2014-11-02

KABUTO MUSHI Propaganda Art


 I had some free time & decided to get creative!  Using Pat Bussey's wicked Kabuto Mushi Mechanical Art, (along with the new KM logo)... I merged & colored the line art & also created the background imagery etc. for a combination illustration to create a "Propaganda" style poster for the mighty "Sectivorus Supreme!" Big thanks to Marty, & Pat!

2014-10-18

Death Skull Pumpkin


Had fun with the family and extended family carving pumpkins on 10/12/14, special thanks to Jenny Bean for the assist!  The design reminded me of the old Remco Skullman/current Realm Of The Underworld Acromancer, so I had to pick it from the wonderful assortment of templates!  I haven't done this since I was a kid. lol


2014-09-30

SUCKER PUNCH by Nadzomi Viro...colors by ME!


When I went to see the film "Sucker Punch" in the theaters back in 2011, I saw a truncated version of the film, sliced for a PG-13 rating.  Needless to say it did not live up to expectations.  In 2014, I finally bought the "Extended Edition" BD from the value bin @ Walmart because even though the movie was not a hit with me, the design work was.  Months later I decided to rewatch the movie in this new presentation & was completely blown away by what an extra 20-or-so minutes (an R rating) and a clear mind could do.  The visuals, music, story, all seemed to impress me for this 2nd remixed viewing and thus Sucker Punch has become a favorite and a cult classic for me... so much so that I wanted to revisit the film artistically in some form...
 Nadzomi Viro is a talented artist that resides in Russia whom I admire and greatly enjoy her work on deviantart.  This modern  manga style version of "Sucker Punch" was just what I was looking for to color after my new found appreciation for the film.  Beautiful illustration by Nadzomi, some additional lines, colors, and words by me. 

2014-08-31

COLORS: "The Saga Of Crystar"


Sometimes I just like to color.  Simple, clean, fun.  So I flat colored this old (1982-83) Marvel ad for "Crystar: The Crystal Warrior."  This ad was only ever black & white, so adding colors to it for the first time added an extra level of interpretation, as some more decisions had to be made than the norm.  This ad looks as though it was what the toy company Remco used for it's basis for some of  the Crystar toyline, (as well as an early interpretation of the final painted cover of comic issue #1.)  I hope to do my own take on the Crystar Universe sometime, and have already started on some aspects of that. ;)  Unfortunately the Marvel pencil/ink artist(s) are not credited on this art, but colors by me.

2014-07-21

Guest Artist: Eric Marshall with art of a Jafaristew created character


 If you are a member of the MOTU fanart community,then you are very familiar with the stellar art of Eric Marshall (aka gbagok on He-Man.org) who has been doing 200X MYP Animation style art & bios for years now, and is actually on his 44th series (at the time of this writing w/characters that are in the 100’s) of capturing every character from every source of Masters Of The Universe in the  fan art forums into 1 continuum.  It is probably the most impressive art thread/project on He-Man.Org period, for the sheer volume of art & story that he has dedicated himself to.  Earlier this year he started adding fan characters from around the forum into his expansive universe, and in his 4th series of Fan Characters he did one that I created for the Gy-gor fan art challenge named “Faw-Sil.”  It’s a  very cool tribute and even adapted many aspects of my bio for her into his own  fan-verse.
Thanks Eric, I love how she turned out!
-Chris 
My original can be found here:

2014-06-01

KABUTO MUSHI Part II...

PART II of the Kabuto Mushi art card series!!


