Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Here's a link to some episodes on youtube.
I never got into the comic series, but I thought Keith's art style was really interesting. Cartoonish, but occasionally crazy violent-- I don't know him but I seem to remember doing a convention with him many years ago and he was really tiny-- so maybe he has some aggression issues, but the MTV show really stuck with me.
It's dark and disturbing but it's done in such a way that it really holds your interest and I often use it as noise in my studio when I'm working.
Check it out-- I think it will appeal to some of my darker secreted students.
On another note, Irena and I talked about the idea of getting graphic novel art as a course at MassArt-- I know it's a little late for you guys, but it's still cool anyway.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
The Market hosts a wide variety of vendors, whether you're looking for hand-crafted accessories, original art, antiques or just a fresh loaf of bread, you'll find painters, sculptors, photographers, clothing and jewelry designers, milliners, handbag designers, house wares, antique dealers, florists, bakers, local farmer's produce, and much more every week.
A special draw for visitors to this Sunday’s show is the annual "Market of the Living Dead". In keeping with tradition, the SoWa Open Market will hold their Vendor Costume and Pumpkin Carving Contests, as well as games, music, and lots of prizes will be given out during the market. The Vendor Costume Contest is now in it's fifth year, and is sure to keep up the reputation as celebrating the most horrifying zombie artisans on Harrison Ave.
The Market is held from 10am – 4pm and has free admission and parking at 540 Harrison Avenue in Boston's South End neighborhood.
hey girls and guys, these are some comps for Detour. the points of interest will be the freak character and the screens, but i'm having trouble deciding a formula for what's on the screens. What would you like to see on them? what would fit? i'm going for commentary / making fun of the mile-a-minute ADHD nature our society nurtures, so that's the goal. video games? news-figures? movies? binary?
thoughts and comments appreciated. thanks.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Remember, this is only for Firefox.
First, in the bar where you type the url, type: about:config
It will promp you to be careful. You will be so click okay!
In the search bar at the top of the page it takes you to, type in: color_management
If it says "false" next to the item, double click it to change it to "true". Then restart firefox.
There you go, now all your colors will be managed appropriately, instead of aggravatingly.
PS. ::fist shake:: Firefoooooox!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Woo hoo! I'm proud of you Bammy.
Hey guys, I'm sure this is a little repetitive, but oh well. Here is my finished linework composition along with my first color sketch. I'm going to try many different color combinations to see if I want to go in a realistic or imaginary direction with this. Any feedback would be great, I'm also going to be redrawing the DETOUR part (I tried it in Photoshop this afternoon and it didn't work out so great) - Thanks dudes, Sarah Kim
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I just want to make clear that the DEADLINE for GLOBAL Warming is a soft one for this Tuesday, but if you need time to make the piece sweet then I'll give you the extra TWO WEEKS and you can bring it on Nov 4th. I'd rather the piece is good than rushed.
This Tuesday hard pencil prelims are due for A3 and we will review your progress on A2.
hey, ross here. this is my final for global warming.
this is the core piece from which i can go in many directions, time permitting. i can incorporate background elements, color, text, etc. i have ideas for all three, but i'm very behind in my other classes so i don't know if i'll get to it by next class. anyway, enjoy the fresh polar bear meat.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Hey guys, I finished the final and did the puddle over because it was not very puddle-esque (which is an important thing to a successful puddle). I hope you all can still see the world in it, if not I shall change the contrast a bit in Photoshop. I'm starting to build the article page to give a sense on context.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Also, I'm not sure about the cropping. Should I just crop off the rough edges? I kind of like them, but the bottom doesn't match, as it extends to the end of the board. Any suggestions?
I decided that I don't want to have the woman's head be another animal because it strays too far from my original idea and wouldn't be going in the direction I wanted. I though of two new additions to the image to pump it up, one: have here sitting on a walrus in a pin-uppy pose (giving the image a nautical theme), and two: to have one of the cute little birds I drew really huge standing behind her (I didn't actually draw this one yet, but I will post it soon once I do).
Lemme know what ya think, Sarah.
Monday, October 13, 2008
The film's set are all done in a bizarre nightmarish style that works completely with the atmosphere of the movie.
It's available to view in an edited version on YouTube-- just search for Caligari
Animation executive Carl Adams of Clambake Animation, Watertown, Mass, will lecture on the current state of popular animation at Fitchburg State College on Tuesday, October 21st at 7 p.m. The presentation will take place in the Ellis White Lecture Hall of the Hammond Student Center.
Adams, a graduate of Fitchburg State, currently co-produces “Assy McGee,” the hit over-the-top animated police series on “Adult Swim,” the late night block of the Turner Network’s Cartoon Network. Before that, Adams worked on “Home Movies,” another successful “Adult Swim” program.
