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Aug 122014
 
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 Content Creators that distribute Via the web, this is the place for you!

It’s Kind of Like Woodstock for Geeks! Fans and Creators come together at Intervention: The Premier Showcase of Online Creativity this

August 22-24, 2014 in Maryland

Internet + Convention = Intervention: The Premier Showcase of Online Creativity. Featuring Webcomics, Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Makers, and more. Many guest speakers and interactive events are planned for 2014; founders mark 5th year of intervening, inspiring, and empowering digital creators.

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Intervention is a yearly Internet Culture convention held in September in Rockville Maryland at the Hilton Rockville/Washington D.C. hotel.

Intervention (a combination of the words “Internet” and “Convention”)highlights independent artists from all spectrums of creative output (Comics, Music, Podcasts, Video, Blogging, Stories, etc.) who use the Internet as their primary distribution method. The convention hosts panels, workshops, movie showings, music concerts, open gaming, and dance events.

Your Online Life, In-Person

How much of your day do you spend on the internet–looking at comics, watching videos, reading blogs, connecting with friends, tweeting, or just surfing?  At Intervention you can meet, talk with, learn from, and party with the people you see online everyday.

  • One Part New Media
  • One Part Gaming
  • One Part Nerd Party

 

Founders of InterventionCon Onezumi Hartstein and James Harknell

Founders of InterventionCon Onezumi Hartstein and James Harknell

On Today’s show I  talk to Webcomic Diva Onezumi Hartstein and her husband/producer James Harknell.  We talk about how the Con has grown as well as  helped so many artists  So if you are near DC  from From Friday August 22nd  at noon to  Sunday August 24th at 4pm. Drop by and say hi.

 

Founders Onezumi Hartstein and James Harknell Panel

Founders Onezumi Hartstein and James Harknell Panel

More info/Registration

Hilton Washington DC/Rockville
1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852

 

The goal of Intervention is to bring together  different independent creators and fans to party, educate, and appreciate the opportunities the Internet gives to all of us. It is similar to the Sci-Fi/Anime/Other fandom cons, but here the emphasis is on people who use the internet as the primary way to distribute their work and communicate with their friends.

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Jun 262014
 
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The Ultramarine Blue Blues

These are the show notes that accompany episode 91 of the show.

Lady with a Lapis Lazuli Bowl by Guido Reni - 1638-1639

Lady with a Lapis Lazuli Bowl
by Guido Reni – 1638-1639

For thousands of years man has desired a true blue for art. The problem was  it was very rare. The only place to get vibrant blue was to extract it from a rare rock called Lapiz Lazuli. I When I say rare, I mean rare.  Lapiz Lazuli  could only be found in a single cave in Afghanistan. The church controlled the use of blue only for specific things because of it’s value and scarcity. But blue fever made artists rebel and the rest is history.

Lapiz Lazuli Rare source for ultramarine blue

Lapiz Lazuli this is the  Rare source for ultramarine blue.

Ultramarine is one of the oldest of the artists’ pigments that we still  use to this day. It is a brilliant blue that has  been used in paints for at least fifteen hundred years.  For thousands of  years it was extracted from the natural gemstone lapis lazuli which is a type of limestone containing a blue mineral named lazurite.

ultramarine blue has an intensity that varies depending on the type of made it is used for.

ultramarine blue has an intensity that varies depending on the type of paint  it is used for.

 

lapiz lazuli processed pigment

lapiz lazuli processed pigment

There is no source of lapis lazuli in Europe. It  had to be imported into the West and once  there,  had to go through 50 separate stages  to separate from it for a 10% yield of the pigment. Ultramarine as a result became the most expensive of artists’ color.  It’s value was more than  that of gold.  So it was used very sparingly.  It was so valuable that the Church stepped in to control it. The Vatican  decreed that the  highest quality ultramarine was  only  for painting the robes of Mary and the infant Christ.

 

Ultramarine was replaced by the cheaper copper carbonate mineral azurite for a while but  was back in favor by the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  In most situations the patron bought the pigment separately for any picture he had commissioned. This resulted in a little cheat where cheap ass  azurite was  used for “underpainting” the ultramarine so less would be used to produce the brilliant blue color. This of course killed the brilliance of ultramarine.

 

Giotto and the heavenly blue Arena Chapel

Giotto's Arena Chapel 1305 Here Blue represented Heaven.

Giotto’s Arena Chapel 1305 Here Blue represented Heaven.

 

 

Ambrogio di Bondone AKA Giotto painted every square inch of the interior of  the Scrovegni family’s Chapel between 1303-6 in Padua.
This was considered the most beautiful chapel ever painted until the Sistine. Giotto had his work cut out for him. He needed to figure out  how to organize, design, and paint a series of stories about Christ and the Virgin Mary and  give an aesthetic and clearly legible story to a large sacred space.  In just under three years he presented the chapel as an illuminated manuscript through which the viewer could follow the dramatic story and simultaneously admire his gorgeous illustrations .

The betrayal of Jesus with a Kiss from Judas.

The betrayal of Jesus with a Kiss from Judas.

 

His repeated uses of blue showed just how “holy” and “rich” his patron’s little chapel was. This is one of the most important rooms in Western Art. The entire ceiling was painted blue, representing  not the sky but heaven. To Giotto heaven was blue.

 

TITIAN Blues everyone away!

Titian BACCHUS AND ARIADNE  1523 National Gallery, London 5' 9" x 6' 3"

BACCHUS AND ARIADNE 1523 by Titian  National Gallery, London
69″ x  75″

Titian's  Bacchus and  Ariadne  is a big painting.

Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne is a big painting.

Titian painted BACCHUS AND ARIADNE in oils on canvas in about 1521-3. It was commissioned by Alfonso d’Este, Duke of Ferrara, as part of a
decorative scheme for a small room, the Camerino d’Alabastro (alabaster chamber), in the ducal palace. This is truly a magnificent painting.  Just look at the great whirl of movement with its huge expanse of insanely pure ultramarine  blue into which the beautiful Ariadne is pointing.  It cost a fortune and defied the church’s ban on usling blue for anything but the Virgin Mary. To Titian blue was like crack.

