FIVE LEGIT WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR SKETCHBOOK!

Drawing tips from DrawingWiffWaffles!

How’s it going, El Moochadores? Good, probably. Why not. Anyways, check out this awesome little video from Drawingwiffwaffles on the youtube! In this video Mrs. Waffles (maybe it’s Miss…) lays down five tips for improving the overall look of your sketchbook. Which in my case would really help. That shambling mess on the right here is a page of my own sketch book. Not so much art as it is a spastic sneeze with pencil and ink.
So, Miss Wiffwaffles tips are based around the idea of Contrast! which is:

the state of being strikingly different from something else, typically something in juxtaposition or close association.

And for a quick summary they are:

1. Contrast in Size!
2. Contrast in Detail!
3. Contrast in Color!
4. Contrast in Texture!
5. Cram!

So go on and check out the video below. She has a fantastic illustrative style and a cute “snorty” laugh. It’s great. Both the video and the laugh. Also, feel free to post links to your sketchbook in the comments below or any advice you’ve found helpful.

Cheers!

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Atomic Moo in 2018!

Happy new 2018, El Moochadores! As we’re just beginning this new year, I wanted to get on here an thank everyone who visited our sites, or bought an illustration from us online, or at a con last year. Though Atomic Moo is mostly a learning experience for us, we appreciate any support we can get. Last year, was a chance for us to fix a lot of personal problems, and I feel like we’re a little bit better prepared to continue our goal of becoming professional artists and creators. This year we are going to continue to post/blog about all the great independent work we encounter in the world of comics, cosplay, and fan film/music, but we’re also going to focus a lot on improving our skills, and finishing projects. It’s always bugged me that we couldn’t get the Atomic Moo comic together, and a goal (resolution) this year is to get the remaining pages illustrated and have an official Atomic Moo comic! Which as I write this is going to be really tough, because I also want to keep up with my own webcomic (Atomic Tails), and Chud and I have a few print projects planned (almost finished too!) for this year. So, for the blog side of the Moo, look forward to a lot of drawing and painting tutorials, because I’ll be using those to get the comic going!

I also want to keep the “geek creative” side of Atomic Moo alive. It was by doing the “Moocast” and interviewing creatives that got us into making our own stuff, and since stopping the Moocast in 2016 I feel like we’ve drifted away from that inspiration which has hurt us. So, this next year I would also like to kick off the Moocast again and do regular post about the cool indie stuff we encounter at cons and online. Also, also, if you’re a creator and want us to share your project with our tiny (wee, miniscule even!) visitors, please let us know! Sourcing content is a huge time sink and I’m always in need of content, and it’s just cool to see fresh ideas outside the norm. Which is very much where we reside. Way outside the norm…

2017 was a pretty good year for us, and I have a feeling that 2018 is going to be even better.

Cheers!

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Justice League: The Art of the Film

An Atomic Moo Book Review!

Happy Holidays, El Moochadores! For today’s post I got a hold of Titan Books’s hardcover Justice League: The Art of the Film! Now, I dug the book, but I can’t say anything about the movie itself because I haven’t seen it yet. Which is not a criticism of the film, I’ve just been either too busy, or too broke (or a combination of the two), to see films this last year. Anyways… Let’s review a book!

I think I enjoy “Art of” books way more than I do actual films anymore. Everyone of these books is filled with beautiful set design, concept art, costumes, and background information that appeals to my creative side, and Justice League: Art of the Film is no exception. The book begins with a forward by DC’s Geoff Johns and an introduction by the films producer, Charles Roven, then dives into over 200 pages of the films art production. Along with detailed images of concept art and costume concepts is a quote from the production staff or performer about the set, prop, or costume being used. There’s even one page which shows all the background Logo, poster, and ad work produced to flesh out their world. Which with us being design nerds, was kind of cool to see.

