Are You Being Watched? On Patreon: The Devil’s Office


This week’s two page installment of my new webcomic ARE YOU BEING WATCHED? gives us our first glimpse of the devils’ office that Mugg goes to in order to sell his soul. I meant to give it a shabby look reminiscent of Jimmy/Saul’s cramped workspace on BETTER CALL SAUL, as well as the dingy linoleum offices of Ben Katchor’s JULIUS KNIPL strip.

David Chelsea is reading:
Olive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout

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Perspective Police!: Brunetti

New Yorker Cover by Ivan Brunetti
New Yorker Cover by Ivan Brunetti

When I first saw this recent New Yorker cover by Chicago cartoonist Ivan Brunetti, its perspective just looked WRONG to me- a random jumble of elements seen from a variety of inconsistent viewpoints. However, on second look it all fell into place and I realized that a subtle and (mostly) consistent scheme is at work. This becomes clearer when we divide the picture in two:

Brunetti has drawn the top area as an elevation, a type of parallel line drawing corresponding to a view facing one wall directly from an infinite distance away. This method is standard in architectural rendering but is also used from time in time in fine art and illustration.

David Chelsea is reading:
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments
by David Foster Wallace

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Isometric Exercises

Theater flyer, 1984
Theater flyer, 1984

That hexagonal envelope in my recent post about letters to Amy got me to digging out other images I’ve done over the years in isometric projection. Wikipedia defines it as “a method for visually representing three-dimensional objects in two dimensions in technical and engineering drawings. It is an axonometric projection in which the three coordinate axes appear equally foreshortened and the angles between any two of them are 120 degrees”.
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