“Punch-Out” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor • Do you ever feel like hitting someone? It happens. More often that I would like to admit. We can’t always act on that. I mean, there is that occasion where you just need to punch that dude in the face. Sometimes the dude is talking straight trash and needs to get a smack. Not a beat down, mind you. Just a push to let the cat know he’s out of line.
Straight up, I never condone hitting a woman. Ever! If you are a man, hit a man. If you are a woman, hit a woman. Seems appropriate to stick to gender. Either way it’s a bad look. I channel that impulse to into drawing animals punching one another.
”How Much Time?” 🎨 by Dan Victor • This was a larger painting on canvas board with acrylic and bits of newspaper. Just a little bit of mixed media. It is filled with creatures, a number of which are repeating themes. Robots, birds, rabbits.
It reminds me of the stuffed animals I had on my bed when I was a child. I had horrible insomnia as a child, which I recognize as mania, so I would play with these stuffed animals as if they were my friends. They gave me great comfort. My imagination was working, so it distracted me to sleep, once I was exhausted.
“Robot Surprise Birthday Party” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor • Robots with emotions have always characterized my association with emotions. I have intense emotions that are automatic and uncontrollable.
It doesn’t mean I don’t feel them. I can only choose what to do with those emotions as best as I can. Surprise is a reaction to something unexpected. No reaction can also be the response, with the inability to express how they feel.⠀
Do you believe that you have control over your emotions?
“Cassette-Head Robot” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor • Do you listen to tapes? I loved having a mix made for me. It was how I used to let a girl know I liked her. Making a mix was a way to express how I felt through songs and hope they got the picture.
Insert. Play. Flip. It’s a mechanical dream. Plus I love Robots. 🤖
“Robot Love” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor • Obsessed with robot drawings for some reason. Do you like Science fiction? This was from a small sketchbook with fast intention. I believe it was done with an Ebony pencil.⠀
These guys have been friends for a while. Thinking of Star Wars, and how R2D2 was with CP30. Two buddies until the end. Ride or Die.
“Taking Blood” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor • We all give. We all take. Giving blood, quite literally, is taking a piece of yourself to donate to someone that needs it to save their life.
We often take for granted the impact that our actions have on others. Some positive, some are negative, but we don’t have control over the eventuality of that gift.
Just because we do something we consider ‘nice’ for someone may actually be hurting them. Intention is so important, although someone may take what you say a different way. It is to be expected. We can’t put an expectation of a certain result. As soon as we expect gratitude for the nice thing you do, it no longer becomes nice at all. It is manipulation, with a condition on your behavior.
Do you expect something in return when you donate? Karma? A financial gain? Praise or status? Intend good and do no harm if you can help it.
Even still you WILL hurt people or help them regardless of your intention. All we can control are our motivations to act and the actions we take.⠀⠀
”Third Wheel” 🎨 by Dan Victor • 18” x 24” Acrylic on canvas. One of my favorites. The most simple explanation, a love triangle. The man in the foreground is the center of attention and the man in the background to the left is watching the guy and girl looking at a bird, in the lower left.
She is hang on his shoulder to the right. Everyone has their own agenda. There is the coveting of what someone else has, perhaps because maybe then, that seemingly perfect life would be complete. But it is never the case. No life is perfect, but from the outside looking in, it is an illusion, much like the Mirror of Erised, from the Harry Potter books.⠀⠀
The mirror’s inscription (‘erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi’) must be read backwards to show its true purpose.⠀⠀
“Unwanted Caress” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor • This is a depiction of something I witnessed in high school, something that happens all too often in our society. There was a girl I was friends that I witnessed being groped openly in gym class. It was obvious that she didn’t want that kind of attention. Many of the popular boys were doing this to a number of girls. The gym teacher either didn’t notice or didn’t care.⠀⠀
I talked to her about it and said it wasn’t right that they were doing that. I urged her to say something to get the boys in trouble. She told me she didn’t want to. It would be easier to endure it than to make an issue of it. That maid me sad for her.⠀⠀
That has stayed with me to this day. There are many stories I have heard over the years that are similar and worse.⠀⠀
This is my statement that men like this are creeps. I don’t like creeps. Please don’t be one of them. Respect women’s space. Cat calling is not cool. And back the fuck up.⠀⠀
“This is a Stick-Up” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor • I was doing some dark comic stills at this time in my life. Like if the comic strip ‘Family Circus’ wasn’t a lame joke about family, but a harsh characterization of something very serious. I can’t help but think of the opening scene to “Pulp Fiction”.⠀