I also enjoyed the variety of costume designs featured in the book. Most of the images are labeled as “concept” so I don’t know how much of it made it into the film, but I kind of wish cosplayers would pay more attention to books like this. These books are awesome reference sources for costume ideas. It’d be great to see cosplayers bring these costumes to conventions instead of the now standard issued Deadpool and Harley Quinn that fill up every con. Also, I’m glad to see the kept the Wonder Woman costume hot ‘n sexy. What with this weird liberal puritanism fucking up our culture and creativity, its nice to some sexy back on screen. Though, that might just be Gal Gadot. I’m pretty sure see could wear a cardboard box and still be hot. Actually… that is hot. ANYWAYS, the other costume details about Flash, Batman, and the other heroes were also interesting to read and see in detail.

The film’s reviews haven’t been great, but this art book is actually pretty cool, and if you’re into costume design, set design, or even FX work, you might want to pick up a copy for yourself. You can get your own copy (why not, you got some Christmas cash coming in! X-mas bonus!!!) of Justice League: The Art of the Film in all major book stores or online at titanbooks.com!

Check out a proper synopsis, a few sample images, along with a trailer of the film! Sorry about some of the quality of the images, I had to use my iPhone and I wanted to show what the book actually looked like. Not just images pulled from the web – like above.

Cheers!

Inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans – Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash – to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Packed with stunning concept art, sketches, costume detail, stills, and behind-the-scenes shots from the set, this book is an invaluable insight into the world of Justice League.

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Atomic Tails #24!!!

New Chud and Trog Comic!

Hello again, El Moochadores! Yesterday I finished another Atomic Tails!, and it only took me two months. Yeah, really really bad. Anyways, check out the new comic strip below, and also go check out past comics at the Atomic Tails Archive page. You can also check out Trog’s Blog where I write (ponder) about making the comic. Also, please follow Atomic Tails on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Just search for Atomic Tails and look for cartoon mice.

Cheers!

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How to Draw Everyday!

7 Simple Tips from Alphonso Dunn

Ok El Moochadores, the break is over and we’re back to posting again. On the bright side, I’m just about done with the next Atomic Tails comic and we’re back to work on Atomic Moo #1. So, yes we have been working, but I need to get my drawing skills up as we do all this. So there’s going to be a lot more drawing tutorials and art book reviews on here to help keep me motivated!

So, let’s kick things off with a little help on how to draw everyday from Alphonso Dunn on the Youtube. Though I’m not going to list them here (watch the video) Dunn has some really good advice for staying consistent and setting expectations. I really liked his advice on keeping two sketch books; one for practice and study, the other for more finished work. You can see more of Dunn’s work on his Instagram. Now, I am very late for work and I have to run, but I’ll find some time to draw today and update this post with my sketch.

Enjoy!

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EnBW Guter Stoff

Funny CGI Animated Film


Hello again, El Moochadores! We’re back from a Thanksgiving up in Salt Lake City! The trip was a lot of fun, and it was good to see our old mother and fat brothers again. Salt Lake is a pretty awesome place too. Lots of good sites and restaurants, and (best of all) Dr. Volts Comic Comic Connection is only a few blocks away from my Mom’s place. It was a short walk to the store, and they offered us cookies on the way out! I love that shop. Anyways, we’re back now so I can start my semi-regular posts again.

For today’s post I found a funny CGI animation from CG Record on the Youtube. The video is in… not English, so read the subtitles. I don’t know if this is a weird ad, or just meant to be funny, but I love the squirrel who thinks he can fly. FYI, I’m pretty sure power lines don’t work like that, and the owl would probably just eat the squirrel. Still funny though. Check it out, while I get my post Thanksgiving life in order – which mostly involves a lot of trips to the bathroom.

Cheers!

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Super Shadows

The Artwork of Jason Ratliff

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.

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The Man Behind a Mysterious Miniature Town

A Short Film from National Geographic


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.

Cheers!

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Sean Andrew Murray Sketchbook Volume 2

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.

Cheers!

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Movies by the Numbers!

An Atomic Moo Movie Review of Blade Runner 2049!

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?

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