Monday, January 28, 2013

Sometimes, Some Crimes...


So, honest to god, the theme song was stuck in my head the entire time I was drawing this... I'm still recovering from it.

Rescue Rangers is one of my absolute favorite cartoon shows, headlining my personally beloved Disney characters, Chip and Dale!
Also, if the layout seems familiar to you (and it should) that's because it's a direct homage to Drew Stuzan's movie poster for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Stuzan is god, everyone.

The subject matter goes quite well with the overall concept of Stuzan's design. The show itself is adventure oriented, and heck, Chip is dressed in Indy's outfit. So, it would make sense to show off the characters in an Indiana Jones-ish poster art.

11inx14in Bristol board, ink, prismacolors markers, sharpies, but mostly with prismacolor and crayola pencil colors.

"...Grey skies. It's trouble. Bad guys see double. When they're around. The chips are never down---" Dammit, I will never get rid of it!

Characters owned by Disney

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hunt the Duck Knight


A tribute to my favorite cartoon character and one of my favorite books in one piece of art!
So, I looked up Darkwing Duck on the net for model reference, and noticed that there was an official comic series based on the cartoons. More ingenious was that the series paid homage to classic Batman comic covers by sticking Darkwing Duck characters in the same layout. However, I thought it was unusual that none of the Darkwing Duck covers ever referenced one of the most recognizable splash pages in the history of Batman books. So, I thought I better hurry up and whip this up before someone else got to it.
Have y’all figured out the book I riffed on?? Sure, you have.  If you collect comics it’s most likely in your in your library.  
That’s right, folks! The legendary Batman and Robin splash from Frank Miller’s ”Dark Knight Returns”
Done on 11x14in Bristol Board with ink, sharpies marks and color pencils.
Also, check out the Darkwing Duck comics. They have amazing work by James Silvani and Leonel Castellani.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Tribute to Pacman

A tribute to a cultural icon.

Keen eyed viewers will noticed the two main figures are a sight redesign of the famous Ms. Pacman Arcade art.
Waka! Waka! Waka!

on 11x14in Bristol, used ink, and sharpie and prismacolor markes and color pencils.

Tribute to Paperboy

This is an updated version of the old art.
on 11x14in Bristol board, ink, and lots sharpies.

This was a tricky project, since with most of these tributes I wanted to keep the exact look and design of the characters with little to none alteration. However, with Paperboy I thought it would be different and also a good sporting challenge to make a redesign and yet maintain the same pose of the original Nintendo box art. Picking the adjustments was not easy as I first thought. The original angle itself is already awkward, also how far do you stray from the famous design with it still being recognizable. The answer is simple, (but not simply done) you take what you and everyone remembers from the character on the box: the backwards cap, the bicycle, the papers flying out at you, and the freckle face expression of the kid. You can keep those elements and you can make whatever changes without being sacrilegious against what you are trying to pay tribute to.

The first of these changes was to the body of the character, the original paperboy sat all squatted in his bike. I wanted to stretch him out and bring him up some move over the handlebars so you have a better eye-line, and add more curve to his back to give a stronger since of action to his pose. Doing this though, you make the character what he wasn’t before, taller, and therefore older looking. Suddenly the boyish, bucktooth, Dennis the Menace, design doesn’t fit the body, and you’re left with the only choice of aging up and making a new face that is agreeable to the original image or at least to everyone’s memory of it. So, the decision was to make the 10 year old boy into a 14-15ish teenager. Suddenly face shape changes and is unrecognizable from the original box art and bruises the memory of thousands! To get around this, you have to keep the small and important traits of the original. Two things: the backwards cap and the freckles, without those two traits, the picture goes from a kid on a bike into “Hey, I remember that guy, Paperboy, right? From Nintendo?” That’s the ultimate goal, to ride that fine rail of personal art and nostalgia.

Hopefully I succeed with that intent and didn’t taint anyone’s memory.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tribute to Sonic the Hegdehog

I'm an enormous fan of the 90s Sonic the Hedgehog video games for Sega Genesis and I wanted to celebrate it.

This is an updated version of a drawing I did years back (bottom picture).

Done on 11x14in Bristol board with Prismacolor color pencils.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

We're gonna squeeze some New Year's juice from ya!

Happy New Years everybody!!!

Of course, my first drawing of 2013 would have something to do with the Ghostbusters!