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May 30, 2003

More Blowhard "Art"

Friedrich --

OK, you and Felicity have shamed me into it. Herewith a couple of Michael Blowhard doodlings. Both, fyi, done not in traditional media but in the computer using Painter, a software package that specializes in mimicking natural media. No muss, no fuss, no annoying the spouse with spills and smells.

M. Blowhard: Beat Buddies (1999)
M. Blowhard: Mr. Intensity (1998)

Blush, shucks, etc.



posted by Michael at May 30, 2003


Pretty studly efforts there. But since we 'blog readers, unlike museum goers, have the ability to put questions to the artist, what was the point of origin of these pieces? Do they derive from other works of art? Something glimpsed in real life? Will these be part of your long-rumored graphic graphic novel, "My Life and Sexy Times"?

Posted by: Friedrich von Blowhard on May 30, 2003 5:39 PM

Woooo hooo! "Graphic" Graphic novel, eh?

I like Mr. Intensity. The shape of the nose, contrasted with the shading on the cheek is particularly elegant.

Posted by: Felicity on May 30, 2003 5:51 PM

Thanks for the comments, sincere or otherwise. Both drawings are from photos, probably pretty obviously. ("Mr. Intensity" is actually Keanu Reeves.) Not traced or anything, I'm eager to say -- eyeballed and freehanded instead. I like to think of them as "free interpretations," but then I would, wouldn't I.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on May 30, 2003 11:30 PM

"Beat Buddies" has a woodcut look to it--I see it as an illustration for "Of Mice and Men"

One of my free interpretations....

Is this software you can buy and use on a home pc. I would love to play with this!

Posted by: Deb on May 31, 2003 9:52 AM

Hey Deb, Yeah, Painter is loads of fun. Does an amazing job of mimicking lots of conventional art media -- oil paint, pen and ink, watercolor, even woodblock. Works on Mac and PC. The fullblown version of Painter is pretty expensive (300 bucks, I seem to recall). But there's a cutdown version of it called Painter Classic you can buy typically for less than a hundred. Sometimes you even get it free in deals -- bundled with a new scanner, for instance. I bought a cheapo Wacom drawing tablet (about a hundred bucks), and it came with Painter Classic -- quite a deal.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on May 31, 2003 10:50 AM

Hey Mike,

Cool Kerouac drawing. I don't much care for blog comments, but I figured I would tell you that I like yall's stuff.


Posted by: haliaetus on June 1, 2003 2:29 AM

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