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Look Harder

Entry No. 7

With monstrous deadlines looming over me, I find it easy to stay cooped up in the studio all day, neglecting to eat, exercise, or interact with the rest of the human race. Alex calls once in a while to remind me to take a walk outside, to get some Vitamin-D in my eyes from the sun. It would seem like much less effort to just walk upstairs to the kitchen and get the same vitamins from a glass of milk, but Alex is probably onto something here. So when it isn't raining, I try to follow her advice by going out and walking in the sunlight... that is, on the milky side of the street.

Here are a couple sketches from my out-of-studio breaks.People WatchingSutter and Market


Video: Making of One Swoop Fell's "Pot.Kettle"

Hope you guys will enjoy my brother Dave's latest video on the making of a Swoop comic. Once again, he makes me look like a natural... although he did insist on showing me white something out. When you guys are done here, be sure to check out his website. www.Duttonfilms.com Thanks, and enjoy!

One Swoop Fell - Pot. Kettle. from David Dutton on Vimeo.

For Salinger, "...a bouquet of very early-blooming parentheses"


JD Salinger


No, this has nothing to do with those books or those movies... but I'm all for the little boost in web traffic the title may attract, especially after such a long hiatus in my posting. Actually, it's the title of an Elliott Smith tune that used to be in heavy rotation on my iPod some years ago. It managed to resurface this weekend, and I thought of its lyrics while spacing out at Dillon Beach, half-attempting to keep up with the sky's constantly shifting palette in this sketch... which I eventually gave up on, thus that particular line from the song at the bottom of the page.

I suppose I should confess to avoiding a couple other things besides sunsets -which, actually, I did watch, and it was all fiery red and perfect. Things like this blog and my comic. It's probably not advisable in a professional sense to admit such neglect (since this blog serves a primary/secondary purpose as my portfolio - that is, a solicitation of my professional creative services), but I think it's more important to be honest with those of you who have been following me here for some time rather than those who just happened to stop by (no offense to fans of that other thing who popped in by accident).

I've been busy, but I've also been distracted... but I'm moving on and you'll be seeing a lot more of me in the near future. Things are cookin', gnome sang? Thanks for checking in from time to time anyway... or at least keeping me in your subscriptions list or what have you. It's a new decade, a new year, and soon, a new day.


Love is Like War

I'm really enjoying my brother's latest music video, and not just because my brother made it. It's really, really, cool. It's loaded with the coolness. I have to admit, the tune is pretty catchy as well... Also, the video has some of my artwork in the background (some of the framed pieces). Here's a still. Tell me if you recognize any of the portraits. There's a couple famous figures there:

Love is Like War

And here's the video. Watch it, share it, heart it.

Love is Like War "Enzyme Dynamite" from David Dutton on Vimeo.