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.