Friday, November 4, 2011

Iszy and the light at the end of the tunnel

Hey guys!  Iszy here.  I know it has been forever since my last post but my day (and night and weekend) job has been kicking my butt for the last few months.  I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and figured I would let you know that I am actually coming back.
I have recently freed myself of Adobe products and have not had the time to learn my Photoshop and Illustrator replacement apps.  For the Photoshop portion of my production pipeline, I will be using Pixelmator 
It’s available in the Mac App Store for $29.99 US.  As I use it more, I’ll put together a review, but for now I think it will meet my needs.
My replacement for Illustrator is Intaglio from Purgatory Design
Intaglio is available int he Mac App Store for $89.99 US.  At this stage, I’ve not cracked the surface of the capabilities of Intaglio but it seems like a suitable replacement for Illustrator.  Mind you I’m not a Illustrator power-user.
Now that I have these two apps, I’ll be able to resume publishing of my Cartwheels webcomic, and a few other projects that I’ll be announcing soon.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Seated furkini

Kerry here--with another iPad painting in Artrage! I drew the original sketch in my ever-present Moleskine sketchbook, scanned it using Jotdot on the handy iPhone, then transferred it via iCloud for inking and painting. Ain't technology grand?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Dance

Jerry here. Yes, I know it's been awhile, y'all. Many apologies. Hope you enjoy this latest offering--The Dance...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wonder Woman Pilot

Jerry here...

Thanks to the charity of a friend, I finally got to see the cancelled Wonder Woman pilot.  So, it's a lot less than good, but it's certainly better than I expected.  I thought the Birds Of Prey pilot was pretty bad as well, and that turned into a pretty good show (in my humble opinion).  

So, Adrianne Palicki looked GREAT as Diana--maybe not Lynda Carter GREAT--but I wasn't disappointed.  She also played the part well--a really strong Amazon warrior.  I'd only seen her in Legion, and was really surprised to see her as WW.  She has the right presence, the right attitude, and the right physicality.

I was surprised to see Cary Elwes as the CEO of Themyscira Industries--I wasn't overly impressed with his performance, but that could easily be the fault of the script--since Liz Hurley wasn't overly impressive either.  I'm a fan of both performers, I have to find someone to blame.  It's kind of like neither of them really wanted to be there.

I forgive a lot, when it comes to Wonder Woman, so it does pain me to say the pilot wasn't great.  My first memorable crush was on Lynda Carter--I kissed her poster good-night before bedtime for years (why that doesn't embarrass me, I have no idea).  I'm one of the few fans who actually kind of likes the new outfit--even though I think they would've been better off going with something that has more of a Roman warrior motif.  I saw one on the interwebs months ago that kinda looked like a modified Xena, Warrior Princess outfit.

I'd love to see the series picked-up, but I find it highly doubtful.  If not the series--c'mon Warner Brothers--give me a good Wonder Woman movie!  The animated cartoon movie was fantastic--use that as a model of what a good movie could be.

Friday, September 2, 2011

The ride

Jerry here--figured you've been waiting long enough for a new furkini drawing! Excuse the breastplates--so it's only half a furkini...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Riding Dino

Jerry here! Getting ready for Baltimore Comic-con with monkeys and dinosaurs and pretty girls, oh my...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fuzzy Friends by Jerry

I'm thinking this might br the cover to my latest sketchbook...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Space Perv...

Not the girl, silly--the green guy who's all eyeballs... Done in Procreate on iPad.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Iszy is in the house again with some iPad art.

After some down time, I'm back at it again with the Brushes App. After seeing the stuff Jerry has been rockin' with ArtRage, I decided to give it a try again. As always however I fell back to my trusty Brushes App. Sure it's not feature rich but it just feels so natural. I started this at a lunchtime meetup and wrapped it up after dinner. I think I'll call him... Fred.

Spacey Chick

Jerry here. Here's my latest iPad piece--done in Procreate.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It looks like I've been slacking off but....

I'm prepping new episodes of Cartwheels and working on a new strip called The Change. It stars Rodney, a little boy with an active imagination. After hearing his mom speak on the phone to her friends about a woman going through the change his imagination takes over and he finds himself in a world of monsters and demons.
Stay tuned for the debut!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Furkini Princess 1

Jerry here! I do so love drawing furkini-clad jungle princesses! Went back to Artrage for this one. Hope y'all digs...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Another Jungle Cutie

Jerry here. Yes, another jungle princess done in Procreate on the trusty iPad!

Monday, July 11, 2011

You're not the boss of me...

Jerry here.  So this is my first Artrage dedication to the cutest dog in the world. Yes, I am a walking dichotomy--an artistic manly-man who is completely mesmerized and fascinated by tiny dogs. Especially the Chooptastic Chalupa!

