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I just finished a tribute to all the great police, detective and private eye TV shows and movies from the 1970's in case you hadn't seen it yet........... dusty-abell.deviantart.com/art…
even if it's all before your time, grab a copy of it and share it with your parents, they'll probably get a kick out of it! If you watch my page, it's never gonna get much better than this, there ain't never gonna be no Harley & Ivy making out art or beautiful anthropomorphic fox people with bushy tails.....so this is it!

Also, heres a heads up for a GREAT new Ralph McQuarrie artbook currently in the process of getting funded via Kickstarter- www.kickstarter.com/projects/9… McQuarrie is an absolute pioneer in the realm of motion picture concept design and literally generations of designers from every industry have been influenced by his work. This book is a fantastic overview of all facets of his career and I'm hoping the project gets funded.........go take a look if you hadn't heard about it yet, I'm onboard and I'd HIGHLY recommend it!
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I swear its like those awesome Influence Maps we all did a couple years back...........organizing images in Pinterest is like looking at a snapshot inside of someone's brain.......I'm absolutely fascinated by them and am having a blast creating some! Give it a try if you haven't been there yet, it's really fun!
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I was asked by a fella named John on another website if I might be interested in explaining a bit about some of the decisions I made putting together my Trek piece, this was what I ended up replying-

"I'd love to see Dusty write an essay on his thinking when creating this piece. Some can grumble about who is included, and who isn't, but I am more interested in WHY various characters made the cut, while others did not. Chris Pike is there, but not Number One. Jahn is there, but not Miri. "The Enemy Within" gets double representation, with "evil" Kirk and the mutt Scotty is holding. William Campbell appears as Trelane, but not as Koloth.
I fault none of his inclusions, or exclusions, but I would enjoy knowing the thinking behind them."

Hey John, I really appreciate your interest, I've worked on this thing for so long in a bubble, finally being able to share it with fans and talk about it a bit with people is something i've looked forward to for a while now. I'd really enjoy getting to explain a little bit of the decision making that went into some of the choices I made putting this Classic Trek piece together. Here we go.....

Well the intial idea for the piece has always included the idea of having at LEAST 1 character from every original episode, but in the first layout they all would have been posing on the bridge of the Enterprise, the "camera" being up at the top of the main view screen looking down on everyone. Ships would have been displayed in the various viewscreens. It quickly became apparent the shear number of characters in that small of a space was not going to work, plus your missing out on one of the most prominent stars of the show, The Enterprise herself.Next came the panning from ground to sky idea, thereby getting to include all the magnificent ships, spacecraft & giant space ameobas. The angle of the Enterprise was something I had to wrestle with, It may have worked out in more of a symetrical sense to have had her coming up over evryone straight in the center of the drawing, lined up with Kirk and the Obelisk, which are basically the centerline of the piece, but I feel the Enterprises' single best "angle" or beauty shot, is the 3/4 profile,so I made the call to have her veering off to one side instead, so we could see the secondary hull and the nacelles.

I knew the main crew of the Enterprise including Chapel and Rand were going to be included regardless of the 1 character from every episode rule, so they were a given, none of them were going to count against that total. I tried to place characters nearby oneanother who had a close connection when I could, Evil Kirk and Rand, Finnegan and the Metron, Deadly Years McCoy and the Salt Vampire, Orion Slave Girl and chair bound Pike, Amanda, Sarek and Leila next to Spock. Others I put in to fill an empty space that needed something in it to help plug it up, the Balok "puppet" comes to mind, plus he was one of the most memorable aliens of the original series and I knew I had to find room for him somewhere. The Metron is another "hole" filler. Dr. Sevrin (about to partake of his deadly alien apple) and Galt are actually last minute additions as well, originally they weren't there, i'm sure glad I added them both!

The reason I picked some characters over others from a given show usually had to do with my desire to draw a certain actor rather than another, not because I felt they played a greater or lesser part in any given story or because I didn't realize someone somewhere was going to ask why wasn't "insert actors name" included as well or instead of who I ended up picking. Koloth was easiest to lose because William Campbell also plays Trelane, who is easily one of my favorite guest stars in the original series and I already had two other Klingons represented. Commander Kor by the way is probably my favorite character I drew in the piece, I just love the way he came out. I went with Jahn over Miri simply because I love Michael Pollards face, it was just begging to be caricatured, it's also why hes pretty close to the front. Since I had 5 characters representing both Menageries and the Cage pilot, I decided Majel was already represented as Nurse Chapel and I could pass on including her again as Number 1, as much as I dig her in the part. (I did draw her and the rest of Pikes crew yers ago here though- fav.me/dhm6sw which you could say was my warm up to this full blown poster) I went with Simon Van Gelder over Dr. Tristan Adams (James Gregory who also would have been a blast to draw) because Morgan Woodward the actor who plays him was also Punk Anderson on Dallas, and I LOVE Dallas and I just wanted to draw him, that sweaty quivering lip performance is still fantastic all these years later.