Picasso’s Blue Period  (1901-04)

picasso old guitarist Pablo Picasso 1903–04Oil on panel 48.4" × 32.5" Art Institute of Chicago

Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso 1903–04 Oil on panel 48.4″ × 32.5″ Art Institute of Chicago

 
 At the turn of the last century Picasso created a pictorial world entirely in shades of blue sparked by the suicide of his friend. On February 17, 1901, a young Spanish poet and close friend of Pablo Picasso’s named Carles Casagemas invited several people to a bar in Paris. After a few drinks he pulled out a gun and shot at his girlfriend. He missed her and then blew his brains out.

Casagemas’s death had deeply affected Picasso, who painted a series of somber, blue-toned pictures in his memory including “Casagemas in his Coffin”
It was these works that led Picasso to develop his first truly individual style: the “Blue Period.”

 

 

Pablo Picasso 1903–04Oil on panel 48.4" × 32.5" Art Institute of Chicago

Middle panel Pablo Picasso 1903–04 Oil on panel 48.4″ × 32.5″ Art Institute of Chicago

 

Yves Klein. Cutting Edge Avant-garde Genius or Narcissistic Lying Douche-bag? YES!

When I think of Blue I think of Yves Klein. Although he made art in lots of different colors and media, it is his pure blue paintings, velvety in their depth of pigment, of which he made nearly 200, that are his most significant contribution to art history. In May 1960 Klein commissioned his ideal blue ( International Klein Blue, or IKB) to be made and tried to patent it.

IKB International Klein Blue

IKB International Klein Blue

 

IKB Klein Monochrome 1960

IKB Klein Monochrome 1960

IKB  represented for him the immateriality of deep space.  Developed with chemists at the French pharmaceutical company IKB is made from ordinary synthetic ultramarine pigment, but with a polymer binder to preserve the color’s intensity. To Klein IKB stood proud as a dazzling object in its own right and also,  to offer an “open window to freedom as the possibility of being immersed in the immeasurable existence of color.”

Yves Klein’s work often revolved around his concept of “The Void”, a nirvana-like state that is void of worldly influences. He created spaces and images that ask us to observe our own sensibilities.

n 1960, he created a photo montage of himself leaping from a balcony called the “Leap into the Void”.   It was his way of embracing the irrational and celebrating fantasy in an our increasingly mechanized world bound by convention. The picture captures both the eye and the imagination because it does not conform to expectations. It captures an act of defiance both against what any sensible person would do and against gravity itself.

 

 

Leap into the Void  Yves Klein 1960

Leap into the Void Yves Klein 1960

 

Of course he didn’t really jump out onto the pavement. He had some buddies catch him with a blanket. Then he used another pic covered them up. An early form of Photoshop if you will.

Yves Klein Leap into the void.  How it was done pre Photoshop.

Yves Klein Leap into the void. How it was done pre Photoshop.

There is a lesson here for artists.

We have a tendency to get attached to things that we:

  1. Think “look right”.
  2. Think others expect of us.
  3. Think other artists are doing.

We should  instead of focus on developing our own unique sensibilities, tastes and intuitions.

I like that this image inspires us to be a little reckless and oblivious with our creativity, no matter how unconventional an idea might seem.

 

 

 

 The Blue Planet Rises

Earthrise captured 1968 during the Apollo 8 mission.

Earthrise captured 1968 during the Apollo 8 mission.

The world famous photo of “Earthrise” over the lunar horizon was taken by the Apollo 8 crew  Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders in December 1968, showing Earth for the first time as it appears from deep space.

Apollo 8 achieved many  firsts.

  1. The first humans to leave Earth Orbit and enter the Moon’s orbit.
  2. The first manned mission launched on the Saturn V rocket from NASA’s new Moonport.
  3. Taking the first pictures of the Earth from deep space

The funny thing is that during the months of training leading up to the mission, no one thought to train the crew to on what to do when they encounter the view of Earth from lunar orbit. So when the crew noticed the big blue beautiful Earth rising over the boring gray lunar horizon, they freaked!

“Earthrise” is the name given to that photograph of the Earth taken by Anders during lunar orbit on Dec. 24, 1968. Earthrise became one of the most famous photographs from all of the Apollo missions and one of the most reproduced space photographs of all time.

 

The picture showed us our world as a blue jewel suspended in the inky blackness of space. All through history blue  was the color of the great beyond. The color of the horizon. When we finally achieved our wish of going beyond the horizon we discovered that blue was the color of our home.

 

Ciao!

 

Raul

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 Posted by at 11:21 am
Apr 282014
 
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 Episode 90 Show Notes Timeline.

 

Earliest known image of Mickey 1928

Earliest known image of Mickey 1928

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately. Disney terrifies me. this podcast explains why.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. Disney terrifies me. this podcast explains why.

  • 0:00 -3:18 Intro

  • 3:19- Ambassador Hotel Bloody Mary.

 Classic Bloody Mary

Ambassador  Hotel  Los Angeles

The Best I've ever had.

The Best I’ve ever had.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Tomato juice
  • Fresh key lime juice (about 1/2 a small lime)
  • Worcestershire sauce (3 dashes)
  • Tabasco Sauce (2 dashes)
  • 1 oz Clam Juice
  • Bitters (2 dashes)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garnish: Lemon wedge, celery rib and Olive or as desired
  • Glass: Tall

PREPARATION:

Chilled.  Shaken not Stirred.

  • Fill a  shaker with crushed ice.
  • pour 1 1/2 ounces of vodka,
  • 3 dashes of Tabasco sauce,
  • 4 oz. can of tomato juice ,
  • 1 oz. of clam juice,
  • 3 dashes  of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Dashes of Bitters
  • Chill and then pour into tall glass.
  • Add some salt & pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with a celery stick, and or olives.

