Thursday, 26 August 2010

How Scott Pilgrim fans scored the home run.

I am a massive fan of Scott Pilgrim.
I first heard of the series about a year and a half ago watching a video about graphic novel's on YouTube.
The brief description of the story intrigued me, so I looked it up and have been hooked ever since.
Now, it did take me quite some time to get to read the books.
When I first heard there was a film being made, I was sceptical.
I am constantly wary of film adaptations of books or games I love after a bad experience with The Surrogates.
Fortunately though, as more was revealed of the film the more my hope grew that this would be one hell of a film.

When the game was announced I was instantly excited at the idea, and to my delight when the release date came along the game did not disappoint.
I loved everything about the game.
The art and animation are brilliantly done in an adorable style that simply oozes nostalgia to gamers.
The game play has the comforting feel of an old-school arcade fighting game without any of the troubling controls they often came with.
And the music.
My god the music.
I have never been a fan of chiptunes, but the band behind the soundtrack to this game simply did an amazing job.
Every aspect of this game is a pleasure to experience.
Every sense in your body is being pleased simultaneously.

Then comes time for the film.
I managed to see the first showing of the film on the opening day with a few of my friends.
To emphasize exactly how much i was looking forward to the film, i was listening to the game soundtrack on my Ipod whilst re-reading the last two books in the series on the train ride in to town.
There was barely anybody in the cinema to see the film, everybody else had flocked like sheep to the re-release of Avatar.
I sat in the cinema chair waiting for the film to start, and when it did I wasn't sure how exactly I felt.
At first it seemed strange to me.
To have real people portraying the characters i had grown so fond of took some getting used to.
Another thing that really threw me off was hearing the band play.
I had never really set my mind on how Sex Bob-Omb would sound, its something I had never quite decided for myself when reading the books.
But now I was actually hearing a song being played by them.

It was strange, but I couldn't help but feel a chill at it.
It was good.
None of this was perfect to the Scott Pilgrim in my head, but It was damn near that, and I liked it.
A few minutes later and any feeling of unease was gone and I was entranced by the film.

I watched the rest of the film adoring every second of it.
Every time there was a fight scene, or a song was played by any of the bands, chills ran through my body and i could not stop feeling amazed.

This has made me think.
I have loved everything that has come out of Scott Pilgrim.
I adored the books.
I have been playing the game and loving it since the day it was up on the PSN.
The film had me in a pleasure coma.
Even the music, both that in the game and the film, has amazed me!

Has this ever been experienced before?

Fair enough, there are many people who wont like these things, but to the people like me.
The fans, the gamers, the comic-readers...
Have we ever felt this before?
A series being translated across multiple forms of media and pulling it off near perfectly every time?
I find myself lucky for falling in to just the right category to love everything that has come of the series so far.
It has been an experience like no other, and it has been one I shall not soon forget.

And so, I'm interested to know...
To anybody out there who is a Scott Pilrim fan, of the books, game or film, what is your opinion on all of this?
Did you love everything that Scott Pilgrim brought to us, or were you dissapointed by anything?

Drawings, Doodles, Sketches, Artsies, Pictures...

Hey Mr Blog!
Just a simple update catching up on some of the sketches I've done lately.
There's also 3 pages of Perpetual Motion down at the bottom, all finished and nice looking!
Theres a picture of myself, for a little project I've been working on for about a week or so, followed by a quick Phillip J Fry, Brain Cat and Asian Conan!

Monday, 9 August 2010

Comic Mart and a new camcorder!!

Hey Mr Blog!
Yesterday I went with a group of my friends to a comic mart!
I hadn't really heard of it, but it was there and we went and it was fun!
There we A LOT of weeird people there...
I wont go into much detail, but: Beards, fat, old, looking at sailor moon...

