Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Whoa, last day of 2013

and on that end here, have some Monster High art I did as a present for a couple of friends. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Geek Shopping

Gah, so much want. There are TONS of amazing things from Firefly and Doctor Who and Star Trek and, and ect. ect. Little late for Christmas shopping but if you get extra money you could always buy for yourself.

From Think Geek

Monday, December 23, 2013

Guess who's making a return?


Artist: Bob Flynn

Meet the designer of characters behind Bravest Warriors: Bob Flynn. Watch an interview here:

His work is really interesting. It's his work but I almost feel like some of it looks like Dr. Seuss

Worth a look Here

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Bravest Warriors First Season

Oh, look what I found on Youtube; the entire first season of Bravest Warriors! Next is merchandising...

The Bravest Warriors Art Post

From BoukenRed

From Love and a Sandwich

From Abelphee

From Kimmotman

I'm not sure why I put off watching Bravest Warriors (and Adventure Time) until now. Maybe because I've been going crazy with all the other projects I've been doing and I knew that once I watched them I would have to watch ALL OF THEM, you know, RIGHT NOW and it would be a time suck. Like Tumblr. Don't get me started on Tumblr - it's become like crack to me. Well here are a few examples of the fabulous art you can find on Deviantart for Bravest Warriors.

Friday, December 20, 2013

These are painted but you can't tell can you?

I've seen this floating around on Tumblr and Facebook but no one credited the artist BUT I just came across him on a random article I found online. Riusuke Fukahori is behind these...I can't even find the words, mind blowing? Incredible? AMAZING pieces of resin art. That's resin you are looking at with painted goldfish that look entirely real. Mind. Blown.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Fable Remake to come out soon

Fable is the first game I played on Xbox so it holds a very special place in my heart. I ADORE the Fable franchise so I'm happy that they are re-releasing the first Fable on Xbox 360. This particular trailer is from Fable Legends, I think a new release for Xbox One (which I will not be able to afford for many many years) I thought it was pretty amusing though. Sigh. The downside is I strongly feel Lionhead Studios has gone downhill since the release of Fable 3 and I'm worried that with the release of the third Fable it's the end of the magnificence that was Fable. Ahhem. I could write an entire post on my problem with Fable but we'll save that for another day.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Crafty Octopus for you crafters out there

From my facebook feed AWESOME CROCHET OCTOPUS that you can attach to anything, like a sweater, tea cozy or pant leg. I do not have the skills to knit or crochet or whatever this but I wanted to pass it along because it's wonderful. Pattern is HERE

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

while I remember it

Every once in a while I am going to reblog this because I am so much in love with it. Syfy's promotional from some years back. It remains one of my favorite things in the world. The David Bowie video reminded me of it so I'm putting it up again.

Christopher McKenny Photography

Taking a photography class has opened up a new interest in photography and technique and imagination. Came across Christopher McKenny on tumblr and was super impressed by the imagination he has. I love the whimsy, the subtle darkness of the subject matter and the fantasy angle. Great stuff found Here

Monday, December 16, 2013

Back with Bowie

Came across this randomly and squueeed at the Labyrinth homage. And hot damn David Bowie still remains one of the hottest men alive.

Monday, December 09, 2013

technical difficulties

it's going to be a couple of days, sorry. Finals week, desperate Christmas gift making AND last night my heater broke and it's all of three degrees outside. Current temp. indoors in 49 degrees. Getting the heater fixed pronto. Kinda scary having no heat and did I mention it's THREE DEGREES OUTSIDE??

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Manga you probably never heard of


So I reviewed Black Lagoon a while ago and Gangsta has similarities. Let's start with a short summary; In an alternate history world there are people born with extraordinary abilities. They are called 'twilights' - superhuman speed strength agility, all these things that make them excellent killers and mercenaries which is often what they end up as. Meet our heroes:

Alex, Worrick and Nicolas. Worrick and Nic started Benriya - a jack of all trades company in which they sell out their considerable talents and strength to solve 'problems' that plague the historic city of Ergastulum. So, basically, this is a world of gangs, prostitutes (Alex is an ex-prostitute saved by Nic and Worrick) and serious blood shed.

This is actually a great deal more graphic than Black Lagoon, so serious, serious warnings right up front. This ain't for kids. Graphic murder, rape and gore and nudity is in this manga, so you are warned.

