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The Signs as Iconic Monsters From 1980s Fantasy Films

Aries: the Skeksis

Taurus: the Red Bull

Gemini: the Eborsisk

Cancer: Beetlejuice

Leo: Ludo

Virgo: the Ohmu

Libra: the Luckdragon

Scorpio: the Horrible Will Vinton Claymation Nome King

Sagittarius: the Horned King

Capricorn: That Beholder-Thingy Lo Pan Used

Aquarius: the Darkness/Tim Curry Satan

Pices: the Ray Harryhausen Kraken

Ophiuchus: the Rodents of Unusual Size

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Ivory Tower visitors from THE NEVERENDING STORY (1984). Scenes like this one constituted a great movie for me when I was a kid. There had to be freaks, clowns, monsters, aliens. The many-faced woman in the second-to-last image looks like my aunt Netty.

Supposedly there are some Easter eggs among the Fantasians: if you look closely, you can see Yoda, two Ewoks, ET, Gumby, Mickey Mouse, and others. I couldn’t resist that playful urge either when I made my STAR WARS video, which also has all sorts of hidden background characters.

Whew! Okay so here’s a little scene that’s meant to be part of a larger sequence where Atreyu and Artax are searching for a way to cure the Childlike Empress and stop the Nothing. (Before they enter the Swamps of Sadness and Artax dies.)

I’m going to cut about 90% of this from the final montage, but it was fun to explore the creepy snakes! Also, I think I’m falling in love with snakes and horses. That always seems to happen when I do visual research on a new topic…

Anyway, I cheated a lot of the spatial relationships in this… It felt like a justified sacrifice for visual drama, but I’m curious if anyone finds it jarring or bothersome. Let me know!

I’ll be posting more thumbnails and rough boards on my instagram

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New Business Cards. I couldn’t figure which title(s) to put on the cards so just threw the whole kitchen sink at it. I figured with all the roles I might as well have fun and try not to take myself way too seriously. I hope it will at least make people smile and will probably ward off folks with sticks in butt. I think my favorite part is “Part time Skeksis” in small under “Mystic.”