Wednesday, December 8, 2010

3 Days ’til the Grand opening of TBA1039!

(Left to Right) 

Curiously Attractive For A Fishman, No Toys For Men, and C-070

If you find yourself in the Chicago area this weekend, check this out. On Dec. 11, 2010 7:30pm-11:30pm, I’ll have three works on display at the TBA1039 gallery!

You'll notice that the third piece is what I've been using for my profile pic.  I'll do a post tracing the origins of it one day.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Now that's The Stuff!

I love jingles. I love 80's music. I love horror movies.

What I especially love, is a jingle from a very weird, yet vastly entertaining 80's horror movie.

The movie I'm referring to is "The Stuff."

The Stuff (1985) was written, directed, and produced by Larry Cohen.  The first of his movies I remember seeing were his "It's Alive" movies about mutant, killer babies.  As someone who's always stood firmly against ever having kids, I've found these movies to be especially scary. hehe

The Stuff is a much more light-hearted in nature.  This is evident by the fact that its about killer ice-cream.  This killer ice-cream also had killer branding. It had a great logo with kind of a 70's flair to it.

What really caught my attention was one of The Stuff 's two theme songs.  It reminded me of "Body Talk" from Toxic Avenger, another tune from an 80's horror flick. There's something about 80's drum beats that just get ya pumped for anything. You' re primed and ready to win the big competition, get into shape, or partake in some teenage hijinks.

Whenever I hear a catchy song I like, I have to know the words to it.  This is especially true if it gets stuck in my head for long periods of time.  If I'm going to have a song pervade my thoughts, I'd prefer it be a steady, unbroken stream. My only option at this point is to get memorizing!

To my surprise, nowhere on the whole interwebs could I find anyone who'd documented the lyrics.  You would think that someone among the film's cult followers would have taken it upon themselves to do it.  To my knowledge, there's also been no official soundtrack release.  So, I had to do a little youtubin' and rewatch some scenes from the movie to learn the lyrics.

You hear the tagline, "Enough is Never Enough for The Stuff." throughout the movie, but you only hear each theme song once (twice in one instance, if you count some brief background play towards the end).  Because of overlapping dialogue, the beginning of the 1st song was hard to make out.  I think I managed to decipher all the lyrics though.  It plays during a photo shoot with some fashion models.

"The Stuff"  Theme Song #1

Lyrics - Richard Seaman
Vocalist - Unknown

One lasting taste that satisfies,

One big exciting sweet surprise.

One lick is never enough for the stuff!

Stays firm and never melts away,

My lips crave more and more each day!

One lick is never enough for the stuff!

Never melts! Never melts! Never melts away!

One lick is never enough for the stuff!


One lasting taste that satisfies,

One big exciting sweet surprise.

One lick is never enough for the stuff!

Stays firm and never melts away,

My lips crave more and more each day!

One lick is never enough for the stuff!

Never melts! Never melts! Never melts away!

One lick is never enough, oooh!

One lick is never enough for the stuff!

While I was at it, I figured I might as well list the lyrics for the 2nd theme song.  It's not a peppy as the other one, but still pretty catchy.  It's heard at the tail-end of a commercial scene with Abe Vigoda.  It parodys the Wendy's commercial "Where's the Beef?" with "Where's the Stuff?".

"The Stuff"  Theme Song #2

Lyrics - Richard Seaman 
Vocalist - Unknown
Voice over - Unknown

The Stuff is here now.

A great new taste sensation.

Light and free now,

Puts you to elevation.  

Enough is never enough,

Enough is never enough of The Stuff.

The Stuff, the taste that makes ya hungry for more. The Stuff, the taste that delivers.

Enough is never enough,

Enough is never enough of The Stuff.

The film credits say the advertising singles for The Stuff were written, composed, produced by a guy named Richard Seaman.  I'll refrain from making obvious string of jokes.  For the life of me, I can't dig up any information on him. Imdb only credits him for his work The Stuff.  I thought that maybe he would have been behind some recognizable jingles for actual products, but I can't find any indication of that. I can't even find out who did the vocals for the theme song.  Not even the movie lists that.  All lost in time, I suppose.

For any The Stuff fans whom also happen to be lyrics-nazis, I hope I've been helpful.

If you can't get hold of the dvd, you can watch The Stuff in nine parts via youtube.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Flintstones 50th Anniversary (continued)

Yesterday, I decided to play around with some values.  After blocking in some color, I decided to experiment with different opacity levels. The result was pretty interesting. I think I'll try out the subdued value approach to future digital works. 

Before I clean this up, I'll get some more progress made on Darpes.

Monday, September 13, 2010

A jar more professional.


Emtpy Jar Productions, LLC now has a wordpress blog.  It has most of the same content as this blog, sans all personal material. There's is some exclusive content, however (like my 3D work). I feel it's necessary to have some motivation to visit one site over another. I think there's some art on my Deviant Art page that I haven't posted here.

The primary goal of the new site is to have a website that's more employer-friendly. It's meant to achieve this in function as well and appearance.  Art is arranged gallery-style, making it easier to see everything together.

There you can also see the latest cut of my 30 sec Animation reel. For convenience, I've uploaded it here. 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Old Comix

Parrot Me this, Parrot me that........

Here's yet another project from the Anthem graveyard. These mascot designs were for a language learning service of some sort called "Parrot Me."  In my initial approach, I referenced a lot of sports teams with birds for mascots.

This was the final result. However, it was brought to my attention that the character needed to be more cute, yet intelligent.

Not to mention, green.

At one point, the word "mature" was also thrown into the mix. Then someone jokingly said that I should reference Golgo 13, so I whipped up a did that did just that.

These are the last incarnations of the character, before the project imploded.  I went in more of an Einstein direction with these, hoping to capture that "cute & fun, yet wise & mature" aspect.  That also led me to reference Doremon, a character that fits that description to the tee.

What I took form Doremon, in this concept were his proportions and minimal attire.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sudden Scribbles, Solidification Pt. 4

I stole a couple of hours tonight to work on this. Out of all the outside work I've been doing, I figure I should take SOME time to work on personal stuff. Tonight I got panel 2 a little closer to completion.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Scratches in the Dark

Here's a relic from '05. It's a scratchboard project from one of my sequential arts classes back at SCAD.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

In search of Terratherium

I got a whole slue of sketches from that old Monster Hunter contest.  The contest was a bust, but it was fun playing around with designs.

I was primarily trying to fuse a Galapagos Tortoise with a Giant Sloth. I also tried referencing snapping turtles, armadillos, as well as prehistoric armadillos.

I wasn't sure of what to call it, so I took the Giant Sloth's scientific name Megatherium and switched out the "Mega" for "Terra".

Terratherium (Earth Beast)