That Explains Why...!
Credit goes to Brawkinthefamily.com. I randomly found this on Facebook and couldn't help but share it.
The animated version will make full sense of the joke but deviantART couldn't display animated GIF's of this nature on journals. Click here to see Tail's butt in action! lol
Anyways I've just finished penciling pages 3 & 4 to Sonic Boom: Unwrapped! I'm pretty chuffed with the results. = ) Right now I'll have to get my ass back into uni-work mode - got some assignments to finish off. Enjoy your week everyone!
Burnbot Wants Revenge!
I Got The Masterplan!!
It's been raining all day in San Francisco. I couldn't do much other than draw... And this is what I came up with!
Anyways, after watching 'The Wind Rises' with Svend Joscelyne (aka Dreadknux, creator of The Sonic Stadium and
Composition Studies Composition StudiesComposition Studies8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Do me a favour to any artist who are watching me now and would like to improve the way they design and present their final artwork.
Go to your local museum/fine arts gallery (preferably the national branches or the ones in the big cities), make it a field trip and learn something that may perhaps be a significant benefit to your art studies.
Book your student discounted fare online, grab your backpack filled with sketchbook and whatever drawing tool you're comfortable with (graphite, microns, watercolors etc...), get that bus ticket, go get some fresh air, and some exercise while at it - make this an investment worthwhile.
Be sure to check out the policies of the art gallery/museum before you do any sketching in public, some have very strict rules about drawing in the public galleries, while some are more flexible. Be aware and be prepared on your field trip at all times.
When everything is good to go, walk around the gallery, observe and find pa
Great Advice to Artists (from all walks of life) Great Advice to Artists (from all walks of life)Great Advice to Artists (from all walks of life)5 months ago in Personal More Like This
I couldn't stand having that 'cover' hanging in my front page for another day! So I bring you something completely opposite to what's bad in the arts/creative entertainment industry - something good and positive! Professional advice to be more precise but this guy named Joe Madureira (some of you will instantly recognise his art style in Marvel comics) knows what he's talking about, and he's one of the many hundreds of professional/commercial comic illustrators out there who are in the same boat. But what I like about Joe is that he's been very successful in his career, and after years of observation and feedback from aspiring artists he has decided to share some advice.
"But Elson, this is pretty much the same as any other professional artist who give the same kind of adv
Oh my god... Check out these designs!!I love it when people naturally utilize their own unique drawing style and re-create/reinterpret a new way at looking at our beloved Hedgehog and his friends!Oh my god... Check out these designs!!8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Credit goes to :iconcigar-blues: for the image below! They look adorable (and beautifully stylized)!
And here's another one by :iconrollingrabbit:. Inspiring!
My God, Mechs are a Pain in the Butt to Draw!
I'm going to say that Lyric and his henchmen are some of the toughest to draw out of all the Sonic villains. They're mostly inorganic and are made of several detailed parts based on mech technology - aka robot parts and designs.
But if you can pull it off the details can really shine through!
Anyways it's time to head off to the John Pence Gallery and do some watercolor studies. I think this little field trip to the fine arts still lif
How Videogames Changed The World.A recent documentary aired in Fair Blighty, listing 25 games that had an influence on global culture, as selected by life-long gamer and professional grumpy-pants, Charlie Brooker.How Videogames Changed The World.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
It's currently on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWbr5z1Uu_U
There may be an issue watching it outside the UK, but if you've an interest in gaming culture I'm sure you can track it down elsewhere.
It's well worth a watch.
You'd be surprised at what holds the #1 spot!
Creativity is addictive.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23572742Creativity is addictive.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I believe that Minecraft is the future of massive multiplayer games, and I'm surprised that none of the big developers/publishers have cottoned onto it yet.
They look at Minecraft and think its success is down to its business model, or to its blocky, retro charm.
It's down to the fact that you get out of it what you put into it.
With a MMORPG, there are pre-scripted quests. With Minecraft, you set the quests yourself or others.
User created content is the key. All you have to do is provide the players with the tools to build.
There are two types of gamer: wall builders and wall breakers.
Wall builders are the ones that spend an age in an RTS game getting their base just right. They play SimCity and act as Dungeon Master during an RPG.
