Holy hell El Moochadores, it’s Monday! Yeah, it sucks now, but the dream is to have Monday just be any old day of the week while we do what we love. Speaking of which…
Usually finding stuff to post about is kind of agonizing, but today I found something incredible right away. And on Facebook! I hate Facebook. Anyways, first up on my FB feed was a post about Super Shadows from artist Jason Ratliff. I’ve only posted a small sample of images from the series below, so click the link above to see much more. Also, prints are available at his Curioos shop.
Okay, that’s all for now. I got a day job to get to. Damnit.
Hello again El Moochadores! yeah, I know, it’s been a long while since my last post, and I do feel bad for that. The last couple of weeks have been kind of brutal at my day job (all the more reasons to not have one), and I finally got a weekend to myself. So, time for some Moo posting!
Now, there’s actually a bunch of stuff out there in the realm of geek creative to post about, and I still have this giant pile of Comic Con SWAG sitting next to me, but I wanted to kick off a new round of posts with this incredibly interesting short film I came across on the youtube. Produced by National Geographic, this video covers the interesting life, and hobby, of artist Michael Paul Smith. Smith has created his own miniature 1950’s town, called Elgin Park, based mostly on his childhood. This was a part of the Nat Geo Short Film Showcase, which is “A curated collection of the most captivating documentary shorts from filmmakers around the world.”
Though the video below is about two years old, and many of you may have already seen this, I just recently watched this for the first time, and I think a lot of what Smith is doing perfectly expresses “geek creative.” The film does get a little dark and deals a lot with issues of depression, suicide, and being bullied. But hell, we’ve all been there. Anyways, I hope you enjoy the video below, I’m going to go work on my own fantasy land project, then maybe later today, I’ll dig through the con pile and post s’more about cool stuff made by cool creatives.
Kickstarter for Hard Cover Collection of Four Years of Sketches!
Hello again El Moochadores! Yeah, it’s been awhile since my last post, but just know life’s been kicking the crap out me since then. Anyways, tonight’s post focuses on a new Kickstarter by illustrator Sean A. Murray. When funded; Sketchbook Vol. 2 will be a 6×9, hard cover, collection of four years worth of drawings from Murray’s sketchbooks. The illustration work is amazing, and with a 120 pages there’s a lot of it!
I’ve posted a few sample images below but click the KS link above to see possible contributor awards, which can also include past volumes of Murray’s work. As of this post the KS has about 15 days left and has already met it’s goal (Gratz!), but there’s still time to pitch in and get some cool rewards. Now, go contribute while I go muddle up my sketchbooks with… stuff.
The opinions expressed in the following review of Blade Runner 2049, do not necessarily reflect those of AtomicMoo.com, its staff, or its sponsor, Pan Am.
We find ourselves living in dangerous days. In today’s entertainment industry, creativity is uncreative. Originality is unoriginal. All too often, companies heartlessly reimagine, rebrand, relaunch, and rehash beloved old brands, viewing them as nothing more than “intellectual properties” ripe for monetization. But only someone extremely skillful or excessively vain would think himself capable of making any kind of worthwhile sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner. And yet, Blade Runner 2049 is now playing in theatres everywhere. It’s too bad it can’t possibly live up to any expectations — but then again, what does?
Hello El Moochadores! I just finished another edition of the world’s greatest, mouse based, web comic. Well, in my humble opinion… Anyways, check out Atomic Tails #23. In this strip the fellows are on their way to “the Tree of Woe”. You can also see previous strips at Atomic_tails.com and check out Trog’s blog where I ponder a bit about the creation of each strip.
Hey El Moochadores! Here’s a quick post to finish off the day. Check out Beat Down Boogies unique coverage of Anime Weekend Atlanta 2017. I got to admit, a lot of the cosplay in the video – I have no idea what it’s from, but that doesn’t mean the costumes aren’t well made, and with a spreckel of stuff I dig. I also posted a smattering of images from the BDB Facebook page. Click the link to see ’em all. So, give it a watch while I go finish a comic about cartoon mice.
Hello again, El Moochadores! Yeah, a long hiatus since my last post, but I’ve been working very hard on the next Atomic Tails comic, and my Inktober drawings. Speaking of which…
This is my first time participating in Inktober, and it is a challenge. Since the beginning of the month I’ve found it very hard to get my drawings done. Not having enough time being a huge factor, also not knowing what to draw. So, I feel like a lot of the drawings I’ve been doing are kind of half-assed or just bad. I had some free time this morning, so I thought I would source some tips and hacks for getting my Inktober drawings done. So check out this very informative video from Windy Iris on the youtube. She provides 5 tips for getting through the month, which I do find helpful. At the end of this month I’m hoping to do a post of all my Inktober drawings and any progress.
There was a moment in the espionage action comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service where the mission goes from bad to worse, and field agent Eggsy asks his mission handler whether or not he is taking the piss. I found myself wondering the same thing when watching the movie’s sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. In my review of the first installment, I criticised the first flick for being tonally inconsistent, as it featured both dramatic character development and over-the-top action but was unable to transition between the two convincingly. The Golden Circle opts to do away with character development at all and only focus on the ridiculous, preventing it from being as strong as its predecessor on nearly as many levels.
Opening with a balls-to-the-windshield car chase/fist fight action scene, The Golden Circle establishes from the get-go the professional relationship (as well as good friendship) between dapper suit-wearing field agent Eggsy and tech guy/mission handler Merlin, both returning from the previous adventure. I was surprised how many characters returned from the previous adventure, to be honest. There’s even at least one flashback to The Secret Service, too. You can follow the story of the sequel if you haven’t seen the first one, even if some elements might not make sense (like Eggsy dating a literal Swedish princess).
Not returning from the first movie is the villain (flashback notwithstanding). This time, there is a new villain, albeit one who maintains the level of camp as Sam Jackson’s evil tech billionaire with a lisp. The every-lovely Julianne Moore stars as Ms. Poppy, the world’s wealthiest businesswoman who also happens to be the world’s most ruthless drug lord. Operating out of a secret jungle compound styled after Happy Days’ and American Graffiti’s 1950s golden-age America, Poppy launches an all-out attack on the Kingsmen, which you might have already seen in the marketing material.
Hello again, El Moochadores! September is almost done, and we’re about to begin Inktober 2017! 31 days of artists inking like crazy. I’m really going to make an effort to participate this year, but I also have a tendency to fall off the wagon pretty quick. So, we’ll see. For those of you looking for some basic tips and advice on beginning your first Inktober, check out this great little video from Juicy Ink (aka: Tori Anne) on the youtube.
Now, she has a lot of really great advice in this video, but I had to watch it twice because her soft voice also kicked in a massive ASMR buzz on me, and I kind of started drifting off. However; I’m sure most of you won’t have this problem, but if you are looking for an Inktober/ASMR combo punch, this’d be it. So, enjoy the video and if you are doing Inktober this year, share illustrations with us! I’d love to do a post about it at the end of next month.
Hey El Moochadores! I gotta run to work in a second (…well, drive), but I wanted to start posting some of the tutorial stuff I’ve been watching. First up is a video from Manga artist Mikey Mega Mega on the youtube. This tut covers how to draw hips and waist, which is something I’ve always had a problem with. Not just with sexy pin-up girl stuff, but also with my mice characters who are a bit “hippy” too. Anyways, I gotta get going, but enjoy the video and hit the link above to see more of his tutorials.
If you are currently working on (or have produced) an independent comic, film, game, or music that has a strong nerd/geek vibe: Let us know! I’m always looking for cool “geek-creative stuff to post about” here on the Moo, and learning about your project would really help me out – and save me a lot of time searching the internet!
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