Hope she does well in the fan-vote!!
I came up with the "Magic Rune self-mutalation" bit to show she's a bit... well... distrurbed...
...And on that note Merry CHRIStmas!!
***UPDATE*** she came in 1st in her poll & 2nd overall!!
***of note***this was the 1st version retooled to have the legs changed to match Julianne's bare legs & feature no leggings that the original had. In the end it's prolly my favorite version!
~Christmas Special version:
The Filmation "He-Man & She-Ra X-mas Special" will always be one of the most memorable for me in the 2 series history. It featured alot of the new toys & also was a stand-alone hit that for me... seemed to really end the series. Alot of these versions I come up with when my mind wonders at work... so thinking of possible varients for the series, coupled with the X-mas Season vastly approaching, & most importantly, the X-mas special, I came up with this "Holiday Flavored" coloration that is kind of like when Prince Adam is in the Santa outfit complete with white hair. She is exactly the same as the "Filmation version" with different colors & the 3rd of the series, 4th overall.
~Horde Gothic version:
This was another version I came up with while daydreaming at work... what if Castaspella was Evil? Had gone to The Horde? Or became a Zombie? Or just decided to get her "Goth" on. LOL! I figured the design around her center jewel would easily transcribe to a faux Horde symbol given the right colors, the leotard could become a corset, & I could modify her leggings to become a hot set of tight red pants that a girl had on at our X-mas party @ work, only this time make them "blood red'... I also though the white skin & red eyes would furthur the effect of being Gothic/Evil/Vampyric...& I think it was pretty successful... Hordak inspired colors... friends watching me work on this model seemed to lean towards it, & overall I thought the "dark take" might end up being the most popular of the recolors on the Boards... but that "Filmation" version seems to be the reigning Queen!
I came up with a "Zatanna" (the female magician from Batman) inspired version based on the 1990's animated series. Different enough from the Horde version, & this one still featured the black hair, but no leggings/pants & (a 1st) no shoulder straps. In the end I think it has a nice modern Magician/Assistant or Superheroine feel, & one of the most original in the series... Although, I may take a stab at this version again someday, as when I showed the finished design to Brian who had conceived it in the 1st place, he said "that's not what I meant at all." ...LOL!
~Original Toy version:
I talked in great detail about the influences & why I chose my design based on the toy version of Castapella for this contest in the previous blog entry. Here is the original drawing, in it's original toy-inspired colors, & I am happy to say, still remains one of the most popular of the seires!! Hope you enjoyed this little insight into my creative process, & as always there will be more to come... ^_-
Those who know me best know that I am recently addicted to collecting the new line of 25th Anniversary G.I. Joes... The figures are awesome, I have been collecting them since their initial release this summer after being impressed with online previews earlier this year... These wonderful sculpts with more articulation really are a innovative way to get me back into a childhood favorite of mine (being right in there with Masters Of The Universe & Transformers)... So, after many unfruitful trips to retailers, (including some early mornings at TRU) back on Halloween day I was finally able to complete my collection of 5-packs & single figure waves 1-3 for both myself & brother Randy. With my renewed interest in the franchise (and an approved big-budget movie in 2009), I signed up on a couple Joe Boards (the HISSTANK rocks! ...I am aka Steel Brigade), & of course I have to make a custom avatar for people to recognize me with as I have posted often as of late. So after a couple months of being faceless I finally got crackin' & did this Scarlett avatar. ^_^ She has always been one of my favorites since childhood, (along with Duke, Cobra Commander, Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow) But I always like to draw the females, so I figured a good way to start with G.I. Joe in my art was an opening avatar with Scarlett!!
