Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Plaspastic search will yeild all the video to see the complete commute over Simi Valley's Black Mountain road, down to Topanga Canyon, all the way to Pacific Coast Highway. I used to do this 5 times a week. Now it takes me 5 minutes to get to work. I miss it in a way. Listened to some good books on this commute. In this record you will hear a lot of AM talk, including about 5 minutes of Rush limbaugh. It was Feb 6- 2006. Apparently the day that Grandpa Munster died.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Yongwo (echoform, blog link to the right) has encountered a snag on publishing with Lulu. Their quality is not high enough.
So this work is not available but can be seen in a lower rez form by following the links below.
this link contains ACT 1, which has sketches and studies:
this link contains ACT 2, which contains photographs:
this link contains ACT 3, which contains student work
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I haven't checked on Ronnie Cramer's output since I bought Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend and Back Street Jane back in the mid nineties. Both films are indy gold. Especially Back Street Jane.
Checked a link that had Psychotronic's logo and it was Ronnie Cramer. Surfing around I discover this cool short called Pillow Girl. Great idea morphing through all those great torn blouse Men's adventure illustrations. The above is just a teaser.
Speaking of Psychotronic, I went to their online page not long ago and discovered the magazine will no longer be published. Who is going to interview guys like William Smith - John Phillip Law- Jonathan Haze, etc. I guess they'll have to Blog.
Friday, November 23, 2007
I read Beowulf when I was in 5th or 6th grade. The version above I believe. I just ordered it from Amazon. it was published in 1961 which would be just right for it being the one I read. And the cover looks familiar. It sounds like a lot of fun with some nice illo work on the inside if the cover is any indication. Nice gesture on the Grendel and Beowulf combat scene.
I remember being terribly impressed that it was the oldest story in the English language.
The movie experience reingnited my enthusiam. It's a great, well told film. The 3D makes it complete magic. Black Magic because it's so gory. Neil Gaiman has taken stuff from the legend, digested it and woven up some nice tight story points. I really like the coda of Beowulf tearing Grendels arm off at the beginning and then at the end....See it.
In 3D. Not Imax necessarily.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
My book of random sketches produced in those not so busy times while hard at work. Now available from the genius company, publisher LULU.
Thanks for all the encouragement echoform.
The next one will be more impressive. More storytelling, better sketches.
Click link to preview the first few pages.
( http://www.lulu.com/content/1294396 )
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Images from a CBR Scott Shaw article on this Comic Book.
Shaw on The Monster Of Dread End
Back story. I was on a rare outing on my Dad's out of state "route" that took him from Oklahoma City to Wichita Falls Texas. I was about Nine and the only reason we were there is Westinghouse Elevators underwrote putting me, Mom, and baby brother Russell in a Motel while my Dad crunched on final installation and adjustment of an Elevator job.
That dusty, isolated Texas Motel was the center of the Universe for about a week. I did a lot of swimming in the dinky pool. And I also bought comic books. I'm sure I bought more than one, but I only remember this one. Because it was the creepiest, weirdest, scariest thing I had ever read. It has haunted me ever since. I don't think it even made the trip back home. My only memory of reading it was at the motel.
My additional impression was the comic was an odd never before seen publisher. And up until the past weekend I have never reconstructed who the publisher was or the title of the comic. It turns out I just wasn't man of the world enough at nine to know about Dell comics. Later I was sure it couldn't have been one of those friendly Dell comics I regularly saw on the stands.
So it was a lost, unreconstructible bit of trivia. Not enough data to track it down. Until I asked the fellow at Comics Ink if he knew of such a story. I described it as a "tentacle" that comes out of a manhole...He stops me right there. Saying that happens to be the owner of the stores favorite story. Call him later in the week. Today I learned the title, Ghost Stories Issue #1, THE MONSTER OF DREAD END published by Dell, written by John Stanley, famous for ....LITTLE LULU stories! .... and before an hour had passed, I had a nice bid for a copy on EBAY.
Then I find the story nicely detailed in the link above on Comic Book Resources by Scott Shaw, who also pronounces it, the scariest comic he has ever read. Great justification for my personal haunting.
How about that. I am now complete in a strange and hideously nerdy way. Even if I lose the Ebay bidding. (20 bucks max)
I now own TWO copies of the issue. Got for under 9 bucks.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Thanks to --John Robinson
GRAHAM CRACKERS COMICS
for setting me on the path to finding the right comic on ebay. He knew exactly which comic I was referring to. He has a great web site offering history on one of the better comic artists of that era Bob Bolling. Click below for a link to that page of history and John's web sites.
