Rustedblue

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from Saint Petersburg, FL

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    • OMG This thing still works?

      8 years ago

      Rustedblue

      Random stab at a username and password and I guess I still have an RT profile.

    • I am WIGGING OUT!

      13 years ago

      Rustedblue

      And it's not because my parents are coming to help me move out tomorrow and I've only packed two boxes. I've never been very cool when it comes to meeting celebrities -- or at least people whom I subconciously deem celebrities -- like the time when I was about seven years old and took my first trip to Universal Studios and met the guy who played the villain in The Rocketeer and got so tongue tied that I'm pretty sure he thought I was an autistic kid, or the time I met Hoobastank right outside my apartment and... well, they probably thought the same thing as the Rocketeer guy. Hell, even when I 'virtually' met Rooster Teeth's Gus on World of Warcraft, I had to conciously make myself not bug him with irrelevant questions.

      Anyway, I think that I have some sort of a hero worship complex, or something, because I am downright giddy about the letter I just recieved from Lar deSouza, the artist for Least I Could Do. Last night, I decided that over the summer I would work on a comic strip to submit to USF's newspaper, the Oracle, in the fall. I have a great script, but everything I have draw hasn't impressed me. I'm having originality issues; I think that everything I draw is just a rip-off of Mark Bagley or Scott Ramsoomair. I decided to see how the master of LICD does it, so, today, I wrote him a letter.

      Lar actually read and returned my letter in the same day. I thought that if I ever got anything back it would be a month down the road and some half assed, copy/pasted collection of platitudes with a request to buy an LICD [https://secure.leasticoulddo.com/store/home.php]T-shirt[/link] at the end. But, low and behold, it was the complete opposite. The guy didn't just answer my question, he actually ANSWERED my question. I can't get over it. Just read.

      Dear Matt,

      Thanks for writing :) I'm glad you're enjoying LICD so much and that
      it has inspired you to create on your own. Way to go!!

      First off, don't sweat the fumes. Crack a window, yes, but otherwise
      you'll stop smelling them after awhile. I think the toxin sensors in
      my nose died many years ago ;)

      Style? Oh geez, that's the $64 question isn't it? I've had teachers
      go on and on about style and have had discussions through the years
      and y'know what? I think it just happens. Not very helpful I know,
      but there's just no way to NOT be influenced by the art around you.
      That's part of being artistic. It all goes into the pot, as it were,
      and some of it comes back out in your work. I think the thing is to
      be sensitive to those influences and not let them dominate you so that
      you don't evolve your own distinctive work.

      When you decide you like something, try to look at it critically and
      decide *why* you like it and then decide whether or not what you like
      about it fits your way of working.

      I love a fine oil painting of a landscape but I'm not inspired to
      paint one. So I just enjoy them. I doubt I take anything
      inspirational away from those :)

      On the other hand, I love the work of Al Hirschfeld, the renowned
      caricaturist. That flowing lyrical line and sense of design. Use of
      line is totally good for me as a cartoonist so I worked at creating
      that flowing line and eventually succeeded to some extent by using
      soft fine brushes and ink (and now Photoshop). Years later, I
      discovered he builds up his lines using old fashioned dip pens. I
      *hate* dip pens. I've never ever been good with them. However, I
      swing a mean brush. Instead of slavishly trying to copy his methods,
      I'd found my own way to create something I can be proud of.

      It may be that you don't care for the art in a comic but like the
      writing. Again, ask yourself why. Is it the subject matter, the
      comedic timing, the development of characters or portrayal of themes?
      Keep those things in mind for the next time you write and just enjoy
      the rest.

      You don't find a style, you evolve one. And it continues to grow as
      you do. Stop throwing away your art and LOOK AT IT instead. Look at
      it like someone else did it and figure out where it works and where it
      needs improvement. Art is more about eye/brain co-ordination than
      hand/eye coordination :)

      I hope this helps answer your question. It's not a simple question
      and is probably one you will continue to ask yourself even after folks
      start telling you "Oh yeah, I knew that was your work. It just looks
      like your stuff." and then you'll realize you've got a style without
      even trying.

      Thanks again for writing. If you want more feedback, why not post
      some of your work in Teh Art Forum. Lots of good folks hanging out
      there.

      Good luck :) Later!

      Lar
    • My eyes are tired.

      13 years ago

      Rustedblue

      I have just read every single Least I Could Do Comic made.

      God, I love summer. Tomorrow: the beach.

    • NO MORE SCHOOL

      13 years ago

      Rustedblue

      For a few months!

    • Finally!

      13 years ago

      Rustedblue

      So I went and bought Kingdom Hearts II about three weeks ago, and have played about three hours worth of it. I realized that Scott Ramsoomair was right when he said that playing Chain of Memories first was a good way to go, so I immediatly bought a Gameboy Advance SP on eBay. The thing finally came today; the stupid seller took two f'ing weeks to put it in the mail, even though I paid for it immediately after I'd won it.

