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WRITING BLOG TOUR!

Better late than never ;)

So, like a month ago my good friend Adrienne invited me to take part in this super cool blog activity called the WRITING BLOG TOUR! The general gist is that awesome creators answer a bunch of questions about their respective writing processes, then pass the torch to other awesome creators who answer those same questions. Of course I said yes, but then my computer broke :( As a consequence, it’s taken me a long time and then some to write my piece (a friend of mine calls this “real” time). I’ve tried to make up for the tardiness by being extra thorough in my writing today. If you’re curious about what I’ve been doing this whole time instead of writing this blog post: I’ve been working on various projects such as performing a Pecha Kucha event hosted by The Abundance Foundation, exhibiting a painting at the art showcase of this year’s Portland Zine Symposium, and co-curating (along with the talented Josh Hockensmith) an exhibition of artists’ books at the beautiful Daylight Project Space. What I haven’t been doing has been keeping up with various social media, writing long emails, and other stuff of that sort. I’m happy with this :)

Anyway, you should definitely check out Adrienne Nunez’s post and explore her website, because she totally rules. Now I’ll answer some questions!

What am I working on?

The working pages for my story.

The working pages for my story.

Lately I’ve been working on revamping my comics zine, JETTY. This mostly came about after creating a five page comic (you can read it below as the last item in this blog post) for the Swedish Comics Association‘s upcoming anthology, POSTAPOKALYPS. After finishing the pages, I looked at them and decided I like the general concept and would like to continue to explore it. I’m excited about making some weird tales that take place one billion minutes into the future!

I’ve still been working on my more “serious” comic, LOVE, CURRENTLY, but to say the process is moving quickly or smoothly would be a drastic overstatement.

On the other side of things, I’ve been sitting on material enough to put together about three new issues of my abstract comics zine, TABE. I just haven’t put any of it together yet. So for the three of you out there who enjoy abstract comics, you can look forward to some new issues coming out sometime in the near future (judging from my current track-record, that could be anytime within the next five years).

Hungry Ghost Contemplating the Accomplishments of Bodhidharma 24" x 48",  Ink, acrylic, and plaster on canvas

Hungry Ghost Contemplating the Accomplishments of Bodhidharma
24″ x 48″,
Ink, acrylic, and plaster on canvas

Additionally, I’ve been working on various painting/drawing projects including a number of larger pieces and some things that are more sculptural. I’ve of course been continuing  to lead workshops and classes in the Triangle area and have been enjoying taking time off to spend time with me friends, to meditate, and to read. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about putting together series of posters and/or stickers.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, for one thing I work in a lot of different genres (and non-genres) and the couple of different stylings I do tend to seep into each other. The abstract comics (especially the various hatchings/cross-hacthings) always seem to make an appearance in one way or another. They meld into comics that wouldn’t otherwise have them and lately seem to have been getting kind of squiggly. As anyone who knows me can attest, I also love to draw monsters and am obsessed with various ancient art. If you blend it all together, add in some strange metaphysics, etc. I think it can come out as being pretty unique. Of course, whether people like it or not is a different story :)

Why do I write what I do?

This is something I struggle with constantly. What’s the point of it all? Is my work accessible enough? Am I representing life in a genuine and sincere way? I honestly don’t know. What I can say is that I very much enjoy what I do. It’s taken me a while to craft my life into a path where I can work on my various projects and still continue to explore other facets of the human experience. If I couldn’t create, I would be very sad. That being said, there’s always a push/pull going on in my mind. I often compare myself to different artists and authors I admire and wonder what they were thinking when they created. Could be anything. I guess the easy answer to this question is “what else could I do?” The harder answer is something I’m not prepared to come up with right now.

Brainstorming ideas for comics.

Brainstorming ideas for comics.

How does my writing process work?

I keep a lot of sketchbooks/notebooks and always have a lot of scrap pieces of paper hanging around. A lot of projects begin in various disparate parts, then I put them together when it feels right. Sometimes it’s like putting together a puzzle; I have to constantly rearrange things until they make sense or become cohesive at least in some way. Other times the parts flow together very easily and I can relax more. Very occasionally I dream something in my sleep and have to jolt myself awake in order to record it before it fades from my memory. I get my best work done in the very early morning, though I’ve been trying lately to force myself into something more of a nine to five routine so that my schedule can more easily coincide with my friends and loved ones. I work every day, but some days more than others. If I’m really in the zone I can work all day and not really realize that much time has passed. Sometimes it feels like the opposite. Like most artists (I think), I find that deadlines can be scary but often facilitate finishing projects in a timely manner.

Brainstorming ideas for paintings.

Brainstorming ideas for paintings.

Okay! I think that’s about it. I’ve enjoyed writing for you today, now it’s time for me to pass these questions on to some other creators so that they can tell you about their awesome projects:

M.R. Trower does some really fantastic and refreshing work. Always smart, with great line quality. Check out their blog and get inspired.

Whit Taylor‘s comics are awesome and insightful (I especially like the Madtown High series). Her narrative voice is distinct and appealing and her blog is full of regular updates on her work and the comics scene in general.

ALSO I’d like to give a special shout-out to my friend and fellow artist Brianna Gribben for letting me use her computer. Thanks!

FINALLY (as promised) here are the finished pages I submitted to the POSTAPOKALYPS anthology.Please enjoy and thanks for reading!

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Some Drawings, some Links :)

Hi All! Just wanted to post some cool things that have been going on lately!

