Monday, April 25, 2011

Superjail!

Okay, so I watch a lot of cartoons. I like to view my artistic style as a medley of all of the great cartoons I have seen in my lifetime. I began drawing as a kid while sitting in front of the TV, mesmerized by shows like Cow and Chicken and Rocko's Modern Life. My love for cartoons has only grown since then and I continue to be inspired by the animations I see today.
That being said, one of the most innovative cartoons to appear lately has returned for a second season and I am very excited. The show I am referring to is Superjail! and season 2 has already begun to air on the Adult Swim network. Season 1 captured my attention with its highly detailed, notebook doodle style, along with its signature, gory rampage sequences. Each frame had such attention to detail and the whole show moved with such charming fluidity. Even when heads were being lopped off and bodies dismembered (which happens a lot), the bright colors and humorous character illustrations would flow with the grace and beauty of a psychedelic trip.
Now, with the arrival of the new season of Superjail, comes a change in animation studios from Augenblick Studios to Titmouse Inc. I got a chance to see the first two episodes and although still fantastic, the animation is noticeably different. I was a little disappointed to see that the opening episode lacked a lot of the fluid action that made the first season so amazing. The second episode was definitely a big improvement over the first, but I am beginning to notice that the series is exchanging a lot of its entrancing action sequences with deeper storylines. Is this a change for the better? Tell me what you think. I just hope that the show doesn't end up completely loosing its bloody carnage sequences like Metalocalypse did in its third season (another Titmouse production). Alright, enough rambling on my part. You can scroll down now and look at the pretty images.










Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wizards!

If you have not seen the movie Wizards then you are probably not alone. This overlooked 1970s masterpiece of animation was recommended to me by a friend who had seen the film as a child and would always remember how goddamn cool it was. Well he was right. I was not as fortunate to view this animated film in my childhood, but picking up on it today, I can honestly say that Wizards is an animation for all ages. Don't let its fairytale style throw you off, this film is packed full of violence and sexual innuendos. The darker side of the film even depicts allusions to Nazi war crimes. The adult content will leave you asking "who was this movie actually intended for?" The story finds itself somewhere between J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth and World War II, where the existence of fairytale magic is being threatened by who else, but The Third Reich and their evil tools of destruction. As the 1977 predecessor of FernGully, Wizards warns its viewers to beware the threat that technology has on the harmonious balance of the natural world. Instead of pollution, technology wielding Nazis serve as the villainous force against nature.
Now to the point of the film that I really wanted to cover, the animation! There are several different kinds of animation used in Wizards and they are mixed together flawlessly. From the detailed watercolored illustrations, to the bright and minimal cartoons, to the heavily stylized live-action footage, Wizards created an eclectic source of animation worthy of praise. It is also worth mentioning the movie's unique character designs and the application of cool little illusions and special effects throughout the frames. If you are into animation like I am, then do yourself a favor and go check out this film. Below are some samples from the movie and examples of the film's unforgettable character designs.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Inking on Moleskine

Here are some sketches that I pulled from my Moleskine pocket notebook. They are 3.5 x 5.5 inch drawings that I did in ink. I love drawing in great detail and these little pages give me just enough room to cover the canvas with quick, fully embellished sketches. I must admit that this pocket sized sketchbook is one of my favorite places to doodle because I can carry it with me almost anywhere I go. It may be tiny but it's convenient as hell, satisfying all of my random urges to draw on the spot.

Son of Abess Moleskine pocket sketchbook
Son of Abess Moleskine pocket sketchbook