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Friday, September 30, 2011

tattooed everything

I officially finished my tattoo designs for my friend on campus! And they actually look good! Huzzah! :D Hopefully, when the time comes when she and her friends get the tattoos, I'll be able to get pictures of how they look on them. :D

And being that it's been nearly the whole week since I updated my blog, I've been really swamped with school work and haven't had much time to draw at all. Luckily, late Wednseday and yesterday, I was able to resume my artwork and draw some Superman artwork

Darkseid Sketchdump
I thought I'd practice with the lord of apokolips for a little sketch crossover I have in mind featuring him. :) What am I crossing over with Darkseid, you ask? Well, that's going to be a surprise. ;)

Superman at Dan Turpin's Funeral
This is another piece I wanted to practice with a bit because I thought it contained the most powerful imagery in TV animation. I still can't believe I was 8 years old when this aired.

Pulled out some wings take 1

Of course, since it's been a while since I ever drew an angel with wings (or in this case, Joy from my Trouble Shooters project), I thought I give her a go after looking back at Chris Garcia's take on Joy. You can tell right here that I have a lot to work on; I still have to fix hands, arm length, the legs, her pose and a few more things. So this isn't the official piece. The line work is good for sure, but everything else needs work. I hoped that she would look like she was in mid air while her wings would pop out. Well, I can still try again. :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

tattoo # 2

Hooray! I finished my 2nd tattoo design for my friend on Campus! This calls for a drink! *inserts Mst3k Final Sacrifice reference* Have a drink on me tattoo! :P

I can't wait to hear her feedback on these babies.

And of course, I have to update on my current Invader Zim rave since I promised that I'd draw more characters again for practice.

This time, with Gaz, I seem to be getting better. The form looks more spot on with her design, as seen on TV, the shadowing has improved, and my cartooning in general is improving because I'm practicing more and more with the characters. :)

Just imagine how my future work will be like after drawing these guys for weeks. ;)

As you can tell, my cartooning is already improving, as seen with the design of one of my original characters, Max Motep, the moronic mummy whose not too bright. ;)

Once again, he's another main character apart of some sort of horror/dark comedy project that also features Amelia Enmity. As you can see on the right, this is what his final design should look like.

I can already tell that my style is emerging (after practicing with artwork by Bruce Timm, Tad Stones, Jhonen Vasquez and some John K). ;)

Well, that's just about it for now. I need to get back to my regularly scheduled program and work on homework.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Tattoo and Dib

While I was tackling my schoolwork, I managed to design my very first tattoo, that a friend on campus requested. This is actually the first of the few that she requested. Huzzah! :D

This kind takes me back when I wanted to design my own tattoos two years ago, when I wanted to draw a bunch of angry killer tomatoes flying on my chest. :P

This morning, I rewatched some episodes of Invader Zim again just to capture Dib's personality and face. My next step is to tackle Zim's alien form,  GIR's robot form, retakes on Gaz's expressions and probably some side sketches of the characters from the show such as Professor Membrane, Bloaty, Ms Bitters, etc.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

new stuff

Now that I'm finally able to resume college without getting sick, I can finally post my current artwork process.

Here's a little sketchdump exercise I was experimenting with monday night, after I struck Mst3k madness and wanted to sketch Zap Rowsdower (as you can tell by the bottom right sketch and the top middle sketch). The rest was just practice off of John Hoffman's blog [aka monkeyfeather]; the link can be found here for reference:

Eventually, I should start drawing Dibs from Invader Zim again and practice with a sketch dump dedicated to him.

KNN [Koffing News Network] take 2
Hooray! I finally drew a better copy of KNN for my college paper! I feel so happy! :D

Monster Volcano God
This started out as a doodle that I did in my college writing class. I don't blame myself for drawing during class. :P

Anyway, this was to show what I can do as a developing artist, style wise. I still need to figure out what I should do with him though. haha

That's all for now folks. ;)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Did you miss me?

Hi folks! Sorry I haven't been as up to date as I used to be. This time I got a lot of drawing done over the time when I was sick at home. I even was able to do some sketching for my Trouble Shooters project, in the meantime.

Here's some new art I think you should all check out:

Chris Peeper studies

It was nice to go back and sketch Chris again, after so long. In this picture, I was experimenting with different expressions just to capture his feelings.

Crusader Robot variation samples

I decided to sketch variation of Crusader Robots, rather than simply use costumed variations of Gizmo. These are better because they have a spirit more in line for my 'Gizmo's Clone Wars' type of story.

Corkey Roberts
There are some really good pictures of Corkey here, but I felt there were some sketches that missed the mark. All in all, these aren't bad.

