Thursday, October 18, 2018

Inktober 2018 - I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

Inktober 2018
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)


Hey, another pen-and-ink drawing based on a terrible B-Movie from my youth!  This one is the classic (HA!) "I Was a Teenage Werewolf".  It starred Michael Landon as a hot-headed teenager high-schooler who is hypnotized as part of an experimental treatment, only to have it turn him into a homicidal, titular teenaged werewolf.  Most of the time, he transforms when he hears a ringing bell or alarm, which I'm sure I could turn into some sort of Pavlovian Dog/Wolf joke if I tried a little bit harder--or if I even tried at all!

The movie is not good, of course, but then again "quality" and "discernment" are two things which most assuredly would never be applied to my childhood.

Below, are the steps involved in creating the drawing... which are almost identical to the previous post.  And the post before that... and all of Inktober, for that matter.  And I'm sure it'll pretty much be the same for the next post, too.  (SPOILERS!) 

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STEP ONE:  The pencils were done with an ebony pencil vaguely scribbled on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock.

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STEP TWO:  The inks were done using a #10 brush and Pro Art Pro-4100 ink.

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STEP THREE:  After it was imported into Photoshop, it was colored over a Multiply layer.

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Done with Pen-and-Ink on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock / Digitally colored.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Inktober 2018 - The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

Inktober 2018:
The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)


It's another... um, "classic"(?) B-Movie from my childhood: "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" (also known as "The Head That Wouldn't Die").  This one involved a car accident in which the wife is decapitated and kept alive (against her will) by her neuro-scientist husband in a liquid-filled tray.  He spends his nights trying to find her a new body to transplant her head, but she'd rather he just allow her to die.  Men!  They just don't listen, am I right, ladies?  

Oh, yeah, and not only can she talk, but she also develops telepathy!  There's also an Igor-type assistant that is a large, monstrous guy.  Well, you can guess the rest of the story, I'm sure.  Hijinks ensue with murder, revenge, and all the rest.

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STEP ONE:  The pencils were done with an ebony pencil on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock.

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STEP TWO:  The inks were done using a #8 brush, with an assist with a 0.5mm ballpoint gel pen.

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STEP THREE:  After it was imported into Photoshop, it was colored over a Multiply layer

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Done with Pen-and-Ink on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock / Digitally colored.

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)

Inktober 2018:
Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)


Yes, "Invasion of the Saucer Men" (1957) is schlockey and terrible, but when I saw it as a 6-to7-year old, I found it terrifying.  I was a dumb kid, who watched terrible movies as long as they had aliens, monsters, or robots--as opposed to now, when I'm a dumb adult who watches movies as long as they have aliens, monsters, or robots.  (Just kidding, I don't really get a chance to watch all that many movies/TV shows, these days.)  But, "Invasion of the Saucer Men" made an indelible mark on my childhood, and gives me an inordinate fondness for B-Movie monsters.

I watched it again recently and saw a lot of the movie was played for laughs, but I guess I was too focused on the aliens and must have mentally checked out for the other parts.  Also, the scare factor may have been influenced as I watched them on my own as a kid, late at night, as part of a TV show called "T.J. and the A.N.T. (All Night Theater)" on WLUK-Green Bay in Wisconsin.  It played B-Movies, cartoons, and old syndicated television series throughout Friday nights and into Saturday mornings when cartoons would come on.  Yes, a childhood wasted.

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STEP ONE:  Here are the quick pencils, done with an ebony pencil on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock.

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STEP TWO:  The inks were done using a #8 and #10 brush, with a little bit done with a 1.0mm ballpoint gel pen.

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STEP THREE After it was imported into Photoshop, it was colored over a Multiply layer

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Done with Pen-and-Ink on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock / Digitally colored.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Robot Monster (1953)

INKTOBER 2018
Robot Monster (1953)


OK, "Robot Monster" from 1952 is one of the, um, "classic"(?) B-Movies.  Ro-Man, the gorilla-bodied monster with the fishbowl/diving helmet is the quintessence of B-Movie Monsters, if you will.  

There are times when every bit of something, from inception to completion, is just broken and every fork in the road taken goes the completely wrong direction.  This is one of those examples, and yet there is a goofy charm about Ro-Man which always pulls my attention.

The movie is mostly boring, but when I saw it as a kid on one of the late-night creature features, the titular Robot Monster was strange enough that it held my attention whenever he was on screen.  Ro-Man kills almost the entire Earth's population with a death ray, leaving one family and a couple other people alive.  Robot Monster chases said family, creepily falls in love with the daughter of the family, more chasing, something, something fake dinosaurs fight, it was all a dream.  The End.  Or was it?  Or was it?  Or was it?  (If you've ever seen the movie, those last three questions will make marginally more sense.  But, only marginally.)

