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Day 552 [12-23-14]: Bidwell's Shroud by BuuckPhotography

Nice choice in subject matter, and I like the extreme perspective you're achieving here. I think my main issue with the overall piece i...

Cute Assasin by Miss-Jazz-DaFunk

You've got some really nice things going on in the shape department, especially in the upper torso. I like the little push out in the g...

Prysmyr Trade by KaydenFrei

I greatly admire the texture and consistent use of color to produce a very warm-feeling image. The pose itself is a good one as well, t...

LAWLZY LAWLZ by Miss-Jazz-DaFunk

First off, great sketch. You can tell that your thought process was clear and uncluttered throughout the drawing. And you can tell the ...




Monster Mash by jerseycajun
Monster Mash
Thanks again to :iconshantyland: for being so generous with her characters.  I might tweak a few shadows here and there, and some highlights.  But otherwise I think this is as close as it gets.

Flipped the drawing only to make sure everything checked out.  Forgot to flip it back.  Oh well.  Either way I'm mostly okay with it.
Gesture circle by jerseycajun
Gesture circle
The idea behind drawing warm up circles is to familiarize with the idea of maintaining a level of control without becoming obsessed with it.   The middle one is correct.  The lines are smooth and flowing and while there is some error as all the marks don't overlap perfectly, the idea remains clear:  Circle.  The idea of the one on the right is 'drunk spider' because it was made with no thought.  The one on the left was made with too much concern.  Too much in this case meaning that your thoughts (or more likely, worries and concerns) are so present in your mind that they're actually getting in the way of performing.  Hence, squggly circle.

Relax and maintain focus.
Monster Mash - Lineart and temp background by jerseycajun
Monster Mash - Lineart and temp background
Oh sweet mother of pearl, this took forever.  Allow me to describe the process.  First you take your rough sketch and then you shape, and with the shape you shape some shapes and keep shaping until shape inside shapes = infinity.  Then you shape the shape shape shape shape shape shape shape shape shape.

Shape shape?

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J. Miller
  • Listening to: Gravity Falls
  • Watching: Gravity #&%^$in' Falls!
  • Eating: Gravity Falls
  • Drinking: Gravity Falls
Holy doo-doo, what an episode!

First of all:  CALLED IT!  Figured I knew what Stan's utlimate motivation was for a few weeks now, but just like the best shows do, they made me call everything I thought I knew into question in this episode.  THAT'S HOW YOU WRITE A SERIES, FOLKS!  CAST REASONABLE DOUBT AND DON'T LET THE AUDIENCE TAKE THE MYSTERY FOR GRANTED!

Otherwise, WOW.  This silly little show that started simply by introducing us to small (in hindsight) mysteries resolved in one episode and focusing on the relationships between the characters and developing them so that things feel like the MATTER, so when all the main plot, mystery and darkness takes center stage in season 2, it RESONATES!

And...  It HAD to be Mabel to make the final call on the ultimate decision!  It HAD to.  And even though in the back of my mind I knew what she would do (because she's MABEL, of course, being guided by heart), the show still managed to pull her enough in the other direction (at Dipper's insistence, as the one guided by logic, and as her sibling, the one she's most inclined to trust, and not for no reason; the show has repeatedly shown us the extent these two will go for each other.  In fact, the idea of sibling bond has become even more striking as the show's ultimate theme given this episode's revelations).  And yes, I got misty eyed when it happened.  Palpable internal conflict and world-imperiling stakes plus characters you care about will do that.  Time will tell what the full extent of the fallout of that decision will be, but I'm figuring it won't be entirely good or bad, but it will be driving the events from now until the end of the series.  And someone is going to have to pay a price.

The tone of this episode is a complete 180 from where we started, but because it gradually has been introducing us to more and more serious elements this season, it doesn't feel abrupt, but rather a natural extension of where the series was going.  We are deep into Sci-fi action-drama territory now.  You can almost track the changes in tone from 85% humor to 15% danger/drama in season one (and in some cases season one had episodes that were 100% humor) to now the exact reversal.  Humor us used as occasional tension relief instead of setting the tone.

Bill Cypher was right.  Everything is going to be different now.

  • Watching: John Carter
John Carter was on the tube tonight, and I have an opinion of it that runs counter to general consensus, and  here it is:

John Carter, the live action film by Andrew Stanton of Finding Nemo fame, and based on the Edgar Rice Borroughs pulp series that launched 1000 pulp adventures in the century that followed, is not the train wreck reviewers have made it out to be.  It's actually very well written and acted.  The action is well thought out and directed.  The special effects are still something to behold.  It suffers one regrettable flaw:  It waits until halfway through the tale before it reveals why we're supposed to feel for its main character.  Up until that point, John Carter seems only to us to be a withdrawn jerk. 

Until we find out through quick flashbacks during a much later action scene, that his family burned in an attack on their Virginia home and he buried them himself.

Showing this one fundamental scene first, early on, changes everything of our perception of him, for the better.

As FilmCrit Hulk put it, imagine if in Finding Nemo, we only found out about the baraccuda's slaughter of Marlon's wife and all but one of their children 2/3 of the way through the film.  How much of a irritating chore his character would he have been while he obsessively acts the overprotective parent?  The rumor has it that this was the original plan in his early treatments and only the rest of the Pixar brain trust saved it from making the final cut; instead putting the scene in its rightful place at the beginning of the film.

But he tried the same thing with John Carter (unchecked and un-corrected) and the result is that we can't invest in the character for a very long stretch.  Re-watching it with full knowledge makes it better, but the damage is done at that point. 

The other part of the failure of the film to find an audience had to do with marketing.  But the film itself?  It's really good, that one bit notwithstanding.  It's just that one small bit happens to be really significant.  That still doesn't prevent one from enjoying all the great parts of it, which are as mentioned, substantial.

The lesson for writers:  Mystery (in this case, wondering why he's acting like a withdrawn jerk) holds our attention briefly and grinds on us in short order.  Drama lasts much longer and invests us much more deeply in what's going on.  There is no need to be mysterious when there is no need of it, and especially not when it hurts the greater value in character and drama.


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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015…
They do it because people who have no brains or value their work say "I do" to far too many projects and enable shit offers to remain commonplace.
jerseycajun Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
There's that, of course.  There's the international marketplace too, which because of the difference in what constitutes a living wage means that they can undercut labor costs in western countries.

But even then, I'll see strange stuff, like when I look to see what's in the winning bidder's portfolio, there often isn't even anything that resembles the kind of work being asked for by the client.

Really strange.

Thanks for giving an honest answer to my post.  I sometimes forget posting in Complaints is only a matter of ringing a dinner bell for trolls.
VanuInfiltrator Featured By Owner Edited Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
"I sometimes forget posting in Complaints is only a matter of ringing a dinner bell for trolls."

Define "Troll".
jerseycajun Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Oh I would have posted tit thumbnails in the thread with my response if it wasn't linked:P

International work, yeah that's a factor.
$25 in the Philippines or Chad is a good paycheck.
jerseycajun Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm a rich man in the Philippines, then!  Woot!  :happybounce:
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Primineers Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
jerseycajun Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!  Excellent quality stock and poses.  Keep up the good work!
Primineers Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Okay! ^^ have a good time! :D
Patchi1995 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 19, 2014
Quick question: How old is Cammie the ostrich taur?
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