November 2010

Advent Detail #2

Here is another sample of an advent illustration. This time the Magnificat with Mary and Elizabeth… moving back in time a ways from the last illustration, with John still in the cooker.

I think once I finish all of these, I’ll post the un-cropped versions.

Post Thanksgiving sketch

Playing around with a younger take on the Amelia Earhart type.

Advent Illustration Detail

I’m going to be doing a series of Advent illustrations this season, and this is a detail of an upcoming piece- Zechariah prophesying over lil’ John the Baptist.

I’ve avoided spiritual illustration up to this point. It’s been done by all your favorite Renaissance personalities, and anything else looks pedestrian. Maybe one day I’ll have the ability and time to produce something with the right balance of passion and objectivity.

For now, I’ll just post this and curl into the fetal position.


Portland Comics Blog is doing a series of interviews with comics people, and I just realized that mine has gone up!

Questions 14: Jonathan Case

Apocalypse Now and Winnie the Pooh

I read Winnie the Pooh over the weekend, and realized what a brilliant piece of work it is. It’s concise in its language and scope, but communicates this huge love for some pretty rough-around-the-edges characters. It’s very comforting.

At the age I should have been reading about the silly old bear, I was watching Apocalypse Now with my dad and older brothers. Weird stuff for an eight-year-old, and pretty much as inverse to Pooh as you get. Beyond the content difference, there’s just the narrative style discrepancy. Apocalypse Now takes its not-so-sweet time.

I remember inviting my third-grade friends over to watch Martin Sheen traipse through the jungle wonderland for three hours, in search of the slow talking bald man. These friends got bored and started wrestling about 30 minutes in. Channeling Brando’s God complex, I chastised them and directed their attention back to The Horror.

I watched the movie again this weekend, the same time I was reading Winnie the Pooh, and I completely forgot about the video mashup of the two properties I saw a few years back. Something must have been going on at a subconscious level this weekend… At any rate, someone was kind enough to put the content of my brain on Youtube: