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All artwork and animation in this blog unless otherwise stated is Copyright © 2015 Eric R. Watson 'AKA' Cyber Six (Cyber Six is not intended to be a play on words. It is in fact a comic book and animation. You may read about them if you'd like by following this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyber_Six) All Rights Reserved. All artwork and content on this blog are property of the artist unless otherwise indicated. Do not use, reproduce, post, copy, or distribute any image or media without permission. I'm an artist and flash animator. Recently, I've begun learning Maya 8.5. Okay, my avatar is not a picture of me. In fact, it is a picture of a famous Japanese singer who sang in an all girl pop group named SPEED during the mid to late 90s. Her name is Hiroko Shimabukuro. Hiro for short. Unfortunately, they disbanded several years ago. I recently found out they are back together and singing as SPEED. Freelance Union Article: 5 Tips for Preventing Procrastination. "Prolific people don’t wait to be moved, they begin the work, and the work moves them to create more." ~ Jonathon Kastner

Monday, October 13, 2014

Farewell Saturday Morning Cartoons








A week ago I didn't make time to write this post. Now I have. When I was growing up cartoons had a very special place in my heart and still do. During the 80s Saturday morning cartoons were a great source of inspiration for me. Without them and the cartoons I watched every weekday after school I wouldn't have imagined becoming an artist or an animator. I remember getting up early on Saturday mornings to watch Kids Are People Too which is a live action show that a host would interview famous celebrities. One celebrity was one of the girls who starred on The Facts of Life; Lisa Whelchel. The Shirt Tales was a favorite of mine. Mighty Orbots is still a great animated series even though it only had 13 episodes aired. Around the time that cartoon was on the air Galaxy High and Kidd Video were airing other NBC and ABC. Back then we only had three major stations and VCRs had just recently hit the market. So reruns were a luxury not taken lightly. Also, during this time one of my favorite cartoons aired on NBC 11:30 am but, was unfortunately preempted for sports much of the time. Jem and the Holograms helped me through a really dark part of my life back in the day. Being a young teenage boy it was not a cartoon I could tell my friends about but, I did watch it when I could. Unfortunately, I never bought the dolls or the music but, I did enjoy the cartoon. (To this day, I still can't get my best friend of over thirty years to watch Jem and the Holograms. lol!) More recently in the 90s Cyber 6 was aired on Fox Kids. This is the cartoon I got my sign on name from. Do some research for it and you'll know why it's such a great show. To understand why Cyber 6 masquerades as a guy by day you'll have to read the comics. For a while now, I've been wanting to give a more detailed explanation of my sign on name choice. That might happen around this time next week. I may do some kind of tribute to these incredible cartoons and a few others. It depends. I've got to start my professional career soon. My personal time is split between learning more about my craft and researching more stuff.


I wrote this post as a result of reading LeSean Thomas's post about this subject. 
http://leseanthomas.tumblr.com/day/2014/10/05/

Kidd Video
http://www.youtube.com/user/toolbot
The first episode of Kidd Video.
http://youtu.be/M79wBnPPzPM?list=PL664CC39E5FCD416C

I apologize for any bad language before you listen to the interviews.

Jem and the Holograms 
Interviews - Christy Marx Truly Outrageous Edition
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU1ZFyoDA8Q

Jem: The Movie = Disaster in the making?!
http://youtu.be/yySmwH4WrRY
I've just heard the entire audio of this vlog post by Ruby Danger and visited the IMDB page and official site of Jem and the Holograms movie which is set for a 2016 release date. Christy Marx didn't write the script or was a consultant for the movie. So, in m opinion this movie will suck. Here's the link for the movie. http://jemthemovie.com/ If you'd like to see the Jem and the Holograms series you can buy it on Amazon. My sister bought this for me for Christmas a couple of years ago. Watching the entire series brought back a lot of good and not so good memories but, I'm glad I've got this box set. http://www.amazon.com/Jem-Holograms-Truly-Outrageous-Complete/dp/B005BUA1CG/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1413272076&sr=1-1&keywords=jem+and+the+holograms

Here's the IMDB dot Com page for the Jem and the Holograms movie.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3614530/?ref_=nv_sr_1

And here's the official site for Jem and the Holograms movie.
http://jemthemovie.com/

Cyber Six
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybersix
 

An Update of Sorts

I've been drawing more than usual recently. The life drawing sessions I attend are going great. Unfortunately, I can't be there tomorrow but, I plan to attend next week. The pregnant model will be posing for us. She's a great model so I look forward to drawing from her then. I would like to introduce some dramatic lighting during the session if I may. I read something about using hard back lighting and soft fill light to light the set of Bladerunner. It would be nice if Ron Doucet would post something about the compositions, lighting, and visual tempo of the movie Amelie but, with much more detail. It's another favorite film of mine.

Here are two really great and inspiring articles on Bladerunner. It's a very influential film.
http://floobynooby.blogspot.com/search/label/Bladerunner

 Today, I've begun making a list of directors I would like to create paintings or vector graphics of their likenesses to be finished sometime early next year. This idea has been in the back of my mind for a while now. As it is the list is about twenty-two directors long. I'll try to find some photos of Larry and Andy Wachowski before Larry became known as Lana. If possible, I'll post both paintings of Larry and Lana. There's a lot of photo researching I've got to do. The list is nowhere near being finished. There are some well known names and not so well known names in this list. I'll post it later after I've added more names to it.

I gotta go now. Ciao! : )