Friday, July 31, 2009

Taking the weekend off.

Sorry guys, no Friday Feature this week... I'm in Milwaukee with my dear friend Liz who doesn't appear to have wireless yet :CCC BUT THAT IS OK WE LOVE HER ANYWAY

Still got the sketchdumps coming next week! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sketchdump: Misc. Fanart

Part 4/4 of the fanart dumps! I might take a break after this, I still have to organize the "originals" dumps. Besides, you all just got a lotta sketches in the course of 3 days.


This is old; I can draw Justin much better now x3 A couple characters from my friend J.M.Lee's novel "Derelict Heaven" (which, if any of you IRL friends would like to read, you can borrow it from me).

More characters from J.M.Lee, this time of his "Final Waltz" trilogy. And uh, some wolves, I guess.

My initial reaction to the turrets the first time I played Portal at my friend Cameron's house. (For more Portal Turret fun, watch this video about "A Day in the Life of a Portal Turret" by Smooth Few Films.)


Here's some fan!Kingdom Hearts stuff (aka myself and Ruess as Nobodies/OrgXIII members):

Original concept for Ruess's Nobody, ending up going with Urxess for a name, and his realm is... solar eclipse or something, to represent... corruption of religion, I don't know. Anyway he's got a priest's collar and a big-ass bladed cross.

Urxess again.

Xayieck (my Nobody) annoying Urxess (Ruess's Nobody) and Xaldin and... well, everyone who happens to be in the nunnery vicinity. (I secretly aspire to be Julie Andrews.)


Onto the Harry Potter!

This is old, drew it after I finished Deathly Hallows the first time. I've been shipping these two since the fifth book. Poor babies. :c

Also post-DH, drew this at the 24-hour plays with Crayola markers. :P

Watching Goblet of Fire, drew emo!Harry and underwater!Harry. And a Duke-lookin'-face (a dog that comes to the dog daycare I work at).

More HP stuff done recently. That's it for now, I'll hopefully start the next sketchdump next week. Enjoy!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sketchdump: Hunchback of Notre Dame


This will be the second to last sketchdump for this week. I still have to organize the "Originals" dump... and besides, this is a lotta sketches for 3 days ;)

As promised, here is the Clopin Hunchback of Notre Dame sketchdump!


Clopin crack! Drew this at the Chicago Art Museum freshman year... I remember I was having a really shitty day and this was the only thing that made me feel better. Later colored in in Photoshop.


I was really into HoND at the same time I saw my high school's production of "Cabaret". So if HoND and Cabaret combined, Clopin would be the Emcee, Esmarelda would be Sally Bowles, Phoebus would be I-don't-remember-his-name the American writer guy, and Frollo would be the Nazi dude. And I guess you could make Quasi and whats-her-face-from-the-horrible-HoND-sequel the old Jewish couple.


Um. D8 My friend Typhie and I are Fropin shippers DON'T JUDGE US This is pure crack.


Random doodles. Jehan Frollo from the book, more Fropin crack, and High School of Notre Dame!


Horrible things I drew on my Visual Dynamics notes. Dx At least I don't have a Clopin body pillow The end.

One more dump coming tomorrow and then... you'll have to wait.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sketchdump: Movies


The madness continues! Now with a Movie-related dump:

"Blades"! Watched "Blades of Glory" (amazing movie, I now love John Heder) and "Blade Runner" within two days of each other. "Blade Runner" is weird. Very very weird. And I thought the crazy chick was a tranny the first time she was onscreen. But she turned out to be quite badass.

"Brokeback Mountain"! Might color this, probably won't.
This is old. Me as a "Cat's Don't Dance" character C:

"Sweeney Todd". Also old, from last year I think. I think I will have to look into purchasing the Broadway version with Angela Lansbury, because that one is just full of lulz.
Quick gesture thing of Willy Wonka, I was going to enter a weekly contest but this was as far as I got. C:


I think I drew this during an Illustration critique (I only know this because I wrote "convoluted" on the top and I only ever hear that word during critique. I hate that word. It and "juxtaposition"). Um. It is retarded.

More! Did this during my brief Gallery Night security stint. Dr. Manhattan is stupid.

Twilight is stupid. Just like this drawing.

LOL done during an art night. Inspired from I don't even know what. I think because of Edward Cullen's stupid, stupid hair.

Coming up next: A Hunchback of Notre Dame post!

OFF-TOPIC - wat


waaaaaaaaaaaaat

I definitely had crushes on cartoon characters back in my day (and last year D: D: D: lol Clothespin) but... waaaaaaaaaaat.

those crazy otakus




Another sketchdump coming tonight! Party onnnnnnnn~

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sketchdump: TV and Cartoons


So I have like this MASSIVE BACKLOG of art all arranged by category, I figure I'll only post a little of it right now and save the rest for... other days.

Let us commence!


Inspired by the most annoying commercial ever made.

Super Teen Extraordinaire! I do love that show.

