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Art Challenge – Day #6-10

30 Day Art Challenge

Day #6-10

Welcome back everyone to the better late than never post! All the art more or less got done, I am simply horrible at documenting my work. So let’s get on with this shall we? Here are another five installments of the art challenge:

Day #6 – Microscopic

Day six was a weird day for me. This part of the challenge just so happened to fall during the worst days of a flu which wrecked everyone in my household.

So, high on cold medicine, I scoured the internet for microscopic organisms. I ended up combining three or four types of organisms into one psychedelic freak of nature that probably should not exist. I think what I am trying to say is don’t do drugs kids.

*Watercolor and gouache 

Day #7 – Anatomy

On day 7 I think I was coming off of the drugs, but I was in a dark place. We all know this point of being sick where the symptoms begin to fade but we are still not well enough to actually be productive. My face felt like it was on fire from blowing my nose, and I couldn’t breathe to save my life.

Sadly, I took out my frustration at being confined to my couch on this poor teddy bear. I wanted to know what made him tick, and what made him so damn happy and cute all the time. I am probably one of the few people on this planet that finds the idea of a teddy skeleton adorable.

*Gouache 

Day #8 – Fungi

Day eight I painted the fungi zombies from the video game The Last of Us so I could tie this challenge in with my fungi study article. The Last of Us article ended up being pushed back anyway, which contributed to both of these posts being unforgivably late.

For those of you not familiar with the game, the zombie hoards in this universe are created by a parasitic fungi. There are different stages of infection ranging from the early stage “runner” (bottom), and the deadly “clicker” (top). I wanted a brighter color palette so they ended up looking a little psychedelic. Don’t do drugs kids.

*Watercolor and gouache

Day #9 – Hate

I struggled with day 9 well past the deadline where I was supposed to have finished this piece. I thought I would maybe tie it into the “love” day’s sculpture, but I felt I just could not translate hate properly. Finally I settled on another painting, this time of a cute little voodoo doll that resembles Lilo’s doll from Lilo and Stitch.

In the end this piece really came together in the end. It is actually one of my favourites so far in the challenge.

*Gouache

Day #10 – Comic

Day 10 was another one that really gave me a tough time, which is not what I expected. When I cobbled the list together I expected that I would do a tiny three panel comic of some sort, but for some reason nothing came to mind.

Then it occurred to me that it has been years since I have done a traditional India Ink comic book style illustration. This is another multi-day project that put me farther behind, but it was worth the effort!

Say hello to one of my favourite comic book protagonists, Cassie Hack from Hack/Slash, dressed as my favourite villain Freddy Krueger. I’m a huge fan of pin-ups and pretty burlesque girls, and Cassie is no stranger to seductive posing.

Next Time

Thanks for joining me again. Come visit next time for days #11-15 … hopefully in a timely manner, but at this point I make no guarantees.

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Cheers,

Starchip13

Comic Book Review: Porcelain, A Gothic Fairy Tale

Comic Book Review: Porcelain – A Gothic Fairy Tale

Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale
Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale

To take a break from the long winded series I have been reading lately, I had a friend recommend me something new. Sometimes you just need a solid stand-alone graphic novel in your life. My friends must know my taste very well because Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale suits me well.

Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale is a single volume graphic novel by Benjamin Read and Chis Wildgoose; published by Improper Books.

This is the story of a young urchin girl who climbs sneaks onto the property of the Porcelain Maker; a “wizard” who can bring porcelain figures to life. When she ends up living with the reclusive wizard all seems too good to be true at first. She later learns the secrets behind how these beautiful porcelain creatures are brought to life are darker than she could ever have imagined.

For those out there who enjoy classic fairy tales, not the Disney versions but the real Brother’s Grimm style stories of harsh life lessons, then this book comes highly recommended. This is not a happy ended sort of fairy tale. The third act gets seriously grim, no pun intended. I will try to keep this review spoiler free, so if you want to find out exact what I am talking about then you are just going to have to read it for yourself.

I also just have to give two thumbs up for the art style. There is a high level of detail and attention paid to the backgrounds. When a book claims to be a “Gothic” fairy tale I expect some Gothic style art, and in that aspect this book is spot on. The designs of the porcelain figures are wonderful. It makes me tempted to see if I could cast some miniature versions of my own.

Do I recommend this book? Most definitely. Go read it. Now.

Up next on Comic Book Reviews: Colder by Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra.

Cheers,

Starchip13

Comic Book Review: Morning Glories

Comic Book Review: Morning Glories

Morning Glories Cover
Morning Glories Cover

This week’s Comic Book Review is Morning Glories by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma, and published by Image Comics.

