Saturday, November 27, 2010


Hey, No post today.
I just got in (11:30pm) from spending the afternoon helping a friend move stuff around so they can find room to squeeze a christmas tree into their living room.

I don't know about you.. but for me.. non-paying gigs, and self-imposed projects take a backseat to helping friends. Moreso the seslf-imposed things.. if I've already commited to a non-paying gig and a friend needs help with something, they're kinda S.O.L. unless I can do both without interfering with the first-commited item.

SO.. no art?.. perhaps. Enjoy a lil something I made out of the City of Heroes character generator... then went over in photoshop. I have to admit.. sometimes, the character-generation is the best part of a game. And City of Heroes, City of Villains, do not disappoint very often when it comes to character-creation.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Re-Imagining 1

So, okay.. it's not really a `re-imagining` per se.. but really.. that slicked-back curly-cue is as iconic to Superman as his big red&yellow S and the blue tights.

What I'd like to know is.. the guy gets his powers fueled by our yellow sun.. so why the heck is he so bulky? Over the years he's gotten even bulkier.. Tim Buckley of Ctrl-Alt-Del had a "silly" of a "diesel batman" (I still haven't googled what `diesel` means in relation to muscley characters), where Batman's facing a crook.. flexes his bicep, and the crook's head explodes. Superman passed that point of silly muscley-goodness a long time ago.

And this is one reason I liked Superman Returns. Brandon Routh doesn't look like a tough-guy. Hell, he looks like the kid you beat up for lunch-money in highschool. Superman's never had to actually work-out to be strong. No running miles down the country roads, or baling hay & stray to get pipes, no no..he was just naturally strong thanks to a yellow-sun and his weird alien mutant powers. (I say mutant because hey, put him under a red-sun light-source and he's back to being a regular wuss like the rest of us)

So.. this is a first-attempt (and done quickly because it's friday, and that means I'm usually out doing something) of a very very mild re-imagining.. longer hair, slimmer frame, less emphasis on rippling muscles, and more just.. well, hey, I'm superman. Shoot me, waste your bullets, I'll turn your wrist into jelly by accident.

When I can put more actual time into it, I'll try a full-on re-imagining..that means costume, symbol, the whole thing. Probably won't even recognize it as Superman without me telling you it's this re-imagining thing.

Let the games begin!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Variety vs. Re-imaginings

The below image is a quick-sketch of 3 of the most commonly seen (by me) heads of Mr.Freeze in the Batman longevity. From the 60's show, comics, cartoons to today.

I like variety.. various character designs are always kinda cool.. even if they're bad or make you wonder what decade the design came from (looking at YOU, redesign of WonderWoman.. welcome to the 90's.)

It's the phrase `re-imagining` that gets my hackles up. Take the current clusterfuck of this Superman re-imagining. Supes looks like someone just teabagged his grandmother after a raunchy round of Halo.
Not cool, guys.
I understand the desire for the comics to keep selling, even to the emo/twilight/everything is hairless-prettyboy-and-sad crowd.. wait.. do they even read comics? Maybe if we rephrase it to `graphic novels`...yes yes, there IS a difference, I know.. but let's not get into that right now.

The problem is.. someone early on took Superman and made him boring. Can only be hurt by kryptonite. every villain has kryptonite. Then it's magic. Then it's other-worldly aliens that can beat him up but good. (Darkseid anybody?.. Doomsday was a joke...if they left Supes dead for at least 2 (of our)years before reviving him in all his multi-cloned laughability, it could have worked)

But no.. now they're re-imagining the Man of Steel to be more accessible to today's messed up society.
Instead of leaving him as the beacon of hope, of a pristine-americana...a way to try to live and be, take that high-road because it's just what you do!!!!!...they make him more `human`.."accessible".. "relatable"...
Screw that. Wolverine's not relatable to anybody who's younger than 100. But people still like him.
The writer's've done a decent job, more or less, making stories people like.. and it's a sad thing that shows us exactly just how `bottom of the barrel` and `completely out of ideas` they are when they `re-imagine` classic iconic characters.

That's my 2 cents on the topic.
And here's my quick(15minute) sketch. ..of Mr.Freeze.. yeah, I got carried away on that rant.

You know what? Maybe I'll do a series of `re-imaginings` of my own.. my own take on classic and iconic heroes&villains from the comics world.

Any suggestions folks?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Memories (A)

I'm sure somewhere in the future I'll post something else titled `memories` this'll be `A`..instead of part-1 or anything.. because I don't expect them to relate to each other, but perhaps be more itemized like on a list of things under the heading of `memories`..

'Cause, yanno.. `part 1` indicates a related piece coming somewhere down the road.