Just for fun, I threw in a vague skull inside the helmet, ala the movie poster for "Monster Robot". It was cooler that way.

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STEP ONE:  Here are the hastily scrawled pencils, done on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock.

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STEP TWO:  The page is the inked page with a 1.0mm black gel pen and #10 brush with Speedball Super Black ink.

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STEP THREE:  After it was scanned into Photoshop, colors were added over a Multiply layer.

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Done with Pen-and-Ink on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock / Digitally colored.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Inktober 2018 - The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)

INKTOBER 2018:
The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)


Well, well, well... It's time again for Inktober--that time of year when we are challenged to dust off our ink bottles and brushes and put 'em to use.  In my case, I generally like to mash-up Inktober and the swiftly approaching Halloween and do up pen-and-ink drawing of various monsters throughout the month.  Usually--but not exclusively--of the B-Movie variety.  And this year will be no exception!  Of course, I also scan 'em in and usually colorize them to a limited extent, which is sort of against the idea of Inktober, but that's never stopped me before.

This time around, it is semi-humorous take on "The Brain from Planet Arous" (1957), featuring staple of B-Movie monster fare, John Agar.  He becomes possessed by Gor, a... well, a brain from the planet Arous.  There is another brain from planet Arous which is hunting Gor and... oh, why go on?  It really is a terrible movie, but one from my childhood which I remember with vague, morbid horror.  Mostly because I found anything brain-related to be existentially terrifying.  And there is a LOT of boring stuff to wade through, just to get to the few minutes of monsters.

There is a scene in which the possessed John Agar character blows up an airplane with his mind.  While it was obviously a model on a string, I did appreciate getting to see a couple of the exploded pieces of the plane swing back into frame--still on the string which held it up.  Although, the brain monster special effects were pretty spooky to a young, six-year-old John Douglas.  But, then again, most things were, I suppose.

Did I mention that The Brain from Planet Arous seemed to have a somewhat pervy interest in John Agar's wife and all things carnal?  The less said, the better.  But, while comically inept, there is still a charm to the monster B-Movies of my youth which remind me of a simple time for a simpleton, like myself.

Future Inktober B-Movie monsters will probably not be quite as cartoony as "The Brain from Planet Arous", for it is difficult to take a floating brain with googly-eyes seriously... even for me!

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STEP ONE:  Here are the quickly scribbled pencils, done on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock.

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STEP TWO:  This is the inked page, done mostly with a G-Pen crow quill and #10 brush with Speedball Super Black ink.  There were also some lines thrown in with a .5mm black gel pen.

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STEP THREE:  After it was scanned into Photoshop, color and lettering were added over top on a Multiply layer.

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Done with Pen-and-Ink on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock / Digitally colored.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Akira / Charles M. Schulz Mash-Up

Akira / Charles M. Schulz Mash-Up
Linus/Tetsuo Transformation


I guess I'm still in a Charles M. Schulz state of mind.  And, with it being the 30th Anniversary of "Akira" (an anime I sought out shortly after it was released on VHS for rental back in the day--as well as the manga when it was being released through Epic Comics, and eventually the giant, phone books of the series), I thought it would be amusing to mash 'em up.

In this case, it is Linus as Tetsuo in the beginning of his transformation.  Originally, I thought about doing it as Charlie Brown saying "Good Grief!"  But, then I thought it would be better to have Linus, and he could use his blanket as the "cape" and his hair would vaguely resemble Tetsuo's (well, that may have been a little optimistic).  It seemed to work better, in my humble opinion.  I may still do something right-and-proper for Akira, as it is a series for which I have a great fondness.

Also, completely unrelated, this is something weird for me: I had my own brush with the Mandela Effect this evening.  For the longest time, I thought "Charles M. Schulz" spelled his last name "Schultz"--right up 'til a few hours ago.  In fact, my fingers still automatically type it out that way.  Now, I could just say it's a case of me not paying careful attention as a kid, assuming it is spelled in the more classic manner, and having my stupid brain just insert the "t" that I always assumed was there; nope, rather than admitting I'm a total, complete dumb@$$, instead I'll postulate an alternate-universe/quantum something-something/time-travel mix-up.  So, there!

