Not Much Blogging, But Still Arting

I’m probably never blogging in any meaningful way on WordPress ever again, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t still been collecting cards and doing stuff.  In fact, dedicating approximately zero seconds to this blog over the past several months has freed up enough time that even my uncannily lazy & hopelessly unfocused ass has been able to settle down a bit here & there to create a decent amount (for me anyway) of art.  So I figure I might as well show off a few of my better works from the “after I bought a tablet & started using Instagram” era (established early July, 2015).

Star Wars Sketch Cover..

Rey Star Wars Sketch Cover..

First up is the most recent, a Star Wars Shattered Empire #1 sketch cover of Rey from the upcoming Force Awakens.  I think I spent somewhere between five and six hours on this early Saturday morning.  Turned out alright. 😉

Kyle and Jake..

Kyle and Jake..

You’ll notice the faces are more accurate than a lot of my baseball sketch cards these days, because I just grabbed the reference photos off the internets instead of trying to work from a tiny baseball card.  Thanks, tablet!

Bo Jackson..

Bo Jackson sketch card..

See what I mean?  Not a terrible coloring job at least, despite using filtery, washed out A&G as reference.  Meh, I like this card less every single time I look at it.  Let’s just move on.

Lou Gehrig sketch card..

Lou Gehrig sketch card..

They turn out alright sometimes though. I’m not entirely displeased with my performance on Lou anyway.  Now might be a good time to remind everyone that, while technically I am doing this for my health (I’ve noted before, arting is good for my emotional state), I would very much like to turn my art around for a little extra cash, or at the very least, some nice new cards to add to my personal collection.  So if you see something you like, do not hesitate to leave a comment or email me or tweet me or something so we can work out a deal!

Kershaw!

Kershaw!

Moving on, we have this Clayton Kershaw I drew/inked up well before I had the tablet/Instagram, but didn’t get around to coloring until a little while after.

Mr. Terrific..

Mr. Terrific..

If you’ve ever noticed I do way more DC sketch cards than Marvel, the reason pretty much entirely is because my dad has way more DC books with excellent photo reference.  He does have lots of Marvel books too, but they aren’t nearly as photo-heavy as the DC ones, which was kinda important when I didn’t have any way to access the interwarbs over there.

Heel & Face Captains..

Heel & Face Captains..

I’m not sure why I leaned so heavily on dad’s books for reference after I bought the tablet, but apparently I did for at least a little while.

Big Barda sketch card..

Big Barda sketch card..

This Barda sketch card is a very rare and special occurrence!  It’s one of the only cards I’ve ever completed where I liked the pencils & inks well enough, but felt like my color job almost ruined it.

Charlotte/Becky Lynch sketch card puzzle..

Charlotte/Becky Lynch sketch card puzzle..

Finishing up with some pro graps art.  First up, this dodgy, cartoony, hastily drawn puzzle of Charlotte & Becky Lynch, leaders of seemingly failed, yet actually technically successful, #DivasRevolution.  I started a Sasha & Bayley puzzle too, but it’s still at pencil stage.  And now for a wrestling rant.  Joy…

So if the idea was to be booked on the same level as the guys, well… they are consistently booked like shit too.  So as much as it sucks to say it, more frequent lengthier matches and a small handful of the women on the show getting even semi-defined characters is probably the best anyone could have reasonably hoped for.  It’s a damn shame mainline WWE is almost entirely unwatchable garbage (NXT is excellent, however), but on that sliding (circling the toilet bowl?) scale, the 8-12% of extra effort they’ve put into the divas since 3/4 of NXT’s Four Horsewomen were called up more-or-less puts the women on equal footing with the men.  Isn’t it a shame that the only really viable game in town right now is basically the Springfield Tire Fire?

NXT's Asuka..

NXT’s Asuka/the last thing you see before you die..

It isn’t all bad though.  Whereas mainline WWE is the most shitty wrestling show on the planet right now, their developmental system NXT is the very best (at least until Lucha Underground comes back in 2016).  Longform storytelling in wrestling is such a beautiful thing, and NXT does it very, very well.  The reason Bayley & Sasha Banks at TakOver: Brooklyn was such a huge deal is because that match had been for two years in the making (even if not quite entirely intentionally)!  They do right by both their men and women down there, and it is absolutely mindblowing that the main shows can’t even deliver the slightest hint of gravitas and emotional stakes that NXT does in only an hour a week + a two hour TakeOver special ever couple months or so.

Anyway, the well-traveled and pretty much universally beloved badass Kana recently debuted on NXT under the name Asuka, so I tried to capture the wonderfully terrifying glare she gave Emma & Dana Brooke at the end of her first appearance.

And that’s all I got for now.  Sorry about my not even remotely groundbreaking wrestling rant.  And remember, everything above is available.  Thanks for stopping by!

Until our NXT…

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The Last Hit I Pulled

From a loose pack anyway.

From a 40%-off, $2.99 Lineage fat pack. Clayton Kershaw ’75 Mini Jersey (and Ty Cobb Cloth Sticker)

Didn’t feel like saying much today, but still felt the need to post something for some reason, so there ya go.  Start the bidding (err, trade offers), Dodgers fans!  I’m sure someone out there in the ether has use for Mr. Cobb here too.

The boring backs.  Shades of blue are nice at least. And the anagram is kinda brain asplody..

That’s all I got for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

1/2-Priced Blasters… from Target?!?!

