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THE TRAIN DIARIES


RANDOM THOUGHTS 

-Still feeling that speech Jesse Williams delivered at BET awards back In June I still question how many of the famous people in the audience actually heard him though


-I heard Jared the sandwich eating child-molester is out of jail and under house arrest,how hard would it be to put him in another sharknado movie and make sure he doesn't make it to the end of the opening credits


-Every time DC / marvel comics has company wide crossover why do I always find my self rooting for the villains?


-When is the basketball season going to start?I want see all those Lebron we're sorry we called you a loser commercials


-Why isn't weed legal yet, also can they make it smell better than the ass crack of a horse’s ass?



-Why don’t they stop killing of male superhero so only to replace them with female superheroes with the same powers it's insulting it's like ur saying the only way a little girl is going to think war machine is cool is he has to be missing a adam’s apple, maybe you should stop giving original female super heroes lame ass powers like the power to make a disco ball glow or something


- To this day Wonder Woman is the only female superhero they got right homegirl don’t need no man to handle her business but if she finds one she likes cool but he better know he’s riding shotgun cus Diana Prince is driving


-After saying all that though I still think the Wonder Woman movie is going to be lame, the DC movie universe sucks


-Donald Trump, really?


-Hulk Hogan and Peter Thiel put gawker out of business most people see it as victory as a website like the best of drugstore rags invaded celebrity private lives I see it differently I see it as another rich douchebag helping the other rich racist friend put small out of work again. And before you say but all of the employees found new jobs a Univision so it's going to be fine let's be serious if u ever had your job taken over by a new boy then u know those old gawker's writers days are numbered with their new bosses sort of like a Taylor swift boyfriend.


-How do I know Stranger things is a fantasy show because everyone knows there was no way any black child was going to be roaming around in the woods looking for monsters once the street light came on


-Nice to see Athletes stand up by sitting down


-Trayvon Martin lives! In every episode of Luke Cage


-There is so much diversity  at Marvel Comics lately i’m starting to think Jesse Jackson got a the  editors in Chief job over there


-Somebody at Marvel has to admit Iron Maiden is a dumb superhero name especially for a fifteen year black girl these kids don’t know nothin about no damn metal music




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THE TRAIN DIARIES

 


Here is a bunch of reason why I'm happy  

       

        Right now I want to have a come to Jesus moment.The first six (now seven ) months have been shitty as fuck. Everyday I watch the news and see a new sorrow I mean there is the old standbys like,death,taxes,racism,police killings  (I thought that was over when white folks elected president Obama ?) but lately those American  trademarks have also welcome the rise of black Suicides,mass shootings,college rapes(hell rape period ),hiv infections and general fuckyouness ( #fuckyouness let's start a trend ) it's a enough to drive a person to…..well you get it,so I figured with all that's going on the last thing you need is another sour rant from me so instead of rant today  I'm going to list all of the things that have made me happy in twenty sixteen (so far )


I’m happy because :


-I’m glad i’m not Asia’s sexiest DJ


-The guy selling fruit in the street has giant sweet ass oranges


-Those same oranges are two for a dollar and I just bought eight


-I still have the ability to call bullshit when I see it


-a mocha frappuccino is only 15 points on weight watchers


-Christopher Priest is writing a monthly comic again


-the comics Priest is writing is Deathstroke the Terminator one of my favorite characters who has been treated less than Stellar  by the nu52 (now if we could get him to write Captain America :Sam Wilson or maybe bring back” The Crew” that would be the bomb yo!)


-of the #BRexit Americans will get to see what xenophobia will do to your country “cheers mate”


-I know Americans are smarter than the Brits right? (Gezz we’re fucked)


-on more than one occasions I find insanity is good for the soul


-I lived long enough to see superheroes invade pop culture


-now I know “Peter Porker the amazing Spider-ham” wasn't a figment of my imagination


-the Michael Jordan cry face is the new face of failure My only wish is that he would use it on everything that he’s connected to sneakers,basketball teams,prisons


-every kid I know knows what BFG stands for “Big Fucking Giant!” Who's Spielberg trying to fool?


