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ISSUE
No. 01
Aug.

fancyQUACKS



Foreword


by puddlefisher

The relations between monsters and kids are never anything less than endearing. Unless it involves guts. In that case we’re bound to confront a cold, hard truth that reveals monsters are sometimes far removed from childhood wonderments as seen in Pixar and that checking our closets before bedtime isn’t a bad idea. And yes, these critters exist - so before getting too comfortable; there is probably a room you’ve forgotten to fumigate with the ole monster spray.



Alright, it’s time to come clean: stating monsters exist is a slight exaggeration. In fact, the monster spray trick only works on children because they believe in this stuff. But that’s the point: kids believe in this stuff. They have a rapport with monsters and that’s something we couldn’t take away even if we tried. We’ve all been there – either afraid of the dark, of sounds from under the bed or that creepy mascot from some local event – whatever the case, we believed even if a little. That’s the overarching premise in this very first instalment from fancyQUACKS.


Ready? Then sit tight as we explore imaginary friends and some rather unfriendly foes as seen in the minds of creatives sensitive to these themes. Let’s develop an insight into what their inner kid is asserting to their older selves and what their expression means to them.

A more focussed effort to this end will be around illustrator Daniel Alexander (subway-cat) whose playful cartoonist depictions meditates hugely on kids and critters.
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These critters consider curly toes of boys a particularly toothsome delicacy (without the nails, of course). They find other preferences in finely chopped pigtails seasoned in stomach acid. The burden on kids to avoid these foes is great – meaning talking to strangers is off-limits and night time means home time.





Monsters and how to fight them... With art!


Sparky Frankenweenie by SparkyFrankenweenie0
Popular monsters in the media can be super advocates for the notion of ‘monsters’ being a balanced view, with “good” monsters being plausible at all. But the horror icons omnipresent from 20th century film instil fear that’s infectious to kids who are making sense of the world through television screens. It’s one of the influences keeping momentum in the preoccupation of critters and the themes around them that are actively recycled and regenerated.  Unfriendly foes are a rumination among kids and when it drives their creative journeys it becomes a noteworthy thing!

it scares little kids AND little monsters by Pharaoh-Ink
So what does any of this mean? It means monsters want to eat your curly toes, of course. Well, at least in the minds of suggestible children. But more than that, it explains why almost all kids will at some point in their years benefit from monster spray - or its equivalent in using art to cope without it. It offers clues that help us to understand a very prominent origin of the monster-related interests of illustrators since before their adolescence. It’s an area of significance because while all of the works featured in this issue are delicious, it’s often a stimulating muse to penetrate beyond gorgeous aesthetic to uncover meaning and purpose. 



Let’s consider that a moment: the artistic value behind kids and critters. We’re soon to identify with our Featured Artist but we will benefit from inspecting his work before we move on to our accompaniment of Unfriendly Foes. 


The personal insights of Daniel Alexander (subway-cat) will help us relate to the motivations behind his body of work and likely that of others too.









From rabbit gladiators to oversized cats and everything in-between, the work of Daniel Alexander is eye-candy that will leave you in puddles of your own saliva. Fair warning, wouldn’t you say? Before we gobble him up in his interview – let’s take a preliminary look outlining who Subway Cat is. It should be noted that “Subway Cat” is in fact a collective of Daniel and his companion, so to view his work more exclusively, head over to an older account: RyuDan.


This guy’s visual eloquence is nothing short meticulous and demonstrates his utmost care and attentive prerequisites to drawing. Indicative of his spiritual interests, Daniel’s lands, moons and worlds exist beyond many hills from here and are revealed to us as though from behind a window gazing into his consciousness. His control for the subjects seen in these works is reminiscent of the control he practices for his thoughts more generally. 


Daniel collaborates with great frequency alongside such artists as pacman23 and FabianMonk  and is hugely involved in art related forums like SatelliteSoda. Storytelling and combined fantasies look like other crucial components to Daniel’s work which we’ll explore in more detail after learning why good monsters are instrumental to this...










These critters mostly wander the dim, cold city streets during the early hours, finding toes to return them to rightful owners. Lots of foes drop them when they feed... Additional to this, they may emerge from your closet during sleepy time but only to fill up their Scare gauge. They're prompt and never take more than a few minutes - so you're all good.



From haunted to haunter...



Imaginary Friends are often monster meditations of artists who delight in the control they have over these otherwise devious critters. As artists, we’re in the driving seats – or under monsters’ beds – in a role reversal that’s spiritually satisfying. Imaginary Friends are a product of our grown-up monster-friendly way of taking back control and depicting them devoid of guts and toes.


Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if monsters aren’t tangible, real things like puppies of the corgi kind. It’s the artistic expression resultant from believing otherwise that almost acts as a self-fulfilling prophecy. You see, it’s often the case that creatives themselves become the characters they invent. We live as many heroes - and villains too; our abstractions of reality through art is the motivator in this process of creation.

 


"The monsters of our childhood do not fade away, neither are they ever wholly monstrous. But neither, in my experience, do we ever reach a plane of detachment regarding our parents, however wise and old we may become. To pretend otherwise is to cheat."
- John le Carre, detailing the prevalence of monsters in all life, both young and old!


