I told you the story of Dwayne McDuffie to encourage all of us to be generous with ourselves and with one another. The Black Panther, despite his flaws, was able to inspire a young African American reader to become a writer.

We have to allow ourselves the freedom to make mistakes, including cultural mistakes, in our first drafts. I believe it’s okay to get cultural details wrong in your first draft. It’s okay if stereotypes emerge. It just means that your experience is limited, that you’re human.

And let’s say you do your best. You put in all the effort you can. But then when your book comes out, the Internet gets angry. You slowly realize that, for once, the Internet might be right. You made a cultural misstep. If this happens, take comfort in the fact that even flawed characters can inspire. Apologize if necessary, resolve do better, and move on.

Let your fear drive you to do your homework. But no matter what, don’t ever let your fear stop you.

Gene Luen Yang made an awesome speech on Friday night and words cannot describe how honored I feel that I got to be there to hear it. I’m so glad you get to read it. Go read it now. (via comicsgirl)
Howls Moving Castle at Staubbach Falls Switzerland by fantasio

Hayao Miyazaki meets Albert Bierstadt!

I did paint the whole Landscape and the Castle! But, the landscape is heavily based on a painting from Albert Bierstadt - check out his amazing works: www.albertbierstadt.org/

The work is in Public Domain, according to: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bierstadt_Albert_Staubbach_Falls_Near_Lauterbrunnen_Switzerland.jpg

What does that mean? http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/public-domain/

Actually the jpegs of this specific work for reference, were in such a bad quality that I had to paint the whole image from scratch - a nice test for me and I created some useful brushes along the way. Since I had no usable hi-res source, I hope you can accept the little flaws in it, most stuff is painted from imagination and my personal interpretation of huge jpeg-artifacts

Good part of having to paint the whole thing was that I was able to push it more into a Miyazaki kind of mood and coloring that matches the concept that I originally had in mind.

The intention behind this is to learn from the old masters, Mastercopies are good, but actually there´s no better way of studying them than to get your hands dirty and spend 10 hours in the image and paint something that is not there. This time it took me around 20 hours.

Actually I´m positively surprised about how well my recent Kaiju-piece and the Star Wars piece was perceived, thanks so much!

This is part of a study-series, called “Ancient Kaiju project (…and other big things)”

Suggestion for other Kaiju´s or big cinematic - things are welcome as well as also constructive comments!!

Ohmu is planned as well as also the robot from Laputa.

I like pop culture and I love traditional art, so this project came so naturally to me and since the paintings are public domain, no one was harmed, not even the original paintings!

There is no intention to sell these images, I did them for learning purposes and use them in my classes as well, however, if you want it as a wallpaper, feel free to hit the download-button to get the 2560x1500 px version.


The blog post containing all works and information: http://www.fantasio.info/2014/05/the-ancient-kaiju-project.html

The deviantArt-gallery: http://fantasio.deviantart.com/gallery/49453898/Ancient-Kaiju-Project

Follow me on twitter: twitter.com/fantasiox or Facebook: fb.com/FantasioFineArts

CC by Oliver Wetter / Albert Bierstadt / Studio Ghibli
Partial rights of this idea reserved to `fantasio / Oliver Wetter and may not be used without my permission or the permission of the original copyright holder(s). It’s not forbidden to use one or more of my work on websites, blogs, etc, BUT its not permitted to submit it anywhere and show it to others, claiming as YOUR work!

Thanks for your appreciation.


Selected pages from Cliff Merritt Sets The Record Straight, a giveaway comic from the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainsmen drawn by Al Williamson. Cliff sets his granddaughter’s blockheaded beau Ted straight on the benefits of the Union. Download the whole book from the link above.

Happy Labor Day!

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.
- Benjamin Franklin

I go back to school tomorrow.