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Posted by officialericcrooks - September 17th, 2018


Talking About : How I Make My Cartoon Animation Videos ( digital filmmaking tools ) / Erica's Home Office Studio

Erica Crooks ( independent filmmaker who’s made short films that have been shown in various film festivals , public access television and even the internet )

Talks about basics in how to make your very own cartoon animated film and or video .


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Posted by officialericcrooks - September 17th, 2018


Erica Crooks Animation Cartoon Drawing Style Basic Tips Tutorial

 

Cartoonist of 20 years as well as a multi-talented independent filmmaker Erica Crooks

talks about the importance of construction when it comes to cartooning animation style drawing in this basic tips tutorial , as well as to how to develop your own cartooning style .

 

Keep on Drawing and Cartooning ! Practice Makes Perfect !

 

 

 

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Posted by officialericcrooks - September 16th, 2018


Erica Crooks

 

The Truth about Entertainment ?

by

Erica Crooks

 

Let me start off this post as a reminder.

What does an artist do ?

They share their art with the world.

Art is ideas , art is communication on so many levels , like minded people will follow.

Fans can be friends.

 

But sadly there’s people who simply want FUN !

And they think such fun is outside of themselves.

An expression of love , seeking love and trying to gain it , or an expression of the lack of love ( hierarchy )

 

Love just is. Love is soul , not ego.

 

Like minded people will follow. But don’t count your fanbase by the millions like

you would with your Facebook friends.

Do not let this determine your self worth EVER !

You hold your own truth inside of you , not outside of you.

You can be your own biggest fan and best friend.

Remember , you also create your own life , your own thoughts , how you feel.

You are in charge of you. If people took responsibility for themselves by seeing their truth on the inside , perhaps the world would crumble into something better.

Yes , a new world is indeed possible.

 

Do not let money and the outside world determine your soul !

Life is meant to be enjoyed and to learn , all in the expression of love. :)

 

And remember , do what you love and your like minded people will follow.

I’ve been saying this for over 10 years now so pay attention. :)

 

Ok , now onto business with creative talented artists who are totally struggling with their career.

Cartoonists , puppeteers , performers , musicians , anyone with creative talent ?

Do you feel like you just can’t make it in the entertainment industry ?

Or maybe you actually did work in the Hollywood Entertainment Industry

, and you used to be very popular but now you just can’t get a break .

The unions , the agents , the managers can’t seem to find you any gig / job

that isn’t CRAP ! And as depressing as it sounds ,

you are actually making more money at Comic Con / Comic Conventions / Pop Culture Conventions —— And there’s times that you just don’t right ?

You meet your fans face to face , they say nice things , BUT THEY DON’T BUY A DAMN THING !

Maybe a few actually do , and then sell it on eBay because just like you , they too need money to live on.

 

Let me tell you about my position as an artist . If people notice that I’m underground and obscure , that means I have no interest in the mainstream hollywood entertainment industry right ? It’s more then that . My work got rejected from Comedy Central , [ adult swim ] , Mondo Media and even Troma Entertainment has absolutely no interest in what I have to do.

And if you take a look at my following as I write this post. And you compare it to the well known ones. And how about trolls being the only ones to comment , to say anything about my work , and giving thumbs down , what does this say ?

 

Erica Crooks and Erica Crooks art totally SUCKS and is not any good at all ?

Far from it. lol

 

Fame can come and go or not come at all !

 

If you want to get noticed on social media or anything , you’d either use one or all the above or some of “ Business tactics “ .

Like and Subscribe , you know what I’m talking about. That patronizing , demeaning , dumb down crap !

 

Does that mean those who DO NOT subscribe or like mean that your stuff SUCKS ?

Far from it. lol

Do you seriously need to be right there with the very person sweeting , biting your finger nails , and nervously shaking with anxiety regarding what people think ?

Of course not.

 

WHAT IS THIS SAYING ABOUT YOUR SELF WORTH ?

 

If you check out personality type science , you can very well see that there’s no difference between who’s famous and who isn’t.

