May 31, 2012
May 28, 2012
May 27, 2012
This clip made me misty, and I'm not ashamed to say it.
This is as real as it gets.
May 26, 2012
Cake maker Alexandre Dubosc created this fantastic zoetrope-themed cake that pays homage to Tim Burton, complete with a Jack Skellington on top. Very cool!
To learn more about zoetropes, what they are, and how they work, click on the link below:
May 22, 2012
This video is from the New York ComicCon and has interviews with attendees explaining their interest in costuming:
This isn't the official Dragoncon video, but it should be! This is the big event I attend each year, and this video demonstrates why it's so much fun:
This is my blog entry from my report on Dragoncon from 2011, filled with pictures and links. Enjoy!
May 18, 2012
May 15, 2012
May 13, 2012
Left: a mold for the head of a Wookie costume (at right). The large nose cutout is so that the eyes can be as close as possible to the backside of the mask.
The Wookie costume is, as you might imagine, a very time consuming project and involves a lot of work and skill. This mold has a hinged jaw so that the wearer can open the mouth a bit.
In the foreground, a bare Wookie mask is ready for the next step: adding hair. The black netting is attached to the mask, and bunches of hair are painstakingly tied to the netting until the entire mask is covered. Foam padding is glued to the inside of the mask so that it sits on the wearer's head properly, with the eyes in the right position.
Behind the Wookie mask is an unfinished TIE fighter pilot's helmet, which will eventually be painted with primer, then painted, before the decals are added.
In the background, Jason brushes the fur on a completed Wookie foot, which is built around painter's stults, to give the wearer greater height. Walking in a Wookie costume requires some practice.
Left: Tim, wearing the Wookie feet, ducks as he exits the garage, to practice walking in them.
Right: Shad and Tim in their Wookie feet. The costume means lengthening the arms as well, because with the added height, human arms would be way too short
Below: a video shot by Inkstress, a 501st member of Tim and Shad in the Wookie feet
May 12, 2012
To learn more about this project, click on the banner above, or HERE. This is a short video explaining The Sketchbook Project:
What do people draw in their sketchbooks? Lots of things! Memories of their childhoods, dreams of future plans, images that popped into their heads they want to explore, ideas for a comic strip, drawings of their friends or partner, or a cool building they happened to see while having that double mocha latte frappacino at Starbucks (or whatever the heck one orders there; I hate Starbucks).
I highly recommend this book.
I have kept a sketchbook for years, and after reading this book, and seeing other artists' sketchbooks, I have started a smaller one that I take with me everywhere and sketch in almost daily. Notes, diagrams of costume ideas, funny anecdotes, you name it. Below are some sketches from an earlier sketchbook:
This is a page where I was working out how to arrange the dialogue and panels for a graphic novel I never finished. I find having this work space to figure this stuff out is very helpful and allows me to produce a higher quality page when I create pages for my graphic novel.
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This is a charcoal pencil study for a painting I might do; I wanted to see if it was possible to create two worlds, one upside down, the other right side up, with a seamless joining.
Strictly a design exercise. Note the two figures on the wall on the right, who share the same pair of eyes
Here I'm working out some random concepts to see if they will make good illustrations. Some of the best stuff you will do are doodles that you draw not caring a bit if they are good or not.
May 7, 2012
With powerful graphics and animation programs that are available now, and using the Half Life 2 source engine to create their own graphics, fans are creating their own films to tell more City 17 stories, and some of them are remarkable. Enjoy these videos embedded below.
And as promised, below is the video of my completed Half Life 2 Civil Protection costume.
Just in time for Dragoncon 2012.
May 6, 2012
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