This comic series wins the award for most misleading cover art ever. Don’t let yourself be fooled by the clean white background and illustrations of students in prep school uniforms. This is not a high school drama series … unless your high school drama’s happen to involve being held against your will in said school and seemingly senseless murder.

When I decided to purchase this series I asked a number of my friends what this series was actually about, but none of them could give me an accurate summary of the premise.

“You just have to read it for yourself,” was the constant frustrating answer I would always get from anyone who read the series. Even though nobody could give me an accurate description of the premise everyone who has read the books seemed to be hooked, so I thought why not give it a try.

Thus far, I have made it through the first two volumes of the series, and I have to say that it was actually an accurate description. I honestly still cannot accurately describe what is happening in the series so far. It guards its secrets well.

Here is what I have gleaned from Morning Glories so Far:

This series follows six students of Morning Glories academy: Casey, Zoe, Hunter, Ike, Jun, and Jade. They are all exceptional and troubled students who share a common birthday. They all receive invitations to attend the prestigious school and soon discover that they will never be allowed to leave.

The school has many secrets which include but are not limited to: ghosts, human experimentation, murdered students, murdered parents, kidnapping, arson, time travel, etc.

In the first couple of books the number of elements introduced is a mixed bag, and can be hard to follow at times. Some of the main characters’ motives are also questionable at best, and at worst I found myself wishing them harm (I’m looking at you Ike).

Despite – or maybe because – of these things I find myself wanting to read more and find out what the heck is going on. Why are these students important? What is the school’s end game? Does the mystery of the school have a scientific explanation or is it purely supernatural? Both volumes I have read so far leave a lot of cliff hangers and unanswered questions. Two books in I could not even begin to predict how Morning Glories will end.

As frustrating as this answer is to hear, this is a series that is difficult to summarize without giving major spoilers. You really do have to read the books for yourself to decide whether or not this is your cup of tea. The only thing I can say about recommending Morning Glories is that if you like supernatural, horror or thriller series you will probably like this graphic novel. There is some gore and other mature themes, so if that bothers you then I would avoid this series.

What I can say about this series is that is is crazy suspenseful, and the art style is fantastic. I guess if I had to make a recommendation I would say that if you got hooked by Lost (before it sucked) then this series will also catch your interest,

Thank you for reading. My next book review will be Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale by Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose.

Cheers,

Starchip13

Comic Book Review: Hack/Slash

Comic Book Review: Hack/Slash

In keeping with my theme of curious, cute and creepy things I bring another (comic) book review. This week I have been binge reading a comic series called Hack/Slash, published through Image Comics. This is a (literal) slasher comic series that all lovers of old school slasher flicks will enjoy.

Hack/slash omnibus cover
Hack/slash omnibus cover

So far I have worked my way through the first two omnibus volumes, and I am pretty much hooked. I am a big fan of old school slasher flicks and creature features like Friday the 13th, Halloween, Alien, etc. If you like those types of movies then you will probably like Hack/Slash.

The basic breakdown of this plot is this: Cassie Hack and her sidekick Vlad are Slasher Hunters. Slashers are evil murderous creatures born when a murder dies and decides he isn’t quite done killing just yet. Slashers come back from the graves as twisted versions of their former selves. To make matters worse they usually come back with some sort of supernatural power, which explains many of the classic baddies returning for a never ending strng of sequels. It is Cassie and Vlad’s jobs to kill them … and make sure they stay dead. There are of course back stories and such, but I don’t want to give too much away.

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This series definitely follows the old horror tropes right down to the tad-too-frequent nudity. Ya, even excluding the gore, this is not a safe for work read folks. Main squeeze, Cassie Hack, ends up with her clothes torn off in every issue more or less, and if it is not Cassie it is one of the victims-to-be. Blatant male pandering aside, Hack/Slash does not take itself too seriously, and there are some genuinely funny moments. This is particularly enjoyable for those of us who enjoy a little gallows humor every once in a while. The more lighthearted moments are an excellent tool for balancing out the … well … hacking and slashing.

The main characters of Hack/Slash are solid. Cassie has her moments when you wonder why the heck she keeps walking into obvious traps (and her choice in clothing), but as a whole she is capable of defending herself. When Cassie drops the ball there is always her partner Vlad, who is an obvious nod to big-baddies like Jason and Leatherface. This book makes me genuinely think these two characters are friends that would put their lives on the line for each other.

A nice little bonus of this series are the celebrity cameos that pop up from time to time. Again, I do not want to give too much away, but a certain possessed Good Guy doll may or may not be a featured slasher in this series. Read and find out!

If anyone is looking for good Halloween Season reading I would take a look at this series. Both hilariously self-aware and gut wrenchingly gruesome, I highly recommend these to horror fans.

I will be doing more Halloween reading in the next few weeks! Next up will be Fables and Morning Glories … in no particular order.