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Ukiyo-e Heroes: Boss Fights

A Kickstarter where modern game parody meets handmade Japanese prints.

Hello again, El Moochadores! It is the (my) weekend, and I have some time to post about cool (nerdy) stuff here on the moo. Actually I’m just taking a break from working on my comic strip. A whole day of cartoon mice and I need see something else to look at… Like kickass, game inspired, wood block prints!

So… the Ukiyo-e Heroes Kickstarter doesn’t need any help from us. This Kickstarter is just a few days old and it has it $38,000.00 over its goal, but the project is so unique that I want to post about it here too. Also, it really reminds me of college and print making classes.

Anyways, currently on Kickstarter there is a new campaign that mixes video game boss fights and traditional Japanese print making. The project, Ukiyo-e, is a continuation of a successful 2012 Kickstarter campaign that featured popular figures from pop culture in the same print style. Created by Jed Henry and Dave Bull, this Kickstarter offers contributors high quality Giclée prints 12″ x 17″ in size (Ōban format) and signed by Jed Henry. Also, “A selection of the designs are available as handmade woodblock prints, measuring 7″ x 9″”. They have a great video that shows the making of these prints, which I have posted below the KS promo video. According to the KS page, these prints are made on the highest quality washi paper. Groovy.

Along with the videos, I’ve posted a few sample images from the KS page to show the quality of work. Check them out and if you’re interested in learning more, or contributing, please click the links above.

Enjoy.


P.S. El Moochadores. If you are currently working on (or have produced) an independent comic, film, game, or music that has a strong nerd/geek vibe: Let us know! I’m always looking for cool “geek-creative stuff to post about” here on the Moo, and learning about your project would really help me out – and save me a lot of time searching the internet!

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HOW TO DRAW AWESOME MONSTERS

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New(ish) Video from Rodgon

Hello again, El Moochadores! It’s been a few days since I last posted, and since I’m not willing to abandon the site (Fire-Breathing super-cow… I’m never letting this go) I thought I would post a new Rodgon video on how to draw monsters. I’ve been watching a lot of his videos, and I think it is having a positive effect on my cartooning skills. I think. Actually, I’m a piss poor critic of my own work, and mostly sure that everything I do is terrible. God, I wish I had that self-esteem my parents stole from me all those years ago…

…annnnnywayssss… I’m working really hard on getting an new Atomic Tails cartoon done, and some new Atomic Moo art, so enjoy the video while I go practice some drawing.

Cheers.

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The Vinyl Detective – The Run-Out Groove

An Atomic Moo Book Review!

Alright, El Moochadores! It’s the holiday weekend, and I’ve done some summer read’n. So, let’s kick today off with a couple of Atomic Moo Book Reviews courtesy of the good peoples over (yonder?) at Titan Books.

First up is a book I enjoyed the hell out of. figuratively speaking (of course), but I really enjoyed the first Vinyl Detective novel by author Andrew Cartmel and I was stoked to get to review the sequel. Though my opinion of hipsters is still pretty negative (what with their crusty beards and thick framed glasses), Cartmel’s mysteries are uniquely quirky and deeply engaging. In The Run-Out Groove The Vinyl Detective is back to suss out what happened to the lost child of a dead 1960’s rock icon. Here’s a the proper synopsis:

His first adventure consisted of the search for a rare record; his second the search for a lost child. Specifically the child of Valerian, lead singer of a great rock band of the 1960s, who hanged herself in mysterious circumstances after the boy’s abduction.

Along the way, the Vinyl Detective finds himself marked for death, at the wrong end of a shotgun, and unknowingly dosed with LSD as a prelude to being burned alive. And then there’s the grave robbing…

The mystery Cartmel lays out has a great mix of humor and danger that just sucks readers in. I think I finished this book in a day or two, and that was during a heavy work week. Though the Run-Out Groove has a similar beat to the first Vinyl Detective novel, this is very much its own story and readers who may have missed the first book won’t be left behind. I thought there was something very satisfying in reading the exploits of music geeks who find themselves in danger while uncovering a fifty year old mystery. Cartmel also does a brilliant job of writing outlandish characters, that can be humorous and deadly, but not cliches or tropes. Death to all hipsters, but not before another Vinyl Detective novel.

