Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wait a second...who is this guy?

I'm not sure who the guy in the first sketch is...I like him though.  (Well, I'd like him more if he weren't wearing that yellow shirt...that's too bright!)  He's also not cross-eyed...that's my bad and I didn't realize I'd drawn him with goofy pupils until I put it up here.

Just some sketches for Scrivener and Shifte.  More Co, a few cars, and this new guy, who's nameless.  (He's also based eeever so loosely on someone at my church.)

Also, can I have my scanner back now?  And Photoshop too please?  This whole "I'll take a photo and then edit it in a free pixel manipulation program" thing is really just not my bag of chips.

Some sketches of Roman women, carts, pack horses...and one background.  I've tried my hand at several other settings, but I'm still learning...this was the roughest, fastest background I did, but its also the only one I'm ok showing you.  Bleh.  Maybe eventually I'll get that library drawn!  More Romans to come, I'm still not sure which story I will I'm just working on both. :)

The Glories of Rrrrrome!

Seems like its been wwwaaay too long since I updated here...especially in light of the fact that it's a daily sketchblog.  Ah well, its the holidays, I'm sure y'all understand.  These are just some research sketches for ancient Roman men and some possible characters for a short comic I might do. :)  Still debating which idea I want to work with. :P

About to post Roman ladies, horses, carts, and a background.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Okay, so I'll try to bring myself up to date with the hero week. These here are the hero and his monkey sidekick. This is me trying to do fantasy storytelling and also is my way of paying tribute to all my favorite adventure cartoon heroes.

Meet Prince Oscar, Oz for shorts. He is the younger son of King Valtar, the wise and noble ruler of the mystical world of Lorna. Oz is a reckless and spoiled prince always doing what he wants and disobeying his father's commands. One day after entering the treasure chamber of the castle he discovered a pair of magical bracelets that transformed him into the vicious being known as Kaskar Lord of the Blades. Kaskar was a terrible menace to Lorna a long time ago but was defeated by King Valtar and his spirit confined to the Skull Bracelets. After barely defeating him again and returning Oz to his original form Valtar was forced to concealed his son new identity to the rest of the world. Also the bracelets apparently are attached to Oz wrists and nothing can take them off. Now whenever danger threatens Lorna, and against all of his fathers advises, Oz unleashes Kaskar and uses his power to defeat his fathers enemies while trying not to let loose the mass murderer once again.

Of course the only sidekick I could come up with was Bazu, a sort of weird spider monkey natural of Lorna. He is a funny and playful pet that sometimes gets into trouble due to his natural instinct to take what doesn't belong to him.

I will try to upload the Villain of this story later today. Hope you guys like it!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

D:  Oh my god you guys!  I just had the best idea for this challenge.  I'm going to do some sketches tonight to see if I can't speed up and catch up with this new, but if I can I may scrap what I have already and do a total 180 with the comic I'm doing.  It wouldn't have superheroes in it, but it would have a definite villain and someone doing something heroic.

Two clues guys early ancient Rome and the Gracchi.  (I am probably spelling or referring to my history incorrectly, but whatev!)

Time for the Villain (dun, dun, dun!)

Oh I'm sorry baby, did all my science just turn you on. My bad.
Lol, sorry, couldn't resist.
So here's my maybe, sort of, kind of villain. He's one of the scientists who keeps Locke and Co under surveillance. (Though he's pretty messed up himself and is hiding that fact. This isn't so much a "one day I will have powers too!" sort of thing, so much as a fear that he really has a hard time dealing with, and thus doesn't face. He just pretends its not there.) He's not really evil, or wicked, or nasty, in fact I find him pretty likable. He's really just the antagonist. His reason for keeping them locked up isn't really dark or perverse, he's doing what he's doing because he genuinely believes that it's going to help people and it's not like he's some cruel, dark jerk to them. On the contrary, he has a wierd kind of "we be bro's" relationship with Locke.
The mad scientist thing is even kind of a running joke in the lab. He's young, a bit headstrong, and more likely than some of the other lab workers to take more drastic measures or steps in experiments. He's very "means justify the ends" about things, and that's probably his biggest flaw, the one that really makes him function as an antagonist. He's a little more Inspector Javert than Lex Luthor.
Don't get me wrong, he does do some pretty ass-hole things in the series, there's some stupid stunts he pulls, and he does kind of deserve a good ass-kicking at more than one point, but as far as his motivations go, they are genuinely good...he's just not really the right sort of person to be carrying them out.
And yes, he is a TOTAL ladies man...There is a chance he may have used science to achieve that...but, we'll just talk about that later.

Oh, and the name! The name is important! It's Currer Knight. (Currer Aeland Knight, but let's not get fussy or anything.)

And one more.

Or two...

And even MORE Scrivener and Shifte...

