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Archive for February, 2010

Art Review: George (The Tragic Ugly Duckling).

Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on February 4, 2010

As you know I only ever pick cyber friends on MySpace via the content of their profile, to look for substance and character! The Artist I’m going to review today is no exception and has character, substance and also talent by the bucket load! Well I think she does, whether you think so or not depends on you and your personal taste. I advise you visit the links provided to make up your own mind after reading, as I don’t want you to take my word or opinion as your own. I stumbled upon George (The Tragic Ugly Duckling!) randomly browsing as I usually do, I can’t remember what profile picture she had at the time but it attracted me for some reason. When I opened her page the head line hit me: “I’m the best Gay in the world!”. That made me laugh, which is a good start, then I had a look at her ‘General’ section, and it said this:

I like to think of myself as a “Dream Engineer”, I love the unlimited imagination of humans and I love creating things!

That would have been enough for me, I wouldn’t have to read any more, with an opener like that anything else would be secondary and a bonus! Being a person who likes to create in numerous different ways myself, I could instantly relate to what she said. It usually annoys me a little when somebody else sums up what I’ve tried to express, mostly because I like to be the one doing that! I decided I’d let George have this one though! Despite the great opener I carried on to have a further read of the page and hopefully see some of her work. There wasn’t any art work in her profile but the profile did have some spots of humour, something that I would later see more of when I befriended her.

After a few interesting message chats, in which more of her humour came out, she gave me her Deviant Art page link. I went on over there, I’d recently made myself an account on there a few months before, and had a gander. At first, when I saw she drew her work in the Japanese Manga style I was a little disappointed, not because she was bad at it, the opposite in fact… she was great! It’s just these days, especially on Deviant Art, everyone draws in a Japanese style, to me it just seems a lot of people have such talent but no individual style or balls to try something different. I know there’s not many different avenues for art to go these days, but people do have an individual style they could utilise instead fo drawing picture perfect Manga/Anime versions of their work.

Despite the Manga style I had a look a little deeper, I don’t just like to dismiss art work out-right, unless of course you’re Tracy Emin, in which case anything you could do would always be complete shite, because you’re a spanner. Here’s the first picture I saw of George’s:

                                             Zebrahawk (Post Communist)


Yes, George didn’t know why she called her that either, so this particular character has been without a name for over a year! My suggestion of “Commie Kym” was shot down faster than Father Christmas flying over Iran! Any name suggestions for this particular character would be most welcome! Anyway, back on subject! So instead of glancing at her work from the Gallery page and went on for a closer look and I liked it! Well I liked Zebrahawk at first glance anyway! Yes, it’s Manga-ish, but the more I look at it the less Manga it gets to me! Mostly because I can see her outside the Manga Genre, though I don’t think that’s what George had in mind for her. Even though it’s Manga she does elements of her own style with it. Unlike the many other Mangaesque art by other people on Deviant Art. On of the things that is the same on this offering as some others, is the unbuttoned pants and untied laces. To me, it’s somewhat impractical if you’re a mercenary for higher, running around with your shirt open, pants loose and shoes liable to fly off will leave you face down on the ground! A lot of Manga, in fact many non-manga have impractical clothes or useless additions to their attire, that’s the way of fantasy drawing. It’s also the look of this character, she is supposed to look informal and less rigid because it’s a post-Communist setting. So I can over look it if the over all picture is good, which it is!

Just to contrast with the above picture, this is Zebrahawk in the Communist days:

                                                  Zebrahawk (Communist era)


                                            And this is her after a revamp:


                                                                    Tie your bloody laces!

                                                                         Picture Untitled


I like this untitled work.Though to me it screams: “Impractically long hair for fighting!” I still like it! I think where she made this a black a white piece because she was “too lazy to colour it” worked in her favour. Not sure I would’ve been as fond of this if it’d had been coloured. I think the black and white highlights the detail on the characters better than colour could. When I draw my own work I feel the same before I colour it! Like other work of George’s she is more a foreground or central artist. The backgrounds usually aren’t as full of action and detail as the forefront is. But who’s looking at the background with forefront action like the above anyway? I would say leave it to someone who’s good at it, but in the animation or comics industry you must be able to turn your hand to what your employer wants you to. So I would say George needs to improve her background and scenery work.

Mulan: Photobucket

This is a background I like of George’s. It’s simple, yes, but I think it fits the scene just right. The flags could do with a little bit more definition, as could the sky. Otherwise I likes it!

I’ve only focused on three characters here, which are my favourites by the way, if you look at her site you will see there’s far too many to write a large review, even though I’d like to. There are many more I think you should take a look at if you like what you’ve seen here. Even if you don’t you should still go to her site, you may see something you do like! George can turn her hand to a variety of drawing styles, not just the Japanese type, though that is her favourite. I think it’s safe to assume so anyway! It’s obvious to me George is a talented individual, who has many ideas with fits and bouts of creativity. She’s shows such dedication to her craft she cramps her hand and hurts her shoulder on a regular basis! She does all this for a hobby and because she enjoys it, would you believe me if I told you she doesn’t work in the Animation/Comic industry? It’s a damn shame really because she’s untapped talent waiting to go, though it doesn’t help the UK isn’t exactly animation central, especially for her prefered area. I do hope George achieves her dreams of being an animation/comic book artist, or whatever her ultimate dream is doing what she loves!

This is the Deviant Art page for George’s work: The Tragic Ugly Duckling on Deviant Art.

This the Facebook fan page for her work: The Tragic Ugly Duckling on Facebook.

Art work was made and belongs to George (Tragic Ugly Duckling) ©2007-2010

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