Mary Poplin http://marypoplin.com Comp Artist, Illustrator, Matte Painter and sometimes actress. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:34:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.1 I did a painting for my favorite author! http://marypoplin.com/?p=707 http://marypoplin.com/?p=707#respond Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:29:57 +0000 http://marypoplin.com/?p=707 I painted this from a sketch I did on my phone while I was in San Diego for the screening of The Last Unicorn, I printed it out and signed it for the author, Peter S. Beagle. How cool is it that you can get an idea down on your phone and then make it final on your computer?

I remember when I had to keep pages of sketches in a book, and while that is nice and tactile, it’s nice to just be able to get an idea down and final it quickly.

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“Damn you, Peter S Beagle, it’s all your fault!”

I posted a lot about The Last Unicorn on social media recently, and that’s because Peter was in town and actually, through a mutual friend, he ended up staying with me for the week while touring SoCal. It was a marvelous experience and I didn’t want to make a big deal about it while they were here, but I was so thrilled to have him and his crew visiting. I made some new friends in the wonderful Travis and Dave, and had some lovely early morning and late evening chats with Peter. I’m gonna miss those guys.

As an extra fun part, I actually won a Tee-Shirt in a raffle at the screening in Santa Monica. The Proof is in the blurry cell phone picture. The shirt says “Damn you, Peter S. Beagle, it’s all your fault!” and it’s in reference to him helping jumpstart the girly obsession with unicorns in pop culture.

The house feels a little empty now that they’ve gone. Peaceful, but empty.

I also made some coloring book pages while they were in town.

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My Nerdy Clan Has Made a Video! Watch it! http://marypoplin.com/?p=703 http://marypoplin.com/?p=703#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:54:21 +0000 http://marypoplin.com/?p=703 Nerds Making Shit! is a production company I am a part of. We make short films for fun. Big props to SheldonEmily, Kia, Jack, Trevor, Nobo, Cooper, and Danielle for making this shoot happen, and an extra special thanks to Tim Schultz for editing this and making it happen so fast. He’s a pro!

Alright! On to the next project!

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Happy Halloween Update! http://marypoplin.com/?p=700 http://marypoplin.com/?p=700#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:50:09 +0000 http://marypoplin.com/?p=700 I never update my blog… probably because I have a facebook page and a twitter. But! I made a new Halloween Video and I am pretty proud of it!

 

And I updated my website, hope you guys like the new look!

Stay spooky,
Mary

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Flower Headbands A-Go-Go! http://marypoplin.com/?p=630 http://marypoplin.com/?p=630#respond Sat, 07 Jul 2012 08:14:42 +0000 http://marypoplin.com/?p=630 OK, so I went on a making things kick tonight, I made about nine flower headbands. It turns out flower headbands are a thing of mine. They’re like bow-ties, but girlie. I make them to put in my hair because I don’t like to have to style it and because everyone I run into loves them (and I think they work for me). They brighten my day. I just put a flower in my hair and run out the door. Done and done. It’s a great system.

Invariably my girlfriends want them too. So I end up making them and giving them to friends. Some of these are going to friends and some of them go into my rolodex of headbands to match my outfits. But I figured I’d finally put pictures up so you guys know what the hell I am talking about.

I do not sell them. They can only be gifts. It’s kindof a thing. They’re “magic” like that.

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The Last Dragon Book Cover http://marypoplin.com/?p=622 http://marypoplin.com/?p=622#respond Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:47:35 +0000 http://marypoplin.com/?p=622 Hi guys,

I know I never update, I need to put up all my boffer crafts lately too, and my flower headbands I make, but I’m lame. And busy. Anyway, last month I did a book cover for a book that will be released under the title: The Last Dragon. It’s a lenticular cover, which means it animates in a hologram from different angles. Here’s the two frames of the animation.

Cheers,
Mary

 

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LA just saw double… Z’ere’s two of uzzz. http://marypoplin.com/?p=612 http://marypoplin.com/?p=612#respond Wed, 02 May 2012 04:25:50 +0000 http://marypoplin.com/?p=612 Yeah yeah, I know, I don’t post enough.

I had a whirlwind month last month. I went to NAB and released mocha V3 with my company, Imagineer Systems, which you can read all about here. It’s a long post, so be forewarned, but there’s lots of pictures and video!

But what I was really happy about was I got to see my twin sister. I don’t see my sister much. She’s on the East coast and I’m in LA. We’re on the same latitude but just 2,500+ miles apart. So she took a few days off and flew out here for a few days. We did LA up right. We went to Disneyland and had a great time, we met friends in Orange County for dinner, and then hit the park again for fireworks. And then we came home and crashed out.

