Monday, September 26, 2011

Rachel Beckwith

Breaking the wall a little bit today. I had always planned on my art blogs being a place were people could escape the world for a little bit and have some fun. I promise to keep that alive here, a place were we can have fun and I can be a crazy drawing fool, but just this once I'm letting reality pour in. I have two little girls, so it's easy to see why this story hits me so hard. I have not been able to really shake it since I read about it.

On July 20th there was a major accident near Seattle on I-90. I had friends who drove past it, and said how awful it looked. They were amazed that no one was killed. Then the reports started coming in of a critically injured little girl. Then shortly after that, even with all the hopes and prayers of everyone who had heard the story, she was taken of life support. She hung on just long enough for her parents to hold and touch her one last time. Her name was Rachel Beckwith, and she had just turned 9.

It seemed like another sad story that we hear too often nowadays. If you ever watch the news, it feels like the world is coming apart at the seems. What hope do we have, what hope do our children have, when our politicians would rather bring our economy crashing down in a dick measuring contest rather than work together for a national good. When corporate profit is placed over human lives. Humanity sometimes feels like it's on it's last legs, and that we're coming to a close. But then little girls like Rachel Beckwith come along and obliterate all those fears.

At age five Rachel heard about Locks of Love and asked to have her then long hair cut and donated to help children with cancer. Her plan was to continually grow out her hair and cut it to donate, and she kept that promise. At age five.

Then when Rachel was going to turn nine she asked that no one give her presents, but instead donate nine dollars to an organization called charity:water for water projects in Africa. Rachel's own words;

On June 12th 2011, I'm turning 9. I found out that millions of people don't live to see their 5th birthday. And why? Because they didn't have access to clean, safe water so I'm celebrating my birthday like never before. I'm asking from everyone I know to donate to my campaign instead of gifts for my birthday. Every penny of the money raised will go directly to fund freshwater projects in developing nations. Even better, every dollar is "proved" when the projects are complete, and photos and GPS coordinates are posted using Google Earth. My goal is to raise $300 by my birthday, June 12, 2011. Please consider helping me.

She raised 220 dollars, a lot for a nine year old girl, but just shy of the 300 she was hoping to raise. She was disappointed, but decided to just try harder the next year. Sadly, that would never come.

When people heard the story of a nine year old girl, who would rather give to others she had never met than receive material gifts herself, they flocked to the site and donated. Currently at the time I'm writing this she has raised 1,256,180 dollars, that will help an estimated 62,809 people in need. Not bad for a nine year old girl.

Her gifts go beyond that though, her organs were donated and a man who had been waiting five years for a kidney was a match for one of Rachel's. “I received a gift that you can't even describe how big it was. I had my life returned to me and as repayment to Rachel, I plan to carry her charitable torch for the rest of my life.” Mark was given life; and for this cycnical Dad of two little girls, she gives hope.

So this is why I decided to post this here, ultimately this isn't a sad story. It's a very positive one, because if a nine year old girl can figure this out, then there's hope for the rest of us as well.

We're better than we think we are.

Rachel's donation page, there's four days left.

Rachel's 9 Birthday Wish


Friday, September 23, 2011

More sketches from the toilet.

From the toilet? Gross. I actually draw them on the bus, fuck I love the bus. It's a Community Transit busline, which is nice and clean. Not a fucking Metro bus, which is pretty much like riding in a toilet.

Anyway, so dude, I feel bad. I'm always giving your boy a hard time. So this is a pure shout out to Copley. Dude, I love the guy. he was the best part of the A-Team, and I still think he deserved at the very least a nod from the Academy for his role in District 9. Wikus is one of the best characters to come along in a looooooooong time. I'm sure that whatever/whoever he'll be in Elysium will be great.

So that being said, I super psyched to see what this Europa is all about. I have a weird fascination with Jupiter and it's moons. Maybe it because my Dad showed me 2001 at a young age, which still to this day is an amazing piece of cinematography (and the deign worked has never been topped). I love the first two books as well, but must confess, I never read the others. So anyways, can't wait.

And what about his own flick? Spoon. Yeah dude, I be the fanniest fanboy around. I know all about Spoon. So dude, give the man a few weeks to wrap that shit up. Who knows, maybe it'll lead to a Please Look At me Shartlo Copley blog (It won't, don't worry). For those who have not seen it, here's the trailer:
Click the pic.

Dude, I'm excited! He's got a Nexus android in it, what's not to love! And think of the possibilties of sequels! Fork, Knife, Cutlery, Plastic Cup; or he could go the Aliens route and be all Spoons. Shit is tight. That tall freak is a thinker!

Anyway, thanks for introducing us to the guy. He's a steller actor, and I (and all the PLAMNB blog fans also) can't wait to see what he does next.

Douglassymuthafuckinkaratechop Williams

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sketchy Wetchy

Neill, sup' ma' man? I've been sketching tons on my bus trip home lately. It makes for an interesting line quality. I get about an hour a trip, so two hours a day. Pretty fucking slick, man.

So, dude, how's it going?

I'm guessing you're knee deep in filming. That shit has got to be crazy. I tried to troll Copley out, but he isn't biting. He either hates me, is super busy, or is on another bender. Actually, probably all three.

I came up with an awesome idea, a Jabba the Hutt tattoo.

Wait, wait, and just listen. So I saw this dude in Pioneer Square wearing a half shirt (he could pull it off) and he had a dragon tattoo on his gut. Now this dude was young, and I couldn't help but think I was super skinny and had abs when I was young too. Now...well...yeah. Sitting at a desk everyday and eating junkshitfood and chili-chonga dogs will inflate your belly. So I couldn't help but think how sad that dragon could end up looking in another ten to fifteen years.

