Sunday, December 17, 2006

No Fare, No well :: Playboy fiction

tomer :: in this short story published in Playboy, celebrated writer Barry Hannah describes a life dedicated to a mission: getting wasted. as everything around him vanishes and everyone he loves eventually leaves, he looks back at what he lost and what is left. it's that sort of math people do at a certain age, but he is not apologetic about any of it... "I attached a nobility to my hard drinking. It brought more fools into focus and illuminated my friends into angels."
attempting to convey a moment of self reflection in what is a busy and social surroundings, the man in the center of the composition is staring at the bottom of an an empty whisky glass. "It is a good thing I did not know I’d hit bottom but I can now recall with clarity when it was."






18 comments:

  1. Nicce one. Great colors.

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  2. Daniel Zalkus8:07 AM

    Tomer-

    Great colors. I like the subtly of them.

    Seeing more faces in the drawing would be nice. Although are the majority of the characters looking away because of the story? It lends a bit of loneliness.

    Good stuff.

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  3. I love the post about the story. Seems interesting. I like how you placed it. The piece is great. Its a lot like the two pictures put together. The colors of it also brings it more together. Makes the story come alive and gives the attitude it seems to have.

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  4. excellent piece once again.

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  5. I find this piece incredibly interesting. The composition is very appropriate to the subject matter and the color pallete is very sophisticated. It speaks to me in many different levels. I love the way the harsh black shapes guide my eye through the picture effortlessly. I think theres melancholy in the color choises yet a glamour to it all. I think the main character is projected as a thoughtfull reflective person, yet deeply emerged in everything around him, almost trapped even. I also like the skewed random faces of the participants. I think you are a master of composing many elements into one clear vision, which I think is incredibly hard. Sorry for the long comment but it really made me think about the story. Thanks.

    ~Carlos

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  6. You create this mood so well. It seems very 'Tomer Hanuka' to me, if that makes sense. Your voice is distinctly present for me.

    Do you research to give your brain something to work with initially? Or does the research come after youve thumbnailed an idea out?

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  7. Stunning, was it intentional to not really show anyones face?

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  9. Anonymous5:06 PM

    Any way you can scan and print the story that goes along with it?

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  10. thanks for the thoughtful comments. Dan and Rob, regarding the faces issue, it was a concius decision to hide them, but also to stay away from making it too strict as to attract attention to the action of hiding. just have the main character look like he's on a desert island (socially) ; Carlos, some great points there. your analysis is right on point ; Logan, the reaserch starts when the idea is half clear in a scribble, a general direction is set. whatever the reaserch brings can feed/change the idea but not dramatically. i knew the man in the center would be holding his glass this way, but I had no idea how the Bar's back wall would look like until i found this reference ; anon, sadly i can't but get the mag, you'll thank me later.

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  11. awesome, it has a nice rhythm to it

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  12. wowow, nice color choices and fun expressions on all of their faces/bodies!

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  13. I keep forgetting to check your blog! It is soo good and always inspiring!

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  14. This is an incredible drawing.

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  15. Anonymous9:29 PM

    Love those images...which month/year issue is the Hannah story featured in?

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