Wall breakers are the type to follow the mission brief. They get set a quest and they follow it. They're the Call of Duty crowd and they're never more happy than when
Academy of Art (SPRING 2014) - Elson's InstructorsOnce again my instructors from the Academy of Art university are amazingly talented, patient and passionate in what they practice and teach. Here's a rundown of the instructors I've had privilege of learning from during the course of Spring 2014.Academy of Art (SPRING 2014) - Elson's Instructors8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Semester: Spring 2014
FA 213: Introduction to Anatomy
Time: Tu 08:30 AM - 11:30 AM, 12:10 PM - 01:50 PM
Location: 60 Federal Street, Room 225
Lecturer: Valerie Winslow
FA 110: Still Life Painting 1
Time: W 08:30 AM - 11:20 AM, 12:00 PM - 02:50 PM
Location: 60 Federal Street, Room 205
Lecturer: Sheldon Greenburg
REAL HANDY: Two Screens, Mirror, Anatomy Know-how REAL HANDY: Two Screens, Mirror, Anatomy Know-howREAL HANDY: Two Screens, Mirror, Anatomy Know-how6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy everyone. For those who are about to watch it - you're in for a treat, regardless.
Now, to share with you some tips.
Two extra Screens - Super handy when you can display reference photos from your personal archives for your projects. As you can see here I'm focusing solely on Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill) for the moment, he is after all the focal point. It's totally okay to use a lot of references for your finished illustration - the more visual info you have to make a convincing illustration the better. Thanks to :iconchemb0t: for inspiring me to get those extra screens where otherwise I would have never have done so on my own. Also :iconyuski: here is another example of how I do my stuff using the two screens to it's full advantage.
Happy Birthday Darkspeeds (post them here! XD)Hi everyone! Rather than sending me notes or comment on the frontpage, let's share your B-day wishes on this journal.Happy Birthday Darkspeeds (post them here! XD)10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Let us know what you'd like to see more from me in the coming future! Love ya all, your support and well wishes are much appreciated as always.
Oh and big thank to :iconCIC-Studios: for this fantastic early birthday present!
This really hit the spot for on the fact that:
A) The song immediate took me by surprise. This BGM means a lot to me in so many ways. = ) And it's a remixed version too which is quite refreshing to listen to!
B) It's got Silver and Blaze! My favorite coupling! X3
C) It's got Sonic too - of course! Without him I wouldn't have become who I am today (not forgetting to thank my parents and family as well for my upbringing and welfare! XD) and I wouldn't have known about you guys.
And that's it for now! It's time to catch a ride with Jason and drive down to LA to meet up with the others!
Tracy Yardley's book just arrived!What a pleasant surprise when I got back home from class. My landlord notified me of a parcel and I was like:Tracy Yardley's book just arrived!11 months ago in Personal More Like This
"Ah, so finally, the StH #257 arrived... About bloody time (since this was the third occasion it came late, I'm gonna unsubscribe if they missed my issue for the fourth time)!", instead I got this!
To know that I can make something this good in three weeks, I gotta say I'm proud. This is what graphic designers do or a production artist if you were to work at Archie comics, hell I even played the role of an editor for pete's sake. lol
I want to thank all the people who contributed to this special project once again, and they include:
My thoughts on Sonic Boom! (I'm a Kid Again!) My thoughts on Sonic Boom! (I'm a Kid Again! ~ 2nd Update)My thoughts on Sonic Boom! (I'm a Kid Again!)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Just had some awesome dinner and I've read up on your feedback. Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts, and I'm happy to have provided my positive perspectives on Sonic Boom - optimism is a good thing to have in life, give it a go where you can!
Also, shoutout to :iconHappyAggro: for handing me this link on a quick summary of what's legit on the whole franchise as well as link to the latest updates of Sonic Boom when they come.
And oh my god, I felt like a kid all over again when I saw these!
Seriously THIS kind of stuff, concept artwork, was the main reason why I got myself a pencil and a paper on that very day (when I turned on my brother's SEGA SATURN to play SONIC JAM)
Silent FallI know I have been very quiet lately, but that's because I've been busy. That's what I always say, isn't it?Silent Fall1 year ago in Personal More Like This
But it's true! I don't remember where I've mentioned this before, but now I'm making sure it's known: I am attending cartooning school. I am thousands of miles away from my desert home (and pets) in order to study the art of making great comics. For all intents and purpose, it is grad school. If I successfully complete my thesis project at the end of my second year, I will be awarded with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Of course, more important than the degree is the networking opportunities and the experience of being at such an awesome school.
