Friday, January 30, 2009

Headline DS Edition #20 - Disgraced Governor -- "Ill. Ousts Disgraced Governor" is from the January 30, 2009 Express. I think even Martin Luther King, Jr. would balk at Blagojevich likening his struggle to that of Civil Rights leaders like Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. Corruption doesn't even rhyme with civil disobedience. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Extra Edition - Gouki

Gouki, or Akuma depending on your country, is one of my very favorite Street Fighters. Just love his character design. So with this little sketch I was trying out a new rendering style, all cell shading with just a big outline around the entire figure. Could be fun to see it animated.

Headline DS Edition #19 - Pigging Out -- "Pigging Out on the Stimulus" is from the January 29, 2009 edition of the DC Examiner. Piggies are so fun to draw! So the House passed President Obama's $800B stimulus package with absolutely no Republican votes. Gonna be a long four years. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ninjas Love Pirates

I was asked to do the program cover art for Katsucon 15 which takes place this February, Valentine's Day weekend. So I thought I'd do a really geeky love theme. Everyone thinks pirates and ninjas are bitter enemies, but that just isn't so. I had some room so I thought I'd throw in some more geeky love imagery.

Took a very loose pencil sketch and colored it all up in Photoshop.

Extra Edition - Funny Face

Another in a series of girls with funny faces.

Headline DS Edition #18 - "Octuplets"

"Healthy Octuplets Born in California" is from the January 28, 2009 edition of the Express. I know octuplets are eight kids born at the same time, but I thought it would be funny to draw an octopus couple with a baby. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Headline DS Edition #17 - Fannie Mae Wants $16B More

"Fannie May Says $16B Aid Request Could Be Coming" is from the January 27 edition of the Express. Obviously, the bailout annoys me to no end. Banks are being rewarded for extremely bad practices. If any individual tried the same things, they'd be in jail for a very long time. So whenever I hear about my money going to the banks, I always think of a greedy exec lining his/her pockets just because they can. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Headline DS Edition #16 - "Stimulus"

"Dems Warn Stimulus Will Take Time" is from the January 26, 2009 Express. I can't help myself, but whenever they talk "stimulus," I think Viagra. Ah well, at least I get to start the week drawing a stripper. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Hanya Love

It's lovin! Creepy Hanya mask style!

Another tattoo design for a character in a cover illustration. I liked it as a stand alone so I stuck it on a shirt as well.

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Crossbone Love

It's pirate love! With hooks and skulls! And stuff.

This is a design for a tattoo that I stuck on one of my characters for a cover illustration. Decided to stick it on a shirt as well. I sketched it out in pencil and did some loose shading. Then I hit it with some Copic markers for tone and finished it off with a little Photoshop.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Headline DS - "Wait, This Isn't The Demolition Derby?"

"Wait, This Isn't The Demolition Derby" is from the January 23, 2009 Express. If you ever have the misfortune of driving on the Capitol Beltway (495 as we call it), you will be filled with the growing desire to slam your car into the one directly in front of you. You see, our Beltway was designed for giant sardines, not cars as it typical for most highways. You will find yourself packed nice and tightly along side other motorists who have the same growing desire to smash something. This is why everyone who works in DC is freaking insane. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Headline DS - "Fed Plans to Buy More Fannie, Freddie, FHLB Debt"

"Fed Plans to Buy More Fannie, Freddie, FHLB Debt" is from the January 22, 2009 DC Examiner. Am I the only one who thinks of a stripper when they refer to "Fannie" on the news? The bail out really annoys me because basically, corporations are being rewarded for bad behavior. If any individual tried to pull what the banks did, they'd be rotting in jail for a good long while, not getting millions of dollars of tax payer money. I would almost prefer my money go to a stripper. At least then I'd know I'd be putting someone through college. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Monster Pencil Tests

I found an animation program for the DS, Animanitee, so I thought I'd work out some monster animations. I blew up the file size so it would be easier to see. I'll probably clean some of these up in Flash when I have some time.

