The most recent sketch challenge for The Ghost Empire Collective.
The theme was Star Wars and Music.
I have always thought that operas were the blockbusters of their time with ostentatious sets and over the top special effects. The Ring Cycle by Wagner was The Lord of the Rings movies of its time. (JRR. Tolkien denied he was influenced by The Ring Cycle)
I got the idea because I had just watched Wagner & Me with Stephen Fry discussing Richard Wagner (and the controversy over his legacy). (I never knew that Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria was built in honor of Wagner’s work.)
Of course the Bugs Bunny cartoon What’s Opera Doc is also a tribute to Wagner.
I think Princess Leia is a great Brünnhilde.
This sketch also has a dash of Aida. I can never get The Grand March tune from that one out of my head.
Who else is excited to see the new episodes of Sherlock coming out in January? I know I am. I watched the first couple seasons several times. Sadly, in the US we have to wait for a couple weeks, but it will be on in the UK New Year’s Day.
Anyway, my last Look and Find was so well received that I decided to do another one… My friend who does hidden pictures for Highlights magazine said I should send them some designs. I have not been motivated to construct one that is kid oriented yet…
The process of this cartoon was really interesting. The set designers on this show are wallpaper crazy; it is in almost every residence. There is definitely a feel of bachelor living to the main apartment design for the main characters. 221b genuinely has a cluttered appearance.
Again, I got in most of my favorite characters. I originally intended to have more of the police officers in the composition, but scaled things back a little bit. Similarly, there are not items related to every episode in the toon, just my favorites.
As you can see from the last Pop Smoothie entry, Martin Freeman (and Benedict Cumberbatch for that matter) are very busy men. I still think MF found his roll in Love Actually to be the most enjoyable. Definitely the costume for that role was the least cumbersome…
Happy New Year’s everyone!
This is a fitting holiday post for Pop Smoothie. The Hobbit is being released for the holidays and of course Love Actually is a Christmas movie. The way the movie industry regurgitates franchises, I fully expect this silly concept to become reality. I think they can squeeze out a few more Hobbit movies with special guest stars! It would only take a couple teensy liberties…
I often wonder which movie Martin Freeman enjoyed making more of these two…
It is interesting, to do this cartoon, I really looked at all the dwarf designs in depth for the first time for the movies. I saw the first one of course but had not taken in all the details.
Back in the 90s I painted a lot of dwarves for the Middle Earth CCG.
It never once occurred to me to put a macrame design in their beards. Seeing it in the movie designs made me wish I had. I am sure the AD would have approved.
It made me wonder who does those elaborate designs. In the Tolkien universe, it is mentioned that dwarf women are never seen and have beards like the men. Perhaps they are never seen because they are constantly crafting exotic new beard styles.
And what is up with Kili? It looks like perhaps the mountain had a cute elven mailman? Maybe that is why they are so protective of their ladies…
We have plans to see Desolation of Smaug this Sunday before our Illustrators yearly Christmas party. It has actually gotten some good reviews. I will report back…
UPDATE: This joke trailer for Love Actually 2 is perfect: http://stylecaster.com/love-actually-parody/
UPDATE 2: I recently was arguing with friends about whether or not Desolation of Smaug is fan fiction. I said it was the most expensively produced piece of fan fiction ever. My friend said it cannot be since it is officially licensed by the Tolkien estate.
I just fount this review in The Atlantic by Christopher Orr which basically said what I did, although a bit harsher. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/12/-em-the-hobbit-2-em-is-bad-fan-fiction/282316/
I recently found out about an Orange is the New Black Zine from Julia Lavigne on Twitter. I loved the show so much that I had to do an image.
I have a friend who does a hidden image pictures for Highlights magazine. Inspired by the images she brings to our weekly Illustrators Lunches, I made this one. I got in all my favorite characters.
If you love the show, they just extended the deadline a week. http://oitnb-zine.tumblr.com/