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[Art] Nine Lives 1 Partial|
I'm learning a language in all the wrong ways, really. I am learning to write words that are important to me, without any context. I am doing it because I find the characters pretty and elegant. I plan on doing 8 more of these, and trying to make better characters each time.
Lesson of the day, use a round brush! .... which, of course, means I'm going to have to really invest on getting a much large round. *sigh* Brushes are expensive.
Honeybee by Steam Powered Giraffe|
Take a few moments to watch this, if you will.|
It's about hacking, and mainly what people are after, and what it does. It doesn't go into great depth, but it is informative about lots of little things.
|Now You See Me is a complicated film. I don't know if I would recommend it. However, it's not because I believe the film is bad. I think it's brilliant, but lazy.|
Unlike The Presitge, which is about a conflict with two magicians with a Sci-Fi twist, this ends up being a story about Revenge that is drapped with The Caper trappings, with Four Magicians being the focus.
The reason it's horrible as a Mystery, is that the clue to who the person who organized the capers was really, really bad, obscure, and completely counter intuitive. As such, the whole audience is deceived into believe it's a caper film till about two thirds of the way through the film, if they were paying attention.
So, instead, it tries to play the ending off as a Thriller, but by the time you get to the ending, you don't care. The question of "Why" gets answered, but because we don't know *who* is out to get revenge, we don't care that they do. When the big secret is revealed at the end, we are like "What?' and then... well... we don't see the matchup, really.
The whole film gets so caught up in the Magician Distraction trope, that it messes itself up on the payoff because of that.
Now if you know me, I really like Magican Stories, because they remind me of my Grandfather, and as a Magician Film, this one stinks. The over reliance of CGI to create tricks that are to wow the audience does not impress me. Some zombie wires over a girl so she can be lifted over an audience in a CGI balloon does not impress me. Using the CGI to create editing tricks for a materialization comes off as cheap and unprofessional. Was there some real tricks? Yes. The close up artist they got at least know their stuff, and the opening Glass Box scene was really good and showy, and I can see someone really doing the trick. I won't even judge it that much.
However, this show never, EVER was about the magic, and that was the biggest disappointment of them all. You see some standard routines, some CGI trickery, and that's it. The Prestige, even with the Sci Fi element added in, was a lot more satisfying.
Honestly, this is a middle of the roader, and probably worth nothing more then a rental. It's honest fun, the story itself isn't bad, but you don't realize what story it is till about halfway through the film, and it's prologue could have been much stronger.
Here is a list of almost random Goddesses for you, with the names I'm thinking of giving them.
Isis, Mistress of Secrets
Bast, Mother of All Cats (Okay, I don't actually have to give Bast this name, she owns it)
Minerva, Defender of Civilization
Prosperpine, The Lady of Time
Damona, Mother of Divine Waters
Morrigan, The Queen of Battle
... and there you go.
Crack a Pack Day!|
|So for those of you near San Francisco, is there anyone who would like to join me to see Wolf Children in the coming week? (They're sold out this week, darn it!)|
Okay... so apparently, I can't even sell old art. No one really bothered looking. What am I to do with this? I don't really want to throw it away.
I seriously don't know what to do on any level. I don't feel I have wasted my time, but I don't know what I'm doing wrong anymore.
Popeye the Film|
Thinking about Popeye, the film, for a moment, it occurs to me what a risk was taken casting Robin Williams as Popeye. Robin does an adequate job as Popeye. He's not strong, per say, but he almost has the banter right, and he has the physical comedy down pat. He doesn't have the singing voice the role requires, but frankly, none of the cast does.
However, that may be completely on purpose. Popeye in the Cartoons isn't known for a singing voice, and all the characters tend to grate when they sing. It could be that the whole musical part of the film was specially ill cast to emulate Popeye even better. While this makes the film a little harder to take as a Musical, as a faithful story presentation of Popeye, it works.