So then I thought, you know what would work there? Jabba the fucking Hutt. Because as you got fatter, it would get even cooler! Jabba is the only gut tattoo that will never go wrong.

Now, where to put Salacious Crumb....

Douglas D Williams

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Da' Marquis

Neill, I'm finally getting some art time again. Little smidges. Here's an image based on Guy Davis' The Marquis. It's a great fucking book man. I worked with Guy recently, and he's like the nicest fucking Guy you've ever met. He's only the second Guy I've met, but still, great Guy.

So dude, holy media blackout. Give me some Elysium, dammit! I wants me some not necessarily and alien movie action! I'm craving it! CRAVING IT! I re-watched District 9 again the other night. It's so good dude, I notice extra little bits each time.

Alright, that be it.

Have a good one!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Quick stuff

Fucking with brushes. Lunch over, apologies to other artsits, too numerous to name right now.

Uh, funny...uh...poo poo.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lazy time bus sketche work

Lazy time. Yeah, right.

Dude, I have a message for Sharlto:


He should know this going into his next project. just saying, man. Also, stay away from bone throwing monkeys and monolith's.

Any ways, here some quick sketches and descriptions.

Top to bottom.

Random paint splatter. Ripping off Ashley Wood...poorly.

12 page story idea for Greg Broadmore's brilliant Lord Cockswain character. He gets swallowed by a sandworm thing.

The sandworm thing...farting for some reason, and some images for a puppet-ish flick I'd love to make one day. I was thinking it would be live action, shot like an old PBS special. It was odd. Basically the sun had it's head stolen years ago, which threw the world into darkness, then this crater faced little fella frees it and puts it back on the sun spirits body (after a long trek and battle). The sun returns and chases out the dark beasties that stole it's head in the first place. Then she (oh yeah, the sun's a gal) grants the little crater-faced guy immortality as the night watcher; he rises while she rests at night to make sure the beasties of darkness can't plot anything against her ever again (the sun reflecting off the moon).

Dumb quick squiddy things. I hate them. Also some panels for a quick D9 prequel thingy (involves some fungal zombie prawns, I listened! ;))

'Pappy' character sketches. This is one of my most compete stories in my mind, possibly my favorite of them. Although, I have one new one I like a little more...



Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Poster Take 3

Neill, you don't need to say it. I know I nailed it.

The success of Avatar, plus your piggy viral, plus your Producer's vague comments (not necessarily an alien movie); it all adds up. Romantic Violent Sci Fi. Brilliant man, fucking brilliant. A new genre!

I'm hoping for a happy end, not one were the alien kid dies or alien 'wife' leaves Damon for a space general or whatever. That would be a downer.

Anyways, that's it man. Have a good one!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Elysium Poster Take 2

Neill, here's another poster I whipped up for you. It's missing a lot of the actors, but fuck, there's so many, and this is quick shit. This is fucking goulash, baby. Anyway, here's a collection of quotes from you and the media that lead to this current incarnation of the poster:

"I’ve got one science fiction idea that I’m absolutely in love with, which I’m pretty sure is going to be my next film. 99% sure…It’s totally original, it’s my own story…It’s set on another planet, but it’s cool. It’s violent, very violent, and very unique hopefully. We’ll see."

"it is science fiction and it has many sociopolitical ideas that interest me. Those ideas are wrapped up inside something that is like a Hollywood action film…The setting for the next film takes place 150 years from now. There are two cities that I’m choosing between. They would play as themselves. They are not in South Africa."

All we know about Elysium so far is that it is set at least 100 years in the future, features Jodie Foster as the head of state of an alien planet and Matt Damon as an ex-con. Is that some sort of prison gear binding Damon in these images? A viral video clip launched during Comic Con suggests some of the backstory for the film, possibly supporting rumors that a colonization project is part of the plot.

There are also a few rumors about the plot following a battle between an alien and human race for the right to colonize another planet. Mind you that's completely unconfirmed, but an interesting direction to say the least.

When South African film-maker Neill Blomkamp's strange new short went viral last month it prompted many questions: is this a clue to Blomkamp's mooted District 9 sequel? Or his forthcoming new sci-fi project Elysium? And is that a pig or a cat, or – gulp – a little bit of both? It said as much about contemporary movie marketing as it did about the director's creativity.

For those wondering, “Elysium” is actually a term used in Greek mythology for a section of the Underworld designated to heroes and other laudatory figures. The term has gone on to have connotations with “Paradise”.

I can’t tell you what the big themes are, but I can tell you that there are big themes. He’s someone who’s really interested in the world.

I can’t tell you about the content of Elysium but I can tell you, it won’t really be… it’s a very different movie than anything you’ve ever seen before. It’s not necessarily an alien movie.

All this adds up to; Nipple guns! I know it's true! Nipple guns are the shit dude, and that guy can pull this shit off.

Here's what I tried to get on the poster, but there was no room:

2 Amradyne factory workers and an incredibly tall wisecracking Crackbot must elude a nipple gun equipped drug dealing android.

Their only hope is to escape offworld, to an alien paradise.

Then things get fucking crazy.

That's it dude, I think I got it all in there. The pig thing? OH, FUCK! I forgot that damned pig thing from AGM the fuck is that going to fit in this?Copley and Damon's inter-species lovechild? Hmmmnnn...I think I feel a new poster coming on.