Thursday, September 29, 2005

This not-so-active blog will stop activity for indefinite time because Saturday I´ll be travelling to Japan. Three different flights to get there is no joke. Experience tells me I´ll be offline for a significant time span. Since this last post will be on top for a while, I chose the postcard (never printed) Mooz made me instead of a sketch.

See ya space cowboys and cowgirls.

To make this post more productive, the movie list below should aware the few readers of my preferences. As you can notice, it is largely based on the American production. Lately I´ve been watching French movies and they are just blowing me away. If you think I´m missing something really important, recommend the title through a comment.

love (most of these titles are also essential but I separated them because it´s hard being objective in these cases):

la dolce vita 1960
apocalypse now 1979
omoide poro poro 1991
what's eating gilbert grape 1993
clerks 1994
ghost in the shell 1995
the end of evangelion 1997
american history x 1998
fight club 1999
sen to chihiro no kamikakushi 2001
bowling for columbine 2002
le fils 2002
lost in translation 2003
mindgame 2004

essentials (some of these titles I may not even like that much, but I know it was important to watch them at least once):

the general 1927
un chien andalou 1929
city lights 1931
m 1931
scarface 1932
la grand illusion 1937
gone with the wind 1939
the great dictator 1940
citizen kane 1941
casablanca 1942
it's a wonderful life 1946
la belle et la bête 1946
ladri di biciclette 1948
rope 1948
the third man 1949
all about eve 1950
sunset boulevard 1950
ikiru 1952
singin' in the rain 1952
roman holiday 1953
tokyo story 1953
ugetsu monogatari 1953
dial m for murder 1954
rear window 1954
sancho the bailiff 1954
shichinin no samurai 1954
to catch a thief 1955
12 angry men 1957
det sjunde inseglet (the seventh seal) 1957
 the hidden fortress 1958
vertigo 1958
hiroshima mon amour 1959
les quatre cents coups 1959
à bout de souffle 1960
spartacus 1960
the apartment 1960

yojimbo 1961
jules et jim 1962
la jetée 1962
dr. strangelove 1964
for a few dollars more 1965
blowup 1966
l´armata brancaleone 1966
un homme et une femme 1966
cool hand luke 1967
playtime 1967
the graduate 1967
week end 1967
2001: a space odissey 1968
once upon a time in the west 1968
butch cassidy and the sundance kid 1969
easy rider 1969
midnight cowboy 1969
mash 1970
the last picture show 1971
a clockwork orange 1972
deliverance 1972
the godfather 1972
american graffiti 1973
enter the dragon 1973
the sting 1973
chinatown 1974
jaws 1975
one flew over the cuckoo's nest 1975
all the president's men 1976
network 1976
taxi driver 1976
annie hall 1977
alien 1979
manhattan 1979
the shining 1980
das boot 1981
blade runner 1982
the wall 1982
amadeus 1984
kaze no tani no nausicaa 1984
paris, texas 1984
idi i smotri 1985
ran 1985
blue velvet 1986
babettes gæstebud 1987
der himmel über berlin (wings of desire) 1987
full metal jacket 1987
akira 1988
out of rosenheim (bagdad cafe) 1988
do the right thing 1989
roger & me 1989
the commitments 1991
c'est arrivé près de chez vous (man bites dog) 1992
reservoir dogs 1992
groundhog day 1993
trois couleurs: bleu 1993
chong qing sen lin (chungking express) 1994
pulp fiction 1994
before sunrise 1995
duo luo tian shi (fallen angels) 1995
welcome to the dollhouse 1995
trainspotting 1996
lost highway 1997
chun gwong cha sit (happy together) 1997
festen 1998
lola rennt 1998
rushmore 1998
american beauty 1999
being john malkovich 1999
eyes wide shut 1999
rosetta 1999
todo sobre mi madre 1999
magnolia 2000
o brother, where art thou? 2000
hedwig 2001
le fabuleux destin d'amélie poulain 2001
mulholland drive 2001
cidade de deus 2002
irréversible 2002
elephant 2003
kill bill (volume 1) 2003
finding nemo 2003
closer 2004
fahrenheit 9/11 2004
brokeback mountain 2005
no country for old men 2007
tropa de elite 2007
waltz with bashir 2008

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Drawing based on the brilliant Rosetta (1999). The Dardenne brothers, who are both directors and writers of their films, are on a level of their own. Thanks to Tatiana who indicated their Le Fils (2002) and from whom I got Rosetta. I´m eager to watch La Promesse (1996) and L´Enfant (2005).

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Professional Brazilian illustrators drawing me.
I´m not a celebrity, just someone who bumped
on a caricaturism convention in Recife.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

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I was struggling to make a drawing I actually liked of Lu Lins. The unexpected solution was to return to the character design style of I hope she likes it.

