Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Inktober Finale -and- "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" Tweetmentary!

Got a big group of Inktober art for the finale and a hugely important Halloween movie to comment on.  As usual, click on the pictures to see them on Flickr.

10.13.18 - DAVID PUMPKINS!!!

10.14.18 - Lil' Nuthatch

10.15.18 - Swirls and bubbles

10.16.18 - Brushy Eagle

10.17.18 - Brushy Eyes

10.18.18 - Doodled Some Dudes

10.19.18 - Dragon

10.20.18 - Ink Wash Loon

10.21.18 - "I Am Totally a Hawk!"

10.22.18 - "Floon?"

10.23.18 - Witchy Pika

10.24.18 - Ink Wash Hunter's Moon

10.25.18 - Heron Portrait

10.26.18 - Bees!

10.27.18 - Turacoooo?

10.28.18 - "Hey, I'm Woody!"

10.29.18 - A Powerful King Condor

10.30.18 - Beak!!!

10.31.18 - Spooky Landscape


I don't always have a "Go big or go home" attitude.  But when I do, it's doing a Tweetmentary of "E.T." on Halloween.

Part the First
Part the Second


Friday, October 12, 2018

Inktober Week Two -and- "Return to OZ" Tweetmentary!

Time for another weekly Inktober wrap-up along with a Halloweeny movie Tweetmentary.  Lots of nice botanical studies and experiments with paintbrushes in this batch, if I may say so myself.  As usual, click on the pictures to see them on Flickr.

10.8.18 - Gnarly Tree Study

10.9.18 - Branch study

10.10.18 - CapWolf?

10.12.18 - Little Swirly Dragon

10.12.18 - Little Brushy Blue Jay


For this week's Tweetmentary, I have a movie that I find endlessly fascinating: 1985's "Return to OZ".  I had quite a lot to say about it, so this is going to stretch over two Moments*.  Since embeds don't appear to be working, here are the links to Part One and Part Two

* - So how about that rumor that we'll soon not be able to make new Moments on Mobile?  Ha ha!  Ha ha ha ha!  (Cries...)

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Inktober Week One -and- "Hocus Pocus" Tweetmentary!

It's Inktober!  This year I am going to make myself do a weekly wrap-up of my Inktober drawings by accompanying each weekly wrap-up with a Tweetmentary of a Halloweeny movie!  We'll get to our movie in a minute; first Inktober Week One!  Click the pictures to got to Flickr for more info.

10.1.18 - Crappy Venom

10.2.18 - Potions

10.3.18 - "Hocus Pocus" Crocodile

10.4.18 - Fraidy Cat

10.5.18 - Chicken

10.6.18 - Pumpkin...

10.7.18 - Chickadee

Our first Inktober Film Festival Halloween Tweetmentary is a doozy: 1993's "Hocus Pocus"!  I hadn't watched this movie since 1993, so this was a heck of a time. 

Here's the Link...

And here's the Handy Embed:

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Before they migrate to more favorable and flowery climes, I'll share my sketches of these wonderful Dinosaur Fairies:

7.26.18 - Rainy Hummingbird

8.2.18 - Hummingbirds!

This next drawing is based on a series of photos by Dan Ripplinger. Now, I *knew* this about Hummingbirds, but damn if it isn't jarring to see it. O_o

9.7.18 - Things That Make You Go "Hummm..."

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Young Loons and Hawks

We had a lot of young Common Loons born this year on the Lake.  I was lucky to be able to observe and sketch them going about their business:

9.5.18 - Young Loons

9.5.18 - Young Loons

9.5.18 - Young Loons

Here are studies of an adult Loon as well as a stressed out Chipping Sparrow mom:

7.31.18 - Loons and Sparrows

And finally, a real treat. We had young Broad-Winged Hawks fledging right in our backyard! We came to call them the "Hawkward Teens", and it was a wonderful thing to get to watch them grow up.