TOKETSU: The mighty Beetorian of the cold north, brother of Shigaisen, & ally of Kabuto Mushi. Toketsu has led a heroic life, he has worked hard, demonstrated patience, and has gained respect in leadership within his colony. Living on Mount Fuji he has seen many battles due to the military advantage point of that location. Toketsu has made many wise choices & allies to get to his rank & standing, all at his brother Shigaisen's dismay, as Shigaisen can't understand why he has not had the same success, as he considers them brotherly equals, but Shigaisen does not care for virtue, nor trust, nor does he value life, the opposite of Toketsu's personal and military strategies. Toketsu's hard shell can handle the most extreme temperatures of cold, & he is as handy with a blade as he is a blaster. He displays himself in the "Tall Samurai" form, one of the highest ranking forms for a Beetorian & usually only used for a commander or leadership form within the Beetorian race.



SHIGAISEN: Toketsu's jealous sibling has nothing but contempt for his brother & the Bettorian Corps cause. Although cunning & bright, he acts the fool as Onikisu's right hand man. Seeing as Onikisu is a famous Gladiator, just by being seen with him, Shigaisen believes he is equally as famous, a plea to match his brother's worth in Beetorian eyes. He fights with a ferocity and has no mercy. His weapon of choice is a Empyrean hook that he finds can easily crack the shells of his Beetorian enemies. Shigaisen has been gifted with extreme type of fast fwd vision, where he can see & intercept motions before they happen by the energy that an opponent emits, this gives him a distinct advantage over his enemies, and why Onikisu uses his gift in interpreting their battles with telepathic communication. His chosen form is considered a mockery of the similar samurai forms, as it is a twisted take on a respected look, by inverting his body and wearing the most savage head display.

*I equip most of my Mushi with Spy Monkey weapons, and couldn't resist including the red hook I gave the Metallic Purple Mushi for my art cards (the red is like a perfect match!)



GAIJIN KUROKAMI: In the future, the young human girl known by the Beetorian's as Kurokami (Japanese for black hair) was once a USA historian fluent in Japanese & teaching English in Japan under the JET prgramme. When on a field trip to a research lab on Mount Fuji, the increasing changes in climate over the decades eventually caused a violent eruption, forcing the lab facility occupants to take shelter. A brave Japanese lab tech, who felt that a foreigner should not die away from home, pushed "Kurokami" into one of the state-of-the-art life support systems on the lab site. The lab was covered in molten rock and debris from the eruption, but the 6 pods survived intact within the underground chamber in a form of suspended animation. After countless years of evolution, a battle with the Beetorian corps unearthed the lab, and the battle destroyed all of the pods accidentally except for Kurokami's. Feeling a sense of duty to all life, Kabuto Mushi managed to save Kurokami's suspended body from the wreckage and she was brought back to health within the Colony, although with amnesia. She can remember history & events but not her personal information or past life. Kabuto Mushi decided that she was a valuable asset as a historian of what-was-then-Earth (to educate the Beetorians about human's mistakes) & a friend. Many do not feel the same way about the Gaijin (outsider) & Aka Sasori has often made boasts of having her as a meal & often refers to her as Yochu (larva) or Ujimushi (maggot). She still wears her (now more fitted & customized) suit from her life support unit, (which is almost insectoid-like in appearance, an endearing trait to Kabuto Mushi himself) & although their is plenty of oxygen, it is more to shield her from (at times) the unstable climate. She has heard whispers that some humans still exist but they are no where to be found on land, and hopes that one day she reunite with them & bridge the race of heroic Beetorians and existing humans together peacefully.

*Kurokami is a character I made myself to demonstrate the human element to the chaotic world of Kabuto Mushi, she would serve as our view into the hostile world of Sectivorus.
I don't plan on adding many fan-made characters, but would like to someday include the 80's cult line "Bugmen Of Insecta" toy characters that I will eventually recreate using the KMMKII parts!




