thom chiaramonte

I draw comics, ride bikes, and eat melon; sometimes simultaneously.

TRDL 2017 - Bots and Bugaboos Update 001

TRDL 2017 - Bots and Bugaboos Update 001

Here's the first set of Bots and Bugaboos done in 2017...

1. CityTortoisebugga: drawn for my in-laws' fridge, something I add to often when over for dinner. The concept was to play up the long lifespan of great tortoises by building a town with some topography on the shell... complete with evergreens and an elevated roadway. My daughter did a variant of this that actually put it to shame. This was Pilot pen on Post-It, no pencils, no do-overs...

2. Owlbot: a (wrong) interpretation of a sketch my son did... I added the owl and the falling leaves to give it an autumn vibe and to add the organic to the otherwise mechanical.

3. Skibugga: Another completely incorrect interpretation of his sketch; I mean... I like the scarf though.

4. Ghostbugga: My son drew what i thought was a ghost holding a megaphone. I was amused, in my version, of the wispy old timey ghosts flying out of it... recursive!

5. Unicatbugga: This was an exercise I like to do, where the kid chooses features (round/skinny, tall/short, hairy/scaly, etc) and I improvise. This was my daughter's creation. She loved it, and then did improv sketches for me for awhile thereafter. The human hands and feet were weird features she demanded. The best part of this process is that they don't see it until it's done. 

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I assembled the two Wrongrobot art books from about a decade's worth of sketches, mostly done on Post-Its originally, and often with simple pens. After experimenting with the process at the Alternative press Expo 2015, I decided to convert all those disparate sketches into a common rendered format, for publication, specifically using Copic markers to shade them in grayscale. Simple, classy, sweet-as! It involved the processing of hundreds of photographs and scans, converting to vector on many of them, printing, hand washing with marker, rescanning, compiling, etc. You'd think after two volumes I'd be done! But oh no... lately, what I've been doing mostly is drawing my interpretation of things my kids draw (ages 5 and 7)... often I'm completely wrong about what they were trying to convey, but it's fun to compare them and laugh about it. 

The first two volumes are available here:

TRDL 2017 Series No. 02 - KRAMPUS

TRDL 2017 Series No. 02 - KRAMPUS

TRDL 2017 Series No. 01 - Illyana Rasputin [Cryptohistorical Redesign]

TRDL 2017 Series No. 01 - Illyana Rasputin [Cryptohistorical Redesign]