Friday, March 31, 2017

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2017 - Part 4

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2017
(Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing)


Well, another year of March M.O.D.O.K. Madness has come to an end.

From the secret journals of Leonardo da Vinci, it's his true version of the Vitruvian Man!  Yeah, a parody of da Vinci's Vitruvian Man seems pretty obvious, I know, but I've never been much of one to let the obvious stop me!

Originally, I thought about including a Leonardo da Vinci-esque designed chair as part of a two-page spread, but since I barely had time to finish this one, I think I'll set that aside until next year, perhaps.

And, never one to leave a good pun laying on the ground, let me say: Veni, vidi, da Vinci!

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STEP ONE:  Here are the scribbled breakdown for the picture, which I did on a new layer over an old book texture/background I had laying around on a hard drive.  I was going to include a faux script to pastiche Leonardo's handwriting, but later decided to leave that out.

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STEP TWO:  Using a 7pt Pencil brush and a 5pt G7 ink brush in Photoshop, I drew out M.O.D.O.K.'s giant head and smaller, vestigial body.  I set the New Layer property to Multiply, that way I could switch back-and-forth between the sanguine color and white, using the white as an ad hoc eraser for the line work.  I also decided to make him larger on the page and replace the planned, tiny fig leaf with a well-placed Kirby Krackle, instead.  Ha cha cha cha!

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Done digitally in Photoshop.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2017 - Part 3

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2017
(Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing)


It's another submissions to the March M.O.D.O.K. Madness Blog!

This year, I've been trying to do a submission to March M.O.D.O.K. Madness in a different style, and this time it's a pastiche to propaganda posters.

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STEP ONE:  Here is the hastily scrawled layout of the faux propaganda poster.

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STEP TWO:  And, here is the finished piece.  I guess there really wasn't too much to show in the in-between parts... mostly 'cuz I fogot to save them as I went along.  Most of it was boring and tedious digital carving in-and-out between the flat colors used to try and keep a screen printed look to it.  I also kept each element (M.O.D.O.K., A.I.M. Techs, the background, and the lettering) on their own layers so I could work on each separately.

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Done digitally with Photoshop.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2017 - Part 2

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2017
(Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing)


It's another submissions to the March M.O.D.O.K. Madness Blog!

This time, it's a parody of those omni-present "Draw Tippy" / "Draw the Pirate" cartoons that used to populate "TV Guide" and other magazines back in the 70's and 80's when I was growing up.  The idea grew out of a series of back-and-forth, joking e-mails between myself and Pedro from the March M.O.D.O.K. Madness Blog.  I sent a series of escalating fake test questions to Pedro, with the last one being a request to draw a "Tippy the Turtle" style version of M.O.D.O.K.  **Ding!**  Hey, there's my next idea!  So, I told Pedro to never mind about that last test question and I was gonna do it as my next submission.


I actually used to draw "Tippy the Turtle" and the "Pirate" when I was a kid (about 6 years old or so), and was morally outraged about being too young to actually qualify for the scholarship.  Of course, I never really got around to sending it in, anyways, but still...  It was mostly the principle of the matter.  And my eventual apathy probably saved me from enrolling into their Art Instruction Schools.  Schooling and I don't usually see eye-to-eye...


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STEP ONE:  Here was the quickly scribbled layout I originally planned.  I thought about doing M.O.D.O.K. versions of all three characters from the ad, above--even though I was never a fan of "Tiny".

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STEP TWO:  I had a paper texture for the background and started using the Pencil Brush in Photoshop for the different M.O.D.O.K.'s, and the one in the lower-corner with a hard round brush.  However, I wasn't very happy with the way they the head-only looked.  I tried to update that a little bit by including a little bit of the Kirby Krackle under Tippy's turtleneck, but it was still less than obvious that it was M.O.D.O.K., though.

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STEP THREE:  After a lot of going back-and-forth trying to save the "Heads Only" design, I just gave up and decided to do full-body of M.O.D.O.K., even though it looked a little off from the original ad.  Also, rather than giant versions of the hats, I thought tiny-hats on M.O.D.O.K.'s head were mildly amusing.  I also finished up all the fake ad typesetting in Photoshop, too.  Join A.I.M., today!

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This was done digitally in Photoshop.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2017 - Part 1

March M.O.D.O.K. Madness 2017
(Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing)


It's time again for submissions to the March M.O.D.O.K. Madness Blog!

In this case, it is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the March M.O.D.O.K. Madness Blog, and the Fifth Anniversary of me making submissions to the Blog.  Wow!  Has it really been that long?  Yikes!

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STEP ONE:  Here are the scribbled digital pencils, done with a 5pt hard brush.

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STEP TWO:  Here is the quick grayscale underpainting.  Mostly this was done with a 25pt chalk brush.

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STEP THREE:  And here are the rough colors done on a Multiply Layer and New Layer.

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STEP FOUR:  And the final digital painting was done over a series of New Layers.

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Done digitally in Photoshop.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Shameless Self-Promotion: Man-Thing Tattoo

Man-Thing Tattoo


While this doesn't quite fit into my usual shameless self-promotion, I will sorta lump it in with self-promotion nonetheless.

Like most vaguely interesting things in my life, it started with an e-mail out of the blue.  I received an e-mail from someone who stops by my Blog semi-regularly, claiming to be a fan of my work (the name has been withheld to protect the guilty).  I was already suspicious, questioning his judgement.  Then he said he was going to get a tattoo of my Man-Thing Unwanted Valentine and wanted my blessing, so it was pretty much confirmed he had lost his mind.