Invader Zim art
Whilst I was sketching for my TS project, I decided to experiment with my Invader Zim/Jhonen Vasque influence. I heard that there's an internet community that's planning on animating some Invader Zim episodes, so I thought I sketch some characters just to see if I'm cut out for such a task of working on such a great project. ;)

Zim (Human)
At the top left hand corner, you can tell that I was experimenting with colors (one with a colored pencil, an another with one of my faber castell markers I recently ordered). All in all, good expressions.

GIR (Dog suit)
How can I forget about GIR-- Zim's trusty robot sidekick? XD He's becoming my personal favorite character now. ^^

Now she's one of my favorite characters on the show. Gaz shows the feelings that everybody feels when they have a brother who steals his/her food and makes them suffer XD I think she was actually the inspiration for one of my own characters, Amelia Enmity.

Also, there's one more piece of creativity that I want to share; just last night I wrote a short story for my creative writing class. And since this is a blog where I promised to talk about short stories, I thought I'd share you a piece of my writing so you have what kind of idea my writing skills are at.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Callin' in Sick

This school week ended for me quicker than I thought it would. Believe it or not, I came down with a bad case of the fever and nasal congestion. Darn it! My 2nd week of college and I already had to cancel classes. :-/

Luckily, I was able to keep myself occupied art-wise.

Hah, this was my attempt at drawing a tree right outside Moseley Hall. This is considered one of the first trees I've drawn. I like the way it came out, but I feel the background detail was completely unnecessary.

It's been awhile since we heard from our old friend, Megavolt. So I took the pleasure of drawing him for old time sakes.

I gotta apologize for this sketch dump; it came out a bit crappy because I was experimenting, but did it as a rush job.

Of course, I was eventually able to draw better sketches, with my character, Amelia L. Enmity. That's right fans! I finally gave Amelia a last name. :D From this day forth, she shall be known as 'Amelia Enmity'. Because it matches her personality spot on. :D

All in all, I think I'm making more accomplishments, art-wise. Soon I'm going to prioritize drawing more art for my Trouble Shooters project, and try to revisit an old unfinished script that I wanted to do.

Talk to you later, fans. ;)

Monday, September 12, 2011

9/11: 10 Years later...

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls

For the times they are a-changin'.
-- Bob Dylan

I'll never forget that dreadful day when the World stood still and watched in horror as 2 planes crashed right into the World Trade Center, in NYC. 9/11 was the day that shook our nation and showed us what it was like to experience fear for the very first time.

Of course, I was at school, innocently learning what I needed to learn for a day's worth of 4th grade education. It was just like any other day when you never needed a care in the world and all you had to do was be yourself; have lunch with your friends, read stories, write in your little journal book, learn mathematics, etc.

But when it was time to go home, and when the bus dropped me off, I was immediately brought back to reality-- the reality of the horrors that millions of Americans had to go through. How did I find out, you might ask? Well, after I got off the bus, my dad immediately opened the front door for me and informed me of what happened to the World Trade Center. It went like this:

Dad: "Jeremy, do you remember the World Trade Center?"

Me: "??"

Dad: "It's gone."

Me: "World Trade Center?"

Dad: "The World Trade Center is the Twin Towers. Remember the Twin Towers?!"

Me: "Yeah! What happened?"

Dad: "They were destroyed. That's what happened."

So I rushed to the television and was immediately captivated in the horror of I was witnessing on National TV; footage of people running, clouds of dust infesting the whole city, etc.

I'll never forget what happened the rest of that week. On Wednesday, the Faculty announced what happened; on Thursday, there was a Presidental address from George Bush himself (before he made the gravest mistake and invading Iraq), and on Friday, my youth group and I attended some kind of 9/11 gathering revival, or something.

Anyway, what happened that day really changed my outlook on life. It showed me what it was like to cope with an event that took the whole world by surprise and what humanity was all about-- working together, making the world a better place, and standing up for what you believe. All in all, the aftermath of 9/11 kinda helped instill that God still exists and is watching over us, and is still working within people to help bring them hope and light at the end of the tunnel.

10 years later...our country and economy is still rapidly changing, Bin Laden (the mastermind behind 9/11) is now dead, the War on Terror is now coming to a close, Barack Obama is now President of the United States, and Homeland Security has been more tighter and uncompromising of terrorism than ever before.

I actually rediscovered on old book written by Christian Apologist, Josh McDowell-- More than a Carpenter [post-9/11 edition]. I'm thinking of taking a look back on it to see if it holds up or not, if I ever decide to recommend it.

Anyway, what would an art blog be if I didn't post art? This one goes out to anybody whose experience 9/11. This piece was actually inspired by a picture I saw on Tom Ruegger's blog, Cartoonatics. His picture is worth checking out too. :)

Remeber: never shall we forget the bravery and courage of the men and women who fought to save the lives of thousands of innocent civilians, who were trapped inside the Twin Towers, shortly after the plans crashed.

