Art 33: Lili

A new art style I had an idea for, which seemed to best fit Miss Zanotto here. It’s been a really, really, really long time since I’ve played Psychonauts, but it’s still one of the best games ever.

In other news, the massive project I’ve been working on seems to have hit a roadblock. I’ve got plenty of plot for future scenes, but can’t seem to figure out what is supposed to happen in the next comic in the continuity. I’m tempted to just draw all the scenes I want to draw first and then fill in the blanks; but if I do that, then, as my style evolves, the key scenes will be really crappily drawn while the boring, in-between bits will be gorgeous. It’s really getting on my nerves, as I’ve only been able to draw three pages in three months.

This is hasty concept art for one of the very very minor characters. No he is not a time-traveler from the 80s.

doc sketch

And now for something completely different.

I went to see Ender’s Game on Saturday, and here’s what I think: as a standalone sci-fi film? Not bad. As a series of cinematographic illustrations for a handful of scenes of the book? Pretty darn good. But as the film adaptation of Ender’s Game? An electronic donkey food-trough wiper. Seriously. Major Anderson was decent, and Peter was decent for all ten of the seconds he had on the screen, and Asa Butterfield looks like a cross between Elijah Wood and Benedict Cumberbatch. But if you actually wanted to see an intelligent, rational young boy — or even any of Ender’s actual games — you’re out of luck, because it’s just an hour and a half of having glorious CGI-Outer Space being shoved in your face.

Anyway. Peace and Long Life!



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Posted on December 3, 2013, in Art and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. When I heard it was being filmed, I was afraid Ender’s Game would turn out exactly as you suggest it did. Another empty Hollywood eye-candy momentary distraction.

    Pity. Actually, no, it’s a damned shame. 😦

    Interesting point about style evolution. I’ve had to deal with that on large programming projects. Over the months, sometimes years, you find better ways of doing things, both in general and in that specific context. It can be amusing (or bemusing) to go back and see how your approach grew.

    • Yeah — or sometimes you develop several new styles at once, and have to choose between them as though they were flavours of ice-cream.
      Also, how do you use italics in a comment? Ctrl+I doesn’t work, and I can’t think of another way to do it.

      • Italics… If you answer in your WordPress Comments section, you get the little buttons that will do it. If you just answer in the comment boxes where you don’t, you can use HTML for italics and bold. The old-fashioned tags are <i> for italic and <b> for bold. The preferred modern tags are, respectively, <em> (emphasis) and <strong>.

          • 🙂 Did I just need to say, “Use HTML”?

            • Actually, I’m fourteen years old, I’ve got no idea what HTML is. From now on, i think I’m just going to use emphasis *like this*.

              • Yes, I’m aware of your age. I wouldn’t normally follow one so young, but you constantly impress me as having more on the ball than many much older folks. You seem exceptionally clear-headed, and I expect you’ll go far in life.

                As to HTML, well, I know even younger people who are HTML mavens, so age doesn’t mean much there. It’s the secret language of webpages. Here are two magic spells you can use:

                I want to <em>speak in italics</em> for emphasis or elvishness.

                I want to <strong>speak in boldish</strong> like an orc.

    • Funny… I had the same feeling about “Seventh Son”… and then it turned out to be right, from what I’ve read of the reviews. Way too much CGI with too little story development. Potential but no delivery on the promise. *sigh* Disney’s reboots are slowly but surely destroying my faith in new fantasy movies. (As in, Angelina Jolie is probably awesome as Maleficent, but they should have used less CGI because it sure overshadowed her in the trailer. Poor balance, and a cop-out that makes me sick, because either the CGI did pull attention away from Mrs. Jolie, or they gave it more of a role than their lead. Which makes me sick. Because if the second option is the truth and we’re hailing it as balanced entertainment with a strong female lead, I want to pound my head into my keyboard. I have strong opinions, and the sad part is that yes, I’m sure these ladies could pull it off with sheer charisma, no costumes, and no effects but the audience’s imagination. Actually, that might be fun to try… Sorry, I just ranted again… some of the sheer hypocrisy I come across in college is just frustrating. I have two categories for my classmates–those I can get along with but who don’t really pay attention or take it to heart, and those who really take it to heart and think about it who I hero-worship and would want to be friends with…)

      • Indeed. CGI stopped being interesting to me years ago; give me story!

        And one shouldn’t use Disney as the barometer of fantasy! Disney is its own weird world. FWIW, I thought Maleficent was awful — one of the worst fantasy movies I’ve seen in memory. No rhyme or reason to any of it, and the story is absurd if you think about it at all.

        Jolie is talented, the CGI is pretty, but the story is terrible mess, and the movie’s not good enough to get you past that while viewing it. It’s not like it hits you *later* how arbitrary and pasted-together everything is. It’s fantasy made by people who really don’t understand fantasy and just copied what they’d seen.

        Motel room art, basically.

