li The art of Gruesomestein's Monsters

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

"Dr.Heckel and Mr.Jerk"

Here are some screen grabs from our 2nd Episode called "Dr.Heckel and Mr.Jerk". It's about a brutish bank robber on the lam who hops a train for a quick getaway and shares a car with an unsuspecting little doctor who unleashes his own form of justice.

When we first cut the lieca I remember we laughed like idiots. I think cause everyone loves to see a jerk get his lumps.

The jerk squares off with our protagonist Dr.Heckel. We painted the doctor in soft pastels opposite to that was the bankrobbers dirty money colors. Our approach was the same for the train car which was lush and velvety......and our exterior landscapes harsh and inhospitable. Our inspiration came for Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula who had a similar theme.Ouch! Was that something in my sandwich or the rockhard fist of the doctor?Chuga!Chuga! Woooohooooooo!The MONSTER finally reveals himself!Here's comes the cops!The coppers react to the horrible aftermath of Dr.Heckel beat down on the robber. Priceless."Good job, little boy!" The cop congratulates the doctor on his capture.

"I'm a man." Corrects the doctor.

We would have loved to do a few different stories with these characters. Put them in different situations and settings. Because being a jerk is timeless!




Blogger Scott Tolleson said...

Riccardo these are genius! SO much fun to look at.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 9:55:00 p.m.  
Blogger Matt J said...

SUPER!! I was only just thinking yesterday about Coppola's Dracula - LOT of good stuff in there despite Keanu's wobbly accent & Oldman & Hopkins playing their roles drunk! The fx were all done pre-digital - many in camera. The seq. on the train that you've referenced so beautifully is amongst my favourite scenes.

GRUESOMESTEINS just keeps getting better.

Thursday, March 09, 2006 7:44:00 a.m.  
Blogger the doodlers said...

We wanna see these again! More!!

Thursday, March 09, 2006 3:59:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It a great, original idea with some awesome character designs. I can definately see some great influences in your work

Friday, March 10, 2006 8:05:00 a.m.  
Blogger Miah Alcorn said...

Man this was one of my favorite episodes. The bg with the trains are friggin AMAZING! And I love the design of both Jeckel and Hyde. Fantastic work and I think I speak for everyone else when I say, " more please"!

Friday, March 10, 2006 11:29:00 p.m.  
Blogger Jez Hall said...

This show looks SO good! I cant wait to see it.

Saturday, March 11, 2006 11:03:00 a.m.  
Blogger Schmiddy said...

this stuff is genius. pure genius

Sunday, March 12, 2006 2:59:00 a.m.  
Blogger Andrew Ross said...

I saw this on tv not too long ago, very funny! I loved the art style. Great stuff! it must have been a blast to work on.

Sunday, March 12, 2006 2:59:00 p.m.  
Blogger Lukasarts said...

Brilliant stuff, amazing backgrounds and such a fun story. I adore the wee lil doctor 'man'!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 6:10:00 p.m.  
Blogger the doodlers said...

Hey Rick, thanks for the nice note on our blog! Love this Gruesomestein episode... It was a beauty.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 7:49:00 p.m.  
Blogger Chad said...

Wow...great lookin' backgrounds!

Monday, March 20, 2006 9:24:00 a.m.  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

These are awesome!! GREAT WORKS!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 2:51:00 a.m.  
Blogger Gene Fowler said...

Dude I'm loving all of this!


Tuesday, March 21, 2006 4:19:00 p.m.  
Blogger warren said...

These are so good...I....I...
I think I love you.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 9:24:00 p.m.  
Blogger ThomP said...

EEEEEheheheheee. So much of the fun:)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 2:20:00 a.m.  
Blogger CarolineJarvis said...

These designs are hilarious! Great expressions on the characters! You've really pushed it! Nice work! I look forward to seeing more!


Wednesday, March 22, 2006 3:18:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mark Ackland said...

Thanks y'all!!!

Not sure why the high res versions aren't going can't sem to click on them. Anyone now why?

I'm glad you've seen the eps Miah and were impressed...we're big fans of your stuff.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 6:07:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, these are ridiculous, yet awesome!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 6:26:00 p.m.  
Blogger Pat Pakula said...

thanks for the comment mark! i see the word genuis use a lot here. so i'm going to say super mega genuis!
rock on.

Thursday, March 23, 2006 2:11:00 a.m.  
Blogger J said...

I think this was my favorite of all the funpak episodes. Great design, great boarding, gags that are ACTUALLY funny, you guys really hit it out of the ballpark with this one. Congrats.

Thursday, March 23, 2006 9:33:00 a.m.  
Blogger Riccardo said...

Thanks everyone! I'll post stuff from another episode real soon!

It's great to hear from all of you!

Thursday, March 23, 2006 7:20:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mark McDonnell said...

AWESOME stuff man. Great blog.


Friday, March 24, 2006 2:14:00 p.m.  
Blogger Rafa said...

Mr. Ackland, about where I found the "monstruos diabolicos" stickers,that is a collection I almost complete when I was a child ...20 years ago... I´ll keep on posting !

Monday, March 27, 2006 3:27:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drool. You talented bastards, you! Great stuff!!!

Monday, March 27, 2006 9:00:00 p.m.  
Blogger Rikki said...

crikey moses, these are so cool :)
i likes your site, i just discovered it off thomp's link.
you should send him some daffodils or something :)

Friday, April 07, 2006 4:48:00 a.m.  
Blogger fourmi said...

I just LOVE this...

Monday, April 24, 2006 3:40:00 p.m.  
Blogger the doodlers said...

just came back AGAIN to see the fun stuff. Cheers! ~Arna

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 10:53:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Awesoem, just awesome!!! Any chance of getting these online for those of us on the other side of the earth?!?

Thursday, May 11, 2006 8:59:00 p.m.  
Blogger Chris Battle said...

Just watched this episode-- Those BGs are incredible. Really nice job there, guys.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006 2:27:00 a.m.  
Blogger Franfou said...

very very cool, first visit in your blog, and already addicted !!! I would someday make animation like you....great stuff !!!!

Monday, July 10, 2006 12:05:00 a.m.  
Blogger R2K said...

: )

Saturday, July 22, 2006 8:44:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mukpuddy said...

I wonder if these could find there way onto Youtube? (hint hint)

Friday, August 11, 2006 1:57:00 a.m.  
Blogger dimples said...

The rich colors in the backgrounds work really well. I love it.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 9:46:00 a.m.  
Blogger dimples said...

The rich colors in the backgrounds work really well. I love it.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 9:46:00 a.m.  
Blogger Honkbarn said...

I saw this on Teletoon a while back and couldn't believe what I was seeing, amazing work. I wanna see more!

Sunday, February 03, 2008 2:28:00 p.m.  
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