Jan 9, 2009

Beavis & Butt-Head and Batman: TAS


So I've had this amazing pain on my lower back, it's really annoying. I can't do anything fun, my drum set is picking up dust and I have to remain in bed most of the time, my original desktop chair is either too old and lost all comfort or my back is that messed up and I can't use it anymore.

Either way, it gave me time to catch up on my pending crap, first one is a screenshot of Beavis & Butt-Head opening splash:



Which, needless to say, is fugly considering it was a really, really, REALLY cheap animation and it was left intact throughout the whole series. So my original project was to recreate it, with better colors and sharper lines and what-not. I mainly traced it completely because I was happy about finally learning to use the damn Pen Tool after using Photoshop since 2002 or so. The only thing I skipped was the MTV logo, I simply Google'd the render, pasted and painted it accordingly. I wasn't ambitious with this so I turned it from 640x480 to 800x600. I figured it was simplistic enough for it to look good even if stretched on higher resolutions.

The Beavis & Butt-Head Wallpaper:



Next up is something of a personal, sentimental project because I've always had MS-Paint next to my heart. It was the very first thing I got my hands on as far as editing went, and it mainly consisted of cutting and pasting certain spots to hide another spots. I learned about pixels and anti-aliasing the hard way. Nevertheless, it is overlooked because of its simplicity, but for someone like that, that has given up pretty much completely drawing on paper, this is as close as it'll get.

Now being a Batman fan is no secret of mine, I even find it creepy sometimes, but I realized, since Elementary School, I had not completed a Batman drawing, not even once! So this started out as a signature, like the one I have of Donatello (also in MS-Paint), but rapidly went out of proportions, it was only going to be Batman's head and his cape by his side, maybe a Bat-A-Rang, but as I wanted to include a cape I resized the image in order to sketch a little bitch and forgot to resize back to its original sig-size. One thing lead to another and from a small signature it went on to become a big 1024x768 wallpaper.

Batman: The Animated Series Wallpaper (MS-Paint):



Now before I get some crazy fan bitching because of the details, I must confess I made some small changes to it. Batman's eyes are smaller, I never really liked its gigantic triangle-eyes a lot, I also changed the Utility Belt's design a bit. The show's belt was really plain, just one big yellow belt with no superficial features except for a big center buckle and some odd ovals at the sides.

The grappling gun's handle was also modified for a more realistic style, the original was in a T-shape and he would put three fingers on one side and two on the other, uncomfortable if you ask me. The Bat-signal has the 'retro' style from Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film (the best in my opinion) instead of the oval-shape Batman logo found on his chest.

And if you think that because Paint has a Text Tool I'm gonna use it, you're dead wrong. You can zoom in and see for yourself that "Batman" is actually hand-made, if you use the Text Tool included in Paint you'll end up with the only thing that will have anti-alias (e.g. smooth borders) and it will look odd compared to the rest.

That's all for now. I might pay more attention to MS-Paint nowadays.

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