Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Superman Film "A Smallville Man" Surpasses Previous Batman Film "A Gotham Fairytale" in Views

I simply cannot believe that my Superman film "A Smallville Man" has garnered more views in just two weeks than my previous Batman film has in over a year and a half! Wow! I must admit that even though I am a die hard fan of the Man of Steel, I wholeheartedly believed that this film wasn't going to be received as well since Superman's appeal tends to face more of an uphill battle than Batman's does.
It's been my experience that everyone loves Batman, and if they don't it's probably because they aren't a fan of comic book characters to begin with but at least they usually hold nothing against him. Superman on the other hand though - forget about it! Big blue definitely has his fair share of fans, but I've never encountered nearly as many in my personal life as I have for the Dark Knight. And conversely of those who are not his fans, I've encountered a significant number who actively dislike him whereas I've never encountered a single comic fan who wholeheartedly dislikes Bats.
Different opinions aside, this saddens me because I tend to discover that the majority of the hatred toward Superman results from a poor understanding of his character and/or the stories centered around him. Arguments relating to his over abundance of powers or his clean-cut boy scout personality are typically cited as to why most find him "boring", and while some people may genuinely be turned off by stories of that nature, I usually find that most people just jump to that argument out of instinct.
So you can see why I was so surprised to see my Superman film "beating out" my Batman one so soon. Of course I don't view them as competing with each other, but it is nice to see Supes get a warm reception by fans like me. Thanks for reading!

"She can do it!" Disney's Mulan

Accidentally switched Jane and Mulan. Whoops! "Mulan" came out the year before "Tarzan."

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Megara (that's Meg to you) from Disney's "Hercules"

I always felt like Meg never got enough love especially when compared against the rest of the Disney pantheon. I mean - I haven't seen many if any little girls dressed up as her for Halloween even though there are always plenty of Snow Whites, Cinderellas, Belles, etc. Oh, well. At least I can sketch her :)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Have You Ever Heard the Wolf Cry to the Blue Corn Moon? - Pocahontas Sketch

So far I'm having loads of fun with these trying to come up with interesting yet meaningful depictions of these classic characters. Draw draw draw!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sketch 5 - Belle from Beauty and the Beast

This reminds me of those reading pins I got when I was a kid. For every book you read you'd get a sticker and once you filled up all 5 spots you could redeem it for a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut. Good times!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Daily Sketches - Sleeping Beauty and Ariel the Little Mermaid

Whoops! Forgot to post this one yesterday. But I did draw it yesterday, I promise! I hope everyone's been getting their beauty sleep each night :)

My Oh My, You got to kees dee gurl!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sketch Dailies - A Drawing A Day Keeps the Art Doctor Away

I know I'm starting my New Year's resolution a little late but since I spent the first two weeks of this year prepping my recently released film "A Smallville Man," I'm hoping the New Years gods will cut me a break.

You can never get enough practice so for the entirety of 2015 my plan is to do a sketch a day. Since I've always enjoyed pinup art, I'll be focusing on female characters from all over entertainment. First up Disney's Snow White!

Monday, January 12, 2015

"A Smallville Man" - My Superman Film is Now Online

I must admit that when I finally posted "A Gotham Fairytale" online, I never had any intention of making a second film. I thought that if I was lucky I would get maybe a couple hundred views and then move on to one of my other pet projects. So you could imagine my surprise when what I thought was just a silly little Batman video suddenly started generating a huge positive reaction all over the internet. It was being lauded on several of the most popular comic and entertainment websites, even got a plug on Canadian radio (thanks, Fearless Fred!), and inspired several Batman fans to personally write me to tell me who much they enjoyed it.

So now it is once again my honor to share with you all my second film entitled "A Smallville Man," which features an original Superman story set against the song "Walk" by American Rock band Foo Fighters. It explores the relationship between Superman's past and present through separate stories that take us from the jungles of South America to the quaint streets of his hometown of Smallville. For those not familiar with South America, it's like America but south. The two story lines ultimately converge thematically to show that the "S" on his chest represents not just the power of his alien abilities but also the strength of his humanity. 

You can watch the film on Youtube here:

I conceived the story shortly after I posted "AGF" online and then serendipitously found the music for it on one of my evening jogs. As with "AGF," I worked out the story first and then let the music help influence the pacing of the narrative. The first spark of inspiration came originally after watching 2013's "Man of Steel." While I enjoyed the intent of the flashbacks in the film, I felt like they missed the mark of the importance of the Kents' role in teaching Clark the morals that would eventually guide him when he becomes Superman. 

What I've always enjoyed about the mythology of Superman is that he becomes this great hero specifically because it was the Kents who found and raised him. If he had landed anywhere else, he would have become someone entirely different. So "A Smallville Man" became my outlet for emphasizing that part of the mythology. It became a story about how what makes Superman the hero that he is can be traced back to the influence of his parents, in this case his father's willingness to do the right thing by standing up for someone else.

Thanks for reading and I hope you'll enjoy the film!