Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Holiday Greeting 2012

Whether you celebrate Christmas, or Chanukah , or Kwanzaa, or Yule, or Saturnalia, or anything else. I hope you're having a wonderful winter Holiday season!


And, to anyone who's wondering...
-New Box-Bot Boogie strips start in January (I promise)
-Next animated short is in the works. Update coming soon
-Expanding into games. Stay tuned!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Box-Bot Boogie: Thanksgiving 2012

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! I meant to start updating sooner than this, but I had some personal problems pop up and now I'm a little behind.

No need to worry, however. New Box-Bot Boogie strips are in the works, along with some other comics, and my next animated short.

Meanwhile, please enjoy this Thanksgiving greeting...

Bonus Feature:

Halloween Gallery Complete

Here is my complete "Halloween Gallery", on one page! Expect updates every October (and maybe here and there when I get into the Halloween mood out of season).

Still Images:

Wolfman Animation

Halloween Costume 2012
Halloween Mood Table 2015

And, don't forget to check out my online Halloween store at: http://www.cafepress.com/bobthepumpkinsorcerer if you'd like a t-shirt, mug, or other item featuring my Halloween artwork.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Box-Bot Boogie: Anatomy of a Box-Bot: Zoki

Yeah, I know. This is filler.

New Box-Bot Boogie strips start in two weeks, and I'll have another special comic coming sooner!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fanatics Try Stuff: "Asian Obscurites"

Hey I recently did this food review video with my friend Chris Ketchem, of Space Monkey Mafia (some of you may know him as the "Fighting Game Fanatic" or the "Neo-Geo Fanatic"). It's just us trying out interesting food items from an Asian grocery store.

Egad! Do, I really look and sound like that on camera?! Folks, maybe there's a reason I'm more into showing off my animation and drawing.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Gallery #5: My Costume for 2012

Every Halloween, I have a tradition. I put on a costume, and sit on a chair on the front porch handing out candy to trick-or treaters, always with a CD player next to me playing Halloween songs (Monster Mash, Time Warp, Thriller, etc.). To me, it's the big event of the season. And, this year I wanted to dress as a pumpkin man (not unlike our dear friend, Bob).

There was just one problem. We couldn't find a proper pumpkin head mask. There were plenty of pumpkin face masks, masks that are shaped like regular human faces, but made out of pumpkin. That's fine, but what I wanted was something shaped like an actual pumpkin that would fit over my whole head. The only one we found cost roughly $80!

Eventually, my Mom came up with a great idea. Don't buy one, make one!

 Starting with the inflatable pumpkin to the left, we taped a pile of plastic bags to the bottom to increase the height. Then, it was covered with strips of newspaper that were coated in flower-paste.

When she was a child my mother once created a Charlie Brown mask using the same method, so it was great that she was able to help.

  I was surprised at how tough it was when it hardened, considering it was just newspaper and flour. Honestly, I hadn't made anything out of paper maché since elementary school.

Jonni Good's site was a great source of tips, by the way. Check it out sometime. This person does amazing things with paper maché.

Once it hardened, we removed the inflatable and it was just a matter of spray-painting it orange. Then applying the details in poster paint, with the facial features outlined in black marker.

Then all we had to do was cut the facial features out with a dremel and spray it with a polyurethane glaze, completing the mask!

 Of course, we had a real jack-o'lantern, too. And, here you can see the mask side by side with the real thing. While, it's not the most realistic pumpkin mask out there, I think it looks pretty decent.

And, now the moment of truth...

I had a glow-stick inside the mask with me to create a glowing face effect like a real jack-o'lantern, but I don't think the effect worked that well. Still, I'm pleased with how this costume turned out. Anyway, I hope you had a Happy Halloween and found this post entertaining, and not too boring.

Oh, and since this is such a dorky "photo-blog" post, and none of those are complete without cat pictures, here is my adorable Halloween kitty...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Gallery #4: Zombie Attorneys

And, now a word from our sponsor...