Even more pictures.
...My God, I really have a hard time drawing clouds. XD. Anyway,
the villain is on his way.

More Scrivener and Shifte

Just some more development pics. Most of these are older, but all are done within the last year. Sigh...there is even more to come.
(Slightly embarrassed showing older

Scrivener and Shifte

Well, ok. I'm not sure if these guys are really superhero's. They kind of count I suppose in the sense that they have special abilities and have been known to use them to help people...but none the less.
I am cheating a little bit, since I have done some work with these two before and I'm posting some of the sketches I've done of them prior to receiving Rie's awesome challenge. I figured "what the hell, why NOT work with these two." For quite some time now, I've been wanting to do something with them...the problem is...I haven't totally figured out there stories. I know how their story ends...just not totally how it starts. I thought I'd take this opportunity to see if we couldn't get some of their narrative ironed out.
Let me tell you what I have so far.
The girl is Co Dawes (alias Alice Scrivener) and the blobby blue guy is just named Locke (though he can take on different shapes and will occassionally call himself "John Shifte").
Co Dawes - A shy and quiet girl from a small, rural town in Nevada. She grew up feeling terribly out of place and alienated. Her shyness and social anxieties were downright crippling, and as a result, she never developed much of a voice. Look up "wallflower", and she's pretty much what you find. Despite having such a hard time speaking, she did really want to be social, she just didn't know how.
So, despite an intense social anxiety, she did have a fairly normal life. Until the day that "The Edge" appeared near her small town. A huge, gaping, mysterious black tear in reality. She was sadly nearby when it appeared, wrong place, wrong time. When the Edge appeared, she was too close to it, and ended up getting zapped. When she woke up she found that when she spoke, the words literally came out of her mouth (ok, it only works with nouns, but none the less). Say for example, she lost her house keys, she could just say "house keys" and they'd manifest in her's both gross and really dangerous. She's never tried it, but she does have nightmares about saying anything like "car" or "tree" probably wouldn't be pretty.
When it's discovered that this has happened to her, she's rounded up by the government, along with several other people who seem to have all been affected by The Edge's appearance. And it's there she meets Locke.
Locke (John Shifte)-
Locke confounds everyone, even himself. He was found near The Edge when it appeared. He has claimed that he was once a normal human man, but that The Edge altered him. It made him into the strange, pliable, blobby thing he is, but he has no memory of his life before it happened. He can take on nearly any shape he wants with relative ease, but human forms pose a problem to him. Oh he can do them...he just can't do them for any length of time that would be practical. Despite all of this, he actually has a very upbeat, kind, naive sort of personality. Where as Co is constantly tense and shy, he's almost too trusting and very outgoing. He can be friendly to the point that it can be annoying, or even get him into trouble. Co often has to show up to redirect his behavior if he's getting too wierd, or to get him out of trouble. There is a lot about his behavior that is pretty child-like.
Whatever The Edge did to him, it wrecked his memory so badly that he can't remember even basic facts about being human, things like how family structures work, common courtesies between people (like he'd just walk into a ladies restroom to find someone and not realize or consider what might be wierd about that.). He eagerly and enthusiastically consumes any information about humanity that he can, but there are times when his desire to regain his lost humanity seems a little strange to Co...It seems a little more to her as though he's learning and discovering all this information for the very first time, rather than recovering it.
It doesn't always work, but Locke can sometimes "read" people's minds when he touches them. (Actually it's a bit closer to figuring out what you mean or intend as opposed to concretely and distinctly knowing what you are thinking.) This is why he hangs out with Co all the time. Her inability to speak is a huge, huge handicap to her. Yeah, she can write down what she wants to say, but that's slow and can be a clumsy way to communicate (and over time, it starts to seem that writing words might be having a similar effect to speaking them.). Locke will very often hang out with her and go around with her to basically serve as a translator. (She reallllly wants him to pin down that whole taking on a human shape thing as a result.)
The scientists they were kind of captured by were at first pretty hesitant to let him do this, but inevitably they decided it would be interesting to study and so they let them keep at it. This is a bit of a strange experience for Co though, at first it was strictly a relationship where Locke was figuring out what she wanted to say and then interpreting it...but as time goes by, she actually starts developing it with him, almost like a psychic backwash. Locke had been getting careless with the whole process, a little too lax, and she started seeing a few things he might not have wanted her to see. She started to suspect that his whole story about not remembering anything about his past might not be true...that maybe he wasn't really ever a normal man.
Somehow, I'm not totally sure how though, they do get out...whether they straight up escaped, or if they made some deal with the scientists, I don't know...but yes, they did get out.
So yeah, bear with me guys, I'm trying to figure out the whole story with these two. I'm not totally doing a "superhero" story, but I'm still running with this. Really, for me, it was just trying to pin down these two and figure out how they tick. It feels really disorganized to me still and kind of sloppy, so if anyone has any suggestions, that would be totally appreciated.