 

Let me tell you something about popularity , it’s the same with fame.

In my childhood there was shows that were popular and those that weren’t in my time.

I tend to love stuff that I can relate to that not everyone cares for.

 

And what ? Just because your Lesbian does that mean you need to be a fan of Ellen ? Of Orange is The New Black ?

I much prefer Rachel Maddow and Lori Petty ( She’s Tank Girl and also on Orange is The New Black ) .

 

So what about the stuff I like ? The stuff I was influenced by ?

Why do they get more views then I do ?

 

Well I ain’t going to pout and have a toddler tantrum . And I’m not going to say that what I do isn’t very good.

 

If those same artists were to work without much of a budget like they did before they had much of a budget and if they were to start all over again but using social media ,

they’d be exactly where I am.

 

People would sacrifice tons of their hard earned money for their views , using

keywords , SEO , hashtags , Google Adsense , Facebook and YouTube advertising and all that junk.

 

 

I had a panel at Rhode Island Comic Con in 2015 called

“ Bringing Back The Good Stuff “

( I have a blog video that talks about the results of the very Rhode Island Comic Con ( 2015 ) panel on

http://www.youtube.com/user/officialericcrooks/videos

 

And the point of the panel was that artists that are inspired by their pop culture favorites can

totally do that more than ever thanks to affordable technology.

 

Sure it’s not the millions that the mainstream Hollywood Entertainment Industry uses

but we are becoming that much closer in terms of competing with them.

 

But here’s the truth and realization that I’m coming to.

 

And this is the very reason why I never seem to shut up talking about the importance of 5D Earth , MBTI Myers Briggs Personality Type Science and a Libertarian Socialist Anarchist Free Society .

 

 

Your fans are kind of like meeting friends , they connect with what you got to say

because you share the same interests.

 

If those famous accomplished artists weren’t so busy trying to make a living ,

perhaps they either like to do the same with you or perhaps exit the entertainment arts all together just to get away from it all because they might feel that it took their whole entire life away.

 

Let me raise a question.

If capitalism was gone , if we didn’t need to work to meet our human needs if it’s earning money doing what what we love doing or not.

 

If we had absolute freedom to do what we only loved to do ,

what would we do ?

 

And as for audience building ,

what if you could reach to ALL people that shares the same interests of you and what you do ,

AND ….

It isn’t in the millions.

Maybe it’s only a few.

 

Tell me , what matters best to you ?

 

Reaching out to your like minded people ?

 

Or looking for love outside of your own self ?

 

 

 

I’m for my like minded people and love doing what I love doing.

 

How about you ?

 

 

Just throw away the labels of hobby and making what you love doing seem so small.

 

 

It’s time to question the world around us.

 

A New World and Better Life is Possible !

 

_ Erica

 

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Posted by officialericcrooks - September 15th, 2018



Posted by officialericcrooks - September 15th, 2018


 

