Atomic Tails #16 is finally posted online! Yeah, Kind of took me a bit, but you can read about the making of the new strip on my Atomic Tails Blog (Trog’s Blog)! That’s right. I’m half-assing two blogs now. What the fuck… Anyways, the real life Chudd (aka: Jason Murray) created the logo that appears in panel three, and I think he did a great job with it. The Ascension of the Golden Yo-Yo’s may rise again. Maybe. I had a lot of fun with this strip and it was a pretty good learning experience. I’m already working on Strip #17, but click here to see all the strips so far! Also, also; help support Atomic Tails by following us on twitter (@AtomicTails) and Instagram (Atomic_Tails).
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.
I think I was about five or six years old when Dark Crystal came out, and there is no f***ing way I would have ever wanted to play with any toys from that creepy (weird) movie. However, I’ve always had an interest in toys and action figures. Maybe it is due to a bit of arrested development, or some head trauma, but I just never gave up on collecting figures from the stuff I liked. So, getting a book on toys that never were, would actually be really cool. There’s something about the mix of history and childhood that just seems right. Except Dark Crystal. Seriously. I still hate that movie and the nightmares it gave me.
Anyways, the The Toys That Time Forgot Kickstarter is about to end and I just wanted to give the Moochadores a heads up about a project (I think) is really interesting. Written by journalist Blake Wright this 200 page volume (when funded) will feature 20 + stories of toys that never made to the shelf. Stuff like Krull action figures, and Osmosis Jones, which may have made it to the prototype stage, put not to production. As of this post, the Kickstarter has hit all of its funding, but there’s still time to contribute and collect some cool rewards, plus get what looks to be a really cool book.
Check out the KS promo trailer below, along with a few sample images pulled from the Kickstarter page. Click here for more information about the book and contributor rewards.
Hello El Moochadores! The other day I posted about SINS Playing Cards kickstarter, but what I forgot to mention in the post is: that all of our El Moochadores (that’ you if you’re reading this) can get 10% off of the purchase of previous decks at Thirdway Industries by using the check out code: atomicmoo. This 10% off code will be good for the rest of 2017, and it’s totally worth it, because these cards are awesome! We got a bunch of these cards in the mail the other day, and they are incredibly beautiful designer decks that are almost too nice to play with. Though I was tempted to eat one. It really looked that nice, but don’t eat the cards. I can’t recommend that. Anyways, stop using that crusty ass “bicycle” deck you’ve had in your junk drawer for years, and go pick up something almost other worldly! Also also, use the discount code (atomicmoo) and save 10%! See how we love you?
Check out some of the available card decks below, but also hit the link above to see way more!
Custom Poker Size Playing Cards. Inspired by the 7 Deadly Sins!
Okay, we’re coming at this a little late, but not too late! That’s important, because right now (this now!) designer Giovanni Meroni and Thirdway Industries are running a Kickstarter for a new set of designer playing cards!
Sins Playing Cards are a custom poker playing cards that you will lust after. No joke. these cards are beautiful. The entire set is based around the seven deadly sins (sloth, pride, gluttony, not signalling when you turn your car… I’m pretty sure that’s one of the seven), but represented in three different SINS decks: SINS Corpus, SINS Mentis, and SINS Anima. According to the Kickstarter, everything will be different for each deck. that includes tuck boxes, back and cards. Now, there’s also an entire mythology/symbolism represented by each deck, and I encourage you to visit the links above to learn more about it.
Anyways, the Kickstarter began about a week ago, but it’s already jumped past its goal by about $32,000 as of this post! However, there are still 21 days left to contributes and get in on some pretty cool contributor awards. Also, this is going to really improve the “feng shui” poker night! Okay, I mostly wrote that last sentence because I really wanted to write “feng shui”. I never get to write it.
Check out a few sample images from the KS page, but also, hit the links above to visit (and contribute) to this awesome project!!!
Hello again El Moochadores! I recently found out that fantasy Artist Sean A. Murray has launched a Patreon for his magical world: Gateway. Gateway is a vast exploration of Murray’s imagination featuring a world full of strange creatures, magic, and (of course) some of the best illustration work I’ve ever seen. Here’s a quote from his Patreon:
Gateway is full of diverse peoples and creatures, amazing buildings, locations and landmarks, and brimming with wondrous magic. It’s inspired by the real cities of our own world; stories await you around every corner and characters from vastly different locales come together to live in an exciting patchwork.
It’s also a place where adventure and intrigue happens due to the rich complexity of environments, cultures and factions. This vast city is a fantasy world in and of itself.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think Sean A. Murray is a brilliant illustrator and I want to see him be successful in creating his fantasy world, but I’m not posting about this out of sheer altruism. You see, I’m a Sean Murray too, and I love to illustrate. Now, I am no where near as talented as Sean A. Murray, but the quickening is soon upon us! That epic time when all the artist Sean Murrays of the world will come together and battle to the death! The last remaining Sean Murray (probably me since I’m like the Kurgan of Sean Murrays…) will get all the artistic skill and knowledge from all the fallen Sean Murrays. So it is vital you support Gateway and help Sean A. Murray advance his skill while I go and sharpen my Katana. There can only be one…
Check out a short promotional video below, along with a few sample images from Gateway, but also go visit the site to see the vast amount of beautiful fantasy illustrations! Also, check out the Patreon (link above) to learn about contributor benefits and awards!
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.
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.
Hello El Moochadores! This is just a real quick post to announce a new print on Murray Brothers Creative. Hey Bub, is a Wolverine fan piece done in vector art featuring classic (1980’s) Wolverine in his brown and yellow costume. Illustration work was done by Atomic Moo’s Chudd, and you can buy the print on 8.5″ x 11″ or 5″ x 7″ (mini-print) sizes!
Hello again, El Moochadores! Yeah, post have been kind of sparse lately, but that’s only because life’s been kicking me around as if I were a giant hacky sack. However, there seems to be a calm in the storm, so I wanted to post about some future prints we have on the way. Recently Chudd has been doing a lot of sketch work, and I’m really proud of the results. It took some doing (and a small fist fight) but I finally convinced Chudd to make some prints of the work he’s done. We’re still in the process of getting high quality scans of the work, producing new pieces, and formatting them, but I thought I would give you a preview of some of the sketches that will soon be available on Murraybroscreative.com as prints and mini-prints. If Chudd keeps up with the “evil-eye” thing, we may even produce a small art book!
Anyways, check out the art below and keep checking back for updates as prints are made available!
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