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Creative Common / Why Don't I Enjoy Art Any More?
« on: 15 September, 2018, 10:33:58 am »
Forgive me if this topic has been raised elsewhere - I didn't check if it has.
I'm just looking to talk about something that's been bothering me, and if someone has the patience and time to share any advice, support or understanding of this topic, then I'll be extremely grateful.

In a nutshell, I've lost my passion for drawing and I want it back.
When I was younger, I used to draw all the time. While the popular kids played football during break times at school, I'd sit in the corridor sketching away with other kids gathering around to watch me. I drew the most crazy characters and creatures from my mind, and felt comics and illustration was my obvious career path. But when I hit my early 30s, I suffered a creative block that lasted a decade. I was going through depression, and some circumstances in my life knocked the confidence out of me.

I came back to drawing thanks to the monthly art competitions on this very forum, and people thankfully seemed to like what I did. I've never felt I was quite good enough for comics or book illustration, despite what people said to me. I've never felt like I got my art mojo fully returned to me.

This year, I finished a year at college and have knocked out a string of commissions for people so it's apparent people like what I do. However, I've stopped enjoying drawing and everything I do - even when it's just sketching for myself - is a joyless chore. Right now, I'm considering getting rid of all my art books and materials because I feel like accepting the idea that I should just stop trying.
But there's a part of me reluctant to give up - drawing was the best skill I had, and if I don't have that - what DO I have?

Apologies for rambling on, I just wanted to talk with fellow artists who have gone through - or are maybe going through - what I'm currently experiencing. I need to figure out if it's worth sticking with or should I accept the passion is gone and let it go.

Thanks for reading/listening.

General / Why is Judge Fear so unpopular?
« on: 07 January, 2018, 10:30:09 pm »
It's a question that's been buzzing round in my head for a while now, but I've noticed he's usually the first to be bumped off in a lot of Dark Judge stories and I don't know whether it's for this reason, but he seems to be the least popular out of the four among readers...
Does he look naff? Are his powers lesser than those of the others?

Thought you chaps with drawing skills might be interested in this competition to design a creature for the upcoming movie...


Creative Common / My Artwork Collected
« on: 04 August, 2017, 12:54:17 am »
Taking inspiration from Steve Denton - and as a result of Photosuckit causing all previous artwork to disappear - I'm collating all the competition entries I did, the calendar artwork and a few odds and sods and putting them all in one thread. Please forgive the indulgence, it seemed like a good idea from Mr Denton in light of everything being lost.
Hope you enjoy :)


General / New Photobucket Terms & Conditions
« on: 15 July, 2017, 09:15:20 pm »
I've just been made aware of Photobucket's terms and conditions by friends who have "lost" their images and I wanted to check if this is likely to affect the forum, especially since a lot of people use Photobucket for the art-related threads.
As an ad-free site, Photobucket has decided to charge it's users without any real notice, for using the platform to be embedded in third party websites such as this forum.

It sounds as though all the images we have uploaded from Photobucket will eventually be replaced with upgrade graphics, and will only be returned by paying their fee for it's continued use.

I'm not sure if this will affect us all, and if so whether that effect will be instantaneous or affect users one by one, but I thought I should raise the issue with the forum admin and forum users if you and they weren't aware of it already.

A link to an article about this issue is below:

Music / Film Scores & Soundtracks
« on: 28 May, 2017, 11:52:11 pm »
As much as I love popular music, there's something about the occasional movie score that gets me in places those pop songs fail to reach. At times, they can act as beautiful chill-out music, other times they can be soaring and rousing or just toe-tappingly catchy.

What themes and scores have caught your attention? Does the Star Wars theme give you goosebumps?
Do you like to be shaken, not stirred by a Bond song? Perhaps you can suggest some that I can add to my playlist below.
Please forgive my indulgence but I LOVE listening to this playlist - it's really helped to influence and inspire when I've been working on a drawing or painting. It's mostly sci-fi/fantasy based, and there'll be some tunes very familiar to you, or should you check out any of the links, you might come across something new that hits you in the right spot... ;)

(Two Steps From Hell tracks aren't used in any films or tv programs that I'm aware of but they have been tailored for and used for scoring trailers)