-on more than one occasions I find insanity is good for the soul


-I lived long enough to see superheroes invade pop culture


-now I know “Peter Porker the amazing Spider-ham” wasn't a figment of my imagination


-the Michael Jordan cry face is the new face of failure My only wish is that he would use it on everything that he’s connected to sneakers,basketball teams,prisons


-every kid I know knows what BFG stands for “Big Fucking Giant!” Who's Spielberg trying to fool?



-I saw a basketball player thank his daddy for his career


-I know God is good all the time except for those times when he’s not which is a lot, go read the bible and tell me i’m wrong


-I love music


-i’ve gotten drunk with a world famous astrophysicist more than once  


-young kids are discovering 90’s hip-hop


-I never trust a big butt and a smile


-I bought all my own shit and owe no one


-I know women with short hair are sexy

 
 

-I saw Pam Grier nude in her prime


-”Snatch” by Guy Ritchie is great movie


- James Evans was the best T.V. Dad in the history of television  not only would he deliver a life lesson to his kids but he would have their backs In a street fight


-I know Bokeem Woodbine acting style need a laxative


-Cracked out looking Tevin Campbell can still sing better than any of today's singing superstars


-I don’t know what a Panther,Tiger or what a Blac Chyna is


-coffee


And finally,


-I know no matter how bad your life is right now I know there is a rich white guy out there trying to make it worst


So in closing Stay safe and above all be happy about something



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THE TRAIN DIARIES

The Rebels are we


As I write this I’m J.R Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers, dances shirtless on his way to Mall B to his celebrate his team first ever championship. I see all the smiling faces in the crowd and people yelling his name in celebration.  A long way away from the man that found himself “thrown in” in a deal to trade to get two role players on the cavs team. I think of the path he took to get here the mistakes and all were because of J.R’s actions.  The brother has made some dumbass decisions in the past, but I bet if you were to ask J.R Smith, he was just following in a tried True American tradition.  He was being a REBEL


Let’s face the facts, the world loves a rebel.  We want won’t admit it out loud, instead we talk about: we need unity in order to survive, blah,blah, blah..  So instead, embarrassing rebels and labeling them, “Bad boys,” “Free spirits,” “Bernie sanders,” some we even call “patriots.”  Call them any name you want…  If you are going against the grain you-are-a- rebel and we fall in love with you.  Now what kind of a rebel you are well; that’s a depends on the story you want to tell in the movies.  The rebel could be the lone cowboy who comes into town and cleans the place out of bad guys and runs off with the female lead.  Or maybe he could be the rebel in a war movie a guy who is a loner in life but for some reason not so much a loner that he doesn’t join the Army a place known for individuals (wink,wink) who then rally the troops men who start off hating him but in the end love him after they take a hill or something war like.  But my “favorite” rebel cliche or in this case let's call it a “tv tropes”(a tv trope is a convention, it can be a plot trick, a set up, a narrative  structure, a character type, a linguistic idiom….you know it when you see it. It is the lone wolf teacher who comes in and cleans up the school from bullies and terrible teachers,changes the whole system and along the way help her/his classroom of rebels learn a lesson or two about working as a team(lol).  Fuck you Hollywood those teachers don’t exist.


Today real life rebels look like J.R Smith rebels without a clues, fighting for his right to expose his sex buddy to ridicule from his Twitter followers or his right to let a ten dollar high cost him thousands of dollar in NBA fine money I can hear the crowds in the street “no puff no peace, justice for J.R Smith!” Keep waiting by the phone from that call from Al Sharpton,we get a JR because this what we wanted, no one ever tells you in order to be real rebel you almost have be immature in how you see the world as rebel you only see the world in terms of black and white and any form of compermisimg is seen as being a sell out maturity bring a certain amount of finess to your game, you make comprises to let the enemy think you’ve given up while slowly (and smartly ) get what you want it's the long game that wins out in the end.Now Mr Smith may be one of the worst example of a rebel because he doesn't seem to have a goal except to get high,chase women and get high,he's bad  but he’s not alone the world is filled with rebels like him, lord help us.


I miss the rebels of my childhood,strong,proud,men and women who called themselves “Black Panthers” fighting for the right all men, women to be treated equally (despite having equality problem within their own organization), they were a under size basketball player who goes on to be the funkiest man on the planet to wear purple. We had men named Muhammad Ali who was the Heavyweight champion of the world, the most recognizable man on the planet a who told his entire government, “I’m not going to fight any white man’s war.”  He took on the gov and lost everything for but by losing he really won,Vietnam was a mistake and by not fighting in the war, he became a hero without ever firing a shot , All legends, all rebels, all dead.