I'm a pretty big fan of what the Okudas did updating the effects and basically giving the series a 21st century tune up, which is why i felt more than comfortable adding the redesigned Aurora space hippy shuttle and the Antares, Charlie X's ship, which was adapted from use from the animated series, which I also have really fond memories of.

I thought adding Sylvia in Korob's hand was a nifty way of including her in the piece while showing both characters true alien pipe cleaner form in the process. Harry Mudd has one of his little red pills between his fingers by the way. He's not actually giving the A-OK sign........I went with the white helmeted Roman security officer over First Citizen Merikus because I always thought of those helmets first when I think of Bread and Circuses. The one alien I regret not having in thier was the Tellerite, I loved those guys. And yes, I did put Lazarus on top of Val because I figued he needed to be up on something he could fall off of...... I lost the finsihed digital file of Mirrior Spock and had to totally re-ink him, medals, dagger and all, that sucked! The Rigel Fortress is not a copy of the famous Matte Painting, if you look, you'll see the angle is completely different, yet close enough to evoke the classic shot, and the weathering and color of it were one of the most difficult aspects of the entire piece for me to achieve. The transported effect was tricky and took some trial and error to get where I felt i was happy with it. It originally wasn't in the piece, but my pal Jerome K Moore who drew all the Trek covers for DC for years, and who I shared an office with at work all last year suggested adding it to the three main stars, and I'm glad I listened to the suggestion. It was the one classic aspect of Trek that was otherwise missing from the whole poster. The pearlescent glow of the Gorns mutifaceted eye is one of my favorite color effects in the piece. And my favorite Star Trek "babe" is Nona, she was unreal followed right behind by Andrea from What are Little Girls Made Of.

Well, thats pretty much it, if anyone has any other questions about it just let me know, and I'm really happy to hear so many people are digging the thing, the show deserves as much love as it can get, and if this poster reminds everybody why the original show was so cool, that makes me feel great!
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Just short of three years................... DAMN! I gotta pick up the pace abit on the next one..............
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The INVASION begins, Oooooooooooooh! Tomorrow morning, Saturday the 28th on DC Nation. The fun begins @ 9:30 with Thundercats, continues on @ 10 in Green Lantern and then YJ @ 10:30.
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Wake your kids and tell the neighbors...DC Nation ushers in the return of Saturday morning cartoons in grand fashion with more superheroic goodness than you can shake a stick at......... The Green Lantern Series FINALLY debuts, it's gonna be awesome............... Young Justice is back with ALL NEW episodes, it's going to continue to be AWESOME............ and lesser seen heroes of the DC Universe will get their chance to be in the spotlight in an ongoing series of shorts peppered throughout the hour long block! The fun starts @ 10 a.m on Cartoon Network, tune in and for goodness sake, tell your friends and family to set those DVR's and if your little niece or nephew have a Birthday coming up, might I suggest the  Young Justice action figures..........
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The halloween episode, enjoy....................
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The fun all starts this Friday on Cartoon Network...the YJ story continues to unfold with an appearance by New Genesis' favorite teenage "New Gods", the Forever People! Kirby Goodness ensues....and thats a great thing!

Stay tuned for The Animated Green Lantern 1 hour special right afterwards, its PHENOMENAL! You guys are gonna love it, big ups to all the talented folks that have worked so hard on it for the past year!

