The Sacraments (11×16 drawing on illustration board). This is the fourth full-page hand drawn comic that I’ve done. It was composed in a similar fashion to the comics in That’s Not Math, the collage comic project I do with Anthony Heatherly. For this comic, I flipped through magazines, comics, stock photo catalogs, and text snippets I’d clipped and placed into a scrapbook album, looking for poses, moods, ideas, imagery, and language that evoked a certain mood. The inking was done with Micron pens, a pentel refillable brush pen, and fountain pens with calligraphy ink. The colors were done using brush pens I got as a free sample from an art store in Beaverton plus acrylic paint.
On Passing is my first attempt at making a collage comic. I made it at my parent’s house in Idaho while visiting for the holidays. The comics here are from a comic book adaptation of the 1970s Battlestar Gallactica pilot episode that I found at The Arc in Corvallis. I’m very fond of the art style in 1970s comics, in particular the willingness to have expressive, loose line work, and the tendency to indulge in full-page abstractions in the middle of stories. It was this piece that I used to convince Anthony Heatherly to partner with me in creating That’s Not Math.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Zoe Alley along with fellow Inspiration Dissemination host Maggie Exeter on Sunday night to talk about Zoe’s work as a doctoral candidate in psychology. Zoe studies how the brain’s capacity to unconsciously analyze other people’s faces affects our lives. Her focus especially is on seeing how people are affected by others unconscious judgments.
I took a history of science course recently, and at the beginning of the course, the professor had us do a get-to-know-you activity where everyone had to say an interesting fact about their hometown. Major themes among the answers were that most people thought that their hometowns were super boring. I picked out eight of my favorite answers to the questions and illustrated them. I’d love to hear interesting facts from your hometown!
P.S. I make no claim to accuracy in these portrayals.
Back in February I had the chance to sit down and chat with Ashlee Mikkelsen, a graduate student at Oregon State who studies the northern spotted owl. With my co-host, Lilian Padgett-Cobb, we talked live on KBVR about the path to graduate school, the benefits of telling people your life goals, and just how much you can learn about an owl from a single feather. You can find my full write-up here, and you can hear the interview via our podcast on iTunes.
On Sunday, March 17, Maggie Exton and I sat down with Charles Camacho to talk mathematics, graduate school, and life lessons on the weekly radio show Inspiration Dissemination. The link below will take you to the blog post I wrote about Charles’ work. The interview will appear on the ID podcast in the very near future.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading about Arctic climate change over the last four years. Much of that has been specific to my graduate school research on the atmospheric boundary layer in the Arctic and thus fairly technical, but recently I started reading two books that compile perspectives from North American Arctic communities: SIKU: Knowing Our Ice and The Earth is Faster Now. These books provide a lot of context that I think is missing in mainstream climate coverage. Elders and hunters in the far north have noticed changes in weather, animals, ice, and plants, and the particularities show a strong regional character. My hope is to eventually bring some of that to light through comics. Many books have been and continue to be written about this; I don’t aspire to make a complete portrayal of Arctic climate change, but I hope to be able to highlight perspectives that have gone unseen, as well as make some of the science clearer.
Sea ice graph from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
I drew this on 11×14 illustration board using Micron, Pentel Pocket Brush, and a Pilot 62. I prepared the digital version using Pixelmator Pro.