 Twenty years from now when you think of this era you will have to ask yourself who are this era real rebels? Will someone sleeping in the street all night for a pair of Jordan’s be going against the grain. In the end, if we have no real rebels we only have ourselves to blame.  Nowadays we live to destroy icons.  They have to be perfect, if they have one fault it means their entire life work is invalid.  We’ve become such big critics of everything.  If Jesus did come back we would probably question why he's always hanging out with a bunch guys? Why would anyone take a chance and put themselves out there, and  if they did would we even recognize them as the real rebels?


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Rock hard in a funky place

   

      It was July 27,1984 and I was dragged to another movie that I knew nothing about, this was pretty common for me because I was alway got dragged to "things.”  One time I got dragged to see "The Color Purple" because my friends wanted to hang with my sister's friends and they wanted to go see "The Color Purple,” what the fuck is "The Color Purple?”  my boys didn't know either but if it can get me some ass tonight they can call it the whatever they want then they laughed.  If you've seen "The Color purple" then you know no ass was given that night. No I was dragged to shit all the time and I alway hated it, but this was a year earlier and the misstep that was The Color Purple was still a year away.  Nope, this Friday we were going to see another movie with purple in its title, a much "happier" movie and the movie was called "Purple Rain."


    "Dearly beloved we are gather here tonight to talk about this little thing called life,” this was the opening line in the movie.  It served as a warning to all believers and nonbelievers let it be known you are about to hear the gospel according to Prince.  This is a tale of good versus evil.  The temptation of the innocent, displayed alongside a soundtrack that will blow your mind.  By the time the final credits rolled on "Purple Rain," Prince and his talented cast of musicians (now actors) had the whole theater praying to the good book of Prince Rogers Nelson.

  Purple Rain might not have been my first exposure to Prince, but it was the one thing that had the most impact. But then again that was the whole point of the movie, it was almost like Prince saw "Thriller" and said I’ll see your "Thriller" and raise you Purple Rain.  In the 80's I was a Michael Jackson fan, but after Purple Rain, I loved Prince, I watched, read and listened to anything connected to the man.  Prince was my guy.  Unlike most artist of his era, Prince was always changing and growing.  Michael Jackson is going do the moonwalk, do kung fu moves and grab his dick then scream. Madonna would change up every once in awhile, but soon it felt like she was doing dance music with shock value. Any pretense of dealing with real issue was gone, she was the original Kim K, but with talent. Nope for me Prince was the real deal sex, love politics, jazz, pop, soul and funk wrapped up in a 5'2 frame. He was about the music and the music was the only insight I needed into his mind because lord knows, he wasn't talking to reporters or the public at the time.  And you know what?  I was good with that, he was a bit of a lone wolf and so am I, besides explaining why you wrote slave on you face is boring.

  I stayed with Prince through the good years and the bad (yes i'm looking at you “slave face” years) I mean does anybody own the “Gold N***a” cd besides me,no I don't think so.  Soon the musical mystery man of the past was replaced with a happier, more open man. He embraced the public and the public hugged tighter.  I think the music suffered a bit but the funky gems were still there. On April 21, 2016, the day after my 47th birthday Prince died, it was the culmination of what had been a two weeks for the ages.  Starting with the fire on tax day at  my next neighbor's house (our houses are attached), that put a giant hole in roof and left my neighbor’s, of the last 15 years homeless.  Then I missed the April 18 filing of my taxes because I spent all day waiting for insurance adjusters (so now I owe uncle sam some moola…  Yay!! And I can’t tell you how great it is to be sitting in the emergency room on your birthday while the doctors try to figure out why your eighty year old mother all of the sudden was having problem breathing (after effects of the fire, they think). Then one of your heroes just drops dead alone in the elevator, make it stop big Baby Jesus, make it stop .


