It’s my birthday, today. My mom has been making handmade cards for all kinds of occasions. This is one she made for me. Thanks, mom.
A storm blew in quickly just a couple of hours ago. I tried to snap a decent shot, but clearly I have a lot to learn.
I added the Eggcap Eggs-posed to the sidebar. Enjoy!
Here are a couple of crowd shots from the show. We had a great turnout; an incredible number of people really. I also have a bunch of shots of the show that my friend Binh took. I’ll be trying to post those in some fashion as well; the image files are huge, but I’d like to post as many as possible. Maybe it’s time to research flickr?
Binh’s a better photog, so I’ll bet he’s got better shots. Here’s another one, though. It was great to have so many people; and so many people buying tshirts, especially since the proceeds went to charity.
And what the heck. Here’s one more. This guy really loved his tshirt. And why not? It’s a sweet T. I bought one, myself.
More photos tomorrow; as soon as I figure out the best way to post them.
I also added a little bit of Herocaps behind the scenes. There’s a link on the sidebar.
And, remember, more tomorrow!
Here it is, the final product, in box.
On the left is the Hulk Herocap and on the right is the Eggman Herocap.
They really look great. Thanks again, Don, Ryan, Binh and my mom, too, for all of the help. The Herocaps debuted tonight, at the art show at Hot Shops.
The show was a great success. Thanks to all who attended, thanks to all who participated and thanks to all who organized. I think we sold quite a few tshirts and all of the proceeds are going to charity, so it was really a great event. I’ll post some pictures tomorrow; when I have time for a lengthier post.
I took these photos with a camera I just received for my birthday. It is the HP Photosmart R847. You can read about the camera, here. It’s not a very good review, but I suspect that the camera will be fine for my purposes.
At any rate check back tomorrow, or rather later in the day today, for photos from the art show; and an added behind-the-scenes look at Herocaps.
The lack of posts has been due to the heavy workload trying to get Herocaps launched for the art show on Saturday.
I’m going to keep today’s post short; it’s late at night and I’m fried from the string of late nights spent scrambling to finish.
Both Don and Binh have both pitched in during crunch time with a huge amount of help. I wouldn’t have made it otherwise. Thanks, guys. Much appreciated.
Here’s a peek at the decals I’m using for the Eggcap; if I had more time; they look really turned out beautiful. The colors are rich and deep, and the glossy finish really looks snazzy. Click to enlarge.
I printed off two sets of his features just in case anything happened to the first set.
You can see the paper mock up I did before printing on the adhesive paper. There’s also the sketch I did on a sheet of paper that I curled around the cap to get a sense of the design and placement of the stickers.
You also might have noticed the Marvel sticker on the decal sheet. That’s for the Hulkcap box.
More to come.
Adios for now.
But first, here’s a look at the finished Indy 4 Fan Shirt. Indy 4 the Movie was a disappointing failure on a variety of levels, but the Indy 4 Fan Shirt looks terrific!
Merry, my printer on these shirts, once again did an incredible job; and she’s great to work with. It seems I’m always on a tight deadline, I always have last minute changes; and she is always there to get me through it. Thanks Merry! And even though the movie wasn’t very good, you can still get the wallpaper version of my Indy Fan Shirt. You’ll find it on the sidebar under the pages heading.
Now, for the Mysterious Connection Between the flaw-filled Indy 4 and the flawless Back to the Future.
If you’ve seen Indy 4, then you remember the sequence of the film where Indy found himself in the fake town set up at the heart of the nuclear testing and has to hide in a lead lined refrigerator to shield himself from the blast?
Well, about five or so years ago, I read an early draft of the screenplay for Back to the Future, back before the Bobs, Zemeckis and Gale, had conjured up the storytelling solution of the lightning bolt, the clock tower and the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity to power the DeLorean.
In fact, the time machine wasn’t even a DeLorean in this version. It was a refrigerator and it was nuclear powered. Doc and Marty have to get the refrigerator to the only place where nuclear power is available back in 1952; the nuclear testing site out in the middle of the desert, where the military has set up…you guessed it, a fake town; complete with mannequins, to study the effects of an atomic blast. Marty has to climb into the refrigerator/time machine to get sent back to the future. There’s even a moment when Doc Brown is worried that it won’t work and hopes that the leadlined fridge will be enough to protect Marty from the blast…sound familiar?
