Movie Character Cartoon # 13 – Jack Dawson

The Academy Awards will be on this evening. Tonight, the Oscar for Best Original Song will go to Shawn Patterson for “Everything is Awesome” (The Lego Movie).

But for now, today’s Movie Character Cartoon will pay tribute to a movie that won a bunch of Oscars seventeen years ago and had my heart go on for Celine Dion. This is Jack Dawson (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) from Titanic.


I'm the king of the wooooooorld!

I’m the king of the wooooooorld!

Character: Jack Dawson | Movie: Titanic | Copyright: Ryan RFT February 2015

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Movie Character Cartoon # 12 – Michael Jordan (Space Jam)

This past weekend, Zack LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, showing off some athleticism and creativity. He noted that he was inspired by the movie Space Jam after seeing the great Michael Jordan team up with Bugs Bunny. The dunk champ was even accompanied by the Quad CIty DJs who sang the movie’s theme and wore the Tune Squad jersey.


Coincidentally, I recently attempted drawing the Space Jam star, Michael Jordan. I only had one marker for darker skin tone so it was hard to get accurate values while colouring. For next time, I’ll have to buy more, or use pencil crayons. But here is anyway:

"Thanks guys, you got a lot of... a lot of... well, whatever it is, you got a lot of it." - Michael Jordan (to his team, after winning the game)

“Thanks guys, you got a lot of… a lot of… well, whatever it is, you got a lot of it.” – Michael Jordan (to his team, after winning the game)

Character: Michael Jordan | Movie: Space Jam (1996) | Copyright:Ryan RFT February 2015

Tools: Prisimacolor Marker / Coloured Pencils and felt black markers on 100lb Bristol paper

Space Jam was one of my favourite movies growing up as it was 1 of 4 VHS tapes I have ever owned. It was fun re-watching it a few weeks ago and drawing ‘His Airness’, even though it didn’t turn out as great as I had hoped. I’ll keep trying to improve.

– Ryan RFT

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(Request) Movie Character Cartoon # 11 – Jane Bennet

As I’m getting the hang of drawing cartoon movie characters, I thought that I should try more females from film. I asked for some suggestions on some previous posts and I received one response; thank you Andrea from AndyIsBipolar for participating!

The nice thing about getting input from others is that I don’t know what could be coming, and the request of Jane Bennet from Pride and Prejudice is as random as it could get with me. This is the first drawing that I have done where I have not heard of the character. In fact, I’m only familiar with Rosamund Pike from Gone Girl, so this drawing made for a fun challenge.


Rosamund Pike as Jane Bennet had two features that stood out to me from the reference photos; here big bold eyes and the slight up-turn to her nose. Here, I exaggerated the size of the eyes, similar to the technique for Jack Sparrow, and showed the nostrils. Rosamund actually has a prominent and picture-perfect smile, however, the reference had her show a more modest expression so I went with a closed mouth (this also helps keep the ‘head-weight’ at the top/eyes).


I actually couldn’t find a photo or movie clip that showed her Jane’s entire body in this costume, therefore, I am guessing for the lower half.

"How do you like it here in Hertfordshire, Mr. Bingley?" - Jane Bennet

“How do you like it here in Hertfordshire, Mr. Bingley?” – Jane Bennet

Character: Jane Bennet | Movie: Pride and Prejudice (2005) |Copyright: Ryan RFT February 2015

Tools: Prisimacolor Coloured Pencils and felt black markers on 100lb Bristol paper


Jane Bennet_photo


– Ryan RFT


Question: Which other female movie character do you suggest that I draw into a (wonderful) cartoon form? Comment below and I might give it a try.

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Movie Character Cartoon # 10 – Indiana Jones

When I was in school, a friend asked a group of us, “Which character do you think of when someone says ‘Harrison Ford‘?”. Some replied Hans Solo while for others, Indiana Jones came to mind. Then I said “The President from AIr Force One!” and proceeded to say “Get off my plane!” in the deepest, growliest voice I could make.

But deep down, my answer truly was the adventurer, Indiana Jones.