I'll publish the rest of this Little Archie Comic tomorrow. The back story is I was about 11 years old and I thought this was the most imaginative exciting story I had ever read in comic book form. It's incredible to look at it now and realize the incredible amount of projection I had done to make this seem like such a grand adventure.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Cool Clive Barker story where a guy has his car overheat and strands him in the middle of the desrt. Out in the desert he just makes out some sort of group trucking along on foot. He makes his way toward them,,, and here I may veer from the story. i don't reemeber. i may have added the device of near Rattler strke to explain why he'd be so distracted he'd get very close to the group before he realizes it's a parade of MONSTERS. One chases him back toward the car and when the opportunity to pounce on him presents itself, the monster bounds on by and instead attacks his car, which explodes. It runs to the closest town while on fire. My "short" ends on that point. Not much to see. Just more aborted Flash work i did to teach myself Flash.
Use the little arrows at the top left to move forward through the storyboards of this pitch idea.
Publishing this as an experiment. I may do a lot of Flash File publishing on the blog if it works.
Well, It kinda works. Click zoom in to see more detail on the art. You can scrub the drawing area around to look at the text etc.
Publishing this as an experiment. I may do a lot of Flash File publishing on the blog if it works.
Well, It kinda works. Click zoom in to see more detail on the art. You can scrub the drawing area around to look at the text etc.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
The top one is a photo from another blog. An intimate shot some girl had made of herself that I then inported into Art Rage and used the trace function. Probably the closest thing to Fine Art I've ever produced. I could get some serious bucks for that on Ebay if it was actually done in oills. The red and black thing is just a doodle.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Prop used in the commercial for the Evil Dead game. (See frame Grab above) A Bruce Campbell hero worshipping nerd has his hand cut off to replace it with a lawn trimmer and then makes the mistake of trying to intimidate his neighbour, the real Bruce Campbell by revving this prop and shooting him a look. Campbell then jumps the hedge and chases the maimed neighbour. I'm selling it on EBAY. I will report how much I made.
See the original ad here.
I'm using the blog to create an URL for a nice high rez URL location
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Seeing if I was happy thumbnailing just with photoshop
'Curse of the Lion Killers
P1...Close up of lion's head- napping lying down
P2...pulled back showing several lions. Area shaded by rock formation in the background.
P3...Close in on rock shape...Man shape in the shadows.
P4...Female Lion on top of the shade rock
P5...Lion jumps down into resting area of the Man "ROAR"
P1...Lion close up-"Roar"
P2....Hand reaches in and drags at lions ear.
P3...Man holding lioness' head to his chest. "Hush, don't be anxious"
P4...Close up of man's eyes gleaming in the dark (like Conan, scarred) "Night will be soon enough."
P1....Close up of Horse's head
P2....Full shot of dwarf with the reins.
P3...Close up of Dwarf, Mid-shot smiling, calling out "How many miles left?"
P4...Group of horsemen , the carriage and big dogs.
P1...Mid-shot of warrior looking at the sky "It will be night before are in the Claw Valley fort."
P2...Shot of woman leaning head out of the coach window "Stop"
P3...Sillo of woman getting out of the coach
P4..... 3 men dismount
P5.....Men kneel next to carriage at different heights.
P1...Nadia, huntress and leader, ascends the bent over men like a staircase, to the top of the Coach
P2....Stands with hands on hips- Hair flowing
P3...."You men know what night brings in this region." Shot of men looking up from horse back, some dismounted, posed holding horses.
P4 ...Dwarf, hands holding onto beard, listening to the speech...Nadia,"Lions! They're why we're here."
P5..."Lets be ready." Sillo of woman holding up a crossbow. Maybe closer on the crossbow.
P1...Full moon, carriage traveling.
P2...Horse heads, eyes wide open Caption...[ The horses saw the lions with their noses]
P3....A lion's eyes
P4..Lion's eyes gleaming in the dark- deep grass-black regions.
P5...Dwarf pulls reins in with a hand the other hand up,Holding up a lamp, next to a horseman.."Ready-Now!"
P1...Dwarf smashes lamp onto a lance rigged with a torch wrap.
