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!
Hello my fellow (and fella) El Moochadores, I didn’t want to end the day without at least one new Moo-post, so check out this entertaining, and informative video from youtuber Jazza (from Draw with Jazza) that covers not only some basic tools you should have, but also some pretty solid techniques to start practicing. So, give it a watch while I crawl into bed and dream of large, burly, women.
Hello El Moochadores! While I continue to post our photos from SDCC 2017, I thought I would start working my way through all the biz and promo cards I just acquired at last weeks big event. SDCC is full of brilliant art work and seeing this stuff helps keep us (the Brethren Moo) inspired to keep making cool stuff too.
So first up is the art work of Bryan Fyffe. I remember passing his booth and really liking the colorful/spooky prints he had created. According to his site, Fyffe is “inspired by old ghost stories, the natural world, and decrepit builds…”, and he works in a combination of traditional and digital techniques. I’ve posted a few samples from his website here, and you can also go buy prints of his work at his online store. Though I’m not sure if the print images posted here are available online, he does have some very cool stuff there. Anyways, check it all out, and I’ll have more from The Con Pile (it’s an actual pile of con stuff sitting by my desk) later today.
Hello again El Moochadores! A few days back I posted a video by artist H.C. Brown about “How to Fill a Sketchbook.” Since then I’ve been watching more of her channel and I came across this great video on getting cheap supplies for artist at any level. I really like her suggestion for making a sketchbook. I have a ton of card stock paper at my place just collecting dust, and as luck has it, I also have a long-arm stapler! I’ve already put together a couple of pocket-sized sketchbooks to carry around with me while at work. Which is great, because I’m always losing my small sketchbooks! So, check out the video below (chuck full of useful information and cussing!) and make sure to hit the link above to see more informative videos.
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 El Moochadores! ‘just a real quick post this morning. Since getting back into Atomic Moo, I’ve wanted to start to share more of the practices, tutorials, and other free resources that I encounter online. Being a creative professional is a very real goal of mine and I would like to make that more of the push behind this site and what Chudd and I are trying to accomplish. Y’know, getting paid for making cool stuff. So check out this video by youtuber Sycra, who discuss the idea of iterative drawing. Basically, drawing without reference and learning to stylize.
Though I think this video would be very much improved with a written script (the narrator seems a bit breathless and nervous) the ideas behind it are pretty solid. I’ve even started a bunch of these practice in my sketch book (right) and digital sketch book (when my computer is working). Give it a look and if you do any of these practices, please share with us, I’ll put them up in this post.
An Atomic Moo Book Review of an Amazing Tribute Book!
Hello my fellow El Moochadores! As many of you know, we (the brothers moo) dabble in a little art. You may also know that the both of us are Trek fans. Well, classic Trek. Not that Jar Jar Abrams trash… and may rabid Tribbles gnaw off his testicles. The point is: We like art and Star Trek! Which means that the Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years hard back book (Titan Books, 2016) is really, kind of, sort of, the exact book we want to read! And yes, I’m drinking well writing this! Wait. Anyways…
To celebrate the 50th (FIFTY!) years of Star Trek, Titan Books put together an amazing collection of art in one spectacular hardback cover! Fantastic. Heh. This book was specially commissioned by CBS and kicks off with a forward by Nicholas Meyer. Yeah! Wrath of frigg’n Kahn Meyer! Following that; Each chapter beautifully shows off the various pieces of art work along with artist interviews about the piece and how they made it. What’s great is the massive variety of art. Artist show off their talents for photography, painting, sculpture, and digital art all through the Trek spectrum! I think one of my favorite pieces is an OTS poster featuring every character from the show! It’s awesome! Okay, I know Titan sends us a lot of stuff, and I really try to be as honest as I can about the books we get, but I’m not lying. I Frigg’n love this book! I actually skipped it ahead of a bunch of other books (I’m way behind on my reviews. Sorry Titan) just to post about this book, and drink. Okay, I didn’t have to drink, but at least it’s something green.
I posted the official synopsis below along with a few sample images, but the book is way more than just some sample images. Go check it out and get an actually good piece of Star Trek while it’s out there! Again: go suck a dick Mr. Abrams.
Wow, what a break! Sorry for the extreme lack of post the last few days (weeks) but last Sunday we finished San Diego Comic Con 2016! Jason and I have been attending Comic-Con since 1995, and if my math is right (probably isn’t) then that is twenty one years of creative-geeky goodness packed into a four day event. Usually right before our birthdays too!
Though will be Moocasting about this years con on the next episode (#119), I wanted to get some of our images online now. This year we met a lot of talented artist, performers, and cosplayers. I’ll be working hard to arrange interviews with as many as possible, but we also ran into a bunch of past Moocast interviewees like Nicole Brune, Josh Henaman, and Katrina Kuntsmann. All of whom had new art and comics out on their tables!
This last years con was incredibly inspiring, and I think we’re going to do it folks! Jason and I have been hitting the local smaller cons, but this next year I think we’re going to apply for artist alley and pro badges! Yeah, we probably won’t get them, but we’re gonna try! Anyways, check out the images below, I’ll be adding these to our gallery pages as well.
Also, a special shout out goes to friend of the site Dean LeCrone who’s Dr. Peepers costume won Syfy’s 2016 Weirdly Awesome Cosplay! We’re going to have Dean on the podcast very soon to tell us the whole story, but check out the youtube video below too!
***note: these are just the images I took from my iPhone. Jason was kind of our un-official photographer, and we’re still putting together all of his images, which will appear with the next Moocast! Also, Jason hurry up and get me the damn pictures! Lazy.
The Doubleclicks people! The Doubleclicks were on our show! This show! Finally! And I think we impressed them. Well, probably not, but the geek folk-duo singing sisters (Angela and Aubrey Webber) are on this latest episode of the Atomic Moocast, and we’re now better people for it. The ladies (I had to learn that one) are currently on a summer tour and early last June we recorded an interview with them to discuss the tour, new songs, being creative, and how not to kill your sibling. Turns out they are really good at that. Anyways, it was extremely cool of them to be on our sputtering little podcast and we’re now even bigger fans of theirs!
Also, we’re really sick on this podcast. One of the reasons (usually its just my laziness) this podcast is later than normal is that both Jason and I got taken down by some alien cold/flu combo. It kicked the hell out of us, but we persevered and produced the podcast all the same. Still, please excuse all the coughs and snorts at the intro portion of the show.
So here we go folks! This Moocast is a fresh steaming pile of podcasting excellence just ready to be poured down your ear holes! Now would be the time to go grab a fizzy soda, some salty snacks, and a comfy chair. Then just settle in and let us dominate your brain for a little less than an hour. We’ll try not to muss it up too much…
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Okay El Moochadores, in a couple of weeks we’ll be exhibitors at Power-Con 2016!. Power-Con is “The He-Man and She-Ra Toy & Comic Book Experience,” and last night Jason finished one of the pieces of art we’ll be selling at our table. Look up and check out his take on Teela and Evil-Lyn. I know I’m a little biased, but I think he did an awesome job!
Along with these two prints we’ll be taking a unique button set based on the MOTU icons, and I’m even pitching in with some of my cartoon mice, based on the comic strip I’m working on: Atomic Tails. We’re hoping to have a good time at the con and if you happen to both follow our website and live in California, swing by the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach hotel on June 4th and 5th and check out our table! Though I’m just now in the process of posting them, all of these prints will be available for sale on the Murray Brothers Creative website. You can also check out more of Jason’s art at the link above or on his Deviant Art page.
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