This is the classic Bloody Mary served at the Legendary Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel from the 40′s to the early 90′s.

The same recipe that people like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, Steve McQueen, and Lee Marvin enjoyed when nursing hangovers.

  • 6:56- Various ways to check out the show.

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  • 13:00 Man Vs Art Thanks you for putting MVA on the 1st page of Itunes.

  • 14:01 The Corporate corruption of Copyright and rape of the Public Domain. Disney I’m looking at you.

  • 18:56 – The inherent weakness of Mickey Mouse as a cartoon character yet as a  Corporate symbol he RULES! It seems like Disney’s mission is  to suck all of the money from the parents’ wallets while rendering children compliant, subservient consumers.

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  • 23:00 The princessization of little girls. Thanks to Disney Princesses all little girls will grow up thinking they are princesses. No skills, ambition or anything.

  • 31:55 Disney doesn’t care about anything but profit. In 1981 Michael Eisner sent out an office memo that said “1981 staff memo “We have no obligation to make art. We have no obligation to make a statement. To make money is our only objective.”  Frozen became the highest grossing animated film of all time with earnings totaling almost a billion dollars. So what did Disney do to reward the awesome crew of talented artists and technicians who made this possible? They laid off more than half of them and gave bonuses only to the few they kept on. The rest were out the door. You would think the laid off people would probably need that bonus money more right? Tough shit says Disney.

  • 34:30 It’s not a good idea for such a hypocritical  company with such questionable business practices and sneaky maneuvering, who clearly doesn’t give a shit to own our most cherished stories and characters and refuse to share them. If they didn’t tout themselves as the wholesome , kind,  family values company it wouldn’t be so bad.
  • 37:15 Disney has  24 access to kids today. Thanks to technology they can exploit their content to create tomorrow’s blind idiot consumers. Disney exploits their IP’s, artists, audiences,

  • 43:45 If you want to play with Star Wars, Marvel , Muppets, you have to play by their rules. The Agenda of the corporation is first. In 10 or 15 years it will be insane. Disney takes from the public Domain and then extend the copyright indefinitely. In a nutshell they are stealing from culture. Our culture.

  • 45:39 Mickey mouse is technically public domain. In 1928 Walt did not label Steamboat Willy properly and the statute of limitations had passed. This is why Disney is so adamant about extending the Copyright of Mickey.

  • 51:30 Mickey mouse has 7000 consumer products as opposed to Bugs bunny who has like 600.

  • 54:05 Disneyland Death trap

  • 56:00 Mickey has evolved over the last 9 decades. Is Mickey relevant? Mickey Mouse is actually a “Fuck You” to Universal for taking Oswald The Lucky Rabbit.

  • article-0-0C30D6F0000005DC-18_634x6921:04:30 In the 30′s Within just a few years of his creation, Mickey became  a corporate symbol and therefore can’t bee too subversive or wacky. Last Short in 1953. Through the 60′s to now Mickey has popped up in a few things.

  • 1:11:10 Get a Horse! totally disses the tradition it supposedly it’s trying to homage. It tells the audience ( not just the kids) , but anyone who’s never seen a black-and-white Mickey short — that the B/W old school part is something to be painfully endured until Poochie the Rockin’ Dog shows up.

  • 1:14:10 The Joker Song by Miracle of sound Miracle Of Sound brings you 100% original movie & videogame songs All songs are written, performed and produced by Irish musician/producer Gavin Dunne http://miracleofsound.bandcamp.com/

  • 1:19:15 Disney in the early 90′s wanted to dig up civil war battlefields and build souvenir shops and tram rides and charge admission. WTF?

  • 1:24:20 The Happy Birthday song which Time Warner Claims to own, even though there has never been a court ruling that settles ownership.  That’s $2 million a year for Time Warner for NOTHING!

  • 1:27:35 Mickey Mouse is supposed to be public domain. It’s time was up and it was never registered properly. Disney greased the palms of congressman and bought an extension. But it’s for nothing. because, Mickey was never registered properly and the statute of limitations has run out.  check out the 1999 paper then Law Student Lauren Van Pelt wrote. She proves Mickey Mouse is PD. Obviously Disney was none to happy.

  Mickey Mouse — A Truly Public Character Student Paper in Advanced Copyright, Spring 1999

by Lauren Vanpelt
Arizona State University College of Law

  • 1:33:55 Disney has always had tons of artists and writers suing them for stealing their ideas. Are all of them B.S.?

Look at how Frozen was marketed. Goober Snowman! Right? Wrong. The Goober Snowman in the trailer is what got us into the theater.  “I thought HEY! Something different HOORAY!” But MUCH TO MY BITTER DISAPPOINTMENT it turned put to be a yearning “there must be more to life, look how quirky I am!” bucket of vomit  princess story. AGAIN. It’s been done. I don’t care how much money it made. Let’s move on.

Animator Kelly Wilson  is suing Disney for ripping off her 2010 short “The Snowman” for the Frozen teaser they made. She submitted in her portfolio  4 times at Disney in search of a job. In her portfolio was her short film.  Gee! She was not good enough to be hired, but she was good enough to have her idea stolen.

 

The  IP’s that Disney took from the Public Domain and profited from greatly!