P2...pov 1st lance rider, two other lances with torch wrap touching his
P3...Every rider now has a lit torch, flaring brilliantly, group shot with harsh shadows.
P4...Lion lit brilliantly, snarling, backing off.
P5....Dwarf excited, laughing, profile. "Torchlight has shrunk their bellies Nadja."
P6...Draws up reins "What the...Nadja! You'll see this!"
P1...Seen from behind, large beast man. Silohuette, Moon in bakgd, . Torch bearers and coach composed in the background
P2...Figure of woman pulls herself , gymnastically to the top of the coach.
P3...Woman posed next to dwarf driver, "Ready your bows!" Aiming crossbow , big stance.
P1...."Fire!" Man from horseback shooting his bow
P2.. Beast being covered with arrows blurring into his body.
P3...More arrows hitting him
P4....Dwarf pulling on reins- foot on the brake-Nadia catching her weight with the stop.
P5..Mid-shot - Beast with arrows sticking in him- blood curdle style typography- "Death, At your service."
P1...Nada- close up- Flaming lance tips framing her " It's an honor to meet you after spending so much time working for you."
P2...Profile shot of beast surging between two halted cart horses- vaulting off the horses- arrows flying into him. Some missing.
P3...Dwarf knocked aside by the beast, leaves his knife in the beast.
P4...Towering over the huntress, face to face. "Who are you and why have you come?"
P5...Huntress close up..."I'm the lion killer of Bornanew. I'm here to kill you."
Nose to nose- silence
P2..."Then you are welcome." Same shot as above
P3...Beast Jumps over the flaming lances
P4...Lands- pulling arrows from himself "Leave two of your horses. A night travel toll if you will."
P5...close shot of huntress..."Gordon, Melon, Dismount and remove all harness."
P6...tight on wide eye of a horse.
P1...Close in on two guys with leather helmets, seated on carriage top. One guy patting a dog. The other guy holding his head in his hands
P2...Lions closing in, jumping onto the horses the beast holds by their necks.
P3...Dwarf throwing the reins to another man "Drive Melon- I'll have word with our employer."
P4...Interior the coach Dwarf on his side..."Well-this isn't just lions, It's as we ..."
P5...Nada, close up, finishs thought "suspected."
P6...Two shot, holding dwarf's (Himmet) hand..."And hoped."
P1....Shot of Claw Valley fort.
P2....Full shot, The Sheriff. "I'm Pleased...Surprised..You're here. We don't have many night arrivals in Claw Valley."
P3....Shot of Nada ,some of her group in the back " Yes, we saw some of the reason for that. You're kind to welcome us with a ceremony."
P4..."We'll get to know each other eh? Talk over the situation." Foreground, hunstmen watching this conversation
P5... Midshots of hunters, "Troop, lets join our host sheriff Reed for a meal"
Men "Lord love you Sheriff."
P1....The party. Shot, frontal, 2 of the huntsmen enjoying a drink and a two handed gnaw on meat. "Madam does well at the head of a table."
P2...Nada at the head of the table , the dwarf seated on her left. Holding a cup.
Over huntsmen dialogue" Aye, more than the Sheriff or his crew."
P3...Crude characters, full shots about 4 of them.
P4...Crude characters, coughing, being pigs. Van dykey beards all around. Huntress small, speaking to Sheriff on her right.
Small type over this scene " ...the whole truth, perhaps."
P5...Drunk sheriff standing, low angle, "Ah, a toast to clear speaking and truth shall we." "Ha Ha Ha." from his crowd.
P1...Sheriff, rudely saluting while leaning on the table, flagon high, leer expresion.
"Our lion killer wants to discuss her compact with us."
P2....Nadia . close up, leaning forward smiling.
P3....Hand spring to the middle of the table
P4...Low angle. Walking down the table with her wine flagon. "Lets talk about our compact. No mention of a man-beast, a supernatural creature, impervious to arrow and lance."
P5...Close , midshot of another guy eating a big drumstick as he absorbs this line from Nadia.
Nadia," A man-beast we met and luckily survived his greeting."
Drumstick guy."You met the beast? Did you curtsy?"
P6....Action pose as Nadia prepares to throw herself into action.
Low angle. "I'll curtsy now. Himmet!" (himmet, the Dwarf)
P1.....The dwarf is standing in his seat throwing knives butt first to the middle of the dining table. Nadja," A curse, very well."