And then…. we hit the Ren Faire! Ahem, The Renaissance Pleasure Fair, and we hit it hard. If you have never gone to The Renaissance Pleasure Fair and had a Pony ride, I recommend you do so. It’s delightful. There are no horses involved, but there is port involved. And cider. And I do so love both of those things. And as I have two huge trunks of costumes and a portion of my clothes rack dedicated to more garb, I was thoroughly decked out.

Though I got sick from the heat again. I am a fragile, pale thing.

But Margaret has flown home now, so I am recovering from the weekend, and NAB, and a bit of OT. And getting back into the swing of work. I have more videos yet to release on mocha and not much time to do them in. Here’s hoping I wow you guys. I’m just out here living hard and playing hard. Try and keep up!

 

Cheers!
Mary

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I Finally Joined SAG http://marypoplin.com/?p=590 http://marypoplin.com/?p=590#respond Sun, 05 Feb 2012 06:22:10 +0000 http://marypoplin.com/?p=590 OK, so I finally bit the bullet and joined SAG. I’ve been in a few commercials, plays, and short films in the past, and about a year or more ago I was cast in a principal role in a new media film produced by Ryan Omega. I became eligible for SAG through that project and this month I finally joined the most prestigious guild in the industry. The entrance hurdle fee is the biggest hurdle, but I think it is worth it.

I’m not sure what to say about the whole experience except that when a door opens you had best walk through it and see where it leads before it closes forever. It might be that I get more acting work, it might be that I don’t. But I’ll never know unless I take the plunge. So here I am, working an awesome day job, and pursuing acting work as well. Can I balance it? I think so. It’s an amazing opportunity, I have a huge support network, and I think I have the right attitude. I want to pursue the work, not build fame. I think if I approach it with the same attitude I give to my work and my art I should be OK.

Thanks for all the support, guys. Love, love, love you all.

Cheers!

Mary

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It is always hard to paint the ones you love. http://marypoplin.com/?p=563 http://marypoplin.com/?p=563#comments Sat, 03 Dec 2011 02:06:00 +0000 http://marypoplin.com/?p=563 While I was in Atlanta a few weeks ago, my sister, Margaret Poplin, invited me to come paint in one of her painting classes. She owns and operates a fun painting business called Minute Masterpiece Art and has tons of happy clients who come to her to learn how to paint, simply, easily, and inexpensively; all while enjoying a glass (or several!) of wine. This is an idea I can get behind… wine and painting. So I went, and I took my lovely beau, Sheldon Morley, with me.

As I am a bit of a more advanced painter, I decided not to follow the lesson and instead paint Shelly. This is what I came up with in the time we had to paint.  Shel followed the lesson and ended up with a lovely landscape of boats on the water. It’s so hard to paint people you care about, because you never look at them as dispassionately as you do most models. You have preconceived notions in your head about what they look like and its hard to not put that on the canvas.

But! I am happy with the result. He has since shaved off the EPIC mustache, and I miss it already.

Cheers!

Mary

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I made a boffer lute! http://marypoplin.com/?p=557 http://marypoplin.com/?p=557#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2011 01:52:35 +0000 http://marypoplin.com/?p=557 Hi Guys!

I made a boffer lute this month, for my Bard character I made in Dying Kingdoms, the Live Action Role Playing game. Basically, I can’t play a lute, and I don’t want to learn how, but I do want to smack my friends at game with an entertaining weapon that is made of awesome. I also wanted it to play music. So I have two lightweight speakers cleverly concealed inside. This thing is pillow-soft and surprisingly light, and I can’t wait to use it. Obviously, I don’t want to use it often, due to wear and tear, and also because my character is not a fighter, but I can’t wait to see the look on my opponents faces when I come at them with this instrument of destruction! And also of rock and roll!

It plays music by way of a tiny MP3 player concealed in a leather bag on the guitar strap I have attached to it. Needless to say, I am pretty proud of this project.

Cheers,

Mary

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Leaving on a Jet Plane! http://marypoplin.com/?p=549 http://marypoplin.com/?p=549#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2011 01:36:33 +0000 http://marypoplin.com/?p=549 I have been travelling!

Hi guys,

If it’s been quiet here, it’s because I’ve been travelling! If you want to know more, please check out our blog on Imagineer Systems and see what I’ve been up to!

Stay tuned for more awesome!
Mary

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