I'm changing my name.That's right. I'm changing my DA name.I've thought long and hard and have decided to change it toooooo.........................................."jollyjack".That's right; i'm one of the few artists here on DA that seems content with my name. That; and I think changing a "brand" simply because you can, after you've spent time and energy building up an audience is f**king stupid.I've been here for years. I've operated on the internet under "jollyjack" for longer. If I changed that now it would be monumentally confusing to people that follow my work, which, in turn, would have an effect on revenue.There are a ton of artists here whose work I keenly follow, and I think they're kinda shooting themselves in the foot by doing this.Kinda reminds be of those little label-making things everyone's been given on at least one Christmas as a kid: you unwrap it, you find out what it does and you spend the rest of the day punching out new tags for everything. Even if they'
Always someone that ruins it for the rest of us.3D printing is a fabulous technological advance, and anyone with a creative mind will be thrilled at the possibilities that could be just around the corner as a result of its development….Or would be if some dick hadn't decided to use it to make a weapon: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22421185Yes, we're back on the gun-debate-thing. And this time the pro-gun crowd are pissing me off because they've set in motion a chain of events that will stifle the potentially fabulous ability to transfer what you create on your computer into the real world.The man behind it harps on about liberty being his motivation for doing it.What rot.Liberty has to be tempered with responsibility, otherwise you just have anarchy. Using new technology to build a gun doesn't make you a champion for freedom, it makes you an attention seeking moron who gives the powers-that-be REASON to restrict it. They will now do everything the can to prevent the proliferation of the technology. They
The End of the Twinkie?http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2012/11/16/hostess-twinkies-ding-dongs-wonder-bread-going-out-of-business/1708409/World War 3 may just be months away, with much of the middle east currently being blown apart by missiles and the locals setting their neighbours on fire, but the real news is that the Twinkie, the USA's primary contribution to world cuisine, could cease to be."You eat those?" I hear people ask. Hell no. Never eaten one in my life. There's something about their unnatural, chemical-yellow colour and that they have a half-life rather than a use-by date that just sets off one too many alarm-bells.In fact, I'm pretty sure that if you read the print on the pack, you'll find asbestos to be a key ingredient.Even John McClane can't keep one down, and he took out a building full of terrorists with nothing but his bare feet and a Santa hat.Which leads to my point: Without the Twinkie, there are SO many lines from SO many classic movies that future generations just a
I'd buy that for a dollar.In my last journal entry, I brought to your attention Australia's flying cluster of nipples.Today I want to show you the kind of thing public funds SHOULD be spent on: http://kotaku.com/detroit-really-is-getting-a-giant-robocop-statue-here-504967648Yes, the city of Detroit is getting a giant, bronze statue of.....ROBOCOP.F**k. Yes.I'm moving to Detroit. The place kinda looks like Fallout, but they have taste!
Yeah, this'll end well.....Let me try to wrap my head around this: certain parties in the U.S government don't like the idea of assisting the poor, of the county they serve, with health care expense, because of the cost.Their "solution" to this is to shut down the government (something which isn't possible in any other nation on the planet), which will cost more, decrease public spending, lower the demand for imports, damage global economy and generally tarnish the U.S's international reputation even further?The rich making others suffer in an effort to get their own way.I believe that's called "tyranny".
Voices in your head.Lots of people harp on about the influx of CCTV cameras across the world's cities being a sign that "1984" was slightly more prophetic than is comfortable.I've already made my stand on that issue clear with a simple "Bollocks", but there is another aspect of the Orwellian nightmare that may be infiltrating public transport: that of being bombarded by information, whether you want it or not.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23167112Now THAT is something to be legitimately concerned about.Unsurprisingly, it's something birthed by Rupert "Evil F**k" Murdoch's empire, who I'm pretty sure goes into work each day and asks the question "How do we kill Superman?"