It's somewhat challenging to balance my personal projects with my schoolwork. I've uploaded some of my stuff to my art sites, but not everything. Examples of what's missing: 2+ hours of figure drawing from life every week, writing manuscripts, weekly sketchbook and lettering assignments, screenprinting, and a 20 copies of a 20-page comic
Academy of Art University (Final Thoughts...)"Be brave, learn and try new things, and more importantly, live life with no regrets. This I did."Academy of Art University (Final Thoughts...)8 months ago in Personal More Like This
At the start of June 2013 I arrived to California to live with :iconchemb0t: and his family for a while before moving to the heart of San Francisco downtown to prepare my first semester (and first ever experience studying at an art school at university level). Jason and his family are considered my second family, that's how special they are. At the same time I caught up with :iconevanstanley:, :iconcirotin: and Evan's family for a rafting trip for week long stay in Santa Cruz. I feel privileged to have known those two better and in person, especially when they are passionately driven and talented artists in their own right. Then I went to Mexico for a short trip, it was there that I've been able to appreciate the beautiful heritage, cultures, food, and landscapes, at the same time it was also a time when I got to appreciate m
Want to say thanks to Tracy Yardley?Want to say thanks to Tracy Yardley?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Folks I cannot stress how exciting this new year is going to be.
I'm in the process of applying for an Internship at Archie Publications Inc. for the Summer of 2014. Fingers crossed that everything will go smoothly - all the paperwork from Immigration US/Homeland Security can be a real pain in the butt.
Anyways now that I'm done with the first semester at the Academy of Art (averaging B/B+ grades!); spent quality time with me best mates via :iconchemb0t: and :iconevanstanley: for Christmas and New Years; and wished my family and friends a Happy New Years it's time to make full use of my three weeks before school starts this Spring 2014.
So here's the plan.
Before I make my way to the offices of Archie Publications I'm preparing another portfolio piece to showcase.
The project is entitled PIRATE PLUNDER PANIC. The purpose is twofold - the first one has already been explained above but the second is to say a
Updates for April 1stLooks like my April Fools joke went over pretty well. I was quite surprised to see the response, honestly! Was it the most original prank in the books? Absolutely not, but considering that I usually ignore April Fools Day and that people STILL believed it, I think it's alright. Sometimes the oldest jokes are the best and it's not like this was a contest trying to outdo everyone around me. Just having some fun for a change, which is something I need to do more often.Updates for April 1st3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Also, it shows how many people actually followed the link. Anyone who read the journal and followed the link to the trolololo song would've known it was a joke. But it seems a LOT of people didn't bother doing that, hehe.
Speaking of April Fools though, did you know that it was 4 years ago today that I began the Alex Ze Pirate web series? April 1st, 2008 was the day I began posting short one page gags involving my pirate characters on SheezyArt. It's kinda hard to believe it's only been 4 years as so much has happened since
Internet TimeWe had the Oscars recently and as usual it wasn't without problems. One of the controversies was Chris Rock's biting commentary about doing voice work for animated films, which was unfortunately insulting to the many hard working (yet perpetually unknown) talents who produce about 90% of all voice work in the animated medium. Chris Rock's joke was funny for his circle of friends and the aging academy, but to younger artists and professionals it was very disrespectful. Voice actress Tara Strong took particular issue with Rock's comment and as we speak his twitter account is no doubt being flooded with angry hate messages and likely racism too... which is very unfortunate. http://www.examiner.com/african-american-entertainment-in-national/tara-strong-attacks-chris-rock-over-oscar-2012-animation-comments-quotesInternet Time3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Other issues, such as glossing over Harry Potter and The War Horse completely and giving a Best Animated Film award to the likes of Rango, just continued to fuel my opin
Back to School!! (Semester 2 at the AAU)Just a quick snapshot of my second semester at the Academy of Art university!Back to School!! (Semester 2 at the AAU)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The four classes I'm taking are:
i) Human Anatomy (upgrade from Figure Drawing last semester)
ii) Still Life Painting (seriously AWESOME fun! I love oil painting now!)
iii) Cloth Figure Drawing (that lecturer reminds me of Jack McBrayer! Seriously! XD)
iv) Perspective (you can see my homework progress on the last 4 photos)
So far all of my lecturers have been nothing short of impressive. They're passionate, exceptional in their technique and wonderful teachers.
On my previous semester I gained a high B average which is not easy to get in any art school, so I'm really proud of that. Nevertheless let's see how I go with this semester, because this is going to be my last one too. More on the why in future - but for now let's make the very most out of it!
My new oil paint set!! After Shel
I've Come A Long Way...School has officially ended!! It's been an incredible journey... I'll be doing a proper write-up sometime next week but for now it's time to celebrate for a little bit before I get back to an exciting regime for the next two months (more on this on my next journal).I've Come A Long Way...9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Anyways I'll say it again, I've come a long way haven't I...?
