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WoW Battle for Azeroth Videos

Cinematics and Warbringer Videos

Good morning, El Moochadores! Well, morning for me. I love playing World of Warcraft. Which, is something that is tough to owe up to, especially with some of my friends, but fuck ’em. I pay my taxes, I don’t commit crimes, and I go to work every day. I get to enjoy Warcraft, goddammit. Also, it’s fucking cool!

Unfortunately, I don’t have the time, or money, to play WoW as I would like. So, I have to enjoy WoW in a limited, often from the sidelines, sort of way. Which sucks, because I think this new expansion (Battle for Azeroth) looks really cool, and I really want to play it! And I might!

Well, I’ll probably work a bunch of overtime, and spend my free time drawing cartoon mice and cows, but I’ll really want to play… dammit! Since I can’t get involved (right now) I can at least geek out over some of the new cinematics and animatic videos being released prior to the new expansion. So join me in my frustration and check out some cool WoW lore. Below, I posted the Battle for Azeroth trailer, Old Soldier, and a couple of the Warbringer animatics. Not all the videos released, but enough to help feed the addiction. I hope.

For the Horde.

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Giant Lego Spaceship!

Jordan Morgan and His 13 Foot Long Lego Spaceship!

There’s probably a very fine (blurry) line between fandom and OCD, but it’s really cool to see someone walk it. For example; check out Lego builder, Jordan Morgan and his 13 foot long Lego battleship. Reported on by Beyond the Brick back in June, this 19 minute long Youtube video goes through all the really cool details Morgan built in to his spaceship. The build includes secret compartments, lights, and even a small fleet of fighter ships. Keen! Seriously, I love watching stuff like this and in a weird way, it makes me want to work on my own projects even more. Check out the video below, and if you have any cool Lego, or geeky, builds; let us know!

Enjoy!


We’re always looking for cool new content to share here on Atomic Moo, so if you have a “geek creative” indie project and would like us to post about it email Trog@atomicmoo.com! Also, don’t forget to help support Atomic Moo by following us on Twitter (@atomicmoo) and Facebook!

How To Learn Anything Faster

5 Tips to Increase your Learning Speed

Okay, El Moochadores, it’s time to start out our day (well my day) with a little sefl-improvement. Check out the above video from the Youtube where Practical Psychology presents a video from Project Better Self that provides five useful tips for improving your ability to learn new things. I thought it was cool that one of his examples for stuff we might want to learn is drawing, since that is exactly what I’m studying, but here are the five steps to learn faster in a nutshell… or blockquote…:

1. Deconstruct the skill and use the Pareto Principle. The 80/20 rule; That is, focus on the one or two things of which you want to learn and just focus on those things.
2. Have a laser like focus and use the Pomodoro technique. Shut down all external distractions and fully focus on a task for a short period of time. Usually 20 to 25 minutes, making sure to include a short break of 1 to 5 minutes.
3. Learn by Doing.
4. Be Persistent. Fight the dip!
5. Get enough sleep.

This next week, I’m going to try this method. I’m usually not to good at sticking to a routine, but maybe this can help change that. Also, step 5 is problem for me. I have a very tough time falling asleep at night and staying asleep. Apparently, I also snore. Anyways, I hope this video helps with your own study routines and projects.

Cheers!


We’re always looking for cool new content to share here on Atomic Moo, so if you have a “geek creative” indie project and would like us to post about it email Trog@atomicmoo.com! Also, don’t forget to help support Atomic Moo by following us on Twitter (@atomicmoo) and Facebook!

Comic Con 2018 -Trailers!

An Atomic Moo (not) Movie Review

Yesterday I was in the process of setting up a really big Atomic Moo post about all the film, and television, trailers that premiered at the last SDCC 2018. However; as I was gathering links, and embed codes, I came across Red Letter Media’s Half in the Bag episode: 150, where they reviewed many of the same trailers, but with just as much (or more!) fake disinterest, and cynicism, that I myself was about to write. So, instead of posting a giant page full of Youtube videos, I’ve decided to post Half in the Bag 150 , which (for the most part) shares my same opinions towards these films, and few trailers they missed.

Well, there are some differences. These fellows seem more or less indifferent to Disney Star Wars, whereas I hate (loathe) every hack film produced by the Disney Wars (Disney ruined Star Wars). Also, I’m all in for a Godzilla v. King Kong film. Yeah, I hate going to theaters these days, and if I end up watching any of this stuff – it’ll be from the comfort of my own home, but a Godzilla/King Kong fight may (MAY) just get me back into a movie theater. Oh, and I am very much rooting for the Shazam film. I know it probably won’t be good, but I want to be just awesome.

