Happy Halloween!

Happy Friday!

 

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Phase 1 complete, Phase 2: Framing (pictures to come)

Happy Halloween from us at Offbeat Onpoint! Have a safe and wonderful holiday.

I’m making a Halloween present for my favourite little dude.  What do you think? I’m pretty happy with how the wooden handle texture looks on the axe personally but what do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below or share if you liked.

FYI I will be taking Monday off but I will be posting my first St Louis Shines interview with an incredibly interesting and entertaining man, Lucian Storm.  Check back in on Halloween for the full interview.

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Friday the 13th (special comic)

Happy Friday!

As I mentioned earlier this week there are some really excellent bands putting on shows this weekend and in celebration of Friday the 13th I made a comic for the band playing tonight with an extra surprise…

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First comic I’m using coloured pencils versus markers and I’m pretty happy with the results.  

If you see me out tonight or tomorrow night, feel free to say “hi” (it’d help if you explained where you recognise me from, just sayin’).

Tune in Monday for the weekly Mystery (I think it might be a book review, but there’s the mystery: WHAT BOOK?!)

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Blank on Blank: Animated Interviews

Happy Thursday!

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Google Imaged “Identity Cartoon” (source: Christian Topan)

A few weeks ago I did a write up for a cartoonist I found on instagram, Talon’s Treehouse, and I got in touch with Talon and told him how funny I thought his stuff was and we got to talking and which lead to me asking if he wouldn’t mind doing an official interview with me for OBOP and not only did he agree, but he proposed a totally tublar idea: he was gonna animate reading off and answering the questions I sent him.  No commitment but we might be ready next Thursday.  Here’s the teaser trailer:


This idea was really cool and reminded me of another channel on youtube called “blank on blank”.  Their youtube description reads,

Vintage interview tapes. New animations. We transform journalists’ unheard interviews with cultural icons. The future of journalism is remixing the past.”  (source: “blank on blank” about page, youtube)

 

I really like the last sentence “The future of journalism is remixing the past.” I think that’s really inspiring, in the way that there were always be an audience for good content even if it is old or lost or once rejected.  Then remixing re-introduces cultural icons to a young generation and probably reaching new audiences by turning interviews into animations unique to each personality.   

Blank on blank is a PBS Digital Center productions and celebrated their 6th year on youtube and have almost 100 videos of stars from all over the spectrum with playlists organizing their videos into writers, actors, musicians, plus a bunch of other categories.

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Art (comic)

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This was one of my first comic ideas inspired from my childhood favourite, Garfield.  The specific comic I had in mind was this one.

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I bring this up today because I’m working on my final portfolio for my creative non-fiction class.  Before starting the revision process I felt like “YEA! I got this, I’m least worried about this of the coursework I have over winter holiday.”

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Just replace “FB post” with “writing”.

However looking over my peers’ and professor’s comments, I now realize I’m going to have to re-write everything because when I started the project at the beginning of the term I had a vague idea of what I wanted to say but what was most clear was the stories I wanted to tell. However when it comes to art/writing/creating, intention is everything.  We have all, probably, read or seen something where we can recognize that it’s good but we have a doubt as to what the creator is trying to achieve or say.  This is something I know I personally struggle with and not to step on 2B or Not 2B’s toes for writing tips, I’m no good at giving writing advice but she is and you should go visit her and see what she has to say, but the one thing I can advise just because I’ve gotten this feedback more often than not is “Why are you writing this?”.

To answer the question, about this post, is to share with you my monkey-touch-monolith moment I had the other day while working on my portfolio.

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I stole this phrase from Alton Brown from Good Eats, but this is also an excellent movie and book. 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Apart of the portfolio is a reflective essay describing “why” you do what you’re doing, from formatting to choice of content, and what purpose it’s supposed to serve.  Exploring the “why” rather than the “what” is kind of like the next step up from the basic lesson of “show don’t tell” in writing.  After writing the reflective essay, I got a greater appreciation for what I was trying to say with my portfolio.  Now knowing that, revision will still be a pain but much clearer in purpose because after all if art doesn’t have a purpose, then what’s the point?

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How I feel every time I look at my comics’ scores on imgur.