Asides from that Gangsta is a decent manga. I like the art style a lot, especially Nic's character. There are a few things that really stand out in Gansta; Our two heroic protags, Nic and Worrick, aren't kids. They are in their mid-thirties which makes them extremely unusual for a manga, seeing how the vast majority of characters ever written are all under the age of twenty five.

They have had a hard life and it shows in the style of art; they have scars, wrinkles, CHEST HAIR, scraggly facial hair, a dark past that often shows up in the form of nightmares.

Nic is the strongest and most fleshed out character of the series. He is a twilight and the lethal force of the team. He is also deaf, which makes him a really, really interesting manga character. I don't think I've seen too many disabled characters represented in manga so this makes me really excited. You can see in Nic the author's obsession with Bruce Lee, which I'm pretty sure Nic is based off of. He's all over badass and ruthless killer when he needs to be but he's also more humane and compassionate then most of the characters. Stealth nice, is what I would say. He doesn't like crowds, doesn't really like people, likes to yank on peoples chains and has almost animal like senses asides the no hearing thing. Actually his character is a bit like a wild animal. If there was one reason to read the manga Nic would probably be it. I'm curious about what's going to happen to him, rather how he's going to die because it's been foreshadowed a LOT that twilights live short lives and often die in battle.

Worrick is Nic's complete opposite; outgoing, a lady's man (a gigolo, actually) and very, very intelligent, Worrick is the brains and social face of Benriya. I'm not as fond of Worrick as I am of Nic but he's fun. He's exactly what you see - sex on legs, free spirit type.

I'm in two minds about Alex. Unfortunately, Alex is the fan service bait that serves to drag in male viewers to Gangsta. The story begins with Alex being brutalized by her pimp and by the end of the chapter the pimp is killed and Alex is 'rescued' by Worrick (if by rescued you mean he claims her as booty and all but throws her over his shoulder in a manly fashion) after that she serves as Benriya's secretary and cook and surrogate mother. She's just... is a typical female presence in a shounen/men's story.

She's sweet, she's accommodating, she cooks, she cleans, she answers the phone and....and...yeah. We know nothing about her, only in a recent chapter we know she has a younger brother who is looking for her. She has no interests, no hobbies, no past, no future, no decisions but hey, she wears lots of super skimpy outfits and has huge breasts so that's all that counts right?

I'm really, really hoping that her character can be fleshed out - to have her rise and become part of the badass group of Benriya, an actual contributing member that does more than answer phones. I hope she develops into something amazing but somehow I get the feeling that she's going to be the fan service character which is deeply frustrating.

So there you go; Gangsta is about a B- or C on the scale of great manga. The plot isn't really there, it's kind of just a jumble of fights, gangs and the undercurrent story of the twilights, whom humanity hates. The current storyline has a bit more promise and hopefully will shed some more light on the pasts of all three of the protags.

Found here: Gangsta

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The most bizarre thing you'll see all day

So I do a lot of random looking up on youtube. Documentaries, clips, videos, entertainment you name it. Every once in a while I'll come across something really unique and out there. Such as it was with this AMV:

The more I watched the more I was fascinated by the animation style and the sheer...weirdness of it all. So I looked up where the animation had come from and it's called Dimension Bomb and LOOK I found it for you on Veoh:

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I put both videos here for a reason. The AMV is very well put together and I think the soundtrack works very well with the overall feeling of the animation. In fact, almost moreso than the original soundtrack.

The original twenty minute short film is just.... well, if you ever wondered what an acid trip is like there you go. Not that I have personal experience but I imagine it's something like this.

Don't look for meaning or a plot or overall sense. Just enjoy the crazy amazing animation and random bizarre cuteness of the girl who has no name. I really liked her character design.

Like I said it's going to be the strangest thing you've seen all day but I think it's worth it.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Photography Project 11

So part of the final projects is Photoshopping. I decided I wanted to take a picture of my grandfather who passed away a couple years ago and retouch his image. I think he would have liked this. This was a Christmas photo taken in 1956. In the photo my grandfather was goofing around and took the cowboy shooter set his nephew had gotten as a present and put it on and made this goofy face. My great-aunt took his photo. I'm really happy I was able to restore it. I'm going to frame it.