P2.....Nadia taking knives out of the air with swiping motions sending them on aimed point first. Two of them , with more knives coming
"We accept the false contract ...."
P3...Knife spears the drumstick out of the curtsy comment guys hand and sticks his head gear to his chair. ".....because we have an ally Sheriff Reed."
P4...strong sillo of her snatching knives and throwing them at the same time. Full shot. "The Beast!"
P5...Three thrown daggers surround the Sheriff's head on his big wood chair back.
"The beast wants us to win!"
P1...Jumping from table with a head down dancer flip. A round off.
P2...Lands in the chair and balances on it's back two legs while bowing "Or I wouldn't be entertaining you." Type emphasis somehow on "entertain".
P3...Shreiff's guards are drawing a bead on her with crossbows.
P4...Shot of four of the hunters reaching for their own weapons, , knives held in throwing style, swords half out.
P5...Sheriff reaches across his body with his right hand and screws a knife free over his left shoulder. Sound effect as the knife comes free. Kreenk.
P6...Dwarf catches the knife the Sheriff must have thrown, maybe kinda of hard but still handle first. "A formidable curtsy to be sure. You have our attention."
P1...Linking Graphic, sillohuette of a hand holding a throwing dagger...Maybe something else, to accompany dialogue over time collapsing story telling
"Your fort is too isolated to operate from efficiently."
P2..."We will return tomorrow to the area we met the creature. There we'll fortify" Carriage and men on horseback
P3..."Your men will provide a supply line during day to this new hub." Resentful guys dropping off barrels etc, sacks of stuff.
P4.....Party outside the new area, rock lined, high ground. Carts with lances, Dogs.
"In two days we'll move two parties in a criss cross, scissoring the Northern wild."
End of time collapse storytelling.
P5...Dogs howling, Himmet, Dwarf holding them, reacting as he looks up. "Here dog, What?.."
P1...A wild haired man is walking toward the organized crowd in the background.
P2..."Ho starnger. My dogs dislike you. Stay clear." Dwarf being dragged by the dogs.
P3..."No surprize that. You've had them rooting into my scent for their blood hunt."
Dogs cower back as a whip cracks in front of them. "Here dogs" The whipper's dialogue
P4.... Nadia coiling the whip, dogs backing off with whimper..."You are?.."
P5...The two face each other. Much like the pose atop the coach. "The beast, at your service."
P1...Close up of the Dwarf crouching-petting the hunting dog. Himmet, "you've changed friend. Is that what you do, change?"
P2....Shot of Beast tossing the knife into camera, leaving his fingers.
"Exactly lambchop, come night, I change. Here's your knife back."
P3...Dwarf catching the knife "Lambchop? I'm not fond of nicknames. Especially diminutives." continuing....
P4.... Dwarf "How's your liver?" Beast pulling off his shirt, most of it bundled off on one arm. Extreme muscularity with little tick marks matching the arrow entries. Beast, "I heal. But I display wounding. Marks show a fortnight or so."
P5....Full shot of Nadia. With her whip in a coil. "I wonder at the ease of this. Life has taught me not to expect easy."
P1....Lion guy laughs at Nadia's comment.. Shot of the guy getting ready to get the shirt back on and adjusted to comfort again. "Hahaha"
P2...Horseman, foreground stirrup level holding out a net slightly away from the horse flank. Beast," By the way..."
P3...Shot of buzzards dining on horse remains, mostly bone, background element the horseman with the net is leaning forward and the horse is in motion forward.
Beast continues "Your horses were quite toothsome."
P4....Fullshot of the net being thrown over the beast. Play with how much horse to have in the crop. Horseman, "You'll eat no horses today!"
P5...Beast jumps into the air, entangled in net, above saddle height, knocking the rider loose. Net is flying all about adding extra detail.
P6....Rider rolling clear
P7...Rider coming up with a knife and a fight face and a growl.!
P1....A whip lash disarms Malon, the rider. Close on the hand being hit by the whip. Maybe encircling the knife.
P2..."Be still Melon. I have questions he'd answer best without your steel in his heart." Whipping the whip into the air with a crack..."Crack!" Maybe close crop, not showing much whip. But showing the cracking part coming into the frame.
P3...Horizontal panel , fairly full shots, Beast ripping away at the net. Nadia with rope coil in her hands. Nadia ""We'll bind you now. Will you stand for it?" Beast " If you do the binding, certainly."
