Friday, January 23, 2009


I don't have anything even marginally useful to contribute to the world at the moment, so I will point to another music video. This one is a fun, stop motion papercraft thing. I found it through the Drawn! blog. As they note in their post, the video acts as its own how-to guide. Very clever.

Bubblicious from Rex The Dog on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Coparck is a Band

I came across this video from Irene Gallo's blog. At first I didn't realize it is a music video (I missed that part of her original post), and I thought it was just a short until the band made a cameo appearance and just happened to be singing the song that I initially took as a soundtrack. Truthfully, it works either way. I think that is a rather refreshing change of pace from most music videos.

I'm not going to comment too much on any potential meaning behind the video and the song. I think we've all faced enough workplace (and even schoolyard) scenarios to understand the ways we restrain ourselves for the sake of a job. I found the irony of the ending to be delicious.

The band is Coparck and their website is here should you like to check out more of their stuff. I found the music video to Thoughts You Thought You Could Do Without (warning: brief nudity) to be as entertaining as the one above. In that one, the band makes as little appearance as in the video above. I wonder if there is a pattern here?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Slightly Nerdy Dragon

The following links may not be safe for work (if you work in a very uptight environment). Here's another take on dragons you might enjoy. And this is a new treatment of a well known fairy tale.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Silverbacks II

Another study of a silverback with notes (trying a little harder this time). Man, gorillas have some extreme anatomy. You think you've pushed the anatomy too far only to look back at the reference and realize you haven't gone far enough.


I needed some references for silverback gorillas, so I fired up Google's image search and entered the appropriate terms. Up popped some useful images. Why do I need references for silverback gorillas? For reasons.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Justin Gerard Paints The Hobbit

I follow several artist blogs. Usually of the illustrator variety if only because illustrators seem to be the most prolific bloggers. There are so many talented artists out there producing some fantastic work.

Justin Gerard is one such artist. He's been working on a series of paintings based on The Hobbit. As far as I can tell, he's doing this series out of a love of the story. Gerard says he's attempting to capture his own visions of this story before the upcoming movie comes out and replaces his visions with its own. Here's a detail from his latest painting of Smaug, which should be more than enough to entice you to click through to see the rest.

I'm not exactly certain of his method, but it appears he starts with a pencil sketch which he paints over with watercolor. He then scans the watercolor image into a computer for further digital painting treatment. Regardless of the method, the results have been absolutely stunning. The paintings have a depth of light and color that I seldom see with digital paintings.

You can click on the image above or follow this link to see a list of posts that shows the progress and his thinking behind several of the paintings in this series. Even if you aren't familiar with The Hobbit, you should indulge a few minutes to appreciate Gerard's work.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I Have Total Recall

I saw this guy yesterday while I was out for my run. He was just hanging out in one of the fields. I waved, but he didn't wave back. I think he's shy.

I don't know what to tell you about the flying, sliced sperm whale and the ghost chicken in the background. It was a windy day.