Thursday, 28 February 2013

I'm A Princess and I Love Smelly Socks and Fighting Dragons

Hello all!

Let me start off with some good news: a contest entry of mine has officially been featured as a runner-up on Project Rooftop! (link)
Ok so I'm slightly discomforted that one of the designs I put the least effort/thought into - and really doesn't fit in with my original style - is the one that not only got featured, but is also described as my 'best work yet', but I guess everybody has different tastes and I'm just glad somebody over there likes my work :) Here's hoping they choose to submit some of my more recent - and more 'me' - work soon!

In other news, I've just finished an English lesson with a group of middle school kids (because yeah I'm a teacher now, go figure), and I thought I'd share some of the materials I made for the lesson.
The kids had to review their use of 'like/dislike' and 'Hate/love', so I came up with a role playing game, where each one would pick a character at random and then three like/dislike or love/hate sentences (e.g.  chocolate cake with a smiley face meaning like; smelly socks with a sad face meaning dislike, etc) to read out as their character: hence some very funny combinations including "Hello, I am a Monster and I hate frightening people, I like dancing and I really love kittens!"
The kids seemed to really enjoy it and I'm quite proud of how well it turned out. So, here are the character cards: A wizard, a witch, a princess, a monster, a knight and a fairy.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Spider-girl Redesign

Ok, one more post for today. This started out as another Spider-man doodle and rapidly morphed into a Spider-girl costume redesign. I've never known much about the character, and admittedly the colour scheme may be a little too reminiscent of this guy, but I don't know... I think it looks quite good. The idea behind the design is that the mask represents the spider's abdomen with the head an chelicera just below. I used red and black just because I love how they look :)
What do you guys think?

The Legend of Holy Crap I Have No Hearts Left

Hello again.
Apologies for the lack of updates, but real life has intruded upon creativity time, somewhat. Still, this has meant more work/money coming in and that is nothing to complain about!
Either way, in my few down time moments, I have taken up playing one of the only two Legend of Zelda games I possess, Oracle of Ages for the Gameboy Colour (the other being Phantom Hourglass for the Nintendo DS). Suffice to say, I'm really enjoying it and so I thought I'd do a little Zelda-themed self-portrait.

Aside from that, I'm also getting much more headway on this novel I've been trying to write since, I don't know, FOREVER. It's shaping up into something I think I can be quite proud of... it also features the return of a certain legless spherical scientist time-traveller, which we haven't seen around these parts for a while. *wink wink*
Sigh, how cliché.
Until next time!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Gilliam Triptych - Imagination Trilogy

As anyone who knows me will undoubtedly know, I love Terry Gilliam's films.
Specifically, his 'Imagination Trilogy': Time Bandits, Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, which deal with the conflict between reality and dreams during childhood, adulthood and old age respectively.
These three films have always been incredibly close to my heart, and in so many ways represent and inform my changing views on the world in which we all live. As I grow older, I notice things I hadn't before, interpret things in different lights and even find myself disagreeing with some of the points the films make! They're three gifts that keep on giving and I don't think I'll ever tire of watching them.
All that said, I thought I'd draw a bit of a tribute to this unofficial trilogy: a portrait of each film's hero. Here are Kevin the Time Traveller, Sam the Romantic Hero and Munchausen the Tall Tale-Teller. 

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Strange days...

Hey ho everyone,
No, I'm not posting a review of the excellent sci-fi thriller 'Strange Days', directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett.

The fact is I've been a tad under the weather the last couple of days and thus been quite unproductive, creatively.
After somebody suggested the character might lend himself well to my drawing style, I decided to celebrate my feeling fractionally better by doing a redesign of Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme.

It's not really much of a change, really. Definitely no re-imagining this time. I literally just took some of the key costume elements and tried to make them look less ridiculous. I combined the poofy shirt and cape into one, long coat, turning that spiky collar thing into raised lapels. I wanted him to look half shaman, half victorian occultist: hence the forehead marking and victorian cravat, waistcoat and knee-high boots. 
Right, back to sneezing and feeling like crap.
Vishanti preserve me.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

The Most Hilariously Lame Supervillain Ever.

Hello all,
welcome to February!
Well, Project Rooftop obviously didn't care much for my Avengers redesign. What a shock.
At least they still let me comment on the pieces they DO feature. If you're one of the P:R readers who've just arrived her from the link in one of my comments... Hello there! Thanks for stopping by!

Either way, I decided to cheer myself up a bit by going through the Public Domain Superheroes Database, looking for some cool, weird character to redesign or update.
I was going through the site, clicking on random article after random article, when I suddenly happened upon this poor gentleman.
Here is his profile information, taken from the site's page:

"The Black Knight was a villain with a mountain top castle armed with archers, gangsters, rabbit-sized rats, and trap doors. The crime boss robbed banks to finance his plans of world domination. His plans are foiled by Steel Sterling and apparently dies after his booby-trapped castle explodes. However, he reappears later threatening war with the South American country Brazonia as Dr. Yar and then resurfaces under the guise of Radium King."

Aside from that last part about his potential multiple identity syndrome - and 'I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel name-wise' illness - that's a pretty poor resume. How much did he spend on that layer of ultimate doom? Gangsters? Archers? Trap doors? Giant rats?
Speaking of giant rats, the page also features our villain in presumably his final moment in the Not-so-very-Black Knight garb, saying what must be one of the worst final words ever.
Long story short, I just had to draw that beautifully moronic and hilarious moment.

The all-capitals lettering and total lack of any punctuation whatsoever makes it all the more funny. I can just imagine him either screaming that at the top of his lungs, or just muttering it in monotone, as if he expected such a thing to happen at any given moment. Either way it's fantastic.
I'm pretty sure this must have been the prototype for the infamous Defeat-by-squirrels that Dr. Doom suffered. I'd say Dr. Yar-radium Knight King's scene is better. His whole castle exploded... and he somehow survived! Maybe he wasn't so pathetic after all...

Yes he was.