I spend too much time on Facebook, there is lots there that I am interested in, such as posts from friends showing me things that inspire, or hearing about career or personal milestones. But a lot of mundane crap as well, some well meaning I suppose- and I guess I'm guilty of a cute kid post now and again, but lots of plain old waste of time nonsense.
I see lots of illustrator friends on FB and I comment on your posts there. Drawger however can be and is a much more indepth format for what we do, such as Tim Obrien's and Yuko's long and well thought out posts on process-that stuff takes time. I know many link the Drawger posts to FB but it would be great if somehow the FB posts were added to the comments here, a two way street...Zimm? Many have said that Drawger needs a LIKE button or similar, I agree. I think we all like an deserve thoughtful responses but cumullatively there is just so much we are bombarded with. I need time, I want to work on new ideas, play with animated illustration, Bicycling had a great little animated spread for the i-pad version this past month. But when the paying work is done, I have no energy. So I guess this rant is simply about time and energy, not enough of either and social media is a time suck.
Let me add that my wife Melissa is now my assistant, does all my job sheets and billing, contracts and w-9s, without her I'd be sunk. Thanks M! And she loathes FB.
Now here's some recent stuff.
Here are the series of roughs I did for the New Yorker piece. This was a book review of HHhH, which focus on a real motherfucker of a Nazi, the Blonde Beast I think he was called among other things, Reinhard Heydrich
First off it felt odd to be drawing a swastika-though I guess that shape is strangely enticing and suits my drawing style and mechanical approach quite well. I enjoyed the typographic approach of C and G. I wanted to do something really nasty with the portrait like just a mass of meat, perhaps later.
I've been doing a regular weekly to semi weekly piece for TIME mag going on a few years I think. It has gotten increasingly difficult to get ideas past the editor, but Andree Kahlmorgan is such a pro to work with and we get it done.