Thursday, September 13, 2007

Scenic Route





It's been longer than usual since my last post because I just haven't had anything to share. The last couple of weeks I've opted to read instead of draw in my spare time and got through the first book in the Otherland series by Tad Williams and the seventh and final Harry Potter book. Otherland was great. It was so fresh to me and really got my imagination going. I'm very excited to finish the other three books in the series, at least I think it's three? The last Harry Potter book was just amazing. I've enjoyed the series but haven't loved it simply because each book follows a very predictable formula. The kids attend school for a year while trying to solve some new mystery but nothing of real consequence happens until the end. Sort of Hardy Boys if you know what I mean. I'm not saying it's a bad formula, just that it bored me, particularly the drudgery of each school year. Now the last book was crazy different. Forget school altogether. It was epic. Everything that happened had so much meaning, such consequence. I don't think I would have felt what I felt though without the other six books. The last book really made me appreciate the rest of the series. It tied everything up so satisfyingly for me. What really struck me was how thought out the last book showed the series to be. Things that I had thought unimportant and disconnected turned out to be key to everything. It really blew me away how attached I had become to the kids. I felt sad when I put the book down, like I was never going to hear from three friends again. Boo hoo. Oh well, such is the way of a good book.

Oh ya, I dug transformers and my favorite parts were towards the end where you really saw the robot's personalities. I wish we could have gotten to see their characters through more of the film, more story from their perspective. Their story was far more interesting than the humans. The humans should have just been along for the ride, the sidekicks. Hopefully a sequel goes the way of T2 and makes the robots the main characters.

Oh ya, I wrote a short story for a short comic (like 9 pages or something) a while back that I'm gonna start working on now. It's going to be a learning process unfortunately so prepare to be unimpressed.

7 comments:

Ryan said...

That top painting is just beautiful. Reminds me of a classical painting, especially with the trees acting to divide the positive space like that.

I agree about the 7th Harry Potter book as well. I'm such a girl that I cried at several parts.

Hethe Srodawa said...

Holy crap, me too! The whole ending had me eyes all misty ... alright, I was bawling. It was just so great.

Reagan said...

Oh man, Hethe, the Otherland series is incredible. One of the most inspiring books I've ever read in my life. I think you'll love it. It's just amazing how Tad Williams describes things in terms that feel so... I don't know. It's like by reading Otherland, I felt like Tad had the same kind of dreams as a kid that I did, if that makes any sense.

Benjamin Plouffe said...

holy mother! that top painting is just awesome!! NICE!!!

Hethe Srodawa said...

Ya, Otherland is great so far. I'm really diggin' it.

Ben, thanks bro, you're too kind.

Brian said...

Your top painting has me crying like a baby . . . and all the sketches below it . . . you so crazy, I think I wanna have yo baby.

Jennifer T. said...

wow, love these!