Took some free time out of homework and commissions to work on a series I call "Silly Kitty Close Ups". Pastel Pencil on 5x3 pastel board. I want to do more once I finish all that other stuff.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
been gone a while but i'm determined to start posting regularly again. i spotted a few new names on the blog. glad to see it! keep up the good work guys! i'll try to keep the posts comin now that i have the ability to post again!
(Illustration by Stephanie Herrera)
Look up comedy in a dictionary. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Alright, now that you’ve sat there for five seconds without doing a thing, comedy has four or more different definitions depending on which source you perused. Most or all of them contain some of these words: humor, amusement and entertainment. The Greatest Robot (in the World) embodies these three terms very well. Recent developments, however, have created a shift in the way The Greatest Robot is composed. (Keep in mind, though, that these changes are not very noticeable with the robot-relaunch that just happened earlier this week.)
Each member of The Greatest Robot has his own veritable comedic strengths. Elias Jimenez seems to be able to stretch into almost any role ranging from antagonists (“Pop-Tart Chase,” “Warm Chocolate”), oddball characters (Fandingo, The Exterminator, Turban-man on toilet, thug in “FBI’s Most Wanted: Waldo”), and victim/prey (“Military: The Dare,” “Sitcom Audience of Doom”). Marc Wondolowski shares Elias’ ability, but plays deadpan and legitimate kinds of humor noticeably well (“Deep in Thought with Marc,” “Pubes for Love,” “Biff: Time-Traveling Ron,” “CIA Techniques,” etc.). Ryan Fleites’ sketches seem to almost always contain some type of vulgar and offensive comments (“Tom Jenkin‘s Stand-Up”), dialogue (“Project Elias Cock”) or actions (“Mixed Signals,” “Spooge-O-Matic 5000”) and to be honest, he excels at them. Finally, Ron Podesta projects one of the more dynamic trends in comedy in recent years: over-acted comedy. However, to some complaint, Podesta doesn’t have try to hard to get some of his best moments across: “Ron-Cutters,” “Monopoly: It’s Not Just a Game,” “Ron-Roids,” “Zombie Ron,” “Ron Chokes,” “Marc and Ron’s Intimate Moment,” “Right Way/ Ron Way,” “Racoon Wrangler” and “Finger Guns.” While all of the sketches listed featured a somewhat limited amount of Podesta’s participation, he is a necessary element in almost all of them for different reasons.
It is difficult to fully describe what Podesta brings to The Greatest Robot, because he really just brings himself. For example, during “Right Way/Wrong Way” and “Racoon Wrangler” he doesn’t transform into another personality or character. Similarly, "Ron-Roids" and "Ron Chokes" feature little to no dialogue from Podesta. The actions, specifically, the believabilty of the actions, may seem to come across as poor, or even corny to a comedic critic, but it really is just Podesta's usual behavior that shines through these performances. The nature and diction of the dialogue captured in those sketches can be easily inserted into a casual conversation with Ron Podesta. Which may be the problem that caused Podesta's exclusion from the Robot-reinstitution.
It is not that Podesta’s ability to deliver is not criticized; he delivers satisfactory results with his recorded comedy. Rather, it is only his “Robot Work-Ethic” that is sometimes frowned upon. From personal testimonies with certain members of The Greatest Robot, Podesta has been described as "a burden to work with," "always late," "have to rationalize him to take on a questionable," "a lazy primadonna" and "knows his way around a [expletive]." These phrases may just be opinions, strong opinions, but they don't contradict or lessen Podesta's performances. Sketches that are infamously known within The Greatest Robot for Podesta's unwillingness to perform such as, "Ron-Roids" and "Vlad Counts to Ten" have become some of the more memorable comedic shorts in The Greatest Robot pantheon for the delivery of his lines or gestures in his actions.
With the second coming of The Greatest Robot, one would think that a major, and perhaps, integral part to the Robot would be eagerly anticipating to humorously make things awkward, and he is. In a personal conversation with Ron Podesta, he has expressed that he is "excited" to work with camera and comedy after the Robot-fallout nearly two years ago. However, if his renewed vigor to act would change his acting “style” remains to be seen in the coming months.
It may unlikely that Ron Podesta is a significant part to the comedy that is The Greatest Robot, and more likely that the four members together form an “unstoppable” force of humor. The case may be that Elias, Marc, Ryan and Ron really need each other to compose an entertaining ten minutes or less. With the Robot Revival at hand, the answer to these questions may soon be answered.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
My scanning skills are terrible. It also doesn't help that the paper is twice as big as my scanner. There is more (not much) to this drawing that has been cut out, it does not fill the entire page like that. She also looks kinda deformed and I'm not too happy with a few things, but it turned out alright for breaking night right before class :P
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
I'm cooking some things up at the moment.
Try to enjoy this doodle from November 2009.
It may be a rare delight but, I'm sure I'll accidentally spit something good along the way while I work on art for Nouns, Diversity Stride, and Friends of Illustration events @NJCU.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
The Instigator's second issue is being printed this week and features work by some people you may know! GJ Lee, Shenella Cutting, Madelynne Delarama, Chazz Jogie, and maybe even me. (I didn't see my name listed in the credits for art on The Instigator website.)
Many contributors are associated with New Jersey City University, so it may be clever and somewhat becoming to call it the "Unofficial" Literature and Art Magazine of NJCU. In case you don't live around the Hudson county area, you can visit http://theinstigator.hostei.com/ for subscriptions and digital PDFs of the magazine. On the website you can visit the forum, see who runs the darn thing, and check out upcoming events.
Yes, we have events.
Cover by GJ Lee of course.