Thursday, December 18, 2014

Goonie Calendar is Good E'Nuff

There is a pretty sweet 30th Anniversary Goonies Calendar out for the year 2015.  

It measures 9 1/2" by 15" x 1/4".



It comes with a full sized treasure map as well as the skull key to finding one-eyed Willy's booty!



How cool is that!

The calander has still photos from the movie for each month.



If you are a die-hard Goonies fan, you are going to want this.

You can get one from At-A-Glance right now.

You can also find it on Amazon

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Glen A. Larson Tribute Extended Version





Glen A. Larson wrote, produced and created some of the greatest imaginative shows of my childhood.  Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Knight Rider, and Battlestar to name a few.  He passed away the 14th of November.  I can't imagine life without those shows.  As an artist and a dreamer they inspired me in so many ways.  Thanks Mr. Larson.  If there is an afterlife, I know someone who will be eager to chat you up and talk Battlestar once you get there.

Where Does the Time go?



Good grief!  I miss this blog and my followers.  I'm not sure what happened, but the things I must do in a small amount of time have increased exponentially for me.  I'm barely keeping my head above water.  I don't even understand what has changed.

The J-O-B has worn me way down, but that doesn't exactly explain why I feel constantly out of time.  I can't find time to paint or write.  I work, head to the gym, come home, walk the dogs, eat while watching one TV program, bathe, and go to bed.

This is not the life I wanted.

What happened to painting all night?  What happened to the stillness of the late night/early morning at 3 AM and standing outside enjoying it on a painting break?

What happened to not even knowing what time it was?

I feel I'm on that treadmill I always heard so much about as a kid and I have no idea how to get off without killing myself trying to do so.

It's killing me anyway.  I had so many damn tests this summer.  Needles, proding, cameras down my throat, chunks of me taken off, blood stolen, internal pictures of almost everything and you know what the conclusion was?

STRESS.  IBS do to STRESS.  The beginnings of CHRONIC STRESS.  Anxiety.  Fatigue.  Migraines.  Muscle binding.  Lowered Metabolism due to sitting.  Higher Body Fat Index due to sitting.  Depression.

I wish there was a doctor's note for that.  It's not that I don't want to work.  I do!   Just not in a very open, public, noisy, sensory overloading, political and social game-playing department at a University from 8 am to 5 pm or later that has nothing to do with Art.

A nice quiet studio.  Start around 2 PM and don't stop until you drop.  Work all night into the next day.

Creating.  Not sitting and causing my muscle fascia to bind, my hip flexors to start displacing themselves and my ass to grow three times its normal size.

The amount of cortisol in my body is poisoning me.

This last weekend, I turned 40.

I'm hoping this is a turning point.

Jack Kirby didn't create the awesome Superheroes he did until he was 44.

Many greats didn't start until much later.  They had to get fed up and walk away from the machine first.

I'm done.  I just have no idea how to leave.  How to pay for my house.  Feed my pups.

I'm so tired...and I have no time to hone my skills.

Well, this is my new year.  My new decade.  I'm done NOT being an artist.

Wish me luck.




Monday, September 15, 2014

Things that make you feel LEGIT


The photo above is of my friend and her sweet new baby girl.  The painting hanging on the wall was painted by me.  This photo seriously makes me feel legit.  

I remember always being completely amazed at artwork as a small child. To see another human being being in any way moved by something I created is intensely inspiring.

It makes me want to make so much art I might explode.  

You know what else makes me feel legit?  People that want me to paint them something.  I have two commissions right now and that really feels good.  It's been a while.

All of this stuff together as well as having a relaxed and positive day job make me very hopeful for the future.

Who knows?  This art thing might work out afterall.  

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Mother of Dragons

Working on a Game of Thrones piece now.  I've had some pretty nasty medical issues going on.  Getting stuck with needles almost ever other week and they still haven't found a definite answer.  I wanted to have it completed by now.  Hopefully all this medical nonsense will be cleared up soon and I can really jump into the painting.  


www.facebook.com/ArtistJenTucker

Monday, May 19, 2014

Godzilla is still King of the Monsters

Godzilla roared into theaters this weekend and I was more than eager to see this attempt by Americans to make the King of Monsters come to life. 



 I was forced into sitting through the last attempt.  I'm not kidding.  Someone bought my ticket and when I tried to get up and leave I was held down on both sides of my seat.  Ugh.  It was awful.

This time around I was very satisfied with my movie experience.  A true popcorn movie that held true to the source material and even managed to get me to tear up at the end.



The plot was simple and nothing fancy and the acting good for what it was.  Godzilla was a little heavier looking than I expected, but it wasn't distracting.  The final monster battle was everything I hoped for.

Probably my only complaint was his roar.  It was close, but lacked a little something.  Still, it only bothered me because I absolutely love Toho Godzilla's roar.


So, if you love cheesy monster films or like Godzilla at all, you're more than likely gonna have fun going to see this one.

Oh, and keep an eye out for the homage to Mothra.  

Friday, May 02, 2014

Gamera!

