Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

December 14, 2006

SPY GUY – Webcomic pt.13

Filed under: Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 10:25 am

Some words about this strip:
It was drawn at half the size of the other strips in an attempt to fit a whole page on a single piece of paper. It was also done fast and sloppy.

“you mean those other strips aren’t sloppy?”

Well, yeah they are sloppy. I mean, they were drawn on a train. Whaddaya want?! But this one is especially sloppy. See, I wanted to see how fast I could go. It was drawn in record time, and this is what came out. I also busted out a brush-pen test out, hence those extre thick lines. I’ll probably be doing that sparingly in the future.

But whatever. It tells the story.

December 12, 2006

Drawing Folds

Filed under: Reference,Weblinks — M Kitchen @ 12:46 pm

One interesting thing about this webcomic experiment is that my stumbling blocks are becoming painfully obvious. There are specific things that (more than others) are causing me to draw slow. One of those is folds. And for a comic that has the majority of the characters wearing suits, that’s a problem I’ve got to solve for myself.

A good place to start is the following drawing class note from Walt Stanchfield, the drawing instructor for Walt Disney Studios.  This is handout number 19, titled: A Simple Approach to Drapery.

The above .pdf file is from Animation Meat where they have all sorts of good instructional stuff from the masters of animation (located in the notes section).

December 8, 2006

STAR WARS – Archeology Project pt.1

Filed under: Essays,Inspiration,Nostalgia — M Kitchen @ 5:53 pm

On May 25, 1977 20th Century Fox released a film by director George Lucas called Star Wars. At 2 and a half years of age I wasn’t old enough to remember this event. It was 3 years later when I watched the film in the theater during a double header. Star Wars is one of my earliest memories, and easily my first obsession. It became a foundation of my intenal psyche and the corner stone of my imagination.

Vividly I remember sitting in that theater. Watching the opening fanfare and text scroll, followed by the emense Star Destroyer. The act climaxed in a wave of both shock-and-awe, and terror, when Darth Vader boarded the Corriliean Corvette through the smoke and carnage with his squadron of Stormtroopers.

The paradox of past and future, sci-fi and fantasy.
“a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”

The reason the first movie resonated was because the issues were timeless. They are real.
A used future. An evil empire. A young farm boy answering the hero’s call and becoming jedi like his father before him. The force. The dark side. This film contained everything to captivate a young mind.

Han Solo became the archtype of cool.
Obi-Wan of wisdom.
Luke of hero.
R2-D2 and C-3P0 of comedy.
Leia as heroin.
Vader of capital “V” Villain.

Star Wars became a common reference point for an entire generation. I still use the three act structure of the Star Wars films as a reference point to Real Life. The hero’s journey.

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster by your side kid” – Han Solo.

Cool … only to find out those words aren’t quite true. Like real life. I have more to type here, but have to find the right words…
Kenner Products obtained the rights to produce action figures and playsets for the Star Wars trilogy from 1977-1984.

Again, one of my earliest memories is waking up Christmas morning in 1980 to find a Millenium Falcon under my stocking. (A Death Star playset under my brothers).

Star Wars facinated me, and digging deeper into the “behind the scenes” treasure trove of information regarding the making of Star Wars. The incredible art of Ralph McQuarrie, spacecrafts built from old model kits, starfields superimposed over bluescreens, overexposure mattes to create the blade of the lightsabers, makeup and prosthetics to create robots and aliens. This, more than anything, convinced me that building universes is something I wanted to do.

The special effects in Star Wars is what inspired me to do effects for feature films.

In later years, I was fascinated to learn how close this film came to becoming a total train wreck. The movie was saved by the Academy Award winning editting of Paul Hirsch, Richard Chew and Marcia Lucas. George Lucas suffered a breakdown and was diagnosed with hypertension and exhaustion. ILM blew half of its total budget on only four shots. In the original script Darth Vader wasn’t even supposed to have a helmet, something that was added because McQuarrie thought Vader was going to be in space, he’d need a helmet to breath.
And yet, everything came together to become one of the greatest feats in filmaking.

This generation has had to suffer the butchery called the “Special Edition”.

Though purists can check out OCPmovies release of the “Classic Edition” – This is the theatrical release of Star Wars, remastered and digitally enhanced for DVD. This is Star Wars the way we remembered it.

This post is a work in progress and subject to change…

December 5, 2006

SPY GUY – Webcomic pt.12

Filed under: Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 11:55 am

I don’t know how these are reading to the people checking in on a daily basis. My hunch is that they don’t read all that well as individual strips, however since the intent was to force my hand at drawing faster, and to let the story develop as a stream-of-consciousness experiment, I consider it a success (so far). Bah… enough banter… enjoy the comic.

December 2, 2006

SPY GUY- Webcomic pt.11

Filed under: Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 12:35 pm

Okay… enough of the introspective ramblings.
On with the comic!

Oh yeah. I also posted the comics over at The Drawing Board.

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