Erica Crooks puppeteer cartoon animator

Spiritual Philosophy of Comedy Puppetry and Comedy Animation
by
Erica Crooks

Puppetry and Animation is the very subject of this blog post , how I got into it , what I find so special about it and finally how to get out of it ( just kidding on the last part lol :P ) .
But relating , perhaps the very comedy and art teaches us not to take things in life so seriously.
I like to consider what I do to be a form of comic relief .
There’s a quote that I find is very inspiring to what I do .
“ Art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. “
Well that explains me being Heyoka : Sacred Clown empath and a satirist.
I grew up around television and film puppetry and animation
and it attracted me into the art form and creativity of perhaps 
mirroring life in a weird funny way and at the same time influencing life as well.
I say that ok maybe in our Earth life there isn’t a walking , talking , breathing Bugs Bunny 
however you can still indicate his personality type and apply those
personality type sciences locating people of that similar sense of humor and comedic energetic personality traits.
I see fiction like most won’t . People shrug it off as not real and just for fun entertainment.
To me , I feel there’s a strong connection to the human soul , perhaps the world of imagination and fiction , there’s a realm out there.
Maybe the artists and fans are the channeler as the art is the mirror.
When I perform a puppet character or voice and animate a cartoon character ,
it’s acting. In that very moment , I am that character. I need to think and navigate what the character sees. And since I’m a satirist , I would throw myself mentally into the mental world
of the character’s psychological problems and highlight their flaws ( aka satire / heyoka : The Sacred Clown empath ) and not only present it in a way where it entertains those who were disturbed by such jerks in their life , but also pulling out the very unconscious fear of the character and showing it to their face through some form of vice irony.
Comedy can do this in many ways which we can laugh at ourselves 
and maybe even see the innocent of the most cruel and evil behaving people in the world.
And it’s tricky because not everyone is going to think that way.
But if you laugh at something , there’s some sort of connection to a certain set of ideas.
I would say I’m a lot more careful about how I write funny comedy and such but never losing my sense of creative freedom. And to me that’s the other fun thing about puppetry and animation. You have these symbols , these caricatures of human life on Earth ,
then again you can do surreal things to bring out the human spirit and perhaps the animal spirit and the happy go lucky unconditional loving spirit of life and afterlife and prelife itself.
A celebration of the spirit.
And I feel the inner child / child at heart does a great job at that.
Just like a child sticking their tongue out at authority , this very reverence for the irreverent
to me brings out the spirit of not allowing fear to control us.
Laughing at the face of evil , of fear , of negativity by mocking the ignorance and stupidity it truly is to live life in fear and hate is truly I strongly feel the deep down meaning of what I do with my art.
 I grew up in the 1990s which I feel was the last time any sort of animation and puppet comedy was seen in the mainstream and on the internet , it’s mix nuts.
However the internet is a great place for artists to do their thing outside the Hollywood / Capitalist system.
And hopefully someday in a Free Society Anarchist / 5D Earth ,
we won’t need to worry about the struggles and sacrifices of money and business.
I say let’s help build the new world in the shell of the old.
_ Erica
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Posted by officialericcrooks - September 9th, 2018


 

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Posted by officialericcrooks - August 25th, 2018


 

OH YES WE DID ! lol

Puppets filming an action comedy that’s predicted to be a really bad movie .

Parodying and satirizing the box office flop of The Happytime Murders , parodied and spoofed by the satirical adult puppet comedy show “ The Erica Crooks Show “ .

And speaking of Adult Puppetry , if anyone is interested , here’s my adult puppetry and adult animation artwork and entertainment. In no means is this competition. lol Art is art , not business .

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Posted by officialericcrooks - August 24th, 2018


Satire : Why Satire ( a blog confession of a satirist of over 10 years ) by Erica Crooks

In your mainstream so called free countries and most places I suppose , and most certainly when I was in high school and college about 10 years ago going on now , it’s not as common as it was about 25 years ago. We live in a generation where young adults and people in their 30s probably never even heard of Mad Magazine .

As I am now 30 years old , and my Twin Flame who’s 6 years younger than me , it reminds me of the sketch I had on The Erica Crooks Show where I had this pop culture obsessed fan freaking out and sobbing in denial that “ The 1990s are not over ! How can there possibly be a generation that did not have a 1990s childhood !“ . And it’s really nothing to be all ageist about since today’s internet technology can generate any information of any pop culture out there.

But still , I’ve always been more in tuned with stuff older than myself which of course influence is traditional in art and perhaps life itself.

 

I still remember as a kid how I feared Mad Magazine and Cracked Magazine , freaked out when I opened up a Robert Crumb book in my local library at the time , feared Meet The Feebles / Puppets Who Kill / Crank Yankers and Greg The Bunny and stop watching South Park after Garrison threw Lambchop on the grill from the episode Summer Sucks Season 2 . However when I was becoming a teenager , more and more I understood that parents told you lies and perhaps untruth is more to fear then what was perhaps trying to tell me the truth in an entertaining yet irreverent sort of way.

Mad Magazine , Simpsons , South Park , Dinosaurs , Spitting Image , Robert Crumb , Les Guignols De L’info

just the few of many that got me into satire.

