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.
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.
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.
11/19/2017 / Trog / Comments Off on 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.
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.
10/11/2017 / Trog / Comments Off on 5 Tips for Completing Inktober 2017!
Inktober Survival Tips and Daily Drawing Hacks
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.
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