Sunday, September 25, 2011

Quick Sketch, New NHL headshot rule

So here's another quick drawing I did while watching the Penguins game yesterday. As anyone who's being paying attention to Hockey lately probably knows, this season they added a new rule to the NHL, NO HEAD SHOTS. It was frowned upon before but now they are trying to refine it and make the rule clearer to avoid players getting seriously injured.

They seem pretty dead set on making an example out of players this preseason already handing out multiple game suspensions for hits they deem too violent on "defenseless" players who don't see the hit coming.  It's been interesting to watch people like Cooke from the penguins change his game around and try to be a more upstanding citizen on the ice.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Quick sketch of Malkin

So the Pittsburgh penguins played the Detroit Redwings last night in their NHL preseason opener. The good news is Evgeni Malkin is back in the Penguins line up after spending the end of last season out with an injury.

First game back and he was involved in all 3 of the Penguins goals in the win over Detroit.

I'm looking forward to seeing the Penguins new addition, Steve MacIntyre, play tonight.  They brought him in with one job, "Protect Sidney Crosby" and I'm sure Geno too.  His whole highlight reel seems to be like boxer style clean KO's. Should be great to have one of the scariest enforcers paired with two of the best offensive players in the league.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tim Thomas is going to get inside your head!

If anyone was fortunate enough to catch the Stanley Cup finals earlier this year, there was one player that was impossible not to notice.  The Boston netminder Tim Thomas was force of nature.  His aggressive unorthodox style was as exciting to watch as it was effective.

The Canucks had no idea how to handle him , it was easy to tell he had them psyched out through out the whole series.  That Psychological advantage along with his record breaking post season stats played a huge role in Boston's Stanley Cup win.

I personally enjoyed watching Thomas, it was hard not to watch him without being won over.

This will be the start of  the "everyone who's subscribed to this blog will be overwhelmed with hockey drawings" part of the year.  I've decided to try and do a quick drawing for each Pittsburgh Penguins Game this season and post it on here!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ian MacKaye

"Straight edge is a subculture of hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol, tobacco, and recreational drugs."

The term itself comes from a song written by Ian MacKaye when in the band Minor Threat named Straight Edge. The X's on the hands in this piece are a symbol of Straight Edge that started with the markings on underage kids' hands at shows, to show that they could not be served alcohol.

 What fascinates me about the "movement" itself is he himself has stated he never intended it as a movement and doesn't accept it as one, because movements end up losing sight of humanity and the individual.  I completely agree with this viewpoint and to be completely honest I think movements themselves are pretty silly.  Militant versions of this lifestyle have at times even created elitism, hate, and organized violence.  In truth what I now know as Straight Edge seems to be some bastardized twist on one man's words of self expression.  A legacy which its creator never intended. And that's what this portrait was about.

This of course scares me as an artist. The fact that something can be created be an individual, grow a mind of its own, and proceed to wander off down a path so far from the original intent and message is completely buried.  The catch is no matter what you will be forever associated with whatever happens with it and even sometimes credited.  It just has to be incredibly upsetting and serves as a reminder to me to be careful where my stuff ends up.

Anyway I just wanted to say I have tremendous respect for MacKaye and everything he's done for music.  Also that I've known lots of people and had a ton of friends that are Straight Edge, some of which treated it as a fad, some of which who really believe in it and have stood by it through the years and that it's unfortunate that a small minority of ignorant people left such a black cloud over it.