Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Doodle-A-Day 365

Alright, folks.  It's been a long time coming, but here -- finally -- is my last Doodle of the Day.  I apologize for my lateness, but this one was worth spending time on.  I feel like it really sums up the whole endeavor: my imagination, process, and drive as an artist.  It is quite simply a statement about the relationship I have with my art.  Over this year I have grown and changed, both as a person and as an artist.  But, in the end, it all comes back to the simple, wonderful act of putting pencil to paper.

For those who don't know the doodle features the TARDIS in back, Spider-Man on the right, a Velociraptor on the left, Buffy's scythe in front and Serenity off in the background.

I know I slipped up on the last couple of doodles, but I'm actually okay with that.  Though I put it on the internet for all to see, the Doodle-A-Day project was ultimately for myself.  And this final doodle deserved the time and the work I put into it.  I don't regret it.

Here are scans of the work in progress, as a point of interest.  Considering this is one of my favorite pieces I've done to date, I like that it is properly documented.

My first sketch, figuring out proportions and things.

Fleshing out Spidey and the Velociraptor.

Adding shadow and clarifying the TARDIS.

Finished TARDIS and Serenity.

The final pencil, cleaned up digitally.

I had always intended to color this one, but I liked the pencil so much I was wondering if I should keep going.  In the end I'm glad I colored it: I think it looks great and it was some of the most fun I've ever had in photoshop.  (Took HOURS though.)

So yes.  This is the end of the Doodle-A-Day project.  But this is by no means the last of my art you will see.

I'm just getting started.

Buffy Rewatch: Nightmares

Nightmares (1x10)
Writer: Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt

  • Joss is credited as a writer for this one.  Makes sense.
  • Health class is always such a joke.  Active listening?
  • Why are vampires hurt by crosses anyway?  Is it the Christianity thing?  Because other than this one thing, BtVS is a very secular show.  It's strange.  Perhaps crosses were adopted as a christian symbol BECAUSE they hurt vampires?
  • "It's funny if you're me."
  • Calling non-insects insects bugs me too, Wendel.
  • The SMOKING KILLS sign is a bit too much.
  • I'm pretty sure that doctor is breaking a lot of rules by telling Buffy and Giles everything.
  • The only appearance of Hank Summers.
  • The scene where Hank tells Buffy the divorce was her fault is so upsetting to me.  SMG is really great.
  • Nightmares coming true.  That is a genuinely terrifying thought.
  • Where on earth is Xander? Weird tarps hanging everywhere?  I guess it's a dream thing.
  • The Master has seen Cinderella?
  • I actually got a strange amount of pride when Xander punched that clown.
  • So does no one remember except the Scoobies?  I suppose that was not the real Hank Summers?
This is one of my very favorite episodes of this season.  We learn a lot about the characters here.  We learn that Buffy fears having been the cause of her parents divorce, which actually is a subtle but important note about the character.  It all ties in with her sense of isolation as a result of her calling, a main theme of this season and the series as a whole.

We learn that Giles' greatest fear is Buffy's death, which is an important moment for the still growing relationship between them.

Willow's fear involves being in front of a crowd.  This seems to be fairly trivial, but it actually tells a lot about the character.  As we will later see, Willow fears judgement and feeling weak.  As we see in Restless (4x22), Willow is afraid that people will see through her "disguise" of self confidence to the scared, awkward little girl from this season.

Xander's nightmare is probably the least interesting.  The clown thing was kind of funny but not especially revealing.  We will get a much better examination of Xander's fears in Fear, Itself (4x04), Restless (4x22), and Hell's Bells (6x16).

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Diotic Ragabash II and Other News

Hey all, life is still chugging along here at The Hummus Offensive.

The last couple weeks I have been working to complete the newest episode of the web series Welcome to Sumwhere.  I'm the main animator for the series, and this episode proved a particular challenge.  Not only was it our longest episode to date, it was also easily our most complex.  Containing a musical number, a fight scene, and lots of flamboyant costumes, this episode was probably the most difficult thing I've done for the site.

I encourage you to watch it here: The Diotic Ragabash II: Destructo Rises.  It is a sequel to an episode we did last season, so if you have never seen it, maybe check that out too.

Overall I am pretty happy with how it turned out, although of course I have my regrets.  I had planned on making the fight scene much more involved, but unfortunately I just ran out of time.  There are other parts of the episode that just feel rushed to me, but you got to do what you got to do I suppose.

In other news, now that TDR2 is finished, I have a couple of weeks off before I need to start working on the next episode.  Because these weeks correspond to my last two weeks of summer as well, I think you will probably see a bit more activity around here.

Expect to start seeing a more regular influx of artwork, BtVS rewatches, and other random garbage over the next couple of weeks.