  1. Aladdin from a folk tale in One Thousand and One Nights (1706) Revenue = $504 million (1992)

  2. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865) Revenue = $1.02 billion (2010 version) + $?? original revenue unknown (1951)

  3. Atlantis from the legend of Atlantis (originated as the Socratic Dialogues “Timaeus” & “Critias” by Plato ~360 BC.) Revenue = $?? million (2001 film)

  4. Beauty and the Beast by G-S Barbot de Villeneuve (1755) Revenue = $425 million (1991)

  5. Bug’s Life from Aesop’s Fables Revenue = $363.4 million (1998)

  6. Cinderella from the Charles Perrault folk tale (Grimm’s Fairy Tails) (1697) Revenue = $85 million (1950)

  7. Chicken Little from the folk tale Revenue = $314.4 million (2005)

  8. Christmas Carol from Charles Dickens (1843) Revenue = $325.3 million (just 2009 film)

  9. Fantasia (1940) scored and based upon Bach, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven & other classical compositions (however, “ The Rite Of Spring” was licensed in original film) Revenue = $83.3 million (1940) (22nd highest-grossing film of all time as adjusted for inflation) + $90.9 million (1999?—?Fantasia 2000)

  10. Frozen from Hans Christian Anderson’s Ice Queen (1845) Revenue = $810.3 million (2013)

  11. Hercules from the Greek myth Revenue = $252.7 million (1997 film only)

  12. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (1894 copyright, movie released just one year after copyright expired) Revenue = $205.8 million (1967?—?30th highest grossing film with inflation) + $43 million (1994 live action version)

  13. Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson (1837) Revenue = $211.3 million (1989)

  14. Mulan (1998) from the Chinese Legend of Hua Mulan Revenue = $304.3 million

  15. Oliver & Company based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1839) Revenue = $74 million (1988)

  16. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (1904) Revenue = $109.9 million (2002 sequel Return to Neverland) [When original 1953 film was made it seems like the book was still under copyright.]

  17. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (1883) Revenue = $84.3 million (1940?—?39th highest grossing box office gross as adjusted for inflation)

  18. Pocahontas from the life and legend of Pocahontas Revenue = $346 million (1995)

  19. Princess and the Frog from the Brothers Grimm folk tale The Frog Prince Revenue = $267 million (2009)

  20. Robin Hood from the English folk tales Revenue = $87 million (1973 film)

  21. Snow White from the Brothers Grimm folk tale (1857) Revenue = $416 million (10th highest grossing film as adjusted for inflation)

  22. Sleeping Beauty from the Charles Perrault folk tale (1697) (also with music/characters from Tchaikovsky’s 1890 ballet) Revenue = $51.6 million (1959) (31st highest grossing film as adjusted for inflation)

  23. Tangled from the Brothers’ Grimm fairy tale Rapunzel (1812) Revenue = $591.8 million

  24. Tarzan from Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1914) Revenue = $448.2 million (1999)

  25. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad based on the Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (1820) and Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1908) Revenue = $?? (1949)

  26. The Hunchback of Notre Dame from Victor Hugo’s Book (1831) Revenue = $325.4 million (1996)

  27. The Lion King from Hamlet (1603) and a 1960s Japanese animated series called “Kimba the White Lion” Revenue = $987.5 million (1994)

  28. Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (1844)Revenue = $53.9 million (just 1993 film)

  29. The Reluctant Dragon based on the story by Kenneth Grahame (1898). Revenue = $?? (1941 )

  30. The Sword in the Stone from the Arthurian Legend revenue = $22.2 million (just 1963 film)

  31. Treasure Island and Treasure Planet based upon by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883) Revenue = $109.6 million (Treasure Planet) + $34.4 million (1996 Muppet Treasure Island) + $?? (1950 Treasure Island)

Disney teaches us that it’s OK to steal from the public domain while working hard to ensure that none of your own works enter it.

One of  Disney's Legendary Nine Old Men, Animator Ward Kimball's wacky Mickey Model Sheet.Ward Kimball

One of Disney’s Legendary Nine Old Men, Animator Ward Kimball’s wacky Mickey Model Sheet.

“The Disneyland Memorial Orgy” by Wally Wood for The Realist (1967)

“The Disneyland Memorial Orgy” by Wally Wood for The Realist (1967)

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 Posted by at 7:29 am
Feb 212014
 
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John Sanford

By day, Director / Story Man for Disney, Sony, PIXAR, and most recently  Dreamworks.

By night, Creator of the Chippy and Loopus web comic.

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Chippy from John’s web comic Chippy and Loopus!

 

My guest on the Man vs. Art Podcast is the brilliant and super talented Artist, Writer, Directory, Story Artist and comic creator John Sanford who currently works as the Director of the Dreamworks Animated Series Riders of Berk  . John is also the creator of the web comics Chippy and Loopus and K&J which his wife writes. John is originally from Denver  Colorado. He attended Calarts and in 1993 started at Disney on the Hunchback of Notre Dame as a Story trainee. He worked on  worked on Mulan, Atlantis, a little on Lilo, then co-directed Home on the Range.

After Disney

John left Disney after David Stainton (rhymes with Satan) Took over and went tot Sony, Pixar, then Dreamworks where he is now am an episode Director on the Dragons TV show Riders of Berk.. John is married, he  has has no kids, but he has  4 dogs.

John joins me for an extra long episode where we talk about animation, story, artist’s rights and how productions tend to ignore them. John is very frank and doesn’t pull any punches when he gives us the behind the scenes scoop at Disney, Pixar, Sony, and Dreamworks.

 

Concerns about the Animation Business.

John’s main concern is the way studios use Storyboard artists to simply draw script pages exactly as scripted. He feels, (and I agree) that when Story Artists are not given the opportunity to be creative and approach storytelling with drawings the projects become stale. What is more entertaining?

A) reading Sponge Bob has a  wacky freak out?

B) seeing  Sponge Bob’s have a wacky Freak out?

I rest my case.

 

Cartoonists should create animation stories with drawings.  Plain and simple. Creating animation by any other way is insane.

This is a very special show, John was pure dynamite and I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making this episode!

Thanks!

John Sanford his lovely wife and the world's cutest dog.

John Sanford his lovely wife Sarah and the world’s cutest dog .

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 Ink brush sketches by John Sanford.

Monkey Jam ink sketch John Sanford

Monkey Jam ink sketch John Sanford

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Witch and Cat ink sketch John Sanford

 

 

 

 

 

 John Sanford inking cartoons the old school way.