        • I don’t know why anyone likes Disney much. Reboot? They’re just trying to make more money off of it. All spectacle, no sense. (And while Tangled gave us a good reason for the overlong locks, I thought it was forgettable once you got past the emotional stimulus. And Rapunzel is WAY too innocent. It’s weird. And then she has a dark side?! Where are we? Is she mentally ill? Inaccurate portrayal of a borderline abusive relationship, people.)
          I preferred “Rise of the Guardians” to “Frozen.” RotG delivered the beautiful art without hampering its excellent, freshly-told story,
          I guess that since Disney bought Marvel, the trouble has mostly been going on with the comic books. Rather than telling stories they’re just trying to milk the popularity of certain icons. Fortunately for us, that doesn’t extend to the movies… *coughs* Well, at least the Captain America ones. I definitely lost my composure over the first one, and nearly lost my mind over the second… like a rollercoaster, only it was all downhill and way too fast.

          • Disney’s okay if you have kids. Family vacations at Disney World are pretty awesome if you can get past the wholesomeness of it. Disney is rapacious, no doubt, but no one does what they do better than they do. (I grew up in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, and we used to hang out at Disneyland. Great place for kids to hang out!)

            Ultimately, they’re way bland for my taste, and their movies are predictable. I did enjoy Tangled as having a bit more life and fun than some of the others. Maleficent missed me on pretty much every level — that one actively pissed me off. Disney should stay away from trying to be socially relevant; it clashes with their “escape the real world” ethic.

            The Marvel movies are generally pretty watchable… some more so than others. I hated the last two Superman movies and increasingly was disappointed by the Batman trilogy. And I think I’m about done with X-Men, though. The last two haven’t done much for me. I’m increasingly over blockbusters and more appreciating small thoughtful films, especially the weird little SF ones… Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, for instance. That was a hoot!

            • Yes… I wish that there were more indie film festivals, too. I feel like that scene is really neglected, when some indie film is incredibly good. (Even though when indie films aren’t, they generally suck.) But the ones that are good deserve to get more attention.

            • I agree with pretty much everything said here. Disney is becoming more and more corporate, revisiting their most successful animations to try and milk whatever they can out of them. I haven’t enjoyed their recent films – especially since they seem to sinking into a mould common in animation, by giving all female characters wide eyes, button noses, and round faces – while every other character gets to keep a certain recognisability and structural variation. Bleh.
              I’m fairly certain Batman and Superman are DC, not Marvel! DC has a history of trying to make their films as dark and gritty as possible, which honestly is a completely bland and uninteresting aesthetic. Marvel, on the other hand, is responsible for the Avengers and GotG, the latter of which is probably the most lively and vibrant superhero movie of this decade. I agree that X-men in getting a little old, though. Who knows how much was retconned by the end of Days of Future Past?
              Small films are, to me, unquestioningly superior. How else would we get gems like Blade Runner and so on? One movie I quite enjoyed recently was a film called, I believe, Automata, though I may be remembering wrong. The human protagonist was quite unpleasant, but there were some interesting concepts involved, mostly revolving around the concept of robotic autonomy and its consequences (positive ones, in this case, which is why I liked it).

              • Make no mistake, Disney has always had a corporate aggressiveness (the way they so zealously guard their copyrights, for example) and very little sense of humor about itself. I recently saw Big Hero 6… meh. Unsurprising, entirely forgettable, very Disney. [shrug]

                Interesting point about how they draw their female characters compared to their male ones. I’ll start watching for that!

                Yes, Batman and Superman are in the DC verse. I wrote that confusingly. I meant that, while Marvel usually turns out movies that are at least engaging enough to be watchable, the last two Superman movies were (I thought) awful dreck, and I’ve liked each one of Nolan’s Batman movies less than the previous ones (really disliked the last one).



                But while I’m increasingly over big-budget, big-action, big-thrill popcorn movies, the Marvel ones are usually watchable. The Fantastic Four movies were great, I don’t care much for the Spiderman reboot, and I’m increasingly over the X-Men movies, but still.

                Guardians of the Galaxy is one of my favorite recent fun SF movies! I’ve seen it three times so far and no doubt will see it again. I hardly ever bother buying movies anymore, but I might but that one!


                Small films aren’t always superior. I saw one recently, I Origins that had some interesting ideas, but was actually a muddled mess of a story. Too many interesting ideas, some of which didn’t work well together. There was another, The Signal, that had some interesting bits, but was mostly cliches and retreads.

                OTOH, delightful little gems like After.Life, Moon or Dark City make it all worthwhile. Likewise the first Matrix or Resident Evil movies. Or Pitch Black. Filmmakers even still make great vampire movies. Check out Byzantium, Only Lovers Left Alive, or Let The Right One In, for example. Afflicted was also interesting.

  2. I thought that there was something suspicious about Asa Butterfield… X-P He really does. X-P Fortunately, though, they found someone else to play young Sherlock X-D I love what they did with switching with kid Sherlock throughout the episode!!! ;-D

    • Ha, yeah, that was brilliant. Also love the way they mentioned Redbeard in ep2 but didn’t explain who he was, so the fans who hadn’t read the books or anything had no idea what was going on, and then in ep3 we see yeoung Sherlock in his mind palace and everyone’s like “oooohhh it’s the dog…wait, what?” 😛

      • And the end when Sherlock is standing with his hands up and it’s the kid… and then when they almost banished Sherlock… *squees uncontrollably as she sobs maniacally into the carpet*

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