Overall, it's only the casting of Robin Williams that makes me wonder about the film, because he's a hard sell, even when watching the film. Part of it may be script based, but he has a tendency to overplay Popeye, and I think that is what people react to the film the most.
Popeye the Film floats in that awkward space between cartoons and live action. While some movies pull this off brilliantly (See Space Battleship Yamoto for an excellent example), Popeye at times tends to be clutzy, keeping a realistic vision of a very cartoony world, and one that still stays faithful to the Cartoon.
It is interesting art, and in that fashion, I find the film fascinating.
News reel from the 1945, the Bombing of the U.S.S Franklin|
One of the last conflicts of WWII to be recorded on film, a desperate attack by the Japanese to push back the American Navy succeeds in taking the carrier USS Franklin out of commission. There is some remarkable footage of the men fighting fires on the decks, and of a wing sheer off of the Japanese fighter, that goes into a long falling spin.
Art Progress Midweek|
a) Well, I have like three of 6 or 8 pages done for the little Ask Oni Why! Project, and it's coming along. Part of me just has to let go of perfection and just get things done. I should have some of them posted soon, and we'll see if people like it or not.
b) Lost time in Borderlands 2. I'm not sure if I really like the game, or if I just like the way the game renders. I'm curious to see where the story goes. Probably a "Play once, and then forget" kind of thing.
c) My art auctions on Ebay are, once again, going nowhere. There is a statistic that like 80% of auctions don't actually get a bid, and there is a question of not aiming at a specific target and that I have yet to develop a good sales pitch.
d) I'm thinking of taking commissions, and am trying to figure out if there is a need of my art on a product somewhere. I just really need feedback from a community somewhere.
It's very much a shaman kinda thing. You can't be a shaman without a community to serve. You can be an artist without a community to serve, but it's not very fulfilling if you do.
I'm selling off excess art that has seen art shows, but never left home. Please consider buying some to brighten up your home or personal spaces.
The Anti-Furry blog|
A poor extremist campaign to... spread hate? I don't know. He just doesn't like it, and he wants to be mean, because it makes him empowered. Oooo....
Dang it, Internet. I'm just looking for art blogs. Give me a art blog that is worth paying attention to.
The Hobbit II Trailer.|
My only disappointment about the Hobbit Trailer? Smaug is supposed to be covered in gold. That is what protects him from all the weapons of man, and it takes one really good shot from a freaking enchanted arrow by an incredible archer in the only weak spot on the dragon to take him down.
I realize that Red has been a tradition since Rankin/Bass edition, but they were wrong. I know it's what people expect, but I was hoping that the detail would have been realized.
As far as expanded Story stuff, it's fine. It'll be fun. I don't feel the movie would disappoint, but I really wanted the color to be right. It's still a great looking dragon, though.
Ask Me Why!?!|
I'm thinking of doing something silly.
Ask a deer girl why! Why what? Why, anything at all! Has to be in the form of a Why Question though.
Things like Why do Bees Sting, or Why do cows moo! Or whatever else.
And no Why? Why question! Why by itself isn't a question, it's an exclamation, and that just won't do!
I'm going to doodle a few comics based on questions. I think. That's the plan, anyway.
So please, ask away!
I'm still alive! I'm still making things! This is a quicky just to let you know that.
Dream Fragment : The Dinner of Fu Leng|
The dream has been moving though a couple of segments, but my 'character' ends up at this dinner held by a faction inside an organization that was experimenting on Hellboy, and they had invited all the key people to come to dinner to discuss the Project... and they were serving this blue food and blue wine, and it was very pretty, but me and the person next to me were not tempted to touch it, although several people at the very long trapezoidal table had at least sipped the wine out of thirst and politeness.
At some point the Head Villian was monologuing, and the mooks were coming up behind other people, and I looked to the old jolly man next to me, and asked him to declare me Yojimbo. Then warning everyone I had void strike, time slowed down and I prepared to make my move...