I have been thinking about how I would handle G.I. Joe's art style if I was to direct the art for a new animation for it, & one of the things that always seemed in the forefront for my ideas was a subdued color pallett as exampled here. I like the look of the new "Spectacular Spider-Man" (cheeks74) animated series coming up as well as some of the similar art styles & colors found on some of the current Deviant Art galleries I glance at. I always picture the military to be drab & I think Joes should evoke that realism & you will see that in my future Joe works. There is a pretty good chance that G.I. Joe will be my new flavor for a card-format style series in 2008 (like D&D was for me for a while before the fall of the original DDM game in 2007)... As I am hot on the property again & the 25th figures would provide for a different (n0n-sword & sorcerey/fanatsy) element among what is prodominatly my fantasy-inspired work. Basically the best of both worlds with something else I love sounds like a good way to approach the art I create & for this blog in 2008!!
Scarlett's hair & face loosely based on Julianne Hough for modeling...
***UPDATE***: My entry placed 1st in her division & 3rd in the Finals! Thanks Orgers!!
ALSO... He-Man.Org member "HORDAKS HENCHMAN" plans on doing a custom figure of my CASTASPELLA design!! ^_^ (He was also the one who created that cool CATRA custom off my design shown here on the blog), I will keep the site updated with pics & info as this custom figure progresses!!
SETTING: THE FRIGHT ZONE!!
FIGURES from left to right: Grizzlor, Hordak, Roboto, Buzz-Off (captured), FEARLESS PHOTOG (!) (tangled in tree), & Flying Fists He-Man...
AT THE SLIMEPIT: Modulok (blacked-out), Leech, Sy-Klone (trapped), & finally Mantenna.
Here is some history about the piece:
1. A professional trend that I still use today is of course drawing from models. With the case of MOTU I draw from the figures/stactions. This was even true back when I was a child drawing this piece. As you can see everyone but the non-produced Photog is drawn from the toys. I must have used the illustration from Mattel as my reference for him.
2. As a child I always drew entirely in PEN!! So this piece (like my others growing up) was done in ONE TAKE with no erasing!! I used to like the dark lines that pens created as a child because pencil seemed too soft...and I wanted the bold lines that I would see in cartoons & comics. So this piece was completely done with ball-point blue pen, with no erasing!!
3. I must have been pretty excited about "Fearless Photog" as a boy because for me to include a toy I didn't have in my art is pretty unique to this piece!! For those of you not familiar with "Fearless Photog," he was the winning entry for the "Create A Character" contest way back in 1986 by Mattel for the MOTU line. The (then) 11-year-old boy who created him was Nathan Bitner. In the end, Nathan did recieve some prizes from Mattel but the character was never actually produced. -_-
4. This piece is LARGE. 18w X 12h ... on heavy stock paper, clumsily folded & yellowed from age, & scanned in sections! Even though I drew MOTU often as a boy, this maybe the oldest piece I have still available.
Thanks for looking, as I was excited about sharing this on the art blog, because for me this is truly a piece of MY personal Masters Of The Universe History!!
*update* this picture shows up as the 18th most popular image in Google for Sy-Klone, thanks to my brothers for showing me this one!! ^_-
It's my B-day!! (Sept.5th) YAY!! And I like to celebrate by giving something to my fans that have given me so much! And that is in the form of art! So here is a new TEASER "Grindhouse-Style" poster for my upcoming MOTU: BERSERK story! Some of you are aware I have been working on my "Sexy-Jungle-Romp" starring Teela for sometime, & I am still working on it... ~_~
But in the meantime, I thought a movie poster in the style of the Prehistoric Hammer-films that inspired it would be a fun way to celebrate! So I present the teaser poster for MOTU: BERSERK!!
more info on this project here:
The Iconic Wise-Cracking Halfling Adventurer from the stories of D&D.
...& one of my absolute favorites!
I really appreicated her interpretation in the direct-to-video interactive DVD adventure "Scourge Of Worlds"... She was by far the best character, & had some really funny lines! ^_^ You should check out the special edition, it's a great DVD & one of the best D&D things done for media, & it will create a fun afternoon as you make the choices the adventurers take... My friends & I had a good time with this one & that is why Lidda was done for my ~Mini-A-Month series. After seeing "Scourge" I had made up my mind that I was going to do an image of Lidda, Regdar, & Mialee, & here is the first of the 3, presented in my card format before the final composition which will be featured on this blog in the future.
