Guess what I finally watched the other day? Yes, I am a terrible animator. I didn't get a chance to see Brave in the theater. But honestly, I'm glad I waited so long to see it. So many people were critical of the story when it came out, it was nice to wait until that had all blown over to enjoy the film for what it is. And I really enjoyed it!
The visuals were stunning, of course. As a kid who grew up running around in the woods herself, I loved the light treatment and compositions of the forest scenes. The mother-daughter relationship was also well done. I managed to not have the plot twists spoiled, so I won't reveal them either in case some others haven't caught the film yet. Pixar has really knocked it out of the park in the character design department and I was squealing with delight at tiny Merida whose hair was bigger than her body. I know without a doubt that if Brave had come out when I was a kid, it would be right up there with Little Mermaid and Lion King as my inspiration.
I would still have loved to see how the film may have been different had Brenda Chapman been able to direct it fully to her vision, but at least Pixar didn't bury her name in the credits and try to gloss over the obvious love and hard work she put into Brave. Any film that makes a cynical artist like me want to draw its main character (and several secondary characters too!) well, I'd call that a success.
Here's a wee Merida I painted on Tuesday:
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
A little late for Thanksgiving, but just in time for holiday dinner plans, this weeks' recipe is for Cranberry Citrus Relish. Man, I'm proud of how that orange turned out! See the rest of the recipe at cookingupcomics.com
Friday, November 23, 2012
I'm having a sale this weekend in my online store : FREE shipping in the continental US and 1/2 OFF international shipping! If you buy a comic, it will include a small ink sketch inside. Sale ends Monday at midnight. Happy shopping! Here's a preview of what's in the shop:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Thanks to Twitter, I found out it was Mermaid week! I doodled some mermaids yesterday as a warmup and cleaned these two up last night. It seems like it's been a while since I've taken anything that's not my comic to completion, so this was a fun exercise.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
This weeks' recipe is for Butternut Squash Soup! There is some other news on the site below the recipe, if you want to check it out. The next two weeks will be more Thanksgiving themed recipes, so be sure to check back next Wednesday!