Monday, February 18, 2013

Sailor Moon - Reboot

The ever-popular Sailor Moon is getting a reboot series this year - figured I'd do an illustration to celebrate. Also: warning of a fandom rave below.

Truth be told, I first saw commercials for Sailor Moon's dolls when I was about 11 years old, so my interest was piqued from the tidbits of animation they showed. And then discovered it was on extremely early in the morning before going to elementary school. I became obsessed with it because it had that wonderful story-line that we the viewer (or reader, in some cases) can easily put ourselves in. Reminiscent of Spider-Man for guys, or for more broader, recent references to all: Harry Potter.

It got dark, fast. There were certainly hilarious things about it that I can think are absol-freakin-lutely crazy like a masked man in a tuxedo/cape combo that spouted lines of random poetry whenever he arrived to the scene.  But for the most part, it was about an average, everyday person, suddenly being thrown into something that no matter what, they had to deal with the situation that required insurmountable determination and bravery. They were given this great power and responsibility. It just screams coming of age/adolescence, and going forth into adulthood.

But for me, as a kid, all I wanted was to get to age 14, which was how old Sailor Moon was, and just hope and pray that a weird cat with a crescent moon was going to hop through my window and change my life forever. I wanted the cool costumes, and the flashy transformation sequences, and the powerful abilities (that you had to shout aloud). I just didn't think about the realistic consequences.  I mean, the thing about this girl was she wasn't incredible in any way. She failed tests, made awful tasting food, tripped over her own feet, cried when she scraped her knees, and didn't look where she was going so she ran into telephone poles, and so on. I mean, this was the savior of the world, she was given this immense responsibility. It shows at one point that she didn't even want it anymore but she turns around and steps up to the challenge to continue taking up the helm, because she has to do it.
When I got past age 14, I started thinking that maybe, just maybe, I didn't want that cat to come through my window.  Adolescence already has so many extras added on to make life so troublesome. ...As an adult, I still want that flashy transformation sequence and attack though.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Singles Awareness Day! - 2013

So many pictures pop up about love and adoration or someone's misery at being single during this holiday of  Here's my 'Unconventional' Valentine's Day illustration for 2013.

Have you ever debated on sending a letter to someone you haven't spoken to in years? Has it been a long time? A decade?  Perhaps you should send them a letter.

 Would you rather regret sliding that postcard off into the mail, or going each year of your life regretting that you never sent it at all? This doesn't even need to be a scorned lover or anything, it could simply be a friend you've lost touch with!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Happy (Early!) Year of the Snake!

Happy Chinese New Year, all! I cranked this guy out real fast on Thursday. Figured I'd post today because who checks blogs and things on the weekend?! Hope you all have a great year, and according to the Chinese, the year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail.  Sounds good to me!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Snow Animation, anyone?

(click the image to view animation)

Here's some more animation for you guys, I'm obviously just having fun here. If you live in Brooklyn, make sure you go to the upcoming Bottleneck Gallery show where this piece will be featured (but obviously not animated haha)

Poor Edward

I realized I posted this on my tumblr and not my blog! Here we go:

So. The first image here is a terrible/unfinished illustration of Edward Scissorhands. It’s terrible because I had become extremely lazy in my composition and dynamic layouts. There’s no real great way for the eye to travel around the image. Hell, it sort of skirts off to one side and then you get confused and just try going around the image again.  If you ever need a refresher on making better compositions, I highly recommend delving into Andrew Loomis’s Creative Illustration book. Huge thank you to Kali Ciesemier for pointing this out on her blog.

He has something called Informal Subdivision. This consists of drawing diagonal and straight lines across a paper in your own way to try and make a space division unequal and more interesting. I created one of my own to test this out.

I then sketched something out on top of it, using the lines as a guide to help place everything in the space.

And lastly, a (hopefully) better illustration is the result. Huzzah!

Edward Scissorhands version 2.0 will be mailed off to Brooklyn’s Bottleneck Gallery for their Favorite Film Couples/Valentine’s Day show which debuts February 15th.