One of my friends had some Cartoon Network cereal bobbleheads from 10 years ago. And he found this while moving house.
And gave it to me.
Soundest guy ever.
And for a cereal toy, it's pretty cool as well. Owning ANY Powerpuff merchandise is a winner in my book (it's VERY rare here). Maybe not as fancy as the individually sold bobbleheads (I believe Mojo was paired with Buttercup?) but pretty sweet anyways.
Today I finally handed in my portfolio to apply for animation, after doing a course, since September 16th, focused on preparing art portfolios (though the course doesn't end until late May).
Animation is my dream. I have loved the medium ever since I was little. It wasn't until two and a half years ago that I knew it was what I wanted to do.
It was tough at first. I hadn't done art properly in years and the muscle needed major retraining. But I truly think I have a chance (boosted, of course, by above-par exam results from my last year of school - the Irish education system is not something I feel like explaining, it takes too long). I won't know portfolio results until May, and not the college until late August. And I really do love animation and everything about it, and I've grown to love lots of other things about more too.
I'm not going to post any artwork pertaining to storyboards or characters here, as Internet theft of copyrighted material is far too easy (though you would certainly notice a little of McCracken's influence - the model sheets of the Powerpuff Girls on the internet are a godsend as a loose guide). But more experimental art, or observational art may get shown up here.
SO - long winded way of saying all I can do now is wait. I realise activity here is incredibly low (and no doubt every time I do post, half of you scratch you head and go "Who's Groudo again? Oh yeah, the Drabble contests.") but you guys are still awesomesauce, and I hereby bestow virtual hugs upon each and every one of you [hugs everyone]
Thanks everyone - hopefully when I'm on here from September on words, it'll be as an OFFICIAL animation student, rather then a budding artist.
As a treat, here's one of my favorite (and most acclaimed by viewers) A1 boards from the portfolio. I'll let it speak for itself.
Today is 8th February. One year ago today, Wreck-It Ralph hit UK & Ireland cinemas. And I loved it after one viewing. It was so immersive in every manner possible, and just a reminder of why I love great animation and great cinema so much. It had a clever script, appealing characters, visuals that, aside from being being great eye candy, really strengthened the immersive feel of the (several) alternate worlds it took place in, and so much more.
It was also touching in ways I hadn't expected. I won't spoil it, but if the last few minutes of this movie don't make your eyes wet, I just don't know what to do with you...
If it is not on the level of Toy Story (though is it much closer then anyone would expect), it is perfectly equal to Monsters, Inc. and many other Pixar and Disney classics. Those of you who have already seen it, and a lot of you probably have, as it is Disney Animation's fifth-highest grossing film and was their most attended (estimated, as Tangled had a noticably higher 3D share despite outgrossing it by $11.4 million) film since Lilo and Stitch until Frozen came along, and robust home media sales), bravo.
Those of you who have not, what are you waiting for?
And finally, I don't often link to soundtracks, given that it is a niche interest of mine, but this film has some phenomenal tracks. Listen to these and tell me they're not amazing:
I'm gonna be touring California starting Friday for a week! I've been looking forward to this for so long, and it's gonna be great! Apart from a minor Boston trip, I've never been to the States before, so this'll be something very special.
The trip is going like this so far:
Friday 26th: fly into SF, stay overnight
Saturday 27th: start coastal drive down to LA, stay overnight in motel or equivalent
Sunday 28th: Arrive in LA late enough, settle down
Monday 29th-Thursday 1st: various activities in LA area. Currently certain are Disneyland and Universal Theme Park. I've got ideas, but if any of you are locals, any suggestions?
Friday 2nd: go back to SF through that giant national park, Yosemite. Stay overnight.
Saturday 3rd: Arrive in SF, meet with family relative, get late plane away.
Also... Should any of you who live in the LA area be free in the above-mentioned period, I'm more then open to perhaps meeting up for an hour or two. In fact, I'd be positively delighted! You know how Groudo feels about these types of things. Deep down, he's as soft as anyone.