I admit, I’ve always had a thing for Gargamel. He was so subtle! So mysterious! He must have had a tumultuous past that led him to a life of isolation, with only smurfs-in-cages for company. Do you know why he made Smurfette? To cause anarchy among the smurfs! What caused him to have such a low opinion of women?
I believe he was betrayed, many years before, by the love of his life. He dealt with the pain and horror by becoming a hermit in the forest, with only smurf-catching to distract his mind. What a romantic!
Oh, Gargamel, Gargamel, Gargamel! Mmmm!
This was for the Toon Club topic “Cartoon Crushes.” I posted it a month or two ago on Toon Club so prolly most of you have seen it. I’m posting it now because I heard the weirdest thing–are the smurfs Nazis?
Someone told me that they hate the show because it was anti-semite…Gargamel was a Jew, and the smurfs were Nazis. I had never noticed that before! Of course, the last time I saw the show was when I was 6. But still. I’m not sure if I believe it or not–Smurfs was animated in Belgium, and it doesn’t seem like they’d want to bring up the “Nazis are good guys” sort of theme. But who knows? It just occurred to me that Azrael is a Jewish name.
Another picture from an old journal. This one was dated Dec. 25 1992, so I was 10. I think I could draw about four things back then: A square smiley face, a square frowny face, a baby reindeer with a candy cane in it’s mouth, and a baby reindeer without a candy cane in it’s mouth. I was very versatile. Probably if I had bigger paper I could draw something really great. Like a big baby reindeer.
Happy New Year! This blog is two years old now. A lot of awesome things have happened this past year, like learning Illustrator, taking Sebastian’s class, being a part of the Paper Project. It has been a good one. I hope to keep learning and working on the art thing. And I also need to post more on this blog. I gotta get some bigger paper.
This was the final for Sebastian’s class. I am so lucky I got to take that class. I learned so much. Sebastian was an awesome teacher. This is how awesome Sebastian was: At the end of the final, he gave us each a DVD filled with part of his picture file, tutorials, and the intros of 80s cartoons. You cannot get cooler than that!
The final was a potluck, which was pure awesomeness. We each brought food. I brought a breakfast casserole. I’m not a real great cook and I think I must’ve cooked it too long, because it turned out kinda…well…stiff. In fact it was so stiff that when someone was dishing it up…the serving spoon snapped in half. D’oh! Next time I’ll bring a bag of chips. You can’t mess up a bag of chips.
A few years ago, a took a creative writing class from Lisa Hale. If any of you BYU students get the chance, be sure to take from her. She’s incredible. One of our first assignments was to enter the Highlights for Children magazine contest. (You know, hidden pictures, goofus & gallant…dentist’s office…) I had just learned the story my great-aunt, who lived in Holland during WWII, and how she ran to see her father at the train station. She ended up being out past curfew, and was caught by a German soldier. Although the soldiers had orders to shoot anyone out past curfew, he walked her home instead. I thought it was a sweet story.
I Christmas-ified and Highlight-ified the story and sent it off. I thought for sure they’d throw it out (I mean, the dad’s going to a labor camp. Depressing.) but 4 months later, I found out it had won! Woa. That was in June of ’06. Now, Dec. 08, it’s in their new issue. Sweet. And illustrated by a very talented artist, Matt Faulkner.
Today, dentists’ offices. Tomorrow…the world!
Assignment #3 of Sebastian’s class, with a thank-you to Bryan Beach who helped me with my Illustrator questions.
I ate a loooooot of oreos when I did this.
A couple of posts ago I mentioned The Paper Project, which is a collaborative comic book that has the running theme, paper. It’s very cool. (Well I think so anyways.) I was in the middle of developing a story about paper cranes and origami, when I came across the story of Helmuth Hubener.
Helmuth, who was 16, lived in Hamburg during WWII and listened to the BBC German broadcast, which was forbidden. The BBC told the news of the war that the Wehrmachtsbericht (German Armed Forces News) did not. Helmuth realized that the government was lying to them. Helmuth and his two friends, Rudi Wobbe and Karl-Heinz Schnibbe, refused to stand by. For nine months after curfew they hid papers all over Hamburg with the real news of the war. It’s a great story and I became even more excited when I discovered that the papers they spread were bright red. Awesome! Shameless colorpicking with a WWII poster gave me the color scheme, and Bryan Beach helped me get over the fear of using “acid” colors. Jim (little bro) also helped me a lot with the German words and places, since he’s lived in Hamburg & he knows.
This was a fun project and I feel very lucky to be a part of it.