Gracie Van Gastel photographed by Fanny Latour-Lambert
sometimes being a woman comes with an expectation of being all things at one time, all the time. sometimes being a woman reminds me of the desert, where everything is beautiful but also sharp; everything’s learned to grow defenses. while I was being raised up as a young girl I was taught to brush my hair & make sure I was presentable before I left the house, but also to watch my back & walk tall & strong against those who’d try to fuck with me. I still carry that today - I’ll have a dress & lipstick on but also a knife strapped in my boot. I like the way the steel feels against my ankle.
[Chelsea Wolfe on what being a woman means to her]
For drawing, I highly recommend drawing from life as much as possible. It forces you to draw quickly and figure out what information to leave out without fussing over it too much. And you can stumble upon epiphanies that you can then incorporate into your story telling work. For writing and drawing, I recommend giving yourself writing and drawing exercises of telling a story in a small amount of pages. Tell a one page story. A 2 page story. A four page story. or an 8 pg story. Start with the one page, and work your way up to the eight page… or vice versa. This teaches you how to economize what needs to be in the page, the art to word ratio, and teaches you a rhythm of what to have on each page, how to end the page on the right beat, how to carry that beat into the start of the next page… and more things that will just occur to you in the process…
A little known story, when I was starting KABUKI, I was only interested in writing it. I was looking for artists to draw it. At one point in 1993 Brian Michael Bendis was going to be the artist for Kabuki.
I tricked myself into drawing Kabuki by saying I would draw an 8 page scene for fun. It was small enough for me to enjoy it as an experiment. And be playful with it and learn from it. I liked the experience. So I did another 8 pager scene. Then another 8 pg scene. And then another. And then I decided that I could order all those scenes together and make an entire issue of it. And if you look at those early KABUKI stories, they are often tight little 8 pg scenes with their own titles, and then fit together like a puzzle. It was a great writing and drawing exercise for me.
In fact… I’m writing and drawing an 8 page KABUKI story right now…
— Raoul Vitale
the sword and the rose
Negroli, Filippo (fl.1532-51)
Armoured breastplate (metal), Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, Italy
The Bridgeman Art Library
Just Muse shot by Barry Druxman
red rabbits | snowce: Thomas Cooper Gotch, The Lantern Parade