Monday, November 28, 2011

Do you have Klout?





What is Klout?
Klout is clout... Actually Klout is a "new" service that shows how much digital clout you have. In other words Klout tells you your standing in Social Networking. It works by having you allow it reading access to your social sites. Such as facebook, G+, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Blogs. It aggregates the number of connections you have, how many people respond to your content, and the kind of topics that you talk about. Then it spells all this info out into comprehensive charts and simple scores. [ My actual current Klout Score is above. ] This score varies as you participate on social networks and the more info that Klout receives. If a score is not enough info there is a comparison chart that gives you a rundown of where you stand in real world terms.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Fun with Odosketch.

Today's sketch. Suicide Girl, Ambiome. http://suicidegirls.com/girls/Ambiome/






A while back I found this online program called Odosketch. It has been problematic for me to get used to. It has a fairly unique interface. The "brushes" give a marker like effect. They get broader the faster you draw. Which is great for quickly filling space. But it is rough when it comes to quickly drawing details.  But I have seen some very nice sketches made with this. I like that it shows an animation of the artist's process.

Despite a few drawing mistakes. I think this is one of my best sketches at Odosketch, yet.
Try your hand at sketching, and check out the galleries at Odosketch by Odopod.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Superman Drawing for Mike

To explain this post I would like to mention this article over at http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com.
"DO SOMETHING NICE FOR A COMICS FAN WHO COULD USE A LITTLE NICENESS"

A hobby that I'm passionate about is drawing. I have drawn sparingly throughout my life. I even took sketching and art as a teen, at the local community college. I like to take inspiration from comics, pin-ups, and other current artists. Over the years, I have drawn less frequently and I'm trying to draw more.

A friend invited me to check out DigiCon, today. On their schedule was a time slot to draw Superman for Mike, referring to the article above... Mike is a guy that has been on a disability pension for the past twenty years. His beloved possession was his Superman collection. It consisted of action figures, comics, and other memorabilia, he had gathered over his lifetime. Sometime in the past few weeks much of this collection was stolen.

There is a call to artists of all makes and ages to draw something related to Superman for Mike. To help give him support as the police track down the thief. It does not need to be the best artwork. It's the thought that counts.

So tonight, I picked up my digital stylus and "penned" this doodle of Superman for Mike. I'm going to get it printed and sent in as soon as I can.


If you would like to send something in. You can find the address mentioned on the article here:
"DO SOMETHING NICE FOR A COMICS FAN WHO COULD USE A LITTLE NICENESS"

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More updates soon... I hope.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

What's wrong with this "picture"?

Picture, as in motion picture... More specifically "Christian Film". But some of the things I'm about to say can be applied to any type of film. [Or any production.] I may not be saying these opinions in the kindest and most polite way possible. I don't mean to degrade any particular group or person.

A little back history. I grew up with actors and actresses, and other crew. Some of them have become famous, and a select few are even award winning. My family has been major film buffs. To an extent, you could name almost any film, and someone from my family has seen it. In fact there's a bit of a joke motto with my family.

"There's no such thing as a bad movie...
Just bad scripts, directors, actors, etc."

So, what exactly plagues film makers and keeps a movie from being the best it can be?
Here are at least five observations.

We are our own worst enemy.
That's right, sometimes our best intentions get in the way of the artistic process. Yes. No matter how commercial and business-like film making is, it is still an art. This is often forgotten, or lost, on many people. There is a certain commitment that art takes. It also takes the heart or mindset of an artist. If you don't understand this, I would recommend finding "artists" to help your process.

Not willing to bleed for the art.
How far are you willing to go to tell the story? Sure, someone could sweat and shed a few tears while producing a film. Some may even throw money at a production, until they are in the poor house. But if film makers are not willing to "bleed" for the story. This is actually apparent to the audience. When the story does not get to the bottom of the human condition, it shows. I've seen numerous films that were so shallow not even the characters were developed. If the main characters are "Boy A" and "Girl C", then the film needs a little more planning.

