SpiritOfNikopol
26 Chicago, United States
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My self-summary
Artsy + nerdy. I work for an art gallery during the day and work on a comic book at night. Originally from Michigan, been in Chicago 8 years now. Always reading, drawing, or cooking. A bit shy in my own way but not socially inept, I think.
What I’m doing with my life
All year I've been travelling for work, in and out every few weeks. Texas, NY, LA, even Hong Kong.

I work for a contemporary art gallery in the West Loop. My title is "Operations Manager" which means I oversee a little bit of everything and make sure things work smoothly. Never a dull day.

In my spare time I'm working as artist on a webcomic series with a writer who lives just outside Chicago. I work on other illustration commissions too, and the occasional graphic design gig. Experimenting on my own art when I can make the time, possibly for a grad school portfolio, possibly just for a show. Always reading, always learning. Going to the gym when I can. Cooking for friends now and then. Always busy with something.
I’m really good at
I tend to have a very good memory. I'm also pretty good at talking about art. I get a lot of practice, I suppose. My poached-egg technique is getting pretty close to perfect.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The Coen Brothers are probably my favorite directors. Some of my favorite films include Dawn of the Dead (the original), Unbreakable, Brazil, A Serious Man, Ghost in the Shell, Blade Runner, Branded to Kill, Black Narcissus, Barton Fink, the Three Colors Trilogy, and Holy Mountain. I'm also a huge animation nut, so I'll gladly watch just about anything animated, any time.

Thanks to Netflix, I'm constantly finding good TV though. I have the habit of listening to television while I'm working on my art. Latest hook is Steven Universe. For real, it's great.

Books? Kobo Abe, Tennyson, Poe, Shelley, Blake, Pessoa, Mishima, Baudelaire, Rilke, some classical epics (The Ramayana, Die Nibelungen, etc.), some classic scifi here and there. I'm trying to read more non-fiction, particularly relevant to the history of art.

I read a lot of comics and graphic novels too, both for pleasure and to review. I'm pretty open minded with the medium and I think I have fairly diverse taste.

I can appreciate a lot of different kinds of music, though, I primarily listen to a few kinds- I listen to a lot of gloomy 80s goth-rock and bouncy synth-pop. But I like diversity. In the winter I like folk, in the spring I like pop, in the summer hip-hop, and in the fall I often feel like prog. Lately lots of Vashti Bunyan, Young Fathers, Yes, Goldfrapp.

I love food in general. I have opinions on good and bad, but I can't bring myself to claim favorites on styles of cuisine. I've been cooking a lot of salmon this year, and asparagus is my new favorite thing. Just bought a little grill.
The six things I could never do without
1. Intelligent conversation.
2. Optimism, hope for the future.
3. Good memory.
4. Creative outlets.
5. A library card.
6. CTA card.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My brain goes everywhere. It sounds stupid to express it this way, but I love thinking. I suppose it's why I love conversation, because it's also a way to explore and work through ideas.

I think a lot about my art, and my future. Big ideas, little ideas. This and that, ideas flowing. Post-war Japanese literature, Vedic myths, hermetic alchemy, comic book theory, continental philosophers, the role of the artist, patriarchy and cultural hegemony, scifi technology, character designs, evolution of fictional creatures... The list is always growing.
On a typical Friday night I am
Lately I've been taking Fridays kind of easy. I love hitting galleries, trying new restaurants, seeing movies, etc. but for the past few months I've been spending Fridays after work at the gym, then home to draw comics and watch movies.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have basically no arch in my eyebrows at all, and I'm sort of self-conscious about it. The arch exists, but it's too blonde to see.
You should message me if
If you like having smart conversations. If you like going to bookstores, talking about movies, being geeky. If you want to recommend a book or movie to me, or want recommendations. If you want an excuse to go get bubble tea, or would want to give me an excuse to go get bubble tea. If you like wheat beer, Jean-Luc Godard, or taking part in comic jam sessions.

If you like my Tumblr.

http://dolecrowner.tumblr.com/
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