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Over the Garden Wall Title Card by Aeon-Borealis
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Over the Garden Wall (c) Patrick MacHale/Cartoon Network

I've started dabbling in making cartoon review videos! I'm doing so under the pseudonym "The Romance Scrooge," though. I'm probably going to start transitioning to that being my primary alias.

My review of "Over the Garden Wall" is just my most recent video; I have two other reviews and fully intend on making many more. You can find said review here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxM1VJ…

In regards to "Over the Garden Wall," man, I love everything about this cartoon! It hits just the right notes for grim and spooky, then heartmelting and touching. Both Greg and Wirt are absolutely adorable. I could gush about the gorgeous backgrounds and scenery for hours...I'm so glad my brother told me to check out this series. 
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I'm far too familiar with this highly unpleasant house guest....He gets his fuzzy wool everywhere to the point that it's killed at least three different vacuums of yours. He never spits in the designated spittoon that you so considerately set up next to your front door. And, as if his utter lack of manners weren't enough, he always leans on your shoulder, braying like a donkey about how terrible his life and problems are, but he's mysteriously absent when you're wrapped up in your own drama and blankets, weeping. All you get is a loud, buzzing dial tone...

EDIT: This is a poor attempt at humor on my part. I was reflecting on past experiences with drama queens and trying to cast it in a humorous light. 
I think I've mentioned this a few times before over the six years I've been on DA: I started out as a recolor artist. A Naruto-obsessed recolor artist. I grabbed screenshots, scribbled over them with eye-blinding neon colors, graduated to tracing with Photoshop...

Eight years later, I'm a semester away from graduating with a bachelor's in fine arts. I can draw semi-realistically, have some knowledge of color, proportions, acrylic paint, Prismacolor pencils, Illustrator, Photoshop...I'm not trying to toot my own horn here. If anything, I'm asking you to look at recolor artists and not immediately dismiss or discourage them. To recolor artists themselves, if you're an aspiring artist or an ambitious hobbyist, I highly encourage you to take the next step. It's time to drop that crutch and stop feeding the idea that you can't draw. It's tough. And it's tempting to continue using screenshots and bases because the end result looks more polished and professional. I know the feeling, because that's exactly where I started. 

But if you aspire to become a competent artist, if you want to be one badly enough, pick up a pencil, open up MS Paint, use a tablet, a mouse, whatever, and start looking up drawing tutorials. Practice every single day or as often as you can. Experiment in-between with a variety of mediums. My personal philosophy is that art is a giant, exhilarating experiment! You may not strike gold with every attempt, but when you do, it's mind-blowing and highly encouraging. It took me seven years to come anywhere close to drawing decent realism. My first drawings were very awkward, very clunky-looking stick figures. Research how to build shapes and designs, how to achieve three-dimensional space with chiaroscuro. There's a vast array of learning materials right here on DA!

If I started out as a recolor artist that didn't think I had any ability to draw and ended up at the point I'm at now, then you can sure as hell do it, too! Especially if you want it badly enough. Put in the time and the effort and you'll see results. 
My brother raved about this very cartoon several months ago. Then, when I went to the gas station with my best friend Josh6520 the other day, his buddy that works there gave the show high praise, too. Both brought up and summarized the plot of the episode "Rick Potion No. 9#." I've been on the fence about checking it out, since Josh6520's buddy mentioned a certain terribly gory bit in the series parodying the Lucky Charms leprechaun, as well as Josh6520 roughly comparing it with Superjail. Even though I like some demented and dark humor, I can't stand gore. Mindless gore is where I draw a firm line in the sand.

I've started playing with the idea of making cartoon reviews on YouTube (I have one posted so far). As an exercise to figure out how to approach cartoon reviewing, I picked out an episode of Breadwinners, Love Loaf, reviewed by one of my favorite cartoon reviewers (It's exactly who you think it is. I've referenced him a few times before.), and took a crack at reviewing it in a different way. Considering how common the plot device in Love Loaf is, I drew parallels and approached it in a compare and contrast manner. When I tighten and revise the draft a bit better, I may post it here. I'm actually considering posing counterarguments to a few of the other reviewer's points as well...

Well, anyway, while I was mapping this out, that certain episode of Rick and Morty came to mind...I finally watched it on Sunday and have officially watched the entirety of season 1 by today. I freaking love this cartoon. It ranks right after Gravity Falls as my favorite current cartoon. This cartoon reaches the deepest, darkest, and most unexpected depths it can and, while absolutely twisted, it does so in clever, creative ways. If I make the "watching a train wreck" analogy, I mean it in a far different way than I would with anything else. Simply because I never know what the cartoon will do, I sit on the edge of my seat, waiting for the big plot twist or next bizarre scene. Other cartoons would flub up controversial or shock humor, riding on the coat tails of the shock being enough; the leprechaun joke does this, but others, such as Rick and Morty having to bury their own corpses, strikes an unnerving note, but Morty's disturbed reaction really cinches the entire scene. In other words, the show goes to absurd lengths, but it builds and expands upon them in meaningful ways. 

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Hello! I was once the big pile of lint behind your couch...Now, I'm a fully grown humanoid, otherwise known by the scientific term 'homo sapien' or, by a certain green alien's terms, a human worm baby. I'm an animation enthusiast! That's all you need to know.

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ZeoLightning Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday Aeon =D


gah it's been too long since we chatted. I've been so busy I haven't been on DA for Awhile
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PLCTheCd Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Happy Birthday! :party::iconcakeplz::w00t:

I shall drink to your health! :iconpintplz::beer::iconbudweiserplz::iconwineplz::iconrumplz::iconjackdanielsplz::iconwhiskeyplz::icontequilaplz::iconmargaritaplz::iconmartiniplz::drunk::icondrunkplz:
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Midnight-Wolfi3 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Happy bday c:
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The-Psychid Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014   Writer
Happy birthday!
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Aeon-Borealis Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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cg1995 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
happy birthday
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Aeon-Borealis Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! c:
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AlexCDavi1 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Happy Birthday.
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Aeon-Borealis Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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AlexCDavi1 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
No problem.
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