WITH INK!

 

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If you are not having a good time while you are cartooning, you are doing it wrong!

 

 

 

 

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Spock, Kirk, and Bones. by John Sanford.

Batman and Robin by John Sanford

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 Posted by at 4:20 am
Jan 062014
 
Master Miyazaki By Raul Aguirre Jr.
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Top 8 Art stories from 2013

 

First up, I’m sure I missed something.  There were lots of  big news in the Art World  this year. Damien Hirst had another installation ripped off.  Works of Fine art selling for record numbers,  A&E the arts and entertainment channel finally went to shit.  Anyway, sorry If I missed something this is just the stuff that really stood out to me.   And now Here we go.

 

 

#1 Banksy bitch slaps New York with art  2:50

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All images ©2013 Banksy

Trendy, jaded, and snobby New Yorkers  got worked up into a frothy frenzy over Banksy’s  30 Day Artist’s Residency  in New York called “Better out than in.”    The mysterious graffiti artist left his witty subversive  mark across the Big Apple.  He used his website and Instagram account to let fans know where he had struck each day! The eccentric  Banksy  set up a Central Park art booth selling his original, signed  art for $60.  A couple  of customers unknowingly bought the extremely valuable artwork at dirt cheap! $60.o0 for work from a guy who has sold some for $1,000,000 or more. Unfortunately, for anyone looking to score one of the large pile of remaining originals, Banksy declares at that it was a 1 day only sale.

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Subversive

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Social and political

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Animal Rights

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Comedy

 

Banky’s crowning moment of awesome

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Banksy took a cheap Hudson River School style painting from a thrift store called Housing Works,. He painted  a Nazi chilling  on a bench on the painting, and re-donated it back to the store with his signature. Housing Worksauctioned it off for $615,000.

 

#2 Billion Dollar Nazi hoard discovered. 7:55

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Nazis posing with art in Venice, Italy. Artworks Worth $1.6 Billion, Stolen by Nazis, Discovered in German Apartment. Art masterpieces seized by the Nazis and thought to have been destroyed in British bombing raids on Germany during WW2 have been found behind rotting food in a loner’s modest apartment near Munich.

#3 Russians have balls 13:57

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A Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky  stripped naked and nailed his genitals to the ground of Moscow’s Red Square in a shocking protest aimed at “the police state”.

 

#4 Hayao Miyazaki: Retires?  16:52

 

Master Miyazaki By Raul Aguirre Jr.

Master Miyazaki By Raul Aguirre Jr.

Last Fall,  Oscar-winning Japanese film-maker Hayao Miyazak announced his retirement  from directing after the release of his final movie, which premiered in competition at the Venice film festival.  However, Miyazaki also “retired” in the after  Princess Mononoke in 1997.  He returned to direct Spirited Away four years later. He also came in and took the wheel of Howl’s Moving Castle in 2004 when original director Mamoru Hosoda up and quit the film.  2 months after the announcement, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki appeared on a  Japanese TV    and discussed Miyazaki’s  plans to serialize a Samurai manga.

 

Yes!

 

#5 $1.26 Million Picasso Raffle Won by Pennsylvania Resident for $137 Ticket 19:30

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An American  won an online raffle for a $1.26 million piece by Pablo Picasso after buying a ticket for the price of $137.  The 1914 piece was auctioned off to benefit the efforts to save the ancient city of Tyre, and was won by Pennsylvania resident Jeffrey Gonano.

#6  Morgan Freeman portrait hoax 20:40

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The Gif above flips back and forth between the soudce photograph and the “ipad finger painting”

Some people are so talented.  Some are douchebags. Some are talented douchebags. This artist spent over 200 hours and made 285,000 brush strokes to create painting of Morgan Freeman that is as a pixel for pixel reproduction of the photo reference. Artist Kyle Lambert thinks we are all stupid.  He did no such thing. His finger painting is a photograph.

#7George Zimmerman Racist Murderer now Artist? 30:37

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WTF? Consider this. George Zimmerman, the former neighbourhood watchman acquitted by a Florida jury earlier in 2013 for the fatal shooting of African American teenager Trayvon Martin, has put what is said to be his first painting for sale on eBay

 

 

#8 Former President George W. Bush an Artist? WTF?

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Yup! and he paints puppy dogs and  kitty cats! I’m torn here folks!  A war criminal who sent thousands of our boys to die in Iraq under false pretenses and is responsible for about 1/2 a million Iraqi deaths paints kitties!

Forgive me if I don’t get too choked up about the kitties.

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At the end of the show I rant about Quality of art as not being subjective. Taste! Compare A Jack Kirby Captain America

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with a Rob Leifeld version.

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I rest my case.

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Dec 062013
 
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Welcome to the Man vs. Art Podcast! Below is the menu. Enjoy your stay!

Living the dream!

Andy Charles Griffiths Artist

Andy Griffith Actor

Andy Griffith Actor

0:00 Prologue: The Forging of the Great Pencils

4:45 Man vs Art Intro

7:25 Welcome Andy Griffiths

10:28 Eddie the Bad Tempered Teddy Bear Children’s Books

11:33 Birth of an Artist or Andy’s turning point

16:46 Alan “Go Fuck Yourself Hollywood” Moore

21:18 Comics and Animation are not mutually exclusive

22:16 Ego vs Inbetweening!

25:15 New Zealand and Children’s Books

28:48 Dealing with kids

30:01 Andy Griffiths name confusion

32:51 How Eddie the Bad Tempered Teddy Bear came to be

40:11 “We’re speaking into the future…”

42:22 James Cameron is James Cameron

43:47 Sci-Fi: From fringe to popularity but still a sausage fest

46:00 Jab Comic Contest winners

50:52 Talk of the Star Trek reboot and the new Khan

53:00 Cintiq love

55:35 No Sketchbook?!

