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  1. The Art of Collage with New Ghost

    The New Ghost Assemblage Book is a compilation of visually stunning — and somewhat disorientating — found images that have been reconfigured with original artwork and colorful doodles. “The intention of the work is meant to be everything and nothing at the same time,” artist/creator New Ghost explains, somewhat mysteriously. “The aim is to philosophically define what this moment is about, a collection of everything and anything recombined under the ‘umbrella of postermodernism.’” We’re not even totally sure what that means, but we like it!

    New Ghost recently sent us a couple of her favorite pieces from the project, along with an explanation of what inspired each. Check them out below. Support the endeavor here.

    Bed and Breakfast

    It looks at the relationship between a consumer and their material objects
    as being comforting and definitive of their identity, or really how fear is
    a prerequisite for the notion of “stability.” This is part of the “consuming consummation” set. I wanted to make this idea of “bed and breakfast” as literal as possible, which infers that the human could eventually be “eaten” only because of their comfortable and sedentary situation involving, and being “on/in” objects.

    Spines are a girls best friend

    This is an obvious play on “Diamonds are a girls best friend”. This
    picture shows a modernized, fashionable woman with her face obscured by an anatomical object. Its my hope that the viewer would immediately be taken back by an “alien head” — sort of bringing to light that the average viewer may be unfamiliar with their own human anatomical parts (in this case an intervertebral disc) … and further, an implication that considering the “hidden aspects” of ones body requires one to “look beyond the flesh.”

    What is linguistically considered strong (ie, a spine) is appropriated as
    her “head” implies that as a modern woman, she is “headstrong” and no
    longer vulnerable, even if her body language says elsewise. In displaying
    her own alien nature, she is actually more interesting. Illustrated in a visual manner, also implies that the beauty advertising industry pays no
    attention to a female’s intellect, or even natural (“ugly”) elements of her
    body. Hopefully, it’s a good message.

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  2. Making Comics With Jamie Tanner

    Jamie Tanner, creator of Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel Aviary, has been demystifying the process of drawing comics for backers at his Kickstarter page ever since he launched last fall.  His latest post “On Inking- Stage 1” revealed this encouraging tidbit for aspiring graphic novelists:

    “Dirty secret of comics-making: there is no one correct way to ink.”

    In fact, for his new Kickstarter-funded graphic novel, Tanner reminds us that drawing comics isn’t all about fancy quills and india ink.  His preferred weapon of choice?  The Pilot V-Ball ballpoint pen!  Yup.  You’ve probably stolen these pens from innumerable waitresses.  They’re just so smooth…

    The brilliance of Tanner’s step-by-step guide to inking comics is that he makes it look so effortless.  Just sketch out your idea in pencil, tighten up the details, go over your pencil drawing with pen, and watch as your idea goes from this:

    to this:

    Incredible.  I love Tanner’s humorous and honest take on making comics (he confesses to a penchant for erasing).  It’s rare that we get to see this much transparency in the creative process, and it’s amazing how Tanner has involved his backers within that process. 

    I for one will be secretly practicing my sorely deficient drawing skills by sketching the Kickstarter team as superheroes.  There will be erasing.  Lots of it.        

    Read more about Jamie Tanner’s new graphic novel here

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