It's a 'leap day' and the 'singing smiling' and screaming girls are a crack up!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
We've been watching a lot of clips of birds and random aviary footage (there's a ton of it out there) as we start on this new Manchester Orchestra video. There'll be lots to this once it gets rolling, as, we're pretty jazzed about the idea and concept. But for now, we're still trying to dial in on our crow character here, and give him some personality along the way.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
On the subjects of 'kings' I had to mention Phase 2 at some point. I first saw his work in the now legendary Steven Hager book about Hip Hop culture from 1984. It featured some of Phase's subway cars, but also a spread of all of his outlines, demonstrating how his style had evolved from 1973-1983. He was the pioneer of the 'bubble' letter style that most graffiti adopted back in the early 70's. He'd actually been painting for 10 years already when I'd discovered him. Also, he was one of the first to cross over into the fine art world with the infamous Razor Gallery shows.
Years later, he was pretty active in the culture, designing some flyers with Buddy Esquire for some classic shows. He had all sorts of things happening in the early 80's including Fab Five Freddy playing his namesake in the movie Wild Style. He also came out with a record on Celluloid, back in a time when lots of graffiti artists has musical aspirations, which can be heard here. You be the judge.
Phase, along with Vulcan, started a great graffiti magazine. Back in a time when none existed. It was called International Graffiti Times, and, it came in the form of a giant color newspaper. Kind of like an underground 'street sheet' for graffiti. When I could find it, I'd always grab a few copies, knowing I wouldn't see one for a while.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Probably one of the most influential comic artists of all time, Kirby was responsible for not only creating the ultra patriotic comics of the 40-50's (Capt. America, Bucky, etc.) but for most of the existing Marvel roster. It's debated whether or not he was given his due, as, Stan Lee would tour and parade about his role of Marvel spokesman and creator.
I'd say he's one of the most influential comics/graphics artists ever, even though as a kid I can remember not liking his stuff at all. I was always a much bigger fan of the softer 'clear line' style that guys like Byrne and Herge were doing, which was very European. Kirbys stuff was bold and loud.
I've copped his style for a few projects, probably most notably the 'All Caps' video. It was much harder to try and get inside his head than I thought it'd be. Ultimately, the animation ended up looking like a second rate Kirby attempt. I've really come to love his 70's era stuff, where, it seemed like he was being influenced by the psychedelic style of art that was trickling into the popular culture.
Friday, February 22, 2008
After a few written treatments, we've finally started production on the next video for these guys, for a song called 'Golden Ticket'. After a pretty literal version was written, they went for a more abstract take on the song which will involve stop-motion drawing composited with video elements.
It'll be interesting to see where this takes us, as, most projects like this tend to lead down roads of experimentation. Rough animations and clips we'll be posted as we go.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
A great new DVD Comp from the folks at Stones Throw. Our video 'Bullyshit" is featured plus a bunch of other classics from MadVillain, MED, Aloe Blacc.
Also, some behind great live footage of JayLib, and some 1992 footage of Peanut Butter Wolf and Charizma in the studio.
Check it out.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Coming to almost the mid-point of the inks. Still trying some new methods, as well as figuring as I go along, that, digital fixing is a great thing. While I don't want to rely too much on it, it's nice to know that pencils that took over a day to draft up won't be destroyed by some blotches or ruler marks.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
For the obligatory 80's synth mix:
Can Be Heard HERE!
Stream it HERE!
I Touch Roses -Book Of Love
Fade To Grey - Visage
Hold It- Tin Tin
Our Darkness- Anne Clark
PLanet Earth- Duran Duran
Leave In Silence- Depeche Mode
Pleasure Boys- Visage
Kiss Me- Tin Tin
Can-Can Can't You See- Vicious Pink
Vanity Kills- ABC
A Man Could Get Arrested- Pet Shop Boys
Don't You Want Me- Human League
Halloween Is Everyday- Ministry
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
This is the rundown of a all the steps involved in a page (Click on the image to play). The first frame is a rough that was in a sketch book, so, not much changed as far as composition and layout. Then, the pencilled version of the artboard, and, finally the inks. Word bubbles and tonal shading will happen once the art is scanned in.