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New Cartoon Silhouettes

Back in 2008, I assembled 34 famous cartoon characters to see how easy it would be to identify them based only on their silhouettes (posted here and here). It was a fun exercise, and I definitely learned something. It recently occurred to me to revisit the idea with NEW characters from the past few years or so. Now, it’s tricky to find the best poses to silhouette out (I didn’t draw any of these). That surely biases how recognizable they are. But this is what I’ve cobbled together after a few hours of searching: 36 new characters, filling an identical layout. A couple are paired up.

The new set and the original set are posted above.
Can you spot them all?

I suspect the new set will be harder unless you really watch a lot of new cartoons.

*edit: I did draw one of these. That’s a hint.

32 out of 36! And yes, I have watched a lot of animated shows for someone about to reach their mid-late twenties.
Jul 8

owlturdcomix:

We go forward.

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Damn it. It just sunk in. This is probably one of the saddest and most human things I’ve ever seen on Tumblr. Going to log off, and go and hug a family member now.

Jul 8

So yeah, the big news I’m happy to reveal is 1449AM URB’s supernatural mystery series, “Crowe”! The first three episodes have already been broadcast and are accessible at mixcloud.com/raventales . It was written, acted and produced by a team of over 30 students and is the first time we’ve ever tried anything like this before on this scale. The final three stories will be available very soon.

You’ll find the pilot episode sets a larger series mystery, whereas casual listeners can check out the other episodes for standalone stories featuring our investigator Violet Crowe. Give it a go!

Sorry for so few posts over these last few months. Genuinely, I’ve always loved drawing cartoons and it’s sad to have left it for so long. It’s a real privilege to have so many followers on Tumblr, and thank you for sticking around. There’ll be new stuff on the way soon.

Since the beginning of the year my PhD work got very tough, and I also took on an Executive Producer position at an excellent student radio station. I spent a lot of time working on both with an amazing set of people, and now it’s time to leave radio for a while to get the PhD finished.

I also aim to get back into drawing cartoons again this summer. In particular, I really like Regular Show, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Amazing World of Gumball and Gravity Falls right now so there’ll be a few pieces of fan art for those shows. If you’d like to hear what I’ve been producing for student radio recently, there’ll be a big announcement on this blog in a couple of days. It’s pretty ambitious and ridiculously cool!

iPod doodle. It’s based off of a big piece of fan art I’m sending Cartoon Hangover in the future when work gets less busy. The full thing will have WAY more characters.

iPod doodle. It’s based off of a big piece of fan art I’m sending Cartoon Hangover in the future when work gets less busy. The full thing will have WAY more characters.

Jan 6

Apologies for being a bit quiet recently! Had a nice holiday, and have had plenty of work to do. I’ve also recently been made Executive Producer of a student radio station so have been writing and planning a couple of things for that too! Currently working on a bit of fan art to send to Cartoon Hangover….details soon.

Jan 6

fall-apart-again:

deactiveee:

This is the saddest thing

this is obviously a message from cartoon network..

This made me kinda sad. I’m a fan of Adventure Time, Amazing World of Gumball and Regular Show, but I also have lots of good memories of the shows in the first panel.

But nostalgia can blind us a bit sometimes.

Cartoons move with us. Times change, and some ideas lose their applicability to what we’re up to now. I can still laugh at the good-natured humour of Top Cat, but would the whole setup really work now? Or would we end up sitting with our friends telling them why they should find something funny? Scooby Doo managed to move forward, Looney Tunes tried, but not all shows can without a fair amount of rewriting. And if you’re doing that much rewriting, maybe it’s best to have a new show altogether rather than divide the original fans.

TV channels have to decide how to carefully balance the broadcast of comfortably well-known stuff and fresh, innovative shows. Boomerang was a decent strategy for managing this, Nickleodeon still shows Invader Zim and Ren And Stimpy late at night, but it’s always going to be a tricky area with finite hours of scheduling. That said, the second image is still rather jarring.

Funny and fresh cartoons are still around if you’re willing to try them. Aside from the examples above, check out stuff like Gravity Falls, Phineas and Ferb, Legend of Korra, etc. Frederator’s incubator Cartoon Hangover are even releasing some great stuff for free on YouTube.

Cartoons are made by exceptionally talented people that want to try new things and pursue new opportunities. They are written by, designed, produced and broadcast by specific personalities, and become inseparable from them. So when those personalities want to explore new frontiers, or even spend more time with their families, their shows change or make a graceful exit.

Ultimately, great cartoons live as long as we want them to in our memories. Scrap the comparison of the images above. You want to watch it again, find it. You want to tell somebody about it, then do so. You want to draw them, then have fun doing so. Goodness knows I still do.

(Source: killuaw)

The funniest moment in Monsters University!

Pixar really understands how to design and write interesting parents in their films.

(Source: burntdowntrees)

This is what happens in the studio whenever a radio DJ plays a 5 minute song.

This is what happens in the studio whenever a radio DJ plays a 5 minute song.

The latest cartoon for Professor Science. I’ve been really busy with creating radio content over the last few weeks. Looking forward to doing some more original cartoons and fan art after this week.

The latest cartoon for Professor Science. I’ve been really busy with creating radio content over the last few weeks. Looking forward to doing some more original cartoons and fan art after this week.