      In other news, I jrecently discovered Least I Could Do, and am totally in love. Great comic, and they're coming out with a TV series. That's just inspiring, to be frank. So inspiring, in fact, that I had an epiphany after watching the trailer that led to my three year plan for after I gradutate in the Fall. Here it is:

      1. Teach high school English for three years.
      2. In that time, hone my flash kung fu to the point that I can do freelance work, and develop my own web series, possibly based on the book that I will also have finished, hopefull long before that time.
      3. Profit

    • Like the Cheeze Whiz U guy said..

      13 years ago

      Rustedblue

      "[This is] Supercilious crap."
      -- Step by Step
      (yes, the first one is all one paragraph. Because it is. Shut up, I'm waxing philosophical.

      The use of drugs for anything other than medicinal purposes is an unfortunate â€" often shied away from â€" part of our society’s history. But, when history looks at our society, will it consider the same? Is this time in our history, when discourse, colloquy, and even childish bickering among men be considered part of a process from which we will derive greater understanding of the varying wavelengths of individual thoughts and motivations, coming to an eventual medium wherein everyone will level out, and our first instinct will be that of capitulation to mediocrity? Will right and wrong be deemed taboo; will religious beliefs and motivations fall in line and be quiet? These are obviously questions which are better left to philosophers and poets, but they are nevertheless questions with which everyone â€" every citizen of the United States and abroad â€" is confronted. To go by supposed facts, charts, and postulations by census takers and druidic-statisticians alone is impossible. We, as human beings, are capable of considering more than facts; of not allowing the facts to get in the way of the truth. Considerations such as these lead to our conundrums, and inability to cope with this reality, with the fact that we cannot answer these questions without intimate knowledge of some sort of culmination of the entire human experience, is the reason we have created government, politicians and lobbyists; so that we might have people to voice what is effectively the average opinion from the larger groups to which we consign ourselves.
      The truth of the matter is this: there will always be outlaws, individuals who, by virtue of whatever motivation, disagree with the certain standards that society has set forth, and, conversely, there shall always be sheriffs, those who agree with the status quo and work to bring the outlaws to their ways of thinking. That said, the use of drugs which society has deemed illicit is inherently wrong, and should not be practiced. But, as was stated earlier, people who have not reached the same conclusion will always be around, and will always disregard the law and, by varying degrees, dissent; the law, in tern, will always attempt to enforce itself, and as long as the law is just in its efforts, it is acceptable for it to go on as it is.

    • With both brains tied behind my back

      13 years ago

      Rustedblue

      At this precise moment, I have exactly six hours to complete another 7 pages, spanning two different reports on drugs and society for my criminology class. I just wrote two pages in about an hour, but I still managed to do a good bit of procrastinating during that time, so I figure that I'll be alright

      [EDIT]

      T-minus two hours and fourty six minutes to go. Got one report done on a comparison of two articles about marijuana laws, and have waxed philosophical for one page on my next report, which is to be a statement of my feelings on US drug policy. So, you know... Four more pages.

    • Presentation Update

      13 years ago

      Rustedblue
      Okay guys,

      I have a vast part of the prep work done for the final presentation. If you guys can get the content in ASAP -- Wednesday at the absolute latest, please -- then there's a slim chance, infinitesmal at best, that I might be able to get some sleep this week.

      Incidentally, Dr. Finelli, if there's any chance that you could go ahead and tack on some of the points from the last project to my CCJ4930 class, I'd really appreciate it.

      Just kidding...?

      I'm going to bed.
    • Reviews: Flash page for group project

      13 years ago

      Rustedblue

      "Matt, i am speechless!

      This is beyond any expectations! You managed to present our material in a unique and effective way. And those great color combinations!

      Nicely done!"
      --Irina Westerfield

      "Group Limelight,

      I was so entertained while viewing your website...it's top of the line! The snooty voice of the professor was just perfect and the material was so educational; plus I had a great laugh. If Professor Bull is teaching next semester I'm signing up for his class!
      I was so impressed I find myself wanting to ask "How did you do that?" but I wouldn't get it even if you explained it. I plan on sharing this with my teenagers. Thanks, Limelight!"
      --Angela Tartaglia

      "Matthew,

      I'm speechless after viewing your group project in FlashMedia. It makes PowerPoint seem antiquated. The opening animated graphics introduce us to a chamingly packaged presentation. The bullish talking professor added a dimension of authenticity to the discourse on Strindberg's misogyny. It was worth extending the deadline for mitigating reasons. I'm glad that I'm not one of these professors that says "time's up" because we would have missed out on a treat with engaging design, imagery and special effects. I can't wait to see your final presentation. This has been a revelation to me. This class in general has demonstrated its capabilities to handle the work and produce excellent results. You have put some pizzazz in what some might consider a "stuffy" history course. I hope you are having as much fun as I am having. This course takes on new life each semester, and this project proves that history can be as entertaining as the art form at its core. Well done. "
      --Dr. Patrick Finelli (Professor)

      This was the competition, so I probably shouldn't feel too superior.

    • BAH!

      13 years ago

      Rustedblue

      There is nothing that pisses me off more than writing a long, brilliant post, forgetting to put in the subject line, and then losing everything I've written.

