Monday, December 6, 2010

Finally, a Tales of Oceana update!

it's been months since I last talked about my upcoming comic strip series "Tales of Oceana". First off I'll have everyone know that I've been SUPER busy forming the series, from creating and removing characters to constantly deciding on what the setting will be and what it'll look like. Today, I have some updates to the series.

For those who don't know what I'm talking about, I'm going to start a comic strip pretty soon, and the basic plot goes like this: an adventurous but impulsive girl loves to hear the stories told by sailors and adventurers who visit the seaside town she lives in, and this makes her seek out adventures of her own. Simple and to the point. Now on to the updates!

First off, I'm going to probably change the name of the comic. The current name makes it sound like a Japanese RPG game, and it sounds too serious. I want this comic to be fun and cartoony, kind of like Ren and Stimpy. Even though I'm gonna be researching for a new name myself, I'll take any suggestions you guys throw at me.

Second of all, I've added some new characters and modified others. The first one I'll show is the main character, Casey.

pretty generic pose, but you get the idea.

As you can see, I changed her wardrobe a bit. I lowered the bottom of her shirt and replaced the black skirt she had with a small utility belt and khaki shorts. I tried to give her a decent color scheme based off three colors: yellow, red, and green. I attempted to make her colors a bit natural and not just your regular reds and greens. The blues on the legs and belt give the colors a nice accent, and creates a small contrast between the warm, natural skin and clothes and the cold, mechanical nature of her legs and belt (yes, Casey's legs are mechanical. More on this below.)

I'm not very trained in color theory yet, so tell me what you think about Casey's color scheme, either here or at my Deviantart profile,

Now on to poses!

below are two pages chock full of poses and positions I've made for Casey, although I'm not happy with a few of them.

 The lady in the upper left corner is another character, I'll show her off in my next post.

If you look, you can see I drew some flying poses. Yes, Casey can fly, and all because of her mechanical legs. I'm not going into where she got those legs because that would be pretty useless since she's a cartoon, not a real person. As she flies, there's a little trail of waves behind her, kind of like the flying cars from the Jetsons.

I don't consider these model sheets, since there are a bunch of mistakes and I'm still experimenting with Casey's movements.

I'll be posting up a few more characters and probably some backgrounds soon, so stay tuned!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

This would've made a great cartoon!

apparantly a Plastic-Man cartoon (yes, the superhero) was pitched to Cartoon Network a few years back. Unfortunately, they rejected it. Here's the pilot episode, and see for yourself whether CN should've invested in this show.

This, my friends, is creative thinking!

I'll admit it's not completely perfect. The character designs are a bit flat and the colors aren't that appealing. But this is a perfect example of how stupid TV networks are to turn down good ideas. Good luck with your Johnny Test and Total Drama Island crap, CN.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Oswald Fever!

Of all the things I love to draw, this is one of my favorite characters to doodle, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

                                                  If you don't know who he is, I don't blame you.

If you want to know his history, look him up on Wikipedia, but the beginning can be summarized like this: Oswald was Disney's first cartoon star, pre-dating Mickey Mouse. Walt and his staff of animators, including Ub Iwerks, were commissioned by Universal to make a series of Oswald cartoons for Charles Mintz and George Winkler. His first cartoon was "Trolley Troubles", released in 1927. Soon, Oswald was the most popular cartoon character on the block, and was the first Disney character to spin off merchandise. He was everywhere, from chocolate bars to stencil sets. But in the spring of 1928, Disney went to his distributor, Charles Mintz, for a budget increase to give more quality to his cartoons. Mintz instead told him to accept a budget decrease! Not only that, he revealed that he secretly signed most of Disney's animators to a new contract and reminded Walt that it was Mintz who owned the rights to the character. Distraught by this, Walt disassociated himself with Universal, and with his loyal animators, Ub Iwerks and Les Clark, he went on to create his next cartoon star, Mickey Mouse. Mickey rose to fame and became an American icon, while Oswald went into obscurity for more than 70 years. In 2006, Walt Disney Studios regained the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and since then he's been becoming more and more known to the public with the release of a collection of Oswald's Disney Era shorts on DVD and his appearance in the new video game "Epic Mickey."

So without further ado, I present some of my recent Oswald sketches for all to see!

                                                     I love this character partly because he helps me to come
                                           up with poses that have clear silhouettes, because a pose that doesn't
                                     look good on a black and white character will not work for colored characters..

                                         I tried to sneak in some inking techniques on this one.

And also enjoy one of Oswald's best shorts, "Oh What a Knight".