So what follows here is Half in the Bag: Episode 150, Trailers for Venture Bros. Season 7, Dr. Who Season 11, and The Oriville Season 2.

Enjoy and disney ruined Star Wars.

Half in the Bag: 150

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Jack Kirby: Story Teller

Full Documentary

Hey El Moochadores! It’s my day off (very well deserved) and during my hour of practice drawing I watched (well, listened to…) this pretty rad documentary about comic book legend, Jack Kirby. Lately, I’ve been trying to do more “Kirby Krackle” stuff in my doodles, and so I’ve developed an interest in learning more about Kirby and all he’s done for comic books. Jack Kirby was the legendary creator of such comics as Captain America and the Fantastic Four, and this Documentary features commentary by the likes of Stan Lee, Jim Lee, Neal Adams, and many more. I really dug this, and I may go back and give it another watch later tonight. The video was posted to the Youtube way back in 2016 by Kirby Continuum. Click the link for more info on the video and fun Kirby related videos.

Enjoy!

Hendo’s How-To: Cable’s Arm (Deadpool 2)

Opa, El Moochadores! It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything cosplay, and yesterday (while suffering through the painful grind of my soul-crushing day job) I came across this great video by super-sexy/cute copslayer Hendo.

In the youtube video below, Hendo shows us how to make a fantastic looking “Cable” arm, like the one the rest of you got to see in Deadpool 2. I wish I could’ve seen Deadpool 2 too, but I have to pay off a lot of credit card and student loan debt. sigh.

Anyways, I really did enjoy the make process Hendo uses here, and I hope this helps any potential cosplayers who may decide not to cosplay as Deadpool or Harley Quinn for upcoming conventions. Lot’s of DP’s and HQ’s at cons now days. There are other characters out there, folks. Check out more of Hendo’s cosplay work at Facebook page, or on her Instagram.

Enjoy!

Tomb Raider: The Art and Making of the Film

An Atomic Moo Film Book Review

Following the recent release of the Tomb Raider major motion picture is a new art and making of the film hard back book from Titan Books! And we got one!

Now, I can’t review the film, because I haven’t actually seen it yet. My current budget (or lack of) isn’t allowing for any film reviews (though a couple of free passes from Warner Bros could totally fix that… just say’n), but we did receive a very cool edition of Titan Books’s 2018 Tomb Raider: The Art and Making of the Film. I love film and art books, and they’re a great resource for graphic inspiration, reference material, and plain old geeking out. Also, Titan Books has produced many high quality film books in the past, and this one is no exception. Written/produced by Sharon Gosling (She did the Art and Making of Wonder Woman we reviewed awhile back), the Tomb Raider film book gives a pretty damn interesting insight into the concept art, behind the scenes photos, stunts, and cast quotes about the movie.

This film book starts with forwards from director Roar Uthaug (might actually be a viking), and producer Graham King, then continues with more than 170 beautiful pages of film making. Like always, my favorite parts are the concept art used for creating the film. However, if you are more into the film making process, prop making, or sets, then there are dozens of pages covering all of that.

I’ve posted a few sample images (just taken from my iPhone) below along with the film official trailer and the official synopsis, but if you enjoyed the film (I wouldn’t know… too poor for movie tickets, popcorn, and candy) then I highly recommend finding a copy at your local Barnes and Nobles (or book store of choice), or even getting your own copy at Titan Books online store. Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander and is in theaters now! …or so I hear.

Cheers!

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Tomb Raider follows the treacherous journey of a young Lara Croft as she takes her first steps toward becoming a global hero. Academy Award™ winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) stars in the lead role, under the direction of Roar Uthaug (The Wave). Showcasing lavish concept art, behind the scenes photos, insight into the stunts, and fascinating contributions from cast and crew, Tomb Raider, The Art and Making of the Film, is the perfect companion to this highly-anticipated release.


Seriously, WB! Don’t you want your movies reviewed by a website about a fire-breathing super cow!?! WTF WB?

How to Make Yourself Study When You Have ZERO Motivation

Motivation Tips from Thomas Frank

The last few weeks I’ve been using the Youtube for all sorts of things. Busted door hinge – youtube. Cook an egg, or properly make my bed – Youtube. I’ve even been using it to learn how to fold my shirts and underwear so it looks like something in a department store. Anyways, I’ve got this bug in me to start doing things different (hopefully better) and using a tool like the Youtube has been a great resource. Then this morning and I wanted to do a Moopost. It has been awhile (weeks) and using Atomic Moo as a creative outlet, and learning experience, is very important to me. I would very much like to be posting every single day, but one of the biggest blocks to this is motivation. It takes a lot of time and energy to track down posts, and most of that time and energy I would rather be spending on drawing (an actual Atomic Moo comic) or studying drawing. However, I also feel that if I don’t get involved with creative projects and peoples, even on a blogging level, then my own creativity will atrophy and wither away. A lot of what Chud and I have done with our own art is inspired by the creatives we’ve met through this site and out Moocast! Also, I have huge problems getting motivated when it comes to just sitting down and sketching or studying sketching.