Zemeckis and Spielberg are buddies, so I’m sure that it’s no coincidence, and it’s interesting to see an idea that wasn’t used get recycled twenty years later. And as I’m writing this, it occurs to me that they may have talked about this previous version in the behind-the-scenes extras on the DVD set…
Of course the clock tower and bolt of lightning are a much more elegant solution for Back to the Future. The clock tower, after all, gives them a visual representation of time; as abstract a concept as there ever was, and since Back to the Future is one of my favorite movies, it’s good to know that it wasn’t formed whole; that the Bobs had to write and write and rewrite to pound out such a beautifully flawless flick.
I wonder if there’s any other cinematic examples out there of unused ideas getting recycled into later films? I seem to remember a dream sequence that went unused in the first Toy Story, only to be revived for the sequel. That’s the beauty of working on a project, you soon have more ideas than you can use; allowing you to recycle your own stuff…
Anybody else have any examples of creators recycling their own ideas, cinematic or otherwise?
This post is for my buddy Binh, who a few weeks ago, noticed this print while we were eating sushi at Ichiban one night. (As always, you can click on the image for a closer look.)
Binh asked me if I knew who did it and I had no idea; I assumed it was anonymous. You see it everywhere, so it’s not even something you think about.
It turns out, that this painting was done by the incredibly talented (and prolific) Japanese painter Hokusai, pronounced “Hawkseye.” The name of the print is, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.”
The only reason I know any of this is because of Cartoon Brew, where they had a post about the short film, “Hokusai-An Animated Sketchbook” done by animator Tony White. White is a British Academy Award winner and the film is terrific; be sure to check it out.
And you know, I must have seen this image a thousand times and never noticed the boats before. And, just look at that sea spray. Do you see Mt. Fuji in the background? It took this Wikipedia article to point it out to me.
If you’re half as geeky as I am, you can continue to delve even deeper into Hokusai, here.
I love the internet.
Well, I reread the previous post, Hellboy Behind the Scenes Doodles, and it is not up to par. I should delete it, but I’m going to leave it up as a reminder to myself not to post late at night.
So, in today’s post I’m going to keep things short. Here’s a sketch I doodled in Photoshop during the last 15 minutes of my day at work. It’s one of the trees outside the window.
It felt really good to squeeze this drawing in today. I haven’t really been using the Wacom tablet for pure drawing; and I’m kind of marveling at how good it really feels.
Hellboy: Behind the Scenes > Hellboy: The Movie. Look of the flick? Fantastic. Perlman and company? Terrific. Abe Sapien? Beautiful. The movie lacked creepiness and subtley. Kronen should have perfectly fit that bill. He should have been in the shadows the whole flick. And when you hear the ticking of the clock, you know that you’ll never see the killing stroke. Since the rules for sequels is bigger and louder, I can’t imagine Hellboy 2 will solve the problems.)
Anyway, here are a couple of doodles I made while watching the BTS last week:
I really like the little guy in the upper right hand corner of the second photo. It was worth a lot of crappy drawings just for him. Weirdly shaped head dudes are ok on the first one.
This latest header image, the monk, is my favorite so far, so I’m going to leave it up.
Coupla weeks ago. The comic book store; after a few pints. It’s the last place you’d expect an epiphany.
Buddy Don is scoping out the Star Wars action figures; I’m whining about work.
Don picks up an action figure based on the Ralph McQuarrie concept art. The toys themselves look pretty chintsy, but most toys do. The packages, however; loaded with McQuarrie’s artwork, look terrific.
“The trouble with working at a tshirt shop,” I say, “all I ever get to design is tshirts. I don’t get to learn anything else. I’d like to try some package design.”
Don looks at me like I’m an idiot.
“Then design an action figure tshirt,” he says.
Epiphany: I am an idiot.
It’s up to me to learn what I want to learn.
Because I’m an idiot, a week goes by before I realize I need to scrap my idea for the upcoming art show and instead design a package for my Hulk Herocap, (Herocap origin for another day) and enter that in the show.
I start to take a closer look at the construction of boxes. I make a trip to Wal-Mart and pick up a Spider-Man Mighty Muggs. (The colors on the Mighty Muggs boxes are appealing; if a little flat. I love the top panel, with the close up of Spidey’s Eyes, but overall, the boxes are a little boring. Why have a static image of the exact same thing that’s in the box? The box design should be more than appealing; it should be exciting. But the packages do feel very solid, not at all flimsy, which I like.)
I do a little package design research online: to try and learn techniques for cutting the boxes so i get a nice smooth line; if I have to worry about the ink bleeding, where I can get a plastic mold insert to secure my Herocap in the middle of the box. I find a couple of interesting sites: The Dieline and Package Design Magazine, but I find little on the nuts and bolts of making your own boxes.
