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Seven Steps to Great Character Design

Cool Cartoon Brew Article Featuring Aaron Blaise

Hello El Moochadores! Today I wanted to share a video about character design I found on Cartoon Brew, featuring veteran animator Aaron Blaise. I’m not going to spoil the article here (cartoon brew wrote it, you should read it there…), but both the article and video provide some pretty useful knowledge for those of us starting out in cartooning and animation. Not that I plan to do anything in animation, but I’m putting a lot more time into Atomic Tails and the Atomic Moo Comic Book. Finding web based resources like this video are a big help, especially since I have to struggle to find time to work on my comics. Also, when I started Atomic Tails, I honestly didn’t think of a lot of this stuff. I kind of just started drawing in what I hoped would look like a “Looney Tune-esq” style, and hoped it would evolve from there. I’m hoping that by studying this video and applying Blaise’s steps, I’ll improve the look of my characters. Also, Blaise is an incredible artist and it was just kind of cool watching him draw polar bears.

Anyways, I posted the video below, but click the link above to read the full article and gain more insight into the seven step process. I’m actually putting some of this into practice and hopefully later this week I’ll be able to post some of my results. ‘gonna draw a lot mice.

Enjoy!

Chicken Attack // SONG VOYAGE // Japan //

I… we… just watch. F***ing best thing I’ve seen in a while. Watch, and love. Here’s the Youtube page for more info.

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

I may have posted about Kurzgesagt, in a Nutshell videos in the past, but the last couple of days Chudd and I have been working on ideas for new button art (Murray Brothers Creative), and while sourcing reference material I came across these videos. Not only are the videos highly informative, covering everything from human evolution to rocket science, but they’re also produced using (what I feel) is a great style. I love how they translate complex subject matter into an understandable narrative demonstrated brilliantly with simple shapes and animation. The Kurzgesagt youtube page describes them selves as “Videos explaining things with optimistic nihilism. We are a small team who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.” Groovy.

They say they’re trying to produce new videos every month and I’ve posted a couple of samples below. Go check ’em out on twitter, but you can also help support the group by contributing on their Patreon.

Enjoy!

Darth Vader VS Buzz Lightyear

Been awhile, right? Well, no we haven’t given up on Atomic Moo, but life is getting a little better and making semi-regular posts should become a thing again. I hope.

Anyways, let’s kick things off (again) with some cool geeky fun provided by Nukazooka on the youtube. Now, I’m pretty sure a dark lord of the Sith could kick the living hell out of a “space ranger” in a manner of seconds, if that were a thing, but the video is still a lot of fun to watch. Despite Disney ruining both Pixar and Star Wars. Yeah, Rogue One sucked and I still hate Disney for every ounce of non-creative garbage they push on a non-thinking public. Sorry, I’ve also been spending time on political blogs, and I’m pretty sure there is a legit tie between the Force Awakens and the Trump attack on American government. But totally enjoy the video!!!

Cheers!

LOTR Inspiration

Cool Stuff in the Lord of the Rings Appendices

Okay El Moochadores, Lately I’ve been trying to get a daily drawing (sketch) done everyday, and so far so good. Well, the art kind of sucks, but showing up is half the battle. Anyways, it’s really important to me to not have too many distractions around while sketching so a lot of times I’ll put on a little trip hop music, or an old movie I’ve seen a hundred times, just to have some familiar noise in the background. Yesterday, I was going to watch LOTR Fellowship of the Ring, but I ended up watching the documentaries in the extended DVD appendices… Which totally distracted me from sketching. I had forgotten just how well done these documentaries were and the depth of information on making these films. Fortunately the Youtube has these appendices in parts and I found the one I enjoyed most (below) for today’s post. This doc explores the set creation, concept art, and costume making behind the first film in the trilogy. Atomic Moo worthy stuff even if it is over a decade old now. But hey, we like old stuff here too! We kind of have to.

Enjoy!

Magfest 2017

Cosplay, Gaming and Music from Beatdown Boogie!