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Two profiles I did some time ago. My brother told me Rádio de Outono is going to play at the Curitiba Rock Festival, considered by him one of the best in Brazil. Congratulations. On the right, one of the few Lu Lins drawings I did that was pissing me off. Does it look like her?

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

This blog was initially created to help me on my concluding university project. Yesterday was the formal ceremony to recieve the certificate(left) that values as a diploma. To get your official diploma in Brazil, you must wait about nine months after making the request.

Only one usual problem...

Monday, September 12, 2005

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Fotologs are really popular in Brazil, but damn they´re helpless. Slow upload (if it doesn´t get stuck), limited guestbook, limited size/quality of photos, ugly interface, and the photos are surrounded by annoying ads. Alright that content is what matters, but damn... visuals help a lot.

Friday, September 02, 2005

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Ana, Cansei de Ser Sexy´s guitar player and...

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...Clara, CSS vocal. Whoever has good quality photos of the rest of the band (Adriano, Luisa, and Mary) please send them to me.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

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Ira, Cansei de Ser Sexy´s bass player. Hm... at least is whom I tried to portray. Does this drawing look like her? It´s hard to sketch people you only saw on a few images on fotologs. If anybody knows where I can find lots of photo albums of Cansei de Ser Sexy, please contact me. Leave a comment, send an e-mail, shout it out, whatever. I like to choose from a bunch. I also tend to prefer funny or unusual angle photographs.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

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Lovefoxxx, vocalist of what is currently my favorite Brazilian band. My brother downloaded Cansei de Ser Sexy´s mp3s a couple months ago. I was so impressed when I first listened that I stopped cooking just to ask Claudio who was playing.

"Cansei de Ser Sexy."
"Uh?? It´s Brazilian?"
"Are you sure?"
"Check yourself, dumbass."
"Holy shit..."

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Incredible? Probably. Italian? Maybe. Japanese? Not to me.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

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Olivia is going to Germany with her fiancée in September. Thurday, her dumb brother asked me to draw her, but made no specifications or deadlines. Friday afternoon he writes to me via messenger and says that he´d like to use the illustration Saturday. The drawing above is the best thing I could assemble through various photos on their fotologs. Call him today just to find out he wanted something made on Adobe Illustrator. How can he complain of bad clients if he is one of them? At least my caricature skills are getting better.

Update: Hahaha. I just discovered that only Olivia is going. When she saw the drawing her response was, "Wow! Great... but shouldn´t I be alone?" Lesson learned. Always demand good briefings.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Funniest post ever on this blog?

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Friday, August 26, 2005

Lately I´ve been thinking why the women I draw don´t look like the originals, while men are instantly recognized. Maybe, since I simplify women too much, they end up too "industrialized". I confess that I always try to make girls cuter so they won´t feel like killing me. Men are uglier and less worried about how they look (usually). Thus, I feel less pressured when drawing them. Also, I´m always worried of how simplify my drawings. Guess that´s the result of drawing women more oftenly.

Maybe this is what happens in my brain:
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The original, based on a photo.

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The clone, based on the first drawing.

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The second clone, based on the drawing above.

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The third clone, based on the drawing above.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

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Touring throughout Brazil, I hope Mula Manca e a Triste Figura is having a good experience. I miss listening to Tibério. I just hope I never need to get a ride from him again. Words like time and punctuality have a different meaning in his dictionary.

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Moved by the sad story about a cat and a girl, I drew this based on two photos I found on Orkut. Finally that website is proving to be useful.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

People from bands I talked to during the Coquetel Molotov 2005.

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Fantastic presentation by M. Takara. I don´t know if what he used along a synthetizer was a 12-inch powerbook or ibook, but it was in the small Sala Cine UFPE that Hurtmold´s drum player really impressed me.

Update: According to Daniel, he used a powerbook. "Powerbooks are metallic gray, while i-books are plastic white."

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Lu Lins from Lulina. Lucky! I got the "Bolhas na Pleura" CD directly from her hands. Ultra charismatic and very original, it´s no wonder why she will always have guaranteed audience on her shows.

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Bárbara Jones from Rádio de Outono. Daniel Edmundson rapidly presented us. I missed the beginning of the show because they were all delayed a bit. The postponement confused me since it was the first day of the festival. It would be nice if five minutes before a band started playing, some kind of siren or sound announcement informed people on the lounge area. Not my style of music, but the crowd seemed to like the band a lot. Good mp3 available on their website though.

The shows I liked most were M. Takara, Lulina, Berg Sans Nipple, and The Kills.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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August 9th I presented the project. Thankfully the professor who was guiding me, Isabel Duarte, suggested me to do something else besides using my horrible oral skills. I made an eight minute animation using more than a thousand photos and screen caps. The grading board really liked it as it compensated for the decrepit text part of the project. And today I´m just waiting for graduation.