 

MINI MUSHI: Mini Mushi's are the workers of Beetorian society. A subspecies of Beetorians, they do not grow as large or as complex, and they have only a single display form. Like Beetorians the majority of the race is male, with females being uncommon, & more protected due to their rarity. All of the day-to-day tasks from food gathering to building, to 1st line of defense are a part of the Mini Mushi's role in Beetorian Colonies. At least 1 Mini Mushi shares a Telebond with a matching color Beetorian, due to this phenomenon, a Beetorian can Telebond communications with their sidekick Mini Mushi who can communicate telepathically with other Mini Mushi's of the same color division and they will act as a single unit under the Telebonded lead Beetorian's command. A "Swarm" of Mini Mushi is considered 4 or more, and they are fully capable of taking down a unseasoned Beetorian in a fight, acting as a single minded unit. Although smaller than humans, enemy Mini Mushi swarms are the main reason that what remains of humanity has moved underground and no longer can inhabit the topside of the earth.

I hope you enjoyed our second visit to my Kabuto Mushi Fan-Verse!!

*New colorway figures are available tonight 6/1/14 at THE GODBEAST'S STORE...
http://www.godbeast.com/shop.htm

2014-05-04

KABUTO MUSHI (~my fanon)

I have been very enthusiastic about the wonderful Kabuto Mushi series that Marty Hansen has brought to Glyos fans in 2014, & have been creating my own characters from each release...
Marty has created the naming of the series Kabuto Mushi, Beetorians, Sectivorus and some of the other ideas that my own have spun off of, I have named the individual characters (besides Kabuto Mushi) and came up with some ideas about them.
I envision my own "fanon" alternate universe for KMMII as an animated series, & have done fan art cards to share these character ideas for KMMII w/the Glyos fan community...


KABUTO MUSHI: The Hero of our tale, a powerful warrior, a born leader, & diplomat who has made many sacrifices to keep the Beetorians a free & powerful race in a hostile world brimming & overgrown with mutated insect life. He is very strong, skilled with weapons, & has a deep sense of honor & loyalty. He believes in the classic Beetorian ways that have been handed down thru the ages & is the 2nd to call himself "Kabuto Mushi." He is both kind, intelligent, & respected by friend & foe alike. He and his "Beetorian Corps" are the peacekeepers of the planet. His body is in the "samurai" configuration, a form that is earned & the highest ranked visual display among civilized Beetorians.


RIBSASU: Kabuto Mushi's right hand Beetorian Corp member & confidant, he acts as a scout, decoy, & body guard. Although good-natured he can be hot tempered at times, yet always remembers his true cause & honor. He is a trustworthy long-time friend that is fiercely loyal to Kabuto Mushi. He takes risks & his courage knows no bounds. He has chosen a more mechanized configuration, but due to his smaller stature in this form, many underestimate his actual power & skill.


AKA SASORI: The mighty Red Scorpion General, considered a extremist upstart & villain by many in the Beetorian race. Aka Sasori believes that a new world order is at hand, and is taking his armies and invading colonies, tribes, and hives to gather more support & supplies by force and suppress, imprison, or destroy those who do not share his vision. He believes that the home world is in danger, and that alien beings are planning an ultimate invasion(s), and wants to unite the Beetorians into a strong military force to defend their home from interstellar attacks, but many believe that his unjust tactics are more of a quest for absolute power hidden by his alien agenda as a guise. His configuration represents what he sees as the most powerful form for an individual Beetorian, & he is at odds with Kabuto Mushi.


SUTERUSU: A fierce and powerful warrior, he possess the unique ability to become nearly invisible due to his stealth-like biology. Many have theorized that he is a product (or fluke) of the Red Scorpion General's military scientists, as his ability has not been seen in any other Beetorian's (other than his Mini Mushi sidekick). Although he stands with a usually quiet & collected demeanor he will strike viciously at any moment & many question his actual sanity. His deep voice and unsettling presence are unmistakable to his allies but are often unnoticed by his (fallen) foes. His configuration is quite large by individual Beetorian standards and can be intimidating to even the most experienced warriors when his faint outline is actually seen.