O.C. fanart ewwwwww :P We can all have our guilty pleasures >_> Plus, Ben McKenzie is a) hot, and b) playing Copper in my Elements show. C: Also, I am sick of hearing about Andy Warhol.

Drawn back in January when we had the Firefly marathon! And Alexis made Alex and me draw soap. And some weird elf chick. And I can't draw Jayne's stupid face.

This one's pretty recent, done while watching Will & Grace. It was the one where Karen had an internet buddy and it turned out to be Scott Woolly aka Jeff Goldblum.

Old. Back when Avatar was premiering the Sozin Comet's episodes and I became a Zutara fan. Needless to say that ended quickly. Now I'm just a closet fan. C:

Pokemans. I love Ampharos. Ampharos and Lugia are my favorite Pokemon to draw.

Moar! Some Looogias. And one of Josh's Teenage Mutant Ninja Squirtles.

Until next time! (which will be soon, because I have a lot of art)

FRIDAY FEATURE! (belated)


Sorry guys, I didn't get home until 8pm last night and totally forgot about Friday Feature, so it's a little late. On the plus side, I should be uploading some sketchdumps today/tomorrow!



FRIDAY, JULY 24th, 2009 YOUTUBE FEATURE:

"SIMON'S CAT"

This is a fairly popular set of videos that I'm sure many people have seen before, but a BRAND NEW short was just uploaded yesterday, so I will honor that.

"Simon's Cat" is a series of animated shorts by Simon Tofield of London, UK. The shorts feature... well, Simon's cat (who doesn't seem to have a name but it seems to be better that way) as he (or she) encounters problems and situations very relevant to the world of the feline, all concluding with the heavy hinting of getting fed.

"Simon's Cat" premiered on YouTube in March of 2008 with the short, "Cat Man Do", in which "a hungry cat resorts to increasingly desperate measures to wake its sleeping owner":



What I think makes "Simon's Cat" so appealing to its audience is a) its simple graphical quality (black lines on a white background), b) the accuracy of the animation (the cat moves and bears the characteristics and mannerisms of an actual cat), and c) the accuracy of story. Cat owners (and everyone who has ever observed a cat, really) can watch these shorts and say, "wow, my cat does that too!"

Now I, being more of a dog person, was especially delighted when the short "Simon's Sister's Dog" came out:



I think that particular short was a one-shot deal, but it was very entertaining and really hit home as far as canines are concerned.

"Simon's Cat" only has four episodes thusfar, but it is already an immensely popular series and I'm sure there are more on the way. Here is the newest episode, "Fly Guy', for those who have not seen it:



Enjoy! Until next week!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Baby, baby, it looks like it's gonna hail.


WHAAAAT? ART??? Yessir, that is correct! I swear, sometimes I'm trying to work on art I'm SUPPOSED to be doing but get totally sidetracked with silly things like this. But hey, I need to draw more cartoony stuff, so there ya go.

Inspired by the Brian Setzer Orchestra "Dirty Boogie" album (which I happened to be listening to at the time) and its TOTALLY AWESOME album art by Sir Richard Wentworth.

Sketchdumps are coming soon, too!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

OFF-TOPIC - Harry Potter

SO

sometimes when I am bored, I browse IMDB for upcoming movies. So I looks up the cast for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because I finished the book (for the 3rd time) about 15 minutes ago.

So we got this weird effeminate guy playing teenage Dumbledore:




AND LOL LOOK WHO'S PLAYING GELLERT GRINDELWALD:




HE'LL STEEEEEAL YOU, DUMBLEEEEEDOOOORE~ HE IS IN THE DARK BESIDE YOOOOOU~
BURIED SWEETLY IN YOUR AUBURN HAAAAAAAIR~


lololol I can't get over this it's so silly

I SENSE RIDICULOUS CROSSOVERS





Alright, that is all. Just wanted to share my giggles.

Friday, July 17, 2009

FRIDAY FEATURE!


FRIDAY, JULY 17TH, 2009 YOUTUBE FEATURE:

HARRY PARTRIDGE - "HAPPY HARRY TOONS"

In celebration of Watchmen coming to DVD next Tuesday the 21st (YAAAAAAAAAY I'M GETTING THE DIRECTOR'S CUT), I bring you Harry Partridge, a Flash (I think?) animator who writes, scores, and voice acts all his cartoons (well, I'm sure he had help with some of the female characters). Harry Partridge is predominantly known for his fake (tear) teaser trailer of "Saturday Morning Watchmen".



What I admire most about Mr. Partridge is that a) he creates his own music and does almost all of his own voice acting, and b) he manages to create a hand-drawn effect using computer animation programs (again, I am only assuming it's Flash).

Also check out "Michael the Terrible Boyfriend", "Lordi - The Misheard Lyrics", and "Jimmy Tickles' Magic Pickles". Well, actually, check everything out, because it's all awesome.

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Sorry, bit of a cop-out feature tonight, pulled a full day today and I've been working hard all week. :C

But the good news is I actually drew things today, may have even made a couple of revelations regarding art and sketching. But uploading will have to wait. I have a family thing to go to on Sunday and everything artistic is on hold until it's over with.