01, Steve Jablonsky The Island Awaits You The Island
02, Jeff Wayne The Eve Of The War The War Of The Worlds
03, Akira Ifukeube Godzilla Theme Godzilla (1954)
04, Harald Kloser Main Theme The Day After Tomorrow
05, Hans Zimmer Time Inception
06, Jerry Goldsmith Main Title Star Trek: First Contact
07, Hans Zimmer Main Theme Man Of Steel
08, Jerry Goldsmith The Dream Total Recall
09, Henry Mancini Theme From Lifeforce Lifeforce
10, Jeremy Soule The Streets Of Whiterun The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
11, Jamin Winans The City Surf Ink
12, John Murphy Sunshine (Adagio In D Minor) Sunshine
13, Javier Navarrete Lullaby Pan's Labyrinth
14, Jamin Winans Who You Were Ink
15, Steve Jablonsky Bumblebee Transformers
16, Jamin Winans Ayúdame The Frame
17, Jeremy Soule Kyne's Peace The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
18, Daft Punk Father And Son Tron Legacy
19, Two Steps From Hell None Shall Live Battlecry
20, Steve Jablonsky Scorponok Transformers
21, Tomoyasu Hotei Battle Without Honor Or Humanity Kill Bill Vol.1
22, Barry Gray Season One Themes Space 1999
23, John Barry The Black Hole Theme The Black Hole
24, Barry Di Vorzon Main Theme V: The Final Battle
25, Paul Leonard-Morgan She's A Pass Dredd
26, Jamin Winans Intercept The Frame
27, Two Steps From Hell Protectors Of The Earth Invincible (Used in Doctor Who Series 6 trailer)
28, Annie Lennox Into The West The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
29, Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard Elysium Gladiator
30, Jamin Winans Breathe The Frame
31, Jeremy Soule Ancient Stones The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
32, Nicholas Hooper Dumbledore's Farewell Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince
33, Jamin Winans John's Walk Ink
34, Two Steps From Hell Tristan Invincible (Used in Doctor Who Series 6 trailer)
35, Jamin Winans Design Of Chaos The Frame
36, John Murphy In A House, In A Heartbeat 28 Days Later
37, Jeremy Soule From Past To Present The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
38, Jamin Winans What Happened To You Ink
39, Jeremy Soule Secunda The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
40, Murray Gold A Good Man (Twelve's Theme) Doctor Who
41, Two Steps From Hell Freedom Fighters Invincible
42, Two Steps From Hell Spellcaster Battlecry
43, Jeremy Soule Far Horizons The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
44, Steve Jablonsky My Name Is Lincoln The Island
45, Paul Leonard-Morgan Ma-Ma's Requiem Dredd

Film & TV / Universal's Dark Universe
« on: 24 May, 2017, 11:46:22 pm »
I'm sure you've all seen the trailer for the The Mummy movie, starring Tom Cruise, and some of you know that this is the first in a series of films that will form a Marvel-style universe, involving Universal's legendary monsters.
I feel like I should be cynical about this project, and I'm not entirely won over by the trailer for The Mummy, nor am I a fan of Tom Cruise - but I'm actually looking forward to seeing classic movie monsters brought to life again and coming together - so long as it's more The Monster Squad than Van Helsing.

So Aside from Mr. Cruise and Sofia Boutella as the titular Mummy, we'll see Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde, Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man, and Javier Bardem as Baron Frankenstein.

There's a bit about The Mummy, including the trailer here:

And there's a lovely montage of clips from the original films that signals the coming "rebirth":

As I said above, this could turn out to be pants and a case of bandwagon-jumping, but I do hope it actually turns out to be really good...

Film & TV / Supernatural/Scooby Doo Crossover
« on: 19 May, 2017, 12:34:49 pm »
Anyone out there still watching Supernatural..?

Season 13 (THIRTEEN!!) will see the Winchester brothers get all 2D and share an episode with Scooby Doo himself.
I've enjoyed the crazy meta episodes of Supernatural, but this sounds bonkers. I dare say they'll make it work somehow, I'm just wondering if it's not getting a bit silly and desperate thirteen series in...


Suggestions / More Ampney Crucis Investigates?
« on: 18 May, 2017, 11:18:00 pm »
I bloody love this strip, so I wondered if there was any chance for more adventures from messrs Edginton and Davis? I know it's been a while since Ampney's last case, but I hope I'm not the only one who's hungry for more.
Failing any new adventures, will we ever see a volume 2 to follow "Vile Bodies"?

Film & TV / The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance
« on: 18 May, 2017, 09:29:37 pm »
Just found out The Dark Crystal will be getting a prequel tv series on Netflix.
What do ya make of that then...?