That said, I went through this morning and updated my obvious, previous posts and fixed the spelling to "Schulz"--well, aside from a couple drawings which have "With apologies to Charles M. Schultz" on them, where I'm afraid my shame will still be on display as I'm too lazy to fix it at the moment.  Good grief!

For fun (your definition of "fun" may vary), below, I actually decided to include the steps for making the picture.  It shouldn't be quite as cumbersome as the trying to do the last post of the O.M.A.C. / Charles M. Schulz Mash-Up.  So, for those of you interested, here ya go!  For those of you not interested...  Um, well, it's still there.

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STEP ONE:  Here are the digital pencils, which I did on a 1,500px x 2,100px canvas at 300dpi.  

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STEP TWO:  Here are the digital inks.  I used a slightly modified G-Brush from Clip Studio Paint to ink the drawing, typed in the text with a Comix Heavy font, and created the dialog balloon.

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STEP THREE:  I colorized the drawing in Photoshop on a Multiply layer.

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STEP FOUR:  Because I liked the distressed effects in the previous post, I thought I'd do it again.  In this case, the color-Mulitply layer was duplicated on top of the original one, with a 4pt Color Pixelation filter applied to it; it was changed to a Lighten layer and opacity was dropped to 50%.  Then, on top, I had a scan of a cracked, yellowed paper which I placed on top, changed to a Darken Layer, adjusted the Levels to bring out some of the texture, and dropped the opacity to 40%.  

To post it, the resolution was dropped to 1,000px x 1,400px at 200dpi, and called it "Good 'nuff!"

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This was done with Clip Studio Paint and Photoshop.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

O.M.A.C. / Charles M. Schulz Mash-Up

O.M.A.C. / Charles M. Schulz Mash-Up
Page Recreation of O.M.A.C. #1 by Jack Kirby



For absolutely no reason at all (well, other than it amuses me), here's a page recreation of pages 4 and 5 from O.M.A.C. issue #1.  It's a mash-up of Jack Kirby's O.M.A.C. (One-Man Army Corps) as I imagine how it would be done by Charles Schulz.

O.M.A.C. is one of the more esoteric DC characters that pulls my interest for some reason.  To be honest, like many Kirby creations, it isn't the best written, but there is a glittering idea bomb within which appeals to me.  Something darkly satiric and psychological beneath the veneer of super-heroes and bad guys punching each other and punctuated with explosions.  In the case of this issue, it is robot decoys which would be used to seduce and assassinate world leaders.

And, yes, I know the Little Red-Haired Girl has a name, Heather Wold.  But, as that is relatively obscure, I figured it would cause more confusion to use "Heather" as a substitute for the name "Lila", and stuck with "Little Red-Haired Girl".

For fun, here's the original pages from O.M.A.C. #1 by Jack Kirby:



I decided not to include the various steps used in creating the pages, as it would be quite a long, boring list.  But, it was done digitally in Clip Studio Paint using LOTS of layers, and with some of the dot/moire pattern filters done in Photoshop.  I also did some discoloration and cracked paper texture effects to give it an artificially aged look.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Thanos: A Fistful of Colors

Thanos: A Fistful of Colors


OK, this is a slight parody of the Clint Eastwood classic, "A Fistful of Dollars".  And, with "Avengers: Infinity War" recently released on DVD/Blu-Ray, it seemed as good as time as any to post this.

BTW, here's an amusing site to see if you survived the Infinity War or not (you have to clear your cookies to possibly get a different answer): 

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STEP ONE:  Here's the quickly scribbled start for the Thanos digital painting in Painter 2018, originally done on a 1,500px x 2,100px canvas at 300dpi.  Originally, I figured I would just do up the painting, then crop it as needed for the finished poster when I finished the lettering and whatnot.

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STEP TWO:  This was about the halfway point for the black-and-white digital painting.  However, I didn't like the face of Thanos much, and the head-size seemed a little off to me, so I digitally repainted it in the next pic.

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STEP THREE:  I wanted the colors of Thanos (and the background) to be more muted so the color of the Soul Gems / Infinity Gems / Infinity Stones would stand out more, so I mostly used a Multiply Layer for most of the coloration, with a few highlights done over a Normal Layer.  I also cropped the Thanos pic to make sure the Infinity Gems / Infinity Stones / Infinity Gauntlet had a little more focus.

Painter 2018 also has some interesting textures, which were added to Thanos' clothing.  I also just painted over the lettering to match the font used in the original "Fistful of Dollars" poster.  Lastly, I added a paper texture in the background and called it good, as I was already spending way too much time on getting this finished.  That's the problem... you can continuously noodle around with something to try and get it perfect, only to find a week has gone by and you really don't have much to show for it.  Feh!