58:00 Mac and PC comparison

1:00:58 Andy’s books on Amazon

1:04:23 Kids are the masters of honesty

1:07:15 A very special cameo

1:10:09 The magic of art

1:12:50 Reminiscing about Warner Bros

1:16:28 Merchandising rant and the Iron Giant

1:22:22 Sign Off

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Andy was born in  South Wales to a  Welsh mother and Jamaican father who was stationed in Wales with the Royal Air Force in World War 2.

He grew up in the early 70′s UK when TV was bad and comics were worse. ”The Victor” featured mainly World War 2 stories and dull characters like Alf Tupper, “The tough of the track” ; Or Roy of the Rovers, a soccer player. Unlike most kids at  school, Andy had no  interest in war or sport. He loved  Dr Who and Star Trek which were about the only cool things around.

One day, Andy’s dad brought him home a copy of the Mighty World of Marvel featuring black and white reprints of Spider Man, The Hulk and The Fantastic Four. His mind was totally blown and it started my life long love of comics and comic art.

By 1988, He’d started and dropped out of architectural school and was working as an insurance clerk which he hated. Much to his parents dismay, he quit and went traveling round the world.

A year later, he came back, determined to either make it as a comic artist or a rock guitarist. He did neither, but did get a work experience placement in a small animation studio in Cardiff which led to his first real animation job as an inbetweener for Siriol Studios in Cardiff. This was the start of an 8 year animation career that culminated in working for Warner Bros as a clean-up artist at their short-lived London Feature animation Studio.

IMDB profile is here.

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In 1998 the studio closed and Andy was burnt out on London and the whole animation industry but he could see the huge potential t   hat digital art and the internet offered. Andy bought a “Powerful” computer with 125mb of Ram and 1.5 gig hard drive. Andy got hisself a Wacom tablet and started learning Photoshop, Painter and Illustrator. He left London and headed to Devon for the sun and surf and a depressing period where He could only find work in a meat packing plant. Andy learned HTML in his spare time and eventually got a break and started a new career as a web and graphic designer.

In 2004 Andy left the UK with then girlfriend, now wife Amy, for a 3month

tour of New Zealand. They ended up staying and now live here as permanent residents. Andy  then started his Fourth career as a freelancer. Doing a mixture of cartoon illustration, web design, comics, cartooning workshops and now his latest venture, children’s books.

Over the last 10 years I’ve done illust

ration work for clients including Hasbro,

American Greetings, Wilson Spor

ts, The V& A museum, The Jodrell Bank Centre
for Astrophysics and many othe

r companies small and large.

Andy currently fuss the following software: Illustrator, Manga Studio, Painter, Photoshop, Sketchbook Pro.I’ve

Eddie the Bad Tempered Teddy Bear is his children’s book. Self published through Createspace and available on Amazon or as a digital download from his website store.

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He decided to publish under his name Charles Griffiths as there’s already a famous Australian children’s book author by the name of Andy Griffiths. It began life as a doodle for his daughter to colour in. See his blog post about it here.
http://www.zengrenade.com/blog-posts/eddie-bad-tempered-teddychildrens-book-project/

http://www.zengrenade.com/blog-posts/eddie-bad-tempered-teddychildrens-book-project/

Links
www.zengrenade.com Andy’s website and blog

www.tooniversity.org Andy’s cartooning workshops website

www.youtube.com/channel/UCDE81Qp5BibXeqajhOXLO8g Andy’s  YouTube channel for Adobe Illustrator and cartooning tutorials.

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zen-Grenade-Graphics/155197327917480
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2013 CHEROTICA JABCOMIX.COM ART CONTEST WINNERS!

 

click the pick to go to the gallery.

THE CONTEST REQUIRED  A RENDITION OF THE MAN VS. ART SIDEKICK CHE

THE CONTEST REQUIRED A RENDITION OF THE MAN VS. ART SIDEKICK CHE

 

 

 

 

THE CONTEST REQUIRED A RENDITION OF THE MAN VS. ART SIDEKICK CHE

 

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Nov 012013
 
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Today’s Podcast Timeline

We talk some awesome shit in this episode people! You can’t miss it!

0:00 Man vs. Art intro
4:30 Raul’s  rant against  the machine. Corporations, Bankers, Politicians, are more dangerous to America than Terrorists.
13:00 Welcome Geo Brawn IV
14:30  Free PDF versions of the first two The Untold Chronicles Books www.theuntoldchronicles.com
20:00 Angel Codex  Brawn Graphix Studio Latest project.
21:00 South Park  6 days to air (see video below!)
25:50 JAB Comix shout out.
27:00 World War Z was good but, pg 13 is for pussies and  Zombie Rules of etiquette
30:35 What gets Horror creators off about creating horror?
34:10 Why Women get Boob Jobs. Raul’s theory.
40:15 Cargo incredibly awesome  Zombie Short Film. (see video below!)
43:00 Geo goes to a Pitch fest and talks screenplays.
45:00 Brian Cranston is the shit!  Breaking Bad worship hour.
48:00 Man vs. Art Policy on Spoilers
55:00 Breaking Bad Shorts (see videos below)
1:08:30 Christopher Walken worship
1:12:40 Dolph Lundgren The Punisher.
1:14:20 Missing in Action
1:15:40 Robocop
1:25:30 What is Geo Currently working on.
1:20:05 Che totally 80′s Karaoke Tribute to Geo.
1:26:20 Titling your work
1:26:55 Predator worship
1:30:03 Wanking Baboon the Evolution of Man. Brought to you by bating!
1:39:00 Sign off

Geo Braun IV AKA La Cosa Nosferatu

Geo Brawn IV AKA La Cosa Nosferatu

 

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SOUTH PARK 6 DAYS TO AIR

PART I

CARGO

Exceptional Live Action Short Zombie Film. Just watch this and freak out! So Good!

BREAKING BAD WEB SHORTS!

BAD ASS! Funny too!

The Evolution of Man. Brought to you by bating!

