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SketchPlanner 2019

New Kickstarter for Sketchplanner 2.0!

Hello again, El Moochadores! The other day I came across this cool looking Kickstarter, that I thought was a really great idea. Created by artist, Tom Bancroft, Phil Earnest and Elena Stewart, the Sketchplanner 2019 is just what it sounds like; a day planner you can draw in. They first introduced the Sketchplanner on kickstarter last year, and now they’re back with an new and improved (2.0) version. I would actually really like to have something like this, and even though I’m very broke right now, I’m thinking about contributing before the KS ends in 28 days (as of this post). I also think this would make a great gift for Atomic Moo’s official graphic artist (and my twin bro), Chud.

So far the Sketchplanner 2.0 has 118% of its goal (keen), however there’s still plenty of time to pitch in and reap some cool rewards. You may also want to pick a couple up and donate them to your favorite cow based web comic, blog, and podcast… maybe. Anyways, check out the promo video below and click the link above to learn more about the Sketchplanner and its makers.


Skies of Fire: Book I

Kickstarter for a Dieselpunk Airship Story of Loyalty and Revenge!

Hello, El Moochadores! Right now there is a Kickstarter for Skies of Fire: Book 1 and since this is a fantastic diesel punk indie comic I’ve posted about in the past, I thought I would give there first graphic novel a quick shout out here on the Moo to see if we can’t get ’em a bit more support. This new hardback, cloth bound volume will contain the 1st four issues of the series created by Vincenzo Ferriero and Ray Chou, with art by Pablo Peppino and Bryan Valenza. Here’s the synopsis:

Skies of Fire takes place in the Aquilan Empire, a kingdom where airship travel has become the dominant means of transportation, commerce, and war. In the center of the Empire lies a monstrous, never-ending storm called The Expanse.

In Issue One, the raider Delmonte orchestrates a surprise attack on the key trade outpost, Port Prince. His actions prompt Royal Guard Captain Helen Pierce to volunteer for an expedition to bring him to justice.

As of this post the Kickstarter is a total success, and Skies of Fire: Book 1 has a wopping $32,000.00 in funding, over a $10,000.00 goal! Way to kickass, indie comics! However; there are still 19 days left to contribute and get in on some cool rewards special to the KS campaign! So, go donate! Unfortunately, I don’t have any sample pages to post, so check out the KS promo video below, along with a few sample pieces of art from the book. Check ’em out and go help out a really cool book about diesel fueled fighting airships!


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!

Atomic Moo News

…and other stuff too

Hello again, El Moochadores! It’s been well over a month since I last posted to the Moo, so I wanted to get on and do some blogging. I don’t really have anything geek creative to post about today (maybe tonight), but some of the crazy in my life has calmed down a little so I’ll start posting really cool stuff again as often as I can. Also, I’ve been keeping up with Atomic Tails as best as I can (which isn’t much), so I should have a new web comic coming out soon. Also, I’ve kind of got back into collecting comics again. I’ve been spending a lot of time at work stuck in a car. So, I’m probably going to start comic book reviews, just to learn what makes a good comic for me. Anyways, I’ll try and get a proper post on later tonight. Until then check out bears waving at people.


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.


What They Didn’t Teach You In Design School

An Atomic Moo Book Review!

I am not a graphic designer. However; Chud (Atomic Moo co-creator and my twin brother) is. Over the years Chud has collected an larger library of art and design books that I have only recently started to read. Which is weird, because I usually only read fantasy or science fiction novels. Seriously, it is very sad that I can only read a book if it has space ships blowing up or naked red Martian princesses in ’em, but something changed! These last couple of months I’ve been reading his collection, and now I’ll be posting all my muddled thoughts about them. Here we go!

Having now read What They Didn’t Teach You In Design School by Phil Cleaver (published How Books 2014) brought me to yet another realization that I have made some huge mistakes in my life. I should have gone into a creative field when I was a young man. If not graphic design, then certainly illustration… or anything else than what I did do. While reading this niffty little hard back, I kept imagining my current self some how going back in time and giving a 1999 version of myself this book and a bunch of advice. In my time travel fantasy I would appear in a flash of light wearing a silver cape (I am from the future) and blind my 1999 self with the powerful light of my iPhone 6 (it’s still from the future!) and command the attention of an confused young man obsessed with Star Wars and candy bars by saying, “Listen up Pork Chop! You’re going to art school!” Then I would also hand him a copy of Cleaver’s book. Yeah, I could probably just as well hand 1999 Trog a bunch of winning lotto numbers, and a sports almanac, but then fantasy he/me wouldn’t learn anything.