So my version of Sectivorus is an alternate or futurish state of Earth that has been transformed due to global warming, severe storms, wild fires, oxygen levels rising, & the bird population being destroyed. It is now inhabited by the evolution of insects into the giant KMMII (a insect hybrid w/transformable exoskeletons) which have replaced humanity (who's survivors are now living underground/or are in hidden stasis due to the harsh state of the world) & the start point of the story would be what is formally Japan, but would eventually expand to include alien worlds. The KMMII have societies/hierarchy, alliances, communication, do battle, and will be fighting other visitors from the Glyos system.  It's all pretty geeky but I like the figures and want an expanded story for them lol.

The art is drawn from my collection & the configurations that I make from the ideas presented on the boards & official media with the colors I like in those configurations. The backing art is inspired by the 80's toy line "BugMen of Insecta" card packaging.

If the community likes this series I will continue to do more art cards. Thanks!




2014-04-27

CUSTOM CD COVERS

Some custom CD covers I made for the enjoyable RWBY soundtrack feat Casey Lee Williams, & a deluxe version of Lindsey Stirling's wonderful debut cd with a bunch of bonus tracks.  =)



2014-03-30

Toy diorama photos...

Photos I did for a couple of forums I'm a member on, photos include the Tim Mee "Battle Mountain," & Marx "Large Mountain."  Figures feature Tim Mee's "Galaxy Laser Team," Excite/Wild Republic Dinosaurs, Chap Mei "Beast Raider/Savage Warrior," Happy Kid Toys "M.A.R.S. Heroes," October Toys "O.M.F.G. ," & The Godbeast's "Kabuto Mushi!"
 
Galaxy Laser Team:

Dinosaurs (& Godzilla!):

O.M.F.G.

M.A.R.S. Heroes:

Beast Raider:

Kabuto Mushi:

2014-02-16

Tim Seeley's Battle Cat & Teela Alcala Tribute: Colors by Me...


Sometimes I just like to color.... so I used this image drawn by the amazing comic artist Tim Seeley of Battlecat & Teela that he did as an Alfredo Alcala tribute that was auctioned off some years ago for charity.  Seeley is best known for his work on Hack/Slash, & I have seen a lot of his work over the years on GI Joe, so with a wonderful Masters Of The Universe piece like this, I couldn't resist doing some coloring to pass the time while waiting for the latest MOTUC news from Toyfair '14...
  

2014-01-31

Some fun with Voodoo Dollie...

Today's the last day before the OMFG S5 submission *extended* deadline ends, so I had some fun w/my entry Voodoo Dollie as a silhouette & in alt colors!



2014-01-05

Voodoo Dollie O.M.F.G. Series 5 Submission


Voodoo Dollie MK II:*New Shoes*

One of the best indie toy lines running for the last couple years is O.M.F.G. (Outlandish Mini Figure Guys)...
Run by the prolific George & Ayleen Gaspar they have given the fan creative community a chance to create a M.U.S.C.L.E./keshi style figure line thru submissions (that can be drawn, rendered, or sculpted) that are then voted on by the very same fan community, settled by a committee, funded by Kickstarter, & then the top 5-6 are actually made into mini-figure toys.  With 2014 bringing us the 5th series of this line, I had to take a stab at it myself.  I have had a few ideas, but decided that it is in my best interest (as recommended by George himself) to submit the one that was the most fleshed out (as not to compete with myself for votes from the community)... So among the ideas I have, I chose to create "Voodoo Dollie" (aka "Cursed Dawn" aka "Raggedy Agony"), as the O.M.F.G. line has a type of horror theme to their toys (the company creating them is called "October Toys" after all). With this I personally went thru what has already been created/conceptualized for the line, as well as what horror/fun themes haven't.  I went with a voodoo theme & decided to make the character female, as the line thus far has only had 1 female character chosen to be made. After I drew the design, I colored it up in Kinnukuman (aka M.U.S.C.L.E.) anime styled colors so that the design would resemble (more closely) to what the final project *could* look like. Placed it on the O.M.F.G. S5 template and then submitted it for feedback on the October Toys forum.  From there I received some great feedback including making the shoes a different style, so I took the advice from my peers & relaunched "Voodoo Dollie."  So far she has been met with a lot of positive reactions, so let's hope she becomes a contender & we might see her in toy form some day (fingers crossed) =)