Let's not let Godzilla take away all the fanfare from Gamera on his upcoming 50th Anniversary.  Gamera is getting a movie in 2015!  If you aren't familiar with Gamera, he's a giant mutated turtle that protects Japan.

The original Gamera was produced and released in 1965 by Toho Studios.


If you aren't real familiar with Gamera, but want to know more, you're in luck!
Amazon has just released a great collection of Gamera on Blu-ray.


Gamera volume one is in it's native language of Japanese with English subtitles.  Personally, that's the way I prefer my films.  Even cheesy men in rubber suit monster films.  There's often a huge difference in the story line if it's dubbed in English.  

The first film included is the original 1965 Gamera.  Next is Gamera vs Buragon from 1966.  Then we have Gamera vs Gyaos from 1967 and finally, Gamera vs. Viras from 1968.

Now, I assume if you are still reading this, I don't have to explain to you what type of movies these are.  They're cheesy fun monster films with heart.  If you can't get past the idea of a giant mutated turtle, then don't waste your time here.  If you're a monster movie fan though, this is a must have collection for you!

The collection is $14.99 right now on Amazon.com

That's a monster of a deal!



Thursday, May 01, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Statue

Who's ready for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie?  I know I am!  While DC is hemming and hawing and being afraid of girls, Marvel has embraced a talking raccoon.  This movie looks like it is going to be a blast!



Kotobukiya has produced a great statue of the fearless mammal.


5 3/5 inches tall, Rocket Raccoon is standing on Groot's shoulder and ready for action.

Pre-order now for Fall delivery.  It will run you about $55.00



Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Game of Thrones Coin

Now that I am all in for Game of Thrones, I can start searching and finding GOT collectibles for everyone to SQUEE! over.  The first one I've found that I really want is completely affordable and something you can keep in your pocket.  

A replica made in IRON of the coin handed to Arya by Jaqen H'ghar.
The coin of the Faceless Man.
It is 1 inch in diameter and weighs in at about 5 1/2 grams.

How much you ask?

$13.99 at Entertainment Earth and more or less around the net if you really do some searching.



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Life Sized Action Figure

It's finally happened.  It was only a matter of time.  The life-sized Kenner action figure.  Yep, a LIFE-SIZED version of those awesome 1977 Star Wars toys I loved so much as a kid.  Which one, you ask?  Unfortunately, it's Darth Vader.  Still, life-sized Kenner toys are cool.  Period.


Produced by Gentle Giant, this huge chunk of plastic will set you back about $2,600.00.

No, I'm not kidding.

Yes, that's insane.  Also, feel free to buy me one if you win the lotto.

You can pre-order now from Entertainment Earth or Gentle Giant.  I don't imagine Toys R Us will carry them.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Two Who's

Doctor Who in the form of Doctor 10 and Doctor 11 are coming to comics.  UK Publisher Titan is putting out two new series featuring these beloved Doctors and if you act now and subscribe, you will get a cute little Doctor figure all your own.  The cover art looks great, but I'd like a peek at the inside art.

Simon Fraser will be creating the visuals for the 11th Doctor, while Elena Casagrande will be tackling the art in the 10th Doctors book.


You can find more info here: 

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=51164

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blood Moon!


April 14/15, 2014 shots of the full Lunar eclipse.  My brother was kind enough to gift me a Canon Powershot SX40HS for the holidays and I finally got to put it to some good use.



The bottom shot here also features Mars.  Top right.  That little gold looking dot. 


I can't wait to try and capture some meteorites on the 22nd.




Monday, March 31, 2014

The Chicken Story


It's time, once again, to promote my little Chicken book.  It's an e-book on Amazon.  It's $4.99, but if you wait a couple days, the price is going to drop to $2.99.  It's 20 pages of full color illustrated chicken goodness.  

There's also a little nod the Xena the Warrior Princess inside.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Chicken-Story-Jen-Tucker-ebook/dp/B00E1P6MK2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396290760&sr=8-1&keywords=Jen+Tucker

Get yours today!

Thanks.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

DNA, Spectrum, and Love

We had a late season ice/sleet/snow storm.  We never have these in March in Oklahoma.  Well, maybe snow, but in my years of life in this state, I never recall sleet/ice in March.  Snow...maybe twice.  It just so happened to hit the same day as the Animalistic 2014 Art Show opening.  That was unfortunate because it was the show my piece Faded glory was in.  The first real piece I have ever gotten in a real show.


Luckily, the Gallery has rescheduled.


I found that out when I checked my mail today.  Right after I saw that I didn't make it into Spectrum 21.

I'm so glad I tried.  Next year.

Now, onto the next thing.  I've got a large painting, "The Major" in progress, children's book #2 illustrations in the works, and I'm on the look-out for another show.



Let's keep this party going, ey?




Saturday, February 22, 2014

Newest Painting

Hello!  I just finished another piece of art!  W00t! 



Latest work. 18 x 24 inches acrylic on an old topographical map of the United States. "Faded Glory"

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy



Hey kids!  New pics of the Guardians of the Galaxy flick. Looks amazing.  Marvel wins again.


