From the sketchbook, here are some caterslinks that aren’t among the twenty-one indigenous to the Jungle Oasis.
Here’s another website I thought had ended years ago, but when I checked it out today on a whim, I discovered that it had updated as recent as May. Boring 3D is a strange collection of computer generated images by graphic artist and animator Jimmy Maidens.
Each picture has a caption that might have something to do with what is going on in the scene, or might not. And while most stand on their own, others are part of a larger narrative.
I don’t know what it is I like about Maidens’ scenes. They all look as if they’ve been constructed from Play-Doh and then photographed like toys: up close with a short depth of field. The grass appears to be made of Koosh Balls. Dogs glow for no apparent reason. Clouds have the consistency of Scrubbing Bubbles. Maybe it’s all of these things along with the plain weirdness of it all.
Cartoonist Matt Feazell has been creating his comic strip, The Amazing Cynicalman, America’s Laid Off Superhero, since 1980. Now he’s in the process of finishing up a live action film of his comic creation! It has an all-star local cast, and even yours truly makes a couple of brief appearances. Plus it’s got the great Scott McCloud as the voice of Boardman. How cool is that?
Matt asked me to do some matte (Matt?) paintings for him, as well as an animated Powerpoint-like presentation that the evil Dr. Pweent screens to explain his dastardly plot. Here’s some screen grabs:
The first is looking up at Dr. Pweent’s lair. I constructed the model of the tower and added the smoke. Matt added the lettering on the side of the building.
This is one of the slides in the presentation with Dr. Pweent laughing maniacally.
Finally, here’s our heroes, Cynicalman, Lizard Girl, and that might be me standing in for Sean Bieri as Loan Shark!
Whatever happened to Rustboy?
I was filling my new bookshelf a few weeks ago and, as what always happens, I start wasting time by leafing through a book I hadn’t looked at in a while. In this case it was Brian Taylor’s Rustboy: Re-animating a Lifelong Dream.
Brian had started his Rustboy short film project some years ago (ten maybe?), and created beautiful looking animation with what was the available software of the day, all on his own. He published his progress on a slick website where he featured preliminary drawings, storyboards, test animations, and even specially composed music. It naturally garnered him quite a lot of attention.
Though the project was never finished, Brian still produced his “making-of” book, as well as some really cool Rustboy vinyl toys (which make me want an Ellie vinyl toy so much. One that has a green light in her torso). I had heard that there was even a children’s book in the works (haven’t seen one yet though).
Here’s some animation from Brian Taylor’s Rustboy for you to enjoy: