In between regular postings of This EMPIRE are “yesteryear” strips and sketches. 

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“It’s not surprising that so much has been written and said – and drawn – about drawing. In part, that’s because drawing is a form of thinking with the hand, or seeing with the hand. In that sense, our drawings styles seem to us like our handwriting: inevitable. Whether practiced or rusty, we experience our way of making drawn marks as automatic, stemming from some uncontrolled instinctual resource.”

Source: Tempus Fugit 

Once again a sketch from the local Sketch Jam I have been attending. During these sessions the more often you go, you just have to push yourself further, different techniques, media. Falling a bit clumsy once-in-awhile.  There is always the next page to start again.

Now a public service announcement (PSA) Binge-watching TV: Why you need to stop

By Jim Pagels

Illustration David Galletly

Recently I had the opportunity to catch up on Avatar: The Last Air Bender  after the first season of The Legend Of Korra.  What feats of strength I demonstrated (ha!) plowing through two of three seasons, 60 episodes. But going into Book ThreeFire I had to slow down. Something was missing, when the Avatar series first began I didn’t see every episode.  Watching any TV series for me wasn’t about seeing every episode.  At one point I had this method; if I could watch the season premiere, the mid-season sweeps, and the season finale I’m golden. Re-watching Avatar, I missed a lot of episodes, it was quite fun seeing these for the first time seeing how they connect with Korra’s story.

From the Jim Pagels article: 

1. Episodes have their own integrity, which is blurred by watching several in a row.

2. Cliffhangers and suspense need time to breathe.

3. Episode recaps and online communities provide key analysis and insight.

4. TV characters should be a regular part of our lives, not someone we hang out with 24/7 for a few days and then never see again.

5. Taking breaks maintains the timeline of the TV universe.


Thank you for reading, back to making comics.