The grail

More of the create your own superhero week. This is the main villain, the Grail.

Need sleep...will do a write-up tomorrow.

create your superhero : mr. shadow

create your superhero - mr. shadow
alrighty, here's my super-badass-villain for maxine and max! no, i don't think i'm gonna draw a villain for bryce and ava; i have stuff to do. i present:

mr. shadow (yea, yea, cheesy as hell :D)
he (or she??) is made out of darkness and shadow. he can appear anywhere; he can materialize when there's light because light casts shadow and he can easily embody when there's only darkness because that's what he is. tricky, eh? his only goal is to destroy all kind of happiness, joy, liveliness, comfort, felicity, amusement, or anything close to it -even the sound of laughter hurts him badly-, from the world. he hates every happy ending story so that's exactly how he starts. he plans to destroy all the heroes in every book he ever comes across.. he has power to call his dark minions, every antagonist you can think of and ever believe in -whether they are in folk stories or modern children storybook! 

i should say, dessert "sake" is the best drink to have when you're trying to do sketch like this lol :D

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

create your superhero : bryce and ava

create your superhero - bryce and ava
okay. i promised i will post my previous ones. somehow, they remind me of something i avoid doing lately but whatever. so here they are, kinda lame, but i've tried lol:

bryce, 24
what is more powerful than information these days? bryce can download and or extract information, just by simply touch the devices. any information, data, memory, restored in the devices will be downloaded in a milisecond. he is not entirely the good guy because he does not give a damn about who's buying the information; he's selling it to the highest bidder. well, data, can't be just downloaded without storage. here is where ava comes in; he doesn't really care either how dangerous it is for ava to keep saving gigabytes of data and extracting them again.

ava, 18
she's a younger than bryce but her hair are all almost white due to the 'misuse" of her power. she is able to save, restore, and extract every bit of data transferred or downloaded by bryce easily BUT it costs her a lot: fatigue, severe migraine, and exhaustion. she knows exactly that bryce is with her just because of her ability. although their action endangers her life, she'd do everything for the man.

create your superhero : maxine and max

create your superhero - maxine and max
after a few desperate trials trying to do some "mainstream superhero" which failed sadly, i came up with this. i will still gonna post the previous sketches i tried to pull though, i was just not happy with them. anyway, here goes some background for the character and her sidekick :)

maxine, 10
she has the power to summon whatever characters -human, non human, or even creatures- from any books: comics, novel, graphics novels, etc. not just that, she also can summon any weapons, vehicles, props, you name it. the only problem is, she has to draw them fast enough to summon them. not so comfortable but even a hero has to have weakness.

max, 2
max is a siberian husky dog; he can communicate with maxine. he talks but only to her; he keeps quite most of the time. his endurance and agility are way above the best trained dogs and max is particularly strong too; he has this superdog power :D. he usually buys maxine time to draw whatever she needs to when they confront the bad guys. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Salem's Noose

I'm not big on long write-ups, but it's part of our theme, so here we go:


A soul in purgatory volunteers for "grim reaper" duty.


SALEM, a jaded, misanthropic young woman, spends what seems like an eternity awaiting judgement in purgatory. She is finally given the chance to earn brownie points with St. Peter by taking up a century long duty of gathering the souls of the dead on Earth, which she happily accepts.

Unbeknownst to her, the spirit world on Earth is inhabited not only by wayward souls, but also by supernatural evils and lesser demons, all of whom prey on souls and soul collectors. These creatures attempt to steal souls from the land of the dead, and ferry them back to their own domains without allowing them to be judged. Salem must in turn fight and destroy these creatures and try to maintain the BALANCE OF SOULS.

Generally disdainful of other human beings, Salem relishes the opportunity to pass judgement on others, but discovers through her travels the nobler nature of people that she had never known in life.

As the story unfolds, Salem's duty as a reaper becomes more and more difficult for her to complete, and she must reconcile this along with her past and the secret of how she originally lost her life. This will be an epic tale of one soul finding its way back to the light.

All of this will be set to a soundtrack scored by John Williams.


Although she is not a "superhero" in the common sense, Salem is tasked to preserve a certain sense of justice and balance by her heavenly employers.

She carries a large scythe, which she uses to sunder both enemies and the mortal shells of humans alike.

She can also open voids to the nether through a large hourglass tucked in her robes, temporarily imprisoning particularly troublesome souls.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

He's the Bat, Man!

Um, yeah, sorry for the pun. I usually put a lot of thought into these, but Why did I pick Terry McGinnis and not Bruce Wayne? 2 reasons, 1, everyone would be doing Bruce. 2, and this is the real reason, McGinnis fights crime IN HEELS!!! No, I'm serious, that's badass! It sucks to get kicked in the face, but how much more does it suck to get kicked in the face with a heeled boot? 38% more, that's how much!
Also...he runs in heels, and never falls. I know most people say that Batman's superpower is just money, but I'm voting that it's actually the heels thing. That's pretty awesome. Superman never tried anything like that, because he knew he'd fail at it.

