Friday, August 18, 2006

A QUICK FUSE, group discussion #4

PROF. FOXGLOVE: Hm. I don't think I like this. There's something unwholesome about your approach... I don't know how else to put it.

JIM: Gee, I'm sorry you feel that way.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you draw with gloves on?
As a leftie, there is no chance that I would be able to draw anything like this without smudging it.

Well, there is no chance that I would be able to draw anything like this at all.
And I say that without a sketchpad in sight, so I guess it's my own fault.

Your work inspires a "why bother" attitude in me that only the drawings of Beksinski has managed to do before.

6:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was certain I put my name on my previous post.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Wordlings said...

That's funny -- even though you draw unwholesome things, I've never thought of your art as unwholesome. In fact, I'm not sure the shit you draw is unwholesome.

Funny Beksinski should be mentioned -- he's another artist who makes me feel the way you do. I'd put you two in the same category -- Jim, do you like his work?

9:23 AM  
Blogger Austin said...

Actually, seeing your work in progress like this makes me more likely to draw. When I only see the finished images they are much, MUCH more intimidating technically.

So, thanks!

12:13 PM  
Blogger cloun9 said...

i'm not sure its the approach thats unwholesome?

11:00 AM  
Blogger Wiley said...

That foot looks extra painful now.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Joseph Chiang said...

jim, what is it about frogs that seems to fascinate you so much it has become such a recurring image in most of your art? pardon me for being ignorant.

2:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure that firecracker is attached to a seedpod rather than a clutch of frog eggs? Not to encourage ovacidal thinking - but, well, it sort of looks like frog eggs to me.

Now I feel unwholesome for having asked.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the "seedpod".

The first thing I thought of when trying to understand this picture was that the desiccated body in the tree was the "mother" of the... whatever it is.

The frogs are merely trying to keep something bad from procreating. Or maybe it's the frogs that are bad.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Wordlings said...

Remember, frogs' eggs have to be immersed in order to hatch. Clearly the frogs sent in this one poor guy to wrest control of the delicious fruit from the skeletal monitor in the tree above -- from their angle behind the rocks they didn't see the firecracker initially.

That's my guess, anyway. :)

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beksinski with

Jim! your pic of the skeletal figure in the tree actually reminded me of a woodcut I have a copy of, either by Durer or lucas cranach, or even albrecht altdorfer

crazy little skeleton pointing at a sandclock with a raven perched on it, with two swarthy looking landsnect soldiers and a crazy woman holding a puppy


9:30 AM  
Blogger Aeron said...

Thanks for showing us your process, very interesting to watch.

3:28 PM  

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