What I love most about colors is you can mix them in amazing gradients. My latest work, which was completed just before my 30-day trial on Adobe Illustrator expired, shows a nicely silhouetted Jacken in the foreground watching the sun rise. If this doesn’t prove how creative and artistic I really am, I don’t know what does.
What I have here is an update to the picture I made to remind my family and friends of the team my mother formed before her passing away: Team Brenda.
Notice how bright the colors are? I even removed the shadows to make the file smaller. And if you’re wondering why there’s a big open space on the left, I tried to make this picture a cover photo on my Facebook page.
Recently, I got hooked on a Lego franchise consisting of odd-looking creatures you can mix together any way you want. It’s called ‘Mixels.’ I checked out both websites (mixels.com and lego.com/mixels) and boy, there sure was a lot of creativity that brought out the world of Mixels! Currently, there are a total of nine tribes with three Mixels per tribe: Infernites, Cragsters, Electroids (Series 1) Frosticons, Fang Gang, Flexers (Series 2) Glorp Corp, Spikels, Wiztastics (Series 3) When you put three Mixels from the same tribe together, you get a Max. And then there are ‘Nixels,’ puny yet pesky pests whose intentions are to prevent Mixels from mixing. The voice actors involved are the ones you may or may not recognize. The first Mixels I purchased are two Cragsters and two Flexers. I have Seismo (the Tom Kenny Cragster), Shuff (the Jess Harnell Cragster), Tentro (the Phil LaMarr Flexer), and Balk (the Billy West Flexer). Seismo and Shuff were the only series 1 Mixels I managed to get from the Lego store in Downtown Disney in Anaheim, so I had to resort to getting the rest of the series 1 Mixels from amazon.com. Right now, I have Krader (a David P. Smith Cragster) being delivered to me. The package should arrive next week. In the meantime, here are some pictures I took of the Seismo/Tentro and Shuff/Balk mixes!
It may not be much, but it’s a start.
I would like to talk about someone who knows how storytelling is done and made funny for ALL AGES – he’s a native of Virginia.
I first discovered his work on fanfiction.net. The works I read were well thought out and pretty funny. There’s HB House, a sitcom about some of the Hanna-Barbera characters throughout the years living in a boarding house, Muppets Meet the M&Ms Gang, a collection of M&M commercials with the Muppets collaborating, and Muppets Visit Japan, which for some reason makes me think of The Muppets at Walt Disney World.
I continued to search for more of Cullen’s works and came across Battle of the Muppet All-Stars – one of the longest pieces of fan fiction I ever read. Every character featured was spot-on, and they fit perfectly in various situations! I take my hat off to him for his lengthy and humorous literature.
I looked closely at his profile picture on Muppet Central – it had the name ‘Rebusquest’ on it. I searched that and found http://www.therebusquestwebsite.com. And let me tell you, the cartoons he thought up are original and clever in their own way. The main one, Rebusquest, and two others (X.O. Seal and Skelroy and Bonus).
I checked out the page for Fan Creations and saw that it hadn’t been updated in almost a year, so what I did was create drawings of the characters from Rebusquest…
You can also view it on the Fan Creations page on Cullen’s Rebusquest Web site. And while you’re at it and new to Cullen’s work, why don’t you start reading the episodes? The pictures may appear a little rushed, but if you can just focus on the stories being told, you won’t be sorry. His stories are superb.
I had such a great time learning from a seasoned animator. And get this: James Lopez has been working 10+ years on an animated version of former Disneyland attraction, “America Sings.” Still a work in progress, but the viewers can take a look at an uploaded video of the first part (half-storyboard, half-animated). The style is very much like the Disney films in the 1960s-70s, which is very fitting, since it debuted in Disneyland in 1974.
Anyway, here are the pictures and sketches I accumulated during the 12-week online class. I truly believe they’re totally worth sharing!