We’re back! That’s right El Moochadores, we (the intrepid Brothers Moo) have survived yet another swirling storm of disaster and chaos (aka: our lives) and are now (some how) wiser, better looking, and ready to blog. So, let us celebrate this triumphant return by getting back to some cool geek creativity.

Recently Distractotron visited MAGfest 2017 and they brought back a whole bunch of cool photos and video work. MAGfest (Music and Gaming) is a “four day-long event dedicated to the appreciation of video game music, gaming of all types, and the gaming community.” According to the website the event runs 24 hours a day (wtf SDCC? get it together!) and offers “consoles, arcades, tabletop, LAN, live video game cover bands, chiptunes, vendors, guest.” Cool, maybe Atomic Moo and the Murray Brothers Creative can attend a future MAGfest. We’re cool too, right?

Anyways, check out the videos (parts one and two) below along with a smattering of images taken from the Distractotron Facebook page.

Enjoy!

Wherever you are on Christmas by The Doubleclicks

A Nerd Christmas Song

Hey El Moochadores, The Doubleclicks are back with a new, nerdy, Christmas song! Check out Wherever You Are on Christmas – a “sweet, romantic holiday song in which The Doubleclicks proclaim to follow their love wherever they are–even if that’s on a Cylon Basestar, raiding a tomb, or in a Sarlacc pit. Keen.

Currently you can find this song on Spotify, where you can also find a Christmas Friends & Favs, featuring the likes of Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Jonathan Coulton, Lucia Fasano, and Paul and Storm.

By the way; just in case you were wondering. I’ll be in beautiful San Diego for Christmas. I live near the beach. It feels great.

Enjoy.

Literal Bohemian Rhapsody

Just a quick post tonight El Moochadores. Now, it may have been you were a Queen fan from way back, or maybe you just dug that scene in Wayne’s World, but I think we can all agree that Bohemian Rhapsody is (and always will be) frigg’n rad. Anyways, check this video from youtubers Corridor Digital and their literal take on the classic 1970’s song! Groovy.

Enjoy!

BATUPDATE – WHERE IS BATMETAL?!

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and some Atomic Moo updates too…

Oi El Moochadores! Once again I gotta apologize for the lack of post and overall moo-activity, but my computer is withering away and works only intermittently. However, I’ll have some new stuff up on the MBC site soon as well as a new Atomic Tails strip this week. Oh, and a new Moocast is just about ready to go. So, yeah, I’ve been busy. Now, enough about all that let’s get into a proper post now!

So… yeah. Hell of a week, huh? Now we should point out that we don’t talk about politics on Atomic Moo. We’re a creative website and podcast mostly geared towards geeks, and pop culture junkies, but it is weird to wake up one morning and find out that the real world version of Lex Luthor will have all the access to the most powerful nuclear arsenal a true super villain could ever want. Just a little weird. That sort of weird that leaves a person a little shaken and (yeah) worried. Plus, all the craziness going on around the world because of this… fucking bizarre happening.batmetal_returns_-_large_1024x1024

To get over this weird feeling, I’ve decided to post about something that makes me happy, and that thing would be Batmetal by ArhyBES! They recently (a week ago) released a new update video, and I also found a video featuring Tenacious D as ninja turtles! Turns out, there may be a new Batmetal video next year. Yeah, we need it now. Dudes, seriously. Right fucking now. Arhybes get that shit done now!!! Anyways, along with the update and the JACK BLACK MUTANT NINJA TURTLES video I also posted a couple of other Batmetal videos. It helps. A lot. One last thing, please support Batmetal by buying a t-shirt at Sharkrobot.com. These shirts look awesome and they keep the fun-don’t let me think about politics-videos a happening. Please go buy.

Enjoy. While we still can.

Judge Morty: State of Georgia Vs. Rick Allen

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Best thing ever.

Based on an actual case, and simply amazing, check out the color version of Judge Morty: State of Georgia Vs. Rick Allen.

keen.


Judge mortys life changes forever when he meets an inmate like no other.
After two months of almost every day work this FAN animation is finally complete!

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