Point of Exquisite Suspension

Thoughts & life experiences of a Chicago area graphic artist

22 November 2015

Nature Man

Photo by Doug Jennings 2006
After being inundated with our first snow of the season (breaking a 100 y.o. record), I'm visiting recollections of a warmer time.

Chacha and I came upon this sculpture at a little park while riding our bikes near our  home a few years back. We found our selves in the neighboring hamlet of Sleepy Hollow Illinois.

"It is somewhat frightening!!" remarked a friend who saw this photo.

It actually seems less so in person. The colors are very pretty. And it stands about 5ft, 9 inches tall. So it is not too imposing.

Photo by Doug Jennings 2006

 I don't know if it is still there. The sign says it was placed there by "Artistic Bits Arts Center & Gallery" along with local corporate sponsors. I had not heard of that Arts Center even though it is cited (through my Google search sources) as being in my town, West Dundee, IL.

At any rate, I admire the mosaic work of the sculpture. It still holds some inspiration for me.

20 November 2015

Creepin' on the Train...

Sleeping Train Commuter Sketch © O. Douglas Jennings. All rights reserved.
On the way back from downtown Chicago on the train one afternoon I took a few sketches of fellow passengers. The guy dozing next to me was a perfect subject.

So, as I am viewing this 80s era drawing from one of my sketchbooks (this must be 80s week on my blog, right?), it occurs to me that my sketching this dude as he was sleeping on the train is a bit creepy.

In my defense, this was actually a crowded upper level of the train... and, um.. how could I resist capturing the image of those Reeboks! Anyway, I don't regret preserving the moment for posterity in the interest of recording some of the era's fashion sense. Not shown: The guy had a mullet. Not exactly clear: he also had a tie and suspenders so he must have worked retail or in some such business.

So there you have it. This will be classified as a fashion sketch --which may still seem a bit creepy. But whatever.

17 November 2015

Late 80s Character Sketch Bears Fruit in 2015

The drawing below was of a character to used to introduce comic art lessons in a workbook. A tongue-in-cheek take on the Marvel Character, the Punisher. I created the sketch in '88:

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 At that time, I couldn't figure out what kind of gun he'd have. I considered a Wacom Pen. But the idea languised for many years.

But then recently, on a Post-it Note, I made a more complete drawing of the dude. I just fabricated a pen-like weapon/blaster with an inkwell on top:

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This recent version is one that I used on a Cartooning Worksheet:

© O. Douglas Jennings. All Rights Reserved.
 Notice how I modified the logo for the worksheet and added a close-up of the character. It's not an entire book. But I'm glad that I finally could use the idea. ^_^

16 November 2015

Elephant in the room during war time...

"He had grown up in a country run by politicians who sent the pilots to man the bombers to kill the babies to make the world safer for children to grow up in." --Ursula K. LeGuin, The Lathe of Heaven, 1971. Art © O. Douglas Jennings

09 November 2015

Observing the little things

I posted an early version of this on Instagram. This version was modified from the sketch in Photoshop. © O. Douglas Jennings. All rights reserved.

23 October 2015

Microbial Man

Microbial Man. Highlighter markers and black thin-line Sharpie marker. © O. Douglas Jennings. All rights reserved.

I sketched this after listening to an interview of a scientist who said the cells in our bodies are 90 percent microbial and only 10 percent human.

So I guess that means our consciousness is riding along on the backs of "plankton". Figuratively speaking, of course. But not by much.