entire life

the inspiration for this new comic strip really came from just observing how lately life seems to be happening all around me, and so fast.  there’s been friends getting pregnant, colleagues passing away, and just people coming down with life changing events.  life just happens but because we’re living in the moment, it’s hard to grasp or even steer our own life.  i’ve been told recently my comics are getting really depressing, so that wasn’t the intent for this!  it might be late in life, but it does get better for our main character.  so, if you happen to be feeling that too, i have to believe it’s never too late to be happy.

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Johnny’s top movies of 2016!

like my friend @AkaDimiX, i enjoy the year end list of top whatevers.  the only one i care about really are the top movies, so without further a du…

  1. Arrival – great story and visuals.  i’ve seen a lot of sci-fi movies and this movie managed to give me something different.
  2. Hell or High Water – dubbed a modern western, i thought it hit all the marks of a western really well and transported me to that lifestyle for a moment in time.
  3. Rogue One – despite all the hype and an origin story i wasn’t all too thrilled about, the movie definitely delivers.
  4. The Accountant – the premise is a bit hokey but Ben Affleck gives a great performance that mixes in humor just at the right moments.
  5. Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, Doctor Strange, Batman V. Superman – i’ll go ahead and lump all these movies together – fun and entertaining, but ultimately forgettable.
  6. Star Trek Beyond – even with my bias for all things Star Trek, this movie barely makes it on the list.  still, it was fun seeing characters get to interact despite two previous movies where they didn’t.
  7. Eddie the Eagle – it’s my feel good movie of the year!  starring my fav actor Hugh Jackman, it’s based on a true story and good for a light night in all the seriousness of the world.

biggest disappointments for me this year, and there are lots:

  1. X-Men Apocalypse
  2. Independence Day: Resurgence
  3. Sausage Party
  4. Green Room
  5. Keanu

honorable mentions, especially as rentals:

  1. Nerve
  2. Zootopia
  3. Midnight Special
  4. Jungle Book
  5. The Nice Guys

movies i haven’t seen yet that may make it on this list:

  1. Moonlight
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Jackie
  4. La La Land
  5. Live By Night
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Johnny’s top movies of 2015!

for those of you that care, here’s my top picks for movies in 2015!

    1. Ex Machina – what a concept!  great acting all around plus great visuals
    2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – JJ does it again with a solid all around movie, but he better watch out for duplicating past plots too much (i.e. Star Wars Into Darkness and Wrath of Kahn)
    3. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – i love the MI franchise and Tom Cruise doesn’t disappoint.  i hope the addition of Ferguson in the next installment doesn’t ruin the dynamic.
    4. Mad Max: Fury Road – that guitar guy sealed the deal for me
    5. Everest – speaking to the adventurist in me, i enjoyed the grittiness and true story aspect
    6. The Martian – fun humor with a fun cast
    7. Furious 7 – the action is so ridic you have to respect that
    8. The Gift – a surprisingly dark movie that has perhaps ruined Jason Bateman for me
    9. Kingsman: The Secret Service – a breakout role for the male lead and i enjoyed all those British actors in one place
    10. Southpaw – i’m a sucker for boxing movies

biggest disappointments for me this year have been:

    1. Spectre – weak plot and action sequences that made no sense
    2. Ant-Man – despite Paul Rudd and an excellent entourage, perhaps i was expecting too much but this was way too predictable and that romance doesn’t feel organic
    3. The Avengers: Age of Ultron – i hear it’s better upon second viewing but it got too convoluted for me

good, but perhaps overhyped:

    1. Sicario

made more enjoyable because the friends i was with:

    1. Straight Outta Compton

movies i haven’t seen yet that may make it on this list:

    1. Macbeth
    2. Creed
    3. Revenant
    4. The Big Short
    5. The Walk
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new comic… that’s fill-in-the-blank!

it’s been awhile but here’s a comic strip i drew recently.  a bit rusty, but boy did it feel good to have all them drawing tools in my hands again!  it was something i did for my day job, but i’ve taken out the text so you can fill it in yourself with whatever!  enjoy!

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criticizing my own art

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so, what went wrong with the left image? I didn’t see how off it was until I was done with the face, when it just looked wrong. the jaw looked off, the chin seems too narrow, and the combination of the eyebrows and eyes made him looks Asian (which I did not intend this time!).

so, I did what always takes courage for me and erased it. when I drew it again, using a photo reference of myself, I realized I needed more “stress” in the jaw. I mean, if he’s opening his mouth wide, there should be more stretch in the skin and therefore show more cheek bones (I think). in any case, the one of the right looks much better. plus, I wanted to make it not just photo-real but more bounce, like a cartoon.

my last comment, do yourself a favor and look up the artist Eric Canete. he’s fantastic. and when he draws, he’ll draw and redraw the image until he gets it right. like a master sculptor bringing the image out of the paper. he gives me inspiration to not give up. thanks.

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INKtober – days 11-15

having survived the first 10 days, i found myself at this point getting more and more complex.  originally, i was aiming for short 15-30 minutes ink sketches.  these were now turning into a full hour to do!

below are the pieces from Day 11 through 15.  on Day 13, i was determined to do a close-up face shot, to further practice my shading skills.  with this piece, i also learned a bit about negative space, or white space, and the power of it.  not everything deserves a line.  sometimes, having it blank says more.  further, i think i’ve been working on my right side of the brain to truly capture what is seen, and not draw what i know should be there.  so, for Day 13, i really wanted to capture the shine from his black rim glasses.

on Day 14, i decided i would shift over to females for awhile.  this would prove to be actually more challenging.  how do i capture enough facial details without making them look old!  i’ve read how every single additional line you draw on a female’s face is like adding 10 years to her age!  so, with Day 14 and Gweneth Paltrow, i found a piece that i can focus on her neck and shoulders!

finally, on Day 15, i tackled Katy Perry and her shiny hair.  using Copic markers, the goal with this piece was to get that shine in her hair, again using white space.

enjoy!

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INKtober – days 6-10

as you can probably tell by now, i’ve been drawing from Esquire magazine for my subjects.  at first, i just wanted a good fashionable piece to draw from, but then i decided, why not make the entire month of Inktober with some style!

as the days went on, i realized i was working on my ability to shade in ink by varying the thickness, the space between, and the direction of the ink lines.  as you can notice with Day 6, i think it worked particularly well by drawing the lines i the direction the skin contours to.  another takeaway for me was – don’t be afraid to add more detail.  for me, sometimes i get into this mindset that what i’ve drawn is good and i don’t want to ruin it with a line (ink, nonetheless!) that may ruin it.  well, in keeping with the spirit of Inktober and the whole premise of finncomics, i need to experiment!

below are Days 6 through 10.  enjoy.

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INKtober – days 1-5

i first started hearing about Inktober a few years ago from the awesome Skottie Young, when i bought one of his digital books, The Adventures of Bernard the World Destroyer, that contained 31 inked pieces of art that combined to tell a short story.  apparently, Inktober was started by a guy named Jake Parker, an illustrator and comic book artist who has worked for lots of major companies and movies, such as Horton Hears a Who, Rio, and Epic.  the rules are pretty simple – for the entire month of October, produce some drawings at a regular and consistent pace (i.e. everyday, every other day, every 5th day, etc.).  that’s it.

so, this year, my annual art jamm week coincided with October 1st.  thus, i decided to participate.  below, are my Inktober pieces for days 1 to 5.  enjoy, and come back to see how the rest of the month goes!

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