One of my favourite movie scores is the Indiana Jones Theme by John Williams. It is cheerful, uplifting, and everyone knows it. If only I could sing it with text (do-do-do-dooooooo, do-do-doooooo). That didn’t work.

Anyway, please welcome Movie Character Cartoon # 10:

"Snakes. Why'd It Have To Be Snakes?" - Indiana Jones

“Snakes. Why’d It Have To Be Snakes?” – Indiana Jones

Character: Indiana Jones | Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark |Copyright: Ryan RFT January 2015

Tools: Prisimacolor Coloured Pencils and felt black markers on 100lb Bristol paper

Bristol Paper

In general, the smoother paper made a big difference for colouring. Colours blended better and I didn’t have to press hard as with the thicker paper (which ate up the lead quickly).

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Emotional Advertising Scores Big Again

There is a lot to the Super Bowl spectacle that attracts football fans and non-followers of the sport. Besides this year’s exciting game, and Katy Perry soaring in the air like a firework, the television commercials were a big reason to watch the event; and every year, social media plays a huge role in allowing viewers to react and interact to the spots.

Superbowl XLIX Gets Sentimental

With the big game just behind us, we have a chance to see which ads worked with the public and overall, emotional ads are the champions, connecting with the audience. Ace Metrix measures ads based on certain attributes: emotion, likeability, information, relevance, and watchability (while the data analysis may seem complex, let’s break it down to the main take-aways).


This criteria has the McDonald’sPay With Lovin’” spot as the big hit with Budweiser‘s “Lost Dog” and Coca-Cola‘s “#MakeItHappy” ads right behind appealing to American audiences the most.

A free Big Mac? OK fine, I'll hug my mom this time.

A free Big Mac? OK fine, I’ll hug my mom this time.

Reunited and it feels so good!

Reunited and it feels so good!

It previously said: No one likes U :(

It previously said: No one likes U :(

What do they all have in common? They incorporate positive themes of joy, family, and community:

– customers pay for their meal by hugging their kids or telling Mom they love her

– a farmer’s horses help his dog return back home to the family

– all digital hate is erased by positive messages

The same emotions can be found in the communal aspect of the Superbowl itself; watching with friends at the party or at a local bar among strangers who share the same love for a team. Similarly, Amobee analyzes content consumption patterns and social media and reveals that the Bud commercial had the most people talking about it, and more importantly, was very well received.

Americans Get Tender at Sochi 2014 

This theme of family is continued from last year’s Winter Olympics. Here, the big ad winner was Proctor & Gamble communicating the emotional sense of family bond with the ‘Thank You Mom‘ campaign. Ads like “Toughest Mom” and “Falling” won the hearts of the U.S. audience showing mothers raising their children and helping them through the early stages of learning to skate all the way to the big events later on in life.


Thanks Mom

A Nationwide Debbie Downer

But does all emotional advertising score big with the viewers? This year saw great backlash toward Nationwide‘s “Make Safe Happen” commercial. Here, a child explains he won’t experience monumental moments in his life because he died from a freak accident. This is shown with such images implying drowning in a bathtub and being crushed by a large television. People on social media has no trouble showing their dislike.

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Was it emotional? Sure, but the wrong kind. People don’t want to see these things during communal and uplifting events. Similarly, if I had to recommend a movie to a bunch of friends looking to have a good time, I would recommend The Wedding Ringer over Foxcatcher. While the latter is getting recognition from critiques and The Oscar Awards, it is, bluntly, a slow, weird and creepy movie. It would bring people down worse than the Seahawks felt when their last pass got intercepted.

Foxcatcher and Nationwide: together bringing down the mood of all the happy people.

Foxcatcher and Nationwide: together bringing down the mood of all the happy people.

The insurance ad wasn’t necessarily a bad commercial, but it was definitely odd timing. It might not seem that bad watching it outside of the context. If it played during the evening news or an A&E special, it could have been better received.

When Emotion Works

Interestingly, the top ads from the 2014 FIFA World Cup did not incorporate sentimental themes. The Beats by Dre ad “The Game Before the Game” got lots of praise, and Nike‘s “Last World Cup” was huge on Youtube. These ads had no heart-pulling moments, and were mostly soccer (futbol) related. Ace Metrix’s one possible explanation is that the Superbowl and Olympics mean more to Americans than soccer. Perhaps, since there is less emotional investment, they care less about strong emotional ads?

