Hiya, my friends!
It's been a while!
Sorry I haven't been too active as far as drawing and writing goes (and contests too) - my work has been pretty crazy since last September and it's likely to stay that way until April or so... Anyhow, I'll try to slowly get back into drawing and will try to post some more stuff on a more regular basis.
Thank you for your patience and for being with me all this time, my friends! It means much to me!
P.S. Also, I'll start a new contest soon enough - probably later in March
I'll try to come up with something new and unusual for you!
As for now, in order to post something meaningful in addition to the explanation why I haven't been active lately, let me tell you a bit of some of the animated shows I've watched recently and have come to like. Whenever I had an opportunity to watch something I actually gave some new shows a try (new for me, anyway - some of them are not actually new
). I'd like to thank my dear friend Kate
for the amazing pointers she gave me. Our tastes in animated shows coincide and I enjoy all the shows that she recommends me.
Anyhow, here are some of the shows that I watched and my thoughts and opinions about them. Note that these are based solely on my personal experience, I make no false claims or promises about these shows. You may or may not like any or all of them depending on your tastes and preferences. I'll go in alphabetic order.FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS
While "Foster's Home..." is not actually a new show (I believe it started in 2004), I admit it was the first time I've heard of it when I heard about it from Kate just a few weeks ago. Created by Craig McCracken who is an animator known for a very distinct and unique style in animation, this show surprised me with a combination of unusual, commonly "random"-looking and yet cute characters and witty humor, often based on linguistic effects such as pun. While I did not yet have enough spare time to watch many episodes, I watched the pilot movie and the first few episodes of the show and I can say that I found it very relaxing and funny. I think that one remarkable thing about this show is that each character is very distinct and has a specific personality that can't be confused with anyone else. The unusual-looking characters quickly become easily recognizable and their behavior is logically consistent. I'm definitely watching more of this show soon. A good classic Cartoon Network show to watch when you'd like to have some fun and relax without having to go through complex plots and long storylines.MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC
I'd like to say that I was curious about MLP for quite a while by now and there were many reasons for that - on the one hand, there is a lot of fan-made content available online so it's impossible not to notice the vast and talented fan community that works with MLP material. On the other hand, I've heard many opinions about the show, many of them contradicting each other, and I knew that I would simply have to start watching this show because I never believe any controversial opinions "just like that" - I always watch the cartoon first and only then decide for myself if I like it or not. By now I was able to watch over 40 episodes of MLP and I can say that I have come to love this kind and sweet cartoon. For me, Friendship is Magic is remarkable because it's a show that depicts true friendship, care, loyalty, kindness, honesty, and support in their purest form. These moral ideals are, in fact, my ideals which I try to follow in real life and which I have depicted in my stories and characters even long before I came to know about this show's existence. MLP is a show with no violence, no obscene jokes - a show you can watch to have a good time and to get enveloped in friendliness and friendship which is, indeed, magic. Also, it is a high quality cartoon, written and animated with love. The episode plots are witty and always have a moral aspect to them which can be easily understood and related to both by a child and by an adult. If you'd like to check Friendship is Magic out, I'd say definitely go for it, and if/when you do, the most important part is not to give in to any stereotypical opinions on the web and to go solely by your own watching experience. Only then you will be able to decide for sure if it's your type of cartoon or not - and actually, there is a high chance that you may like it. The most regretful thing you can do though is ignore it simply because you've heard someone say that it's not good / not for you (by the way, this is also true for any other show out there - so, watch first, decide next
Steven Universe is a new show created by the same animator who worked on Adventure Time. Being a new show it currently has only twelve episodes, all of which have been watched by yours truly. I enjoyed all the episodes and I can say that this show definitely has potential. The core characters, Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl (and Steven!) are interesting in that each of them has super powers, many of which are concealed from the viewer and are revealed over time in the newly released episodes. Interestingly, Steven Universe seems to be built with development in mind - that is, some plot elements from previous episodes are referenced in the later episodes, and certain new facts about the characters and the unusual places they end up in are slowly revealed over time. Like I said, the show doesn't have many episodes yet because it's brand new, but I'm definitely going to keep an eye on this series and watch the upcoming episodes. If the potential of this show is properly realized and developed (which, in my opinion, is entirely within the power of the crew working on it) it has all chances to become a long-running show with a decent fan base.WANDER OVER YONDER
Another brand new show on the list, Wander over Yonder is a new Disney show that started approximately in the last quarter of 2013. This show is interesting in that it is made by both Craig McCracken (of the Foster fame above, as well as Powerpuff Girls and other well-known animated work) and Laurel Faust (who is most famous for MLP). Being a new show, it also currently only has around a dozen episodes, and I've had the opportunity to watch all of them. I'd like to say that this is probably one of the most dynamic and funny cartoons I've seen lately. Very light-hearted, Wander over Yonder features enjoyable and cute characters (Wander, the main character, visually reminds me a bit of Bloo from Foster because of his expressions and the drawing style) and dynamic, fast-developed plots with lots of action. The opposition of Wander and Lord Hater (the main villain of the show) is shown through a series of hilarious scenes which utilize both witty humor (based on language and based on communication between characters in general) and slapstick humor. It's difficult to compare Wander over Yonder to anything directly because there hasn't yet been a show like that and at the same time visually it reminds me of many older cartoon shows of the 50s-70s (something along the lines of Looney Tunes, perhaps?). Definitely a very enjoyable show, I'm going to watch the new episodes once they air. The show is currently on hiatus but is currently rumored to resume in the end of March / the beginning of April.
So, this is what I've been up to these days.
Thank you for reading, my friends!