Headline DS - "For Many, A Dream Fulfilled"

"For Many, A Dream Fulfilled" comes from the January 21, 2009 Express. Now the hard work begins. I took the opportunity to once again display my atrocious caricature skills. Shepard Farey I am not. But at least I got the "O" right this time. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Doctor Doom, MD

A friend of mine wanted me to draw Doctor Doom. But I couldn't just do a regular old Doom posing all comic booky. So here he is delivering the bad news to Sue. I always imagine that Doc's bedside manner would be pretty good. He'd be the sneaky, devious doctor who convinces you to take that dangerous experimental treatment.

Headline DS - "Experts Hope Sanitation Supply Meets Demand"

"Experts Hope Sanitation Supply Meets Demand" is from the DC Examiner for January 19, 2009. The headline says it all. With so many people descending on D.C., a wall of port-o-potties may not be enough. I will be enjoying the festivities from the comfort of my own couch, mere walking distance from my nice comfy bathroom in my nice comfy and especially warm apartment. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Strolling Monster

I grabbed an animation program for the DS, Animanitee, and I did this little monster strolling along. The DS is quickly becoming my best friend on my morning and evening commutes.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Headline DS - "Jet Apparently Collides With Birds..."

"Jet Apparently Collides With Birds, Lands in Hudson River in N.Y." is actually the sub-headline of an article entitled "Passengers Survive Crash" in the Express for January 16, 2009. The only reason I can make a joke is because everyone made it out safely. In my head, I imagined the jet and the birds facing off like the Jets and Sharks in West Side Story, most likely because I just saw the National Theater production of the musical. It's also likely my brain is not quite ripe yet. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Headline DS - "Escapes From DC"

"Escapes From DC" is from the DC Examiner for January 15, 2009. So the eye patch is on the wrong eye, I didn't have a reference for the text, my Snake is more Solid than Plissken, and my post-apocalyptic DC is more post-rush hour, but here's Snake Plissken escaping from a blowed up D.C.

The article lists places for us locals to escape to for the weekend to escape the madness of the inauguration when a million people turn D.C. into a giant sardine can.

I have a small connection to Snake Plissken. Back when I was a colorist with UDON Entertainment, I had the opportunity to color the Snake Plissken book which was just about to drop. The current colorist was flaking out and they needed someone to pick up the slack stat. It sounded like a dream gig and the publisher was clearly in love with the project. Who could blame her. It's SNAKE FRIGGIN PLISSKEN! Unfortunately, the turn around time was insane. They needed the book colored by Monday. I met them on Saturday. No way I could turn it around in two days. I had to pass. Ah well. So there you go. Enjoy the inauguration if you're brave enough to come down. I will have the best seat in town, my couch in my warm, WARM, apartment.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Gundam Girl

This is my take on the Gundam girls.  She's wearing an RX-78 inspired jacket with yellow tinted glasses.  Kinda went a little overboard here with the soft brush, but I kinda wanted to see how far I could go with the Nintendo DS.  I'm pretty happy with the results, but of course, there's a lot I want to change.  Ah well.  Maybe next time.

Headline DS - "Clinton Urges 'Smart Power'"

"Clinton Urges 'Smart Power'" was the front page headline for the January 14, 2009 Express. The article focuses on her Secretary of State confirmation hearing in which she called for a more thoughtful foreign policy regarding the Middle East. But of course, any time there's "smart" in a headline, I just have to draw a brain!

Skinny Monkey King

More monkey sketches! Meant to upload this last night but lost track of time. Just another in a long series of studies to come up with my own Monkey King design.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

"'I Think It's A Good, Strong Record'"

"'I Think It's A Good, Strong Record'" is from the Express for January 13, 2009. Caricature is not my strong suit, but with such a good headline, I had to give it a shot. So this is Bush trying to spin something good out of his horribly tarnished record. The article is about Bush's last press conference in which he tried his best to defend his record. History will ultimately decide, but for now, let's enjoy Bush spinning some old school jams.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Bad Wolf

On AZM, I posted a story that said ABC might be picking up Fables as a television series. This may or may not be good news depending on a great many factors. Honestly, it will be very easy to screw it up. But here's hoping for the best.