Copyright 2014 Rio Aubry Taylor

Copyright 2014 Rio Aubry Taylor

As you can see, I’ve been working on some new drawings. Above is a digital piece, as yet unnamed. Please let me know what you think of it :)

ALSO I want to let everyone know (especially those living in the Triangle area of North Carolina) that I will be participating in a silent auction for charity on Sunday February 9th (4pm) at the Fullsteam Brewery in lovely Durham! The charity will benefit the Art Therapy Institute and is sure to be a blast. Find out more info HERE!

ADDITIONALLY you should definitely check out the new article posted on The Comics Journal website written by Rob Clough about the Durham Independent Comics Expo which took place late last year. I was lucky enough to have been invited to exhibit there as well as teach a workshop, which I enjoyed very much! The expo was a great success! Check out the link above to find out more!

OK Here’s another digital drawing and some other pictures and then I’ll let you all get back to your busy day :)  Thanks for reading!

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Copyright 2014 Rio Aubry Taylor

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Me teaching my workshop CONTEMPLATION AND NARRATIVE ART

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Thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges

For the rain it raineth every day


Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind

Everyone can master a grief but he that has it


I have not slept one wink.

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them


True nobility is exempt from fear

Having nothing, nothing can he lose


We have heard the chimes at midnight

The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on


He hath eaten me out of house and home

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown


He will give the devil his due

The better part of valour is discretion


This is the short and the long of it

I cannot tell what the dickens his name is


THE LITTLE FOOLERY THAT WISE MEN HAVE MAKES A GREAT SHOW.

THOUGH I LOOK OLD, YET I AM STRONG AND LUSTY;

FOR IN MY YOUTH I NEVER DID APPLY

HOT AND REBELLIOUS LIQUORS IN MY BLOOD.


IF YOU HAVE TEARS, PREPARE TO SHED THEM NOW.

Please click to enlarge.

 

Please click to enlarge.

 

BUT YESTERDAY THE WORD OF CAESAR MIGHT

HAVE STOOD AGAINST THE WORLD; NOW LIES HE THERE,

AND NONE SO POOR TO DO HIM REVERENCE.


O JUDGMENT! THOU ART FLED TO BRUTISH BEASTS, AND MEN HAVE LOST THEIR REASON.

AS HE WAS VALIANT, I HONOR HIM; BUT AS HE WAS AMBITIOUS, I SLEW HIM.


SOME TO THE COMMON PULPITS, AND CRY OUT, “LIBERTY, FREEDOM, AND ENFRANCHISEMENT!”

THE CHOICE AND MASTER SPIRITS OF THIS AGE.


SPEAK, HANDS, FOR ME!

HOW MANY AGES HENCE

SHALL THIS OUR LOFTY SCENE BE ACTED O’ER,

IN STATES UNBORN AND ACCENTS YET UNKNOWN!


BUT WHEN I TELL HIM HE HATES FLATTERERS, HE SAYS HE DOES, BEING THEN MOST FLATTERED.

 

ENJOY THE HONEY-HEAVY DEW OF SLUMBER.

 


THEREFORE THINK HIM AS A SERPENT’S EGG WHICH, HATCH’D, WOULD, AS HIS KIND, GROW MISCHIEVOUS, AND KILL HIM IN THE SHELL.


THE ABUSE OF GREATNESS IS WHEN IT DISJOINS REMORSE FROM POWER.

O! HE SITS HIGH IN ALL PEOPLE’S HEARTS:

AND THAT SHICH WOULD APPEAR OFFENSE IN US,

HIS COUNTENANCE, LIKE RICHEST ALCHEMY,

WILL CHANGE TO VIRTUE AND TO WORTHINESS.


A SURGEON TO OLD SHOES

AS PROPER MEN AS EVER TROD UPON NEAT’S LEATHER.


WHAT DOTH GRAVITY OUT OF HIS BED AT MIDNIGHT?

IF SACK AND SUGAR BE FAULT, GOD HELP THE WICKED!

IF TO THE OLD AND MERRY BE A SIN, THEN MANY AN OLD HOST THAT I KNOW IS DAMNED:

IF TO BE FAT BE TO BE HATED, THEN PHARAOH’S LEAN KINE ARE TO BE LOVED.


AT LOVERS’ PERJURIES, THEY SAY, JOVE LAUGHS.

IT IS TOO RASH, TOO UNADVIS’D, TOO SUDDEN;

TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING, WHICH DOTH CEASE TO BE

ERE ONE CAN SAY IT LIGHTENS.


WHAT’S IN A NAME? THAT WHICH WE CALL A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SMELL AS SWEET.

FOR STONY LIMITS CANNOT HOLD LOVE OUT.


SHE SPEAKS, YET SHE SAYS NOTHING.

 

SEE! HOW SHE LEANS HER CHEEK UPON HER HAND:

O! THAT I WERE A GLOVE UPON THAT HAND,

THAT I MIGHT TOUCH THAT CHEEK.


WE BURN DAYLIGHT.

 

ROMEO: LADY, BY YONDER BLESSED MOON I SWEAR

THAT TIPS WITH SILVER ALL THES FRUIT-TREE TOPS –

JULIET: O! SWEAR NOT BY THE MOON, THE INCONSTANT MOON,

THAT MONTHLY CHANGES IN HER CIRCLED ORB,

LEST THAT THY LOVE PROVE LIKEWISE VARIABLE.