The Vinyl Detective: the Run-Out Groove can be found in all major bookstores, or you can get your copy online at Titanbooks.com.

Cheers.

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Atomic Tails #21!

Fire. Breathing. Super. Cow.

Okay, El Moochadores! Here’s why I haven’t been posting on here the last week. I was working really hard (in my spare time) to finish the latest Atomic Tails! Check out as one of the main plot points for the entire story arch for Chud and Trog is introduced! I had a lot of fun working on this strip, and thought this may not be the best super-cow illustration, I really like how it turned out.

Anyways, Check out past comic strips at the link above, and I hope you enjoy the hell out of the comic below. Also, go check out Trog’s Blog where I write a little bit about the making of the comic!

Enjoy!

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Get Better at Art by Minnie Small

Okay El Moochadores, while working on the next Atomic Tails I’ve been watching (more like listening) a bunch of drawing and inspiration videos. A few that stood out are from Minnie Small. She has some good advice on improving art skills, tools, and being creative, but mostly I’ve been digging the accent. Serious ASMR’n here, and I think I have a female English accent fetish. I’m not sure a person can fetishize an accent, but I’m willing to try.

Anyways, I’ve posted one of her videos below on improving your skills, but hit the link above to access more of her videos. Also, you can check out some of her art prints selling on Society 6. And(!) go check out her blog for a look at more art and info!

Enjoy.

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How To Make A Blockbuster Movie Trailer

For all the film making El Moochadores out there; You finally have the recipe for a kick ass movie trailer the next time you finish a film project! Check out How to Make a Blockbuster Movie Trailer from Auralnauts on the youtube.

Enjoy!

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Atomic Tails #20!

Well, for all the stories and videos I’ve been posting on here about sketching and cartooning, here’s yet another attempt at expanding my own illustrative skills. Check out Atomic Tails #20 and enjoy the mouse goodness of it all. Chud and Trog are still trying to hash out Chud’s sharing Trog’s apartment, while something bigger and better begins to take form in the Mouse twin’s little home. I think the extra attention I’m spending on posting about cartooning is starting to pay off a little. Yeah, I’m still a shit cartoonist, but for my part I’m seeing some improvements. Go ahead and check out the strip below or at atomic-tails.com and also check out Trog’s Blog where I write about making the comic strip. Also, don’t forget to go check out Murraybroscreative.com! All of our prints are on sale as we start making room for a new generation of prints, mini-prints, stickers, and buttons!

Enjoy!

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Cartooning and Markers with Will Terrell

Lessons One to Four

Hey El Moochadores! Yesterday, I came across this great Youtube series from Strathmore Artist Papers featuring professional cartoonist Will Terrell. Watch as Terrell explains cartooning with markers on a toned paper sketchbook. After watching this, I am thinking about getting a toned sketch book next and trying some of his advice.

I’ve posted all four videos below, but hit the Strathmore link above to see way more, and of course check out Terrell’s website to see some fantastic cartooning work!

Enjoy!

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On the Shortness of Life – Seneca

A Lesson in Ancient Stoicism

Hello again El Moochadores! I’ve got a few posts to put up today, but I wanted to start with this helpful(?) youtube video I came across while working at my computer (Atomic Tails!) yesterday. For some weird reason, I’ve been watching a lot of videos on stoicism lately. I know I’ve been posting a lot of “how to” and “sketch book” videos lately – and these are helping me a lot – but listening to videos like the one below just make me want to work harder to be an independent artist, and live a better life. Videos, like this, help me stay focused while sketching cows and drawing mice.

So, while you work on your own projects today, give a listen to Seneca the Younger… well, some English guy reading a translation of Seneca the younger. It may help you, or at least lull you into one hell of a great ASMR mellow and then a nap. Your welcome.

Enjoy!

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How to Flat Comics Properly

A Flatting Tutorial for Photoshop from K. Michael Russell

Okay El Moochadores, the more I do my own illustrations, the more I want to expand my skill set. For the last five or six comic strips for Atomic Tails I have been using Adobe Photoshop (CS3) to color. This tutorial from K. Michael Russell explains how to make “flats” (color separating) in PS. I thought the video had a lot of useful information and also a little bit of an ASMR vibe. Pretty cool.

Anyways, check out the video below and hit the link above to see more tuts… and then get better at making comics!

Enjoy!

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