Saturday, January 17, 2009


From shore to shore, from horizon to horizon.


Blogger Brady said...

its great to see your working process. What are the pencil lines radiating from top to bottom? anyway your work is an inspiration! toodlepips.

5:34 AM  
Blogger Jim Woodring said...

Those lines are the remains of an underlying composition frame, an ancient device used to very little effect here.

9:49 AM  
Blogger thestallion said...

there's something different and special about this one - I think maybe it's the spacing of each individual character from one another. I can't quite put my finger on it.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Jim Woodring said...

It's significant that you, personally, observed that, thestallion. This is one of those pictures which thwart traditional composition (efforts to the contrary notwithstanding) because the goal is not to create a guided luxury tour for the eye, but rather a field of temporarily stabilized chaos where the eye must be encouraged to fight the tendency toward pattern recognition and make random associations among the elements until the network of interwoven connections is discovered.

I salute you! Have a cocktail and send me the bill.

9:05 AM  
Blogger John Connolly said...

Hey Jim,

I am a long time fan of your work, own many of your books, etc. I am also recently graduated as a BA student (with an emphasis on fine arts) from Evergreen (Gasp!) in WA. I am currently interning (unpaid-uncredited) teaching art to a science/art class at Evergreen. Our end goal is to, among other projects, make a comic book about evolution. Your most recent entry, with its pencil
marks still intact is super helpful as an example to the process I am trying to relate to these "kids". I have done some very minor comics work, and am struggling with how to show them "process". With your permission, I'd love to link to this drawing to show progression from pencil, to ink, to color. As a reference to what I do, visit my picassa page


John Connolly
been one of you biggest fans since I saw your comics at the old Myopic in Chicago!

9:31 PM  
Blogger Ethan_Hall_2006 said...

Love the three chickens of three different shapes.

4:58 PM  

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