Monday, 17 December 2012

Wreck it Ralph

The other day I finally got to see Wreck-it Ralph, and I abso-friggin-lutely loved it.
I'm of the opinion that Disney had really gone down hill for a while.
Tangled was great but before that Disney had a long streak of misses for me.
Oddly enough they seem to pick up right as Pixar is having a bit of a dip. (I didn't enjoy cars 1 and 2 at all, Brave wasn't there best but I enjoyed it)

Obviously being an avid gamer and (at one time at least) a very passionate animator, I am predisposed to love the film.
I get all the game references, all of the jokes make sense and I'm getting to see lots of characters I was fond of before Disney had anything to do with them.

What surprised me was just how much I enjoyed the story.
Taking away all the video game elements, the characters are all still very likeable (including Vanelope, which I know many disagree on) and sympathetic.
There were moments that I found to be very emotional, and parts that really made me laugh which disturbingly seems less and less common now I've suddenly grown a soul and seem to tear up at every other film.
I'm really quite surprised that if all people Disney are the first to get a (fictional) film about games to be so damn good, and it's actually made me quite eager to see what they will do next.
Wreck-it Ralph 2 would be nice.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

MindDump and OddDino

So as you have hopefully notices, MindDump has been cleaned up a little since my last post which, at the time of writing, was almost a month ago.
The reason for that is because of my University work.
I have an assessment coming up and have really been spending a lot of time trying to prepare my work, and myself, for the horrifying judgement of my tutors.

As you hopefully know, being on my blog and all, that I go by the alisas OddDino on most websites.
Twitter, Vimeo, DeviantArt, Tumblr...
As such it's always bugged me a bit that my website didn't match up with it.
Mind Dump was never actually intended to be a website in the way I use it now, originally it was just a place to share my thoughts, hence the name.

That's why I now have as well as

Mind Dump will be returning to its intended purpose as a blog for my thoughts (though I'm sure they will often include doodles, don't you worry about that) and OddDino will take over as my website intended more as a portfolio of my artwork.
It might take a week or so for me to start posting on it, I still have one week left of Uni before the Christmas break, but after that hopefully my posts will be a bit more frequent.

I'm often deterred from posting on Mind Dump because I feel I need both some new images and something to say, and being how I am by the time I have the other I might have forgot the initial thing I was going to post in the first place.

I will begin posting on Mind Dump as soon as I have something to share, which may well be in a few hours, OddDino posts to commence in the very near future!

p.s: I also have a Pinterest account now, by recommendation of my drawing studies tutor Helen.
My commitment to the site is yet to be determined, but if I should warm to it I will mostly just be using it to share images I enjoy.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Thought Bubble & Doodles

Thought Bubble, my local comic/anime/fun things convention was this weekend and as usual I went along to purchase myself some lovely new books and try meet a few people I admire.

I didn't take my camera like I did last year, so I couldn't get pictures, but I did get a lot more goodies this time around which is a good trade off in my eyes!

I got the book of My Cardboard Life, a very unique webcomic I really enjoy, and was really surprised by just how amazing the quality is.
I'm not normally one to be so taken by print quality but the images in the book look beautiful and really show off the amazing work of Philippa Rice. (she was also a very friendly lady)

I also got my hands on Deadbeats, the new book by Chad Fifer and Chris Lackey of the H.P.Podcraft Literary Podcast (who I have met previously) with art by the fantastic I.N.J Culbard.
I'm a sucker for pretty much anything Lovecraftian in nature, and Deadbeats is easily one of the better Lovecraft themed graphic novels I have had the pleasure of reading.

I also got some books signed by Simone Lia, who I didn't get the chance to meet at last years convention but more than made up for it in lovelyness this year!

I'm yet to read the other books I got on the day, but I will be doing so throughout the next few days.

In other, possibly less exciting news, I have scanned some more doodles, two Adventure Time pictures, some quick drawings of my old friend Simon Eyeballman and some kind of strange bush monster.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Plenty of Doodles.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Haunt & Halloween

This image is for this weeks Illustration Friday theme "Haunt".
It's been a while since I coloured an image digitally, and I cant quite remember the last time I textured one either.

As well as that, here are two Halloween doodles.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Mostly ninjas with a pinch of misc.

Here's a big pile of doodles from the past few days, mainly drawings I did at University with the odd few I did on the train.

 Click on the images to enlarge them, or click here to see a bigger version of the first image.

Personally I'm very fond of the little lightbulb guy, not only do I just find the image appealing, I think the colours and shading came out really well too. I might go back and colour/touch up a few of these. (almost certainly the King Jerome and Caveman pictures)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Doodle Dump

Bit of a clump of doodles for you all!

Some random drawings I did for fun, a teensy smidge of semi-life drawing, doodles I did in class and doodles I did on the train!
Not to mention a fairly funky woofer.

click on the images to see them a bit better

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Society 6 Sale!

This is just a quick little post to let you all know Society 6 is currently offering free shipping on all of my products except the framed prints and stretched canvases .
You will only get the deal if you click on this specific link, so if you want to order anything make sure you go there and save yourself a bit of money! (or you can order everything and save yourself a lot of money, your choice)

The promotion lasts until September 16th, so there are only a few days to get in on it!

Just look how lovely these things you can get are.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Lily's Birthday!

Today is my little niece's 2nd birthday!
Normally I'm not such a fan of the kids, especially the really little ones, but Lily is fairly above average, and is far exceeding my expectations for the spawn of my sister.

