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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!

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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.

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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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Cow #7

We’re getting back to work on the Atomic Moo Comic Book, and I’m about to start doing some of the illustration work for it. Thing is, I’m not the best illustrator and I’m really not use to drawing cows. Which is kind of necessary when your comic book is about a fire breathing super cow. So, to get ready for the new Atomic Moo comic, I’m going to draw 100 cows. Okay, 100 cows before Halloween. To keep on track with this I’ll be posting the next 93 cows here on the Moo. I mean, I kind of have to.

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Sale! Sale! Sale!

Murray Brothers Creative Sale

Hey El Moochadores! In an effort to raise money for new art work, prints, and buttons, we are selling our first generation of art work at very reduced rates. We’re still very proud of our this work, but there’s new stuff we want to try and to do that we need to sell some of the prints we made last year. So, like many of our 8 1/2 x 11″ prints -that we normally sell for $10.00 at conventions – are now just $5.00 each. 1 1/4″ Buttons are just $1.00. There’s not much left of this stock of prints and buttons, so if you see something we made and want to help support Atomic Moo (and its handsome founders) now would be the time to jump on and make a buy. Not that there’s really a time limit, but some of the art work I’ll be taking down in a couple of weeks as we’re trying to make more original illustrations not based on fan art. Also, we are never re-printing any of this art again. So, when it’s gone… it’s GONE!!!

I’ve posted a few sample images below, but go visit Murray Brothers Creative to see the full portfolio of work and maybe pick something up.

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THE STRIP, A Twisted Vegas Comic Anthology

A Kickstarter Project for a comic book anthology inspired by Las Vegas!

Hello again, El Moochadores! For today’s post I got a pretty cool looking Kickstarter project for a twisted comic book anthology about Las Vegas! When funded, The Strip will feature more than 100 pages of “weird and warped comics” about a Las Vegas as seen through the eyes of future archaeologist. Here’s a proper synopsis from their Kisckstarter page:

The Strip is a futuristic travel mag, full of speculative stories of “The Vegas that Was or Could Be!” Intergalactic travelers flock to the ruins of the once-great VEGAS to learn about the ancient culture that lived there, and each story is a special stop on the tour that re-imagines the original city of sin. The tour guides “educated guesses” are a real hoot, and each story is a flashback or historical re-enactment. Part drunk history, part whacked out re-interpretation to please the alien rocket-set.

As of this post Red Stylo Media has hit over half their funding for the project, but there’s only about two weeks left to join in and help contribute. I’ve posted their promo video below along with a few sample images taken from the KS page. Check it out, and hit the link above to learn more about contributor rewards and the many creators behind this project.

Cheers!

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You Need a Product not a Project

Useful Illustration Tutorial by Jake Parker!

Hello again, El Moochadores! This morning I found a great video on the youtube about where to focus your attention as an artist and creator. Basically, Jake Parker talks you through several ideas that can turn you from a hobbyist to professional illustrator/artist. So, check it out and use the link above to subscribe to his youtube channel for more videos and advice!

Cheers!

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Gaming History : Mario

New Monthly Series from Beat Down Boogie!

Hello again El Moochadores! So, Christmas 1986 and we (the brothers Moo) are ten-years-old. The one thing every ten-year-old wanted for X-mas 1986 was the Nintendo Entertainment System which is exactly what we asked for. Y’know what we got? The Sega Master system. Yet one more thing that made us just a little bit different than all (ALL) the other kids in out neighborhood – who were happily playing NES while we were trying to figure out that POS Ghostbusters game. fuck.

Sorry, that’s still kind of a sore spot – but go ahead an enjoy this great Gaming History video from Beat Down Boogie! This first in depth episode kicks off with the history of Mario and covers the multiple changes and platforms the little plumber has gone through through out his successful career.

Y’know, it really did suck not getting any of the “Captain N” references on Saturday Mornings. Also, Fuck you Greg (I can’t remember your last name because it was 30 years ago) for not letting us play Metroid when we slept over. Who the fuck wanted to play “Skate or Die” when you had fucking Metroid! fucking childhood.

Enjoy.

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Carlations

The Illustrations of Carla Wyzgala

Hey El Moochadores, sorry about the lack of post the last few days, but (y’know) my life sucks. Anyways, this morning I’m turning to the “con-pile” (all the cool stuff I brought home from SDCC 17) for a little inspiration before I start my day, and literally (not figuratively) on top of the pile is this great set of mini-prints by artist Carla Wyzgala!

Though I can’t find some online sample of all the mini-prints I bought from Wyzgala (Carlations), I found enough examples here to show off her incredible pin-up work done in water colors. Very cool style, and she did a set of prints based on some of my favorite comics, like Saga! Seriously, her version of Alana is amazing – and as we all know; Alana is one of the hottest flying MILF’s since Elizabeth Montgomery on Bewitched. Y’know, this probably isn’t the place for my “flying women” or “nick at nite” fetishes.

Soooooo anyways… Check out some samples below and also go visit Carlations on the Etsy and the Society Six to get some prints, books, or even some shirts. Seriously, it’s sad, but I would totally buy an Alana body pillow. ‘just an idea. Also an Elizabeth Montgomery body pillow. That’s another idea.

Cheers.

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