Below are works by kick-ass artists who embrace the concept of monsters, followed by an interview that probes this fascination in detail. Both imaginary friends and foes will be present, so you might want to think about topping up on your monster spray…







Pivotal Moments by DanielAraya 





Daniel Araya is an artist whose preoccupation with that which isn’t true to life by means of artistic expression makes use of realistic form that brings his ideas that much closer to reality. We will illuminate about the ‘pivotal moment’ that we all experience in art before bringing this issue to a close - just after the interview. Following this, be sure to indulge yourself in the immersion that comes with the work of DanielAraya. What’s more is that both DanielAraya and subway-cat make appearances in a recent publication called “The Master of Anatomy”. Just sayin'!





Interview with subway-cat 





Why do you draw kids and critters? And does your cartoon style enhance the unreality of your fantastic worlds and situations in which you place them?



Ha! I do draw kids and critters, but overall I like playing with contrast and exaggeration to increase the ‘sensitivity’ and impression of the piece; sort of like theatre when it comes to exaggeration in acting. As for style, I always try to be evolving it into something that gives me enough freedom to play with and be able to express what I want - even if I’m not showing the face and I’m letting the viewer imagine it.



Something more specific to ‘realistic’ cartoons: you've started to paint your cartoons with more form than before. Do you find this semi-realistic aesthetic eclipses the premise of fantasy in your work or does it enforce it?



Whoa! Hmm. I don’t think it eclipses it – actually, anything well-managed can achieve the artistic intention, even if the painting is not semi-realistic and cartoon: for me it’s just about the clarity and ‘lucid’ thinking. But I don’t think I’m the right person to auto-judge my own work!



So, with it being a very conscious effort by you to develop your style according to the intended piece; would you say that fantasy becomes more or less true to life in mostly realistic styles? Maybe you could mention an example where you used it to facilitate a purpose before.



Probably with a realistic style people can imagine them better in the real world; hence the style is “realistic”! But that doesn't allow much room for viewers to imagine things and to be stretching their minds.
Personally, I'm not too fond of realistic styles. While I respect artists that do it - ‘cause it requires tons of hard work and mad skills - I like to go with more freedom and fun styles.



Imagination seems important to you! We’ve mentioned how the media transforms young minds to be stimulated around monster themes. Does your commercial work inform your interests around kids and critters or does it distract from it?



Well, I would love to be doing more commercial work, so I think right now it distracts from “kids and critters” but every artist should work hard in letting their work inform their interests. To control and achieve what you want to do with your pieces is key to creating the emotions you want for your viewers. 




When monsters are alright...



The process of art is an escapist trait we use to detach ourselves from reality or simply life. In communicating this escapism to people outside of our worlds is an intimate gesture and wonderful gift. It’s an unspoken arrangement between artists and appreciators – or anyone else engaging mutually with the experiences of creative expressions being shared. It’s a quest of introspection for us to reflect on ourselves in response to art.

After all, we search for answers as kids that nobody has a clue for. Anything outside of our own self is uncontrollable and unpredictable; the pivotal moment is when we master our anxieties and adapt in accordance to change. Monsters are alright, you know. Once you’re in control of your own monsters it’s easy to appreciate them and show them to the world...

Of course, when you fight monsters you become one in the process. We're all monsters in our own little ways - we aren't so different from imaginary friends or unfriendly foes. On that note, here are some things to think about...












1. What are your monsters? (eg. illness, art-block, nagging cats who are always hungry)

2. How do you overcome your monsters? We’d be interested to know your means of intervening when things get out of hand!


1. Pigtails or curly toes? Why no nails for the latter?

2. Why do you get a kick from hiding under our beds? Got rent for that?





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:iconhowlseage:
HowlSeage Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Yo Puddlefisha! How you doing? 
I'm on this comic thing now, and I need your expertise in life so that I can be awesome like you, because seriously... i come here to get hyped up before working. 

Hope you've been well!
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puddlefisher Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Filmographer
Ahoy pal! Super well. <3

Shucks, but surely the work that sits stale for months on end doesn't have the longevity to instil hype all the time? I hope to freshen it up in the coming weeks with some stuff I've not wanted to share prematurely anyway. But still, my work personified would be a middle aged, yeast-infected dude who's totes past his sell by date - boobs is all but a disguise.

Anyway, what's this comic thing - the sceeeene? What's the project? And what may I help you with sir?

:#1:
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HowlSeage Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
Lmao, what a description! i see your work more like a stylish guy with all the freshest new gear, and a slick haircut, because you cant go wrong with good hair. Can't wait to see the new stuff! The stuff you have up DOES have that longevity though. Its timeless to me :)

And i'm working on this thing I'm posting on tapastic, and soon to make into a video series, called Sakura Maple. Which is basically my own love story, chalk full with comedy. Im studdying how to better tell the story right now. But im having trouble with color. Like, im almost afraid to simplify for the comic, so I keep trying to paint "quickly" which ends up taking 30 rotations around the universe. I guess i just want to know how you manage to balance detail with time.

