DEC
2008
29

The Scratch Papers, Page 66: “The Wizard of Jesse”

1988, probably.  Pronounce “The Wizard of Jesse” so it sounds like “A Wizard of Earthsea.”

DEC
2008
29

“I Am an Amanuensis” 52: Gregory Maguire

“They sparkled like yellow diamonds, and embers of blood, and thorny stars.” From Gregory Maguire’s Wicked:  The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (New York:  Harper Collins, 1995.  Page 3), which was amazing.  The following passage was also interesting, “‘I am a student handmaid […].  A secretary, an amanuensis […]’” (111, emphasis added). Amanuensis –noun. A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

DEC
2008
28

Audrey, Jesse, Jasper, Lola and Baby Caricature and Portrait

Although I came up with the idea before we met, the girl in my illustration “Driving to the Gym” reminds me of my girlfriend Audrey, so for one of her Christmas presents this year I redrew it featuring her, her dog Jasper, her cat Baby, my dog Lola and me.  The illustration is below; below that are photos of everyone to give you an idea of what we look like and how closely I captured our likenesses (except Baby, who’s likeness I did not capture very well and who’s photo is therefore not included). Remember, if you’d like me to…

DEC
2008
19

Brooke, Don’t Read this till After Christmas

Audrey asked me to draw a picture of her super-cute nephew Bentley as a Christmas present for him and his family.  His mother Brooke and I are friends on MySpace, and I don’t want her to see this till after Audrey’s given it to her! Here are the photos I used for reference: Remember, if you’d like me to draw a caricature or portrait of you or someone you know, send an email to jesse@hardpressedink.com with three photos of the subject at different angles and a description of the style and format you’d prefer (size, color or black and white,…

DEC
2008
18

The Scratch Papers, Page 65: “Yoda Doodle Dandy”

1999.  To see more of The Scratch Papers, click here.

DEC
2008
18

“I Am an Amanuensis” 51: Justin Kerrigan

“Listen to this:  The Emperor wants to control Outer Space.  Yoda wants to explore inner space.  That’s the fundamental difference between the Good and the Bad sides of the Force.” Dialogue from the British film Human Traffic (1999), written and directed by Justin Kerrigan.  If you’ve ever been to a rave, you will love this movie.  In fact, it’s just a really funny, entertaining movie, like Trainspotting only the characters are far more likable and avoid doing horrible things to each other. Amanuensis –noun. A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by…

DEC
2008
17

Look on its tiny, useless, mutant eye, ye mighty, and weep

The following images are of an actual fish caught in the Arden area of Sacramento at Howe Park, which my family has been visiting for years.  It’s not quite Blinky, but it’s close: If you’re into fishing for horrible mutant monsters, now you know where to go.  If you like feeding the ducks at a public park on a sunny, Sacramento day, beware what lurks in the depths . . .

DEC
2008
16

Merry Christmas from Clave

Here’s the Christmas card I got from my student, Clave. I think that’s the ugliest drawing of me I’ve ever seen, although it does capture our friendship nicely.  You can’t make it out at this size but my shirt says, “Artoonist.”  To see a larger version of the card, visit my MySpace profile.

DEC
2008
16

Related to Dynamite

John Gladding of MySacramento.me pointed out that my brother Matt bears a certain resemblance to Napoleon Dynamite.  See for yourself: John isn’t the first to point this out, however, and more disturbing is the fact that my older brother, David, looks like Kip Dynamite: This is more than just a random coincidence.  The director of Napoleon Dynamite, Jared Hess, is Mormon and my age, so we were raised in similarly nerdy circumstances.

DEC
2008
16

Punk Rawk!

I’ll have a more detailed review of the Casa de Chaos show up soon (along with my long overdue review of APE, hopefully), but for a now here are a few photos I took with my camera phone.  “Through music, we can live forever.”