Daily views of daily news. For Thursday were looking for the free stuff, talking about (visual) language, paying attention to style, and cooking up soul.






Tell your friends and family, Free Comic Book Day is Saturday. Find a store here and try not to get stingy.




“Look at him. In a couple of years he could become another Picasso.”


“I watched Style Wars today – it’s been on my list ever since reading that bit of Hip Hop Family Tree by @edpiskor.

I made a bunch of “scene” cards and arranged them this way – next time I’ll arrange them a different way.

Turns out I like drawing break dancers almost as much as I like drawing graffiti.”

Sally Ingraham


Putting this idea from my CW colleague in my briefcase for the near future.






Eye Emoji. Paintbrush Emoji.

A critique is an oral or written discussion strategy used to analyze, describe, and interpret works of art. Critiques help students hone their persuasive oral and writing, information-gathering, and justification skills.”





DJ Harrison by Cameron Nicholson

Ideas and Language 

By Cameron Nicholson

Your ideas are pure, but in order to make your ideas connect, you must learn the language they understand and speak. Once you’ve learned the stepping tones of their language you can get your ideas through. Then they HAVE to listen. Now that you have them listening, captivate them. Captivate them for the sake of YOU creating; you’re not catering to their needs. Your ideas are way more powerful than you think, the language barrier is what halts understanding from artist to viewer. These Language Barriers in art are why artists and non-artist get scared or become stagnant, but then we realize these languages are the “foundations.” Knowing these foundations are the basic words of art. “Whether or not you agree now, you will begin to at least listen once I start speaking your language.” If I started a track with a sample of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness” that led into my song or beat, a listener can become indirectly invested to continue listening. For people who love Otis or that sound you already feel comfortable and invested in him & those sounds. It’s how mixing and sampling became so big in Hip Hop. Fan Art uses the languages you already comfortable with and gets you to keep listening. Everyone has different taste, but the idea is to learn the foundation/language of that “art form” to speak your thoughts.

Thus the idea of languages in/of art. Morning thoughts and ideas forming in this odd head of mine. I’ll keep cracking at these ideas until they make sense to everyone.

Smooth music to relax, drink some tea or even work too.
Richmond, Va’s DJ Harrison makes some insanely amazing beats. Each track can give you energy to do many different things. I personally like “Vault Series #6 Trio 1967” just some great things there. When doing comics, think of beats per panel. 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4.  Comics as music, music as comics.





Sop up this soul with your breakfast bread. Happy Thursday.


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