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!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

MerMay 2018!

Yay I did it!  I drew a mermaid for every single day in May!  Wooo!  Here they all are in a big ol' Twitter Moment!

And - AND - because I love you, some bonus mermaid art and fun stuff I posted elsewhere during the month, with bonus bonus comments, like Instagram:

Great day in the morning, the Illo is a fantastic Sketchbook!  I've gone through a rash of Moleskine-alikes and this one is my favorite so far.  Perfect size, takes all the media I like joyfully, and scans like a dream.  You know a Sketchbook is quality when you've moved on to the next one (which isn't even bad, just very very different) and you already miss it and want to get more of them.

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From now on, if I can help it, I'll never not use this stuff when painting Loons.

This was just a silly thing I made for fun but I broke the first rule of Animorphs cover parodies: the eyes are the "anchor".  Woops.

And for younger "My Little Pony" fans thinking, "Wait, I don't get it?" enjoy.

And stuff from Tumblr:

Now, I'm a little burnt out so maybe I won't be doing the daily JuneFae Challenge, but a periodic piece of Fairy fun isn't unreasonable.  Here's a little rainy day Fae:

6.4.18 - Rainy Day

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hooray, It's Mer-May!

I'm starting to warm up to month-long daily/weekly art challenges.  Not sure if I'm going to do weekly wrap-up posts or do a long one at the end of the month; we'll see.  Anyway, I love Mermaids, you love Mermaids, let's spend this whole month making art of lovely ladies of the water.

4.11.18 - Is it MerMay Yet?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

My Afternoon With the Blue Catpeople: Thoughts on Pandora: the World of Avatar

I have to start by saying it feels really weird to be finally writing about Pandora: The World of Avatar now.  It feels like I'm extremely late to the party, and that the conversation in Disney Theme Park Internet World has moved on.  To a Galaxy far, far away in fact, and if anyone is talking about Pandora, it's judging it as a sort of test run for Star Wars: Nothing But Star Wars: Here, Have More Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

And comparing it to Harry Potter over in the competing park down the road.  That too.

I really don't want to do either of those things.  Instead, let's back up.  A long time ago, a terribly long time ago it feels, it was announced that a whole new Land was going to be built in a Walt Disney World theme park: Pandora, the World of Avatar.  I was generally more enthusiastic than, uh, everyone else it felt like.  You can read my initial thoughts here.  But that was many years ago and I've only got the chance to visit Pandora myself last month.  Everyone in the Disney Blog-verse has an opinion about the new land and here's mine:

I really like it.

I'm a sucker for a good, truly immersive, "You are in an imaginary land turned real" experience.  This delivers quite nicely.  The overall effect of the land is stunning, but I mostly appreciate all the smaller details.  And goodness, I wish I'd had more time to explore the land at night.

For now, Pandora has two rides.  I want to give some love to the Navi River Journey, as it tends to live in the shadow of Flight of Passage, the big state of the art headliner.  I'm just happy River Journey exists, because we've been losing so many slow-moving atmospheric rides lately.  Rides like The Great Movie Ride that you can enjoy with your grandmother.  "Grandma Rides", if you will.  If this is a genre, River Journey is an excellent standard for them.

And then, there's Flight of Passage.  I have no words, man.  This is damn near everything I always dreamed of in a flight simulator.  It's good and long, too!  It's also notoriously difficult to acquire Fastpasses for and has a standby line you could pretty much watch "Avatar" in while waiting.  Still, everything I've ever wanted from a flight simulator.

Plus it turns out I make for a pretty cute catgirl!  Look at my Avatar, look at her!  Dang, she even has the same "They're taking my picture! Oh, please don't blink..." look!


Art of the Day:

4.8.18 - Fish!