So since I’m going to keep doing it I jumped on the old Youtube this morning to find a little “how to motivation” before starting a post, and I came across this video by youtuber Thomas Frank. I don’t know this guy. I don’t know what his angle is or what his biz is. He might be the next Tony Robbins, but for neck-beard-hipster millennials. Who cares. The information he shares here tackles one of the biggest questions we had when we started Atomic Moo: “how do you get stuff done?” So, instead of posting a video on geeky art, or gallery, I decided to just post his video and hopefully learn from it. This video covers Four main points on how to find your motivation. The title says this is motivation for studying, and I think this is aimed at high school or college kids, but fuck it, we’ll take all we can from it, and (hopefully) I can use some of this to get a post on tomorrow too, and maybe finish a comic page… We’ll see.

Enjoy.

Blade Runner 2049 Binoculars!

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds from Tested

Before I jump into this post, I just wanted to write that I hope film maker Kevin Smith is recovering well after his heart attack on Sunday. Though I know it extremely unlikely he would ever know about Atomic Moo, or anything else Chud and I are making, Smith has been a great inspiration for us, and I think he’s one of the founding fathers of this thing we call geek creative. We’re very much looking forward to a healthy Kevin Smith, more films, and more Smodcasts.

Okay El Moochadores, I got a bit of free time, and after putting in some work on Atomic Tails, and a bit of drawing practice, I wanted to Moopost! On the Youtube I came across another fantastic Tested video of Adam Savage’s one day builds. Published way back on January 3rd, watch as Savage recreates the binoculars from Blade Runner 2049! Which is cool because I just watched this flick last weekend! I also fell asleep in it three times, but that’s okay! One of the reasons I like the original Blade Runner so much is that it works both as a great film to play in the background while I draw, and as an excellent “fall asleep” flick. Seriously, I can never get past Rachel’s Voight Kampff test before I’m totally passed out. Weirdly, I also fall asleep to Schwarzenegger’s Predator… I think it’s the dulcet tones of explosions and Austrian accented puns that knocks me out. Anyways, enjoy the make and if you’re prop maker or cosplayer and want to share your work with us, I would love to post it here!

Cheers!

HOW TO DEFEAT ARTBLOCK

Rant and advice from Rodgon the Artist!

I’m pretty sure the universe is working against me. I wanted to post this video last night, but my hard drive crashed (she will be missed), and this morning a WordPress plugin issue kept me out of Atomic Moo for a bit. Oh, and I threw my back out. Not really a technical issue, but it really hurts to blog with a bad back.

Anyways… before I jump into a morning of Atomic Tails work (#25 is almost done!), I wanted to post this video from Rodgon the Artist. He has a ton of youtube videos teaching slobs like me how to cartoon and illustrate, and I’ve become a really big fan of his work. I wanted to post this video (Originally published last November), because art block is a huge problem for me. I very much want to illustrate and work on my webcomics, but even when I have the time to work in my sketch book, or finish a comic, I some how just piss the time away. In this video, Rodgon goes over three ways to beat your own artist block.

Real quick I’m going to try and paraphrase the three top points of the video, which are:

1. Build a huge mental library of stuff you can draw from memory. Which is something I’m trying now. For Atomic Tails I spend a lot of time practicing drawing Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry characters, ref sheets, and even just pausing the cartoons. It’s not to rip off the characters, but to learn how they were made and maybe make something of my own. There’s even a book I’m reading right now by Austing Kleon called Steal Like an Artist that covers this area a bit.
2. Create a creative circle. Not where I’m at my strongest, but having created a website like Atomic Moo and meeting tons of great creatives through the Moocast and cons, I really do know how important this is. Cuttently; outside of a few people on the internet I don’t really have a lot of people I go to for inspiration, motivation, or advice. So, this is something I’m going to start working on.
3. Beat your depression. Both Chud and I have had huge issues with self-esteem and depression, and I get the value of dealing with your issues in a healthy way. However, that may be.

Okay, so check out the video below while I go and draw some cartoon mice. Hopefully I’ll have a comic to post by the end of the day. To see more of Rodgon’s illustration work checkout his website at Rodgon.com

Cheers.

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