Thursday, April 17, 2014

Art Books

I was thinking about art books earlier. There are a lot of great how-to books on art. They cover drawing, painting, etc. Some that come to mind for comic book artists are Comics And Sequential Art by Will Eisner, How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way by Stan Lee and John Buscema, and any book by Christopher Hart. You can learn a lot about how to draw comics from those books. Those guys are experts, and they know a lot about how to draw comics.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Zentangle 3

"Zentangle 3"
This is my third Zentangle. I think I do get a good feeling when I've completed one of these. Zentangle is basically mindfulness drawing.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Zentangle 2

"Zentangle 2"
This is my second Zentangle. I really like how it turned out. Zentagle is really cool. I feel like I've been doing something similar to it for some time. Zentangles are really enjoyable to do, and I plan to keep on doing them.

Beautiful Angel

I've been thinking about writing poetry lately. I talked to a friend about it, and I decided to go ahead and go to it. I haven't written poetry since high school, I think. I decided to get back into it as another way to be creative. Last night, I wrote a poem inspired by actress Eliza Dushku. Here it is:

Beautiful Angel
By Josh Ralls

Beautiful angel
With silky brown hair
Beautiful brown eyes
And skin so fair

Beautiful soul kind and caring
Courageous spirit
Beautiful being, so daring
Lovely is she

Beautifully talented
A chameleon of sorts
Beautifully skillful
An artist of sorts

She’s a credit to humankind
She’s beautiful in every way
She’s got a peaceful way, I find
God bless her if He may

Monday, April 14, 2014

Zentangle

"Zentangle"
I've been reading the book, Joy of Zentangle. I did my first Zentangle last night, and here it is above. Zentangle is basically mindfulness drawing. I recommend checking out the book. With the book, you'll draw "your way to increased creativity, focus, and well-being (McNeill, cover)."

Works Cited

McNeill, Suzanne. Joy of Zentangle. China: Fox Chapel Publishing, 2013. Print.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Follow-up To Movie Review Of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Last night, I posted a movie review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It's a great movie! If you're interested in that or any of the Marvel movies, I recommend watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC as well. It ties into the movies from Marvel Studios. So, what happens in the Marvel Studios movies may have an impact on the show. At least sometimes it does. It's a cool show!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

My dad and I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier tonight. It's awesome beyond words!!! I'm never sure how much to tell about a movie without giving too much away. But, basically there's something going on in S.H.I.E.L.D. and it's up to Captain America and friends to stop it. There's lots of action, a great story, and an amazing cast. Captain America wears his, I guess they call it a stealth suit, for a good portion of the movie. But he also wears a slightly modified version of his suit from Captain America: The First Avenger for a good portion of the movie.

Anthony Mackie as Falcon is awesome, and hopefully they're including him in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Samuel L. Jackson had a great part in this movie as Nick Fury. It was great to see Scarlett Johannson as Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow in it. It's great to see her get more screen time so her character can be fleshed out more. Cobie Smulders was great. And in my opinion Chris Evans always does a great job of portraying wholesome superhero Captain America. There were appearances by actors reprising their roles from other movies. Gary Shandling is back after appearing in Iron Man 2. Hayley Atwell returns as Peggy Carter. There's an interesting scene in present day between her and Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America.

The special effects were great in this movie. To see Falcon fly around in the air was awesome. The Winter Soldier's cybernetic arm looked great. It all looked amazing. There was a lot of action. There's excitement through the whole movie. It's also got a great story that ties in with the previous movie, Captain America: The First Avenger. There are exciting twists and turns in the movie. It never gets boring in my opinion.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a great movie, and a must see. I loved it, and I think my dad did as well. I recommend going to see it. And if you do, stay through the credits. If you've been watching Marvel Comics movies, you know there's an extra scene in the credits. Also, watch for Stan Lee's latest cameo. It's an awesome movie!