Carl Adams began his career as an editor, story writer and director on Comedy Central’s “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist” and “The Dick and Paula Celebrity Special.” He also produced animated segments for “Cosby” and co-created “O’Grady,” which airs on the Noggin Network.
Adams is also scheduled to visit several classes during the day on October 21st.
For further information, contact Thomas Murray, English Department, Fitchburg State College, (978) 665-3551.
If you even have an inkling of working in animation-- whether as an animator, a storyboard artist, or a background painter-- this might be a good opportunity for you.
I was in Portland, ME this weekend and went to the Portland Art Museum, which was pretty neat (small though). Anyway there is a show up now called "American Menagerie" featuring a lot of work by Dahlov Ipcar (well-known children's book artist). There was one artist named Roger Winter whose painting "Snow Moon" I totally fell in love with. I couldn't find an image of it online but here is an example of his work. And if you are interested in children's book stuff definitely check out Ipcar, you will realize that you have seen her work everywhere.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
"A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made."
Opposed protections for salmon from mining contamination. (Aug 2008)
Sue US government to stop listing polar bear as endangered. (Aug 2008)
We must encourage timber, mining, drilling, & fishing. (Jan 2008)
Feds shouldn't list beluga whales as endangered. (Aug 2007)
Convince the rest of the nation to open ANWR. (Jan 2007)
it goes on. needless to say, she isn't the most environmentally friendly candidate. the sketch above is the core idea... i'm debating on a minimal background or a wall full of the heads of endangered animals or some other amusing 'chicken fat.' any suggestions/comments appreciated.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
SO GO ON THE FIELD TRIP. It's free, it's on a Friday, we'll be back by 8, and it's the only one we're gonna get this semester, so take advantage of it! How many more field trips will you get to go on in college after this? What about the rest of your life?
(Also, the scarecrow has his mouth open - it's kind of hard to tell.)
Yesterday's class was good. I was impressed with the work. I felt like a lot of you pushed through and gave the assignment(s) some serious thought. As much as I feel like I beat a dead horse it goes without my saying it again that the initial composition stage is probably the most important part of a successful illo. REMEMBER these pieces are for your portfolio FIRST, so make them fit.
I want to be like the straight version Tim Gunn of MassArt. "Make it work people." Although honestly, I think I'm more like the Larry Fine.
Bamcat sent me a fantastic email that we are going to make the next lesson; Contacting Important People. Is it cheating to ask me for a name?? Should you schlep your portfolio sight on cold calls to art directors?
The answers to these and other driving questions next week.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
For all you amazing Illustration kids, it's time to get your work PRINTED and SEEN BY PEOPLE. So enter in the T-SHIRT CONTEST! The judges have yet to be announced (*ahem* asked to participate), but we'll be selecting up to 4 designs to have printed this year on shirts/sweatshirts to sell to raise money for the Illustration department for wonderful treats and trips.
Either way, starting tomorrow, Oct. 6th, you may leave a cd in the folder at my studio (#14 on the 9th floor) with A. YOUR NAME, B. YOUR EMAIL, and C. YOUR FAVORITE COLOR. Number of entries doesn't matter. FILES MAY NOT EXCEED 5MB. And you need to be able to picture them being printed smaller than 11" x 14". So try not to include too many crazy itty bitty sketch lines or teeny weeny screen tone patterns as they'll probably be lost in the process. And no gray scale! This is stark black and white, guys!
ALSO, if there's anyone who would be willing to help out with the silkscreening, it would healthily obliged. We'll give you a free shirt! Remember, Stephen and I are pretty much doing this crap on our own, so help out! We're just as stressed and tired as you! Love us!
You can reach me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions, or you can find me at my studio most of the time. If I'm not there, email or a note. Thanks again!! Good luck!
He does a lot of Halloween themed stuff so you can imagine he's pretty busy right now. In addition to poster work he is also doing something for Vertigo.
His website, AbnormalBrain is great to check out-- and his BLOG features a lot of process work-- always valuable to see.
Take a look.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I've been working on some better ideas for the global warming assignment. I wanted to keep it light and keep my style present while still making the actual issue present.
I make frequent updates in my other blog with this kind of shizzle. So go check it out.
Yay for the new illustration blog!
Since people liked the fonts I had abrewin' on last weeks final, I thought I'd share the link where I get them all in case you don't have it already. It's a fantastic resource.
Anybody else sitting and stewing over their global warming piece?
This will be a place for us to upload sketches, prelims, links of interest, questions for the group, what have you.
As members of the class I have all emailed you the password and log-in for this blog. If you have a blog of your own please add it to BLOG LINKS on the right of the page.
Private questions and things you don't want shared with the group should still be emailed to me directly.