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My self-summary
Creativity and passion are the most important things in my life. I'm a painter, illustrator (professionally), and writer. I can be very intense about those things, though don't take that to mean that I'm an intensely serious person. I'm also a huge comedy nerd. If I'm at work or in my car, I'm most likely listening to comedy podcasts (Never Not Funny, The Pod F. Tompcast, etc). Humor is as important to me as creativity... er... though, this description really doesn't show that very well.

That said, I'm also a huge regular nerd of the Star-Trek-TNG-Batman-Doctor-Who variety. I can make Batman metaphors out of almost anything. Seriously. Try me.

Finding other artists in the greater DC region is a hell of a challenge. I'm looking for other creative, intelligent people who are passionate about something... about anything really, as long as passion is there.

Unlike a lot of artists, though, I'm also a huge science enthusiast. I don't have any formal training in science or anything, but I read about/watch documentaries about science whenever I can. Reality is pretty exciting if you know what to look for.

Oh yeah: something something hiking something something work hard play hard.
What I’m doing with my life
Painting. Almost constantly. Even though I work as an illustrator, it's not enough to get the art bug out of my head.

I've just finished a series of paintings about social networking and am currently exploring the techniques of the Old Masters.

When the painting tide ebbs, I'm working on a novel and I'm going to finish it this time. Really. I am. Seriously. I'm going to finish it.
I’m really good at
Painting, computer illustration, memorizing trivial facts.

I also make a pretty decent gumbo.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably my voice. It tends to carry.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Survivor, Down and Out in Paris and London, To Kill a Mockingbird, Machine Man (Max Barry actually used one of my illustrations on his website), Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Dune, Out of Sight, The Thin Man, The Zombie Survival Guide, Less Than Zero, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, anything by Vonnegut (except, maybe, Deadeye Dick)

Movies: The Dark Knight, Evil Dead II, Pulp Fiction, Role Models, True Romance, Chinatown, Casablanca

Shows: Never Not Funny, Doctor Who, MST3k, 30 Rock, Big Bang Theory, Star Trek TNG, Arrested Development, Party Down, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Walking Dead

Music: Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Fiona Apple, Steely Dan, Portishead
Six things I could never do without
Paint, Canvas, brushes... and three other things

Is it fair to count coffee as three things? That would be proportional to the amount I drink.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Paint and masked vigilantes.

Also, why do people who believe in ghosts never see ghosts of cavemen? At what point in our evolution did ghosts start inhabiting our bodies? Clearly it wasn't in the early primate stage, but what about Cro-Magnon, Homo Erectus, Homo Habilis? Did they not have souls? And what about the offshoots like Neanderthals? Did ghosting only start with homo sapiens? Was it, like, one day when the species finally developed the final trait that made them Homo Sapiens a ghost just popped into them or did it evolve over time?
On a typical Friday night I am
Painting and writing mostly. Most my friends seem to be Saturday people.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm 33 but I read at a 37 year old level.

Here's my work: www.flickr.com/joegranskiart
You should message me if
If you can spend an evening talking about art, the apocalypse, and how awesome it is that we're living in the future.

Or if you can make me laugh.
The two of us