Anyways… What I hope 1999 me would get out this book is a deeper understanding of what it is to be in a professional creative’s career. What They Didn’t Teach You In Design School is like the Junior Woodchuck Guide Book of design books. I discussed the book with twin bro/Graphic Designer: Chud, and how it compared to his own start in graphic design, and he confirms that it covers a lot of areas universities, and art schools, leave out. Stuff like dealing with clients and co-workers, applying for the first internship or job, what it is like to be a junior designer, dealing with printers! It also contains useful stories from industry professionals about how they solved a particular problem or a unique design experience. The very book itself is an amazing example of quality design. There’s a beautiful uniformity to each page that clearly delivers the information and keeps the eye on the page. Also includes inspiring quotes and the ability to keep it in a coat pocket! Soon to, or recent, design grads should consider Cleavers book a necessary piece of armor in their battle for a satisfying career, because it lays down in clear terms a firm foundation of insightful knowledge absent at the university level. Hell, schools should just give graduating students this book along with their graphic design badges. Do graphic designers get badges? If not, they probably should. Badges just make jobs better.

Now at this point in my time travel fantasy, my future self is about to leave. It is 1999, and why the hell would anyone want to stay there, but past me is gonna have some questions:

“How awesome is the news Star Wars (Phantom Menace)?”
“It’s bad, kid. About as bad as Grandma dying, your girl friend breaking up with you, and finding out you were adopted all in the same hour. Heart breaking, really. Then Disney buys it.”
“And do they make it better?”
“No. Then it becomes like a corporation takes your dead grandma, puts her in a mini-skirt, and whores her out to morons drunk on PC culture. Then sometime later they chop her up, and force you to eat her.” (Which as I write this is the best way I’ve ever described Disney Star Wars. Disney Star Wars: Your dead hooker grandma chopped up and force fed back to you.)
“oh. Well, who’s the president?”
I rub my temples before answering, “Ehhhhh… Let’s not go there, but when it rains it pours.”
“Do I ever end getting married? Who’s my wife?”
“…Alyssa Milano,” I lie. Then I disappear back to the future.

If you read this review (I apologize) and you’re interested in getting your own copy of What They Didn’t Teach You In Design School, then go get a copy at Barnes & Nobles or order a copy online here!. Also, available on Nook!


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



Drawing tips from DrawingWiffWaffles!

How’s it going, El Moochadores? Good, probably. Why not. Anyways, check out this awesome little video from Drawingwiffwaffles on the youtube! In this video Mrs. Waffles (maybe it’s Miss…) lays down five tips for improving the overall look of your sketchbook. Which in my case would really help. That shambling mess on the right here is a page of my own sketch book. Not so much art as it is a spastic sneeze with pencil and ink.
So, Miss Wiffwaffles tips are based around the idea of Contrast! which is:

the state of being strikingly different from something else, typically something in juxtaposition or close association.

And for a quick summary they are:

1. Contrast in Size!
2. Contrast in Detail!
3. Contrast in Color!
4. Contrast in Texture!
5. Cram!

So go on and check out the video below. She has a fantastic illustrative style and a cute “snorty” laugh. It’s great. Both the video and the laugh. Also, feel free to post links to your sketchbook in the comments below or any advice you’ve found helpful.


How to Draw Everyday!

7 Simple Tips from Alphonso Dunn

Ok El Moochadores, the break is over and we’re back to posting again. On the bright side, I’m just about done with the next Atomic Tails comic and we’re back to work on Atomic Moo #1. So, yes we have been working, but I need to get my drawing skills up as we do all this. So there’s going to be a lot more drawing tutorials and art book reviews on here to help keep me motivated!

So, let’s kick things off with a little help on how to draw everyday from Alphonso Dunn on the Youtube. Though I’m not going to list them here (watch the video) Dunn has some really good advice for staying consistent and setting expectations. I really liked his advice on keeping two sketch books; one for practice and study, the other for more finished work. You can see more of Dunn’s work on his Instagram. Now, I am very late for work and I have to run, but I’ll find some time to draw today and update this post with my sketch.


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!


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