Original Pencils

I'm particularly proud of this one. So, if you're interested, by all means check out the Zombie Attorney items available at http://www.cafepress.com/bobthepumpkinsorcerer/9460693 .

So, I've got two more Halloween Gallery entries for this year, but one might be a day or two after Halloween when it gets posted, thanks to the storm and other such obstacles. At any rate, I hope everyone is staying safe, and having a Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Halloween Gallery #3: Werewolf Animation Sequence

And, the Halloween fun continues with entry #3! This is just a short little animation sequence that I did for fun a few years back. It's entirely hand-drawn on paper the "old fashioned" way, although it's colored and sequenced in Macromedia Flash.

Before uploading to YouTube and posting to this site, I quickly added opening and ending cards and a little music: The Derelict from the fine people at www.purple-planet.com.

Now, have a howling good time (yes, I know that was terrible).

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween Gallery #2: Franky!

This is my interpretation of Mary Shelly's timeless character, Frankenstein's Monster! In trying to put my own twists on the classic creature, I decided to use multiple skin colors and emphasize the stitching to give him a truly "patched together" look. I also made sure the facial features are quite different from one patch of face to the next. I've also added more metal parts, to explore his sci-fi nature.

The big challenge here was making sure "Franky" was recognizable as Frankenstein's monster, but not a direct rip-off of Universal's classic design (apparently they're kinda touchy about that). My "Franky" doesn't have Universal's protruding forehead or forehead scar. It has wrinkles, but that's it. Also, he doesn't really have a flat head, but rather a spiky "flat-top" hairstyle, so I think I'm safe.

Original Pencils
If you're interested in a shirt or poster with this image, be sure to visit my store at: http://www.cafepress.com/bobthepumpkinsorcerer/9428733

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Box-Bot Boogie #3: Review Show Part 1

Well it's Sunday again, and time for a new Box-Bot Boogie strip. This is the start of my first little story-arc with these characters, and I really hope you enjoy it.

Bonus Features:
Thumbnail Sketch
Original Pencils

Friday, October 12, 2012

Halloween Gallery #1: Bob: The Pumpkin Sorcerer

Hey everyone, it's my favourite time of the year! And, as part of the spooky festivities, I'll be posting various drawings and animations to get into the spirit! Let's kick it off with someone I like to call Bob: The Pumpkin Sorcerer!

Great Pumpkin Sorcerer Bob, the spirit of Halloween mischief, stands on a cold Autumn night basking in his own magical flame, wishing you a Happy Halloween!

Original Pencils

By the way, if anyone is interested in shirts, mugs, posters, and other knick-knacks featuring Bob here, I took the liberty of opening up a Cafépress store. Just click here: http://www.cafepress.com/bobthepumpkinsorcerer/9428751

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Box-Bot Boogie #2: Tar Pit

With another week comes another Box-Bot Boogie strip. Enjoy! And, remember to keep checking back for my upcoming Halloween Gallery!

Bonus Features:
Thumbnail Sketch
Original Pencils

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Box-Bot Boogie #1: "Chocolates"

Presenting what I hope to make a regular feature here, Box-Bot Boogie. It's just a little comic strip about the exciting lives of cardboard box robots.
I hope you enjoy it.

Bonus Features:
Original Thumbnail


Saturday, September 29, 2012

A look at things to come...

It's been awhile since I had something to post here. My projects are taking longer than I thought (with many parts of life getting in the way), and I wish I waited until I had more finished work before starting this blog.

But now, I finally have some content to show again. And, I promise that I'll try to post at least something each week.

I'm still working on my next animated short, and I'll be sure to keep everyone posted on the progress. In addition, I plan to have a "Halloween Gallery" of fun images posted throughout October to celebrate my favourite holiday. I'm even working on a few live-action video projects.

I also would like to announce that I'm working on some comics to post here, and tomorrow I'll present the first strip of my new comic Box-Bot Boogie!

In the meantime, enjoy these quick "teaser" images of various things to come...