Jungle princess

Jerry here.  Another Procreate piece. I'm finding that each app has it's strengths and weaknesses--so my workflow is a little different for each one. I'll write up some process entries at some point to let y'all know what I mean by that.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Review

Ok folks. Iszy here to sound off about Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon.
First let me state for the record that I am a CG junkie. I am willing to forget bad plots and even terrible acting if I can get stunning visuals. This is what makes my feelings about the latest Transformers film so perplexing.
I'll begin with the quality of the 3d in this film. The 3d was quite well done. With the flood of films being released in 3d, it was refreshing to see the technology used to good effect. Never once did I feel distracted by the use of 3d.
Next up? The effects. I've read reviewers of T3 refer to the film as epic. WTF? The visual effects might be considered epic. I was truly captivated to see giant a giant Decepticon putting a choke hold on a skyscraper but it just was not enough. While the Autobots and Decepticons were well designed, rendered and animated, the gripe I had with the second movie applies to this one as well. Transformers 2 was plagued by action that was so complicated and fast, that it was difficult to tell which characters were fighting at times. The speed issue was improved upon in the third installment but I'm willing to bet that hand forced by the fact that the film was presented in 3d.
Now to the meat of my problems with the film. Plot plot plot. Where was it?
So after one viewing here is my breakdown of the major plot elements:
1. Since helping to save the world from the Fallen, Sam has broken up with his old girlfriend and found love in the arms of a new hottie that is way out of his league. She is a very successful executive assistant to a strikingly good looking billionaire, which of course makes Sam feel woefully inadequate.
2. Speaking of Sam feeling inadequate... Since the last movie, Sam has been unable to find a job. His parents have been hassling him about this to no end. Poor Sam just wants to feel as if he is making a difference.
3. Oh I forgot to mention that there is some "tension" between Sam and the girlfriend because of the little Autobots that live with them. More about the Mini Autobots later. Tension is in quotes because the relationship is completely flat. I wonder if they hated each other on set. Yeah, I think so.
4. Back in in time. An Autobot ship crash landed on the dark side of the moon. By the way all of the moon except perhaps some crater rims get sunlight. The dark side is just the side that faces away from us because the moon is tidally locked with the Earth. The discovery of this event leads to the space race.
5. The Autobots have been doing covert ops since the last film. Yep. The giant alien robots have been attacking points in the middle east and...never mind. During one of the raids, the Autobots discover that an Autobot technology is present on earth...and they didn't bring it here. Oooooooh I'm telling mamma on you!
6. Optimus gets pissed and confronts the secret "we work with robots" people. The secret wwwr people spill the beans and off go the Autobots to the moon. They bring back a few cosmic control rods "that's what I call them" and Sentinel Prime, the former leader of the Autobots. Optimus revives Sentinel with the Autobot command matrix and has his old teacher by his side once more.
7. Megatron has been revived at some point and sound wave is now the most kick ass Decepticon in the universe.
Ok this is getting just as monotonous as the movie so I'll just throw the next bunch at you in no specific order.
Sentinel turns on the Autobots because he has cut a deal with Megatron to rebuild Cybertron with the cosmic control rods.
The cosmic control rods are actually teleportation devices and they are used to bring in a sleeper force of Decepticons from the moon.
Supposed to be funny secret agent guy from the first movie comes back as an author and still has all kinds of secret agent connections and technology.
Retired air force special ops guy and his homies show up to battle the threat.
Girlfriends boss works for the decepticons.
Turns out that the decepticons needed the Autobots to bring Sentinel back to life to activate and use the control rods.
Sam is upset that Bumblebee hasn't come to see him.
Megatron and Sentinel have a tension filled alliance that Sams girlfriend manipulates to turn Megatron against Sentinel just as he is kicking the crap out of Optimus.
Flying wing suit guys do some hardcore stuff, the two little robots ground a big ship
Wang knows who Sam is and gets killed because of it.
Sam goes on a bunch of job interviews.
Lots of buildings get ripped up and people get killed.
I've left out about half of the movie.
Do you get the point?
There were at least four movies in there waiting to get out.
Romantic comedy
Armageddon style alien invasion film
An actual movie about giant robots
A buddy combat film
And some really cool video game cinematics.
How would I change the movie?
Take out:
The stupid racial stereotypes among the Autobots
The useless relationship story. Keep the girl, or a girl and 86 Indiana jones junior.
The endless falling through window scenes. (leave that to Robocop)
The stupidsupposedtobefunny secret agent guy
The parents
The job hunt
The two little robots
Put in:
More action and dialogue for the transformers
I could say much more but I'm tired. I'd love to have a crack at a re-edit on this film.
I'm out.

30 Days of iPad Art by Iszy Iszard

Hey folks! Iszy Iszard here. As my first joint "Badmonkeybrain" - "Into the Iszyverse" blog post, I'd like to present a video of my 30 day iPad art experiment. My goal was to get a color sketch done each day using only the iPad. I used either Sketchbook Pro or Brushes on a first generation iPad, and spent from 30 minutes to two hours on each sketch. I learned quite a bit about working without pressure sensitivity over the month that I worked exclusively on the iPad. Much more to come!

You can see the video on YouTube at:

Thanks for watching!

And heeeere's Iszy!

If you haven't figured it out by now, this blog will continue to grow as the Badmonkeybrain Collective jumps in to make blog entries.  We have some really exciting stuff to share with you, on our own blogs, and here.  Hope y'all digs!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bigfoot's older brother

Man, Using Artrage is like eating a bag of potato chips--I just can't stop...

Baby Bigfoot

Are you ready for the cuteness that is Baby Bigfoot? Yes, another Artrage on iPad piece!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Green Lantern

So, why you all hatin' on this flick? I mean, it's not gonna win any Oscar nominations, but it's wicked fun! What, you were expecting another Dark Knight? It's about a dude with a ring that can create anything it's wielder can think up. There are gonna be a few hokey moments...

Anyways, it's not really a "good" movie, but check your unrealistic expectations at the door, suppress the urge to dislike pretty-boy Ryan Reynolds, enjoy Blake Lively's assets, and get your green groove on!

Highly recommended in IMAX 3D! I think my ears bled...


Ummm, yes, more cheesecake... I'm a simple man.