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This was done digitally in Painter 2018 and an assist with Photoshop.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Captain America - (Updated)

Captain America - UPDATED


Well, I decided to do a little more work to the post from yesterday.  Rather than just have it be exclusive to July 4th, how about just broaden it out to a propagandist-style poster of Captain America punching Nazis?  Your wish is my command.

And, while we're at it, how about some of the process and associated boring stuff that goes with it?  Second verse, same as the first!  Say no more, here they are!


The pose was vaguely based on the original, 1941 Captain America comic book by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.  There were so many other Jack Kirbyesque poses I considered using, but eventually settled on the classic, first one.  Perhaps next year I shall go through some others.

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PART ONE: Here are the quick digital pencils, scribbled on a 1,500px by 2,250px canvas at 300dpi.  These are cropped, as I originally left room for the poster lettering and such, which just show as blank spaces on the canvas.

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PART TWO:  And these are the quick digital inks, just building on the previous pencils.  They are more-or-less just intended as placeholders for the figures, since I was planning on painting over everything.  I also threw on a neutral-toned background to knock down some of the brightness of the white canvas.

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PART THREE:  Here is the quick underpainting.  I wasn't concerned with blending the colors at this time, just laying out the general color placement.  Here is when the position of Captain America's arm began to bother me, and kept asking myself if I should change it.

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STEP FOUR:  This is a big leap to the finished painting.  However, I noticed a few anatomical things which I tried to ignore but couldn't any longer in the painting: mostly, the head/neck were too low, the rotation of the art and chest were off, disguised by the sketchy nature of the original drawing.  I was hoping I could make 'em fit, just 'cuz I was in a hurry to get it (barely) posted before the end of July 4th.  It didn't work, so I had to fix 'em.  I'm sure there's a lesson there somewhere which I will refuse to learn.  ;-)

I also decided to change the color of the background to be more bluish, 'cuz of the red banners across the top and bottom. 

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STEP FIVE:  And here's an animated .gif of the process, just to see the changes over time.

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(And, just for fun, while there have been many references to the cover of "Captain America #1" over the years, one of my favorite references to this cover is when Marvel Comics' America Chavez also punched Hitler in the face.  It's a story that involves a time machine where she meets Captain America from Issue #1 and... well, it's a long story.  But, the page made me smile.)

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Done digitally in Painter 2018 and an assist in Photoshop.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!


Celebrating July Fourth just about the only way I know how... by doing a digital painting of Captain America punching Hitler in the face!  An homage to the cover of Captain America #1 (1941).

I'll post all the other stuff about the work in progress and whatnot tomorrow, since I've already spent too much time sitting in a chair and looking at a computer screen for one day.  :-D

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Done digitally in Painter 2018--with an assist from Photoshop for the lettering.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Digital Painting: Shuri

Digital Painting: Shuri


I meant to do a digital painting from "Black Panther" for a long time, back when "Black Panther" was out in theaters, but was distracted with other things, alas.  This was done noodling around with Painter 2018, trying to get adjusted to the program, mostly using Chunky Oil Pastel brush.

The movie was really fun, and it in my personal Top Five of the many, many Marvel Movies, up there with "Captain America: Winter Soldier", "Guardians of the Galaxy", "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Iron Man 3" (yeah, I'm probably one of the few that praises "Iron Man 3" that much).  The order changes depending on my mood, but those are my general Top Five.

In "Black Panther", Shuri was probably my favorite character, being Wakanda's "Q" from the James Bond movies and is a joyfully fun character, as well.

As I did most of the painting on and same layer, I forgot to keep separate pictures of the work in progress.  Ah, well.

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Done digitally with Painter 2018.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

If I Were a Serial Killer...

If I Were a Serial Killer


CLICK TO EMBIGGEN

One of the numerous podcasts I listen to is the "Last Podcast on the Left".  It is a rather darkly humorous podcast about serial killers, conspiracies, UFO's, cryptozoology, and such.  Anyway, they are currently writing a book and a little over a month ago they put out a call for artists who would be doing something in a comic book/Mad Magazine format.  "Well," I thought, "this sounds like something right up my alley!  I'll give it a shot."

I gathered up some links from my Blog showing what they could vaguely expect from my work and sent it along to them.  I also pointed out the irony that I happen to share the name with the FBI agent, John Douglas, who helped to develop forensic profiling for hunting serial killers and co-wrote the book, "Mindhunters" (his name is also in the credits in the Netflix Series of the same name).  Imagine, I noted, the semi-irony of a book about serial killers illustrated by John Douglas (not that one).

