Artist of the Month at Berkeley Ironworks
From an article in the Oakland Tribune, July 2008 - Topo is a little bear who dreams of grand adventures. He makes elaborate plans, collects the necessary gear, but never actually embarks on any of these adventures. Topo is a character in Mike Dutton's new comic strip,"One Swoop Fell."
"It's kind of autobiographical," Dutton says.
For the past year, I've been publishing an online comic called One Swoop Fell
. Although the main characters are anthropomorphic and the story is slightly fantasy-based, you'll probably recognize locations from around Berkeley, like Marmot Mountain Works, Joshu-Ya, or the Homemade Cafe. And while the story is lighthearted, the themes might hit close to home as well, as I explore restlessness, the ever-present travel bug, and the difference between escapism and the active pursuit of happiness. I hope you'll enjoy these few pages on display along with my other illustrations, and be inspired to take on that adventure you've been daydreaming about, whether it's a weekend trip, tackling the garden, or taking a moment to slow down and just enjoy where you are.
To see Mike's illustrations, visit his website at www.DuttonArt.net
. His online comic can be found at www.OneSwoopFell.com
. It is updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Labels: Artist of the Month, Mike Dutton, One Swoop Fell