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Post Battle Graffbot by Mike V. Derderian - SardinePost Battle Graffbot by Sardine

Hey all!

Hope you are well: Sane, safe and sound in this crazy world.

A while ago I reworked an old sketch into a poster that was deemed a little too foreign for Amman’s local art scene. Here it is.

It is inspired by my foray into graffiti thanks to my friend and mentor Wize One Wesam Shadid, as a couple of months ago I was sent to the UK part of a seven day art exchange program with Wesam.

You can read chapter one of our adventure on this blog that I’ve created for the British Council, Amman, who have sent us there.

http://sprayrocketape.wordpress.com/

Since I have returned I’ve been drawing more, and doing some street art with Wesam around Amman.

Now back to the above poster! Bottom line: You don’t always get the job but that does not mean I am going to stop trying!  I really enjoyed producing this poster :-})

I love how it only sets the mood without any direct statements.

One’s thoughts are focused into what happened to her and what she is planning to do next.

Lately I’ve been illustrating a lot.

My career as a journalist is on a self-imposed hiatus along with some other factors, however, the writer within continues to write, whether on my Thoughts from Within a Sardine Can Facebook page or here on my blog.

The above poster will soon be available for purchase on my Society 6 store:

http://society6.com/mikevderderian

As for my other illustrations you can find those on my www.facebook.com/SardineArt page

Good day all and thank you for taking the time to read my words and see my work :-})

Mike V. Derderian,

4, 9, 2014

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So my last Brick in the Head post was in August 28. Almost two months and a half ago – wow I can do math!

I apologize for not blogging as much as I should but I have been going through a new phase in my career: The freelance artist/illustrator/writer and translator phase.

It is a lifestyle that has a different pace than that of a full-time job. May I add a lot of discipline.

At the moment I finishing a 20 page short comic that I was commissioned to do. Will share the details on that one soon. I also have an art project ahead. So in a way I am gaining more momentum as a comic artist.

So I am up illustrating and I felt like sharing the following blog post about the process of making a giant robot suit by the one and only Stan Winston School of Character Arts [press on the magical sentence to enter an amazing world of movie magic].

The video that comes in seven parts is beyond inspiring :-})

“Jump in, create art, create characters. Create robots. Create whatever it is that makes your heart sing. Start today. What are you waiting for?” Matt Winston, son ofvisual effects legend Sam Winston, summarizes creativity, the creative process and art in a nutshell.

So if you have the time watch the building process. They are seven amazing videos.

In  addition to inspiring me watching this video also made me sad because a lot of people out there – evil minded people – don’t create; they just kill and destroy everything that our humanity stands for: Creativity and love of life.

So from this Homo sapien I wish you all a good evening  … good evening all … good evening my world!

P.S: Expect more blog posts sometime soon ;-})

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I know …

Why haven’t I been writing more blog posts? I apologize for that. I’ve been busy illustrating. I will always be a writer. At the moment I am focusing more on my life as an illustrator and a comic artist.

So, meet Graffbot Vol. 012 …

It was really hard not to talk or post anything about this.

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I guess I wanted to know if I was going to be able to pull off a free-hand spray paint street art piece of this size that was not a stencil or a wheat-paste. By the way I did this a few months ago.

This has been in the planning for a week part of a Street Art/Graffiti project with British Street Artist Stik:http://www.stik.org.uk/ and with the British Council.

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Thank you Wesam a.k.a Wise One for involving me in this project that allowed me to meet amazing young Jordanian graffiti artists like Suhaib, Musalam, Adi, Sen and Mohannad.

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My job as a writer and an illustrator is to help instill imagination in the minds of youth. This is why I choose to draw a robot that sprayed the word “bekh” and that translates to “spray” on the wall.

I cannot say if doing this piece achieved that but I sure enjoyed hearing the kids of Jabal Al Qal3a gasp in astonishment at this mechanical behemoth. I am also not sure if it still there.

Another thank you goes out to Mike ‘Khalid’ Rahmeh and Nahla Tabba from An Urban Reflection for getting me the permission that allowed me to spray paint this wall.

P.S: Will try to publish more meaningful posts that does not reflect the mad recluse I am turning into through my illustrations and short stories.

I just remembered; on a different note I’ve been writing stories in Arabic. If you are interested in reading some pieces please visit my Thoughts From Within a Sardine Can FB page.

The brave people of Egypt in the past few months have proven, once and for all, that they have the best sense of humor among Arabs.

The following photographs are photoshoped images  that spread across the internet, like wildfire, through which Egyptian creatives reflected their sense of humor,  love of comics and pop-culture, and of course courage and freedom under fire.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) is clinging to power neglecting the free will of Egyptians who are demanding that power be handed to a civilian governmental council until a president is democratically elected.

Hundreds of protesters have fallen and thousands injured yet many, young and old brave Egyptians, still stand their ground at Tahrir Square, where giant robots, UFOs, monsters, heroes and anti-heroes have been making an appearance, to protect their January 25 Revolution.

The first robot to appear was Mazinger Z. It is unclear if this heroic robot from Japan is with the freedom fighters of Egypt or with SCAF!

Mazinger Z’ second appearance. It hasn’t been confirmed yet if Mazinger Z actually used his Rocket Punch to hurt demonstrators, however, there are confirmed accounts of coward snipers who have been putting out the eyes of people present at Tahrir Square.

Unidentified flying objects (UFOs) than made an appearance. There are no reports of alien abductions, however, SCAF has been throwing people in jail for the most trivial of reasons: Freedom and democracy.

Another robot from Japan soon arrived to Egypt: Grendizer, manned by the heroic Duke Fleed, gave hope to thousands. The arrival of the alien robot makes us wonder if  SCAF are the minions of Vega?

The abundant use of tear gas, or the lack of as SCAF spokepersons have been trying to convince the media, brought a renowned anti-hero to the scene. What is the Goddamn Batman doing in Tahrir Square?

Another question that comes to mind with the appearance of the Dark Knight of Gotham in Tahrir Square: Are Scarecrow and Ra’s Al Ghul on SCAF’s payroll?

To the marvel of everyone present the Amazing Spiderman, probably jealous of DC’s involvement, decided to make an appearance. No Stanley Lee wasn’t there!

Another less famous robot, thanks to Michael Bay’s unimaginative re-imagining of Transformers, decided to make an appearance: Bumblebee. Shia Labeouf was probably somewhere screaming his lungs out.

There were sightings of a bizarre creature that appeared to be throwing gas bombs at panicky bystanders. It seems that SCAF is working with some rather heavy dark forces.

Someone from SCAF actually thought that slipping inside a wooden horse was a good idea. Well, it beats the election campaigns of some candidates out there. “Can you do it!” a candidate asks his doppelgänger, who answers with a smirk, “Yes, I can because I lover her!” Damn freedom you have to hire some better writers.

Ezio Auditore da Firenze from Assassins Creed wasn’t able to keep a stealthy presence. Someone took a photograph of the master assassin. I am not a gamer but I’ve watched a colleague of mine play this game at the office.

In spite of the humorous approach of these photographs what is happening in Egypt and to its brave people is tragic and I hope the Egyptians find peace and the path to democracy as soon as SCAF decides to let go of power.

A big round of applause goes to the creatives and freedom fighters who created these images :-})