As tribute, I thought I'd do a little fan art. So here's my interpretation of the Big Bad Wolf.

Headline DS - "Bride Holds Bouquet of Hot Sauce Packets"

"Bride Holds Bouquet of Hot Sauce Packets" is from the Express for January 12, 2009. The blurb is about a couple who held a $200 wedding in a Taco Bell because they spent a lot of time there together. Now, having been through two of my own, I can say that an affordable wedding can be just as amazing as an egregiously expensive one. Besides, it's better to save up for a house or something rather than blowing it all on an insane wedding.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Orange Colored Glasses

Finally got around to creating an intro and outro animation for the show. Whee!

Couldn't help it. I had to draw a pretty woman. But I wanted to give her an accessory so I stuck the glasses on her head. And I can't stop drawing octopus lips!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Headline DS - "Dressed For The Dance"

"Dressed For The Dance" is from the DC Examiner for January 9, 2009. When I think "dance," I think "love is a battlefield." Go Pat Benatar!

So this really happened to me, except I was the idiot not dressed properly. In highschool, my Junior year Homecoming dance fell on Halloween. Being the creative soul that I am, I thought it would be fun to come dressed as a pimp. I got my disco bell bottoms, an awesome big collared shirt, fake gold chains, and a giant fake afro. I was all set to go. I drive on over to my date's house. She opens the door and she's standing there in a gorgeous evening gown, hair all perfect, makeup all done. And there's me. Looking like a complete idiot. What's worse? I was the only, ONLY, person dressed in costume at the dance.

Man, my highschool was full of stuffy people.

Funny Face

When most artists draw hot chicks, they always have a serious or seductive look on their face. So I thought it would be more fun to draw a hot chick with a silly face. Nothing is sillier than octopus face!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Headline DS - "Run For the Body, Walk For the Brain"

Look! More brains!

"Run For the Body, Walk For the Brain" is from the DC Examiner for Januray 8, 2009. Not the strongest headline ever, but it was a bad day for cleverness. So I grabbed the brain one and drew this cute brain going for a little stroll. And what walk would be complete without an iPod!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Monster Suit Gundam

Every Wednesday is Gundam Wednesday over at Angry Zen Master so I thought I'd celebrate with some Gundam action. This is my inerpretation of Gundam if it were a creepy, horror monster show instead of an awesome giant robot show.

Headline DS - "Wild Ride As Congress Starts New Session"

"Wild Ride As Congress Starts New Session" is from the DC Examiner for January 7, 2009. It's difficult to draw the House floor from memory, but I couldn't imagine any other setting for a wild bull ride when I read the headline.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Eye Touch

I did this truly horrible pun is in honor of Apple's last Macworld. Just couldn't help myself.

Headline DS - "Give Your Brainpower A Boost"

"Give Your Brainpower A Boost" is from the Express, the Washington Post's free daily, for January 6, 2009.  Wouldn't you want to rice out your brain with a spoiler and some rocket boosters?  Couldn't figure out where to draw in a racing stripe, but I thought this was fun.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Sagat Dearest Says, "NO WIRE HANGERS!"

When I go home from work, I just sketch whatever comes to mind.  This is Sagat screaming about wire hangers.  I always suspected he was a bit of diva.  Inspired by a piece I did for Super Art Fight.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Girl's Face

Random sketch on the way home from work. The eyes still bother me. Done on my Nintendo DS.

Headline DS - "More Fuel For The Hot Stove"

Hello 2009!

"More Fuel For The Hot Stove" comes from the Examiner for January 2, 2009. All I could think of was a cute, potbelly stove. Kinda looks like a pissed off Domokun.