Original Design:


 You can see the previous O.M.F.G. Series here:
Series 1:
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=OCT10001&mode=retail
Series 2:
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=OCT10002&mode=retail
Series 3:
http://octobertoys.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=45
http://www.collectiondx.com/toy_review/omfg_series_3
Series 4 (heading to Kickstarter soon):
http://www.spankystokes.com/2013/05/october-toyss-omfg-series-4-designs.html

2013-12-31

2 minutes w/Photoshop & some X-mas toys...

LOL just having fun with my X-mas toys... thanks to my brothers!




2013-12-21

iGear Mini Warriors Digibashes

I created these recolored images earlier this year as possible repaint ideas/suggestions/concepts for Canada's TFCon's "GoBits" exclusive line. I recolored "Dune Raker" (aka Beachcomber) into the Gobot "BuggyMan", and "Veer" (aka Swerve) into the Gobot "Small Foot!"  =) It was fun and allowed me to test out my recolor skills on some product that I love!  Hopefully TFCon will consider these for 2014 or beyond!


I also did this another digibash of iGear's "Dune Raker" as a 3rd Party G.I. Joe homage/crossover with the classic A.W.E. Striker vehicle. Then added some ninja power using 85' Snake Eyes as a secondary... this idea was presented to BigBadToyStore as an concept for a store exclusive!

2013-11-29

CUSTOM J-METAL CD COVERS

Some reworked/retweeked & additives for 2 custom CD covers for compilations I made for a recent J-Rock Concert Night.  ;-)





2013-10-28

Custom CD Cover "KICK-ASS 2: OST Expanded Edition"

Made a custom cover for my "KA2" 2-CD song collection!!

2013-09-14

CUSTOM DVD COVERS PART 7 (2013)




Two new custom DVD covers for my personal collection!  These two are special as they are sure to be never released gray market titles!  First up we have (MAXX STEELE) "ROBO FORCE: THE REVENGE OF NAZGAR," a 1-time aired somewhat violent special based o the line of 80's toys by Ideal. This one is set up in the "thin case" format.  Next is the Saturday Morning cult classic KIDD VIDEO, (like Robo Force) this is a very hard series to find on the gray market, and it's sure never to be released domestically due to the music rights!  This Cartoon made band was popular enough to have a collectable album released in Israel, powered by that classic Shuki Levi sound!

2013-08-25

CUSTOM DVD COVERS PART 6 (2013)



Some DVD covers for my personal collection that I have been meaning to get to for quite some time...First up is a cover for the David Hamilton (famous British photographer) Film Collection (all 5 of his Films). It is difficult to do this man's work justice without criticism, so I tried to embody tastefulness with the visual cues that make his soft focus photography world renowned... Now all of these films are available on Amazon.com. Second is a collection of HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, SHE-RA PRINCESS OF POWER and THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HE-MAN compilation of lost rarities (commercials, bumpers, story books) etc. that did not make it to official sets.  Special Thanks to my friend Danielle on this one!
*I own none of the images & collected them around the net. For personal use/not for sale.

2013-08-18

RAM-MAN recolor for He-Man.Org Redesign Challenge #106

Put a fresh set of classic colors down (& expanded version of the original backer) on my recent Ram-Man design for He-man.Org's Ram-Man redesign challenge. =)


2013-07-27

The Pretty Reckless: Blender 2-CD cover

A fan made manipulation that I re-purposed into a CD cover for personal use as a "deep cuts" collection...

2013-06-20

I am the featured artist for "Fan Art Of The Week" on He-Man.Org again XD!!