(Darkspeeds' SA2 Fan Comic - JAN 2002)
(Darkspeeds' SA2 Fan Comic - 2005?)
(Darkspeeds' Sonic Boom: Unwrapped - MAY 2014)
Must... Finish... Comic...!
I'm currently on a home stretch guys... Only one more class (and it's it's Perspective starting at noon tomorrow) and then it's... OVER!! My year at the Academy of Art will be officially come to a close (classes that is).
I've got exactly 15 hours before my two comic pages are due
The Used Game ParadigmOver the course of this past generation I've been watching the video game market react to the way it's been forced to deal with increasing changes. I've come out against used game sales and even written a journal about boycotting GameStop because (like most people at the time) I believed they were the root cause of all the problems the video game industry has. But that's something I don't believe now as intently as i did then. From where I sit, piracy and used games sales are a problem, but not in the way game companies want us to believe that they are.The Used Game Paradigm2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Used games are a good thing for consumers. We get to try games out, and if we don't like what we see or finish it early, we trade it in and try another title instead. It's a very good system for us since video game rentals are much harder to come by. Most video rental stores in America have gone extinct and outside specific Red Box Kiosks there aren't a lot of places for consumers to rent video games. The exception, of course, being thr
Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsI may or may not have linked to these folks but if I did it was a long time ago and I'm sure I've gained some new watchers by then.Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts3 years ago in Personal More Like This
A lot of artists starting out feel overwhelmed by the legal, business, and tax issues involved in starting a small business and becoming a freelance artists. Fortunately, there are organizations around the country to help those who exist under a certain income bracket.
Here is a list of organizations by state.
Each offers different services and consultations, but if you're stuck for information, these people are here to help. Even if they don't know the answer to your question, they might be able to direct you to someone who does.
Though some of the organizations are disbanded, I imagine you could ask for an updated list.
DREAMKEEPERS - Nainso in 'The Job Offer'Dreamkeepers must become an animated cartoon one day! I want to see one fully animated with voice acting, SFXs and music before I go to my grave! Mua ha ha ha! XXDDREAMKEEPERS - Nainso in 'The Job Offer'2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But yeah I just want to say that the real hero here (well besides the obvious that are the creators to this amazing graphic novel series - Dave and Liz Lillie), in terms of the voice acting, I really want to hand it to Kovabomb - he NAILED Nainso's voice.
I still remember that evening when I contacted Chris on Skype in request to audition for the character Nainso. I just knew I had to get him to voice the guy cuz I could picture exactly how he would sound like when I read his dialogue in my head.
Chris is a natural in live auditions, cuz when I'm directing from the other end of the booth I ask him to do a few lines for any character I have him auditioning for in a certain tone, pitch or accent and after a few adjustments he hits that perfect note.
Sometimes it's not so easy, I'd get him to go for
US Government denies existance of Mermaids>>>>http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18692830US Government denies existance of Mermaids3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Really? I mean; really?
The US National Ocean Service had to make a statement that Mermaids do not in fact exist, after they were bombarded by enquiries regarding them in the wake of a programme aired by the Discovery Channel.
"Mermaids: The Body Found" was a work of fiction but was mistaken by a number of people to be a documentary.
I'm guessing they're the same people for whom warnings are printed on Harry Potter broomsticks, reading "Caution: Does not actually fly".......
OhCrapIForgotToAddATitle.OhCrapIForgotToAddATitle.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
StupidFox Book is now available at the StupidFox Store!
Free StupidFox App available through iTunes for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch! Soon to be available for Android as well
[Bullet; Red] Much thanks to GeekOutGamer for creating the app!
Congratulations to :iconalexiuss:&:iconmeeshkamodel: and their marriage! [Journal & Photos]
[Star!] London MCM Expo 2012
As for how MCM Expo went, it was an amazing experience! And because of the great turnout, chances are, I will be returning t
New Premium Feature: Multi- and Scheduled SubmitBeing a Premium Member just got sweeter! Multi-Submit and Scheduled Submit, two often-requested features that will make submitting to deviantART even easier, have just been launched to Premium Members!New Premium Feature: Multi- and Scheduled Submit2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Multi-submit is a tabbed interface built into the Submit page which allows you to upload and submit multiple deviations at once.
There are several ways to upload multiple files:
Drag and drop several files onto the Submit page at once. Select several files from your Sta.sh by opening the "Select file from Sta.sh" modal and dragging to select, or by using control+click (command+click, for Mac users) to highlight several files at once.
Submit an entire stack from your Sta.sh by hovering over a st