But they never have ANY cards on sale.  They did on Sunday Sunday Sunday though, so I got some 2008 stinkers they finally got desperate enough to slash the price on: 2008 Bowman football and pretty f*ckup 2008 Stadium Club baseball.  I can get behind those for $10 instead of $20, so I did.  Let’s see how I did.

2008 Bowman Football (7 packs, 5 cards per pack, guaranteed jersey per blaster)

I should mention that, being mostly rookies, I’m not going to know very many of these guys, because in four weeks this year I’ve probably seen twice as much football as I saw all of last year.  With that said, here’s

Pack 1

125 Andre Fluellen Lions RC

139 Bryan Kehl Football Giants RC

152 Zack Bowman Bears RC- Keeper!

157 Chaz Schilens Raiders RC Gold Parallel

BC32 Paul Hubbard Browns RC Chrome

Pack 2

56 Chad Ochocinco (Johnson)

46 Larry Johnson

99 Dallas Clark

245 Tavares Gooden Ravens RC Gold Parallel

BC27 Jack Williams Broncos RC Chrome

Scoring Drive ad- They still put these in packs? 😮

Pack 3

56 Chad Ochocinco (Johnson)- I

46 Larry Johnson- Got

99 Dallas Clark- Bipped!

52 Michael Turner Gold Parallel

BC18 Justin King Rams RC Chrome

Checklist 1 of 3

Scoring Drive waste of tree.  Seriously, they killed a tree to make these stupid ads!

Now I understand why topps makes you open their blasters from the bottom… at least they kicked me a jersey and parallel of a starting QB this time.

Pack 4

170 Joe Flacco Ravens RC- Sadly it wasn’t this starting QB.

225 Sam Baker Falcons RC

238 Calais Campbell Cardinals RC

228 Sedrick Ellis Saints RC Gold Parallel

BC9 Brad Cottam Chiefs RC Chrome

Scoring Drive blah blah blah.  Just know there was one in every effin pack. :/

Pack 5

256 Shawn Crable Patriots RC

232 Dre Moore Bucs RC

247 Philip Wheeler Colts RC

124 Tom Zbikowski Ravens RC Gold Parallel

BC4 Duane Brown Texans RC Chrome

Pack 6

159 Timothy Hightower Cardinals RC- Tim Hightower = badass, Timothy Hightower = NERD!!

156 Jerome Felton Lions RC

147 Kenneth Moore Lions RC

167 Brian Brohm Packers RC Gold Parallel

BC39 Jalen Parmele Dolphins RC Chrome

Pack 7

18 Jeff Garcia- Most underrated QB ever?

31 Marion Barber

175 Josh Johnson Bucs RC Blue Parallel #ed 184/500- I didn’t say it was an amazing starting QB.  He’s starting now though, so that’s pretty cool.

23 Tarvaris Jackson Gold Parallel

BC30 Justin Tryon Redskins RC

The jersey was in it’s own separate lil cello pack, and it was…

DJ-JL Jake Long Draft Day Jersey- An offensive lineman, but I’m not complaining.  He’s quality.

2008 Stadium Club (8 packs, 5 cards per pack)

The odds were pretty astronomical with 1:60 packs being the easiest pull for ANYTHING.

Pack 1

112 Joey Votto Reds RC

31 Carl Crawford

37 Hanley Ramirez

76 Johan Santana

140 Max Scherzer D-Backs RC 1st Day Issue- Shoulda guessed.  Surprised I didn’t get Scherzer in the football blaster.

Pack 2

115 Brandon Boggs Rangers RC

68 Gary Sheffield

11 David Ortiz- Keeper if I don’t have it yet.

104 Gregor Blanco Braves RC

122 Jonathan Herrera Rockies RC 1st Day Issue

Such pretty pretty photography.  How could they have messed this up so badly? 😦

Pack 3

29 Delmon Young

4 Todd Helton

116 Johnny Cueto Reds RC

58 Jose Reyes

132 Kosuke Fukudome Cubs RC 1st Day Issue- Have it, so I can trade this one.

Checklist

Pack 4

73 Greg Maddux

52 Vernon Wells

88 Hideki Matsui

14 Prince Fielder

147 Radhames Liz O’s RC

Pack 5

131 Sean Rodriguez Angels RC

80 Ryan Braun

82 Manny Ramirez

56 Garrett Atkins

112 Joey Votto other Reds RC 1st Day Issue

Pack 6

119 Jed Lowrie Red Sox RC

1 Chase Utley

85 Matt Holliday

50 David Wright

107 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers RC

Pack 7

53 Josh Hamilton

133 Chin-Lung Hu Dodgers RC

125 Josh Banks Padres RC

13 Alex Rodriguez

125 Josh Banks Padres other RC 1st Day Issue

Checklist

Pack 8

109 Garrett Mock Nats RC

23 Thom Glavine- Eh, it’d almost make sense in this set.

142 Greg Smith A’s RC

74 Rich Harden- Keeper!

131 Sean Rodriguez Angels other RC 1st Day Issue

And that’s the end of this beautiful disaster set blaster.  Everything not a keeper is available for trade, as always.  For this set, I’m looking for all the Cubbies I don’t have, which is all of them except for Harden & the 1st Day Issue Fukudome, and all the legends except for Honus Wagner & the 1st Day Issue Babe Ruth (already got ’em).

I’m not feeling so well, but one final note before I go, after watching Monday Night Football I can say this with confidence: Aaron Rodgers > Brett Favre

Until our next…