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.
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
Beat Down Boogie is back from the Midwest with another groovy video and cosplay photos. Check out their stylish coverage of MAGfest 2018, and a little fun from Snake and Ghost in the arcade. MAGFest (Music And Gaming Festival) is a four day, non-profit, event held annually in National Harbor MD. Looks like a lot of fun, and (if they allow cool illustration vendors like us) we may get out there. Anyways, check out all the fun below and hit this Facebook link to see way more photos! I only posted a smattering of images below.
Hello again, El Moochadores! I just got done working out and I’m still kind of “twitchy” so excuse any typos here. However; I didn’t have to go very far down my Facebook feed this morning to find some cool stuff to post about! Brought to us by A Different type of Art on the old FB, check out this fantastic illustration work by artist Eric Geusz (aka: Sapcegoose on the Instagram), where in he takes everyday objects and draws ’em up as spaceships. I mean, we all did this as little kids, right? Where we would take something like a remote, or whatever, and pretend it was a cool spaceship of some kind, because our parents were cheap and refused to buy us any toy a normal kid might have… I kind of think my life would’ve been way different had I owned a bunch of Transformers instead of a hand full of cheap ass Go-bots and some used up sparkplugs. Sigh. Anyways, it’s just cool to see that same imagination played out so well by a talented illustrator. Anyways, check out a few samples below, and be sure to follow him (@spacegoose) on Instagram. Also, give Different King of Art a “like” on Facebook.
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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!
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.
Holy hell El Moochadores, it’s Monday! Yeah, it sucks now, but the dream is to have Monday just be any old day of the week while we do what we love. Speaking of which…
Usually finding stuff to post about is kind of agonizing, but today I found something incredible right away. And on Facebook! I hate Facebook. Anyways, first up on my FB feed was a post about Super Shadows from artist Jason Ratliff. I’ve only posted a small sample of images from the series below, so click the link above to see much more. Also, prints are available at his Curioos shop.
Okay, that’s all for now. I got a day job to get to. Damnit.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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