Archive for January, 2010

more things from Evan’s sketchbook

Posted in Evan's Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2010 by EAbrams

Well I’ve been all about Archer on FX. New episodes Thursdays, or Fridays usually from the torrent sites. Their production blog mentions how they make their style for the show so I thought I would have a crack at a famous spy that we all know and love and want to be. I know I do. Also Sean was a real looker back in the day and makes me more confident about my whole chest hair thing.

There's something I want to get off your chest. (it's your top)

The best part about this image is that it’s all blocked out and ready for animation already, so that’s cool too. Just needs some more phonemes. It was drawn from an original here:

Damn I wish I was that dashing. Maybe if I roll around in Mrs. Dash.

Hopefully we’ll get some scripts I can animate, making assets like this is an easy work-flow, clean lines, and fast as long as I can get reference photos. Problem is I’m still terrible with backgrounds, I suppose that’s what’s up next, or I’ll use some photoshop cheapness and 12 ounce mouse that shit up.

If you don’t know about 12 Ounce Mouse you should. It has inspired my animation because it proves you don’t need to be able to draw, or animate, or write, or voice act to get on TV and entertain people. Actually any Adult Swim program makes me think I’m not making animations because I’m just lazy. These are good, quality programs made on shoestrings and skeleton crews and somehow they also got paid for what they did, so that’s cool too.

To that end I’m writing something now and it’s gone to get done in this type of style here. I’m getting a lot more comfortable going this route so I think it’s time to apply it to a script.

Yet Another Reason Why Timothy Hates The Religious Right

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2010 by Timothy D Riel

Yet another reason why I hate the religious right:

Solar Powered Bibles

It’s like if, in order to help the victims, Sony sent 300 PSP’s with demo game discs to ease their suffering, since they must be incredibly bored what with all the blown-to-smithereens stuff.

Food, water, shelter. That’s what these people need. Not portable preacher/pulpit kits.

Tim’s Panda Bear / GR Tie-in shirt.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 17, 2010 by Timothy D Riel

I love the Zazzle me thing that Evan discovered. I also love the scary panda graphic he designed. I also, also love GhostRunner.

I have combined them.

Zazzle me this batman!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 14, 2010 by EAbrams

So if Ghostrunner is ever to be legit we need matching shirts. Preferably gold shirts but any will do really. In my search for a suitable company to bring those about back before Christmas I came across this place called CafePress.com. They’re alright I suppose, but frustrated with their archaic menus I looked for alternatives. To that end I found Zazzle.ca. I much prefer Zazzle for their Canadian pricing and graphic placement widget. Now that I’m terribly bored I thought I would try my hand at making a shirt (just as a non GR affiliated practice so as not to tarnish our sterling almost virginal internet rep) so without much ado, here it is.

I for one would enjoy having this happy creature on a shirt for day to day and maybe evening wear.

It’s a neat site but I don’t know if it can make anyone money. Seems a little cluttered for actual revenue generation. Also it’s the internet for goodness sake, if it’s not a pipe dream it’s not on the internet. But we will have to see how the things go. It takes more promotional work than I care to spam out there to generate any sales on such sites, but it beats shooting more zombies on the wii all afternoon because now I feel mildly adventurous and useful.

The Ware-Panda

Posted in Blogs, Evan's Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2010 by EAbrams

Here’s the first in a series of posts called Things From Evan’s Sketchbook. It’s not a physical sketchbook but rather just art I’ve doodled on my wacom. This one I call The Were-panda though I suppose it could be any panda themed exploitation title. Mild mannered reporter by day, international detective by night, murderous panda by even later night, who can stop… the Were-panda!

The Were-Panda

Be scared, Be afraid, Beware of the Were-Panda!

Source material for this was an image from google when I seached “Panda + Attack” and the other is classic Emma Peel from the old Avergers show who, I must admit, I still find quite fetching. Not the actress though. She’s a bit old. But in the timelessness of television Emma Peel is still way hot.

The process to make this image is as follows for anyone wanting to try at home.

  1. Gather source files onto the art-board and keep them on separate layers
  2. Rough over those on more separate layers with the new Blob Brush tool to quickly find your positive and negative space
  3. Use the pen tool and path selector to knock out unneeded points in the blob brush and fine tune the edges
  4. Assign thick strokes to larger outer shapes and smaller strokes to inner more detailed shapes
  5. Add a final layer of text and framing for retro fun times
  6. Export as .png and share with the world unless you feel shame or shyness. In that case hide it on your computer in a folder marked homemade porn or some other innocuous title and hope no one exposes your deep dark secrets. Also consider keeping a diary where you write about boys you like but never say more than two coherent syllables to, that seems healthy as well.

That’s pretty much how I make everything but sometimes I scan in sketches or photos I’ve taken of my subjects. More to follow unless I become employed or get a PS3. Both are good options I feel.

Mixed Emotions

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2010 by EAbrams

I am both thrilled and disgusted with a new show on FX. The show is Archer, and for anyone who hasn’t seen the pilot, it is funny stuff. It’s only 15 minutes long but I lol consistently. This promo sums it up quite nicely in what you’re in for. Also watch all the other promos if you are safe to giggle. This means not at work. Also some have breasts so your co-workers will think ill of you unless they’re cool.

It’s in the same vain as Frisky Dingo and the spin off from that The Xtacles. Both those shows had decidedly low production values compared to Archer, probably because FX can wield a larger budget than Adult Swim and it shows in their art and animation staff. The art style is semi realistic using actors as a base model for a retro cartoon feel. Also those actors are terrific as the voice delivery is top notch featuring SNL’s Chris Parnell, funny man H. Jon Benjamin, and the vivacious Aisha Tyler. The show is a delightful combination of sarcasm, sexual innuendo, spies and smarmy behavior, all of which are the key ingredients to things I like.

As for what I do not like: like most complaints here at Ghostrunner it’s that I didn’t do it first! Perhaps what is most frustrating is that this is not only a show i enjoy watching but that I would enjoy making. So to that end I’ve made a list of projects I’ll be getting to while I’m looking for work and waiting for call backs and the like so I can be productive with my time and keep reaching for that rainbow.

Merry New Years

Posted in Blogs, Timothy's Blog on January 1, 2010 by Timothy D Riel

Happy New Years to all my friends.

A Toast.

May the best days of your past be the worst days of your future.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my life, I love you all equally. Some, of course, more equally than others. Stay safe and be successful, but above all be happy.

Here’s to hoping I keep the friends I have, meet up again with those I’ve lost and gain new and exciting friends in the future.

Merry New Years everyone.