Friday, November 30, 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Check the trailer out. It makes me think of my project Tog And Ti. Giant monster type cat character bound by magic to a child. Male child in this instance. Click Headline for the link

Illustration Magazine to spotlight Andrew Loomis

I love this magazine. Full of great info on the Illustrators of the 20th Century. Superb color reproductions.

Vasquez Rocks reported to be in the new Trek movie

Many of us know this place...don't we.


I've never felt so smart being BEHIND a camera.

How Many Princess Leias Does It Take...?

Posted on Flickr - Note the toddler Princess Leia, and I think I spotted the Princess Leia that shows up at the Comic Con every year.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Freshly Squeezed by Yongwoo Cho

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

The Joker

Wadda ya think?

Monday, November 26, 2007

Italian Spiderman!

Nintendo DS Digital Painting

I just picked up a DS a couple of weeks ago and this looks cool. Click on the link for the full article.
DS Painting

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Checking on Ronnie Cramer

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

Beowulf, See it!

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.

Childrens Book Illustration Slideshow

Click the header to find a nifty little slideshow with little seen sketches made for the creation of children’s books. Among the treats are 2 Sendak drawings, one of which is from a proposed but never published version of the Hobbit. This slideshow is based on a neat looking book that traces the origins of children's books from classroom textbooks of the 19th century to lively entertainment of the 20th century.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

New Cloverfield trailer
So, it looks to be exactly what it's been speculated to be... Godzilla meets Blair Witch. And the movie appears to actually be called Cloverfield.... a name of a character, perhaps?

Ellis here. I added a frame grab. Looks like Godzilla in a platypus kinda way. I'm going to give it a miss if it's 90 percent shakey cam. I can't imagine a worst type of movie experience. Someone will have to convince me it's a must see story.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Cintiq Sketch

Robot Farmer with pet goat

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


I found a picture of his secret headquarters!

... and of his faithful companion ...

Rick: And this is what he likes to eat...

Tom: Ha ha ha! Great Rick! Nature copied you; what a rip-off.

Hey, I didn't know we could modify each other's posts. Cool.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Here's another old portfolio piece that I have revisited.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Chicks and Neon!

Here's a piece I just finished after working on it piecemeal for awhile. For ten free "Ellis bucks" does anyone get the title "Tyger! Tyger! Burning Bright"? Certainly some of my learned compatriots in TAG know the answer. I sure as hell don't.

Counting Backwards from 100: Movie Style

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


A very quick study

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I'm still a little unclear as to what we should/need to do to get the TAG table going... namely,
1. Do we all need to be "producers" of a single product in order to sell at the Small publisher table?
2. If so, is that the only thing we can sell or do we can we sell individual sketchbooks, con sketches, pre-drawn sketches, etc?
3. If only one of us can "man" the table a a time, can we still sell the wares of everyone involved?
4. Do we all need to get CA seller's licenses?

I have one other question... Jeff, have you been effected by the writer's strike?

In other news, the drawing is a re-paint of an a old portfolio piece.

My First Cintiq Sketch!

Ugh. Still getting the hang of it. I still don't like how the stylus slides on the screen.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Heard Anything About the Golden Compass?

Has everyone else heard about this controversy? Am I always the last to know? I recently started reading about the flap over the controversial themes of the Golden Compass. Some people are saying the books that the film is based on are anti-religious; others, (including the Archbishop of Canterbury), saying they are just "an attack on dogmatism and the use of religion to oppress, not on Christianity itself." Meanwhile, the Catholic League has called for a boycott of the film.

Now I want to read the books. Has anyone else read them?