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Sep 262013
 
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Artistic Freedom isn’t Free.

I am Raul Aguirre Jr.

I see a whole army of my fellow artists here online in defiance of tyranny from the gatekeepers!

You want to create as free artists.

And free Artists you are!

But what if I told you that freedom was under threat?

What will you do without freedom? Will you create?
What you mean Take on the Government and Corporations?  No! We will
bail  and live!”

the veteran shouted.

Yes!

I shouted back. Resist and you may never work in this town again. Bail or bend over and you
will live…at least awhile.

Many years from now as you lay on your deathbed sputtering your last breaths,
would you be willing to trade all those days from this day to that for
one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young artists  and tell
our enemies that they may take our livelihoods but they will never take
our freedom!

I may not care for certain types of art for many reasons. I may even disagree with it completely. But I will lay down my life to defend your right to do create your art no matter the content.

 

 

 PLEASE NOTE:

THIS PODCAST IS A CELEBRATION OF ART IN ALL IT’S FORMS.  THE GOAL IS TO MAKE INTERESTING, COMEDIC,  SOCIAL SATIRE AND TO INSPIRE ARTISTS THE WORLD OVER.

THIS PARTICULAR EPISODE  IS FILLED WITH HILARIOUS BITS OF IGNORANT NONSENSE , LOCKERROOM TALK,AND ADULT THEMES .  ALL OF WHICH REQUIRE THE MATURITY LEVEL OF BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD TO FULLY APPRECIATE.

 

PLEASE DO NOT LISTEN IF YOU

  • ARE OFFENDED EASILY BY SUGGESTIVE LANGUAGE.
  • HAVE ANY SENSE OF TASTE .
  • SEVERELY LACK A SENSE OF HUMOR.
  • FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE  WITH THE CONCEPT OF SEXUALITY.
  • TEND TO BRING UP JESUS EVERY TIME YOU SPEAK.
  • FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE  WITH YOUR SEXUALITY.

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Today’s Podcast:

The world Premiere of the Man vs. Art interview with the hugely popular purveyor of pornographic penciled panels that playfully portray plenty of penis and pussy in perfect pictures, Porn Cartoonist Jab from here!

 

 

 JAB BIO

  in his own words.

 

self portrait by Jab.

self portrait by Jab.

 

JAB: Been drawing all my life. Started working at Disney Feature Animation in the mid 90′s. During that time also, I started creating naughty parody drawings of established American cartoons and I would upload them into the newsgroups, a sub-internet at that time. That’s where I established my presence as JAB, my early beginnings if you will. After Disney I was forced to reconsider my career and fell back on the established fan based that I had developed all those years. In 2003 we officially launched JABCOMIX.COM. We just finished celebrating our tenth year anniversary. We’re a company that is constantly growing and hope to bring quality cartoon porn to our niche audience for years to cum.

That’s all.

 

Jab

 

Pretty girls by Jab.

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Jab Comix and Man vs. Art

Present:

CHEROTICA 2013

Adult Cartoon Drawing Contest.

THEME
Create a killer porn cartoon depicting the drunken hedonist midget sidekick Che from the Man vs. Art Podcast. Place Che into the sexiest most perverted hardcore sex encounter with a smokin’ hot babe or babes that you can think of.  Extra points if you include booze, drugs, and more booze.
The drawing must be SEXY not GROSS! DIRTY FILTHY SMUTTY but not violent or disturbing. Most importantly hetero. Che was very adamant about this rule.
“No dudes, Che don’t swing that way. Just bitches.”

PRIZES
1ST PLACE: The artist will  receive a free 1 YEAR membership to jabcomix and a deluxe Man vs. Art bag of swag.
2ND PLACE: The artist will  receive a free 1/2 YEAR membership to jabcomix and a  Man vs. Art bag of swag and be the envy of the 3rd place winner, and everyone else who entered but did not win.
3RD PLACE: The artist will  receive a free 3 MONTH membership to jabcomix  a Man vs. Art bag of swag and the envy of everyone else who entered but did not win.
The Bag of Swag contains a Man vs. art T-shirt, pin, and a Citizen Sanchez mini comic.
RULES
1) The entry must depict Che the midget sidekick from the Man vs Art podcast living out his greatest fantasy with some female(s) See character sketch and Bio and listen to a couple of shows!
2) B/W or colored is acceptable
3)  Traditional techniques or Digital is fine. Just limit each page to under 5MB (preferably) and keep it in png or tiff format. If too large we will resize and optimize. The smallest side should be at least 600 px.
4) Enter as many times as you want.
5) Entry deadline is October 31, 2013 (11:59pm PST).
6) All entries will be permanently posted on jabcomix.com. By submitting an entry you acknowledge and allow your work to be used on both our site and manvsart.com
7) No stolen artwork. All artwork must be original.
8) If less than 4 artists participate in this contest we may extend the deadline date to allow for more entries.
9) You must subscribe to the Man vs. Art podcast via email, Itunes, or RSS feed for eligibilty.
This contest is governed by these official rules that follow.  By participating in the contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of the contest, as determined by Sponsor and its agents, are final in all respects. The contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

 ENTER CONTEST HERE

Che Model Sheet for the contest.

Model sheet for you to draw Che!

 

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Aug 122013
 
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It’s Kind of Like Woodstock for Geeks! Fans and Creators come together at Intervention: The Premier Showcase of Online Creativity this

August 23-25, 2013 in Maryland

Internet + Convention = Intervention: The Premier Showcase of Online Creativity. Featuring Webcomics, Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Makers, and more. Many guest speakers and interactive events are planned for 2013; founders mark 4th year of intervening, inspiring, and empowering digital creators.

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Intervention is a yearly Internet Culture convention held in September in Rockville Maryland at the Hilton Rockville/Washington D.C. hotel.

