Praise the web! Gabriela and I have been planning a trip to Buenos Aires for quite some time now. Literally everything has been booked/arranged online. Next December 9 we'll be off on a flight to Buenos Aires via Amsterdam and São Paulo. We also managed to book a reasonably cheap appartment for our 4 week stay. While we're there, we'll take a 6-day trip to Buzios, Brazil. I've been saving up my holidays for this (didn't take a single day off this year so far) so basically what I'm trying to say here is: while the rest of you shiver in the northern continent winter climate next December, I shall basically be sipping tequila's and taking the occasional swim in the 4 star hotel's pool. Not to mention spending x-mas and new-year in South-America. Woo! It's a cruel cruel world.
Lame title, I agree. Anyway:
Non-symmetrical, "less-than-perfect" people constitute a drawing person's gefundenes fressen -- they shine in ink. Goodlooking, "symmetrical" people -- you know the kind you tend to see in the tabloids -- are a bore to draw (and quite possibly a bore to have for company altogether). Their features are bland, their expression indistinctive, their succes a pitiful outcome of lowest common denominator marketing-think. Unless. Unless a certain ethereal quality sets them apart. That particular je ne sais quoi -- it doesn't happen often, but when it does...
Last weekend was D-Day at Casa Moonbug. Having bought the paint months ago, Gabriela and I finally had some time to re-paint our Computer Room (yes: that's with capitals -- although we have a pretty big house, we practically live there). The previous owner had left the place with a bland, butt-ugly light pastel green that we'd been mind-numbingly enduring for years. Although I had anticipated the new colours to be a nice change, the transformation absolutely baffled me beyond expectation.
As you may know, I hardly ever use colour in whatever it is that I'm drawing. I tend to enter a state of mild hyperventilation when it comes to colour (Freudians: feel free to drop me a note) -- but this, this goes to show how much colour can define, alter, add to a person's mood.
So without further ado, in true Debbie Travis style, I present to you the Before and After Pictures (click to enlarge):
How about that. Full reportage over at Gabriela's!
The Big Note, a Frank Zappa eZine of which I am an executive editor, will be featuring one of my early comics in their upcoming edition. It's all pretty puerile and rudimentarily drawn, yet funny in a twisted sort of a fashion, or so I hope. Caution before you click: explicitnicity abounds...