Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Dino Invasion.

So I'm sure most if not all of the people who read this will already know of my Poor Dino comic.
(and if not you should go read it right now)

I've had these drawings of the Dino in my sketch book for a while and finally got around to scanning them in.
I cant say what exactly brought this about, it's something I'd rather have finished before I really talk about it, but hopefully I will be able to reveal all soon!

Space Dino.
Gordon Freeman Dino.
Cthulhu Dino.
Dino Colour Chart.

I'm particularly pleased with the Gordon Freeman Dino, and I kinda like the Nebula behind the Space Dino.

The Gordon Freeman Dino was actually so fun I might just draw more game character Dino's...
Let me know if thats something you'd like to see, or if there are any characters in particular you'd like to see as a Dino!

There is also all of the line-art for all of these pictures on my Flickr account, as well as a coloured version of the Space Dino without a plain background.

Hope you enjoyed this brief delve into the Dino region of my brain!
And again, if you haven't read Poor Dino you should go do that.
Like, now...
And leave a comment...

Space Dino ColourSpace Dino LinesGordon Freeman Dino LinesCthulu Dino LinesDino Lines
Thursday, 26 May 2011

Three Extremes.

I have been a huge fan of foreign horror films for quite some time now.

I have somewhat of an obsession with horror, and find that foreign films in the genre tend to have subtlety and imagination that most American or English horror is severely lacking in.

I heard about Three Extremes some time ago, and have had a strong interest in it since.

Three Extremes is a film comprised of three shorter films, each by a different director.
I finally got my hands on it and I am incredibly pleased with my purchase.

The first short film, Dumplings, is by a Chinese director known as Fruit Chan.
This was easily the most gruesome of the three, about a woman who is desperate to regain her youthful beauty to attract the wandering eye of her cheating husband.
I enjoyed the film, but I cant honestly say I thought it was brilliant.
The film's horror is almost entirely based on the gruesome elements, and that alone has never really been enough to give my creep bones a twinge (the same problem I had with The Human Centipede).
There is also a feature length version of the film that fans of Dumplings should love to check out!

The second film, Cut, is probably my favorite of the three, though mainly due to a biased opinion.
Cut is directed by Korean director Park Chan-Wook, who also directed one of my favorite films, Oldboy.

I think some people may not like this particular section of the film, as in some sections it comes across much more humorous than either of the other two films on the disc.
The film is about a famous director, who is tied up by a crazed extra who has appeared in all of his previous films.
The extra then makes demands of the director and punishes him if the demands are not met on time.
Some scenes in the film come across, at least to me, as intentionally awkward.
Watching the director stand bending over with his pants around his ankles trying to entertain the extra by waving his backside to comedy music may seem out of place in a horror film, but does a surprisingly good job of amping up the tension.
I would suggest that any other fans of Park Chan-Wook watches Cut if they ever get the chance.
I found it highly enjoyable, and it could possibly even be related to his previous works on the Revenge trilogy.

The third and final film is Box, by very well known Japanese director Takashi Miike, probably most famous for his film Audition, as well as Ichi the Killer and the more recent 13 Assassins.

This film was the only film of the three to really give me the creep factor.
The film is shot with a beautiful, incredibly subtle and subdued tone that does wonders for the horror elements in the film.
The way Miike chose to set up many of the frames throughout the film makes sections look so much more uneasy than with usual horrors, hinting at a full picture rather than showing you the whole horrifying image.
I would find it hard not to suggest this film to anybody with an interest in Asian horror movies.

Three Extremes was a great compilation of films that I found enjoyable throughout.
Anybody interested may like to know that there is also a Three Extremes 2, continuing with three new directors.
I have yet to watch Three Extremes 2, but if it can continue what these first three films started I will thoroughly enjoy watching through it too.

Poor Dino #9!

Not much to say today!
Working on a lot of things, but none are ready to be flaunted just yet!

Do you think I should do something special for Poor Dino #10?
If you do please leave a comment somewhere, tweet me or send me an email at Ben@MindDump.co.uk!
Thursday, 19 May 2011

Poor DIno #8, Evil Robot's & Uni

First off, here's the new Poor Dino for you all!
This one was suggested by my dad a few months ago, and I decided to draw it seeing as it was his birthday on Wednesday!
More than anything in this one I'm proud of the poster.
How good is that energy drink?
Fossil Fuel.
Get it?

I've also had a chance to finish up a drawing I did a few weeks ago!
I'm quite pleased with how it came out!
I was LiveStreaming for a while as I worked on this picture a while ago, unfortunately PhotoShop crashed and I lost all the work I had done on it and it took me a few weeks to get round to colouring it again.

Last but not least, finally done with Uni now!
It seems like I've said that so many times now, but I keep having to go back in for all sorts of junk;
Handing in work, going in for assessment and all sorts of stuff like that.

I have quite a lot of work to do, and I finally have the time to do it now that I don't have any big deadlines weighing me down!

I'm even planning on getting some animating done for once!

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Poor Dino #7

Poor Dino #7!
I'll be uploading some screenshots of the Design-a-Dino game I'm working on soon, probably some time in the next week or so!

In other news, I have Mortal Kombat and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood now!
Both games are great!
I'll be getting Brink this Friday too when it comes out!
(maybe I'll even get lucky and it will arrive a day early!)
Saturday, 7 May 2011

Pixelated Freedom!

Today, on Saturday the 7th of May, I sit here writing this as a free man.
No longer am I living under the constant pressure of deadlines.
No more am I a slave to the tyrants that call themselves "tutors" in that hellish place known as university...
I have completed my contract, and have been set free into the world.
I will be having to go back again in a few months, but whatever.
I'm free for now!!

Of course, I do kid a bit.
University was great fun, if not pretty damn stressful at times.

I'm looking forward to having the time to work on my own projects for once, and I have a stack of games and books I still need to get through.

I'm also not looking forward to the undoubtable lack of human contact that is about to descend upon me.
Whenever holidays come round, it tends to become quite troublesome to get out with friends and seeing them turns into somewhat of a rare treat.
But nether the less, good times are to be had!

In a sudden and unexpected change of topic, I've been playing a little bit with pixel art lately.
It's something I've never tried before, but I have been interested in for an animation.
I'm quite pleased with the outcomes so far.
I started off working on them for a landscape project in University, but I really got into them after playing Superbrothrs Sword & Sworcery.
Here's some of the landscape stuff I tried out.

Lovely ViewLovely View pixel

I think I'll be doing more of this, and may even go through with my original idea of trying out an animation with it.
I'll be sure to let you know!

I have quite a bit more to talk about, but I'll save that for future posts.

Look forward to them!

p.s: Cthulhu's!