Tag Archives: Jerzy Drozd

Daily Go! Go! Illustration Sketch by Jerzy Drozd

25 Jan

On January 24, 2010, cartoonist Jerzy Drozd drew this sketch for the Go! Go! Illustration website. This website is to help support the organizers of the upcoming Up! Fair in Lexington, KY, USA, so they will be able to free up some time and support themselves and their families while working for free for the Up! Fair.

Kevin, Mark and Jerzy have posted some great stuff up there, and I’ve already bought two of the daily sketches.

You can find the sketch in the video here.

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Trying to sketch Jerzy

15 Nov


Jerzy Drozd speaks with a student.
Originally uploaded by Ann Arbor District Library

As a self-imposed drawing exercise I’m trying to create a convincing sketch of Jerzy Drozd, using this photo reference.

The difficulty is that I want to sketch it without looking at the paper.

Here is what I have so far.

Sketching Jerzy, first sketch

I’ve folded a big stack of paper, and am trying to get a better result than the above sketch.

After 50 minutes and quite a few sketches, my best version was this one.

Sketching Jerzy, part 2

Another thirty minutes later and my head exploded. Obviously, this is a mind-numbing exercise, especially because progress is so hard to spot.

Still, it is good for the soul to do things you hate doing, and still keep doing them, just to discipline yourself. It makes you appreciate the times you’re having fun all the more.

That is all.

(added November 16, 2009)

Sketching  Jerzy, part 3

So, this is what my best attempt was one day later. I can see some improvement. I guess I should keep this up. Being able to draw without looking at your drawing is a neat trick to have as an artist.

Double Zazzle Goodness

30 Oct

Two comics creators and podcasters, Jerzy Drozd and Mark Rudolph have a podcast about making comics, called the Art & Story podcast. To support the podcast, they ask for donations, but you can also buy stuff through their Zazzle store. Now Zazzle is present on different continents, including Europe and North America. So the shipping costs are always very reasonable.

Double Zazzle Goodness

I’ve bought two designer mugs. The one on the left is art by the comics character Jared, the “Jared Comic” mug, and on the right you see the original “Don’t Draw Like My Buddy!” mug with Jerzy visible on this side (Mark is on the other side).

Now my coffee is going to taste even better, doubly better!!

That is all.

D’oh – Why creative individuals don’t share

17 Oct

Listening to the Art & Story Extreme!! podcast of last Friday, appropriately called Friday! with Jerzy Drozd and guest host Sara Turner I both heard that Jerzy is reading my posts (yay!) and the main reason why creative individuals are having a hard time to share. How could I have forgotten this? Brain freeze? Luckily, there are always others to help me get rid of ideas that not completely match reality.

Most (if not all) people don’t know how they create ideas in the first place. Creativity isn’t something you think. There is a logic to it, but it is not the logic of reason. It is the logic of loose association. It’s seems this part of the brain has only few connections to the part that does the speech. This means it is hard to describe how you actually come up with ideas while they form in your mind. You would need special equipment and a team of specialists to measure the processes going on in the brain.

Even so, there is some connection. This means it is possible to start the creative process consciously, and more importantly, to stop it.

Why is stopping important? Well, once the brain has done something creative, it is hard to recreate the exact same experience. If you’re not recording your creative ramblings as they happen, e.g. by drawing or writing, the effort is lost. Being creative without using it is a big waste, especially if you know that you can only be creative during the day for a certain time. Remember that coming up with new ideas is hard, so use your creative juices wisely. In short: if you’re not creating, don’t think about creating. Go do something uncreative, like watching television (*note).

I also have read and heard several strategies how to start the creative process. There isn’t a switch to turn creativity on (at least, not one I know of), but you can bring yourself into a state of creativity with certain rituals and exercises.

This requires another blog post I haven’t written yet. It requires more preparation than the straight brain dump you’re reading right now.

That is all.

(*note): There seems to be an actual use for soap operas on television. The bad acting and easy-to-follow plots make it easy to turn off your brain and relax. If you want to be focused, don’t forget to relax. The more relaxed you are, the more focused you can be when it matters.

We love the Art and Story Podcast

1 Oct

Some fan art for one of my favorite podcasts.

We love the Art and Story podcast

I think the Art & Story podcast is the best podcast for people who want to make their own comics. Hosts Jerzy Drozd and Mark Rudolph are two professional published comic book creators, who also self-publish. Jerzy is very energized, while Mark is more laid back. This contrast in character is very entertaining, while you actually learn something from the conversation between these two experienced artists. That is probably because both Mark and Jerzy teach comics in schools and community centers, so they know how to bring it to people who are new to comics creation. They teach you how to tell stories using images and text. The subjects may be comic nerdy at times, but it is never boring. Occasionally, Mark and Jerzy have a studio guest or a guest on Skype, someone who knows more about comics or related subjects than the hosts.

Because this podcast isn’t about the latest news in mainstream comics, the episodes have a much longer shell life than your average podcast about comics. You really should go back into the archives, or if you want to know something particular, use the search function on the website. It is very likely the subject has been discussed in one of the earlier episodes. And if not, feel free to contact Jerzy or Mark. See the website for contact details.

That is all.

More brush pen drawings

5 Sep

I drew two people with my fat brush pen. I guess most of you won’t know them, so I won’t mention their names.

Brush pen drawing

The likeness with the original isn’t that great. I still have to learn how to draw people. Although, judging from other artists, this is a lifelong attempt. The goal is never reached. However, that is the whole point of doing art, trying to do your best, and even better if that’s possible.

Brush pen drawing

I’m trying to get better, I really do.

That is all.

12/12 Mini comic number 1

17 May

12/12 mini comic number 1

This mini comic is based on the 12/12 mini comic project by Jerzy Drozd and Mark Rudolph of the Art & Story podcast in which you have to draw a comic in no more than 2 hours with three subjects in mind, for instance news stories in a newspaper. The idea is that you do it all analog (on paper). I modified it a bit, by doing the coloring digitally.

And you have to do it in six panels only. Talk about restriction! That is hard, but it forces you to pick your panels carefully. The panels I drew were only 45 mm tall and 50 mm wide, so there’s not much room for detail.

Okay, it sucks, art-wise, but this isn’t about art. It is about learning to tell a story with words and pictures.

That is all.