Jason Frazer, creator of the comic Twisted Musings, and I had us a little fan art swap. I drew his character Billy from his newest comic of the same name that starts June 11, and in exchange he sent me this awesome depiction of the Planet X cast so far. This has everything! The Jungle Oasis, Jeff’s house, Balloon Boy…and Jeff, Ellie, and Muffin, who all look awfully calm in the presence of Mr. Wallowmuck. So go check out Jason’s wonderful comic Twisted Musings while waiting for his new strip, Billy, to begin.
I was looking back at this strip from April 28:
Except I was looking at it all blown up on my monitor, not all tiny like you see it when it’s posted. So, for your enjoyment, here’s the full-size version of the second panel of this strip (which I particularly liked). If you click on the image below you can see all of the detail that usually gets lost when the comics are shrunk down to their normal width. Ellie on Planet X is drawn completely digitally from start to finish, but even with an electronical computerized “brush” I still get some interesting textures.
Thrill to the bigness!
I always love those words as a premise for a good story.
Several years ago I discovered a website for a mockumentary called Man Conquers Space. The premise is, “What if the U.S. space program began years earlier and was based on the artwork of Chesley Bonestell, who inspired the actual space program.” If you’re a fan of science fiction then you’ve definitely seen paintings by Bonestell, whose designs set the look of sci-fi films and book covers for years to come. Ellie reader Neutrino reminded me to credit Colliers Magazine, which did a series of articles in the early 1950s that were the inspiration for the film, and featured art by Bonestell, as well as Fred Freeman and Rolf Klep.*
The creators of the mockumentary depict a space race based on their paintings and ideas. And it looks amazing. Or I imagine it would if it had been finished. As it stands, the film seems to have fizzled out quite some time ago (due to the loss of much of the footage on failed hard drives**). But what there is to be seen promises something spectacular, even if it’s never to be, just like the film’s premise. There are a couple of trailers for the film available for viewing, production stills, and a sample of the soundtrack. Go have a look!
*Edited to add this info.
**And this info.
We made every attempt to make it to the James Gurney Dinotopia exhibit in Midland, Michigan over the weekend, to no avail. Managing to get there with ten minutes to closing, we couldn’t justify full price – nearly a dollar a minute. So instead of cool photos of me and Azucena standing next to Gurney’s incredible art, I’ll offer a link to his blog instead. Gurney Journey is not just a peek into the art of the creator of the Dinotopia series of books, it’s an in-depth course in art history, processes, and anatomy. Check it out!