I am on my own.
I start drawing up templates for the box on graph paper.
You saw some of the artwork for the Hulk box last week.
I learn a lot from the box of a Dashboard Monk that Don’s brother Les gave me.
I learn even more from finally putting together a mock up of my own box.
Here’s the artwork. If you take a closer look ( by clicking on it), you can see that I don’t have flaps on the side panels, and you can see that I ran out of room on my graph paper; so I didn’t have a back panel, which was going to be fine, because I would cut it out when I cut out the cardboard backer.
Only, when I cut out the panel, I cut it out an inch shorter than it needs to be; so I end up with a, what, parallelogram? With the front panel one inch wider than the back panel.
After I put it all together, I color in Spidey’s mask with a magic marker so that it’s brighter. The cross shape is the graph paper glued onto a cardboard backer. What you can’t see is the giant glue glob resulting from my clumsiness. What you can see is that the box is just too big for the Hulk Herocap prototype. Don’t worry, I will be making up a Spidey Herocap.
The cardboard interior felt dark, so I added a sheet of paper to brighten things up:
You can see here where I had to trim the top of the box to run (semi) flush with the side panels.
I kind of like the box shape. I think I’m going to use it; just flip it around so that the small panel is in front…Failure is the perfect teacher and I learn a lot.
Design a smaller box. Set up a cutting and gluing station separate from your drawing table. Be sure of measurements.
The last time I stopped by my buddy’s place, he had an inoperative microwave taking up space on his counter.
Last night I stopped by for a brief visit, to find that he put that microwave to good use:
Microwave Endtable! Too sweet.
Update: I turned the artwork for Jonesin 4 Indy into a 1024×768 wallpaper. You can find it in the sidebar under the Pages header.
The Custom Headers Viewer.
I added a page where you can view all of the headers that have appeared on screentone. It’s on the sidebar under Pages and About.
I took all of the pictures myself! Cropping the originals in this way makes them look way better than they are.
Ooh, all of you lucky dogs out there are getting a sneak peek!
I’ve been working on (well, not so much working on as, mostly thinking about) a new big project for the art show coming up June 7th.
Here’s a first glimpse at HERO CAPS…the future of uncollectable collectibles.
Don’t tell anyone, but this is a glimpse at the artwork for the limited edition ultra-rare Hulk Box. Just one of a kind. It won’t be like any other Hero Caps box!
If you look close in the upper right hand corner of the picture you can see I’ve started working on the real Hero Caps boxes. The Hulk Box was just a crazy idea….ooh, inside, I was going to have a puny Bruce Banner Cap, but it would be even cooler to have a Hulk Brain! Wonder where I could get one…
After taking a look at this artwork, I know that this is just a rough draft. The Hulk just doesn’t look ANGRY enough to me…he looks more confused, or astonished…
You can click on the picture for a closer look, you know, if you’d like.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why it is you’ve never heard of a Hero Cap, it’s because I invented it! My buddy Ryan came up with the name, and my pal Donnie (of penguin fame) helped shape the first Hero Cap with a precision-dependent heating system.
Boy, I can’t wait till I’m all done creating them. They’re the perfect collectible for keeping in the box!
I just got Binh’s Perspective shirt back from the printer, and boy, do they look terrific. (See below for a lengthy post on the process behind the design.
It was Binh’s birthday today, so I was able to put a shirt in his hands, which is a great feeling. And he saw the Short Round design, and really wants one, so I guess I’ll be printing up a half dozen or so of those after all.
I don’t have time for a longer post, so here’s another one from the archives.
I love the contrast of having a huge and bitter cap with skinny, young, and naive Spidey. The hopeless dreamer in me thinks this would be a great story, but when will I ever work on it?
Time to go see a movie! (See what I mean?)
It’s no fun when a blog doesn’t have regular posts; so here’s a couple of sketches from the sketchbook archives..
I used to work at a bookstore that had this great-looking clock in it…
Sometimes we weren’t very busy, so here’s the chair I could sit in… It really is a chair; not a stool; at some point the back broke off of it. So, since it doesn’t have a back, maybe it’s a chair that did become a stool…and I guess I kind of make note of that in the sketch text.
It’s always a special treat to be able to fire off a sketch at work. You’ll probably see more of these Archive posts whenever I don’t have a chance to properly put something up.
I think I did these on one of Enrico Casarosa‘s Sketchcrawl days. Enrico is a storyboard artist working at Pixar.
I’m going to bed, now.