Joker Scene

Like many other people I found “that scene” from the recent Joker (2019) movie so intense and awesome so I wanted to recreate it somehow. I ended up trying to lay it out like a comic book and tried to do it in a way that felt like the classic “Arkham Asylum” Batman graphic novel. I’m not sure how successful I was in the latter (I have zero experience creating comic books) but I am happy w/the final version in any case. I was torn on putting in any modern-day/non-movie elements but in the end I couldn’t resist fill the top center window frame with some of the evil icons of our “society” as well as an America First ad on the top right television set. Oh yeah and (belated) semi-spoiler warning if you haven’t seen the movie yet (but if you haven’t seen the movie yet – +1 week after opening – I don’t feel bad).

Why the hysteria about the Joker movie?

Few clips I pulled together that sum up the hype/hysteria (and reason for it):

Time Lapse Videos


(13 minute version)

Movie Trailer

Images

Movie frame reference:

Initial photo Layout:

Final version w/out swear word bleeped out:

Sir Oswald Mosley

Here’s to everyone who saw the BBC’s distorted and insulting version of Mosley on the new season of “The Peaky Blinders” TV show researching and learning the truth about him on their own.

By the way for the record I used an old black and white photo of him and a recent color shot of Big Ben along with a tracing technique (which I consider partial cheating artistically) – so this was not all drawn out of thin air! Time lapse video below shows in detail.

Time Lapse Video

Mosley Reference Links

On the Spirit of European Civilization

On Multiculturalism

Documentary: Europeans

Lady Diana Mosley Interview

The BBC’s False Villain // Peaky Blinders @thisislaurat

Oswald Mosley Interview (1975)

The “Freedom of Speech” Lie @YouKipperLad
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHrXmhUeZ1U #FreeSpeech

Speech Excerpts

Treason from Within

May add more notes later but just archiving a new illustration from this weekend. My original idea was to have the “men” in this image laughing while circled by the various buildings they work(ed) in but then I changed it to be them glaring/staring at the viewer instead.

Embedded Quote

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

– Taylor Caldwell

Related/Reference Video:
(Video Date: 2019/07/27)

Owen Benjamin

Update

I originally made this because I admired much of what Owen said and stood for. Sadly now this illustration now serves as a reminder that sometimes, often, people you admire (or paint) will let you down (Reference).

Original Post

I’m not great at painting people but sometimes I get an idea for a painting and I just can’t resist doing it … this is another one of those situations and I finally finished it last night. I’ll post more details later – just archiving for now.

Time Lapse Video

Owen Benjamin

Reference:

1,000!

This is a post just for myself since workouts are a personal thing for me … plus no one really cares about someone else’s personal workout achievements, right?. Anyhow, yesterday I hit 1,000 workouts in my workout tracker. Technically I passed this number a while ago I’m sure but yesterday was the 1,000th workout I’ve logged in the app I used nearly every day: Strong Workout Tracker. I am thankful for that app and even more I am thankful for my Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells. Those dumbbells have lasted a really long time (w/not a lot of repair needs) – probably the longest-lasting, most-used thing in my possession (outside maybe my toothbrush and iphone?).

Here’s to 2,000! 🙂

President Trump Google Doodles

What is this?

“President Trump Google Doodles” is a browser extension (plugin) I made for Google Chrome that does two simple things:

    1. Gets rid of the Google “image of the day” (a.k.a. “Google Doodle“) from my Google Chrome browser
    2. Shows a random photo of President Donald J. Trump on the Google Search screen

I won’t get into my reasons on #1 as that’s a whole separate post/topic. Article at the bottom is generally related – but topic too complex to get into here.

As for #2 … actually before I added this my original idea was to create an “American History” version of Google Doodles that would include all the well known (and not-so well known) American holidays, achievements, people and events … since in this day and age American history is under such constant division, derision, revisionism and general attack it’s easy to lose grasp of what made our country great.

Unfortunately as I compiled a list of topics and general logic for the project I realized it would take me a LONG time to finish (if done right) as it would mean creating 300+ images!  So I pivoted the project to instead simply showcase photos of the President Trump for now. I may/may not revisit the original “American History” idea in the future … if/when I have the time to do it right. But honestly I enjoy the photos of the President so much I may wait a while. 🙂

I realize the list of people out there who might also want the above stuff may not be very long (or maybe not?) but if anyone is curious give the extension a try – it’s free of course! Details below.

How to Use?

  • Install / Open Google Chrome.
  • Go here to the Chrome Web Store to install the extension.
  • Click the “Add to Chrome” button
  • Then load a new browser tab or go to google.com to test it out!

The Photos

  • Currently there are around 50 photos in the rotation
    The photos are dynamically loaded from Flickr.com – hopefully that works ok long-term (so far so good on my end).
    All photos are copyright to their original owners – none of these photos are my work (sources vary).
    If you have any photo suggestions feel free to chime in the comments or on the Facebook page.