I was sort of put into an awkward position... on the one hand, a tattoo is (mostly) permanent and my responsible side wanted to say "No way!  Don't do it!"  Then again, seeing a tattoo of my art is really cool.  An angel and devil fighting on my shoulder--which side would win?  Since he claimed to be a fan of my art, he already demonstrated a disturbing lack of perspicacity, so he had my blessing as long as I got to show off his tattoo on my Blog when it was finished and mock him mercilessly for doing so.

And here we are.  Tsk, tsk.  I weep for the future.  :-P

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Here's the first step/black ink for the tattoo.

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And, a couple weeks later, here's the finished tattoo with the color added.

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I keep a folder of my art which has turned up on strange places; this certainly takes the cake in that regard (so far).  Still, I am simultaneously thrilled and horrified to see my art as a tattoo.  Surreal, man.  Surreal.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

President's Day: Garfield

President's Day


Just what everyone is clamoring for: a President's Day mash-up!  I've had this joke stuck in my head for several years, but really didn't think of a place for it... 'til I realized President's Day was coming up, this week.  Sure, it's a really dumb and obvious joke (no doubt done by many others), but I never let a little thing like being dumb and obvious stop me.

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STEP ONE:  Here are the hastily scrawled digital pencils, done with a grid in Photoshop.

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STEP TWO:  Quickly followed by the digital inks, done with a 5pt Hard Round brush.  For the most part I figured I'd leave it black-and-white to vaguely follow the visual feel of a daily comic strip.

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Done digitally in Photoshop.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Shameless Self-Promotion: 100,000 Views

100,000 Views


Well, it took about 5-1/2 years, but last week I broke the 100,000 Views mark which, to me, seems like a lot.  At this rate, I should be crossing over the 1,000,000 Views mark sometime in the 2060's.  So, there's that to look forward to.  I'm sure most of the people were tricked into visiting with Google's algorithm accidentally suggesting a posting or picture from my site, or something along those lines.

And, there are even a few of you (very few, of course) who are actually masochistic enough to subscribe to my Blog and, to you, I have a special message:  Have you no sense of shame?  Where is your dignity?  I think it is time you take a long, hard look in the mirror and begin to ponder some of the choices you've made throughout your life...  Get it together, people!

Anyhoo, my sincere thanks to all of you out there -- tricked and otherwise -- who have taken the time to gawk at my modest Blog.  It is all GREATLY appreciated!  :-)

For those of you interested (and even those of you who aren't), below are the Step-By-Steps...

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STEP ONE:  Here are the digital pencils on a 1,000px x 1,400 document.  Based on the Jim Steranko "Hulk King-Size Special #1" cover, which I've used before as a parody cover.

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STEP TWO:  Here is the half-hearted, grayscale, digital painting.  I figured I'd be doing most of the actual painting in the color layer, so I didn't bother with getting too much detail.

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STEP THREE:  Over several New Layers, I kept building up the digital painting, adding and subtracting highlights and shadows, and just generally adding a few textures here and there.  I also went with actual fonts, rather than my semi-crummy hand-lettering.

THANKS AGAIN, Everyone!  Your kind attentions are very much appreciated!  :-)

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Done digitally in PhotoShop.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Unwanted Valentines: Temple of Doom

Unwanted Valentines: Temple of Doom


Done just in time for Valentine's Day!  In this case, it is an obvious joke (can I think of any other kind?) based on the infamous scene from "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom".  The priest of Kali, Mola Ram, holds the beating, burning heart of a sacrificial victim as he is lowered into a lava pit.  Yeah, it's every bit as crazy as it sounds.

While working on these couple Unwanted Valentines, I thought of a few more I could do, but ran out of time.  Oh, well, next year...

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STEP ONE:  Here are the quick scribbles for the digital pencils, along with my hasty lettering for the layout.

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STEP TWO:  The digital inks were done mostly with a 7pt hard round brush.

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STEP THREE:  The colors were done on a Multiply Layer, with some of the coloring of the burning heart done over top on a New Layer.  The lettering was added last and called it DONE!

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Done digitally in Photoshop.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Unwanted Valentines: Wicker Man

Unwanted Valentines: Wicker Man


Hey, it's time again for another Unwanted Valentine, this time from the movie "The Wicker Man" (the 2006 Nicolas Cage remake in this case, rather than the 1973 original).

For those interested, below are the work in progress...

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STEP ONE:  Here are the digital pencils, roughly scribbled in at first to show get the layout, then refined a little bit to try and get a likeness.

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STEP TWO:  Here are the digital inks, done mostly with a 7pt hard round brush.

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STEP THREE:  Coloring was done with Multiply Layers and the lettering added over top.

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Done digitally in Photoshop. 

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year...

Happy New Year!


While hoping for the best, I'm pretty sure this infamous quote from the "Batman (1966)" movie will be the best way to describe the incoming 2017...

Another year come-and-gone, with the usual two steps forward, one step back, with a few steps sideways... and another half-step forward only to step on a few Legos with bare feet.  Y'know, the usual mix of ups and downs. 

I also want to take a few moments to thank everyone for stopping by to gawk at my meager Blog--with 100,000 views rapidly approaching (Wow!).  It is very much appreciated and I thank you all for it!  Here's to hoping for a Happy New Year for all!  :-)

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STEP ONE:  Here are the scribbled digital pencils and inks on a 1,000px x 1,400px document.

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STEP TWO:  Here's the quick, grayscale under-painting.

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STEP THREE:  A Multiply Layer was used to add the flat colors.

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STEP FOUR:  With a new Layer, I did the highlights, text, and other finishing touches.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  :-)

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This was done digitally with Photoshop.

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