It´s been a while since I last drew. Sunday (14/08) I went to a small gathering to commemorate a friend´s birthday. Inspired by it, I drew Fontanella and Nara. As you can notice, I still have a tough time drawing men. Nara was much easier. Oh yeah, for people who can´t associate names and faces after six months, Nara is the one on the bottom.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

The website is ready. Forgot to post it. It´s online since July 21st.

Friday, June 17, 2005

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Computer on repairs. Video board blew up. Four days and a half off line. I realized that I have enough drawings for this project. The next post indicating the address of complete website should be the last.

I tried to use my time wisely. Rented four movies on this order: La Dolce Vita (1960), Ai no Corrida (1976), Hable con Ella (2002), and Jules et JIm (1962).

Watched La Dolce Vita because Daria reccomends it on episode 51, "Fire!". One of the best films I´ve ever seen in my life. I guess MichelangeloAntonioni inspired himself here to the the excellent Blow Up (1966).

Ai no Corrida (Realm of the Senses) may be a reflection of relationships based solely on sex: no content at all.

A friend reccomended Hable con Ella to me. I watched some movies directed by Almodóvar when I was younger and created an aversion to him since then. But I was dumber then. So I gave it a shot. Hm... seemed like a sophisticated chick flick. I honestly couldn´t see anything spectacular.

Jules et Jim is the first Truffaut movie I´ve ever seen. 60s movie that technologically seems from the 40s but with an end of the century character/plot development. Quite impressive.

Friday, June 10, 2005

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Probably the best male figure I drew until now.

Yesterday I watched Red Spectacles (1987). It´s like a college student movie. Mamoru Oshii carries on some of the ideas he started in Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer (1984) but this time on live-action. He is the only director I know that continuously works with both animation and live-action. It´s interesting to watch both because you can see how similar ideas work spectacularly in animation but poorly with actors.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

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Maybe this sketch book is getting smaller...

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

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This is another version of the top part of the drawing two posts ago. It was bothering me.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

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I loved this one.

Monday, June 06, 2005

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Hair based on Sheila from Mahou Shoujotai. I wonder if this title is Studio 4C´s necessary evil.

Saturday I watched "Is It College Yet?", TV movie that concludes Daria. I must confess that I expected more since the first movie, "Is It Fall Yet?," was great. I guess that when I think of a movie from a TV series I think big bucks which wasn´t the case in either.

It´s interesting to look at Daria and see the differences between American and Japanese animated series. I guess that while Japanese animation suffers from rigid schedules that need lots of planning, American cartoons suffer from the lack of it due to the necessity of immediate popularity response. I´ve seen lots of American live-action and animated series have their plugs pulled due to poor ratings, something kind of rare in Japan (the only I can remember is Dragon Quest). But on the other hand, once series survive the first seasons and networks enable a proper planning schedule, major improvements can be seen.

Friday, June 03, 2005

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Based on the fourth Wong Kai War movie I watched this week, colors should do the break point of the illustration.

Cowboy Bebop´s (1998) 5th episode, "Ballad of the Fallen Angels", is a reference to this extraordinaire movie. Fallen Angels (1995) is the kind of movie Quentin Tarantino dreams to do. I usually expect more subjectiveness and a more "artsy" style from non-American movies, but thanks to director Kai War Wong this perspective has just gained a wider angle. Working with Hong Kong´s action movie tradition added something to his style that I haven´t seen in neither French, Iranian, Japanese, or whatever other country´s movies. And the best part is that this isn´t his strength. His fluid protagonist/narrator shift may even surpass Robert Altman´s direction style. Due to this, he also shifts genres in a way that I have never seen before.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

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I´m guessing this is how I´ll feel once this project is over.

Watched Chungking Express (1994) yesterday. Great movie. I wonder if it inspired some ideas in Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001).

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

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I´m not sure about her outfit. I´m taking suggestions.

Note to self: maybe suspenders.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Monday, May 30, 2005

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I´m on the middle of Daria´s fifth season and I´m really impressed by the evolution of the show. The sarcastic character-driven animation shifts to a more dynamic plot-driven style. The end of the fourth season and the season finale movie were fantastic because the creators had the guts to break from the typical stand alone episodes and stepping on the land of the cliffhangers.

I recently watched Mean Girls (2004) because it was written by SNL´s Tina Fey (I always ask my brother to call me when the Weekend Update starts). Unfortunately, another blasé teen school movie. The problem with these films and TV shows is that they all seem to be just a mixture of lots of stereotype jokes with a weak plot to link them all. Even Daria pisses me off sometimes with the necessity of always showing the Kevin-Brittany (stupid jock and dumb cheerleader) routine. They work too much on the high school subculture instead of a good story.

The best films that work inside the teenage environment I´ve seen up til now are Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) and Rushmore (1998). The best TV shows are Daria (1997) and Kareshi Kanojo no Jijyo (1998).

Friday, May 27, 2005

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Damn construction building near my house.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

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This one I did for another university project some years ago.