    At the time of me writing this the reasons for his death are still unknown and to be frank, it doesn't matter because it won't bring him back.  All we can do is add Prince Roger Nelson to list of names of celebrities we lost in twenty sixteen (shit, January twenty seventeen can’t come fast enough),some will have some impact on my life but none of them will come close to Prince. Prince will stay dead and as his heirs will fight over his money, music in court and in the end I won’t give a shit, because his legacy that is set in stone and all the dirt that will come later will never change that. Nope! For me, when I think of Prince I will always go back to the beginning to that one time I got dragged to the movies and accidentally became  a lifetime member of "Christopher Tracy’s parade" best show on earth bar none.

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THE TRAIN DIARIES

#WHATARETHETRAINDIARIES 

So what are the Train Diaries?


In order for me to answer that I must take you back to art school, if you're a artist you already know where i'm going with this, if not then let me pass some information to you about your fellow train rider that might surprise you.  That crazy man/woman looking at you on the train might be an artist, or at least someone trying to be one, (except for the man with his hands in pants he's a pervert).


When I went to art school one the first  things I learned is if you're going to be afraid to look at the naked human body, art is not for you. But Chiba "what if I want only want to draw buildings, do I need to look at naked bodies to that do?”  Sadly shy person, you do.  Life drawing is a big part of the fundamentals for artist everyone learns not everybody is good at it . “Ok funny guy how does this work?  Does somebody just walk in a room and disrobe in front of me and start posing? Yes! Yes. It's just like that but with a twist.  You don't get hours to stare at a nude body, (that’s why you have Playboy). The beginning pose has a time limit of about 3-5 minutes a pose, this is to help warm the artist up.  Like an athlete, the artist have to warm up that drawing hand cuz sketching is hard work yo!  After the warm up stage, depending on the what the instructor wants to do next, the model's pose can go to a 10 min poses or the 30min pose.  Some instructors even let the models keep their clothes on,  it like jazz baby, it's all fluid.


Now when I say life drawing, I don't mean that you pick up a pencil or charcoal and look at a model and draw a carbon copy of the model. If you can then thumbs up, you're the bomb!  No. life drawing is more like your version of the person in front of you. Capturing their movement in the moment remember you only have a few minutes to capture the model on paper, remember details are not your friend (but if you can do it in that small window of time, again thumbs up yo!).   No, the goal, even if it's just a few lines here and there, is to render a person as quickly and fluidly as possible.


So what does this have to do with the crazy man on the train ?


Ok, this is where you come in, so listen up.


All instructors give us homework,but Unlike your homework, life drawing homework is for life. "Go out and draw people you see outside of class in the street, on the train.  Always carry your sketchbook and when possible draw, draw, draw. So when you see that guy or girl looking slyly at you on the train, before you call the cops look down at his hands do you see a pencil or do you see them holding their… y'know member in their hands?  If it's a pencil, smile and say thank you, If it’s anything but a pencil, then stomp his/her ass in the gizzards and call the cops… (unless you're freaky like that, if so then smile and say thank you... I don't judge).  


So why do I call it the Train Diaries?


So here's the deal even though it wasn't graded, sketching was encouraged in order to improve your skill, but I live in the real world and before 9/11 it just wasn't New York thing to be looking at New Yorkers you didn't know unless you were looking for problems. So I didn't do a lot of sketching while I was in school, I just couldn't get the juices flowing. Fast forward YEARS LATER, picture me on the train with a long train ride home and a notebook writing a grocery list for the local supermarket.  Maybe it was the combination of the music in my ear or something in the air, but I went into a trance…  My pencil couldn't stop moving, my eyes picking faces at random, by the end of the train ride (between 81st to the upper Bronx) I knocked out five head shots of various people I saw on the train and one of Snoop Dogg it, (it happens).  Later when I got a chance to look at my sketches I realized that every body I sketched on the train reflected my mood for the day.  It was a real mellow day.  Everyone I picked that day reflected my mood.


So this is how it is going to work every once in awhile I'm going to post a blog about my train ride along with sketches of my fellow train rider or maybe Snoop Dogg (I do like mellow dude in a loose mood) reflecting my mood and we are going to see how it works out, either way….


Welcome to The Train Diaries.


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It's been a long time I should've left you, without a strong rhyme to step to. -Rakim


Hi.

