Sunday, March 28, 2010

Ill Repute character lexicon - part 2

This is part 2 of the list of character that will be the Ill Repute project. But before I divulge any more about the characters themselves, I should really talk about the purpose of the 'lexicon' Itself

A lexicon can be defined a branch of knowledge, an individuals vocabulary, their language or a dictionary. These characters are helping me make meaning of an idea that upon my initial attempt I was not ready to embark upon. I needed a way to define the players, to let them distill - hence the need for the lexicon. It is the only term that feels right to apply to this collection of individuals who have been lurking in my mind, unfinished or unresolved - fully formed, created from a whim or dragged from the vault of projects past.

The lexicon does look quite nice a double page spread in my drawing folder, but it also serves a very practical purpose. It is a reference for me to draw and redraw characters. The lexicon is not a set at 10 characters, it will grow inevitably as the need arises. wait and see.

Now to the characters. Three of the five characters featured here are refugees from the former Ill Repute project and the even more antiquated Drunken Majestic.

  • Wizard Moon Slice - One of the original characters from the 'inks only' Ill Repute. Originally a refugee from the year 3,000 because of his desire to wear triangulated hot pants, he has had a makeover. It is unclear to me at this point as to what role he will play in this project
  • Wishes - The miniature horse who has owes his existence to my great desire not draw unicorns any more. In a way he is the son of two exiled unicorns from the Drunken Majestic series. Thanks to another epiphany and  the Chad Van Galen song 'Willow Tree' he has gained some clarity. In time it will become clear.
  • Exterminizer Zomboria - The character with possibly the longest and most unnecessary name, Exterimizer Zomboria is another defector from Drunken Majestic. Originally he had more of an animal body and slightly human head. Extermizer is one of the few characters so far whose identity is rendered to a greater degree. He only says two words, his flighty and can give people what they want in a way that is beyond his control.   
  • Intervention Mermaid - She actually looks more like her previous incarnation in the pages of Drunken Majestic than any of the other retooled characters. Not much known to me though except that she is magical in some way.  
  • Treybor - A completely new character inspired by the second drawing in the 'Mother and Son' series. Again, not much so far other than he is linked to the giant mystical tree stump. Obviously - he is made of wood.

Ideas are coming to me. Literally. Like a snap shot, a vision resembling a grab of animation. It is a lot of fun not knowing what I am drawing or where it is coming from.

Stay tuned. 


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ill Repute character lexicon - part 1

This is the first half of the cast of players who will populate Ill Repute. 

Those who know me and my much, much older work will recognise one of the characters - that being Krumi Crackers. The character of Krumi Crackers originated form my only published comic 'Drunken Majestic' (printed in the Tertangala, Wollongong University News). 

Only 3 characters from the drunken Majestic series have qualified for life in Ill Repute. Unfortunately the cranky, alcoholic unicorn from which the comic was named after did not make the grade. He will stay in the past, where I feel he belongs. All the characters from Drunken Majestic have been completely recreated, only showing some minor visual influences of their former selves. Here are some breif notes on each;
  • Pely Mel - A female character who was just crystalising as I decided to abandon Ill Repute's original incarnation. At this point I just have intuition and feelings as to what a character will do, with Pely Mel she is at the crux of it all. That is about as much as I know.

  • Mozl - It sounds funny but I had a vision of a character with way too many teeth in his mouth, and he pretty much evolved from there. His role is clearer; a magician and host type character who puts on shows for the inhabitants of the town. He is generally nervous and his magic is fatally flawed involving displacing something, an act which he calls 'finding magic'.
  • Bird in Kind - Based on a New Zeland ground Parrot called a Kakapo. His arrival is very clear, as I am drawing it right now. What he will do is less certain, but he is a cranky bird, and especially dislikes Mozl (for good reason). 

  • Fauxes - This animal character appeared in the original Ill Repute 1 chapter comic as part of a time traveling sequence. At this point I know 2 things about him; he lives in giant mystical tree stump and he can see events that occur in the future.

  • Krumi Crackers -  An amusing character in the prehistory that was Drunken Majestic, Krumi Crackers is going to play a highly significant and less humourus role. The facts at this point; he hordes what is forbidden and cherishes it, his speech is limited and he has impulses that will effect others.

This new project is developing in a way that I have never experienced before. It is like the ideas for drawings come from remembered dreams and epiphanies. I feel like the concepts are from an older part of my brain, that have been hanging around in limbo since the first version of Ill Repute.

I am having fun. Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mother and Son DRAW / ER \ INGS: the thematic rules

Here is the completed title page from the 'Mother and Son Draw / er \ ings' series. I really love drawing title pages, but as fun as they are to create they should serve a function. Each object on this title page corresponds with 'dashes' numbering the picture each object appears in. Basically my 'dumb encryption' indicates the order of the drawings (obviously) while letting the viewer 'join the dots' in relation to object and the drawings they originate from.

The rules by which these drawings were created, often talked about and promised (by me) to be revealed in previous blogs, are very simple. And here they are. 

They are that;

  • two things must be engaged in some kind tangible battle or conflict.
  • the text used must only be something that could be said in the context of an overly dramatic argument between a mother and son.
  • the characters / creatures / objects / things that I draw must be able to be the prototypes for awesome toys that I would want to own. Ideally the the characters from each drawing would be sold as a two figure set (accessories included and window boxed).
 And that is about it. 'Mother and son Draw / er \ ings' was a very satisfying series because it gave me back the sense of freedom and fun that I feel had been missing from my work. This concept allowed me to create drawings instead of planning them. 

It has also cleared the way for the next thing I shall be embarking upon. A vastly different journey, where I find myself returning to a very different place. I am going homeward in a way, to a place / idea / land that through my own creative neglect - has lain dormant. 

I am of course talking about (to quote myself) the 'ill fated no-pencils-just-inks comic escapade called 'Ill Repute' (which I don't not consider dead, just unvisited...for a while)'. Except this time I will be using pencils and inks and cutting back on the detailing some what, as to stop my self going mad.

Stay tuned.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mother and Son DRAW / ER \ INGS No. 7

Here is the final picture, No. 7 in 'Mother and Son Draw / er \ ings' and I am glad to finally complete this series with the 7th work. The 'quad-owl' was fun to create allowing me to draw tentacles, which is always a bonus. No. 7 was by far the easiest of the series to complete, I am not sure why it just seemed to come easier and by the seventh drawing I was fussing less and just putting it down on the paper more. Another post will follow ASAP, with  the Completed Title page and the long postponed explanation of the 'Mother and Son Draw / er \ ings' thematic rules that each picture in the series has adhered to.

Stay tuned.