He is probably listening to Taylor Swift.

He is probably listening to Taylor Swift.

Will emotional and uplifting ads continue to win the hearts of Americans during big sporting spectacles? We will find out at the next event that they care about. Will this be Super Bowl XIX? Rio 2016 Summer Games? Or maybe the 2015 Pan Am Games? (anyone excited for that?)

- Ryan RFT


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Movie Character Cartoon # 9 – Ariadne (played by Ellen Page)


Last week I asked for some recommendations for female characters to draw in cartoon form. I did get one suggestion that I will likely give a try soon. Please feel free to propose other ideas for movie ladies to sketch up.

And Now…

I have seen Inception a few times and think it’s tremendous, however, I had no idea the name of Ellen Page‘s character was Ariadne. This is probably because I was too busy thinking about the complex dream-within-a-dream-within-another-dream plot. How many people do you know named Ariadne? Actually, I don’t think I have even heard that name before.

It’s nice.

Anyway, here she is; the first woman of the Movie Character Cartoon series: Ariadne!

"These aren't just dreams, these are memories and you said never to use memories! " - Ariadne

“These aren’t just dreams, these are memories and you said never to use memories! ” – Ariadne

As with earlier versions in my cartoon series, the scans are not perfect; here, the colours (especially the skin tone) seem to be diluted. Ellen has a noticeably big forehead (and I mean that in the nicest way possible), so I wanted to emphasize that.


I guess Inception was on my mind because I recently visited Paris where the movie was filmed. I asked two friends to take me to the cafe spot where Ellen Page and Leonardo DiCaprio initially demonstrated how dreams work. So we biked to the cafe, which is apparently now called Il Russo. Now just picture the buildings below magically shifting 90 degrees up into the air.



Paris has a great bike share program called Vélib’

This is how I got around some days. I enjoy biking.

This is how I got around some days.


- Ryan RFT

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Travel Talk: Found in Taiwan

I’m going old-school today. Pop Element originally started as a collection of soda pop cans from around the world. Based on various designs and flavours, many stories can be told about their location and time period.

Here’s a Sprite Cool Mint can I found in Taipei, Taiwan:

After I found this in Taipei, next to the 101 Tower

After I found this in Taipei, next to the 101 Tower (2011)

Sprite Cool Mint on a cold cold day in Toronto.

Sprite Cool Mint on a cold cold day in Toronto (2015).

Anyway, I’ve never actually posted about the great country. As it was one of my first experiences travelling, therefore certain things stood out to me.

Four Random Observations:

1. Scarecrow Construction Workers

While driving to the beach, we passed several construction sites. From a distance, we could see a maintenance worker standing and flailing his arms; it was quite an odd and disruptive visual. As we got closer, it turned out to be a mannequin, fully dressed in construction gear with stick arms automatically moving up and down. WIth all the considered, it did do its job to get me to slow down.

The only image I have was one in the back of a truck without the stick arms.

The only image I have was one in the back of a truck without the stick arms.

2. Scooters aka Mosquitoes

In a car, scooters were overwhelming as they swarmed the vehicle from every direction like mosquitoes. They even had their own lanes and turning sections. However, later on I had the chance to ride one and I’ll admit, it was fun.


3. Exploding Pineapple

There was a lot of different food to try (octopus, durian), especially at the night markets. However, the one that grabbed my attention was the one that I didn’t even eat. I’ll find you next time, exploding pineapple (not what it’s actually called, I think).


4. Whitening Cream

Canada provides tanning salons and bronzing lotions for people who want to avoid looking like the cast of Twighlight. However, in Taipei, there seemed to be abundant types of whitening creams, moisturizers and sun screens. Apparently, that was the desirable look over there.

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Ok, that was the look back. Of course, there is so much to this wonderful country, including the food, 101 Tower and beaches, however I just wanted to the point out some randomness.

- Ryan RFT

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