Anyhow..I started painting a grassland piece..and it turned into something I remember from my time out in PEI. That's Prince Edward Island.. east-coast of Canada for them that don't know. North of Nova Scotia, south of the Newfies in Newfoundland...don't take that the wrong way, I like most of the folks I've met from Newfoundland.

Anyhow.. I remember sitting on the beach out by Cape Traverse, watching the sun go down, and thinking `there's a lot of beach scrub-grass for being almost winter..and why is it still green?`.. The grass does get rather tall.. it easily reached my groin..and I'm 6'2". we go.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day & Night Doodling

Sometimes we overlook the simplest thigns that when we rediscover them.. it's a gentle head-slap of re-recognition of how important, and awesome, some things can be.

Literally the difference between night & day.
A bit of light here, a bit of dark there.. shades in between.
I don't remember who (but it was probably some egghead "scientist"), but someone once claimed that the human eye could distinguish between 64,000 different colours.

I really doubt that, considering most folks have a hard time discerning between what's actually black, and what's really just a dark-indigo pair of dress pants. Am I right?
There's also the stupid arguements that I've had with friends (and they've gotten pretty heated, which is just as stupid) about what's a pearlescent purple, and what's a glossy indigo blue.
I think the big problem is that we just can't see things through someone else's eye.

Just imagine.. if we could.. all for maybe 5 the push of a button, see things through someone else's eyes.. kind of like the movie `Being John Malkovich`..only without the control over the person.
Quick-sketched this out using charcoals(coloured charcoal..thank you digital works!).. listening to some oldies music..and thinking of the things I grew up with that were `normal`..and are really just .. nosstalgic & bizarre today.

Raining mountain-fire in the day

Raining mountain-fire at night.

Little things.. same picture, one layer just had a colour-swap.. what a difference, ehn?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cruel to be kind?

While I'm no tree-hugging-hippy who needs a kick in the face (preferably by an authoritarian archetype wearing riot-gear) I do think that we shouldn't be 'helping' "mother nature"... either by enabling dying species to propagate, or by bumping them off through the mass-expansion. (housing developments instead of smart apartment complexes, for example ...though, I would rather have a house than this apartment - because I have very noisy neighbours..but you can still get that with houses, too.. and it's a lot more work to move a house, than to find a new apartment)

SO.. if it can be cruel to be kind.. surely, it can be good to be mean.
Take tonight for example.. my upstairs neighbour knocked on my door. Had his laundry basket.
What's up?.. locked himself out. Oh..okay, has he called his brother(who is also his roommate)? Yeah, he's away on work until tomorrow evening..and he goes back into work himself in the morning. Do I have any experience breaking in door?.. Yes. Yes I do.
Picking locks - no. Just heaving my bulk into solid objects and expecting them to move instead of stopping me? Absolutely.
So.. I broke his door in.
Bad news = I tore the frame apart.
Good news = He had only locked the knob, not his deadbolt, so he could still lock the door.

So, after busting his door in, I came back down, put my boots on (instead of being barefoot), grabbed my toolbox (which is woefully under-supplied.. donations are welcome hehahahehah ^_^ ) and went back upstairs to do what I could with limited resources to patch the frame back together.

So.. helping sea turtles get into the ocean instead of letting them get there themselves (apparently) = bad?
Breaking in my neighbour's door so he isn't locked out of his own home for what would be 2 days = good?

Whatever. It was fun enough for me. ^_^

I did say yesterday about a double-post.. so..
If any of you read the webcomic No Reason  then you're probably wondering, as I am, what the heck a "Flondark" is.
For some reason.. in my mind.. it's something of general cute-looking-nature..that's actually vicious.
So I doodled some quick ideas up..and then some other critter crawled into my brain.

As for the images below.. yeah, not sure what they or where they come from..
This one's done in watercolour...(10 layers, dropped to the canvas, 1 colour per layer, see if you can guess all the colours).soo..yeah.. you see how that turned out. I really hate how some things (usually watercolour) doesn't like to get saved as a layer, or even 'dropped' when saved as a jpeg.

I'm playing a poker tourny right now.. and we went on break.. So when I checked how much time was left, there was 2 minutes. So I started a new piece, really quick.. and here we have a 2-minute charcoal horse sketch.

And this is.. just some more of that random airbrush stuff I do.
And yes, I'm still playing poker while airbrushing this. It's one of those things I'm trying to get myself used to - being distracted every few moments, but still being creative.



Sunday, November 21, 2010


I am just getting in now (11:36pm) real chance to work on anything and I don't have anything I can dredge up that I did a while ago that would suffice for tonight.

So, double-post tomorrow.
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