But don't leave when it's over, hang around for another great new Thundercats episode to finish off the evening........... then go out and have yourselves a great Friday night!
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Fun one tonight, the team goes to India to investigate reports of a gun wielding gorilla............... ballz to the wall action ensues.......
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The third new episode in three weeks debuts Friday 6:30 est and pst after the awesome Batman Brave and the Bold show..... enjoy!
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Set your friends and tell your DVR that Emmy Award Winning DC Comics/Warner Brothers Animation series Young Justice returns with brand new episodes starting this Friday night on Cartoon Network at 6:30 pm! The first new show, Targets is a really good one, hope you guys enjoy it!
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Chris Newstead (Muttleysdad) muttleysdad.deviantart.com/gal… just joined DA and posted something in his gallery i've waited my whole life to see....... Michael Golden's amazingly designed space ship Endeavor from the Marvel Comic book series The Micronauts made real, as in an actual scale model you can hold in your hands or display on your desk. It's one of my favorite designs ever and just knowing after 33 years someone finally made one really made me happy. So this is for any Marvel Comics fans out there that may have enjoyed a great old series from the late 70's by one of the greatest artists thats ever took pen to paper. Can't wait for X-Men First Class tomorrow.......and Bridesmaids was HYSTERICAL!
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If you roughly around my age and were a kid growing up in the 70's, if you have fond recollections of the science fiction and fantasy films and television produced during that period, or if you're just curious about what all us middle aged folks are so enamored by from that incredible decade, you have to go check out a great new website I just discovered about a month and a half ago. It's called SPACE:1970, and it is hands down one of the funnest, must see sites on the web in my opinion. Chris Mills is blogging about everything I love most about sci-fi and fantasy from the 1970's. Films, television, books, games, toys, art, animation......... the range of topics is amazing. Scroll through at least the last few weeks and I can gaurantee you'll be hooked too. If you do find that you enjoy it, tell your friends, I'd really love to see the site take off. You know I wouldn't steer you wrong. Here's the link, I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do-

space1970.blogspot.com/
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I found this site a few months ago and have really enjoyed the articles and posts there, maybe you will too. Take a second to look around when you get there, you may find something unexpectedly fun while you're at it. And leave comments, I'm sure they'd be appreciated!


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The most incredible one stop soundboard site on the internet- it's got all the classic sound effects you'll ever need during the course of your day, including.....the sad trombone, crikets, doh!, it's a trap, leroy jenkins, the benny hill theme and an epic button that's sure to surprise you! enjoy............


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Inglourious Basterds' Geraldine Brezca should win a special Academy Award for coming up with good words to go along with the letters shouted with the scene calls. That will be the name of the award, until after her death, when it will be known as the Geraldine Brezca Memorial Award.

This video will show you why this bold, insane statement is true:


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Marvel Comics has introduced an insidious incentive to get DC Comics off of comic shop shelves and Hitler is not pleased....he desperately wanted to catch up on reading his "ring" books.........



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Man, I drew my @$$ off this long holiday weekend and had a blast doing it. I've begun roughing out my mega group shot of all the principal cast, the major vehicles, memorable set pieces and at least one character from every original episode of the television series Star Trek! This one's the biggest I've tried yet, but am I ever excited about how I hope it might turn out. I changed up the layout from my original idea and it all just started falling into place after that. It's a vertical layout that incorporates all the characters down below and the ships up above, hey I'm a one trick pony with my compositions but this ones gonna make Trek Geeks loose their minds. Here's a list of the characters in so far-

STAR TREK MEGA SHOT

1-Kirk
2-Spock
3-McCoy
4-Scotty
5-Sulu
6-Uhura
7-Chekov
8-Rand
9-Arex
10-Chapel

Pilot-Talosians maybe the Kaylar
1-Salt Vampire
2-Charlie X holding Iguana
3-Gary Mitchell    maybe Dr. ELIZABETH DEHNER
4-Joe Tormolen in environment suit with rt hand glove off/Psi 2000 virus
5-Evil Kirk holding Suarian Brandy bottle in one hand, alien dog in the other, scratches on left cheek
6-Mudd holds pill in his hand up to the light, glistening
7-Ruk   and  Andrea
8-Miri or Michael J. Pollard as Jahn
9-Crazy eyed Dr. Van Gelder with phaser
10-Alien Balok and little Balok and Fesarius ship in sky
11-Pike with radiation burns in chair
12-Orion Slave Girl
13-Kodos holding mask
14- Romulan Commander and Bird of Prey in sky
15-Rabbit and Finnegan
16-Tarus ll hostile giant humanoid and Galileo 7
17-Trelane
18-Gorn holding translator
19- Captain John Christopher
20- Samuel T. Cogley
21-Archon in robe with staff
22-Kahn!!!!!! And Botany Bay in orbit
23- Anan 7
24- Leila Kalomi holding a plant near Spock
25-Horta somebody nearby holding egg
26-Kor
27-Lazarus and his time ship
28-Guardian and Edith Keeler
29-flying parasites

