Tim and Jeremy are both waiters at a restaurant in downtown New York City. During slow times at work, to stave off boredom when it is slow, the two young men draw pictures. These pictures are made using ink and what is called the "Triple Dupe Pad," a book of paper used to place orders in the kitchen. The drawings usually take about a week to make, all the while also being used by fellow employees to take orders; this sometimes leads to other collaborators or in a couple cases, to the loss of the work. The drawings are then scanned and colored in Photoshop where they come to life in stunning technicolor! The subject matter varies from piece to piece, as they are made over a long course of time and under various moods and states of mind. They all retain a playfulness that serves as a coping mechanism after spending a night catering to the endless needs of hungry patrons.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

#18 "Straight From the Source" June 9, 2010 in Color!

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This one sure turned out well in color, wouldn't you agree? You can actually tell why I chose to name it the name I named it. (Awkward sentence, yet amusing) You see, behind the man who is actually taking his face off for the customers is a room in which a couple of people are engaging in some surgery. That is convenient for the purveyors of this little deli. They can get all the leftovers from the surgery and sell them to hungry cannibals straight from the source. There is virtually no middle man. What a perfect operation! When I was coloring this one in, the surgeons were the last thing to be added in. I had a hard time thinking about what could be in that back room, and then in a flash of inspiration, it came to me. It's pretty hard to see in the small version and the only reason that you might be able to tell they are surgeons is the color of their scrubs. Even then it's a little obscure. But that's why we have this blog! To explain the mysteries of the universe. Haha. So, the thing I like about this one is that it's a pretty gristly scene if you think about it. Yet, with Tim and my style, it looks pretty harmless, some would say humorous. That's what I like the best about these drawings. We take some things that are disgusting, perverted, socially unacceptable, and somehow soften them until they become almost PG. Okay, maybe PG-13. Like the last one, dealing with bondage, pornography and exploitation  in the end looks like a nice little afternoon tea party. In this one, the guys behind the counter have severed their own limbs to sell to the customers! They've beheaded at least one poor guy to serve the customers dog! What kind of establishment does that?! I was really happy with the way this one came together. It actually has a really good dialogue and is concise and self contained. A lot of the other ones we do are surrealistic insanity with dreamlike scenes and non-sequiturs everywhere. This one started out that way, I'm sure, but found itself come together quite nicely. This is still one of my favorites, even though it's almost a year old! I have to catch up on this blog pretty badly. We have so many great ones in the line to get the blog treatment. In the meantime, I put a Chinese poster into this one; can anyone tell me what it says? I'm sure it says something about missing fingers, but does it have a humorous slant? Let me know...

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