White-Wash and or too politically correct. / Excessively fake.
This goes along with the fear of bleeding. Some filmmakers are too afraid of upsetting the lowest common denominator. Thus, they make their film too PC. I'm not saying that you should not sensor yourself. [I'm not afraid of swearing if I have a mouth full.] People feel alienated if there is no realism to your "story". Even many fictional films have an element of realism to them. Those that white-wash their film of all humanity end up lying to their audience. We've seen laughable censorship where they replace the censored words with other phrases. It draws too much attention to the censorship and detracts from the film.

There was controversy back in the 90s. Some rental companies were censoring films without the permission of the studios. The rental companies were slapped with lawsuits due to the white-washing and copyright infringement. Not to mention that it's a total disregard for the art. The "good intentions" of these few left a major mark against Christians in the industry.

A total disregard for everything but their agenda.
Sometimes it's blatantly obvious that a production has too much of an agenda. Certainly, the audience leaves with the message. But are they entertained? Will they remember the message? Sometimes the message is too shallow. Is the message worth sharing? Say, if a studio put a costume designer in charge of a film. The agenda of that film may then be to show off the costumes. Everything else of the film suffers. [The plot, the dialogue, the lighting, and etc.]

Some agendas are too polarizing. The world is not black and white. There has to be some grey area in your agenda somewhere. I'm not talking about loopholes. One should not protest murder, then commit it or rejoice due to a murder. Then the grey area... One should be able to rejoice when a soldier comes back home after risking life and limb. And people should at least be thankful for the fallen soldier returning in a casket, because they stood up to the other murderers. [ Protesting the wrong things makes you look like a tactless cult. ]

Belief in their vision is lacking.
Sometimes a film is hypocritical to the beliefs of the film makers. This is a bad for those trying to give a message. The "story" has to at least be believable. As a magician and performer I've become quite knowledgeable in the art of deception. [That is partly to keep from deceiving people.] Often the lie is more believable than the truth. To tell a good lie, you have to believe that lie. An audience can sense when you are lying about your beliefs. This is hard one to grasp for many people. Even poker players have a "tell".
[Ya gotta know when to hold them. And know when to fold them.]

Maybe some advice here can keep you off of "the list of the worst films".

Until, next time.
Dock James

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Note: The opinions expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the view points of companies, people, and products, associated with Dockery James. Dock also reserves the right to change his opinions, and at any time make revisions to this post.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan Quake

For those living under a rock...
March 11th 2011, Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake.

Here's what I've heard so far...

Japan Quake

For those living under a rock...
March 11th 2011, Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake.

Here's what I've heard so far...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Luck of the Irish...

"As You Like It" wrapped up this past weekend. A fun time was had by all. A friend that came to review the show liked the "sheep" and gender bending of the roles.

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I've been having a bout of bad luck this week. A tire went flat on my truck while entering a gas station to air it up. The tire was only a bit low. I ended up five feet or so from the air compressor. I don't want to bore ya with the details. Partly cause I've mentioned it all over the inter-webs already, and I'm starting to bore myself. Since the weather is changing so much check on your own tires... Before it's too late!

I once found a four-leaf clover, when I was 9 years old. But now it's lost again. If it has not turned to dust, it's in between the pages of a thick and heavy book somewhere. Coming up is St. Patrick's Day, and for some it's a lucky holiday. They put on their lucky green shirt, and celebrate by drinking their green beverages.
No Lucky shirt? You can find one here!

But one thing about all those holiday shirts. Is that they are a bit awkward to wear any other time of the year. They make you seem like ya prefer one holiday over the others. So I could suggest getting an Irish themed shirt for this St. Patrick's Day, that can be worn anytime. Celtic Knots seem to be a good stylish choice for almost any time of year. For example:

Celtic Gold Knotwork shirt

Speaking of luck. The 2 day shipping for these T-shirts is 50% off. Use Code: IRISHLUCKY50 
Deal ends Monday, March 14, 2011 at 2:59PM PT. 

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I have some more projects that I will report on soon.

Until next time... May your bag be full of tricks, 
and a few Aces up your sleeves.
Dockery James