Never shall we forget the day when our country was attacked, but we still stood strong in the midst of the chaos.

Never shall we forget that there is a God of love and mercy watching over us, showing us the way to go through his son, Jesus Christ.

9/11: Never 4Get!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

KNN [Koffing News Network] and more...

KNN take 1

Poor Pikachu!! XD

This is just a update of an old sketch idea I intended on pitching to my college paper last semester. Unfortunately, the file was too bright to be laid out on paper, so I had to submit my Old vs New Superbook gag. I may wind up sketching this picture again because I feel there are things I should add and take away, such as the font at the bottom, and add a coffee mug just for atmosphere.

Still, I absolutely love the idea of Koffing being recreated as a corporate news official. XD

Anyway, right now I'm watching Finding Nemo with my family, whose asleep right now. Watching this movie again really brought back memories. :) God Bless talented men like Andrew Stanton. 

Anyway, while I surfing the web earlier, I visited one of my acquaintances webpage, Joy 1987, and spotted this earlier:

I absolutely adore this concept ^^. While it's not 100% like the original ChrisXJoy from the original Superbook, Mr. Garcia managed to give the general concept more respect than the new Superbook. Chris Peeper still has the black shonen hair, with a blue hoodie and a small green shirt hidden inside (just like my Trouble Shooters version :D) and Joy is still a blonde bearing a pink dress. :D This is really fun to look at. It kinda inspires me to get back to work on my Trouble Shooters project again. :)

I wish Chris Garcia the best of luck on his new graphic novel and Godspeed. :)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Sizzling K part deux

This is just another experimentation post, regarding my 'Sizzling K' sketch that I've decided to redraw for my college friend. I like how I'm started to get the hang of drawing hands better, as well as learning proper character structure. One hand looks a little messed up, but the right hand looks very well done. :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sizzling K Unveiled!!!

Now that I managed to finish up my drawing of my friend's superhero commission-- Sizzling K-- I thought it would be appropriate to introduce her to all of you bloggers out there. :)

Being that I've learned a lot from drawing other styles by other artists, I need to get back into the game of honing my own style so people that it's 'me'  they see in my drawings. 

I'm also gonna do another drawing of her soon so I can correct some of the mistakes that could be seen in her current drawing. For instance, her hands are a bit small and uneven, and her legs need a bit more work, as well as her waist. Plus, I think the head could be smaller. But hey, we all learn from our mistakes, don't we? :)

The next drawing I do will include more character structure and anatomy so that she's more lively.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bruce Timm Batman art

Hey fans! Just thought I'd let you know that I'm still producing art and that I've just started college today. I'm currently working on a superhero design for a friend, so I thought I'd throw in some character sketches from the Batman universe just for the occasion. :)

Mr Freeze
"Take a good look, bloggers! I've been like this for nearly 50 years, and I haven't aged one day. I have become what many men have dreamed of-- an immortal; and yet, there hasn't been a day, an hour, a minute-- I haven't thought about death; it obsesses me, even now." ;)

After watching clips of the Batman episode 'Over the Edge' I just had to sketch Batgirl; she's just an awesome character on the show. :)

That's about it for now.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Going back to college

In two days from now, I'm officially returning to my college in Nyack, NY. Can you believe that it's been officially 4 months since I finished up my first year of college there? To think, once I get back, I'll officially meet up with the friends that I've made. In the meantime, I'll be packing up and getting ready to return on Monday, to start my 2nd semester.

And before I return, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of this artwork that I've been drawing for the past 4 days. :)

Ah yes, Samurai Jack-- the only animated series, created by Gennedy Tartakovsky, to combine Asian Folklore with kickass animation. :D I still can't believe it's been 10 years since I first saw this series. It's been my favorite cartoon ever since! :) And yes, I heard that a movie is currently in the works; I will patiently wait for that fateful day to come when Samurai Jack puts an end to Aku's tyranny, once and for all. :D

Of course, I still can't forget my Bruce Timm influence; in which case, I drew Baby Doll from that very famous Batman: TAS episode, written by animation/comic book genius, Paul Dini. Eventually, I should try drawing the updated version from Batman Adventures.

And let's not forget that panic provoking pirate, Don Karnage! Since i haven't drawn any Talespin character in ages, I thought DK would be perfect for the occasion.

Yes, this is the same gremlin design as seen on James Silvani's Tumblr account. After giving the picture a closer examination, I realized that this hot gremlin serves as a homage to the Gremlin from the original Bugs Bunny cartoon, 'Fallin Hare', directed by Bob Clampett. Like much of James Silvani's art, this picture stuck out because of how elegant the form, style and wings look on her. I figured this hot gremlin drawing would serve as perfect practice when I draw Joy and her wings. :)

That's all for know, folks.