Hope you guys dig this. This one took a lot out of me. Worth it in the end.
Now Entering Stone Cold Steve.. wait no?! That’s not it. What else could I be talking about? In the early nineties with the Warner Brother Studio’s Batman Animated Series was being made. The Censors made a lot of complaints and made them change a lot of things. The Broadcast Standards and Practices made a list of nine things couldn’t be shown. They were; Guns, Drugs, Breaking Glass, Alcohol, Smoking, Nudity, Child Endangerment, Religion, and Strangulation.
Now after the recent storyline, with Scotty and Jake flying through the glass. After finishing that page, I realize a couple things. Well one thing, I have broken four out of nine of those rules. I have shown smoking, guns (lots of guns) Child Endangerment (how couldn’t I right?!) and now breaking glass.
This got me thinking. What is appropriate for kids? I mean, a lot of those points I understand and agree with. However how you do you a children show and not show child endangerment? I can understand a couple of things, religion, drugs and nudity. After making this thought I remember Batman Beyond episode with Slappers. A drug based off of venom, that teenage boys in athletics where taking. This was a child show, showing drugs.
I’ve been reading some Terry and the Pirates, an old news paper comic strip by Milt Caniff. In the comic, I’ve been introduce to a character named Big Stoop (Best name ever!) However another character cut out his tongue. Now I don’t know if they showed them doing it. However, just even talking about it is a big,WOW. I mean news papers are more censored then television ever has been.
It use to be ok to show children with guns, I mean how else are they going to find villains? Now a days it’s unthinkable to show a child with a gun. The other way to get around this was, well let’s make every villain a robot. So that way if get’s destroyed, it’s just a toaster. I’ve notice shows are going back to human villains.
I do try/feel like this is an all ages strip. The way I judge is simple, would I show this to my grandmother? The answer is a simple yes. This strip might not cut it for tv but I will always make it safe for children. Take it easy guys.
How are you guys doing? I’m doing good. Now as you guys know, one of the main stars to this strip is Jake. He’s a little king cheetah. Well last week I saw a couple of cool cat videos. Now, wait, don’t run off. I know the internet is full of random cat videos. The first one is a little cat that is amazing to watch. I don’t wanna ruin anything but just watch. The second video is a slow motion of a cheetah running. It’s interesting to watch it move. Just picture that cat chasing down prey. I know I picked the right animal. Also a video on how they got the shoot. Enjoy guys.
Hows it going ya’ll? Well this year I started to read Terry and the Pirates, this is the comic strip that inspired a lot of works. Including Jonny Quest, which is one of the things that inspired me to do.. well this. It’s a great series and I would recommend it to anyone. I was writing a comment on a site, looking how to spell Caniff when I came abound this little gem. There are some spoilers to the story, but great to see a master at his craft. Also watching him do this with markers and crayons. Just wow. So take about an hour and enjoy the old school way of doing things shine through. Also the first video is a breid history of the man. Enjoy kids.
I’m a week late (oh well.) but last week was two years of doing Scotty Odyssey. It’s been a fun ride and I’m only getting started. Two years ago I didn’t know how long I would want to do this comic. After two years, I know I got a long long road with these two brats.
I got a lot of stories in line, and hoping to not only increase in post but with art and writing this next coming year. I also know, Scotty is something I’m always going to work on. I need to find some paying art work, but I wanna always but out less once a week.
Well let’s take a look at the last two years of Scotty and Jake. Thanks again and love ya guys.
So I’ve been turning to do more warm ups for my work day. It’s a time to loosen the muscles and to try new things. Things such as practice the human figure or color theory. So what’s the easiest way to practice and learn from, I mean where does one look? One place to look is magazines and adds for figures. Fashion, Clothing and Nation Geographic are great ones. However another place I like to is, Movies.
Movie studios spend billions of dollars to create many, many pictures. They have a large teams of people to create movies. From the story and the look. A lot of time and experts go into each one. So why not study their hard work? As comic artist, you try to convey moods, setting, object and people. It’s something I have notice a lot of the greats do, the more you study the more you know and the better your art is. Now of course you should study from life and nature. However, I find movies stills are good way to start the day. I picked this up from Tony Shasteen. He does amazing mini prints from a lot of great movies.
The big question all artist start with is composition How to do a good solid and simple composition There is a film called “The Big Combo.” It’s a black and white film that is shot beautifully and planned to the tee. It has every shoot an artist might ever need. Black and white compositions for any artist is a key factor, so this film is a blessing. The whole thing is on youtube and here are some I have done.
Another thing I’ve been doing is movie stills. I found this site, which just have thousands of thousands of images form movies and television. With these I try to practice color, composition and the figure. I’ve been trying to do less line work in the backgrounds. Here are all ones I’ve done.
Well that’s all the movie magic and tips I got today. Thanks again and have a great day.