We didn't really spend all that long there, we spent more time walking around in town.
I bought 2 packs that just had lots of random comics in!
Since i don't get a chance to buy comics very often, I decided Id like to have a big variety.
It seems a good way for me to read comics i never would have looked at otherwise too.
Needless to say, there are some teeerrible comics in there...
But some pretty good ones too!
I was pleased to find an issue of Wasteland, a comic by Warren Ellis, something with werewolves i assume...
I'll probably make a video about it!
Speaking of videos...
I got myself a brand new camcorder!
I got a Flip Mino the other day.
Iv been wanting to start making videos for a while now. Starting up a vlog, so when i came upon some money i used them to get a descent camcorder to do it with!
I love the idea of being able to record any events I go to for Caramel Marshmallow.

I was intending to record the comic mart yesterday as a first vlog entry, but I ended up forgetting to record once i actually got there...
But never mind!
There's always a new video opportunity just around the corner!

Cthulhu Fhtagn!
Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Rue and Okami!

Iv done 2 new drawings since my post yesterday, Mr Blog.
The first of which, is a drawing of my old character Rue.
The character is from one of the first stories i ever thought up, and its been 2 years now since i last drew him.
Me and Zara from over at Caramel Marshmallow were discussing how much our art has changed over our last two years of college, and to see for myself, i looked for a drawing i did just before college and found this, a drawing of Rue way back from when i wanted to draw manga/anime.
Needless to say, my interests in art styles have drastically changed since then, and here's the outcome of my new Rue drawing.

Just looking at the two really emphasizes how much i have changed over the last two years.
Not only has my art changed largely beyond recognition, my opinions of art in general, and the goals i set for myself in life have drastically changed too.
It just amazes me to think about everything that has happened in my time at college, and it makes me truly appreciate all of the people i have become friends with, all the times i have spent with them, all my teachers and all of those friends who are still with me even after leaving school.

In a way this has got me feeling sentimental towards my old characters as well.
I have so many stories in my head, but i always have trouble getting them out.
Its been years since iv drawn any of my characters, and drawing Rue really reminded me how fun it can be.
So i might just try drawing all of my old characters again.
Maybe I can even dig out some of my old drawings of the same characters as i used to draw them too.

Here's the drawing of Rue before it was dipped in a bucket of Photoshop, both before and after i shaded it.
And on a side note, here's a drawing I did for my friend Manda!
She is an amazing artist, and has a bizarre talent for character design.
I did my best to keep the drawing up to standards for her characters, and I'm rather pleased with it.
I definitely think iv managed to improve the hair texture from how it was in the Rue picture.
I'm quite pleased with it, as I normally don't do so well at drawing female characters.
Here you can see Manda's sketch blog!
And over here you can see her lovely lovely Deviant Art!
Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Look, a Dinasour! Also comics!

Yup, have a good look at yourself Mr Blog!
You look like a dinosaur now!!!
Pretty nifty if i do say so myself ouo~

And now that's out of the way, comics!
Yes, iv been drawing comics.
Iv started on a new webcomic that I'm putting alot of work into.
Its called Perpetual Motion, and its about a man who invents a perpetual motion machine.
Its really unlike the majority of the stories in my head, but I really like it.
Iv got the first few pages drawn up, the first two completely finished in fact.
At the moment I'm looking for a descent hosting site to put it on, so I'll get back to you on that.
I'll make a page where I'll keep some of the art as I'm working on the comic that I'll update from time to time.
Sunday, 1 August 2010

New pen makes for fancy drawings.

That is correct Mr Blog!
I got me a new pen!
Not impressed?
Yeah... neither was anyone else...
But this is a special pen! It has a brush tip, and uses very good quality ink! And thus, i can do awsums drawings with it!
And so i have been doing dear Mr blog!
Many new drawings have flown to paper from my hands these past few days.

There's just something about drawing traditionally that gives me a huge sense of accomplishment i never with with my more common digital art.

To my pleasure, iv been really loving all of the pieces of art i have produced with my new fancy pen.
Iv even been doing a bit of experimenting with colouring and texturing them digitally and i really like the outcome.

Of course, iv been using my trusty washes for the shading.
It really seems to complement the style the pen gives.
And who knows, maybe i'll even get some comics out of it...