Enjoy the feature, until next time!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"Despicable Me" trailer



Huh! I've never heard of this movie, but I'm familiar with the Ice Age movies and Horton Hears A Who. Hmmm... it looks interesting.

Haha, it's funny to think how anti-3D I used to be.

Friday, July 10, 2009

FRIDAY FEATURE!


FRIDAY, JULY 10TH, 2009 YOUTUBE FEATURE:

"THE METH MINUTE 39"

The Meth Minute 39 is a series of 39 short cartoons by animator Dan Meth, brought to you by Channel Frederator. The cartoons are predominantly done in Flash, but also features hand-drawn and stop-motion animation. The Meth Minute 39 features several reoccurring storylines and a variety of different characters, and the series excels in the areas of voice-acting, music, animation, story, and humor.

The first video of the Meth Minute I saw was Episode 11: "Watermelon Nights", shown to me by a friend. This video demonstrates the stop-motion end of the series' spectrum for some interesting (and somewhat disturbing) results:



But it is ultimately best to start from the beginning with the series biggest hit, "Internet People", an amalgam of famous viral videos and internet memes presented in catchy song format:



And a quick list of my personal favorites:

"Sex Machine", featuring James Brown
"Nite Fite", which was ultimately resulted into its own spinoff series
"Dog Video Dating", cuz. Hoooooly crap that's clever.
"The Music Nerds" and sequel "The Music Nerds Do Karaoke", where I discovered the awesomeness that is Led Zeppelin
"Syd Barret Visits His Accountant". PRISMS~
"Bob Meets The Beatles" Wonderful caricatures and voice acting here.
"Emomelon Days", the sequel to "Watermelon Nights"
"Viewer Calls", thank you for representin' Minnesota!

I highly recommend this series. It is, for the most part, awesome, some of the videos are kind of weird but overall it is quite worth your time.

Tune in next week! I'll probably post some one-shot videos before then, we'll see. Also I'll try to put together a sketch dump after I finish up with icon commissions.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

This Makes Me Laugh

It's a little early for Friday Feature (yes that's what I'm calling it) but I will use FF to feature mainly studios/people, and maybe in-between Fridays I will post little one-shot videos I find.

Like this, for example. It is most hilarious.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

This is why KFC is gross.


Yes.

Oh, art/animation-related post? Not today!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Crazy animation dream

CRAAAAZY DREAM TIME!

I had a dream that I met John K. (creator of Ren and Stimpy) and he looked/acted like Beavis from Beavis and Butthead (I distinctly remember calling him Butthead in the dream and he got all offended, because I honestly believed that Butthead was the blond guy for just about my entire life).

Anyway, we met at Sawatdee (an Indian restaurant downtown that is DELICIOUS by th way) and he "interviewed" me for his studio (which happened to be in Minneapolis WEIRD). And he was freaking weird, like Beavis should be. But I showed him my demo reel (which existed in my dream... and consisted of Disney forest animals on an adventure DDDx) and he said that he'd consider hiring me for his studio if I wanted to work there. HAAAAAAAAA like he'd ever hire me IRL. I'm not his type at ALL. I don't even like Ren and Stimpy, never did.


It was interesting.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Weekly YouTube Feature?


So.

To distract everyone from my lack of posting art, I've decided to do a weekly Animation (or otherwise) feature. I should update on Fridays. Yes. Ok, granted, I've decided this in the past 2 minutes, but I think I should go on with it, because I like to talk about the cool YouTube things that I find. Because I find quite a few of them. Well, not so much anymore but I have a backlog of many awesome things that I find, so. Deal with it.

And yes I'm aware that only 2-3 people have knowledge of this blog, but I plan to remedy that. Promotion, whoohoo! I can do that. Maybe.

Nonetheless, here is our first feature!




FRIDAY, JULY 3RD, 2009 YOUTUBE FEATURE:

"FOR TAX REASONS"

From what I can tell, For Tax Reasons is a small studio run by two guys, Ben Levin and Matt Burnett. They specialize in nerd content (video games and RPGs), but if you are a frequent visitor of the Internets, most of the jokes are easily understood. Their animation and character design is simple but very effective, and I for one am a huge fan of the voice-acting.

What initially drew me to For Tax Reasons was their short film "Im In Ur Manger, Killin Ur Savior", which is essentially about a reenactment of Jesus' birth gone terribly, terribly awry.



Also check out their short series called "RDCCDX: The Digital Pirates of Dark Water", which just updated with a new episode.



Enjoy!

More to come, next week! I've got to go comfort my dog, who has recently decided that she is afraid of fireworks :C

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Icons!



Instead of working on Elements like I should be, I've been doing icons all week! They're very fun to make. :)

Characters (c) their respective owners.

Well, I got more of 'em to do, so I'm off for now. I'm hoping to update this blog more often... maybe with stuff other than sketches and art, as well. Maybe I could post cool YouTube videos when I don't have art to put up...

We'll see! Stay tuned!