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December 8th, 2016

Throwback Thursday: my spacier art

Digging through my 1980s/1990s art pieces back at the family house over Thanksgiving, it hit me: I'd really been influenced by Robert McCall. He specialized in space art and science fiction art; his work included a mural at the National Air & Space Museum, posters for 2001: A Space Odyssey, concept art for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and more. And I saw a lot of it. And, finally, I can see me trying, trying, trying to emulate him with high school art like this:

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I'll add: that piece also looks like I was trying to draw Gary Larson's The Far Side, but a serious version, a non-jokey version.

More examples:

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And this, though this is more directly based on a very vivid dream I had. I first did this preliminary version:

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...before I tackled it in full inks:

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That dream was so vivid, by the way, I remember it had music. (Heck, one other dream was so vivid, I tasted something in it.)

I didn't realize the influence at the time, but hey, older and wiser. I hope.

Portland tried to take it easy today.

And it sort of did. We had the chance for relatively — by our standards, at least — inclement weather, especially in the afternoon, so with caution a lot of Portland institutions decided to take today off. Things have been pretty quiet. That's true where I live, too.

I got out and walked this morning, before the (not too bad, so far) snow and freezing rain started. Got to the Pieper Café on Foster, was around people, got some reading in and some food and coffee in, too. Foster was occasionally light on traffic; one of the café workers said she'd seen someone take advantage of that by driving much faster than needed up the road. (She added that the crosswalk sign visible through the Pieper's windows often gets knocked down. I'm kind of glad I haven't seen that, but I'd rather it not happen at all.) I was home later that morning, pausing to briefly drive my car for a few blocks, give it some work to do.

(I also worked on forming the habit of checking the tires, in case animals are sheltering in the wheel wells. It's possible in winter, and I want animals to be safer.)

There was, eventually, snow and freezing rain, enough for a little to stick, but still not as bad as we'd worried. I'm glad it wasn't too bad; I'm also glad I didn't have to go out farther than my walk.

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