      Now you guys will never get to know how I feel about Bush, about the war, the economy, oil, hydrogen, Mars and Hillary Clinton. You'll never get to hear the magnificent tirade or the righteous outrage I have toward certain parties. You'll just never get to know.

      So sad.
      So sad...

  • Comments (32)

    • Cinema_Void

      12 years ago

      Oiy.

    • Cinema_Void

      13 years ago

      Yea, Im not even gonna touch that arguement going on in my journal.

    • Cinema_Void

      13 years ago

      I didn't write it.

    • nickles

      13 years ago

      It's been done. Hopefully it'll work.

    • Assassin23

      13 years ago

      nice profile!

    • nickles

      13 years ago

      Fixed the caption.

      And I don't have TV... smiley2.gif

    • nickles

      13 years ago

      Yeah, I probably should.

      Oh, and I'm gonna have to delete your comment unfortunately...for scientific reasons. smiley6.gif

    • nickles

      13 years ago

      And here I thought you were more on the ball about the major happenings in the machinima world, or at least in the rvb forum. smiley6.gif

      Check my journal for a link, Lord and Master of Procrastination.

    • nickles

      13 years ago

      Pure ownage. Congrats.

      You watch Elm Way 1 yet?

      Post edited 2/07/06 12:34PM

    • Rustedblue

      13 years ago

      Zuh?

    • matthewf

      13 years ago

      no die...your the problem tom quit

    • Cinema_Void

      13 years ago

      Im guessing thats a good thing?

    • Cinema_Void

      13 years ago

      Get a new director?

      Id say Fhajad, but he gets grounded at random times.

    • Cinema_Void

      13 years ago

      Toms not too dedicated unfortunitely. We only have the last goddamn minute to shoot of the script too.

    • Cinema_Void

      13 years ago

      Witty satire's not helping.

    • matthewf

      13 years ago

      tell that to him

    • Cinema_Void

      13 years ago

      I have an idea they told me months ago, but I need to check in with Tom/Fhajad to see if its changed or not.

    • nickles

      13 years ago

      Good, because CV's a cool guy, even if he can be a bit abrasive at times.

      The machinima forums have been absolutely dead over the past month or so. It makes me sad.

    • Wh15k3yG1rl

      13 years ago

      Hey there =] hows it going?! <33 Jessi

    • Rustedblue

      13 years ago

      It's one of those things where you either get the joke or you don't.

    • Nightmar3

      13 years ago

      about the thing in your "about".

      maybe he felt that he'd reached your level of maturity at a younger age.

      idk, maybe i'm just over analyzing.

    • wingwarrior2

      13 years ago

      Hello i dont know you but and you probably dont know me, but can you come to my profile and comment on my clann idea. also could you eneter a name for it, theres a prize for the best one. thx

    • TwistedAngel

      13 years ago

      Hey hows it goin?

    • Jabberwocky

      13 years ago

      Legal? Ethical? Questions must be answered. Someone other than myself must do the research!


      Lol, it has an official prescription label/sticker thingy. So maybe it's legal. Ethical? You know what's unethical? A retarded army doctor giving me meds that don't work. If a doctor is going to give me medicine that works, I call that highly ethical. Especially if he goes out of his way to do so.

      :P

    • AsianKungFu

      13 years ago

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      A raccoon for you

    • Jabberwocky

      13 years ago

      What a coincidence. I broke my right hand last night.


      Awwww! How'd you manage that one?

    • Jabberwocky

      13 years ago

      I think my December 5th guess will be right on the money for a finalization. I mean, no offense or anything, but your brother doesn't really look like he's got a lot to lose, if you get my meaning. I don't forsee a long drawn out battle for the bucks and the boats. It's kind of funny that this happend, because my best friend just broke up with his cheating girlfriend of, like, seven years the other night, and was moaning to me about how he, no matter how rich or poor he is, will make his wife sign a pre-nup.

      Well, maybe not funny Ha-Ha...


      Brother? Not even close. Hubby's best friend. And he doesn't have a lot to lose. At all. He gave it all up to support her lazy ass. He sold ALL of his guitar stuff to pay bills because of how she leeches off him. He has nothing, and is willing to give it ALL up, just to be rid of her. She's gone fucking psycho.

    • Jabberwocky

      13 years ago

      Congratulations. Today it has become official that Jeremy is looking for a divorce lawyer. Your bet was for the date of July 25, 2005. You have been awarded 10 modpoints.

    • DedKennedy

      14 years ago

      cute dogs 8^)

    • KarateChop

      14 years ago

      Hey, I know it was probably a long time ago, but that post you made to that Hailie girl saying how she hates how guys let her win. I read that and went....he has great common sense, and worded it so well. Kudos to you....if that's how you effing spell Kudos. My dad worked at a hospital in St. Pete, that was a drive.

    • RealTucker

      14 years ago

      yes do stay clear, i have made some umm,,,, bad choices so just dont do whatever i do and you should be good

    • tasagi

      14 years ago

      Welcome to the site dude. try to stay clear of becoming a noob, and your stay here will be pleasant.

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