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ATTACK! Designs

It’s been a busy time, here at Lattaland. I’ve been pushing a lot of pixels and punching a lot of walls.

As you no doubt noticed, I’ve been posting less frequently as of late. Truth be told, friends, most of the work I’ve been doing would bore the pants off the lot of you, or, in some cases, bore the pants back on you.

This doesn’t apply to you, whatever current client that just-so-happens to be reading this!

Anyway, here’s screen caps and designs for some flash animation that the client would prefer (and rightfully so) that I didn’t post here.

What else? I guess that’s it for now. Hang tight, true believers!

Heroes Con N’ Redskin Rashy

Heroes Con is a mere three days away. I better start packin’! Before I do though, I thought I’d share a most excellent review of Rashy Rabbit’s latest adventure, “Redskin Rashy” by my pal Shannon Smith at File Under Other.

(click on the page above to see that, I am in fact, a genius.)

Thanks Shannon, without your support, I woulda long given up on this racket, I’m sure.

So, who’s gonna be in Charlotte this weekend?

You and you?

…Not him?

Well then, let’s kick it at HEROES CONVENTION!

I’ll be with more talented artist in Indie Island, with my latest comic Redskin Rashy and the New Avatards! book in tow. (brought to you by Wide Awake Press.)

So, if you wanna hang out, drink overpriced beer behind a folding table, then let’s do this up right.

Don’t let the name fool you. Yes, super heroes are well represented at this convention sure, but as Shannon pointed out in his blog, there will be plenty for the rest of us hipster snobs that wouldn’t touch  cape with a ten-foot pole.

Thanks again, Shannon, and I’m sorry you won’t be there this year.

So, uh come by and say “HI!”and I’ll give you something neat*.

See ya in a few, true believers!

* Our ideas of neat may vary.

Joy of Hack 2

Chocolate and peanut butter.

Flowers and bees.

Chess and hip-hop.

Some things were made to be together.

The directive for this one: make a King and a Rook look like rappers. Not unlike Tupac, this rapper was shot down for being too edgy.

Hmm, How do you make  a rapper more family friendly? Why going back in time when rappers rapped about having a good time and nothing else, that’s what you do!

I went for a vintage, I mean “old school”, look.  Of course the powers that be ( I mean, the “man”) shot this down on the grounds that kids won’t “get” the reference to the 80’s. Personally, I disagree. That’s like saying I wouldn’t have recognized a hippie as a child, because that, too, was 20 years before my time.  Jeez, I’m old.

Speaking of being old and out of touch, I was instructed to give them modern rap duds. Oh, and I was told not to make the pants too baggy, after all schools are having a problem with that.

So there you go. Rapping chess pieces.

Joy of hack

Hello all my imaginary friends out there in blogville U.S.A!

It’s your ol’ pal Josh Latta here at Lattaland and I’m gonna tell all you peons what it’s like to be a real life professional artist!  Don’t get the wrong idea, though. It’s not all bud lites, goodwill trousers and shiny 97 corollas. Yes sir, sometimes this chosen field can be a little less than glamorous.

Case in point: Here’s how art gets watered down and given to you, dear readers, for your consumption.

Usually, I get a call from some poor sap at some boring company that, chances are, you’ve never heard of and never will.  Anyway, if I’m sober and or/don’t have the business end of a shotgun in my mouth, I answer and we discuss the art “needed” – and by “needed”, I mean begrudging commissioned on the whim of some muckety muck higher-up.

Once I have a little more of an idea of what hypothetical company is looking for, I roll up my sleeves and hit the drawing board and come up with some concept sketches to show ’em.

This is usually the point where I hear the word “cartoony” as a derogatory description.  (Fortunately, not in the instance I’ll show you today. These guys actually wanted *gasp* a cartoon character!)

Once I find a design we can agree on, I finish up a concept sketch and send it to whatever cog I’m dealing with in the machine. The said cog sends the image to a middleman who, then proceeds to rip it to shreds. After all, how do middlemen prove their worth without poo-pooing the first draft, right?

Oh oh! I made a mistake. I used a UPA inspired “flat” graphic style. We gotta have more detail than that, right? Where’s the buttons? Where’s the brow sweat? After all, they’re paying the big bucks, they wanna see their money’s worth!  More lines they want, and more lines they’ll get.

Hmm, better- here we have more detail, however, we all know skin isn’t yellow and eyes aren’t pink. We gotta fix that. Oh, and why does he look so goofy? This Professor is supposed to be cool! I have to cool him up by 67%. Did I mention the logo on his lapel is way to small?  We need a giant logo that stands out more. The bigger the better when it comes to brand identity!

Well, if the yellow skin isn’t doing it for them, I’ll try every tasteful color combo in and outside of nature.

See one you like?

This is when the client ( who is, of course, always right) picks the color combos buffet style.

My client wanted a good ol’ safe caucasian and and a tasteful gray suit. We don’t want anyone to think it’s a lab coat, after all, it’s not!

…and there we have it!

This little guy will be helping folks learn Spanish by standing off on the corner of a page at a quarter inch high!

Character Designs For Flash

Hello, imaginary audience! It’s been a while, has it not?

I’m sorry that I’ve kinda fallen off with this blogging nonsense lately. it’s not that I haven’t had anything going on. Well, maybe it is, I dunno. Who can tell?

Anyway, I got some stuff coming through the turnpike that I will soon post. I’ve been busy with a new Rashy Rabbit comic and all sorts of dull freelance work that you, my imaginary reader, wouldn’t care to shake a stick at or anything.

Speaking of Freelance (but not of the dull variety), I’ve been doing some flash animation for a client that I have to assume would prefer to go unnamed and not be associated with this blog. In other words, don’t expect me to post the animation, no sir, but I don’t see a problem with posting some of the art and character designs here.

This dude is a chess “knight” themed superhero. Obviously, he’s not suppose to be a serious superhero fighting crime or anything.  My guess is he’ll, uh, fly around and teach chess n’things.

His working name was “Dark Knight” but I think the higher-ups in the company musta had cold feet or something. Now he’s called, eh- I don’t know…something.

The lines look pretty flimsy, but that’s flash for you. Speed is the name of the game,for this client so I choose to use the pencil tool and just go for it.

Honestly, I’ll post more coming up here – unless, of course, I get hit by a bus or something.

Later gator!

The Shaved Iceman Cometh

Here’s another oldie but goody. Well, it’s older. I present to you, dear sweet reader, The Shaved Iceman Cometh:

Yes sir, that was a load of laffs! Wait, you didn’t laugh? Join the club! This comic went over with a thud. I was actually experimented a bit, y’see this comic was 100% improvised with just a general idea for a theme. The Theme was “food”. Betcha couldn’t tell! This “piece” was done for Wide Awake Press for Free Comic Book Day 2007. You can still download “Eats” here and yes, it’s still free.