Hey El Moochadores! How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way was very literally the first art book I ever bought. I got my first copy when I was twelve years old, and I loved it. Then in the eighth grade, our art teacher showed us this cheese – yet somehow awesome- video that is based on the book. And now it’s on youtube! Well, for now. The whole video (from 1986 by New World Video) is only about an hour and features a young (virile) Stan Lee, along with comic pro John Buscema demonstrating some comic book creating basics. Check it out and if you’re interested in a copy of How to Draw Comics the Marvel way you can still find it on Amazon, or I think it may still be in print in bookstores (like the Barnes and Nobles), but I think it is called Stan Lee’s How to Draw Comics, which is kind of weird since Stan Lee never drew comics… eh.
05/25/2018 / Trog / Comments Off on Hendo’s How-To: Cable’s Arm (Deadpool 2)
Opa, El Moochadores! It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything cosplay, and yesterday (while suffering through the painful grind of my soul-crushing day job) I came across this great video by super-sexy/cute copslayer Hendo.
In the youtube video below, Hendo shows us how to make a fantastic looking “Cable” arm, like the one the rest of you got to see in Deadpool 2. I wish I could’ve seen Deadpool 2 too, but I have to pay off a lot of credit card and student loan debt. sigh.
Anyways, I really did enjoy the make process Hendo uses here, and I hope this helps any potential cosplayers who may decide not to cosplay as Deadpool or Harley Quinn for upcoming conventions. Lot’s of DP’s and HQ’s at cons now days. There are other characters out there, folks. Check out more of Hendo’s cosplay work at Facebook page, or on her Instagram.
03/27/2018 / Trog / Comments Off on 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.
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
11/19/2017 / Trog / Comments Off on The Man Behind a Mysterious Miniature Town
A Short Film from National Geographic
Hello again El Moochadores! yeah, I know, it’s been a long while since my last post, and I do feel bad for that. The last couple of weeks have been kind of brutal at my day job (all the more reasons to not have one), and I finally got a weekend to myself. So, time for some Moo posting!
Now, there’s actually a bunch of stuff out there in the realm of geek creative to post about, and I still have this giant pile of Comic Con SWAG sitting next to me, but I wanted to kick off a new round of posts with this incredibly interesting short film I came across on the youtube. Produced by National Geographic, this video covers the interesting life, and hobby, of artist Michael Paul Smith. Smith has created his own miniature 1950’s town, called Elgin Park, based mostly on his childhood. This was a part of the Nat Geo Short Film Showcase, which is “A curated collection of the most captivating documentary shorts from filmmakers around the world.”
Though the video below is about two years old, and many of you may have already seen this, I just recently watched this for the first time, and I think a lot of what Smith is doing perfectly expresses “geek creative.” The film does get a little dark and deals a lot with issues of depression, suicide, and being bullied. But hell, we’ve all been there. Anyways, I hope you enjoy the video below, I’m going to go work on my own fantasy land project, then maybe later today, I’ll dig through the con pile and post s’more about cool stuff made by cool creatives.
Hey El Moochadores! I gotta run to work in a second (…well, drive), but I wanted to start posting some of the tutorial stuff I’ve been watching. First up is a video from Manga artist Mikey Mega Mega on the youtube. This tut covers how to draw hips and waist, which is something I’ve always had a problem with. Not just with sexy pin-up girl stuff, but also with my mice characters who are a bit “hippy” too. Anyways, I gotta get going, but enjoy the video and hit the link above to see more of his tutorials.
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!
07/08/2017 / Trog / Comments Off on Kevin Cross: My Sketchbook Toolkit
Hello El Moochadores! As we’re making Atomic Moo more about being “geek creative” and also doing way more with our own creative art projects (Check out Atomic Tails and Murray Brothers Creative), we are always looking for great advice from professional artist, like Kevin Cross. Cross is a professional illustrator/cartoonist who has worked for Marvel and IDW, and he has a youtube channel with a bunch of great learning videos. The one below goes over some tools a would be illustrator could be using as they get along with their drawings. Though keep in mind a #2 pencil and any old chunk of paper is also a good start. Just be drawing.
Anyways, Cross (I feel like we should be calling him K_Cross. Or Kay Kross! Like a boy band member… someone give it a try and tell us how it went) also goes over some good methods for rendering an image in your sketch book using blue (or red) pencil and inks with Copic markers. And he draws a Frankenstein. Which is also cool since we love classic Universal horror films. Check out the video while I go do some of my own bad drawings today. To see more of Cross’s work, and support his videos, check out his patreon.
02/16/2017 / Trog / Comments Off on Aaralyn and Izzy (Murp)- Sick of You (GWAR Cover)
Hello again, El Moochadores! There is a few things I want to share with all of you tonight, but first I want you to take a look at one of the best things I’ve ever seen on the youtube. Coming our way via youtuber Murp (which I think is the name of the young band), check out young Aaralyn and Izzy as they preform a musical classic. Gwar’sSick of You. I’ve watched this about five times today and it just keeps getting better.
I may have posted about Kurzgesagt, in a Nutshell videos in the past, but the last couple of days Chudd and I have been working on ideas for new button art (Murray Brothers Creative), and while sourcing reference material I came across these videos. Not only are the videos highly informative, covering everything from human evolution to rocket science, but they’re also produced using (what I feel) is a great style. I love how they translate complex subject matter into an understandable narrative demonstrated brilliantly with simple shapes and animation. The Kurzgesagt youtube page describes them selves as “Videos explaining things with optimistic nihilism. We are a small team who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.” Groovy.
They say they’re trying to produce new videos every month and I’ve posted a couple of samples below. Go check ’em out on twitter, but you can also help support the group by contributing on their Patreon.
Been awhile, right? Well, no we haven’t given up on Atomic Moo, but life is getting a little better and making semi-regular posts should become a thing again. I hope.
Anyways, let’s kick things off (again) with some cool geeky fun provided by Nukazooka on the youtube. Now, I’m pretty sure a dark lord of the Sith could kick the living hell out of a “space ranger” in a manner of seconds, if that were a thing, but the video is still a lot of fun to watch. Despite Disney ruining both Pixar and Star Wars. Yeah, Rogue One sucked and I still hate Disney for every ounce of non-creative garbage they push on a non-thinking public. Sorry, I’ve also been spending time on political blogs, and I’m pretty sure there is a legit tie between the Force Awakens and the Trump attack on American government. But totally enjoy the video!!!
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