Several weeks went by and I hadn't heard anything "yea" or "nay".  So, I thought rather than just sit around waiting, I should do something more personalized and see if I could sway them that way. 

In this case, I decided to write a two-page, semi-autobiographical story--no, not the murdery/serial killery part of the story, just the realization that if I **DID** go on a killing spree and I signed my name at the each murder sites there would be some... confusion.  Also, the hosts of the show are the first group of my victims, so it had that going for it.

I finished it up and sent it off.  Sadly, even though they liked my "If I Were a Serial Killer" submission, they had already decided to go with a different artist.  D'oh!  I guess I was a day late and a dollar short...  Or whatever time frame and denomination are appropriate.

All that said, it was good practice and more stuff I can throw on my Blog.  So, here we are...  Oh, and I presumed it would be in black-and-white, which is why this one isn't in color, using a line tone, instead.

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Done with Clip Studio Paint EX (Formerly Manga Studio)

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

May the Fourth Be With You - 2018

May the Fourth Be With You!


OK, so it isn't technically "May the Fourth" anymore, but let's pretend it is!

Once again, I am on my mad quest to make Jaxxon the Rabbit somewhat cool and bringing him up every year.  Someday, it may result in... well, something or other.  Who knows?  I'm sure it involves Underpants Gnomes version of Monetary Theory (Phase 1: Collect Underpants; Phase 2: ???; Phase 3: Profit!).  In your face, 200th Birthday of Karl Marx!  :-P

The secondary title, "Jaxxon/Jaxxoff", is intended as a pun from "Karate Kid" with "Wax-on!  Wax-off!", with the same vague, masturbation joke in both.  So, it has that going for it.  :-D

I decided not to do a step-by-step this time around.  They seem to take up a lot of space and I'm not sure if they really say much of anything.  I'll leave it to y'all if you're interested in the Work in Progress portions, or save them for times when it may actually be neat, or I have something in particular to say (we'll leave aside the whole "Hey, Dummy, you should have been doing that the entire time..." argument).  I'm ambivalent about it at the moment.  Also, the half-finished drawings turn up in Google Searches, so it really looks like a less-than-ideal representation of my work.

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Done digitally in Clip Studio Paint EX and colored in Photoshop.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2018 - Part 5

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2018
(Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing)



It's the last submission to the March M.O.D.O.K. Madness Blog for the year, just under the wire!

I decided to go out with a bang and do up a two-page parody of the classic Bugs Bunny cartoon, "Duck Amuck", with Arnim Zola and M.O.D.O.K.

Step-by-step below (Click to embiggen!)

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STEP ONE:  Here is a peek behind the curtain, showing the evolution of the strip (including parts that were dropped/changed).  Originally, it was going to be just a single panel with "Ain't I a stinker?", but the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea of doing it as a multi-page, comic panel layout.  Except in this case "multi" means "two".  There were other little scraps doodled out here and there, but rather than show every little thing, here is the nucleus of the cartoon upon which everything else was built.

It's the way I do most of my stuff: a piece of paper and ballpoint pen to scribble out some ideas and see where they lead.  Usually, it is down dead ends and blind alleys--like this one!  I had doodled the "Ain't I a stinker?" line last year as a possible idea, but ran out of time.  So, here it is now.  And I have several ideas sketched out that I didn't get to, so probably next year.  Or the year after.

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STEP TWO:  The pencils are particularly rough and somewhat off-model, as I was still deciding if I wanted to do Zola in an updated form where his face is a blue computer screen, or more of classic Zola.  I went with a mostly classic Zola after all, so that changed.

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STEP THREE:  Here are the digital inks.  They were done with a .7 size digital brush in Clip Studio Paint (formerly Manga Studio), since Photoshop decided to start acting up on me.  I should take the time to use Clip Studio Paint more, except I'm used to Photoshop so default to it out of habit.  I like a lot of Clip Studio Paint, but just have to get used to where all my normal tools are hidden...  :-D

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STEP FOUR:  I colorized digital inks with a Multiply Layer, as well as a few Normal color layers over top.  I also hand drew the speech balloons, since I didn't have time to learn the proper way to make them in Clip Studio Paint before I had to submit it to Pedro and Brendan at the  March M.O.D.O.K. Madness site.  Time was ticking and I was down to the last hour.  Made it!  Whew!

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Done digitally in Clip Studio Paint.

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