Creativity is addictive.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23572742I believe that Minecraft is the future of massive multiplayer games, and I'm surprised that none of the big developers/publishers have cottoned onto it yet.They look at Minecraft and think its success is down to its business model, or to its blocky, retro charm.It's not.It's down to the fact that you get out of it what you put into it.With a MMORPG, there are pre-scripted quests. With Minecraft, you set the quests yourself or others.User created content is the key. All you have to do is provide the players with the tools to build.There are two types of gamer: wall builders and wall breakers.Wall builders are the ones that spend an age in an RTS game getting their base just right. They play SimCity and act as Dungeon Master during an RPG.Wall breakers are the type to follow the mission brief. They get set a quest and they follow it. They're the Call of Duty crowd and they're never more happy than when
Forget Zombies.Britain is currently facing a real epidemic.It started in Northampton earlier in the year and has since spread to a number of other towns and cities around Fair Blighty.ClownsThe horrific Northampton Clown was the first. “Patient Zero”, if you will. He would simply….appear. Sometimes he would knock on doors and randomly offer to paint the window frames for the bemused resident (though he never seemed to carry paint or a brush). On another occasion, he emerged from a lake and handed out balloons.Since this hellish creature first showed up, there have been a deluge of sightings, from right across the country, causing such a degree of distress that the authorities are issuing advice.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-25140358
Big Brother has better things to do.The paranoia that our governments are spying on us has resurfaced again in this past week, with the NSA's "Prism" program being the latest issue for conspiracy theorists to wet themselves over.Its connection to Britain's GCHQ activities means we have politicians on the air day and night saying that the public have nothing to fear.And we don't.All they care about is that we pay our taxes. Beyond that, they're not watching us. Even if they wanted to, they couldn't. They don't have the manpower of funds! There are roughly 2 million CCTV cameras in the United Kingdom, meaning there is 48 million hours of footage produced per day. All that can logically be used for is to track and capture people who break the law. The same goes for any internet monitoring that might be conducted by the security services. Unless, of course, the conspiracy theorists are also suggesting that over half the population of the country are working for secret intelligence?It wouldn't surprise me if they did make
You're one ugly mother f**ker.Last time I was in Birmingham (England) I was surprised to see a Predator standing in the middle of New Street. It made a welcome change to the crap "living statue" guy.Made me smile.And then I saw this……which didn't.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRe3Yh71nz4&feature=shareI can't articulate my sheer and utter loathing of people like that. They just make the world feel a little more bleak.A good few people watch my DevArt page. Some of you must be from the English Midlands. Share this vid.EDIT - Huh....looks like he's already been found: http://imgur.com/gallery/wOXiJndThat didn't take long. Only happened yesterday! Yay for the internet.....and yay for stupid people uploading evidence of their crimes.EDIT EDIT - Or did they get him? Most up-to-date news I've read say the police are still investigating.EDIT EDIT EDIT - A more reliable source (the Police themselves) have announced that a man has given himself up in regards to the incident. Probably the m
Station X reactivated....kinda....http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-24648247OK, not really. They're turning part of the old facility into a cyberspace security and learning centre, to inspire the next generation of codebreakers.Station X, AKA Bletchley Park, was the secret installation which housed the codebreaking unit who cracked Enigma in WW2, and was where the world's first programmable computer was built.The site fell into disrepair after the war. With the Soviets a very real threat after 1945, Churchill ensured that Station X and its activities were kept under wraps, just in case a new war began in which they would be needed.It wasn't until the 1970s that the public learned of Bletchley Park's wartime activities.They're finally turning the place into a museum.
Strange and exotic foods.The USA is the loudest nation on Earth. Its culture is presented to the rest of the planet in all forms of media, and has been for the decades that I've been parked in front of the TV. Kids in remote corners of the world grow up watching Sesame Street. I did, and as a result say "Zee" instead of "Zed", which pissed off my English teacher something fierce.For those that take my jibes, barbs and sarcasm too seriously: I have no problem with that kind of cultural permeation. Far from it. I find it rather fascinating.It has however led to a few "WTF?" moments. Questions as to what those crazy Yanks are talking about, as there is nothing comparable elsewhere. They're never in regards to anything major. Just little cultural quirks that have never escaped beyond the borders and, as such, are seen by outsiders as a total f**king mystery.Things like "S'mores"."S'more" is a word I've heard and read since the 80s."Let's make S'mores""Can we have S'mores?"What the hell are you people talkin
stuff!Sorry I haven't been around lately, guys. I've been doing some work for Disney, AND I was signed on as a colorist for an upcoming graphic novel, which I'm working on with the amazing :iconhodges-art:. It's been an awesome year, and thank you all for your continued support. I'll do my best to keep you updated with our projects!
