Message and thanks regarding my commissions to Help The Cheerleader

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please read this post.

FIRST, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: Huge thanks and big props to Jessica and Theresa of the LXL (AKA, the League of Extraordinary Ladies) who are managing the site and the fundraising for the Help the Cheerleader campaign. And a special thanks to LXL member Jenn, who facilitated my introduction to Jessica and Theresa.

I totally forgot to mention all that in my last blog post, which I apologize for. Jessica and Theresa were fundraising long before I ever approached them with my idea, and without them, none of this would be possible. They’re doing an amazing job, so please shoot them a tweet, or drop a comment on the LXL site to let them know that!

SECOND: The first day of commission requests went great! As of 8:30pm, we had received 14 requests! Requests are being processed, and I will start drawing ASAP! Check back here for updates, I will be posting commissions as I finish them.

IN SUMMARY: Thanks again to Jessica, Theresa, Jenn, and the LXL. Thanks to all my friends on Twitter and Facebook who helped spread the word on this. Thanks to all the strangers on Twitter and Facebook who helped spread the word. And a BIG THANKS to the people who have requested commissions so far!

HEY! Commission a sketch from me for a good cause: HELP THE CHEERLEADER

If you just want to get right to the specifics of the commissions, CLICK HERE.

The cause that I’m raising money for is http://www.helpthecheerleader.com/

From the site:

A Silsbee High School cheerleader took her school to court when they kicked her off the squad for refusing to cheer her own rapist.

The week of May 5, 2011 the Supreme Court refused to hear the case and is requiring her family pay the school $45,000 in legal fees.

We want to help – and we want to give you the opportunity to help too.

The less I say about it, the better, cause if I start talking about it, I’m just gonna get mad. Suffice it to say, this is utterly unacceptable, and if we can help, we should.

So for $20 bucks, you get a full color sketch from me and you help a good cause! And if you don’t want a sketch from me, you can still donate to the site, that’s cool too! Either way, please spread the word! Thank you!

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UPDATE!!! Please click this to read more!

MACHO WEEK!!! (Part 3 of 3, So long Randy, and thanks for all the Slim Jims)

There used to be a cartoon called Powerpuff Girls, and before that there was a cartoon called Dexter’s Laboratory, and that cartoon featured a segment called Dial M for Monkey, and one of the best episodes of that segment of that cartoon was titled, “RASSLOR.” Macho Man Randy Savage guest-starred as the eponymous Rasslor, a masked neon-hued wrestler whose power was on a cosmic level.

So, here’s Rasslor executing a Macho-esque flying elbow:

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And thus does MACHO WEEK draw to a close. I’ll be back to “normal” posts next week. Until then, have a great weekend, and stay macho, my friends.

MACHO WEEK!!! (Part 2 of 3, The Moldy Oldie Edition)

MACHO WEEK continues, with a piece of vintage nerdery from my archives, drawn and colored in 1999. TWELVE years ago.

Let’s think about this people. That was before 9-11, before the dot-com bust, before the (still ongoing) energy crisis, before I owned a car or a DVD player. I was fresh out of college, just starting out full time at the day-job after interning there for 2 years (same day-job that I have today, by the way), and living in a tiny studio apartment that paradoxically had a huge walk-in closet (which I filled up with comic books and action figures–mostly Beast Wars at the time).

So… I confess, this was drawn to impress a geeky girl who I was talking to at the time. Believe it or not, the subjects in the illustration were our common points of interest–and there’s the Macho One himself, front and center! Oh, and I’m in the picture too, inbetween Optimus Prime in Pikachu, because apparently I have a raging ego. For what it’s worth, I think the girl was in fact impressed by this. However, things didn’t work out for a number of complicated reasons which I will not bore you with. You know how it goes.

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Man, just look at this thing. It was one of the first things I ever colored in Photoshop, and I thought I was pretty hot stuff, using the Dodge/Burn tool to render the shading. WHAT WAS I THINKING?

And yet, here we are, twelve years later. My drawing is a little better, and my coloring is much better. And I still pretty much won’t shut up about Macho Man, Transformers, Batman, Pokemon, Miyazaki movies, and Bruce Lee.

Tune in on Friday for the final installment of MACHO WEEK!!!

MACHO WEEK!!! (Part 1 of 3)

I’m officially declaring this week to be MACHO WEEK. Make it a MACHO one everybody, for Randy. OH YEAHHH! DIG IT!

I tweeted that on Monday. Of course, I have no authority whatsoever, and I then failed to do anything about it for the first two days of the week. But better late then never, right?

Of course you’ve heard by now that Macho Man Randy Savage has died. The buzz on Twitter about him was overwhelmingly positive and affectionate. And if you ask me, it all felt pretty sincere. I apologize for obnoxiously re-tweeting myself, but I think my thoughts about Macho Man’s passing are best summed up by my tweets on Friday:

RIP Macho Man Randy Savage; the best face, the best heel, the best talker, and my favorite peddler of Slim Jims.

