vulnerable. On the plus side, it also contains a full screenshot of Carson Fire’s rules of engagement, so after a decade and a half I can finally see what they are, even if they’re attributed to Karl Rove. OK, so this is only interesting for people who read this blog in the mid-2000s, but you never know when that motherfucker waddles into my life again (Fire, not Rove).

This would be a good time to highlight the Patreon of Daniel Harper, who has spent an unhealthy amount of time wading in the sewers of the online far right and is now making a podcast that informs the public about who the neo-nazis are and what they are up to:
Podcast
Patreon

Inktober 2018, Day 13: Guarded

Hey, look at these guys!

Day 13

Lance-Constable Llewellyn, Sheriff Hogsworth, Lance-Constable Owen and Bertie Hogsworth from the Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan storyline Feral guarding outside the Rogues' homestead.  Llewellyn is poised for attack; the others are not.
Lance-Constable Llewellyn, Sheriff Hogsworth, Lance-Constable Owen and Bertie Hogsworth from the Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan storyline Feral guarding outside the Rogues’ homestead. Llewellyn is poised for attack; the others are not.

What I wrote about this at the time:

The King’s Militia of Dungil Fens and Environs is in the middle of a siege. Lance-Constable Llewellyn wants to attack, but Sheriff Hogsworth is more guarded. Lance-Constable Owen is not entirely with it due to last night’s ale, to the consternation of his friend Bertie, who is not a guard at all but hangs out with them a lot because he is the Sheriff’s son.

I had way too much fun with these Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan characters for too long today. Not too sure about the end result. Indian ink on illustration board, with extra inks and digital colors slapped on in Autodesk Sketchbook. Counting it as digital art because that is most of what you end up seeing.

(DeviantArt requires detailed categorization before it allows you to post)

Linklog for March 14: Lawns, honoring historical antifascists, shining a light on fascist motherfuckers and more

McMansion Hell’s Kate Wagner on lawns, which are a plague. Nothing in here that I didn’t already know except for the scale of ecological and social destruction they wreak. Lemmy of Motörhead famously said that they were the kind of band that, if they could come live next to you, would cause your lawn to die; what the world needs is a million Motörheads.

(Since every time the need to destroy lawns is brought up in a place that has comments, a number of people argue that their homeowners’ association won’t let them do the right thing, I would welcome an article with strategies for dealing with that. In the abstract, I have a good idea what strategies could possibly exist, but I don’t know which ones would work and be practical for most people to use.)

Béla Lugosi, original antifa.

For future reference: a Twitter thread on the family background of (racist, mysoginist, homophobic, white supremacist, Trump propagandist and honestly rather dim) Tucker Carlson.

Speaking of dim racists, but with an added dose of Dunning-Kruger syndrome: I don’t normally link to Slate Star Codex because the people there are just that. However, the mocked-up prospiracies are funny and who knows? They just might work as intended. File under ‘a stopped clock is right once a day’.

Aaaand you may have heard of the Tragedy of the Commons. Well, guess what, the concept has racist roots and the science behind it isn’t all that (Original thread, because Boingboing, who summarized it, aren’t all that either. However, BoingBoing, being an online institution that self-hosts, is more likely to be here in another decade).

Inktober 2018, Day 12: Whale

Day 12:

Digital drawing of a majestic creature of the sea, surrounded by other sea creatures.
A majestic creature of the sea, surrounded by other sea creatures.

What I wrote about this at the time:

It’s my day off, so I may have spent a little more time on this one than on others. Indian ink on illustration board; colored entirely in Autodesk Sketchbook on iPad. I considered using colored inks for this one but I decided to save those for a simpler drawing that’s otherwise more in my comfort zone. Some reference was used for the whale, but given the constraints of #inktober I decided it was not a good idea to study the reference extensively; it was more a matter of ‘what did those things look like, again’ and then on to drawing.
When your prompt is ‘Whale’, you get on with it. Why try for anything original or clever when you can just draw the whale?

There are still things I would have done differently about this, especially the placement of some of the other sea creatures. But this was overall pretty close to what I had in mind.

Inktober 2018, Day 11: Cruel

Day 11:

Isn't that a precious little kitty-cat? But the cute kitty has killed a bird!
Isn’t that a precious little kitty-cat?

What I wrote about this at the time:

The prompt was “Cruel” but honestly, we all get enough cruelty in our social media feeds every day. Cruel people, cruel acts, cruel words, cruel systems. So instead, have a picture of a cute, sweet, innocent kitten.
Indian ink, sketchbook paper, shaded and slightly colored with fake Copic markers in Autodesk Sketchbook.

I had a lot of fun drawing this. In my mind, I imagined the kitten as more of a Disney kitten from The AristoCats, but as I didn’t use direct reference (from the movie, or from real life. I have a real cat available but I didn’t look at him) and just tried to draw what was in my head, it turned out to be more of a Toonder-ish cat face. Until I colored it, then it became something else.

Inktober 2018, Day 10: Flowing

Day 10:

Ink and Copic marker drawing of another wizard/alchemist with flowing hair and beard.
Ink and Copic marker drawing of another wizard/alchemist with flowing hair and beard.

What I wrote about this at the time:

Copic markers on illustration board, Autodesk Sketchbook and Adobe Photoshop CS4 on Mac.

Yeah, I don’t know why I had so little to say about these pieces at the time. I was crossposting them in half a dozen different places, usually just before bedtime. That may have had something to do with it.