November 2005 Archives

Insanely good

Francie Prose has written an interactive essay on the connection between madness and drawing. It's based on her viewing of an exhibit called Obsessive Drawing at New York's American Folk Art Museum. Her essay is nicely produced and nicely written, and manages to steer clear of some of the more cliched takes on outsider art. Instead of focusing on the psychology of the artists, Prose examines why art by non-professionals rose to the forefront at the same time that unabashedly commercial artists were being lionized by the art world. I found the drawing samples interesting, too, since most of the outsider art I've seen has been representational in some way or another, and this collection is mostly non-representational art.

Lettuce Entertain You

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Belgian endive with a Princess Leia wigA co-worker sent me a link to this well-done animated short, Store Wars. It's an educational/activist piece about organic foods and it's also very entertaining. You'll meet all your favorite Star Wars characters in the form of fruits and vegetables, like Princess Lettuce, pictured here. The redo of the bar scene from the first movie (and fourth episode) is especially energetic.

The technique of the Were-rabbit

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This morning I was reading the feed for Tom's Hardware Guide and ran across a link to an interesting article about the making of the Wallace & Gromit film, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The article has a number of photos that show real people interacting with the scale model set, which helps one understand the painstaking artistry involved in stop-motion animation.

I initially clicked on the link to the article because I was intrigued to see that Aardman was making use of CGI techniques in their film. Rather than use models exclusively, they chose CGI animation for special effects, especially atmospheric effects and some large-scale motion effects. I saw the movie this past weekend and I did wonder at whether they had blended animation types or if special camera techniques had been developed to produce certain scenes.

I like the gentle humor of Wallace & Gromit, though I understand that it leaves some people bored. As an example of the movie's low-key humor, I noticed the article mentions the film's creators were proud to have made the first vegetarian horror film. It made me chuckle.

Please, sir, I want some more

I had no sooner put down the Superf*ckers when I found myself ready for more. The Superf*ckers Theme Song, available here has just whetted my appetite even more with its groovy keyboards. (Maybe I've been spending too much time listening to the RetroCRUSH podcast; the Super f*cker song sounds good compared to the original Land of the Lost theme song I just heard on RetroCRUSH, but not so good compared to actual music.) I think Plant Pal deserves his own series.

A little surfing reveals that Superf*ckers #2 is indeed available! Since I had to make a special trip to another comic store to get #1, I assume the same will be true of #2. Going to comic book stores is kind of like grocery shopping: one store has great produce, but doesn't carry Diet Coke; another has Diet Coke, but the fruit sucks and the beer is too expensive; a third has cheap beer but nothing else that I want.

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