Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Day 4 Art Fiesta Challenge: Cartoons and Satire

Occasionally I'll feel the need to draw cartoons of people I know, or myself.... or, more often than not, people I hate. Most of the jokes I draw about the people I hare are such closed, inside jokes that I don't feel the need to show them here. Instead, here are some that most people might get... and many are of me...

which will segway to my girl...

...my friends (especially Christine who I must draw as a muppet)

...and politics...

...how can you do politics without religion...

...and lastly a foray into scholarly outlooks on reconstructionist religions. Well, as scholarly as I get anyway.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Day 3 Art Fiesta Challenge: Gaming and CG

Most of what I loved about gaming was developing characters and would probably spend more time creating backgrounds and idiosyncrasies than actually gaming. In the process of developing the character I'd sketch and scribble until I found personality traits come out in the drawings. This lead to very elaborate character sheets. This also transitioned from hand drawn much like the comic art from my last post.

As mentioned above as time went on I did transition this to CG as well. The few times I ran games I tried to come up with a bunch of stuff to try and set the scene. 

It was fun to make vids and the soundtracks (maybe another post on soundtrack things later). 

There was one game in particular I did a bunch of art for. It was a genericly ruled game set in a epic space universe we called TomScape (Tom ran the game). I must say tho that the biggest and most challenging thing to do was to make a preview video of a game we hadn't played yet. the game master gave me a challenge to illustrate several scenes and challenged himself to make sure that all of the events that were illustrated actually happened in the game. 

Below is a gallery of the images from the vid.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Day 2 Art Fiesta Challenge: Cutting Teeth/Infested

I had a story mostly written that I tossed around whether to try to make it was a webcomic or a podcast called "Infested" but later changed to "Cutting Teeth". I honestly don't remember why I felt that I needed to change it. I think it was because there was some other podcast that was potentially going to be called Infested at the time and the infested.dot.com domain was a shitty Papa Roach fansite.

There was a short period of time I did have the delusion that I could make it into a series of animated shorts until I started animating and realized that I bit off way more than I could chew. I did make a little intro just to see what animation entailed and how much time it would take to make a short title clip. If the video doesn't show below you can check it HERE.

The story is, of course about Wererats. More specifically a Labrat who escaped the lab he was in during a mad purging of all the unethical experiments going on there. He makes his way to a Wererat colony only to be treated as a pariah and outsider having only known a very sheltered and closed life in a lab with his only exposure to the outside world being whatever movies his guards were watching when they were supposed to be working. Eventually he'd be the only one who could help against the spread of all the other abominations that were released when he was. The term "Cutting Teeth" referred not only to a rats mighty incisors but on how the main character has to learn everything about everything using only the information he gained through the trials of being a test subject. 

At some point I finally decided to go with a podcast over an online comic. I figured I'd be able to get more bulk of the story out a lot faster that way tho I knew I wanted to add a lot of art and illustration to the site it was hosted on. When the story made the transition from Infested to Cutting Teeth I also tried out some new digital art..

If/when I do go back to this, I'm leaning more towards a webcomic again. I'll have to figure out if I'll use CG or just hand draw everything. I'm currently leaning towards hand drawing but using CG models to help with layouts and backgrounds. In the development of the ideas I went from hand drawn to CG just to give it a try. Below is a slideshow/gallery thing that has a bunch of the artwork as it went along.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Day 1 Art Fiesta Challenge: Old Comic Art

I was challenged by my friend Christine to participate in a 5 day art challenge. I've been thinking of how to use this site since it's neglect when my old database crashed but have yet to utilize it. Never even posted about the last trip to NOLA. In the future I may possibly add some articles on foods and drinks but for now, my neglected art...

Day One will be about old, old comic art. Some of this is the oldest art of mine that I can find here at home made long before I had a nice Graphics tablet or even access to a decent scanner. I know there's more tucked away, buried under years of obsessions but I'll be damned if I can get to it at the moment.

Way back in the late 90's I moved up to Massachusetts to get as far away from NJ as I reasonably could while still keeping in touch with those few people I actually care about. In the bright and terrible days of AOL dialup I met some folks online who were looking to put an indie anthology called "Pure" together. My little part in it was a Post Apocalyptic story called "Electric Funeral". It lasted for 3 issues after falling apart. I don't have any issue 1's and I never received issue 3. The one guy who was the organizing force, Brian, left quickly to move on to much, much better things and we weren't able to keep ourselves together. Brian started Channel Zero here which was picked up by Image, and has since moved on to Dark Horse, Marvel and DC writing some amazing books as the Massive, DMZ and Northlanders.

I had also created some characters for a fantasy series called Fire and Steel. I absolutely adored the main characters, a dour and meticulous Dwarven craftsman/armorer and a drunken, free spirited Halfling firemage who just tried t get by with their travelling forge. Unfortunately, aside from the characters, i really had no stories.

It was a lot of money and work back then as the digital technology to do so much shit on your own wasn't there yet. I often do get the bug to go back to doing some kind of web comic or something and had started something a while ago... but more on that tomorrow.