Friday, October 23, 2009

WTD?: Espouse

The word that came out of the random word generator this week for What the Doodle? was ESPOUSE. Another tricky one. Here's what the FableVision crew came up with.

Renee Kurilla

Allie Biondi

Bob Flynn

Keith Zulawnik

John Lechner

Check back in a couple weeks for the next word!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Doug TenNapel

Back in the 90's, gateway computers had a cool game pack that you could get with your computer, including one game in particular called "The Neverhood". I'm sure everyone at FableVision knows about it now, since a. I think I casually bring it up in conversation once every 3 months, and b. I have it proudly perched next to my computer at work.

The game is fantastic and I recommend anyone who can get their hands on it, BUY IT! You wont be disappointed. It's the perfect combination of humor, logic and story. -plus the fact that they created everything out of clay!

I realized one day, I never really looked into who made it. I just always played it for what it was, an awesome game. So I found his name, it being Doug TenNapel. I had a flurry of excitement when I started uncovering that the same guy who did this game, also did Earthworm Jim (another obvious favorite from the nineties) and Skullmonkeys.

I found that Doug has definitely been keeping busy. He currently has about 8 comics under his belt (or more), and doesn't sound like he's going to be slowing down any time soon. So to keep a long story short, I immediately bought one online that day.

I purchased Earthboy Jacobus, and I have to say, it is probably one of the best books I've bought in a long time. The thing that struck me about his comic, is the raw brush work. It just felt very hand made. I think it may have something to do with the fact that I create almost 100% of my art on the computer now, but it instantly reminded me of what exactly we are doing as artists. Creating art. Yes you have to think about your audience, the story, etc. etc. At the end of the day tho, you are still just making your mark, no matter what kind of story goes along with it. I think spending so much time away from traditional materials, I've become a bit disconnected. Instead of sitting down with my trusty Isabey watercolor brushes, and just letting myself be creative, I have to be pained with a program riddled with bugs. But that can all be resolved very easily. I just need to pick up my brushes again! ha.

Which leads me to my next point. I've been following Jake Parkers" Inktober", which by the way, check out his blog, awesome stuff. Yesterday he posted a sketch that had a similar vibe to Mignola and TenNapel. Long story short, I was pointed to this video of TenNapel doing a quick demo, inking one of his comics. It's just always great to hear someones point of view, their process, and to actually SEE it happening, super cool. Which is actually the entire reason for me posting.

Check it out the following video, I hope it inspires you, I know I was!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Critter Crunch

Also on Boing Boing today, a very in-depth look at a game available for PS3, Critter Crunch, made by Capybara Games. You can watch that trailer super large in HD if you click on over to Vimeo.

Here are a few samples, but read the full Boing Boing review for all sorts of concept art, too.


--> Play Machinarium

Amanita Design, the creators of Samorost and Questionaut, may have outdone themselves. The point-and-click gameplay is similar, the world equally impressive, but now you collect an inventory of items. And only grab items within reach. Fun to play so far.

Also of note, Boing Boing featured a post detailing a comeback of sorts of point-and-click gaming. Check it out here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


via LineBoil

"Here’s a cool new animated spot for Girl Guides of Canada titled Different. The character designs were handled by Nathan Jurevicius and Andrea Kang, while Eric Makila and Anthony Burns took care of the animation and compositing. Production was run by Alchemy."

A great combination of stop motion, set creation, and digital compositing.

Here are some production stills (courtesy of the Alchemy website)

Monday, October 5, 2009

On Moving On

by FableVision artist and animator Allie Biondi

"This was my degree project from college. Made in 2005."

You can watch more animation by Allie on her YouTube channel.

The Next Lesson

by FableVision artist and animator Didi Mitova

"This is my senior project / thesis film. It was inspired by my frustrating experience studying art as a youth in Bulgaria, where schools teach tedious, precise representational art without getting to the essence of the subject."

You can watch more animation by Didi on her YouTube channel.

Friday, October 2, 2009

WTD?: Pelagic

The word that came out of the random word generator this week for What the Doodle? was PELAGIC. Which left a few of us scratching our heads. You can look it up on your own, but the general gist is something pertaining to the open sea, or the fish inhabiting the upper layers of the ocean. Here's what the FableVision crew came up with.

Tami Wicinas

Allie Biondi

John Lechner

Bob Flynn

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The Watermelon: A Sweet and Sour Tale

The watermelon’s fate is tragic –
Despite its name, it’s not pelagic.
All day it lies with rooted plants,
Dreaming of the sea’s expanse.
It sees itself in sailor gear,
Spitting seeds from ear to ear.
A pirate of the bravest kind,
With parrots perched upon its rind!

When twilight falls, with one swift motion,
It breaks from land and joins the ocean.
With glee, it plunges o’er the dock
…and sinks more swiftly than a rock.

Sad but true, it failed to note:
All that’s “water” does not float.

(Though you might think this tale is gory,
There’s a moral to this story:
As you tear off on life’s pursuits,
It’s never bad to check your roots.)

a poem by Jesse Bornemann (@JesseACH)

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Renee Kurilla

Hannah O'Neal

Taryn Johnson

Check back in a couple weeks for the next word!