Dawn of Cicada Time by Ian Brooks - EmptySinkPublishing -
Dawn of Cicada Time by Ian Brooks
Hey guys, time for a personal plug. Empty Sink Publishing has just released the April edition of their online magazine and I AM EXCITE that they have featured a short story I wrote about the 17-year cicadas that emerge in the Midwest called “Dawn of Cicada Time”, a narrative about the lives of these obnoxiously loud insects that live for so long to have only a short period of time in the sun.
Here’s some expert testimony from my friends who have already read this story and insist you do the same:
whowasntthere enthusiastically states: “A lovely piece of work from Ian that everyone should read. It has beautiful imagery and sci-fi overtones, even with the realistic subject material. I’m also not going to be annoyed by the loud buzzing this Summer, but rather happily (and sadly) imagining this story”
peterfalkscorpse warns: "Do yourself a favor and read this shit. Make a good decision for once in your life. Your father and I are very disappointed in the direction your life is taking, we just want what’s best for you"
hansma, who contributed the above artwork says: "I had a lot of fun getting to work with Ian on this illustration. I highly recommend you read his story because it is pretty brilliant"
armsbendback affectionately remarks: "Ian is my favourite and you should go and read this"
Cover 1 by Heather Hansma / Cover 2 by Mike Kevan
Hamilton’s Nerd Bun by Heather Hansma
A Christmas present to my other brother, and my final painting for 2013.
The finished version of my Gameboy sketch from last night.
" It’s a very special kind of skill; if you’re too loyal to the photo, it swallows you up. If, for instance, in the middle of a whole page of “personal” drawings, there is suddenly a drawing that is too… It’s as if there’s a sudden hole in the page. You have to take the elements from the photo that you need, and retranscribe them through your personal computer, in order to get a personal vision. The same rule applies to drawing from nature. It’s very difficult, but it’s what enables the artist to bring his vision to a work. Otherwise he’s nothing but a parrot, or an ape. [pp. 86-87]
—Jean Giraud (Moebius) —
Moebius on drawing from photo reference. Eloquently put.
SOURCE: Jean Giraud, “The Other Side of Moebius,” interview by Kim Thompson, The Comics Journal #118 (December 1987), pp. 85-105.
The amount of sketching I do while at Black Lotus lately is ridiculous. (at Black Lotus Clawson)