 

Intervention (a combination of the words “Internet” and “Convention”)highlights independent artists from all spectrums of creative output (Comics, Music, Podcasts, Video, Blogging, Stories, etc.) who use the Internet as their primary distribution method. The convention hosts panels, workshops, movie showings, music concerts, open gaming, and dance events.

Your Online Life, In-Person

How much of your day do you spend on the internet–looking at comics, watching videos, reading blogs, connecting with friends, tweeting, or just surfing?  At Intervention you can meet, talk with, learn from, and party with the people you see online everyday.

  • One Part New Media
  • One Part Gaming
  • One Part Nerd Party

 

On Today’s show I  talk to Webcomic Diva Onezumi Hartstein and her husband/producer James Harknell.  We talk about how the Con has grown as well as  helped so many artists. Plus we talk about my involvement in the 2013 show.  That’s right!  I will be attending the show as a featured guest and speaker with 3 panel discussions scheduled for me to host!  So if you are near DC  from From Friday August 21st  at noon to  Sunday August 25th at 4pm. Drop by and say hi.

More info/Registration

Hilton Washington DC/Rockville
1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852

 

The goal of Intervention is to bring together  different independent creators and fans to party, educate, and appreciate the opportunities the Internet gives to all of us. It is similar to the Sci-Fi/Anime/Other fandom cons, but here the emphasis is on people who use the internet as the primary way to distribute their work and communicate with their friends.

Onezumi Hartstein and James Harknell Founders of Intervention

 

 Intervention Panel Discussions with Man vs. Art

Stop by one of my panels!  The fine folks behind the intervention have arranged for my wife the Lovely and Vivacious Hortencia and I to journey to the Easst Coast and attend the Intervention as a featured guest! I will share with you stories, jokes, tips, tricks, and secrets I have picked up along my  continuing   journey as a Professional Artist.

Disney Drawing Secrets Workshop with Raul Aguirre Jr.

Join 19 year veteran of the Animation business, and Host of the “Man vs. Art” Podcast, Raul Aguirre Jr. to find out how to make your character drawings look more expressive and appealing for animation, cartooning, and comics!

  • Awkward poses and other drawing abominations will be a thing of the past!
  • Learn to make your characters cooler, sexier, cuter, grosser, more bad-ass, and funnier!
  • Raul shares drawing tips from his Mentor the legendary Glen Keane. Sharpen your pencils and DRAW!
  • How should you approach a drawing? How do you hold a pencil for best results!
  • Sketchbook? Why the “F” would I need a sketchbook?

 

 

So, you wanna be an artist? Raul Aguirre Jr., Ask Me Anything.

For 19 years Artist, Writer, Animator, Director, Podcast Host, Cartoonist, and Comics maker Raul Aguirre Jr. made his living as a professional artist. HOW?!

Keep your shirt on! Raul shares his secrets to getting motivated, finding inspiration, being passionate and NEVER GIVING UP!

If a son of immigrants who was born in East L.A. can make it as an artist, what’s your excuse. So if you wanna be an artist, this panel is a must for you!

Day jobs are for chumps!

 

The Man vs. Art Podcast. An Audio podcast about Visual Art? WTF?

Occasionally brooding, deeply passionate, and always interesting L.A. artist, animator, writer, and director Raul Aguirre Jr. draws on his nineteen years of experience at Disney, Nickelodeon, and Fox to inform, inspire, and entertain artists.

Warning!! Once you hear Man vs. Art, you can’t unhear it!

Raul shares for the first time the production process that he goes into when crafting his podcast. Why is Man vs. Art so fun and unique? Plus he tackles the elephant in the room. An audio podcast about Visual Arts? That’s absurd! He’s crazy! …….Crazy like FOX news!

 

Illustration for the 2013 Intervention Souvenir Book

 

Finally a little crowd scene I drew for the 2013  Intervention Souvenir Guide. Some of the things that I love. From L to R

Zombies, Chubby Batman The Doctor, Skinny Ass Superman, Stormtrooper, Horse Head Guy, Mrs. Stormtrooper, The Creature, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Thoren Oakenshield, Gloop, Watchmen Comic Book kid, Sherlock, Dr. Watson, Totorro, Klingon threesome, The Lovely and Vivacious Hortencia, Hermiony, Man vs. Art cosplay as Walter Sobchek, Ron Weasley, Che, Harry Potter, Heisenberg, Cyclops, Optimus Prime, Astroboy, Wolverine, and The Angel

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 Posted by at 4:26 am
Aug 072013
 

 

TABLETS IN A NUTSHELL

 

Tablets come in a dizzying array of styles, and choosing between them online can be quite a challenge given that you’re not able to physically try out how they feel and how responsive they are.

There’s also a lot at stake if you don’t make the right choice. Some tablets can be overpriced for what they offer, and others may provide a lot of things you don’t actually want or feel like paying for; if you’re just starting out as a freelance designer graphics or about to embark on a college course to learn animation, value for money is often the biggest factor in picking up a tablet to last you at least a couple of years.

To help give you a nudge in the right direction, here’s our top three picks for entry-level tablets which are more than worth their price tag. Since we’re being impartial here, we’ll also discuss the limitations of each (since what works for one individual might not suit another.)

Wacom Intuos 5



The fourth-most-popular tablet on Amazon and one of the most highly technical, the Intuos 5 boasts one of the most sensitive touchpads of any tablet, with 2048 levels of sensitivity and tilt recognition. It also has a multi-touch functionality that lets you zoom in, rotate, move and otherwise manipulate your images with the touch of a finger instead of needing to switch between screen commands in your art program.

 

Intuos 5 Features:

 

  • 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity
  • Multi-touch sensitivity
  • Ergonomic design for left and right-handed artists
  • 9.9” by 14.96” drawing surface

 

Although the Intuos 5 does offer plenty of nice features, it also comes with a heavy price tag – over $300 on Amazon. While it entirely justifies the price, entry-level artists are unlikely to have that kind of money to burn, especially when there are other perfectly functional tablets available for a third of the cost.

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