My most recent work is featured starting 6/19/13 on He-Man.Org!  This time my new "Worruck" from my MOTU Origins Art Card series is the headliner!
See the article here:
http://www.he-man.org/news_article.php?id=3417

2013-06-13

Masters Of The Universe Origins Art Cards Part 8! (Ralph McQuarrie tribute)

(MCQUARRIE) ROBOT: Ralph McQuarrie (of Star Wars fame) worked briefly on the Masters Of The Universe 1987 MOTU Movie as a character/concept designer. One of the characters he wanted to develop was a little robot for the Heroic Warriors. Gary Goddard (the director) did not like the idea as there was enough cute little robots in film and dismissed the character to be included in the movie. As a BIG Ralph MacQuarrie fan, I found this little guy interesting and saw fit to include him as a tribute to a man who has greatly inspired my art. In this fiction he is Man-At-Arms workshop helper. I spent some time on him as I feel I owe Ralph McQuarrie so much to my imagination, and loved that he had a very small part in MOTU's history, this character seems the type where he can't wait to prove that he is more valuable then as just being an assistant to Man-At -Arms, he is cutting edge technology in this barbaric world! A world that many would find him more fit as a aristocrats play toy to impress their friends rather than a Heroic Warrior! I kept making the joke to my brother's that he was the best character in the story and it's all down hill from here (character-wise). lol  All kidding aside, he was very fun to draw and reminded me (& my brother Brian) of the "Robo Force" line from the 80's. Just something different for the MOTU world, yet still fits right in!

WORRUCK: Another character developed for the MOTU 1987 Movie (not by McQuarrie), Worruck...who never got past the concept stage, but looking like a desert warrior meets an Egyptian mummy, he was just too cool & I had to include him in this series! He looks to be of an evil nature so naturally I have him working with Skeletor (the evil power of that film) as one of his alliances. Worruck rules the Wasteland with his nomads and keeps Skeletor's enemies from crossing the hostile environment!  He abides by Skeletor's rules and does not fuss with anything much outside of his realm, and not many would want to venture there anyway. He figures it keeps him in a good position with the possible future "Master Of The Universe" while doing the bare minimum to stay in the demon king's graces.  Just my fanboy thoughts on the character...lol

2013-05-31

Masters Of The Universe Origins Art Cards Part 7!


RAM-MAN
: Based on his concept design shown in Mattel's "The Art Of MOTU" (sold at SDCC a couple years back), & colored like the 8-Back card art! In this story he is more like the guardian at the gates of Monarch City, large & imposing!  He is bound by duty but wishes for more.  It's interesting to see Ram-Man with a slightly more executioner look (despite the bright colors) he has always been a force to be reckoned with so now imagine him without the "softer" side... he might be one of the most formidable of the heroic warriors!

CHOPPER (aka JITSU): Inspired by the Jitsu prototype from the 80's (which had monster feet, golden teeth & Tri-Klops' sword), & loosely based on the UK comic colors for his upper torso! In this story Jitsu is cursed for wearing the "dark glove," a tainted object, and it has made him filled with rage as he can no longer remove it, and he is getting more monstrous from it's unholy powers as time goes on. He carries the emerald sword, which some day Tri-Klops will best him for.  He just wants his madness to end and wishes he never laid eyes on the glove that has now imprisoned his mind as he grows weary of his wretched existence!

HEROINE: This character was seen as a possible early version for Teela in Tomart's guide showing MOTU concepts years ago. She was riding a unicorn (who in this tale is named "Charger" after Teela's unicorn in the mini comics). Teela looks up to Heroine as a role model, she is a traveling Paladin from Monarch who goes from city to village all over Eternia with her guard to try and help the downtrodden. She is very good at what she does and serves as a peacekeeper and figurehead for Monarch, bringing hope & kindness... and beloved by all. When Heroine meets her fate she will pass along Charger to Teela who she views as a younger sister.  This color palette was inspired a bit by the look on a recent take of Snow White...