Monday, November 29, 2010

The Green Seed - "Crack Kills"

Hello people,
We recently completed a music video for the Birmingham hip hop group The Green Seed. They are excellent musicians in their own right and really enjoyed the video we made.
It contains pop culture references galore, so feel free to watch and repost!

Thanks for watching and support local music.

Brian Ratigan + Sugartooth

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

KoronisFest PSA/Poster Competition

Here's an announcement from the UAB School of Public Health: They're having a PSA/Poster Competition. Want to do some public health-oriented animation or poster work (or a live-action spot)? Your work could be screened at KoronisFest (at the UAB School of Public Health), and you could win an award and a cash prize. Submissions must be received by March 3rd, 2011. More info HERE.

If you have any questions that aren't answered there, email:
Joan Ohrn - johrn[at]

Alabama Jungle

Our fellow SHC Christopher Davis created these beautifully simple images for use on Alabama and Auburn T-shirts.

Take your pick, and go to his cafepress page to pick one up. And for those rare birds who refuse to pick a side (like myself), he even has T-shirts for fence-sitters!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sequential Olbermann

I just posted a short comic about Keith Olbermann's brief suspension, I hope you'll check it out.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Dag Nab Ants

Jeremy Burns animated this video for a song by him and his brother Chris "C.B." Burns. I'm hoping Jeremy will join the Salty 'Ham Cartooneestas, because this is pretty fun stuff.

Marvelham - by Rosko

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tongue and Pencil

In response to Chris Fason's post about Super Art Fight (below), I'll bring up another inspiring event, which also involves putting cartoonists in the limelight.

My buddy Chris Prynoski runs an animation studio in L.A. (and also in NYC now), called Titmouse, Inc. They've started putting on a show called the Titmouse Tongue & Pencil. So called because, while a stand-up performs, a cartoonist draws funny drawings in response to what he says, and the cartoons are projected behind the comedian in real time. Sometimes, the two forces clash, and sometimes they collude. Potential hilarity, either way.
A Tongue & Pencil video - slow starting, but gets pretty good.

In the past, cartoonists performed live by way of vaudeville chalk talks. Maybe now they're wanting to take the stage again. Maybe we should think about bringing something like Super Art Fight to B'ham, or something like the Tongue & Pencil show, or some similar new invention of our own. Thoughts, anyone?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Super Art Fight

I've dabbled in Live Art a couple times back when Cave9 was still rocking and I have a cartoonist friend (Brandon J. Carr) in Virginia who's started "competing" with Today, he posted this on his Facebook. And it's got me to thinking that that would be really really fun to bring to the 'Ham. Do you guys think we could pull something like this off? Maybe not immediately, but I'm sure that we have enough members with enough connections that setting something like this up would be plausible. Check the links and share what you think.

Nabbed Another'n

Introducing yet another new Salty 'Ham Cartooneesta: David Wheeler

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ghost Pokers!

Here's a bit of quasi-animated silliness that I made a while back but just uploaded to my youtubes account.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Recent Roundup

What's up, y'all?

I've just gone and collected a bunch of beautiful, somewhat recently posted work from some of the blogs and deviantART pages of our fellow SHC's. (You guys should come and post stuff here more often yourselves, just to keep the blog alive.)

If anybody has posted something else that they wish I'd included, let me know.

I can't take the time to turn all these names into links. If you want to see more from any of these artists, find them on the alphabetical list HERE.

Now let's look at some art!

Tom Briscoe

Tom Briscoe

Jessica Campbell

Kirk Creel

Howard Cruse

Howard Cruse

Chris Fason

Chris Fason

James Hislope

James Hislope


Hal Jones

Lorenzo Kirkpatrick

Heath McPherson


Mark Poe

Mark Poe

Perry Sessions

Perry Sessions

Jason Shoemaker

Stephen Smith

Pat Snow

Corey Stockley

Corey Stockley

Carolyn Wass

Carolyn Wass

Scotty White

Scotty White

Hayley "Sio" Williams

Hayley "Sio" Williams

Andrew Willmore

Andrew Willmore

Hundreds, If Not Thousands, Dead!

This isn't really cartoon-related, but . . .

I like this video, recently posted to youtube by The Birmingham Free Press, starring our fellow SHC Stephen Smith. I love how he talks. He has some kind of crazy (Cajun?) accent, which I find very pleasing, and I could listen to him for hours. However, he told me that he's actually from the B'ham area, and might have picked up the accent from his wife. I find that hard to believe; perhaps I just misunderstood his story. Anyway, here's the report:

Tim Continues to Rock

Our fellow SHC Tim Rocks has recently done a nice overhaul of his official home page.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Inking in Illustrator

I've dabbled with inking in Flash, and now I'm trying my hand at inking in Illustrator. I'm using the Calligraphic Brush method. I like it okay, I guess. It seems like it's a little more controllable than Flash, but the result sort of feels more cold. I haven't quite made up my mind about it. Neither way is quite as accurate as I might want.

(painted in PhotoShop)

Next I want to try inking in Illustrator using a different technique, before I move on to trying other applications.

Ed Gets Press

Check it out! Our fellow SHC Ed Abernathy was featured in a story on Fox 6 News.