So I am teaching myself tablet drawing. So far I have found it to be a lot of erasing and painting, almost like sculpting to an extent. I have tried drawing (both on paper and on tablet) and coloring afterwards and it’s just weird. It’s a process, I’ll learn it, I am just impatient with the tablet. Mostly because Windows 8 (I believe) is a complete misstep in designing an operating system. (Let’s make an operating system that is completely focused on touch like for phones and tablets, AND PUT IT ON MOUSE AND LAPTOP COMPUTERS!!!) But let’s skip that clip noted version of my new sexy computer’s brain processing.
Tablet drawing. Trying to draw like I draw on paper: not working out super well. Maybe I should just get bold and graphic for a little. Make things that aren’t super insanely correct and just get weird and abstract. Yeah, I am going to go try that. Be back with samples I hope.
Here, a screen cap from the recent Man of Steel. My favorite clip from that trailer. The kicker? I dislike a long caped Superman.
That gripe is a little nitpicky but I just never took to the idea visually. I always thought that it made his silhouette too rectangular or triangular if the cape was in (what I like to call) the angel position. (Though Frank Quietly pulled it off nicely with a short cape for Absolute All-Star Superman)
There is also watching the cape fly off him like a flag, but that visual is a little too political for my taste.
I like the idea of Superman using the baby blanket he arrived with as his cape, proof that he carries his planet’s legacy with him and of the sacrifice that his parent’s made to send him. The small blanket cape also occasionally is used like a matador’s cape (I looked for a more proper term) which can reaffirm that people’s champion feel to the character. (Even if aspects of actual bullfighting can be a bit barbaric)
But that one bit of movie uses the cape in that “Superman as messiah” that plenty of artists have drawn, but have never managed to nail so perfectly as this movie clip. Maybe the cause is the light coming from the Fortress allowing him to be completely in silhouette giving the cape more of a robes feel. Maybe it’s just that he is walking out of the Fortress like like the cave in the Easter story, even with a weird little circular design to the right like the rock that was blocking Jesus’s tomb. It’s just subtle enough (At least left alone as a visual, Russel Crowe’s narration beats us over the head with it.) to get the message across without going straight out angel.
Put shortly, I am really excited for this movie.
P.S. If the captions don’t work, First Screen Cap: Man of Steel 2013 Second and Third image by Jim Lee.
It has been a great day. A fantastic one to be honest. I have these frequently. Or at least more then it might appear. Life. Is. Great. Every single day. Which makes it so hard to realize how great every day sometimes. It’s why those bad times are so easy to pinpoint and complain over, they are so very rare. These bad times can be overbearing, glaring and (very rarely) completely out of your control.
This isn’t even just enjoying the gifts of life, or “LIFE! “as a friend would say. The overall fact we exist is great and we can sit down and bask in the awe of that fact, but the moments of life are even better. This friend often says “LIFE!” after a particularly good moment. He is like an exclamation point after the fact.
So, I can say today whether it was at 8:06 AM when I punched in for work after sorting a scheduling issue or 4:55 PM when House of Cards scared the crap out of me; today (and I should say this more often) has been great. Tomorrow will be great. And eventually, it’ll be even better.