A Show Of Hands: The Making Of A Drunken Telegraph Video (7-6-14)

For this edition of Drunken Telegraph, we decided to use illustrations of 'hands'.

For this edition of Drunken Telegraph, we decided to use illustrations of ‘hands’.  This defied our unspoken “no-figure” rule, but Megan relented. Concepts > Rules!

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Every successful drawing begins with a "thumbnail sketch". This is where I work out the basic forms, values and composition. I ended up flipping the orientation.

Every successful drawing begins with a “thumbnail sketch“.  This is where I work out the basic forms, values and composition. I ended up flipping the orientation.

This hand is in a pencil rough. I then trace over the image with ink refining it as I go. ink.

This hand is in a pencil rough. I then trace over the image with ink, refinement!

In looking back over my old hand drawings for this post, I realized that prior to 2003, my hands were hidden or clenched in a fist. This was the level of hand construction typical of the way I drew hands "pre-Whaletown".

In looking back over my old hand drawings for this post, I realized that prior to 2003, my hands were hidden or clenched in a fist. This was the level of hand construction typical of the way I drew hands “Pre-Whaletown”.

I began work on a still-as-yet-unfinished graphic novel called "Whaletown " in 2003. This forced me to face my inadequacies of my hand-drawings. I bought a book called "Hogarth's Dynamic Hands". http://www.amazon.com/Drawing-Dynamic-Hands-Burne-Hogarth/dp/0823013677

I began work on a still-as-yet-unfinished graphic novel called “Whaletown” in 2003. This forced me to face my inadequacies of my hand-drawings. I bought a fantastic book, “Hogarth’s Dynamic Hands”.

I began to use a rough sketch to capture the gesture and energy.

I began to use a rough sketch to capture the gesture and energy.

I use the rough sketch to refine the forms...

I use the rough sketch to refine the forms…

Then I build the hand using simple shapes to construct the hand.

Then I build the hand using simple shapes to construct the hand.

This technique can be applied to any hand position. This was for a poster I was working on.

This technique can be applied to any hand position. This was for a poster I was working on.

Here is a hand I drew for a medical diagram we use in our Vascular surgery department.

Here is a hand I drew for a medical diagram we use in our Vascular surgery department.

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This is a hand I was proud of. This is the ink work for a Earthling comic panel. I often use my own hands as models, because, well, they are always around!

http://brittonsukys.com/2014/06/28/earthling-1-chapter-1-8-2012/#jp-carousel-156

Here is the Earthling panel fully colored and illustrated.

Here's my sketchbook page of all my work-ups for the Drunken Telegraph teaser video.

Here’s my sketchbook page of all my work-ups for the Drunken Telegraph teaser video.

I found a neat monotone under color while scanning the drawings that really helped unify this set of images. I offset that color layer a bit, creating a print-like process.

I found a neat monotone under color while scanning the drawings that really helped unify this set of images. I offset that color layer a bit, creating a print-like process. Embrace those happy accidents!

I inked this series primarily with a brush. I like the moody contrasts that technique creates.

I inked this series primarily with a brush. I like the moody contrasts that technique creates.

I shave almost every day, so I figured I could draw this, but I still ended up using my wife's hand for the model!

I shave almost every day, so I figured I could draw this, but I still ended up using my wife’s hand for the model!

I couldn't get this pose right, so I let Megan show me. She grew up with a swimming pool in her back yard. But I used my memories of youth for the feeling and tone of the skinny-dipping!

I couldn’t get this pose right, so I let Megan show me. She grew up with a swimming pool in her back yard. But I used my memories of youth for the feeling and tone of the skinny-dipping!

This is a very rough thumbnail. Megan wanted the car in the background, so that also took some figuring-out.

This is a very rough thumbnail. Megan wanted the car in the background, so that also took some figuring-out.

The pencil rough for the purse image. I used my own hand awkwardly clutching a backpack for the model. Megan shopped for the right purse to copy.

The pencil rough for the purse image. I used my own hand awkwardly clutching a backpack for the model. Megan shopped for the right purse to copy.

My favorite drawing of the set. I love the lines on the car and the nearly op-art way the eyes want to make it 3-D. Pink and Green is a great combo, by the way.

My favorite drawing of the set. I love the lines on the car and the nearly op-art way the eyes want to make it 3-D. Pink and Green is a great combo, by the way.

For the background music, I recorded a bunch of lonesome guitar tracks, but Megan didn’t think any of them fit well, so she asked for something more “Spacey”. This is a track I recorded in 2011, I thought this tune had a “spaghetti-western spaced-out folk” sound, so I suggested it. She loved it. I guess it pays to keep that old experimental stuff sometimes! (Britton: Guitar and Harmonica).

 

And here is the preview video.

Hear all of the amazing and powerful full-length “Crossing The Threshold” stories at Drunken Telegraph.

 

The Views From Cherry Hill, Seattle. (11/12 – 2/13)

I have a day job working in Vascular Surgery, in Seattle, Washington. When not imaging arteries and veins, I stare out at the city. These paintings were done in the fall/winter of 2012/2013 during my lunch breaks.

2-26-13 Swedish Entrance Overhead  The entrance of Swedish Hospital’s Cherry Hill campus. Facing west.

11-7-12-Cherry-Hill-WEBSeattle University’s play field is there in the middle. Looking west toward Capitol Hill.

11-12-12-Seattle-(Harborview-to-Century-Link)WEBFacing south-west over the expansive city. Featuring I5 and Safeco and Century Link fields – but I hate corporate naming, so I calls ’em ‘the Safe’ and ‘Seahawks’ Stadium‘.

I would try to sit in the same spot every day, but sometimes co-workers would already be there, and then I’d just pick a slightly different view. Lighting was always changing and there would be fog one minute, rain the next, then maybe a crystal clear sun break. Seattle’s winter weather is a bucking bronco.

12-14-12Seattle11-2-12-Cherry-Hill-WEBLooking back at these in a group makes me notice simple truths, like, the above two images are nearly identical. I must have been sitting in the same chair weeks on end. Facing south-west.

1-8-13ColdtreesFacing south into the cold January sky.

2-8-12ChapelRoofwithBusThe copper rooftop of the hospital’s chapel. Facing south-east.

1-3-13Rainier-From-James-TowerWEBFacing south-east. Life is glorious when the mountain is out.

11-01-12 Seattle from Cherry HillThe views from our break room kept me sane. Facing east.   This tree is also featured in the next image, two-weeks later, only with less leaves.11-16-12-Houses-near-Cherry-Hill-WEBI painted this parking lot, and the surrounding homes, several times. Notice the fence is repeated in the next image also. Facing east.11-19-12ParkingLotWEBPanning down from the previous view, painted three-days later. The telephone poles in the center of the frame provide the perch for the wires in the foreground of the previous image. Facing east (and down).

Sad to say, the practice no longer resides in this building, but I’m glad I exploited the views as long we were there!