The Lost Art of Animation Backgrounds

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Of all the art forms that face undeserved neglect, perhaps none is as underappreciated as the humble animation background.

“Peter Pan” (1953)

Which actually seems pretty ludicrous. Whether it’s a classic Saturday morning cartoon or a mega-hit Disney movie, the backgrounds are what showcase the characters we tune in to see. These painstakingly hand-painted delights create mood and set the atmosphere of the scene. What would Scooby Doo be without the gloriously gruesome castle on the hill — its trees dark, ominous and foreboding? I’m sure you’d agree, Scooby and the gang running across a plain white page just wouldn’t cut it.

Scooby Doo, “A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts” (1970)

Things are quite different today (unfortunately so) thanks to modern technology, computers and CGI. There are few, if any, hand-animated films anymore, with even Disney joining the Dark Side and going digital. But that’s all the more reason for us to look back in awe and appreciation of the lost art of animation backgrounds. Continue reading

Be Strong & Take Heart, You Who Hope in the LORD

~ Psalm 31 ~

In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of Truth.

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The Mystery of Dracula’s Lost Memoriam

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I’ve always been fascinated by vampires. Hollywood, Stoker, Vlad the Impaler; whether in film, books or history, the mysterious allure of the vampyre is something I simply can’t resist.

My grade 12 year of high school, I handed in my Independent Study Project — a research paper entitled, “DRACULA: The Man, the Myth, the Legend”. Sure, the name is a little clichéd, but this was my passion at the time, and the project was worth a full 30% of my final English mark.

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The project was a 14-page delve into everything “vampire”. From the historical figure of Vlad Tepes, to Christopher Lee’s role as a ’60s sex symbol, I tried to cover it all. And the point I set out to prove? Continue reading

Fun in the Fifth Dimension: My Twilight Zone Funko Pop! Figure Designs

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If you haven’t heard of Funko Pop! figures, then perhaps you’ve been living under a rock. The popular Funko brand has a variety of toy lines, but without question, the 3.75″ Funko Pop! vinyl figures are the company’s bread and butter.

They’ve been around since 2010, but in the last year or so, Funko Pop! vinyls have exploded in popularity, becoming to 2016 what Beanie Babies were to 1997.

Their stylized huge-head-on-a-tiny-body design isn’t for everyone. Even I wasn’t crazy about the look at first. But their mass appeal comes from one simple fact: No matter what you like in the world of popular culture, there’s probably a Funko figure for you to buy.

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My small collection of Funkos… soon to be enlarged with Negan and the Hot Topic exclusive Belle with Birds!

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Love One Another

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You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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Gallery Feature: Feathered Fauna “Baltimore Oriole”

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From the time I was old enough to understand what a paint brush was for, I loved the work of Glen Loates. This famous Canadian wildlife painter has a talent for creating animals that are so lifelike you can almost touch them, and yet, his work still manages to retain that “painted” feel.

My favourite pieces were always the ones devoid of backgrounds. There’s something so striking about a beautifully rendered bird, moose or beaver depicted with just enough flora to ground the painting — without burying it in a shallow, two-dimensional grave.

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Glen Loates

As a kid pouring over my Glen Loates books, I thought, “I wish I could paint like that.” Continue reading

The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Twilight Zone Marathon Schedule

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So 2017 has officially started! While ushering in the new year is always exciting, equally exciting is saying goodbye to the previous year.

Many people like to go out and celebrate New Year’s Eve, toasting friends and family with champagne, fireworks and midnight kisses. But there are some of us who say ‘no’ to the obligatory year-end parties and champagne so that we can hole up for a couple of days and binge watch episode after episode of “The Twilight Zone”. Continue reading

Find Hope & Peace In Jesus

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As Spring brings forth the promise of new life, so January 1st sets the stage for new hopes, dreams, promises and beginnings. A new year is a time for letting go of the trials and tribulations of yesterday and focusing on where you want to be tomorrow.

To all of my friends and followers, may the Lord bless you in 2017. When life seems too much to bear, remember the verses below. With God, all things are possible. And if you put your trust in Jesus, He’ll never leave you.

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Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

~ 1 Corinthians 15:58 Continue reading