Posts Tagged ‘Jem

30
Apr
19

Jem-esque Songs, T. Swift-Inspired

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So, the last time you heard from me, I was coming off my latest digital art craze and Tay Swift love wish/fest.  Among the projects I didn’t get to fully discuss was a stint with writing music.  I said, in my lil video letter to Tay, that I wanted to write songs with and for her.  And, as I was imagining her as a real-life Jerrica Benton from the old Jem cartoons, I came up with these…..

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I was trying to capture some of the original doll-box art “flair” with the star backdrop and translucent audio cassette tape/ribbon lyric streams.

It all started with “I Got a Letter,” which sounds like a typical Jem song when the writers didn’t give the blend of story and lyrics much thought and just went with something slightly poetic and relatable to the audience.  The effort improved slightly with “I Wanna Hear It From You” and “Wait Your Turn.”  Though, as the words played in my mind, I felt as if I was hearing lyrics from some other songs played on the radio.  So, if you recognize any of the lyrics, let me know from which song(s) I may have snagged them.

Notice any other subtle imagery or symbolism?

Here are the full lyrics pages.

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And, before I even came to writing little songs, I was designing record albums.

Here are a few cover samples.  And, as you can see, I was stuck in my Cutey Honey costume rut, as well.  I was a bit dry on title ideas.  The snake one is a play on Velvet Revolver (though I have no particular interest in the band); I was just responding to an astrological notion and Tay’s love of red things.  Taylor-for-ya Dreamin’–if you sound it out–is a play on California Dreaming.  Raining Tay is just a hair off of Training Day…but that’s not where my head was headed.  I was in more of a “kissing in the rain” frame of mind.  And, My Tay on the Highway is a play on My Way or the Highway (by Limp Bizkit) but intended as a collection of songs ideal for road trips.  Real Cool Acoustic Records…essentially RCA Records.  So, now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

 

 

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18
Apr
19

Digital Art Explosion, April ’19, Stage 4, Fan Art Casting Calls

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So, after my mind started thinking about two of my favorite female stars and how time is speeding away; it’s only a matter of time before another wave of heartache hits me and forces me to move on with my life.  But, certain forces say CARPE DIEM!  Don’t let your chance to convey those strong feelings of attraction and personal interest get away!

[Call me pathetic.  Call me what you will.  ~Green Day]

But, wave upon wave of anxiety hit.  And, with that…and a case of writer’s block…I started drifting like Buck Rogers into childhood fantasy…of cartoon beauties who turned a young, innocent Writingbolt into one horny little pre-teen.  This spiraled throughout my cartoon-viewing spectrum, including more recent “pinups” in its wake.

I started thinking about Jerrica Benton/Jem, Adora/She-Ra and the mid-90s Honey Kisaragi (who I’ve already turned into countless pieces of digital art in recent years…similar to a certain someone who’s been on my mind quite a lovesick bit, lately…hmm…).  [All blonde beauties…hmm.  Where might he be going with this?]

Let’s just get the ball rolling.

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Wait.  Can we do something to improve the last one?  It needs a bit more “punch.”

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Hmm.  That’s one saucy touch of innuendo.  But, it still needs something.  Okay, bring in the models.

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That’s pretty good.  Nice Whispering Woods joke.  Now, can we take it one step further?  Bring in the other one.

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And, I think that’ll do it.  Yep.  We’re good.  And, away we go down the Taylor Alison Swift rabbit hole…

[But first, a slight detour just to showcase an addition to my previous digital portrait project.  Just think of it like a pop-up ad in the middle of your obsessive binge-watching.]

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Pretty awesome.  Right?  Okay, back to the Taylor Alison Swift Show….

…in the next post.  Prepare to be Taylor-struck, one more time.  I’ll try to curb my obsessive thinking just a bit.  [Don’t look in the closet.]

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I’m going to say this right now and repeat myself, later.  If anyone has a good way/idea of how to contact Taylor Swift, I’d really appreciate being able to pass some of these…whatever we shall call them…and my rather personal thoughts onto her.  I doubt they serve any real purpose here with the limited audience I get/have; they just feel like obsessive thinking taking up space…though, I suppose, any creative output is cathartic and good practice.  [I see more odd websites LIKING my posts than actual visitors who actually have thoughts to share.]

I do not presently subscribe to much of any “social media” beyond this site.  I have had no reason to pay for a YouTube account or expand this blog to a more costly version other than the few videos I dare/care to share on rare occasion.  In this case, I have some compilations I’d like to deliver/show to Tay.  I have no big interest in pursuing LIKES or VIEWS.  I just need one viewer.  I’d like to make a phone call, not put my face on some NYC billboard for all to see.  [Though, when it comes to Tay, it seems everything ends up in the spotlight, anyway; doesn’t it?  ‘Poor rich girl.]

So, if you wish to assist, I can work with you via email, Skype, this blog or, possibly, by phone or snail mail.

The same goes for any other “celebrities” you may see on my blog in my personal tribute/wish posts.

 

 

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…

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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.

 

09
Jan
18

The Season of Love Approaches -Get Your E-Valentines Now- Links

 

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I’ve uploaded a lot of e-valentines over the past few years…A LOT OF E-VALENTINES!  And, rather than upload another huge batch of new ones or take down some old ones that people might still enjoy, I am refreshing your memories with links to just about every past valentine page I’ve made here.

Taylor Swift-ed Valentines, lot 1

Conversation Heart (Candy) Valentine Humor/Chats

Legend of Zelda (1989 cartoon) valentines (happy ones)

Legend of Zelda (1989 cartoon) valentines (unpleasant ones)

GI Joe and Jem (1980s cartoons) valentines (happy and sad ones)

Misc. valentines 2017, group 2 (librarian, Spider-Woman, She-Ra, etc.)

Supermom (Coca-Cola ad) valentines

Misc. Dragobete/Valentine’s cards (Calamity Jane, Chipmunks, Mega Man, etc.)

Calamity Jane (90s cartoon series) valentines

Dragobete/Valentine’s Misc. cards (Spider-Woman and others), 2016 group 4

Misc. valentines, 2016 group 3 (TMNT, Spider-Woman, original art, etc.)

Misc. valentines, 2016 group 2 (original art, TMNT, GI Joe, She-Ra, etc.)

Misc. valentines, 2016 group 1 (Spider-Woman, She-Hulk, etc.)

 

But, fear not.  There will likely be other loving (digital) artworks for 2018, as well, as the whims fill my heart/mind.  [I am sure I have a few in reserve yet to be uploaded, too.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24
Jan
17

Third Time’s the Charm, Valentines/Dragobete 2017

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This week, we have the Joes that love…

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…the Cobras that call…

…the cold ones that shove…

…the miss-fits…

…and Jems of them all.

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Now, you know.  And, that makes you a superstar…er, something.

 

 

 

 

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.




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