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First an IRL update. I'm working voluntarily creating maps for charity organisations. It's not paid work, but at least it's graphic design. They liked the last one I did so much that I'm starting another one now, but I come home from the work feeling so tuckered out that all I feel like doing is flopping down on the couch and watching Penguins of Madagascar. It's been so long since I've had time to draw anything. If it wasn't for gesture drawing exercises I'd be getting more than a little rusty.

A little while ago I bought hosting for a website to start an AUTHOR PLATFORM using Wordpress. My grand plan is to write and illustrate chapter books for middle grade readers (ages 9-13). That seems to be the audience I feel like I'm resonating the most with. That's all I've ever wanted to do. Write stories (funny and/or exciting ones) and draw pretty pictures. I've put off publicizing the site because there's still not much to look at, but I've now developed a posting schedule. I'm aiming to post every Friday with either news, advice, features, etc.

While I'm not comfortable with giving my real name out online, I've tried using a username/pen name in the past and haven't been able to get used to it. Apparently when building a following you have to let people really get to know you, even though it's a privacy risk.

www.melindafisher.com

(I guess now you know where Digi-fish comes from)
(Don't know if the e-mail subscription thing works yet. It's the Wordpress default widget. I don't know how to do a proper mailing list or monthly newsletter, but I guess I will learn in time).

I'm also in the process of building a proper online portfolio for job applications, after all the free portfolio services I've used haven't done the presentation of my work justice (no animations for DA portfolios and poor navigation on Shown'd portfolios).
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Well I went to see Shaun the Sheep yesterday and although it was hard to get to the cinema in time, I'm glad I did. It’s a sweet and heart-warming movie. However it does take a bit of getting used to. This is probably the only feature-lengthed movie I have ever seen that doesn't have any dialogue whatsoever. Everything is communicated through body language, animal sounds, grunts, gibberish and visuals.

As you may have noticed, the movie is based on the Shaun the Sheep TV series. However you don’t have to be familiar with the TV show to get what’s going on in this movie. The story is relatively simple to follow. Shaun and his flock are desperate for a day off, so they put the farmer to sleep and put him in a caravan. However they lose the caravan and the farmer in the big city. Most of the movie has Shaun and his friends trying to locate the farmer in the city and bring him back home to the farm. But it gets more complicated than that, as the farmer has his own sub plot in the movie. Without dialogue, the movie gets its laughs through a whole load of visual jokes and gags, which I believe anyone of any age would find funny. I chuckled at  a few of them. If you’re familiar with the TV series, than you'll be prepared for this. Sometimes a funny sight gag would just pop up in the most serious scene and provide relief from the tension. At some points this movie feels like a long episode of the TV show. But it does have its heart string-tugging moments, and I found myself shedding a tear every now and then.

This is probably one of the best movies I've seen in a while, despite the lack of dialogue (it was definitely better than Home). I'm guessing it was originally made for the target audience of the show (kids), but there’s a lot here that adults and even grandparents can enjoy as well. If you find yourself wanting to go to the movies, this one is worth checking out.
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I'll keep this short. This movie just came out in my country today, so chances are you might have already seen it in your local cinema.

I was just looking forward to going to the movies. I needed to get out. So I went to see this since it looked funny from the trailers. Rotten Tomatoes didn't give Home a very good rating, but I went to see it anyway since it looked better than Jupiter Ascending.

And I'm kind of glad I went to see it. Overall I enjoyed the movie and it wasn't nearly as bad as the reviews I had read made it out to be. Maybe because I didn't go in with high expectations. But I do admire that the movie is 94 minutes long. I'm glad somebody is bringing the 90 minute film back. These days most movies are about 2 hours long. 3 hours if it's by Peter Jackson.

However I must warn you Home isn't perfect. There were a couple of heart-tugging moments that resonated with me (due to my particular issues) and made me reminisce about my own isolated times in school. I could feel the pain of Oh, the clumsy outcast alien, when nobody wanted to be around him in the beginning. Not so much when he became a fugitive though. I wouldn't rank the movie up there with the likes of Rise of the Guardians or How to Train Your Dragon. It had a few funny moments, but it wasn't as funny as the early Shrek movies. Most of the movie is spent in the flying car from the trailer with the main characters joking around on a road trip (with moments that you may remember from your own childhood road trips).