1-T’Pau or T’pring
2-Apollo giant
3-Nomad
4-Evil Spock
5-Akuta and Vaal
6-Doomsday Machine
7-Korob holding alien Sylvia in his hand
8-Norman
9- Zefram Cochrane and the Companion
10-Sarek and Amanda touching fingers
11-Maab
12-McCoy super old
13- Ensign Garrovick handling matter/antimatter bomb and Smoke creature
14- Hengist holding knife
15-Cyrano Jones holding Tribbles
16-Shahna
17-Oxmyx or Krako
18-Space Amoeba
19-Mugato maybe holding Nona
20- Dr. Ann Mulhall touching her glowing sphere
21-Daras with Machine gun
22-Rojan holding two cubes
23-Cloud William holding book and American flag
24- Dr. Daystrom
25-Roman soldier or White Helmet soldier with sub machinegun
26-Gary 7 and Isis

1-Kara using her wrist device
2- Romulan Commander Charvanek
3- Miramanee and the Obelisk
4-Gorgon
5- Dr. Miranda Jones holding a pair of red goggles and Ambassador Kollos
6-Wyatt Earp and OK Corral banner
7-Kang with a sword in hand
8-Natira
9-Kirk in semi-transparent space suit Tholian ships weaving web
10-Alexander holding harp
11-Deela
12-Gem
13-Elaan
14-Garth wearing crown
15-Cheron and Lokai
16-Odona
17-Losira reaching out to touch someone
18- Lieuenant Mira Romaine with lights around her head
19- Flint and maybe his daughter, Rayna
20-Adam playing his funky guitar
21-Vanna, Droxine and Stratos in the atmosphere
22-Lincoln
23- Zarabeth
24- Dr. Janice Lester, nutty

1-The Enterprise
2-Bird of Prey
3-Klingon Battlecruiser
4-Fesarius
5-Galileo 7
6-Deep Space Station K-7
7-Botany Bay
8-Cargo Drone

p.s. I'm going to try really hard not to draw ugly man hands on all the lovely ladies in this thing, it's something that 's been pointed out........often..........and I hear you!!!!!
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I love steering people to new artists they might be unfamiliar with, so heres a few I'd like to suggest checking out if you haven't already.............

:icondocshaner: Evan Shaners "Mugshots" are some of the things I look forward to seeing posted most here on Deviantart, they're wonderfully fun little head and group shots of characters from comics, films, animation, etc. done in Doc's fun retro style that I just cannot get enough of. I have em all in my fav's gallery, but if you haven't been by his page yet, go stop on over, nothing but fun there...............

:icondannortonart: Dan Norton's page is begging to be checked out, he just jumped on board not so long ago but man is his stuff wicked cool. He's a comics guy thats been making his way in the animation game as of late, hes a fantastic artist and designer, go help spread the word and get that boys page count up there...............

:iconnolaj: Aimé Jalon has a fun style that reminds me a bit of Jamie Hewlett and Andrew Robinson so its no wonder I'm full on digging the work i found over on his site. There's a bunch more if you check out his "portfolio" link, he's only been here for a couple of months, go say hi, and see if you enjoy his work as much as i have..........

gregtocchini.blogspot.com/sear… Greg Tocchini was pointed out to me by David Williams, and boy, was I blown away......this fella is something special, theres something in the water over in Eroupe that produces some dang fine artists, and this fella is one of them, you'll get lost in all the goodness over at his Blog site..........



The other thing I wanted to say was how excited I am to be starting a new job soon and the opportunity its going to provide to work with some of the most talented artists and nicest people I know. My goodness, look at the line up I'm going to get to chum around with on a daily basis.........
:iconaznbebop:
:iconmichael-chang:
:iconjoaquimdossantos:
:iconbrandonvietti:
:icondannortonart:
:iconjerome-k-moore:
:iconstephenbjones:
:iconlaurenmontgomery:
:iconphilbourassa:
:iconwarp-zero:
One door closes and another door opens, I hope a lot of great things and fun times lie ahead, I'm really looking forward to the challenge and chance to grow as an artist, take care everybody..............
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Astounding Wolf-Man co-creator and artist Jason Howard!

Astounding Wolf-Man co-creator and artist Jason Howard jasonhoward.deviantart.com/ has set up shop here on DevianArt and is ready for you to stop by and say hay! Jason's got a terriffic graphic style that I absolutely dig and a color sense that's right up there with the great Brian Stelfreeze in my opinion. He can do it all, his and Robert Kirkmans (The Walking Dead, Invincible) Astounding Wolfman is a fun take on the superhero/horror themes of 60's and 70's Marvel Comics told in a contemporary, cutting edge Image style that readers of Kirkmans other books are sure to enjoy, particularly Invincible. We're all fortunate that Jason has jumped full force into the comics game we all love, he's good, go see for yourself.......................

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