Friday, December 22, 2017

Let's Draw: A CHARLIE BROWN Christmas - COPIC Illustration

In this video, I share my time-lapsed Copic illustration, of Charlie Brown, from the classic Peanuts Christmas special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

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 "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is available, on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital, on Amazon.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Original Super Villain Work in Progress

  • I used a Prismacolor Col Erase Pencil,
    Sakura Pigma Microns, and C
    opic Markers,
    on 5” x 7” 90 lb Canson Mix Media Paper.
  • When I share artworks, I typically post some sort of fan art.  The sketch, on the left, is one of my original characters.  I have several story ideas that could be translated into a comic or other mediums.

  • I’ve been thinking through this super villain and his evil sons, for close to two years now. I have some concepts for his voice and the style of stories, that I want to tell. I created a silly monikers, for the villain and his sons, but I have not really gotten very far in creating the look of the sons, just yet.

  • Since I have been posting art related videos, on my YouTube channel, I’ve been toying with the idea of doing some simple animations, with this character.

  • This is the super villain dad, his real name is a secret, but his silly super villain name is the "Yellow Green Jacket." He is a human, but he wears a insect inspired helmet.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Garfield/Stranger Things Mashups

I have done a lot of sketches, this year.  Several of them, that I really enjoyed working on recently, were my Garfield/Stranger Things mash-ups.  To see my individual sketches, that I used to create the image, on the left, check out my Instagram.

Like most kids, I liked to color, but I remember really starting to draw, in first grade. I loved Garfield, and I would trace various images of Garfield that I had.  Until the day came that I could, just draw Garfield.

I remember, once in fourth grade, another kid and I had a free hand Garfield drawing contest, in Mrs. Cobb's class.  I don't remember who we had judge our little contest, and I honestly don't remember, which of us won.  Since I don't remember, it makes me want to say that he probably won.

Thanks,
Jimmy

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Copic Marker Alternative Reviews: Part 1

I have been sketching with Copic markers, for almost a year.  Thus far, I have collected 65 of the 358 Copic Sketch Markers.  As my Copic obsession has grown, I have also been looking for cheaper alternatives to Copics.  However, I want those cheaper markers to be able to do two things.  I want to be able to use them in conjunction with my Copics, which is the easy part, but more importantly, I want them to blend with my Copics.

Over the last few months, I have reviewed some of these other markers that I have found, on my YouTube Channel.  None of these reviews were sponsored.  I just want to find something that works well with my Copics, and I thought that I would share my findings.


The first was the Artist Loft Sketch Markers, that are available at Michael's.  The markers looked nice.  The brush nib looked similar.  The colors on the paper were nice, but they would not blend with the Copics.

After this video, I continued using them sparingly, and the results were not good.  The brush tip on these markers seems to want to pull apart.  In addition, there is not very much ink, in these markers.  I do not recommend these markers.


The second type of marker that I reviewed were the Ohuhu Markers, available at Amazon.  These markers are roughly $0.50 each, which is a great price, and they come in a nice variety of colors.  These would be better, if they had a brush nib, instead of the fine point.  They will blend with one another.  Something to look out for if you order these, of the 40 makers in my set, one was dry upon arrival.

I do recommend these just because they are so cheap, and they work similarly to the Copics.  However, in my experience, the blending with Copics was minimal, at best.


The third brand of markers that I found and tested were the Sharpie Brush Tip Markers.  These markers cost a little more than a $1, each.  At the time of this blog post, the set of 12 is currently only $12.89, on Amazon.

These markers exceeded my expectations, and I was happy to see that they would blend with each other, and I very surprised that these actually blended with similar colors, in my Copic collection!  I highly recommend these markers.  The only down side is that they aren't refillable, but since they're so inexpensive, I don' think that really matters.

I will continue to look for more markers that I can use with my Copics, and I will continue to post reviews.  Thanks for reading and watching!

Thanks,
Jimmy in GA

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Episode 81 - 9.25 Retro Video Games and Harry Potter Movies

http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-random-city-podcast/id309479802
This is the 81st episode of the podcast.  In the random chatter section, I briefly discuss playing old video games on the Nintendo Gamecube and PlayStarion2, and watching some video game documentaries, Nintendo Quest and The Video Game Years. My random selection this week is the Harry Potter film franchise.

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Thanks for listening,
Jimmy in GA