Oh Yeah, Did I mention Lidda ROCKS? ^_-
If you missed out on LYRANDAR SKYFIRE CAPTAIN Please See Below!!:
***UPDATE*** My Lidda illustration is the #1 picture in GOOGLE's image search 2008!!
I was lucky enough to attend GO!GO!7188's first solo USA tour & reworked my previous art for the "Pulp/Japan Nite" image to reflect Yuu's new outfit with a new background to reinterpret the orange & black theme of the new tour merchandise.
SHOWTIME: 8.7.07 7:30 Peelander Z/GO!GO!7188
Much to my surprise, GOGO is back 5 months after the Japan Nite tour, this time on their own terms! The day kicked-off with the unfortunate circumstance of my good friend Jeff's gf Jamie being sick & the 2 of them not being able to attend because of it. -_- Jeff's a good man & wanted to take care of her, & was kind enough to take us to the train in New Haven, & pick us up & let us crash at his lair anyway. ^_- With his great directions Mike & I hit the train, subway, & the Knitting factory 2 hours early, & I can tell you the line was already formed!! @_@ We landed about 10th in line. It was very structured & on time for any venue. Smart boys that we are... we went staright for the dealers table stage-left upon entering where new shirts & cd's were sold. Upon our entering I immediately spotted my #1 girl YUU (singer/guitarist) standing by the table, fanboy that I am I rushed over to her & asked if I could take my picture with her, she kindly agreed so I wrapped my arm around her waist & had Mike take a snap. followed by me taking one of him & her. It was a DREAM come true. @_@ One of my top 5 J-Rock bands of all time & I get a pic with my #1 mastergirl! Who could ask for more! We grabbed some new shirts & headed towards the front of the stage on YUU's future side. The show opened up with the performance-punk-act Peelander Z, which was very entertaining with their sentai-style outfits & crowd "on stage/off stage" participation. About 10 minutes later GOGO came out plugged in & we were off!! They ripped through a 15+ set of classics from their newest hit & as far back to their orignal debut material. There was a cute interaction with the band that sparred AKKO's new Kiss-egg collection from a NYC toyshop & YUU's love for Crispy Creme dounuts, plus some extended versions of songs played flawlessly. Faves of mine included their cover of "Cutie Honey" as well as the surf-rock anthem "Aa Seishun"... They did 1 encore that included the fan-fave "C7," & were very kind to their adoring NYC fans. When the show concluded MK & I hung out to see if we could score some autographs & you bet we did. I spotted AKKO immediately in the tix hall & tracked her down to sign my "Best Of GO!GO!" CD (she drew a dog & signed her name + bass)... I gave her my sharpie so she could sign more autopgraphs for "un-pened" fans & she thanked me & patted my shoulder. ^_- MK & I immediately tracked down YUU for an autograph in the art gallery/sales room & thanked her & she thanked us...by far one of the BEST show experiences I have ever had with some truly unique experiences, (like meeting the band!!), & I can't say enough positive things about one of my all-time favorite bands GO!GO!7188!!
YUU rocking out!!
YUU's custom Fender Telecaster after the show!!
AKKO signs autographs for fans...w/my sharpie...
YUU & ME!!
Before the concert @ the Tokyo Alice Art Gallery...She is much smaller than I am but I am leaning way down for the picture ^_-...
*Wicked Pictures taken by Chris Para & Mike Kingman, special thanks to Jeff Katin*
Here's some footage of the awesome show from an AKKO fan on YouTube...
Manatsu no Dance Hall...
Band Introduction + Cutie Honey...