P4....Group of lions with the group small in background..."Lions" "They're watching us" " Watching our horses."
P5....Insert, midshot of beast tied up, grinning in the cart. Nadja, "we'll be back at the fort before dark."
P6....Background the cart going away, Nadia in foreground. "Secure the stockade with pike and torch defenses. Hobble the horses." "Aye, we know what to do." "Go, Mistress. It's a long trip."
Page Twenty Three
P1...Later time is established by scene change. Dwarf and Nadia two shot. Nadia horseback, Dwarf in cart seat. Looking over his shoulder. Nadia" My God. He goes to his death and he drowses."
"Yes, his horse feast has made him logy no doubt."
"Not just that. He has no fear. Even one who wants death should have some fear of it."
P2....Cart arrival in the background. Sheriff is the foreground doing some broadsword fencing exercise with an opponent.
P3...Nadia taking the horses by reins and pulling them into a shed. "Himmel. Ask the Sheriff to see our prize." Himmel bounding from cart. "Of course."
P4...Himmel walks through the spectators, the ones that look at him look down their noses. Scornful. Sounds of clashing and exertion.
P5...Sheriff knocking the sword out of his opponents hand "Ha." Crowd, "yay" ClappCllapp.
P6...Dwarf at the front of crowd, standing with arms folded. Very calm looking.
P7...Sheriff's sweaty head noticing Dwarf. "Eh?"
Page Twenty Four
P1...Sheriff mopping his brow, taking a drink from a ladle. "You seem unimpressed low pockets. " Crowd laughs "hahaha"
P2...Dwarf, Himmet, drops his hands and gestures behind him, mid shot. "Apologies Sheriff. We've ridden fast and long to bring."
P3...Low angle, looking up at the Sheriff. "You're tired then lowpockets? Not bemused at my skill.?"
Himmet, "Sir, your skill is obvious but."
P4...Same low angle, looking around to crowd. Sheriff Reed (looks like Oliver reed.) "I have obvious skills. Such a flatterer." "Hahahaha"
P5...Dwarf Looking up and about at crowd around him "I do lack descriptive skill at times..."
P6...Horizontal Two shot, Sheriff casting a sword to the dwarf. "Lets see if you have a weapon skill that forgives your descriptive skill!"
Dwarf "This is not.."
Page Twenty Five
P1...Sheriff attacks with a war whoop, White, no background. "Yaahhh!"
P2 Two shot showing easy parry by Himmet.
P3...Parry drives Sheriff sword point in the ground. Close up
P4...Same shot, Himmets foot kicks in and breaks sword off close to the pommel guard.
P5...Sheriff face plants into the foreground as Himmet dances gracefully aside, kicking foot still slightly raised in the air.
Page Twenty Six
P1...Himmet, throwing his sword to one side. "My advice Sheriff Reed, always use your personal guard for fencing opponents."
P2..Slow to stand, midshot of furious face , scratched, Sheriff, holding broken sword "I'll hang him by his stubby legs..." Not loud, grumbled.
P3....A whip cracks above the head of the crowd. Making them bend and cower down from the cracking sound.
P4...A vision of loveliness, Nadai her hair flowing, her whip uncoiled. "If you're done playing with Himmet, I have business to discuss."
P5...Staggering sheriff, pushing people aside , dropping broke sword, apparent direction would be to Nadia's location.
Page Twenty Seven.
P1... Mid shot, Sheriff close enough to leer and finger Nadias hair. "You are a vision. A foot taller than any of the wenches in Claw Valley. Your hair is so free and beautiful."
P2....Nadia pushes the hand aside and reaches up to her scalp with the whip hand. "Thank you. My father was a tall man. " "I'm not so attached to my hair I wouldn't sell it for a fair price." Seperate balloons
P3...Foreground, Nadia's whip hand gripping a wig she holds out to the background shot of horrified Sheriff Reed.
P4....Profile, close up of Nadia's head. Scalp scars take up all the forward part of her scalp. Remaining long hair at the back turned into a pony tail.."I have a lion to thank for ridding me of most of my vanity." The beast laughs from somewhere in the background.
P5....Sheriff looking into camera, next to Nadia who is tying a kerchief, pirate style across her forehead, leaving the pony tail out. Sheriff "Who laughs?!"
Nadia "Your tormentor-The beast."