Monday, March 25, 2013

Fernbank Science Center

This is a longer piece I did for the Decatur Patch that I posted this week. I'd like to do more with this-- there feels like there's more of a story here -- but I'm not sure where I'd take it.

In the middle of writing this, I was teaching Chris Ware's Building Stories, and I'm afraid it really shows in the "walk around the center" page. I thought it was great at the time, but after letting it sit awhile and then inking it, I'm not so sure.

I used the gray tones in the hopes of creating a shorthand or shortcut to meet daily deadlines and give it some heft. This has left me feeling like it was a big mistake. No matter how many times I stray into tones/color, I keep forgetting that those are about shape and form, a completely different thing from linework.


  1. This piece captures a lot of people's experiences and thoughts, and your digging around and bringing in interviews adds depth. Maybe your postmortem is valid, but just keep writing and drawing these things.

  2. I love this piece. And I love the walk-around-the-center panel, because of the way it mirrors the structure of the Science Center itself, the way you walk around the outside of the planetarium when you're in the exhibit hall. I liked that the stairs are included in that panel, those stairs have been on my mind a lot lately, specifically how they relate to strollers.
    There IS indeed more to dig up here, just as in any human institution that's existed for 40-plus years.