I've always had a kind of ambivalence to anime and have never really gotten into manga for that reason either. I find anime far easier to consume if only for the reason it requires very little reading. As a casual fan getting the English translations of these myriad stories and critiquing them may be considered sacrilege to the purist crowd many of whom aren't content until they've taught themselves just enough Japanese to not have to rely on subtitles, I for one just do not care enough. My peeves about the art form are fairly standard though; even the stories that mirror almost exactly the everyday human experience run into the similar problems of people do not look, act, sound or move like that not to mention the stories themselves are like what happens when you switch the medication on a bunch of schizophrenics with ADD with LSD and let them play Mad-Libs. It doesn't make sense...and I love it.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
They seem nice, in that wholesome, nonthreatening-male, archetypical, manufactured for a key demographic by a specifically orchestrated marketing machine kind of way, because let's face it there's a massive drop off in their fan base outside of school age females! They are, however the latest answer to the question: "Hey, you know what we haven't had in a while?" A BOY BAND!
Seeing as I lived through the 90's this phenomenon is nothing new, but now we live in an age of internet gratification and the never ending televised karaoke competition it has never been a better time to be a flash in the pan overnight success; like Warhol said "In the future we will all get 15 minutes of fame" although he was most likely being sarcastic or ironic being the grandfather of all hipsters, it is true. Though how long "15 minutes of Fame" actually constitutes, is anyones guess. There are some reality television personalities that are in explicably still around having turned their small shred of popularity into a long and viable career.
All I know is that first came 2D, then came 3D and now, we can safely say, 1D has officially arrived... and yes, with all the multiple meanings that entails.
Not my thing but hey.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Every now and then I find an old sketch or unfinished idea that I just can't help but either rework or complete, either out of principle, curiosity or boredom. Growing up Spawn was one of my favourite comic book heroes and, in more of a nostalgic capacity, still is. I initially drew this piece back in 2010 and was never really happy with the original drawing, fortunately I'm old school when it comes to my craft and always have a hardcopy back-up of just about everything I've done so reworking this piece was relatively painless plus, the way I see it is-sure I'll go totally digital when they build a USB storage device that doesn't turn feral after 1 transfer!
This piece was part of an original collection of pop culture homages kind of a love letter to the 80's and 90's caricaturing the creations of that era.
This piece is a WIP I fixed up in an afternoon- the finishing touches coming soon.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
This is the Chalk Urban Art festival 2011, a competition I joined and was featured in the short film documentary in the first minute- the guy with the beanie and the lady killer smile.