Archive for January, 2009

superjail fanart

Posted in art with tags , on 01/29/2009 by g00ba

So yeah, you don’t have to talk to me for very long about cartoons before I just start gushing about Superjail. It’s got everything you could want from an animated series, as long as you’re an ultra-violent droog with a soft spot for seizure-inducing psychedelics. It’s just about the only thing I look forward to on Adult Swim anymore, despite the fact that I’ve already seen every episode.

You can see them all online here, and check out the studio’s website because they have a lot of cool shorts. You’ll have to poke around a bit, but it’s worth it.

I doodled my two favorite characters, the twins, and then threw down some inks too. I’ll probably color it eventually, but that’s all I got for now.

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Colors done…
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Superjail is just about the only cartoon I find myself caring about lately, with the noticeable exception of Adventure Time, which is just positively great. It’s crazy like Superjail, but wont scar your children for life. Gotta love toons that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike. Also I heard that it is being picked up as a full series by Nickelodeon, so this is good to know. Your hat is stupid!!

calling doctor cthulhu

Posted in art, progression with tags , on 01/22/2009 by g00ba

Upon the recommendation of a fellow forumer, I recently purchased a book of the short stories of H.P. Lovecraft. (Thanks for the gift card Gary & Karen) I’m not sure why it took me so long to explore his works because they are the exact type of horror that I am such a great fan of. Sure, monsters are scary, but the real thing that we fear is the idea that life is incomprehensible to our puny minds, and that the universe is fundamentally alien. Anyone who dares piece together the puzzle are likely to go completely mad in the process. I flew through the book pretty rapidly, and felt inspired to put together this image, which I have posted below from start to finish.

It’s starts with a quick sketch of just the most basic elements. The looming old one, and a mysterious cult dancing around a fire in a swampy forest.

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I wanted the drawing to be simple but the lighter color on top of the green wasn’t enough to make the image pop. I added a darker blue/green so that everything might stand out a bit more. I started to refine some things and added some details, like the cult people. I added scales to the creature but I ended up nixing it later down the line. I also put in some placeholder stars to make a connection to an unseen cosmic force.

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For the next step I fixed the hands, and corrected the light source from the fire on the Cthulhu’s arms which didn’t seem quite right before. I added more detail to the human figures and worked on finishing all the elements in the sky. I added a moon which gave me a second point of light to render. I also added a few branches to the trees so that they didn’t look like pillars.

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For the last step before adding a texture, I just gave the whole piece a final once over, fixing and tightening up various things.

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Finally I took some black construction paper and scribbled over it with a white colored pencil. I scanned in the paper, and then applied it to the final image and called it a day. It’s a little goofy, and it’s definitely not a typical depiction of Lovecraft’s universe, but I did what I could to give my own interpretation of his stories. Done!

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Movies of the Future

Posted in previews, videogame with tags on 01/02/2009 by g00ba

Movies. I watch them. Sometimes movies aren’t out yet so I watch trailers. So should you.

Coraline – Based on a book by Neil Gaiman and directed by Henry Selick, who also directed the Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach. I’m a sucker for claymation and movies about parallel worlds.

Black Dynamite – Take a righteous journey back to the seventies, where every Blacksploitation cliché is new again. I’m willing to see any movie where the villain pumps heroin into local orphanages, and floods the ghetto with a secret weapon disguised as Malt Liquor. Can you dig it?

9 – Tim Burton, without Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter. Finally. It’s not stop motion, but it still looks cool.

Che – Hey it’s a movie about that guy on those T-shirts! The movie clocks in at almost 4 and a half hours long, but at least it wont be boring.

Where the Wild Things Are – It’s just very early test footage, but it still shows a lot of promise. Spike Jonze is sure to do the book justice.

Also click here for a preview of a very intriguing game. Although I am a big fan of blood and guts, I can’t help but think this game still looks amazing. Sure, it would never be mistaken for hardcore, but by wanting to play a game about flowers, I myself have proven just how hardcore I truly am.