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    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2009 edited
    I love that Eliza does this. Have you ever seen it? It's an idea worth studying.

    Several times a week, I host a live video broadcast of my daily drawing and sketching. It’s called the Sweatshop, and it’s slowly growing in popularity.

    Sweatshops are my own personal nighttime open mic drawing lessons, storytellings, and heckling opportunities. I announce the session is starting via my Twitter, and the call to arms is bounced around by viewers as the night goes on. Sometimes I point my cam at a page, sometimes at a Photoshop window, and very occasionally at a canvas. Guests wander into and out of the chatroom, offering wisecracks, critique, and shaggy dog stories. It’s a blast.

    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2009
    I saw the first one she did, but I've missed all the others she's done since unfortunately.
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    I've seen a few of them. You should watch them if you get the chance. I remember the night when this, this and this were drawn. It was a good time and a very late night for me.
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2009
    I watched that one there (with the bee). Very quiet and special thing it was, just a few of us discussing random things together, music, art, childhood, television. I think we were at different time zones too, which made the whole thing ethereal. At one point she broke off the sketch and did a quick tutorial for one of the watchers who had disclosed some unconfidence with their skills.

    I recommend it heavily to all true humans.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2009
    This is cool. Chandra Free does this. It is SUPER fun.
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    I do do this, don't I? I love it. My father has been dropping in lately...he said, "This is really the perfect compromise between solitude and company, isn't it?" He's right. I love having the quiet contact when I draw, sometimes. And the music is a big part of it, too. I always have a playlist going over Ustream, which doesn't seem to sound too bad. Occasionally, we'll get a guest DJ which I pipe in over a different stream (Nicecast or Skype) and out Ustream, to the audience (or the Kroo, as I've been calling them lately).

    Here are a few more pieces I've done live in the Sweatshop. These were from the night of Batmans...hooooooo.



    Criminals Are a Cowardly and Superstitious Lot

    Which finally culminated in this, the creation of which took several sessions...


    I think it is my masterpiece and also that I should commit suicide now because I will never be this gratuitously amazing again.
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    Oh yes, and as burningfp brought up, lately I have not been able to help myself from teaching a bit, too. It's terribly convenient to have the sketchbook there to draw diagrams, and a small clot of eager students! But don't worry, mostly it is boobs and batman and not so much lecturing. Unless the lecture is about Batman.

    10:54 E. Gauger: I have a lot of respect for Batman, but I also think he is a crazy person who should be feared and pitied.
    10:54 E. Gauger: The only reason he isn't locked up is because he's rich.
    • CommentAuthorfod_xp
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2009
    Very Nice, Miss Eliza!

    Love your take on Batman. Also, I agree Bats has only been spared the AA is because he's rich.

    I love the Batman in his tidy-whities, rocking the flip-flops, with Hater Gon' HATE. Very much the exact image I get of Batman/Bruce Wayne, I shit you not.
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    hurrrDude I am so into Batman as he does not appear in comics. I don't know why; I don't give much of a shit about other superheroes.

    It might be because of my obsessive following of the Comic Strip Megathread on the Something Awful Forums. Its sole purpose is to dissect, ridicule, and appreciate comics currently running in physical newspapers all over the world. As a rule, I avoid newspaper comics and have never followed any plotlines. But thanks to the Megathread, I've been following the newspaper Spiderman for a few months now. And let me tell you---Spiderman is reeee-tarded. If he's not being defeated by bricks popping him on the head, he's being hit by trucks (with sfx: FAPPO!), hanging out with his tranny supermodel wife, or getting into pissing contests with his "good buddy" Wolverine.

    The edits of newspaper Spiderman from that thread are intensely funny.

    In any case, I wanted to mention I've been inspired by Amanda Palmer's recent righteous diatribe about artists' entitlement to make money from their patrons. I'm going to be running a Very Commercial Sweatshop tomorrow Thursday PST afternoon/evening that will be solely for paid commissions. Audience members will PayPal me five bucks for a pencil sketch, ten for pencil+ink, and I'll scale up from there, if there's demand. I'll run it marathon-style and see how long I can keep it up.

    You should tune in tomorrow Thursday and wear me out.

    Here's another Sweatshop piece from the audience-generated Pirate Request episode (in which audience members just shot pirate names at me and I illustrated a few):

    Rummy McGauger

    Arlington von Crumbenstein


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    -that made my day.
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2009
    Fucking brilliant idea. Bravo.
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    Eliza, it has to be said, is a bit of a genius.
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    I love you all but I love Warren the most and that is why he has a corkscrew hand, BOOZ knuckle tattoos, and Lovingly-Rendered Pit Hair.

    Note that I changed the date of the Very Commercial Sweatshop to Thursday, since today I am death itself.

    Here's a giant robot oil painting I started in a Berlin edition of Sweatshop. It was payment for my friend Mischa, who let me stay at his house for weeks. I had to abandon it there. I'll finish it when I go back in November.

    Berlin Robot Studio, the Final Days
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    Ping the thread again when you wake up.
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    What time does this shindig start today? And do you merely slave over sketches to display them in phosphorus/liquid crystal glory, or do you mail them? If you send out Eliza Originals™ through the post I AM THERE DUDE (WITH TEN SPACE DOLLARS, MAN!).
    • CommentAuthorMDickey
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2009
    Would this be a proper place to ask about rough commission prices? (It being understood that the price changes greatly between subject/media/size etc...) Or if you could point me in the right direction?
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2009 edited
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    Okay, I am starting today's Sweatshop in T minus ten minutes. Gotta set up my cam, music, etc. We may have some guest DJs tonight.

    Will ping again with the link. You should add me on Twitter here:
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    A Very Commercial Sweatshop starts now! Instructions here:

    Sweatshop is here.
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    It's happening.

    Sweatshop Progress Shot: Werewolf with Cupcake

    Cupcake Wolf is done. #sweatshop: