The bottle was the only thing that would bring this awkward & unsure boy turned him into a full fledged rocker, with aviator sunglasses and all. Part of the ‘Robot Heart’ series. At this point Ductape Halo catches a bottle thrown in the air, like Popeye would if it were a can of spinach. ⠀
Every super hero has their incredible strength, but they must have a fatal flaw. Kryptonite to Superman, made him understand the human condition. A superior being with insecurities, but an exterior of steel.
I learned my first real instrument when I was 14. I asked my parents for one at 12. Broke them down and after six months, I had my first bass guitar. It would be my greatest accomplishment as a musician. Today, after 30 years of playing bass, I have experienced so much music and life because of it. Another drawing from the “Robot Heart” series.
” A Clockwork Alex #1” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor. 📓 Hand-cut silkscreen stencil. One color on matte board. This one I did in college. I went through a big Stanley Kubrick / Kurt Vonnegut phase around then and had just started Intro to Silk Screening. It is such a cool process. To think about positive and negative space, is hard to keep straight, since the image inverts itself.⠀
You might be wondering why I chose this particular image. There is something behind his eyes that I recognize. A piece of me that goes to that dark place. Bit also kind of cocky attitude. Don’t you think?⠀
It’s his attitude, that walks the line between devious and demonic.⠀
Sometimes, it is the first thing people say. First thumbnail sketch i did for the concept of a superhero that had special rockstar abilities when he would drink. I’m not sure what those powers were really more than show people how to have a really good time. I would go around and ya know be the fore bearer of good cheer. Smiling ear to ear.
This was a dark time for not only the superhero. Art seems to reflect what is going on. It is incredible to look back at and get some perspective. ⠀
This was from a notebook I used as a writing journal for poetry, but ended up doodling while I was thinking. This is what came about.⠀
People would always call it a doodle, as if the image was not legitimate because it didn’t have a predetermined purpose. There is no plan Ideas don’t happen that way. They evolve, and we perfect them. ⠀ ⠀ I just love pattern + composition. If thoughts were visible, this is what my aura would look like. ⠀
“Mouth Pain” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor. 📓 Another of the sketches from the ‘Robot Heart’ Series. There will be more drawings like this to follow. March is featuring the unfinished graphic novel.⠀ .⠀ This scene is when the main character, Chuck, is transforming from his meek self into the legendary rockstar 🎸- Ductape Halo. ⠀ .⠀ That was my stage name. And later on my band. Thought a cool comic book with a CD would sell well. Great in concept. lol.
Tap Room” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor. ✏️ From a sketchbook from 2005. Makes me feel like I am in a small town, where locals get into fights on a Friday night, because that’s entertainment.⠀ .⠀ It was like this bar I visited in North East PA. It was pretty much exactly like this. Ugly dude was drunk, yelling at the girl he was with. She was cute and I wondered why she was with a guy like that. ⠀ .⠀ I wanted to stay out of the danger zone, but still listen. When we got back to the car, I rolled down the windows and sat there for about 5 minutes. They were still shouting when I started the car.
“She reads the newspaper while enjoying a drink” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor. 📓 From the ‘Robot Heart’ series. A collection of drawings meant to have been for a graphic novel or something, but never did anything with them. I like the way they came out. I made an honest attempt to keep the style consistent. Some are better than others. I’m going to share these never-before-seen drawings with you. ⠀ .⠀ This depicts a simple calm before the storm. She is content in her a world she has made her own, but there will be something to rattler that tranquility. But what could it be…?
“The band played all night” by Dan Victor. 🎨 Drawing of me as a kid. I actually had a guitar when I was 3, but I couldn’t really play it. I just liked to get dressed up and sing into my dad’s tie rack.⠀ .⠀ In the background, my father is depicted playing the keys and the rest of the band is playing. I am pretending as if the band are back me up. ⠀
“Swipe Right” 📲 by Dan Victor. From a sketchbook a while ago, before smart phones, But staring at a photo of someone you lost doesn’t change. I have a box of old photos with rounded corners, held together with #packingtape and bits of box that were only connected because of the massive amount of tape I have layer over the years. Opening and closing every time I move.⠀
I have moved many times in my life. Across the country and back East. It blows my mind to find out some have never moved at all. Although, since 2006, I have called Bushwick home.⠀ ⠀ This drawing was done right around the time I moved here. I remember what the photo was literally about, but I would rather wonder myself. Like I try to forget, so I could be surprised. ⠀ ⠀ Drawing surprises me. Writing, ahhhh not as much. I love to write and you must read this saying, ‘Well why read any further?’. I absolutely love the subtlety of language, especially expressed in person. It’s just that I need to know where the writing is going, for clarity, the words draw the picture. But the picture communicates immediately, if successful.