REVIEW: STAN BUSH - In This Life
Want to listen to one of the best CD's of 2007, then checkout Stan Bush's official website & order a copy of "In This Life"... as a long-time fan with radio experience I can tell you it is his most electrifying release to date! All of the songs are well-crafted melodic hard rock with hooks that will have you playing the CD again & again. Songs like "I'll Never Fall" & "In This Life" are some of his best anthems to date & should be the new standard for arena rock. Original ventures like the Spanish-flavored ballad "Southern Rain" & the more commercial neo-classically inspired melody of "Waiting For You" are some of Stan's most inspired works yet. Each song sounds like it belongs with the rest of the album & flows from hard rock to power ballads effortlessly with a lyrical focus on the positive aspects of life & getting through those tough times. This album has some of the best moments in his discography like the exciting guitar riffs & solos, keyboard accents, & soaring vocals on songs like "This Moment" or 1 of Stan's new USA exclusive tracks, the sensational TF anthem "Til All Are One", which is a absolute crunching theme & one of my all-time favorite songs in his career. The CD also includes a brand new 2007 recording of Stan's biggest hit "The Touch" which sounds like a fresh take on a true classic. This new CD has a crisp look with some amazing art sure to grab Metal fans & AOR fans alike. I think this is Stan's best release to date & listening will give you a unique experience in your CD library as the 2007 album your friends need to hear.
Good times with good friends...
I also had a chance to meet & get an autograph from David Kaye who was very comical, & personable ("where you from?") & voiced Megatron since Beast Wars till the present & will be voicing Optimus Prime in the new CN "TF Animated" series. Other fun moments included the Hasbro Panel, where it was revealed that we will be getting more "Classics" figures! And of course the Awards Party, where we got an incredible concert, a bag of very cool free swag including a TF 80's t-shirt, 2007 Movie Poster, & Movie Bumblebee "BEE-OTCH" air freshner. What was also funny was that one of Hasbro's Lead Girl Rep's, the now infamous red-headed siren Vickie, was all over our table & wouldn't give us a break, she wanted us 4 boys out on that dance floor & she wouldn't give up, too funny from a good-looking Hasbro girl with some mean moves...in the end she won. ^_-
might post some pics of my mighty swag later in the week...stay tuned...
Lyrandar Skyfire Captain... A very useful piece for us fans of "Chaotic Good", I know I liked having him on my team. Not a great looking Mini but I tried to do him justice as he has a very LOTR feel to him. This was the last drawing I did for my "Unhallowed Composition" presented here for the 1st time in the D&D ~AMAM Card format I have been working with. I fully plan on finishing the comp... possibly around Halloween time. With DDM 1.0 coming to an end, (as it was annouced in August 2007), I don't how many more of these DDM cards I will actually be doing as I am not sure of my future just yet with the game. The good news is I'm optimistic about the up-and-coming 2.0... And I also have a few drawings of DDM 1.0 that are already completed, & I promise to finish those up ^_- ....plus most of my favorite minis I have never drawn, so I may just get inspired sometime to draw them... Jafari-style!!
You can see the original "Lyrandar SkyFire Captain" Miniature here:
Here is part 2 of my new personal project for D&D Minatures "A-Mini-A-Month."
This time featuring the "Dwarf Battlerager" from Unhallowed. This was the 1st image I colored for this project (3rd drawn) & he was actually a Chaotic swap suggested by my brother Brian for the "Cormyrean War Wizard" to have the complete Chaotic Good gel for the combined final "Unhallowed" image (still planned). In the meantime enjoy the "Dwarf Battlerager" as the AMAM card version!
This repaint of the "Vampire Hunter" (based on the actual repaint of the VH that was made) , is dedicated to my champion DDM friend Erik Nelson, who has given me & my peeps so much help & time in both the teaching of the game, as well as with beefing-up our collections. He helped to influence me & my friends collecting, as well as definately starting the DDM game with his kindness in helping a group of us see what an enjoyable experience DDM can be. I can't thank him enough... he actually gave me the following mini for my collection! Thanks Erik, this one's for you!
