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142 Monsters, Part 1

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

I have a sheet of 22 x 30 Arches watercolor paper that I taped off into 143 different squares—don’t do the math it’s 11 x 13.   One box is devoted to the title, leaving 142 squares to be filled in with various monsters.  


These include things I’ve made up, references to movies, TV shows—honestly whatever I can think of.  It’s a challenge to myself to complete.  I am drawing a lot of new things, but for now I thought I would share two of the more recognizable ones.


This is the Michael J. Fox teen-wolf (just after Chubby tells him he’s selfish for always dunking when other people are open). BTW***nerds read this, everyone else move on to the next picture.   In researching Chubby’s name on imdb (because I knew his name was something like “fatty” or “lardo” but couldn’t quite remember it), I found out that Jeph Loeb co-wrote “Teen Wolf” and co-wrote “Teen Wolf Too” with Tim Kring.   For those of you who ignored the warning, these are the people who created Heroes. . .and now keep making the first season over and over again.  I thought it was at least marginally interesting.***

Here’s Sloth—who technically isn’t the monster, his mom and brothers are.  But, he looks cool, so whatever.   Ugh, the pic is just slightly out of focus; it is driving me a little nuts. 

I’m a third of the way done with the pencils.  I’ll be inking and painting each little one.   Eventually, it will be a mini-comic.  Update to come soon.

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Portfolio is live

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Check out the portfolio link above. It just went live and I think it looks pretty good. Still needs some tweaking and I have some other stuff to put in, but for the first try it came out OK.

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Plan 9 From Outer Space

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Went to see Plan 9 live last night—why yes I am a big nerd.  It was a live broadcast by the guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 (now doing their thing to the “1812 overture of bad movies.”  The live show took place in Nashville and was broadcast to theaters all over the country—even here.  It started off with a short film with commentary from the guys called “The Flying Stewardess,” which is not a sci-fi movie about a sky-waitress who gets super-powers, but an educational film from the aviation industry about the daily routine of a 1950’s stewardess.  The tone was perfect—vintage MST3K. 

This was followed by Jonathan Coulton, who sang two songs, both of which were very funny, but particularly awesome was the audience-participation song generally about the zombie apocalypse and, in particular, about one office-mate’s request to another called, “re: your brains.”

Reminded me of They Might Be Giants crossed with Shaun of the Dead.

Only complaint I had was the long technical glitch that occurred during another short film they showed about berries or something, so we missed the first few moments of the movie. But, once it started back up there were no more glitches and it was hilarious.  The print they used was colorized, which was new to me.  To see Tor Johnson lumber around in color is to understand why god gave us eyeballs. The movie is just amazingly bad and hence entertaining in it own right, but the guys really managed to highlight every bit of meandering dialogue, stilted delivery, inexplicable use of stock footage, and the “body doubles” used to replace Lugosi after he died. Highly recommended. For your pleasure, below is a compilation of some of the best lines from the movie—my favorite moment comes at 3:03 delivered by the incomparable Dudley Manlove who plays one of the aliens.

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Saturday, August 15th, 2009

I finished a picture of an african elephant a while back that I thought would be a good starting point for this blog.  I took the time to photograph the pencils because I thought it came out pretty good and I wanted to preserve it in case I messed it up with the paint or ink.


Here’s a close up of the elephant’s punim.


And here it is with the completed watercolors and ink. 



For the upcoming posts, I want to show more of the step-by-step process without being tedious.  Let me know what you think.

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Saturday, August 15th, 2009

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