HellosHiya,Been away for quite some time! I'm thinking about transitioning slowly back in though; I posted something the other day and kinda forgot how nice it is to be able to read and respond to comments directly.What have I been up to? Mostly making games (both facebook and mobile), but I recently transitioned back to freelance to finish an interesting business-oriented book that I am finding pretty fulfilling. And some illustration work, and some other comics... Also working on my own stuff but of course freelance and commissions are a priority I think I'm happier now than I've been in a while: I live in a pretty cool area, have cool friends who do lots of different and interesting things, and for the first time in a while, free time with which to do my personal stuff. Big change from my usual working-my-ass-off-and-barely-having-time-to-breathe schedule. Also freelancing lets me choose the kind of thing I want to work on, which is a nice change from games (for now). I really can't
NICKELODEON AND DREAMWORKS ARE LOOKING FOR TALENT!NICKELODEON ANIMATION launched an Animated Comedy Shorts Program. They are looking for writers/animators/artists to contribute. APPLY TO NICKELODEON HERE: http://signup.viacom.com/NickShortsPitches/NickShortsPitchSubmission.aspxDREAMWORKS ANIMATION LOOKING TO TRAIN STORY ARTISTS:"The Story Initiative Program at DreamWorks Animation is a comprehensive immersion program for recent college graduates who wish to pursue artistic careers as story artists.The objective of the program is to identify and train entry-level storytellers in the techniques and practices of storyboarding for feature-length animated films. Over the course of an initial three month curriculum, trainees are instructed by a DWA senior story artist in a training environment that replicates the production environment on actual projects. Trainees learn how to: evaluate and plan their storyboard sequences,
ANIMATION FACT....The conventional Anime style (big eyes, large heads & proportions) origin traces back to Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989/Astro Boy, Kimba The White Lion, Black Jack), unanimously known as 'The Godfather of Anime' who was heavily influenced by the style's of Max Fleischer's BETTY BOOP & Disney's BAMBI. Anime's signature style was derived from American animation styles.See how we influence each other?
TO YOU ASPIRING ARTISTS...Someone just linked me to this image (even featured my artbook cover in it) this morning and I thought it spoke to what i've dealt with my entire career.Try to embrace what makes you different, even if it makes others uncomfortable.
Be Confident in Your ArtOn my Taught By A Pro blog a put up a new post about gaining conficence in your art. Lots of Disney stories in it too. It even has a GLEN KEANE drawing to go with it, so its worth the click! http://taughtbyapro.com/drawing-inspiration-4-confident-tom-bancroft/
The Making of YOSHINARI'S LITTLE WITCH ACADEMIAFor all aspiring artists/ students who whish to work in 2D animation production, and those already in 2D animation who know little to nothing about actual 2D animation production, here is but a glimpse of what it's like. This is also a pretty brilliant program enacted by Japanese grants to nurture the talent pool for the new generation. Watch director Yoh Yoshinari (gurren Lagaan, Evangelion, FLCL) train 5 young animators at his newly founded animation company STUDIO TRIGGER (KIll LA KILL), as he guides them through the process of helping him create the first episode of the wildly popular Little Witch Academia OVA. Inspiring stuff and a true peek behind the curtain of what it's like for young artists/creatives/animators who work under a giant like Yoshinari. Enjoy!!!!
WHICH ONE OF THESE ARE CONSIDERED ANIME?
Shit Hitting The FanAs some of you may have read on my Facebook this morning, last night and perhaps a couple weeks ago, the 'ol SquirrelShaver has been going through some shit and I wanted to take a moment to clarify some issues. As a professional artist sometimes these are lessons learned the hard way because the politics of the industry, comic books in particular, are so sensitive. I'm normally very reserved and my wife and I keep these situations to our own circles but things need to be vented before my eyes explode. 1st.) Don't sell yourself short when selling artwork. You put your time and effort, sweat and tears into every piece of art that you create and you, if no one else, should respect that. Set a price and stick with it. No one is coming to you at your job to haggle you about prices on sheet rock, a gallon of milk, or that awesome new purse that Coach just released right? No. Your price is the price. Also, if you have a piece of art th
RIP Ray Harryhausen.http://www.hollywood.com/news/celebrities/55012302/ray-harryhausen-diesGodspeed, Sir.Your creations scared the living sh*t out of me as a kid.Loved you for it!