So here is a drawing I did of Lily with some of her favourite CBeebies characters! (also a dinosaur because there's always room for Dino's)

I tried to make it vaguely reminiscent of the Peppa Pig art style to varying degrees of success.
I was going to add Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony (my sister and Lilly are in love with it) but I didn't want to compete against Zara a.k.a BunnyBrush and her crazy pony draughting powers.
Also I've not had all that much success with ponies in the past...

I've never actually watched that show, but both my sister and Alison (BlueQuail) have been nagging me to watch it for months.

Next up on my blogsite, something less child friendly maybe!

Or at very least something a little bit more masculine.
Like a grim reaper with a flaming skull firing lasers whilst riding a demon cat out of hell.
Or not.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012


Just a few weeks ago the first issue of Godzilla: The Half Century War came out. I love the artist working on the comic, James Stokoe, and his previous comic Orc Stain.

I'm also quite partial to Godzilla, so after reading the comic I decided to draw a Godzilla of my own.
Much more impressive than Stokoe's art, I know.

Luckily it also fits in fairly well with this week's Illustration Friday topic "tall", which is good.
I really should submit more to that website. (and update this one more often whilst I'm at it)

I had a hell of a lot of problems with this image, I was initially going to colour it but my scanner is very bad at picking up particularly light or dark areas, its all in the middle.
This means that small details I put into the ocean and and glass and the clouds, anything particularly light, don't show up in the uploaded version.
I also end up having lots of trouble getting the darker areas to contrast as much as they should without more of the lighter shades vanishing completely or becoming very nasty and pixelated.
In the end I decided it would be best just to upload it as it is now, with barely any change other than a slight tweak to the levels and contrast.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

The Weirdo

Who knows what he does with that weird old stick?
I've have tried to ask but he's incredibly thick.

Why his ears and head are so pointy and long,
or why most of his left arm is pretty much gone.

He normally just giggles but when he replies,
the thing's that he tells you are all blatantly lies.

He say's that his stick is a magical wand,
that he got from a lady who lived in a pond.

His head is so pointy because his dad was an elf,
he's missing a hand because it walk off by its self.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Drawing Studies Vita Drawings.

I just found these two little doodles I did on my Vita a few months ago using the Pain Park app.

I did them both in a drawing studies class, so technically it wasn't wasting time in Uni!

Monday, 18 June 2012

Stop Slacking!

Boy, I sure have been slacking off on this "work" stuff lately. I finished off University a couple of weeks ago and seem to have been in some kind of coma since. Trying to drag myself out of that now though, so I can start putting all this spare time to some damn good use! But first here are a load of random drawings.

(Click on images to enlarge them!)

More to come in the (hopefully near) future!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Illustration Friday: Get to the Kernel

(Click image to enlarge!)

I haven't submitted anything to Illustration Friday for a little while now, so felt like I had to now that I'm free from the tyranny of University work.

I would have much rather coloured this with inks, but I'm running very low on a few art supplies at the moment.

I had absolutely no idea what Kernel was, apparently its the softer bit on the inside of a nut or seed.
Monday, 7 May 2012

Site Updates & Dino Poll

So I've made a few updates to the site.
The most apparent is probably the new banner.
The last one had a tendency to glitch and start repeating its self for some reason, and I'm not even so sure I liked it that much anyway.

This new one is much more to my tastes.

I've also updated the Animations page with a few little bits of information and swapped the video hosts from YouTube to Vimeo, mainly just because I prefer the format.

I don't have many drawings I can upload at the moment, and I'm still working away on my Drawing Studies whenever I'm not procrastinating with a game, film or book.

I do however have these here Dino's, both drawn traditionally, but one coloured with inks and the other digitally.

I'm quite interested to know which people prefer, so those of you who visit my site fairly regularly (I know you exist, there are records that say so!) please take a second to vote on the poll below the image to let me know, or even write a comment on this post going in to a bit more detail if you're feeling especially generous!

Which Dino do you prefer?
Wednesday, 2 May 2012


Almost done with my 2nd year of Uni now!

Most of my work has been handed in, (apart from Drawing Studies which we have an extra 2 weeks to work on) and I can finally spend a bit of time on good lovely fun stuff.

I've had lots of games and books I'm stuck part way in to and I really need to finish them all off.
I also have a half finished animation that I really want to sort out at some point, though I need to wait on voices for that.

Other than that, nothing particularly interesting.

I went to see The Cabin in the Woods and Avengers (assemble) and both are absolutely fantastic!

Got to see Chronicle a little while ago too which was as close to Akira as I think a live action film is going to get any time soon.

Have been taking a little bit of a break from games due to work, but the other day I played through the first episode of The Walking Dead by Telltale Games which was great!
I'd been a little worried about it as the last few games by Telltale I've played I didn't enjoy as much as I have there older games, but they really did a good job on it and I'm looking forward to seeing what they do in the later episodes.

Though I have to say, the Hershel that appears in the game is very very inconsistent with the one from the comics and show, but it really didn't bother me too much.
Glenn was much more fateful to the comic though.

Here's a little photoshop I did to finish this post off.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Fish-Man and friends.

These are a few drawings I've done these past few days. I'd like to be doing a bit more but I have a lot of project deadlines coming up and I'm not entirely sure when exactly any of them are. Everybody in my class seems to have a completely different idea of when we hand everything in. It's like running through thick fog knowing theres a wall infront of you but not knowing exactly how close it is and when you'll be running face first in to it. So below you will find a fish-man, a busty tavern wench, Atlas and P-Body from Portal 2 and some kind of tribal shaman looking guy.

Fish-man rising from the bottom of the sea.
Coming to the surface and’a looking for some tea.