Friday, December 31, 2010
Actually it's not the age indication that has me worrying. I'm paniced because the the dead eyes make me look stupid and half asleep! Is that what lies ahead for me?
They also have more highlights. I guess that means their eyes are more moist.
If highlights are all it takes to get more youthful eyes then we can all rejoice, because those are easy to acquire. All you need is untreated contact lenses. Maybe even ordinary glasses will do the trick.
Hmmmmm. I see that Huston had squinty eyes. That seems to work as well as highlights. Alright, that gives me my agenda! Expect to see me squinting and wearing glasses more often!
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 5:37 PM
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I wonder if the picture above influenced the way Dedini used color?
Without Picasso we wouldn't have had Virgil Parch, Cliff Sterrett, and Steinberg. We wouldn't even have had Searle.
Thanks to Amid Amidi and The Modesto Kid for the Steinberg-type picture above.
Picasso had a great sense of humor. The figure above is magnificently ignorant (I mean that as a compliment). It's really goofy and funny.
Picasso's mission seemed to be to liberate cartoon technique from cartoons. He seemed to think we cartoonists had a bag of tricks that was too valuable to be entrusted to us only.
The man obviously read newspaper comics. It could be that he was influenced by Herriman and Sterrett, Opper and Fenninger, maybe even funny animal comics, and simply didn't admit it. He may have had closets full of comic pages that were thrown out after his death by custodians who didn't think they were important.
BTW, I'm aware that some readers are saying, "Wait a minute! Herriman was influenced by Picasso, not the other way around!" To that I say don't be so hasty. My guess is that Herriman and Picasso influenced each other.
So what do ya think?
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Anyway, here's some vintage comic strip Christmas pages from a hundred years ago. Many thanks to Allan Holtz of Stripper's Guide (link in the sidebar) for the swipes. Click to enlarge.
About the strip above, I like the way this artist lays out the page. It's an ignorant style but there's something funny about it. Sort of Hugh Lofting (Dr. Dolittle) meets Opper.
Here's (above) the final panels in a two week long series where Santa develops a military plan to bomb a town with toys. Oops...I have to surrender the room to my kid. 'Hope you guys had a good Christmas!
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 11:15 PM
Thursday, December 23, 2010
What with Christmas coming, things are really busy at my house and I don't have time to put up something elaborate. I just want to wish everybody here the best of Christmases. I hope you and yours prosper and prevail in the coming year!
Here's a few songs to get you in the mood, if you're not already:
How about "Ave Maria" by Pavarotti? I couldn't embed the video, but here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojeLyPo_Wz4&feature=related
MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY!
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 11:55 PM
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
John's site: http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/
Rib-eyes are kind of expensive, so when they're on sale I get three and put the other two in the freezer. Of course it takes a day for frozen steaks to thaw in the refrigerator, and they only taste good if they're cooked when when they're at room temperature, inside and out.
You won't need olive oil for cooking the steak. Peanut oil , saffron, or canola are better for that because they resist scorching. Prepare the raw steak by basting it with a little (not too much) bit of oil and "Bull's Eye Original Barbecue Sauce" on both sides. These will seep into the cracks and aid the cooking. Put kosher salt and ground pepper all over it so that when you cook it a thin crust will form which will keep the juices in.
So that's it. Combine the steak and mushrooms on the plate and you're good to go. If you've followed directions, you should be facing an exquisitely juicy, medium-rare steak. And...Oh my Gosh, I forgot the dinner salad! Now's the time to vigorously shake or stir the pre-made vinaigrette, and pour it over the lettuce and tomato slices.
What to drink? A cabernet, definitely. Or how about that new Belgian beer that Trader Joe is selling? It's their own brand, and it's pretty good.
BTW: I watched several videos, read several articles, mooched steaks at John's house, and did a number of experiments on my own before settling on the advice in this video as the backbone of my steak regimen. Here's a link to what I consider the most helpful video. The guy who made it looks a lot like Bruce Timm. You don't suppose Bruce.....? Naaaaaaaw!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Batty's site: http://www.freakybuttrue.com/wolverton.htm
The underlighting (above) makes this "Lena the Hyena" look menacing.
What program were these pictures done on? My first guess was ZBrush, but maybe they were done on "Sculptris," which is something I just found out about. It's a free program.
Here's some Wolverton-style stop motion animation courtesy of commenter Ben Leeser. It's a YouTube video called "Ugly Girl," posted by Necrofinger (!). This got over 11,000,000 hits! Thanks, Ben!
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 11:34 PM
Friday, December 17, 2010
The toy I wanted to buy was a tree...just a nicely designed evil tree with flexible arms. The one above is from an illustration in a Lord of the Rings calendar.
I like the idea of doing up a corner of a kids room like Voldemort's cave in the "Prince" story. Cardboard or painted styrofoam kits could do the trick.
Computer and keyboard skins?
It;s fun to imagine what Potter bookshelves (above)might look like.
Toy Hogwarts Express trains will need trestle kits.
The right window shades could add moody, Potteresque color to a bedroom.
I have a ton more pictures which cover a lot more territory than I was able to touch on here. Maybe sometime in the future I'll do a follow up post.
One of the things I like about the Potter stories is that they attract bright and imaginative kids, and making toys and media for a quality audience like that is an interesting challenge. The Potter books touch on architecture, magic, English history and tradition, engineering, mythology and monsters. The toy possibilities are endless!
BTW, the Mayan wall above is there because it reminds me of the moving bricks in the first two Potter films. There must be some way to get a decent toy out of those bricks!
Also BTW, an anonymous commenter who seems to be in the know about selling toys had this to say about my criticism of Warners:
- "It wasn't Warner Brothers---they wanted to license and tried like crazy. There were more toys licensed for the very first film than people might remember, but they didn't sell.
- it was the distributors and stores. They were spooked by the new Star Wars films debacle. Although Lucas got paid up front, a majority of the toys were unsold, and the distributors had to eat the cost. Lots of cost.
- The window for selling these toys/shelf space is also very, VERY short.
- I don't agree with all the short term thinking a company like WalMart (the largest distributor in the word) has, but it's their business.
- Movie toys mostly just don't sell very well. The lead time is long, and films are no sure but. Remember The Simpsons? When it first came out...no toys. Same with Toy Story. Few toys (until later)
- While specialty toy makers make wonderful stuff, they're often expensive, and have a very limited market."
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 2:31 AM