Ohmygosh I found so many things on the internet this week it's rather obscene. So I've put them into CATEGORIES, there are so many!
Thanks to friend of the blog Perzik for getting me hooked on Sarah Ellerton's first webcomic, which I read, all 764 pages of it, in two days. IGN describes it as a cross between The Dark Crystal and Lord of the Rings. I kind of see why they say that. But a better description is that it is an excellent fantasy epic exploring why people treat others the way they do and how history is no excuse for treating an entire race like the enemy. You will most assuredly enjoy this. And if you REALLY like it, go buy it, so that Sarah can make even more cool comics (like The Phoenix Requiem, one of the previous features in this series).
This furry-style webcomic is an absolute delight. Created by Kelly Hamilton, Good Cheese tells the story of sweet shy Ashlee, a dormouse with the world's biggest crush on the geeky hottie lynx, Gunther. Seriously, it's like my years in high school but with animals instead of people. Sigh. A great, cute, funny, read in awesome manga style.
And if you like Kelly Hamilton's art in Good Cheese, you'll love her latest web comic Roza, a mythical fantasy about a young girl whose blood contains magical powers. Good Cheese may be great art, but Roza is at the top.
You can see Ms. Hamilton's animation training leap from the page onto your screen. I like Good Cheese better as a story but Roza is entertaining and still going strong.
Jake Parker is an animator for Blue Sky who is also the creator of Missile Mouse, a comic featured in Flight Explorer that will soon be published as its own graphic novel. On his blog right now you can see how Jake's creation progressed from fanciful doodles to full-out story. A great look into the creative mind of an excellent draftsman.
I consider it an absolute travesty that I did not find out about Florian Satzinger's blog Paperwalker until this week. This is some of the best character animation I've ever seen. Satzinger details his process for creating characters, showcasing everything from his color scheme to the types of tools he uses to get the job done. Bravo!
The creators of Creature Box, are fabulous artists Dave Guetin and Greg Baldwin of Insomniac Games, makers of titles like the super fun Spyro the Dragon and Rachet and Clank. The site is exactly what it says - a collection of weird and wonderful creations that have sprouted from their twisted minds. If you like Invader Zim-looking stuff and monsters in general (who doesn't?) this site is for you. They've also written a comic which I haven't had the opportunity to read yet but look for it in a future Cool Things post.
Russian model Zoetica Ebb poses for alternative lifestyle magazines and I first learned about her through Molly Crabapple's MySpace page. Her photos are phenomenal - from a design standpoint, you can learn a great deal about color and characterization from her poses and fashion choices, which is why I mention her on this blog. Definitely not your average photo shoot.
And that's it for this week's edition. Tune in next time when I bring you more from around the interwebs!