January 30, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Equisite Pain

I tweaked my back a few days ago because of an errant moment of confidence.  So now it hurts to sit and lie down- the only comfortable position is standing with locked knees, leaning forward at a slight angle.  I've learned an important lesson- never ever try anything physical or else you will fail miserably and hurt yourself.  (But its not that bad really- my Mom says with proper stretching, I'll be back to my sedentary slobby self in a week.) 

January 29, 2014

January 28, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Grumblecakes

I've collected all the ingredients to make grumblecakes.

January 27, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Torn Stocking

Didn't get to sketch as much as I wanted to today...

January 25, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Hipster Fennec

Its just one of those days where I want to keep drawing until I get something good going- even if it means I'll be late for a party.

Daily Crapbook: Playing With Brushes

Just playing with some brushes I don't normally go for.

January 24, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Silk Stockings

Just playing with some new brushes.

January 21, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Complimentary Mouse

Today's words of encouragement come from another mouse.   Those critters seem loaded with good will. 

Favorite Cartoons #3: Maya The Bee

The next cartoon I recall watching a great deal was "Maya The Bee."  I don't really remember loving it, but that theme song is still in my head after all these years.  I hear its getting a reboot, hopefully its good!

January 20, 2014

Favorite Cartoons #2: David The Gnome

The next cartoon I remember loving was also a Nick Jr show that had a magical tone: David the Gnome, starring Mr. Cunningham himself.  Tom Bosley might very well be the first voice I ever recognized.  While I loved this show's premise, I did tend to find the episodes a little boring.  The character that really kept me watching was Swift the Fox.  The (relatively) giant, stalwart animal friend that doubles as a mount is a trope I'm always a fan of, and I think Swift was the first exposure I had to that idea.  As I kid I thought he was just beautiful.  I don't think he even talked- did he?  Did the other animals talk?  I'm afraid to go back and watch the show because I have a feeling it was actually really horrible, and I'd prefer to keep my fond memories of it untainted by criticism. 

Favorite Cartoons #1: Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics

Someone recently asked me what I thought were the best and worst cartoons of all time.  I started to pick through my brain to compile a list, one memory leading to another, and after a few minutes I realized there were tons of cartoons that as I child I had cherished but as an adult I hadn't thought about in years.  They all must have informed my current tastes, even a little.  So instead of just making a boring old list, why not drag out my answer for weeks and perhaps months and pay tribute to my old favorites by doing a fanart for each one?  Starting from my earliest memories of obscure Japanese imports onward.  Why the heck not? 

The first show was one I only have the dimmest memories of, and I had to look up the name.  But I do remember I loved it: "Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics" on Nick Jr.  Before pre-school shows became all about vacuous characters shrieking out through the fourth wall demanding tedious audience participation, shows could be quiet, gentle, and magical.  That is how I remember this show.  It was a simple show that told fairy tales, and I just loved looking at it even when I didn't quite understand what was going on (fairy tales, after all, don't make much sense).  And the fairy tales weren't just Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin, but very obscure stories as well, the kind of fairy tales I still love.  And one of the most vivid memories I have as a kid was watching that Girl in the Red Dress joyfully flying through the trees in the opening credits.  I don't remember if the Girl was ever featured in an episode, and I never knew who she was supposed to be, but I just loved her.  "Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics" a show I think I'd like to revisit.        

Daily Crapbook: Grimm's Fairy Tale Sketches

Just some sketches of the Flying Girl from Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics.

January 16, 2014

Daily Crapbook: More Ice Queen

Just wanted to sketch the Ice Queen some more.

Daily Crapbook: Ice Queen

Trying something a little different tonight...an Ice Queen for this week's Girls Drawin' Girls.

January 15, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Supportive Mouse

The next Good Advice Critter is a mouse.  He is very supportive.

January 14, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Good Advice Bat

I really ought to do as the Bat says.  Good night!

January 12, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Good Job Bunny

Had a lot to do this weekend, and just about finished it at the stroke of midnight.  Good Job Bunny noticed.

January 09, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Just some sketching

Monkey Rag Screenings Added

Just a couple upcoming screenings of Monkey Rag I just got confirmed. If you’re in the area, check it out why doncha?

Fargo Film Festival [ Fargo, North Dakota, USA ] March 4-8, 2014

Animated Exeter [Exeter, UK] Feb 15, 2014

Tri-Cities Int'll Fantastic Film Festival (at RadCon) [ Pasco, Washington, USA ] Feb 14-16, 2014

Spokane Int'l Film Festival [Spokane, Washington, USA ] Jan 23-Feb 1, 2014

January 05, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Handsome Devil

Trying to draw without sketching. 

Daily Crapbook: Ivan the Woodcutter

Ivan is a character I've been noodling around in my head for a long time.  Every so often I doodle him some more to see how he's doing. 

January 04, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Beauty and the Doooosh

I drew a pretty girl with a sour expression, and I wondered what could have cheesed her off so?  Probably this guy.

January 03, 2014

Daily Crapbook: New Year's Cycle

Every year around this time, I sketch out all of my resolutions in a flourish of sunny optimism, and they are usually the resolutions I didn't complete the previous year.  This year, I'm skipping that ritual because the doldrums have come upon me earlier than usual.