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GET OFF YER KNEES…

I haven’t updated in a while.  I have a TUMBLR that I update more often, but with more things other than silly drawings.  That can be found here: http://tomlowell.tumblr.com/  Anyways, here is a whole lot of stuff.  I’ll update first with a bunch of sketches, and then maybe later with a lot of FINISHED stuff.  Or maybe I’ll do it all at once.  Here is my Moleskine pocket sketchbook in almost its entirety.  I picked it up somewhere iiiin Kansas City? and promised to sketch every day in it, which I totally didn’t do.  The first bunch are sketches from MO, AZ, NM, and CA and then the rest are from my new residence in Seattle, WA.  Enjoy!

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Don’t take this or I’ll kick you in the dick.

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After watching a LOT of Law and Order.

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A conservatory in Roswell, NM and some directions somewhere because our GPS died MYSTERIOUSLY in Alien Town.

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Soda fountain from Flagstaff, AZ and an octopus with some probable important information

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My friend Chris Gaudette while he wasn’t paying attention, and a bum in Santa Barbara, CA

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Random alien drawings that are stupid.  One is a cop or something.

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Really terrible drawings somewhere in northern CA or OR. (OR OR)

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Buncha heads floatin’ around and the record stores I visited on our trip across country.  GREEN NOISE IN PORTLAND IS THE BEST AND SINGLES GOING STEADY IN SEATTLE IS ALSO BEST.

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Beer from a bar in Portland and ZORG from our hotel room in Kent WA which is a terrible place.

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Bukowski portrait from a really depressing poetry book

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Boy Commander Rex playing with an alien animal and directions somewhere

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Creepy stuff!!

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Brainstorming for stuff, but very poorly!

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A magician and a guy with a tummy ache!

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Human Centipede and some ideas for the New Warden album art I have pretty much completed

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Phone guy on a bus

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Creepy Boy Commander Rex

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Dude dancin to some jamz

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Brontosaurus

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Drawing a lovely river and overhearing a bunch of drunk dudes looking for Peter.  They found him.  Also a fat cop lol.

That’s it for now.  I’ll post more later.

 

 

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Total Creep…

To make good on my promise of daily updates, here is…an…update?  I’ve been reading the shit out of Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing lately.  It’s ridiculously awesome.  It’s about The Swamp Thing, a force of nature, and his exploits struggling to find his identity and purpose while squashing out evil.  If you like horror, this book is for you.  It’s chock full of vampires/the occult/zombies/monsters and is done in a total old horror comic style.  Add to that Alan Moore’s perfect grasp on the comic book media, and art from Stephen Bissette and John Totleben among a couple others and you’ve got yourself quite the substantial comic book.  Don’t sell it short by calling it a typical horror book however.  It’s also got sci fi and superhero elements as well as deep morals and philosophical questions.

Here are a couple of pages that stuck out for me from the 2nd and 3rd graphic novels.

The story follows Alec Holland, who became the Swamp Thing after a chemical explosion (standard super power getting fare).  Alan Moore changes things up here though and turns Swamp Thing into solely a monster/force of nature by killing off the Holland side completely.  This scene depicts Swamp Thing burying Holland’s actual bones, proving that the man no longer remains inside the creature.

One thing I really like about the book is that in the story Swamp Thing can deconstruct his body and re-grow it anywhere there is plant life.  This allows for some great character re-designs.  His body looks different depending of the vegetation indigenous to the certain area.

This particular story was about a city of underwater vampires who adapted to a flood by growing gills and survived because the sun didn’t reach them deep underwater.  They ended up breeding somehow and created this crazy fish-vampire monster hybrid.

And finally this other story involved an old Swamp Thing villain, Arcane, who was masquerading as Abby’s (Swamp Things “love” interest) husband.  He’s a demon so he can do that sort of shit.

I have yet to read Moore’s entire run yet, and I eagerly await the next 5 or so books I have left.  Swamp Thing is a unique, action packed, horrifying look at an old comic book character.  Moore has put so much life and substance into this once forgotten character that I can’t possibly represent with my stupid ramblings.  Moral of the story: check it out.

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