While it was a fun movie, and worth seeing just once (probably wouldn't see it again), it wasn't spectacular. It didn't seem to grab me and hold me in suspense like Wreck it Ralph did. The whole time it felt like it was made for a younger audience than the usual Dreamworks target market. (Strange, that's kind of how I felt about the Penguins of Madagascar movie. Is this a new direction Dreamworks is headed in? I'm not sure if I like it).
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Hi everyone. I'm a BA in animation studying postgraduate in digital design.

Even though I studied animation, I'm just striving to improve my drawing skills, and I'm more interested in comic making and visual storytelling, simply because you can do it independently and it's a lot faster getting your ideas down.

I'll post whatever tutorials, advice and resources I think will help other deviants improve in the art field as much as I have over the past 3 years.


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First an IRL update. I'm working voluntarily creating maps for charity organisations. It's not paid work, but at least it's graphic design. They liked the last one I did so much that I'm starting another one now, but I come home from the work feeling so tuckered out that all I feel like doing is flopping down on the couch and watching Penguins of Madagascar. It's been so long since I've had time to draw anything. If it wasn't for gesture drawing exercises I'd be getting more than a little rusty.

A little while ago I bought hosting for a website to start an AUTHOR PLATFORM using Wordpress. My grand plan is to write and illustrate chapter books for middle grade readers (ages 9-13). That seems to be the audience I feel like I'm resonating the most with. That's all I've ever wanted to do. Write stories (funny and/or exciting ones) and draw pretty pictures. I've put off publicizing the site because there's still not much to look at, but I've now developed a posting schedule. I'm aiming to post every Friday with either news, advice, features, etc.

While I'm not comfortable with giving my real name out online, I've tried using a username/pen name in the past and haven't been able to get used to it. Apparently when building a following you have to let people really get to know you, even though it's a privacy risk.

www.melindafisher.com

(I guess now you know where Digi-fish comes from)
(Don't know if the e-mail subscription thing works yet. It's the Wordpress default widget. I don't know how to do a proper mailing list or monthly newsletter, but I guess I will learn in time).

I'm also in the process of building a proper online portfolio for job applications, after all the free portfolio services I've used haven't done the presentation of my work justice (no animations for DA portfolios and poor navigation on Shown'd portfolios).
  • Mood: Artistic

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Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Student General Artist
happy birthday!
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Digi-fish Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Dave-Sledge-Bro Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Happy Birthday!Birthday cake  icon 

I remember when you were known as Min-27.
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Digi-fish Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Yeah that was a while ago. The time goes so fast.
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Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you very much for faving my tutorial masterpost, I hope it helps you !
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Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I came up with this in the middle of the night. Thought it would be funny in relation to your comic...or something. XD [link]
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Digi-fish Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's very good. I'm not really into MLP but I am familiar with all the custom ponies people are making.

I was going to put Ben into the comic, but I couldn't fit him in anywhere. I had to cut a lot out.
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Agent-G245 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
hi there. I wanted to pass by a sort of "Stay Tooned theory" I've had since before I saw your comic:
If Fiddle is the only character siding with [the player] and constantly being tormented by the other toons, wouldn't it make sense that he was once a human that was also dragged into "TV Land"? This is backed up by what happens at the end of the game to the player.
Just an interesting thought.
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Digi-fish Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I guess great minds think alike. When I started the script I had that idea too. I thought Fiddle would have a pre-backstory where he once lived in the apartment building and had a relationship with Mrs Findley (about 50 years back). Then all the events that happened to the player happened to him and the rest is history.

The only problem with this backstory was it conflicted with Fiddle's main goal, to get back to his own world. It would seem like less of a happy ending (I'm going for bittersweet here) if Fiddle remained stranded somewhere that wasn't his home. Although, now that I think about it, that could allow for some character development as he's had years adjusting to TV Land (which I guess would now be his home), and he could teach the player character that "home is where the heart is".

But I've had to cut out a lot of substance to keep the comic the length of a standard issue (it's 32 pages)...and that wasn't really the message I was trying to focus on in the story. I'm thinking about doing a written version with more complexity in it (and better character development), but for the comic I've just kept the story as simple as possible.

(Oh and the player character in this comic is called Brad Bates, but you don't find that out until about page 8).
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LlemonFlame Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for adding my Elegant Metal Tutorial to your collection, I'm honoured. :)

Best wishes,
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