Pomp and Circumstance and MACHO MADNESS!!! RIP Randy Savage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewOQQ8ZUSI8

Was texted on the way in to work with request to bring in Slim Jims for the office. Currently snapping into a Slim Jim w/ co-workers. #macho

Macho Man as the cosmic villain Rasslor on Dexter’s Lab/Dial M for Monkey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klx3epFHlSs

Slim Jim is trending. :D

Heard Black Machismo retired his Macho Man gimmick, so I think I should live the rest of my life as Yellow Machismo to honor Randy Savage.

I love when Macho Man would turn his back to the camera while cutting a promo. So pimp.

Guys we should not be mourning the man’s death but celebrating THE MADNESS! It’s what he would have wanted! OH YEAHHH!

This one is for you Macho Man!!!

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Since I resumed blogging, I’ve only been posting once a week, but this week I will be posting not once, not twice, but THREE times! That’s two more MACHO posts coming your way! OH YEAH!!!

Kal El

Still red and blue, and there’s several things I don’t like about this one, but it’s a big improvement over last week’s marker sketch. And posted in a relatively timely matter. Unthinkable!

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Plenty of marker sketches on the way. I’m much more fond of the ones I did after this one.

Plumbing the Depths

So I actually finished this drawing on Friday night, but didn’t have time to post it until now, which is, you know, super-lame of me.

Aaanyways, here’s everyone’s favorite plumber:

I’m just playing around with doing some marker sketches (actually, there’s color pencil in this one too). I do not consider this experiment a success. Will be playing around with markers on and off in the coming weeks, please humor me.

*Cue Danny Elfman*

I sketched this up for Dustin last weekend during the Long Beach Comic Expo, inked it up when I got home, and colored it this week. And here I am posting in a reasonably timely manner, as promised:

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I did my best to channel Alex Toth, Bruce Timm, and Derek Fridolfs when I drew this (please go to Derek’s DeviantArt page, look at his awesome black and white ink sketches, and give him some compliments–it makes him very uncomfortable). There are some other influences at work as well… the general leanness of form is from Neal Adams (whose influence I’ve discussed previously), and of course the crescent moon eyes are from Dick Sprang. I think there’s a little Jeff Matsuda in there too.

This started out as a pretty static sketch, but I’m trying to be more dynamic these days, so I consciously tried to move away from that. The big experiment for me on this one was spotting blacks heavily. I usually do all my lighting in the coloring stage because I’m uncomfortable with my ability to execute heavy inks. I feel okay about the result though–you can tell because I was actually willing to show you what the original lineart looked like.

(For those who care about such things–of course he has the yellow oval on his chest.)

Squawk.

Sometimes, like a jerk, I waste hours and hours playing Angry Birds, a game meant to be a casual distraction, which has instead become an obsessive… obsession. Other times (still like a jerk) I post a super-late blog. Here is such a blog post now:

On Friday night I was too tired to draw, so I went to bed with the intention of playing a few levels of Angry Birds and then going to sleep. Fast forward to: me staying up until 9:30am, when I finally went to sleep (cursing at myself all the while). Woke up a few hours later and headed to the Long Beach Comic Expo, where I hung out with Dustin and Peter Nguyen (they are not related!), and drew this. Peter was kind enough to lend me a pen so that I could ink it. I drew another piece too, which I came home and inked, and will be posted this week in a timely manner, unlike today’s sketch.

I’ve been in sort of a rut lately, in addition to being busy with assorted other things. It was very eye opening to me that I was able to go hang with some friends, and even on very little sleep, bust out two drawings very quickly. I guess even weirdo recluses such as myself need to occasionally leave our secret lairs and get a change of scenery.

(But seriously, Angry Birds is really fun.)

Parlor Tricks

Hey kids, look! A super simple drawing (which I had lying around) dressed up to appear to be a real blog post! But at least it’s super late as well!

I want you to know that I’m giving myself a judgemental look:

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Brother Vs. Brother

OKAY. Late, but here it is. Mega Man versus his brother Proto Man:

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I drew this on my iPad. It’s an improvement over my last two iPad sketches, but I’m obviously still getting the hang of it.

Powering Up.

I’m powering up right now, which is my shifty and dishonest way of saying that today’s post is merely a preview of a real post. Started an iPad sketch that got a little too ambitious to complete with time in short supply, so here’s just a portion of it:

The entire complete sketch should come next week! Sorry I’m such a lazy slacker these days!

Pokeballs To The Wall

Been a looong week (note extra O’s), so I’m about to give myself a little break and get started on my copy of Pokemon White. Before I go, here’s a little something I drew in Sketchbook Pro on my new iPad 2, with a capacitive stylus from Boxwave:

This is rather primitive, but it was fun to draw. I will be posting the progress of art that I produce on my iPad over the next few weeks and months, and I might even write up a super boring post detailing my thoughts on the device. But for now.. TEPIG, I CHOOSE YOU!

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