There is this common misconception

...that women do not commit serial murders.
To be honest, the idea of doing Poison Ivy didn't enthuse me. She comes across to me as just a sexy lady in green. And, well, by and large she is. While most of the villains of Batman are pretty complex or compelling, she isn't (as far as I am aware, I don't know much about her.) So I decided I'd start playing with her and see if I couldn't come up with something that actually interesting to me and that was to some extent actually creepy.
Most people have this misconception that there are no female serial killers. This is not the case at all. Sadly, women actually tend not to get caught as often when they do kill because overall they tend to favor poison and slower methods that are harder to track then men. One of the more common stories you seem to hear about with women who kill are women who are caretakers poisoning those they are suppoused to help.
So with that in mind, I came up with Dahlia Belquis (yes, I know the actual Poison Ivy has a totally different name, but I'm just starting from scratch here, let's pretend there is no Pamela Lillian Isley).
Dahlia Belquis was a nurse by day and dabbled in researching the medicinal properties of plants after work. She had a daughter who came down with a terminal illness. In an attempt to help save her daughters life, she gave her an injection of plant-based medicines that she thought would cure her. Sadly, it sent her child into cardiac arrest. However, when the autopsy was performed, Dahlia realized that the organic compounds that had caused her daughters death had dissipated in her blood stream. Essentially, the medicine she was researching was an untraceable poison.
Dahlia had never been a particularly stable woman emotional, and after her daughters death she realized that she rather liked being doted over by people who felt badly for her. She found the sympathy appealing ina way nothing else had been and she found the idea of herself enamored with the idea that others viewed her as particularly caring and devoted. Shortly after the funeral Dahlia moved to Gotham. She needed a new start, she needed to go somewhere where no one knew about her child.
A recent bout of bizarre ilnesses have been plaguing Batman's city. (Think like the Tylenol murders in the 70's, Dahlia is somehow tampering with drugtstore medications to induce illnesses.) No one can figure out what's causing the illnesses, and sadly, they seem to occur most often in children. Batman tracks the clue's to Gotham's children hospital where there seems to be an especially attentive nurse attending a large number of patients.
So yeah, basically I turned Poison Ivy from a sexy environmentalist to a nurse who studies organic compounds and has a severe, severe case of Munchausen by proxy syndrome. I imagine that somehow, when Batman (and I for some reason imagine him taking this case on with Batgirl) corner this woman she's freaking the hell out and probably has a mental breakdown based around the fact that even though she was trying the help her, she actually killed her own daughter.
But hey, at least she's still a redhead in green.
Oh, and if you're curious about what plant she's pinching there (and what she's wearing in her hair), it's suppoused to be white Oleander, a relatively common, but super poisonous decorative plant. Well...suppoused to be...but I got lazy drawing it.

It wasn't all bad

Dick Grasyon hasn't been Robin for a long, long time. Certainly, there must be times when he looks back on it all and think to himself "you wasn't all bad."
Also I like chubby 11 year old Batman...and this is one of the sloppiest comics I've ever made.

Laugh and the world laughs with you.

...Cry and you cry alone.
So, until recently I have to admit I didn't find the Joker that frightening. He was more of a fun villain to me than anything else. This may be because of how he was played in the show (which is how I was introduced to the mythos). There are a few exceptions to this of course, and the one that has always creeped me out has been this running thing that the Joker will force people to smile or laugh. (Doesn't bother me in live action for some reason, just cartoons.) The one that always creeped me out the most was the instance of him doing this to Robin in the Batman Beyond film "Return of the Joker"...maybe it's because Robin is so clearly forced to do this that it plays more to me like child abuse and pedophillia than it does cartoon villainy. (There is a part where Robin is laugh-crying that always gets me.)
So there you go. It's not the Joker that gets's crossing that safety line I think. I mean, it's one thing to have a villain that's embodying chaos by trying to orchestrate some insane plan to make people act crazy, or take a hit at his's another when you have a villain that embodies chaos by screwing around with something innocent just because he can.

Friday, December 2, 2011

BATMAN : A Time To Mend

batweek - arkhamcity - batman
a time to tear and a time to mend
ecclesiastes 3 : 7
well, here it is me trying to portray the dark knight. i am not really into superhero stuff but i think batman is kinda dark somehow. that, actually, is something you find in every human being. even when you don't realize it or when you don't want to admit. in batman, it is quite obvious; he's not actually modest about that for sure ;)

oh, this is something to finalize everything. i can't include catwoman and robin for some reasons. they just don't fit LOL.
batman | joker | poison ivy