If you missed the Teaser trailer, here it is:

Monday, February 17, 2014

Batwoman


Batwoman continues to be amazing.  I finished the 3rd Graphic Novel last night.  The art is still amazing.  The panels are amazing.  The writing is good.  I am really going to hate it when I reach the end of J.H. Williams III's run.  

Wonder Woman shows up in this Volume.  It was cool that she was there, but meh.  I'm probably a little biased because I'm still pissed off about the Zeus being WW's father thing.  They had to make sure they reiterated that every single page she appeared on.  

I didn't feel those two really clicked and I found Batwoman's starstruck inner dialogue a little ridiculous, but hey, maybe kick-ass superheroes have fangirl moments as well.  It just seemed a little out of character to me.

It's totally worth the read though.  Amazon has it right now for $17.03 or you can pick it up at your local comic shop for about $22.99. 

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

What's Up? Chicken! That's What.



Hey there friends!  I finally managed to get that little Children's book I wrote and illustrated up on Amazon.  I say I did, but I could have never done it without the help and skills of the miraculous Turayis!  She figured out all the technical crap that was keeping me from success and BAM! Chicken is live!  You can go get your copy for $4.99 or borrow it from someone else for free via Amazon.com.  Here's the link:

 http://www.amazon.com/The-Chicken-Story-Jen-Tucker-ebook/dp/B00E1P6MK2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1391536504&sr=8-2&keywords=Jen+Tucker


Make this little Chicken's dreams come true and go snag a copy.  Thanks!

That's not all though.  I also submitted a piece of artwork last month and have already started illustrating my second Children's book called "The Little Tomato".

Yep, it's about time, right?

Thanks to all of you who have supported me over the years.



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries


If you haven't yet, may I suggest you add Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries to your Netflix list.  It is fabulous!  The stories take place in the Melbourne, Australia between the wars (Boer and World Wars) in the 1920's.

Miss Fisher is played by actress Essie Davis is drop dead amazing.  The entire cast is amazing.

If you love a good old fashioned mystery, I promise you will love this show.  It has two seasons so far with a third hanging in the balance.  I certainly hope they get their third and fourth and fifth...


Their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/phrynefisher

and Essie Davis' IMBD page here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0204583/





Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hell Has Frozen Over

The Bible Belt.  The shiny bright brass buckle of the Bible Belt.  The one place in the United States that I never dreamed would reach marriage equality, just did.  I'm shocked.  Stunned.  I don't even know what to think.  I'm elated in one sense, but completely in shock and I just can't believe it.  No, seriously, I cannot believe it.

I'm certain I'm going to wake up at any second.


Monday, January 06, 2014

For the Love of Signs


It seems to me that people get really pissed off about signs.  I've seen them riddled with bullet holes, graffiti coated, slashed, knocked over and pulled out of the ground.  I called the cops once when I witnessed my neighbors trying to pull the stop sign out of the ground at the corner of our street.  Turns out they were the people responsible for not only stealing our rent check but T's identity as well.  They were running a whole identity theft ring out of their townhouse and having BBQ's with all the items they were purchasing under T's name.  Luckily the SWAT Team showed up and took them down.  If they hadn't tried to dislodge the sign, and I hadn't called to report them, we would have never known.


I've never understood this hatred of the sign.  I have to wonder if it started with the Hippy generation.  They even had that song.  Sign, sign, everywhere a sign...

I'm quite the sign maker.  I enjoy a very well thought out and informational sign.  If a sign informs me of something I am unaware of or points me a direction I need to go, this makes me happy.  Unfortunately, many people read signs with a negative perspective.  Instead of seeing them as helpful, they see them as something to rebel against.  Like an omnipresent entity is posting them as some sort of challenge or test.  Sometimes they are looked at as a "Don't bother me".


This sign above, for example.  It is sitting in an acrylic sign-holder on my desk.  I made it so that when I am making copies, on the phone, in the restroom or etc., people don't have to hang around waiting for me to answer this.  It comes up about 100 times a day the first week of classes.  I find it very helpful and so have many students.  The faculty tend to see it as a "Don't Bother Me!" sign.  

They usually chuckle and say something to the effect of, "That's one way to get them not to bother you." or "Don't want to be bothered today, huh?"

What?

How did they arrive at this most illogical conclusion?  

It really bothers me.  You see, I thought I was being helpful and these people have taken what I thought was a positive helpful thing and turned it into a negative F-off thing.  Believe it or not, this actually causes me quite a bit of hurt.  Mostly because I feel as if  these people view me as the type of person that would tell people not to bother me and to F-off rather than someone who is eager to be helpful and informative.

Now, some of you might find me a bit overdramatic, but this seriously happens with every single sign I make.  I could make one that says "Have a Nice Day!" and someone would accuse me of being a sarcastic bitch.  I kid you not.  I've realized it isn't really me though.

It's them.  It's how they perceive.  Instead of seeing a helping hand they see a command or an order or something to fight against, so they do.

That's sort of sad.

There are many helpful signs out there.

If you let them be.


(Those bastards!  How dare they tell me they're open! Like I can't tell by pulling on the door!)