7.8.18 - Awkward Teen Hawks

7.28.18 - Hawkward Teens

7.28.18 - Hawkward Teens

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Bill Maylone's "64,000,000 Years Ago"

I love a good stop motion dinosaur as much as the next person but goodness look at this lovely short!

"64,000,000 Years Ago" is a wonderful showcase of dinosaurs from 1981.  It's therefore right smack in that weird era when pop culture was just starting to catch up with the then-still-kind-of-new "wait, maybe dinosaurs weren't big dumb failures" theories.  And I love every minute of it, but especially the bullying, cock-blocking(!) Tyrannosaurus.

The animation is by Bill Maylone and it looks incredibly familiar, like I'd seen this footage used in another dinosaur video.  The only other Maylone animated shorts I can find (and they are both delightful) are a surprisingly stressful woolly mammoth short and "Catapult Through Canada".  If anyone remembers an educational short where a Gastornis pounces on a Hyracotherium, let me know.


Art of the Day!

7.26.18 - Stormy Sky

I can't believe it's September already...

Thursday, June 14, 2018

It's the Not-Even-Remotely-Annual Summer Animated Trailer Post!

A lot, an awful lot, of trailers for upcoming animated, kind-of-animated, and "how the blazes are we even defining what an animated film is anyway"-ted feature films have premiered lately, so let's all take a look at them!  Boy I hope you like sequels, franchise movies, remakes...

And here's a damn good example of how long it's been since I did one of these blogs: "Incredibles 2" comes out TONIGHT!?  Like, that's soon!  Really soon!  Oh my God, please don't suck, please don't suck, please don't suck...!!!

Weirdly, I feel like I haven't seen any excitement for this.  It's almost as if we can't even believe an "Incredibles" sequel is actually happening after Brad Bird denied he wanted to make one for all these years.

Boy I hope "Ralph Breaks the Internet" ends up being better than this teaser suggests.  I'm not the first to point this out but the Internet looks like a hellscape of Brands (I mean, it IS, but it'd be nice if they depicted it as anything else), and I'm having a hard time defending the "We are Disney, look upon our I.P.s and despair" scene.  Still, I can't wait to see that Princess scene in context and at least they're acknowledging that the Muppets exist.

Anyway, speaking of Disney, Brands, and Hell:

It's "Hook".  But, like, a Winnie the Pooh version.  Just what the world needed.  Though I like how most of Disney Twitter (TM) is using this as a teaching moment:

Note: prepare yourself for a lot of people not understanding what hyperbole is in that thread.

I know a sequel to "Mary Poppins" is a thing that is happening, but why?  I can’t shake the feeling that "Sequel to Mary Poppins" is something that either would’ve been a Disney Sunday movie in the 80’s or would’ve happened somewhere between "102 Dalmatians" and "Chicken Little".

But good on them for remembering those crazy neighbors with the ship house.

Guys.  I am so God-damn tired.

Honestly.  I really can't wait until Disney gets this "Remake everything in live-action (for a given definition of live-action)" thing out of their system.  Hell, this might be more annoying than the era of DTV sequels...

Okay, enough bleakness:

Okay, maybe a little bleakness.  I'm conditioned to immediately dislike any new take on "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", doubly so if it gives Grinch a sad backstory to explain why he hates Christmas.  It's a damn sight cuter than the 2000 version at least, though that's a heck of a low bar to clear.

I like "How to Train Your Dragon 2" more than most but it really does feel like a part two and part three crammed together.  That doesn't leave much for part three to resolve, but I feel optimistic.  At least we're going to get more and hopefully even weirder monster designs.

I've been waiting for an official, actual "LEGO Movie 2" for a long time it feels.  All the theatrical LEGO movies have been very good, IMO, and I can't wait to be unexpectedly weepy by the end of this one too.

And here we have the one upcoming (like, not premiering in a few hours) animated film I'm most excited about.  Look at this; look how cool and creative this looks!  More unabashedly trippy CGI please!


Art of the Day!

Hey, you know what very conspicuously did NOT get a trailer recently?

More Weird, Demanding Animals!