Posts Tagged ‘80s

17
Apr
19

Who Makes a Better Jerrica Benton?

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Who makes a better Jerrica Benton, from the 1980s Jem cartoon, if she was converted into a better live-action movie figure than the poor attempt made a few years ago? Taylor Swift or her “bad blood” rival Katy Perry?

Isn’t it ironic those two would even suggest such a thing as bad blood between them? Which only emphasizes my question and thoughts on the matter.

Now, you take Tay Swift. She’s got the height. She’s got the grace. She’s got blonde hair, even if it’s not that pale, buttery blonde Jerrica sports. But, if I had to pick a singer to match up with Jerrica Benton, in terms of behavior and appearance, I’d favor Taylor Swift. Jerrica’s wardrobe/style suits Tay. And, you see how Tay likes to fly around the world doing good deeds, sort of like Jerrica always looking for some charity to support. [While Katy is better known for kissing just about every guy you’d think was unworthy of her.]

…Then you listen to some of Katy Perry’s songs on One of the Boys album. And, I kid you not; she sounds like Jem’s singing voice (which, if you didn’t know, was not the same voice used for Jem/Jerrica dialogue). Not to mention, some of the songs would rock a Jem movie soundtrack. I get little glimpses of the Jem cartoon opening blended with a sort of music video when I listen to Katy sing. And, if you look at the piece of photo-manipulation I recently made, you can see how Katy’s face matches up with the Jerrica doll box art; I didn’t have to do much to make a photo fit. [With a rare photo of Taylor Swift that was lit well enough to fit the cartoon image on the right, I still had to do some airbrushing and blending to make the two work together.] But…Katy is a bit moody and reckless, at times, which reminds me of Pizzazz from the Misfits. [Jerrica would never pierce her nose. But, Pizzazz might…and Katy has worn a–bleh.]

So, what I am thinking…is maybe Tay plays Jerrica/Jem, and Katy plays Pizzazz. Tay has the natural beauty, grace and gentle demeanor. But…Katy has the right vocals for Jem’s singing voice, can probably rock any makeup combo a Jem character requires and morph her whole appearance to match…

Urgh. What do you think?whomakesabetterjerrricabenton-taylorswift-or-katyperry-looks-versus-vocals_jem-photo-fusion-ap-CSPP-1

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17
Apr
19

Get Ready for a Digital-Art Explosion

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I’ve been consumed with spontaneous…well, obsessive daydreams.  And, rather than finishing my latest book project, I have been…well, mixing potions in a currently non-traveling show.  I suspect that doesn’t make much sense.  But, just go with it.

Anyway, a large portion of what’s to come is, sigh, once again, inspired by the lovely Taylor Alison Swift.  I went full costume-party mode (which I haven’t done in years).  Something is poking me, telling me time is short and I need to strike while the iron is hot, so to speak.  Which translates into a volcano about to blow up my blog space.

But, I’ve been working on other concepts, too, concepts inspired by cartoons of my youth and related book projects I aim to complete in my future.  I’ve been dabbling with digital painting (sparing me the task of acquiring actual paints, canvas and other tools to compose actual paintings that are not so easy to correct if I become unhappy with my “abstract exploration.”  But, art is supposed to be cathartic, and I will, hopefully, get there–to making actual paintings on canvas–one day.

I’ll start this avalanche with one sampling and soon follow this post with another as I warm up to sharing my latest “Tay Fever episode.”

I’m going to spare you the detailed descriptions of technique and inspiration, for now.  But, if you have any questions, feel free to ask…you know, if you actually stop to look closely at this stuff and not just add it to the impulse-find (LIKE) pile.  What do YOU see in the more abstract images?  Can you guess what sort of message or concept I am trying to convey in each?  Share your thoughts.

 

 

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The above image includes a variety of the key words used in the 1980s Jem cartoon’s theme song, most in colors that correspond with certain characters.

 

26
Apr
18

Digital Painting Sampler 4-26-2018

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I’ve been painting up a storm since I purchased Clip Studio Paint Pro (which is the closest software I’ve found to my previous, glorious photo editing program from the turn of the millennium, Photo Studio 2000).  [On that note, I still miss the ability to make text transparent with ease.  If it can be done with CSPP, I have not figured out how.]

I’ve been contemplating opening a separate portfolio/gallery space/account for my personal artworks.  But, I can’t seem to resist sharing a quick sampling.

These two were simpler pieces composed with silhouettes I honed.  The lines are result of a “burst” tool.  And, the rest is from an imaging/paintbrush tool (and text).

Can you guess who the following famous face and TV/movie characters are supposed to be, even if the gender may vary?  [Or, in the case of one image, a famous face posing as a movie character.]  In all of these cases, there should be adequate clues.

 

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Previous to the above, I have been taking my fashion design skills to the next level by upgrading my old MS Paint boot designs.  Here’s just one of the many.  I went all out with the old GI*Joe action figure package back, too, so buyers (should these ever get made into a fashion line) can have collector cards for all of their purchases.  Yeah.  😛  Or, it’s a fun way to advertise the details before purchase.

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05
Dec
16

It’s the Most Boot-iful Time of the Year

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There’ll be rock stars a-glowin’ and roundhouse kicks for throwin’ and tons of good cheeeeeer.  It’s the most…boot-iful tiiime……of the yeeeeeeeear!

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Outrageous!!!

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Our boots are better.

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Showtime.

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Cowabunga!

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And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg to wet your whistles, fellow boot lovers.

28
Nov
16

Stuffed With Creativity; Stocking Madness

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It’s official.  Another Thanksgiving is in the leftover pile.  And, the (winter) holiday season is upon us.  Last year, I was hung up on sweaters and hearts.  This year I’m mad about STOCKINGS!

Dec. 6th is just around the corner.  And, that means it will soon be time to hang your stockings by someplace other than too close to any fire.  St. Nicholas brings all the good kids fun stuff and coal (or other surprises) to the naughty.

In that spirit, I have been busily slaving away at some primitive stocking designs with a splash of winter wit.  [It started with a nephew and I whipping up paper versions for a class project/family cards.]  Check these out.  And, check back as more may crop up.

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This, in turn, spawned a whole women’s boot design craze.  But, I’ll save that for another post.  🙂




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