Friday, October 27, 2006

Finally finished!




... for three weeks, I've been whittling away at a home improvement project. Tools in hand, I began cleaning, scrubbing, and making repairs. Next, three gallons of off white semi gloss interior latex were rolled and brushed onto the walls. As the paint dried, I vaccummed and shampooed the carpet. Throughout this project, I repeatedly filled a large Rubbermaid trash container with mysterious junk that accumulated during my stay here. I made several trips to the dumpster, returning to fill it over and over. The more clutter and junk I got rid of, the more ruthless I became in doing so. Possessions abandoned by former roommates, knick knacks, souveniers, old toys, and cobweb collecting decorations were tossed with little regard. It felt good and looked even better!
... in the process of cleaning and organizing, a small art studio emerged, centered around my drawing table. All my art supplies, materials, and reference books are now in one place, easily accessible for when I work. The computer station underwent the same transformation and compliments the studio nicely. I can go from the drawing table to the computer with no problem now, giving me high hopes for increased productivity this winter.
... this weekend, our observation of daylight savings time ends as we turn back the clock an hour before retiring Saturday night. It will start getting dark earlier and earlier, and, toward the middle of December, the sunset will come before 5 p.m.. Long, cold, snowy nights lay ahead and having a comfortable attractive environment only helps in surviving the season.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Friday, October 13, 2006

There've been a few new DVD releases...

... in the past few months that, much to my surprise, have gone unnoticed by most of the "animation bloggers" I read. These releases include: "The Boondocks", "Curious George, and "Ed, Edd, N Eddy - The Complete First Season". A lot of these bloggers focus on either "classic" animation or promoting their own projects so it gets easier to understand why they would ignore these DVD's. With time, however, all of these titles are destined to become "classics".
... "The Boondocks" is based on a comic strip by Aaron McGruder and is a series that appears on Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim". It's a "Flash" cartoon, drawn anime or Manga style. It's hip and edgey. You won't see a lot of squash and stretch here as the show relies on "pose to pose" animation rather than "frame by frame" technique. The artwork is awesome though, and the storylines are hilarious social commentaries and observations. The three disc set is definitely adult content.
... "Curious George" is undoubtedly destined to become a "classic". It has suberb artwork, great animation, and a wonderful storyline. The movie just grabs ahold of a kid's attention and doesn't let go. James Baxter is listed in the credits and deserves recognition for this film.
...Ed, Edd, n Eddy are just plain fun! This is a cartoon I watch with my 85 year old father. A very serious man, I catch him smiling and chuckling over the trio's antics. At first, the show was a bit confusing for him as he asked, "Which one's Ed?" It doesn't help that we have family members named Ed and Eddy either, but he eventually figured it out. This show has style, it uses traditional animation techniques, and the stories are funny. It's no surprise that it is one of Cartoon Networks most popular shows.
... all of the DVD's mentioned contain "Special Features" in the tradition of "Backstage Disney" in which fans are shown how the cartoon was made. "The Boondocks" has downloadable storyboards - a priceless resource for aspiring animators and filmmakers. There's also an animatic segment included. "Curious George" is the most similiar to a Backstage Disney feature and includes a look at storyboards and a section called "Draw George". Likewise, Ed, Edd, n Eddy provides a drawing lesson about drawing Eddy and has a "How to make an Ed, Edd, n Eddy Cartoon" segment. Unfortunately, this is more of a comedy skit than the much more informative segment included on "The Mis-"Ed" Ventures" DVD.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006