Film & TV / Ink (2009)
« on: 17 May, 2017, 09:54:32 pm »
Ink’s plot is an intriguing, enigmatic mixture of Snow White, Alice In Wonderland and A Christmas Carol. We’re introduced to John (Chris Kelly) a wealthy businessman who’s addicted to drink, drugs and making huge sums of money, to the exclusion of his wife and young daughter, Emma.
Against this backdrop, an unseen war plays out between the angelic Storytellers, who bring us pleasant dreams while we sleep, and the evil Incubi, who terrorise us with nightmares. It’s a battle that has gone on for eternity, it seems, while the rest of us have all been tucked up in bed. Then, one night, a grotesque, gargoyle-like figure named Ink arrives at the foot of Emma’s bed, and in spite of the Storytellers’ fighting skills, manages to spirit her away to another plane of reality.

                                                                    Den Of Geek

I LOVE this film. 100%.

There's a good chance you've never heard of Ink, but it's hidden gem well worth seeking out.

Ink is a low budget independent film, and while it's low budget shows, it still manages to look stunning. It was written, produced, directed and scored by Jamin Winans, who had tried to interest Hollywood film companies with his movie, but no-one was interested so Jamin made it himself with just $250.000.
Despite a very limited US release, Ink won the Best International Feature award at the Cancun Film Festival and it eventually found an audience through peer-to-peer torrents, which while obviously illegal, gained a positive reaction by word-of-mouth through those downloads (500,000 in a week in the year of it's release), helping to boost DVD and Blu-ray sales.

It's kind of a dark fairytale in a Terry Gilliam style, and you may sit through the first half of the film in confusion as the story isn't told in a linear fashion and John's real world story seems disconnected from the fantasy world of Ink, but the two do come together and you are rewarded with an intricate, fascinating tale that is surprisingly emotional, aided by Jamin's beautiful music score.

If Ink's story was told in a comic book style, it would sit comfortably in the pages of 2000ad.
I simply can't sing Ink's praises highly enough, and I think the film's meagre budget works in it's favour, as it tells a good story inventively and imaginatively, more so than many big budget Hollywood films have ever managed.

If you've never heard or seen Ink, look for it on Netflix or Lovefilm and treat yourself. Like I said, some of you will probably struggle with it, but I'm confident many of you will really enjoy it. Check out any reviews, the majority of them are extremely positive.
If you've already seen Ink before, I'd love to hear what you thought of it...

Ink Trailer 1:

Ink Trailer 2:

General / The Tharg Comic Strips
« on: 10 May, 2017, 02:20:26 pm »
I'm trying to catch up on a lot of 2000ad strips by collecting the graphic reprints, and I wondered if, aside from some collected comic strips in an edition of 2000ad Monthly, has the Mighty One's strips been reprinted in book form elsewhere...?

General / Art Competition Themes
« on: 12 April, 2017, 12:48:44 am »
Just wondered if it was possible to compile a list of past themes in one easy-to-access place so we can avoid repetition. The contest has been running for a while now and many contributors have come to it at a later stage - I myself began submitting during The Dark Judges theme.
I figured it would be handy in deciding on future themes - I've suggested a few in the past that were too similar to previous ones. :)

General / Whatever Happened To "Helium"?
« on: 09 April, 2017, 12:44:20 pm »
"Helium" left us on a bit of a cliffhanger, but that was a couple of years ago. We've had several chapters of "The Order" since then. "Helium" doesn't even seem to get talked about from what I can see... was it that bad?

General / The Little Monster That Grew
« on: 07 January, 2017, 11:49:23 pm »
I have a long distant memory of reading a one-off comic strip but I can't remember where I saw it or what it was called - perhaps someone can put me out of my misery.

The strip in question may have appeared in an annual or special - I don't think it was in a regular Prog. It involved a very small alien creature that came to Earth and started to eat just about everything. The more it ate, the more it grew, eventually growing to a colossal size and becoming a threat to mankind. I think the army was brought in to stop the creature but was unsuccessful in stopping it.
Just when it appeared that all was lost the alien eventually had one bite too much, and in true Mr Creosote fashion - exploded. Crisis over.

I'm pretty sure the strip was in black and white, and I think the creature walked on all fours and had a sort of beak for a mouth. I don't think it had any eyes. I've remembered this strip for years, but I've never come across it - I'm no longer sure it appeared in 2000ad now.

Anyone have any ideas...?

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