Today's podcaster portrait: John Hodgman, of the podcast Judge John Hodgman, amongst a host of other hilarious wonders. I once laughed so hard at THE AREAS OF MY EXPERTISE (his first of three volumes of Complete World Knowledge) that I had to get off the bus and throw up behind a bush. If that won't sell you, I don't know what will. You can find him and all of his goods and services here.
Hodgman has appeared in various guises and incarnations over the years. This portrait was an attempt to capture the essence of all of them. A Hodgman of no era. A timeless Hodgman. An Ur-Hodgman.
My Kumail Nanjiani portrait went over so well that I've decided to start posting these comedian portrait exercises more regularly. I'm getting to know Painter a little better and using these as an excuse to play with different tools and styles. Some are turning out better than others. I'll put the keepers here. Today: Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts of Comedy Bang Bang!
I'm home again and mostly settled after our trip to Chicago for the fantastically wonderful wedding of my brother and the love of his life, Claire. It was utterly delightful in every imaginable way. I can't envision a better way to spend a weekend.
It was a whirlwind tour, mostly packed with wedding stuff. We did manage to steal away for an afternoon at the Field Museum, where we saw Sue, the world's largest and most complete tyrannosaurus skeleton. I got some great material for a future video while we were there, so Sue and some of her dinosaur compatriots will probably be making an appearance here soon.
There were a zillion kids in attendance at the wedding, plus a general atmosphere of childlike glee surrounding the festivities, so Claire asked me to make some little Coloring Books for the reception. Here they are:
Full credit for the coloring book idea goes to Beth Morell of Something Else Studios. She inspired Claire with her lovely coloring book for our friends Phil and Joy. I didn't realize I was encroaching on her concept when I started working on this, but I chatted with her after I found out about her coloring book, and she was extremely kind and happy to share the idea. What a nice lady!
Here's a little Work-in-Progress from this afternoon. I wanted to play with something stylized, so instead of referencing a photo, I used one of my own people-watching sketches.
_This is a quick sketch of John Roderick, whom I had the pleasure of seeing twice this week and shaking hands with tonight. Here's how I first got to know him:
His band is called The Long Winters, and you can find them here:
I learned about him a few ways at once. One was from his guest appearance on Johnathan Coulton's newest album, Artificial Heart, which you can listen to, in its entirety, for free, here:
My other introduction to him was as the theme music for my favorite comedy podcast, My Brother, My Brother, and Me. Here's their sampler (If this kind of thing upsets you, you should know that it's crass, but gloriously, fantastically funny):
And, if that sold you, here's their main website:
Should I plug some more stuff?
I like to make things, and make things move. This blog is where I'll be putting sketches, tests, ideas, works-in-progress and such.