Other Stuff

  • Glitches? I threw this together pretty fast so there may be a layout/visual quirk here or there – if you run into something show-stopping let me know in comments or on the Facebook page.
  • User Options: If my OCD holds eventually the extension might add a setting or two users can toggle – such as: categories of photos to show/hide, etc but for now the extension has no user settings.

Links

Ok that’s all – if anyone tries it let me know what you think!

PS: By the way if anyone just wants to get rid ot the Google Doodle image (w/out using this President Trump extension) here’s an extension by someone else that does that: http://bit.ly/DoodleBlocker

Trump Oval Office Photoshop

I saw a few photos of Trump in the Oval Office with his team recently (example) and got an itch to spend 2 hours this evening cleaning it up and messing around with it (just for fun). I took the liberty of adding Gavin and Milo in one iteration … just because. Note – I didn’t have the time/patience to get all the merged “faces” perfect so some of them look a bit off … but I like the final product so that’s all that matters :).

Merged/Cleaned up

Combination of few photos for best face/positioning but keeping original scene as is

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B&W Version

Fun with Faces

I swapped out most faces to face the camera for fun.


Fun with Faces V2

Same as above but with Milo and Gavin added 🙂


In other news … farewell, General Mike Flynn :(. Don’t worry we all know you were and still are a true American patriot and were taken down by insiders.

Hayao Miyazaki Films

THE-WIND-RISES

I recently watched the animated film “The Wind Rises” and loved it. I hadn’t watched an “animated film” in quite a while (outside the seemingly lifeless, in comparison, mainstream stuff from Disney, Dreamworks etc) but there was something different and magical about that film.

Spirited-AwayShortly afterwards I discovered that “The Wind Rises” was a creation of the great Japanese animator/director Hayao Miyazaki who also did the movie “Spirited Away” back in 2001 which I meant to watch but never did. I watched Spirited Away over the next couple days and loved that film even more!

This Hayao Miyazaki fellow is quite a guy. He’s an acclaimed illustrator, animator, writer, director and more! I can’t put my finger on what makes these films so fascinating and irresistible to me yet – but one thing that is apparent is that they are so refreshingly original, creative and emotional – 3 things usually lacking in American animated films (outside some from Pixar … OMG why did they make Cars 2 and Planes?!). Miyazaki’s films are also all hand drawn as far as I know – yet they pack a far more powerful punch than most any 3D animated film I’ve ever seen. 

Naturally I am embarrassed that I haven’t seen any of Hayao’s films until now … but needless to say I will be devouring all of his films as quickly as I can now! The only problem is that it takes me a day or three to watch a full movie since my free time is usually so sparse/intermittent! I’ve already started watching Ponyo and am loving that as well …

App Update: PocketSwatch 1.4

Just a quick post to announce that an updated version of my PocketSwatch app is now available in the App Store. The main things in this update are:

  • New (lowered) price of $1.99.
  • Support for the larger iPhone 5 screen! (The app is lightning fast on the 5 and looks great!)
  • Some streamlining for iPhone 4 and older
  • Various bug fixes
  • New blue icon just for fun

Check it out here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocketswatch/id509958461?ls=1&mt=8

 

Kana Cards HD: Teaser Icon!

Here’s a teaser graphic for my new upcoming mobile app: KanaCards HD. While I’m really excited about the app the project itself has dragged on for months and months at an excruciatingly slow pace of a couple hours a week at best (!!) … so needless to say I’m flat-out exhausted with it. My hope is that my throwing out this teaser icon will get me the spurt of energy I need to get to the finish line!

PS: A quick Google search of this app name will bring up a fair amount of apps by other people … I’ll explain my logic around non-unique name and rationale for the app in general in my next post.

iPhone 5: Painting 1

After seeing how fast the iPhone 5 is, I couldn’t resist doing a quick painting with Sketchbook mobile today while watching Tangled with Corgan. The iPad still wins out with biggest/best screen to paint on – but the speed and fluidity of painting on the iPhone 5 is definitely a more enjoyable experience.

As always please pardon my sad attempt at human and animal figure drawing!

PocketSwatch Full Version Now Available!

Just a quick FYI – I’m excited to announce that the full version of PocketSwatch is now available on the App Store (official link)!

As I mentioned in the previous post, the full version will cost a few bucks and is only intended for people who will actually use it in the real world – everyone else can try the free version to get the jist. That said, if any of my friends/family want to try the full version, please send me an email and I’ll send you a promo code to get it free.

It’s probably no shock to most of you that I’m already working an updated version with some neat new features so it looks like I won’t be getting a break from this app just yet. I hope to push the new version out ASAP – I’ll post details about that here when it’s ready.