 

Satire is literature no matter what art form it takes , but to me if it’s not doing what it’s suppose to be doing then it isn’t satire. Satire like any sort of creativity and intelligence is so left wing. Because right wing is nothing more but hate and fear filled lies and easy answers from hierarchical power brainwashed to the uneducated and ignorant.

 

I’m into New Age / New Thought Spirituality in which I was since 2007 - 2012 onward trying to figure out just what the heck was happening with me which lead me to meet my Twin Flame face to face in Winter 2015 / early 2016 .

Also I do believe knowledge of The Law of Attraction as well as awareness that I was a victim of Narcissistic and Sociopathic abuse most of my life and I was living in this cardboard box life where I had barely a connection with the outside world , no wonder I feared coming out of the closet. Also if it wasn’t for my artistic talents that helped me survive before then , I would most likely be dead and have committed suicide.

 

But what would possibly drive someone to becoming a satirist ? Same with all the aspects of me from being one of the LGBTQ+ , being a Twin Flame , an anarchist and having a spiritual awakening prediction of knowledge of the existence of Anarchism and The New World Order and Twin Flames before even knowing the name of the subject matter in order for me to do research.

 

I seek truth. Not only about the world around me but even about myself. Why do I feel different from the world , this stuff I can resinate with my heart and soul - where can I learn more about it ?

 

Satire is in the words of Ian Hislop “ Exposing vice , folly and humbug. “

 

I feel my life as a whole has been lead , barely choice.

That’s like saying I choose to be transgender. No , I’m born this way.

And I can say the same with everything I resonated with.

Are INFP personality types smarter than everyone else in terms of soul intelligence ? I don’t know but there are many times I do in fact feel like I’m trapped in a world filled with idiots.

Despite my super friendly personality , kind heart and social public gentle manners .

 

As someone who’s into New Thought / New Age Spirituality ,

they say to just do not think negative thoughts and feelings otherwise you’ll manifest a hell on earth.

From my understanding of manifestation , we manifest what we FEEL , not what we think. That’s why artists of horror film can turn out to be good happy people , likewise how people can get away with murder their whole entire life unless emotional resistance is stronger. Perhaps social revolution can be accomplished as just that , a COLLECTIVE of manifesting the SAME VIBRATION !

 

 

So what exactly is the point of satire.

I came across a native american empath term which is known as “ The most powerful empath ever “ . Heyoka : The Sacred Clown .

This is me !

As weird as it sounds , when I’m at my happiest and most chill , satire fills by blood and soul with joy.

 

Because I’m so interested in knowing THE TRUTH , and EXPOSING the truth.

New Age people ( who are left wing / anarchist or similar ) who know about The New World Order know this. And they can’t possibly

attract negative karma to block their chakras because THEY DO NOT GIVE IT ANY FEAR !

 

Likewise the point of satire , WE WILL NOT REACT IN FEAR , Someday we will NOT have negative emotions of any kind.

And it just makes satire that much funnier and perhaps in an Anarchist Society “ PATRIOTIC “ ( maybe the wrong choice of words and terms but treated with such strong reverence for the irreverent I must say ) .

 

Laughter is a sign of joy , the more we are happy , the more it KILLS EVIL , KILLS NEGATIVITY , and shows the mirror of ignorance and stupidity right to it’s face !

And the only reason why people wouldn’t think and feel this way is because their soul is suffering in the bondage and the quick sand of negativity.

So don’t bark at me for being the evil one now.

 

 

It’s a defense for a better world for all

and when we do live in that better world , it’s a happy joke

, a mooning at fascism.

The inner child / child at heart within each and every one of us sticking our tongue out at hierarchy.

 

THAT MY FRIENDS , is THE SOUL AND SPIRIT OF JOY AND PEACE !

But with a happy heart.

 

That’s why I say

“ The Angels must be laughing “ .

 

Life is about happiness , peace , freedom , prosperity, and joy !

 

Forgive with unconditional love and let’s help make the world a better place to live in.

 

_ Erica Crooks

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