Category Archives: Art Criticism

Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Full disclosure: I am a Tina Fey fan. I will watch anything she is in, and read as much of what she has written as I can get my hands on. Furthermore, I studied journalism in college, so it was … Continue reading

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Portraying Love Honestly: Where ‘P.S. I Love You’ Succeeds and Stumbles

Love is probably the most common theme in media, and I do mean all mediums. Movies, books, sonnets, music, tattoos, documentaries, children’s drawings, slideshows, art exhibits — you name it, and there will be a plethora of material attempting to … Continue reading

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The Art of The ‘Haw Haw!’

Even if you’re not a fan, you cannot deny that The Simpsons, currently in its 27th season, is an institution in American pop culture. Its characters, for better or worse, are icons, and it’s no surprise. The show is as … Continue reading

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Slippy’s Grasp of Core Concepts — Project Completion & Critique

Project complete. Hope you all get a chuckle out of this, regardless of your video game knowledge. As I wrote earlier (see previous post), I used Slippy Toad’s dialogue from Star Fox 64 to make a comic that addresses our … Continue reading

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Scumbling Back Up the Ranks

Hey, everyone. Katie here, author of Scumbling Up Art. I am finally restarting the blog. (Go to * if you want to skip my backstory and get straight to the art.) Why did I stop? Eh, hard to say. Several … Continue reading

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Be an artist: make a mess!

“Be an artist: make a mess!” This is not a derogatory statement, it’s the anthem of Creatives (many of whom may be self-deprecating, but that’s another story). Here’s the rule of thumb when creating something: it’s never bad, it just … Continue reading

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Scary talented: the story behind the story behind the art

Warning: Here’s a cautionary tale about an artist with exquisite talent and endless potential. This is a true story. He was a charismatic man. But he would only allow HIS voice to be heard, HIS story to be history. According to … Continue reading

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