Which is precisely when I woke up, of course... but I would like to think it ended in a chase scene as I tried to get people out of there, of course. For my dreams *love* chase scenes.
Oh dear... this is not a good feeling...|
... I just looked breifly at Fiverr... my bottom lip is in pain, and I am really, really wanting to cry now. OMG, it is depressing how much art people are just giving away for nothing...
No, I think I really am in pain. I don't think I can look at micro-payment sites anymore. OMG...
I don't know what people want.... and I really wish I could figure out what they wanted, but in all reality, I am betting people don't know what they want.
[Art] Robot in L.A.|
What does one do with a pound of Bacon Bits? I never knew it took up so much space!
I don't know...|
Why is it when you love someone, or you miss someone, or you lose someone, you feel the hallowness or fullness in your chest (our heart)? I mean, if you discount the soul, which I do not, is there a reason that the pain or joy would be there?
|Where the heck is my energy?
[Local] Looking for an RPG|
Anyone know of a group that has a spot open? I'll run if I need to, but I'd like something to do on the weekend. General Bay Area, please.
Not that I expect anything, but I thought I might ask here before advertising to other places of the world.
More Comic Dialogue Thoughts|
Oni : You see, Darleena isn't really mad at me. She just hates that she didn't have two mothers. I keep trying to...
Darleena : Who are you talking to? I'm right here.
Oni: (Points to outside the box) The viewer.
Darleena: What viewer?
Oni: The people right there.
Darleena : But... that's a wall.
Oni: Yes. The Fourth Wall!
Darleena : (Turning around) I don't understand you mother...
Dream Fragment - The Security Guard of Christmas|
So, in the Magical Mall/Plaza that is the room of the Magic of Christmas (As defined by me, so it's peppermints, and toymakers, and and lots and lot of pretty lights... and apparently large pools of Tropical Fish and Whales) there live the Hard Nosed Security Guard. He chews and sucks on *one* piece of candy a year, a peppermint taffy, and he does not change the candy until the job is done for the year.
Well, today, he got to change his candy.
I have no idea if this *means* anything, but there you are.
On the bright side, the Christmas Chinchilla's were harvesting the Oranges and gorging themselves from little Palm Trees, so make of that as you will.
Pastels work best on a blank canvas. Using them to cover up a previous painting does not work nearly as well as I hoped. Partly to blame here is fixitive.
Also, if I am to use a broad underpainting for the Pastels, use light tone quality. The Mass Grey is okay, but it doesn't work nearly as well as I'd like.
Overall, Pastel on cloth works, but it sure uses up the Pastels quickly.
The friend who I've been hanging out with for the last year and a half is about to move... so I now have nothing to do on the weekends! This is a personal crisis!
OMG, I need to start a group or something now!
Pointless Hobby Note of the Sleep Deprived|
At Midnight, I ran off to the MTG Prerelease, opened up a Rare I could not use (Havock Festival), a Rare I wanted to use but in the Wrong Color (Aetherling! Cool!), A rare that I played, but I shouldn't have (Krag-Tua Ancient?), and a handful or rares that only one of which counted, which wasn't any of the new cards. :(
Now, I'm not horribly complaining. I think that given everything, the midrange deckie thing I put together was working just fine. It had ways of dealing Stupid amounts of damage and if I could get a little ahead, I could just win out of nowhere. Double Strike is so awesome on 6 power creatures...
But I was fighting off things like Smelt-Ward Gatekeepers, which would steal my creatures and make blocking unfavorable. I was up against Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts, which is too big for the weak removal I had. I was up against Trostani and Call of the Wyrm(?), which I just couldn't plow through. I just couldn't win through bombs.
So I put in a moderate 2-3 performance last night. Armed//Dangerous was for sure my favorite card of the set, and maybe it's even Standard Playable....
... and with 3 hours sleep, I am off to do this again. *whee!*
Love you all.
[Art] Sarah Icon Making|
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