Winter Funk

Winter has really been kicking me down this year…

I tend to get into a pretty bad funk during the cold months of the year and crawl inside a shell of depression.

This year for some reason that depression has been worse then normal…

In an attempt to fight that I am putting together a list of movies to have on for background noise in the house this week. Movies that have always been sources of inspiration and motivation to create to me.

So far on my list I have the following items:

Anyone have anything else that inspires them that I should add to the playlist?

Artist to Watch – Patrick Schoenmaker

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A lot of the artist I follow I first found from their work on doing sketch cards for various trading card sets.

081106_rancor01_small081106_moseisley01_smallPatrick Schoenmaker is one of those artist. I am not really sure if I can explain what it is about his work that I like. There is just something about it that appeals to me. So seriously take a couple minutes and just go out there and check out what he does!

Artist to Watch – Travis Hanson

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I found Travis Hanson on Deviant Art, where he is known as Travsthebean, as I was poking around other artist favorites pages. I instantly fell in love with his work.

a55b9a294a158793de7b3469f324b8adThe art that Travis creates is filled with a joyful happyness. The feeling I get looking at the prints that Travis creates reminds me of the joy I use to get reading Calvin and Hobbes, a sense of youthful adventure and fun.

Travis fills his art with a brilliant coloring style and amazing inks. In his one panel prints are told better more thrilling stories then I have seen in some full comicbooks!

Recentlly in his journals on DA Travis has been taking polls about two art books he will be putting together this year. One to feature his Forgotten Folks works and the other to focus on the Teddy Bear Pirates. Although I have seriously been cutting back on my book purchases of late, these will be additions to my collection for sure.

The final thing, and the item from the future of Travis that I think has me the most excited is that he has been talking a little bit about a weekly comic. The idea of an illustrated story by Travis something that I will follow, and buy if given the option, with out a doubt!

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Artist to Watch – Katie Cook

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Back when I was working on creating a story titled Abbie and the Monsters I did a whole bunch of web searches to make sure I wasnt using a name that already exsisted somewhere else. when I was doing that I came across The Mosters Republic of Monstairia. a webcomic by Brodie H. Brockie with art done by Katie Cook. That was my discovery of the genius that is Katie Cook.

 

Katie is best described (in my opinion as well as half of the internet I would think.) as the queen of cute. Her talent doesnt end with cute though.

 

Katie is one of those talented people who seem to have a perfect eye for layout. Her pages look wonderful As seen in Myspace Dark Horse Presents #4 “Tricks of the Trade” and her issues of the online Star Wars comic.) and her sketch cards are amazing. This ability at layout makes her one of the greats at sketch cards. Where some artist well create a multi-card set to be put into packs that will leave someone with a card of a shoulder or something equally lame or stupid Katie makes everysingle card something a collector would love to have.

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My favorite all time piece of Katie art though, has to be the drawing she did for me of my family as Hobbits!