One of the major influences on Army of Darkness was Ray Harryhausen’s stop motion animated skeletons. This was both prominent in the stop motion animation of the film and the puppets. At the request of director Sam Raimi, KNB EFX used the “Ray Hayyrhausen brow” on the puppets which clearly shows the inspired look from Harryhausen’s skeletons.
Rest in peace Ray Harryhausen. You were a true legend, and you will be missed.
It looks like Lydia Nichols has mastered her fine arts - and how! Check out these projects and more (thirteen total!) from her corner of the Good Measure MFA Thesis Exhibition at the Tyler School of Art Graphic and Interactive Design. Her colors and her facility with the printing process and layering make her work bright and crisp, and it all looks like wonderfully functional work as well. From her description of the projects:
Tyler’s program focuses heavily on authorship, so most of the projects include research, authorship, design, and illustration.
Personally, I don’t have the authority, but Lydia: you’re hired!
Hey there Tumblr followers! Am I the updating-est person ever or what!?
Yeah, I need to fix that. But for the sake of updating, here is a possible business card design, front and back (contact info and such to be added later, of course). I still do not know what to title myself (Cartoonist? Illustrator? Cartoonistrator?). The whole freelance thing is a bit of a bust for me, so I’d probably be handing these out to potential employers, or just curious parties. Since I have not animated in forever, I don’t feel right putting “2D Animator” on here, but I am a fickle beast.
Your thoughts on these would be super good. And next time, I may have comics. Tasty, tasty comics.
A sort of Easter thing (pencil sketch + Photoshop) featuring another design of Jasper and a possibly mystical blue egg. Filled with the enchanted sparkly egg goo of destiny, or what have you.
And I know it is posted three days after the fact, but I ain’t even care, yo. I also did zilch for April Fool’s… or did I?!
No I didn’t… April Fool’s? :D
Thank you two new followers! And old followers! You are all awesome. This is mainly an art blog for developing my web comics and so on. So you should expect original art by me, and maybe a fan art once in a while if the inspiration strikes. I will try not to disappoint you, but I can make no promises. :)
A sketchy St. Patty’s Day thing that I actually drew on St. Patty’s Day, but was unable to upload until just after. Poop.
This is Siobhan and Phoebe, gettin’ crunked in honor of their Irish heritage. Sibs is 3/4 Hibernian, and Phoebs has a wee bit o’ the Emerald Isle in her (and I ain’t just talkin’ bout the beer, nope). Sibs seems to have misplaced her shoes, perhaps from too much dancin’. And she should probably get off that bar counter. Surely she is making a scene. Tsk tsk. That girl.
These two are both actually very responsible drinkers most of the time, particularly Phoebs. But it is a special day. I will let them revel in it. I just wouldn’t let them drive in it.
Character color schemes! And updates, finally! Lars is an RGB scheme, Siobhan is Primaries (Red/Yellow/Blue, obvs, and sorry I made her so pale, it’s the Irish in her?!) and Tristyn is CMYK. I drew in a cutesy style inspired by the food themed comics Cucumber Quest and Balderdash. You should check ‘em out, if you haven’t yet. And I will probably not use this style in the comic itself. :D
Hopefully I will have the next three by the end of the week! O’SNAP, AND HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY, YOU GUYS!
EDIT: WHY THE HELL DID I NOT GIVE IT A GRAY BG?!?! OH WELL, HERE YA GO!
DOUBLE EDIT: Fixed some minor things… now I’m done. :D
I’m looking forward to this. Cartoonists, designers, and many more obsess over lettering, but not like these folks.
This looks intriguing. I sure love me some hand-painted signs. And I think my city makes a cameo or two?!
I enjoyed this short animated film, drawn with charcoal: URSUS. Directed by Reinis Pētersons.
The animation and music in this are pretty dang stellar. I love it. And it’s done in charcoal!!!!
Full color cast portraits yaaaay! This is more or less how they are gonna look on the actual site (which I plan on putting up this year… at some point). I took forever on these, probably because this is the first time most of these guys have been in color. And I know the style is bound to change over the course of the comic anyway, which I look forward to a great deal! This is one of the reasons I want to do a web comic so badly; to improve my art. Well, that, and to discipline myself to keep to a schedule, and (most importantly) tell the stories I want to tell.
Again, the names are (from left-to-right, top-to-bottom); Lars, Tristyn, Beth, Siobhan, Maks (short for Maksym, btw), Jonah, Phoebe, Klay, and Hamid.
I realize I haven’t described the characters much. All you really need to know is that these guys are just a bunch of crazy college kids that form a pretty tight-knit, familial group. Lars started out as autobiographical (as some of you may recall), but he is his own character now (even though we still share the same major… and name?). The college is based heavily on RIT, and some of my experiences, as well as experiences of folks I know, mixed in with some totally made up shizz (it’s 99% made up shizz don’t worry), all factor into the overall story. And yes, there is a story. I’ve been working on it since 2010. It’s all planned out, with a beginning, middle and end. I’m good at that sort of thing, it’s just the execution part that escapes me at times. But I am dying to tell this story. And I WILL. And I shall attempt to make it look all purdy.
I really would like to do separate updates for ALL the characters, and maybe describe each one in a short paragraph. I’d make this entry far longer than it should be (it’s already so long) if I tried to describe them all now. :/ And I still have secondary/tertiary characters to design! And comic pages to sketch! AND SO MUCH MORE! Oh well, next time!