Btw, the comics here: tapastic.com/episode/136485
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puddlefisher Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Filmographer
Well I do brush my teethies twice a day and have many socks, so you're close if I may say so myself. Thanks for rocking my socks this morning dood, lol.

So - your comic is shaping up to be super adorable. Chi is obviously a ninja who knows how to summon shade at any location - ninjas need shade. Always be faithful even with the last Rolo, because if you've eaten it, she'll know because she's there. I'm sure of it. Ninja material. So far as your time, I'm not sure what you'd like to be advised on specifically and I feel out of my depth with the following suggestion but here goes.

The spherical shaped heads are super conducive for an efficient work flow and that seems to be the most taxing aspect to your work. This has to do with preparing spheres, painted as the various lighting situations you're likely use and then use them for reference or directly worked into your heads. Your heads should always remain pretty spherical in shape anatomy wise, so this could work well if it's a problem area for your comic. But it's an even better solution in terms of animating the comic in 3D.

But calm down because it's not as taxing as it sounds. In fact, you'd only need an image that is a render of a primitive sphere lit with a rim light (no shade, just subtle form) and use this in Adobe After Effects as an alpha channel. There's a technique that uses a layer's alpha channel to determine the brightest parts and the darkest parts of an image, and can expose an image according to where the lightest parts are. When you play with the values (contrast, brightness) of the alpha channel, you can adjust how much is exposed and in turn where the fall off for your lighting is. In essence, you could animate some great lighting at minimal expense to your time if you can plan your process ahead of time.

Comics is inherently the consumer of time with teeth and numerous tongues to eat it with. But just be aware of your own work and how it'll be used to tackle the potential problem areas. For example, I create so many facial expressions for my comic characters (of late) and often revisit expressions but from different angles -- this reference saves so much time in the actual process and it works because I've identified my problem area as well as a solution for it.

If you'd like elaboration or advise or anything else based on this stuff, my Skype is always open as the same username/ID as I use here. You're welcome to add me. :eager:

Bleep bloop. <3
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Entropician Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
...and thanks for the watch, very kind!
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puddlefisher Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Filmographer
Of course! :fish:
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Entropician Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
Hi chris, thanks for the follow in behance, I'l follow you too also here in deviant, man so few works but all of great quality! I really like your style fresh and cool! I hope to see more of your works here or there;)
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puddlefisher Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Filmographer
Hey Stefano, I'm delighted to be following - and equally so for your support too! :thumbsup:

I've got lots of catching-up to do as 2014 was a super bad for productivity. I intend to share some recent projects in the coming weeks and months and I'm glad you'll be tuning in.

Behance is a neat place! It's nice to have a place that's a little removed from the social emphasis of DeviantArt for a more formal or "professional" presence for our work. The community part of DeviantArt is equally as important though.

Stay awesome, Stafano~ :fish:
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Entropician Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Hi chris, well,

I'm wainting for them;)

..and yes, I'm agree with your analysis on behance, also if in the last 2 years (more or less) it has changed a bit, before was more as you say...now is a bit more "easy" and new artists of every kind seem don't think too much before to publish new projects..(but this is my opinion, and maybe someone can say the same for my projects ahah) stay awesome you too dude! see ya!
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boxeggsfish Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank for the watch!  

Me me fun cartoon just hug.  Heart                                                          

 
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White-Anemone Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
woa, Awesome gallery!hope you notice me >w< you  draw so cool
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puddlefisher Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Student Filmographer
Oh my lordie. :#1: Consider yourself very noticed - loving the sensitivity to traditional media, and the extremely rad designs that come from it.

I'm glad that you dig my stuff as well <3

~ :fish:
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White-Anemone Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
thank you ^^
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TheFancyTunaFish Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Student General Artist
/) v (\ Thank you for the watch, please become my senpai and teach me everything. :heart:
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puddlefisher Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Student Filmographer
Ahoy! I'm delighted to.

Looks like I caught myself a tuna fish, a rather fancy one at that. <3

I cannot teach you everything but would you have a moment to talk about our lord and saviour, :iconspongebobplz:?

~ :fish:
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TheFancyTunaFish Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Student General Artist
LOL! No please. I can't support spongebob, he's a sponge!
I'm a fish! It will never work out together. 
The sea just ain't big enough for the both of us!

BUT HAIL, :iconsquidwardplz:
' v ' I am also rather fancy. I'll use my fish powers
to live vicariously through you!
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ElisaFerrari Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Awesome gallery! :D
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puddlefisher Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Student Filmographer
Thanks a bunch, Elisa! Right back at you too. :love:

It'd be neat to see more sequential stuffs from you - but should enjoy your style in any case!

~ :fish:
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koponya Featured By Owner May 12, 2015   Digital Artist
Hope you're doing well, Puddlebro.
Haven't heard from you in a while. (:
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WhiteFoxCub Featured By Owner Edited May 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hey! Thank you so much for the feature :heart: :hug:

I notice you watch me! I appreciate it :iconhappytearplz:
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