Brent Amacker's

Brent Amacker's
A Slightly Different Perspective

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Colorful Flashback

While cleaning out at my parents' house, I ran across an old familiar item that-- usually-- I wouldn't give a second glance. When I picked it up to move it, however, a now-common element of the packaging caught my attention and brought back a flood of memories.
 Now, when WE were kids, I don't remember knowing a lot of people in rural North Mobile County in southern Alabama who had a lot of money. We always had construction paper, coloring books, and cheap pulp paper. As the fourth of five kids, and with a BUNCH of cousins who lived up the hill, most of my early drawing supplies were 'gently-used' hand-me-downs. The exception would be at the beginning of every school year, when I would get that new pack of ruled paper, my allotment of the pencils from the family multi-pack, maybe some new scissors (the blunt-nosed, 'safety' type), and-- if I was lucky-- a NEW box of crayons! Typically, I would get the 8- or -16-pack variety.


 Now, in THOSE days (early 70's), I was a wee lad with the attention span of a gnat and the motor skills to match. Coloring 'inside the lines' seemed like a lot of unnecessary pressure. I preferred the 'freedom of expression' method, and the stacks of primary color 'ant-men' battles and crudely-drawn explosions I left everywhere are evidence of  vivid imagination.

 Even though I don't remember if it was my way-older (back then, six years was a BIG difference) brother or my slightly-older sisters to whom was actually bestowed the motherlode, I'll never forget my mixed feelings of awe and envy when my eyes beheld the big 64(!) color box! I remember thinking "Wow!" and wondering why anyone would NEED that many different and mostly-unappealing colors-- and then I saw something that just blew my mind: 

There was a Sharpener-- MADE INTO THE BOX!
  The planning! The engineering! The sheer awesome genius! Not ONLY was there a multitude of useless, oddly-named hues destined for melting or experimentation, there was a PRACTICAL bonus that helped me to understand the concept of premiums, up-selling, and accessorizing.
It's a rare pleasure to experience and remember these bygone feelings of awe and wonderment.
Crayons.
Sigh......

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Caricatures TONIGHT At "The HANK"!

Come see The Mobile Baybears!
Get a Caricature drawn for only $10!

I will be drawing caricatures both tonight AND Friday night at Mobile's Hank Aaron Stadium!
Tonight is the BayBears' 'Home Opener'-- featuring an appearance by Henry Pennington, better known as NewsRadio710's UNCLE HENRY, and Friday night is "FOS Comics MARVEL Comic Book Night"!
Come on out!
Caricatures only $10!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Nifty Vintage Disney Animation Tips

Found a cool animation blog titled "Blue Monkeys From Mars".
A recent post featured an old Disney Animation Tips booklet, probably from the 1950's.
Check it out here: Vintage Disney Animation Tips

Thursday, March 27, 2014

CARICATURES At "The HANK"!!

 FYI-

Mobile BayBears Mobile, AL




I will be appearing at Hank Aaron Stadium for The Mobile BayBears on Opening Night, Wednesday, April 9th AND on Friday, April 11th to draw Caricatures! Come on out!

FOS (Fortress of Solitude) Comics Mobile, Alabama

 Friday, April 11th is "FOS MARVEL Comics Night", sponsored by Mobile's own FOS (Fortress of Solitude) Comics. Come dressed 'in costume'...! You never know WHO you might see!
 I will render you as your favorite MARVEL character!

Mobile BayBears Mobile, AL

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

...Just Because...

I saw a movie advertisement for the latest "upcoming GODZILLA re-make"....

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Finished POTC Float

Mobile Mystics "Pirates of the Caribbean" float, designed by me and built by Carnival Artists....
Photo Courtesy al.com

New Mobile Carnival Association Floats!

This year, I was commissioned by the Mobile Carnival Association to render the design drawings for a couple of new Mardi Gras floats. One was the "Royal Court" float for the Children's Floral Parade, and the other was a "Royal Swans" float for the King's Parade.
"Rough" design sketches for possible floats for Mobile Carnival Association, based on specific requests from meetings with Judi Gulledge and Edward Ladd

Final "Rough" drawings for detail and placement

Children's Floral "Court Float" designed by Brent Amacker for Carnival Artists

Children's Floral "Swans" designed by Brent Amacker for Carnival Artists
Both floats were built by Craig Stephens and Carnival Artists.

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