I came up with this concept of a new art challenge for myself in some of my rare spare-time ...doing at least one art piece of a D&D Mini every month... Thus "A-Mini-A-Month" was born. ^_^ Showcasing at least one of my faveorite D&D Minatures from the 100's to choose from in a character illustration card-style format... once a month. So I developed a card that looks a bit like the official WOTC card's but will be colorizing them different to what I think is a better colored background for the Mini I am presenting. The Mini will be in full color & my drawing interpretation of the actual Minature game piece itself. I think it will keep the blog fresh, challenge myself to work on these inbetween my other ongoing art projects, as well as get to deliver some illustrations of some of my faveorite Minis which may not appear in some of my illustrations otherwise that appear here on this blog. These first 2 where created for a bigger "Unhallowed" illustration (with background) that will probably appear on the blog later, but for now my Mini-A-Month starts off with 2 of my faveorite Uncommons from the Unhallowed series... Vampire Hunter & Cleric Of Sune!
See the minatures the art is based on here at the official Miniature gallery of Unhallowed, DDM's 1st series release of 2007...
Here's some of my Avatar's I created for the MOTU forums, etc. all using my #1 Master Girl Teela!
This 1st one I created in 2005 when I posted my 1st artwork on He-Man.Org. I felt I needed an Avatar to express my art when people saw me for the 1st time & Teela was the perfect choice! It is a mix of Classic & 200X Teela...so I'm celebrating both old & new skool...basically you have 200X Teela in Classic Teela's outfit, the actual Avatar differs slightly from this image as there is a flat pale yellow packground rather than the strong yellow of the Eternian sky used in some of my imagery (based on the 200X Animation color palette). This is the full version of the image. I use this pic as my Teela "template" for her hair & face porprtions & still use a version of this basic Avatar today...
The following Teela Avatars were all created in 2006...
This next avatar was made as a promotion for the "MOTU BERSERK" Illustrated Story, I specifically drew it for the sadly now defunct "Grayskull Chronicles" website to generate some interest, & it certainly did! The final avatar was cropped to titalate the viewer... ^_- Although this scantily clad Teela will not be the final version. Neither will the other version seen in a preview in this blog as I am currently still working on this Jungle Girl Adventure project at this time ...although I promise the final version will be something very similar! ^_-) Anyways the fans seem to enjoy the sexy romp that awaits & this was a great way to see what the hardcore art fanbase thought, & thankfully they liked it! ^_-
This Teela Avatar was made for He-Man.Org as an update taken from my "King Of Castle Grayskull" work with a new background, & remains currently unused...
This final Teela Avatar was created for this blog (as a profile image) recolored off of the SD Art Collection featuring 200X Teela in "classic colors"
More ALL NEW art to come so stay tooned!!!...
The show itself was called "Japan Nite US Tour 2007" & was made up of 6 bands, the only one (even with our vast knowledge ^_^) which we were really familiar with was GOGO as we are longtime fans, but it also featured some REALLY nice surprises, like the marching rock band "Asakusa Jinta", Okinawa Jpop band "HY", & all girl-brass aces "Pistol Valve..." There was also some nice moments by the loud alt rockers "The Emeralds," & the wacky punk-inspired "The 50 Kaitenz." We had an awesome time, Jeff took a TON of pics, & treasured cd's & coveted t-shirts were bought by all!
Anyone who knows me well enough, (or was @ the concert for that matter) knows what a GOGO fanatic I am as well as that I have a major crush on lead singer/guitarist oober cute shortstuff Yuu, so I made sure I got as close as I could and spent the show about 3 feet away from her & her gorgeous axe! *heart*
Being this close to Yuu made my my night ultra sweet & absolutely unforgettable as they ran through a barrage of my fave GOGO surf-rock songs from their earliest days to their current hits!
*wicked pictures taken by Jeff Katin*
A special dedication image to Leslie Burke, Queen of Terabithia...