I know it's been a while since I've updated my blog, but it doesn't mean I have not been busy as matter as fact I've been too busy, you see in addition to doing two comics, freelance work I also have a full-time job that is unrelated to my art, this is the new economy folks you have to be everything to every body eventually something going to have to give unfortunately for me only one of my many jobs has health care so the full-time job (not the art one) gets the most of my  attention, but it doesn't mean I'm not working on new things. 

My time away from doing both my comics has allowed me to go back to basics and do some studying I found a great teacher on YOUTUBE, he goes by the name of PROKO he has some free videos where he discusses his method of drawing the human body starting with the simplest movement all the way to a full portrait his approach is different from the way I usually I draw, he's detailed, but not boring which I always found to be the problem with most tutorials. He has a paid version of his lessons and when I have the time and money I'm going to pick it up. If you're curious to see why PROKO has caught my attention you can check out his videos here.

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CHIBA'S CORNER

So what’s happening to the comic? what’s happening with you ?

The short answer nothing, nothing is happening with the comic, nothing was happening in the comic and everything was happening with me.
I was burned out. The events of the last two years of my life, my mother’s stroke, job worries , etc (you know life )
it all caught up with me and kicked me in my big ass (oh and don’t get me started how I need to go on a diet, OY VEY)
A normal person gets burned out they go away, go to some exotic spot and drink tons of fruity drinks and sit in the sun until they forget what was
bothering them I on the other hand go to sleep,lol hey I never said I was normal. The truth is sleep was what I needed more than a vacation.
being hyper vigil for the past two years can wear a person down, Getting away from my problems were not going to make them go away and not resting made it hard to get my shit together.

So I rested, I went to the movies (something I haven’t done in a long time ), hung out with old friends, made new ones, I played with my nephew (what’s up “Bam,Bam! ) and said hi to a new nephew (fat Arron)you know normal stuff.
In time my mother started to feel better and we found a nice women to take care of her while I was at work , the job still sucks but I learned once you zone out the negative stuff, oh who I’m kidding they can suck….You know what, moving on. I found my self in a new routine a more relaxing routine and all of sudden I had tons of new ideas I knew at that point I knew I was felling better,and it was time to get back to work.
So you ask “what did you do because I don’t see anything from you on line”, well….

* I have a new Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/rawtalenttwo/videos ) on it you will find all types of goodies like behind the scenes art, movies and television reviews, music videos, plus
tons of things I haven’t thought of yet

* I made a new website ( http://www.therottenapplestudios.com/) my new main site for all things Sonny Chiba ,on the site you will find, my blogs, galleries links to my Youtube channel
and my New store

* I put together my first mini-comic the full title being “Things you can’t say, if you want to keep your job, a guide for the angry employee volume #1
you can pick up a copy at my new store at the website (http://www.therottenapplestudios.com/apps/webstore/) each copy will cost you $3.50 and comes with
a sketch from me.

* speaking of “things” to come I also have a been working a brand new trade, that collects all of my past “Things you can’t say, if you want to keep your job” all the old comics have been re-lettered just for the trade. I also add a
whopping 80 pages of never before seen comics made just for this volume plus about 12 pages of extras full of other fun stuff

* I’m in the processes of putting together three more mini-comics i’m just waiting for editorial approval

* I’ve also been going through my “Stiffs” website fixing problems that I should’ve fixed the first time. (hey i’m just one man folks)

now i’m sure saying that’s all good Sonny but what about the comic?

* I’ve been working on a storyline starring America’s favorite Gangster Dinosaur, Donkey Doo, that is going to be the main storyline for the next year.

I hinted about the story before I took time off but I wasn’t ready, if everything works to my “evil” master plan the first pages should roll out around the first of the year.
So what else is store for 2015, here are some of the highlights

* Regular updates of the my main comic “Stiffs” (http://www.stiffsthewebcomic.com/)

* More update from my often forgotten but just as loved other comic “Jah’mel’s Cheap Thrill ” (http://acheapthrills.smackjeeves.com/)

* My new podcast “The Rotten Apple Podcast ”

* More Youtube fun

* New merchandise

*and maybe even a convention or two (cross fingers)

* some things I haven’t thought of yet (give me five min i’ll think of something )

After taking most of 2014 off I plan to make 2015 the year I step my game up and put my money/ time where my ambition are, As always thank you in advance




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