Ever since I've seen the film "Bridge To Terabithia," & become quite enchanted with it, I've felt the need to do some artwork based on my faveorite character... Leslie, here she is leading you away from the troubles of day-to-day, & into a magic land ready to capture your imagination, while making you strong enough to confront your greatest fears!...
Since the movie is based on a book, the image is presented as a "breaking the frame" book cover...
BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA - PAN'S LABYRINTH ~MOVIES January - February 2007
BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA
From time to time I like to take a moment away from my artwork gallery & mention some artistic things that I find inspiring or that I just really enjoy, & events, movies, & music are in that catagory... so I'm gonna do a little fanlove here for 2 movies I saw these past 2 months that really blew my doors off...At first I thought Pan's Labyrinth was going to be "the movie to beat" this year when I saw it in January (& I am still with high hopes for fan faveorites like Spider-Man 3 / Transformers / 300 etc. possibly taking the #1 spot for me as "Best Film of 2007.") ...I also think in taking an overview of the year as a whole it seems that 2007 will easily be one of the best movie years we've had in recent times ... But then sometimes a movie shows up like this one & it just hits me... hard... although I never expected it to...never mind having it possibly be the BEST film of 2007!
That brings me to this FANTASTIC family film that way surpasses anything in depth, emotion, & real-life types of stuff with a mix of fantasy & imagination than I have seen in years... I highly recommend seeing "BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA"... The cast is sensational & the movie is brilliant! It's the first time I had seen this type of subject matter handled in such a realistic way for a young cast & even though the fantasy element is what drew me to see the movie, the movie ended up being so much more than that & I can't praise it enough for how refreshing, charming, & what an emotional experience it was. So ya, I loved it...
"KEEP YOUR MIND WIDE OPEN..." One of the major reasons why I loved the film so much was for starlet AnnaSophia Robb, who played "Leslie" in the film... a quirky, fashion savy student writer, & basically summed up why we need more artistic, creative imaginative, free-spirited people in this world, who are able to take you away from the day-to-day, and invigorate your passion & mind. I know everyone who I went to see the film with adored her & she took us on an emotional rollercoaster ride. She was basically the girl-next-door us artsy-types wish we had growing up next to us when we were in our youths...
So go see the film & find out exactly what I'm talking about, it's definately a bonified classic in my opinion... ^_-
So...I've seen quite a few films already for being so early in 2007 but the other STAND-OUT feature I saw (so far) this year was the dark & somewhat disturbing "Pan's Labyrinth." definately a hard film to watch & like BTT, the fantasy aspect was only a smaller part of a bigger story. This film is astonishingly beautiful, & also very emotional & violent, so it's defianetly for the 16 & up crowd. The film is presented in it's original Spanish dialogue with English subtitles (which I vastly perfer) and has a haunting soundtrack that you will immediately recognize upon hearing it again. This film is more about war (& growing up inside of one) than the mystical elements, but presents both aspects in a solidly frightful way & will defiantely be a film you won't forget, although I can't recommend it to everyone like BTT, (although with the multiple academy awards it just won, I'm sure it will reach a broader audience) I can recommend it for those with an open mind & a love for indie-house foreign films that break all the normal stereotypical boundries... brave films that make bold statements, instead of being the usual types of films that we are bombarded with & get immune to... so if it sounds like your kinda movie... do yourself a favor & check it out... it ROX!
Every year I host J-Rock (Japanese rock music) events & this past February was one of them in which I designed 12+ covers for a collection.
Featured artists were GALNERYUS, ANNA TSUCHIYA, & MUCC! ^_^
I'm presenting 2 here:
The 1st one is for the buzz-rock group KETCHUP MANIA & is a spoof on the classic Heinz label...
The 2nd is for the disbanded Visual Rock cosplay group PSYCHO LE CEMU & is a reversable cover based on a a "Graphic-T" series...