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…

My Nerdiest Thing…

Lynna Sage from something I'm writing, currently under the working title Nexus Eternum..

Lynna Sage from something I’m writing, currently under the working title Nexus Eternum..

…is my art.

Sketch cards of Big E and AJ Lee..

Sketch cards of Big E and AJ Lee..

Drawing is probably the one thing I enjoy above all else.

Musician Dia Frampton..

Musician Dia Frampton..

Deciding to draw again may have even saved my life when I was at my lowest point.

Thing and Wonder Woman..

Thing and Wonder Woman sketch cards..

In the here-and-now, drawing relaxes me and is all-around helpful to my emotional wellbeing.

@Heinekenrana..

@Heinekenrana..

I don’t think there’s anything more essential to me.

Derek Jeter sketch card..

Derek Jeter sketch card..

Losing anything else, it may hurt forever, but I’ll deal.

Evie Wonder Woman sketch cover..

International indie wrestling star Evie on Wonder Woman sketch cover..

But even if I’m a laughably mediocre artist (and in many aspects I am), my art makes me more whole than I’ve ever been.

Stephen Strasburg sketch card..

Stephen Strasburg sketch card..

If anything I do ever becomes a thing, my art will still be important to me.

Indy wrestling star Hania..

Indy wrestling star Hania..

It centers me…

Lex Luthor, Starfire, and Green Lantern Arisia sketch cards..

Lex Luthor, Starfire, and Green Lantern Arisia sketch cards..

It heals me…

Fitness competitor/model Chie Terui..

Fitness competitor/model Chie Terui..

It completes me…

Dejah Thoris (Edited) sketch..

Dejah Thoris (Edited) sketch..

When I draw, it’s as close to deeply passionate about something as I ever get.

Sketch card of rising international wrestling star Evie..

Sketch card of international wrestling star Evie..

That passion is why I have to consider it my ultimate nerdy thing.

Expos Legend Tim Raines and Yankees prospect Luis Torrens repurposed sketch cards..

Expos Legend Tim Raines and Yankees prospect Luis Torrens repurposed sketch cards..

Thank you for stopping by.

Under the Broken Moon, from my big idea for a BSG-esque Thundarr revival..

Thundarr/Under the Broken Moon concept art..

Until our next…

Gypsy Queen is Sexy

Some stuffs from my retail value pack:

Mariano Rivera Framed Paper parallel /999. Pee Wee Reese, Josh Hamilton, and DerekGreen Framed bonus parallels. Johnny Mize SP. Alex Rodriguez Jersey! Hank Conger & Rogers Hornsby regular minis, Edwin Jackson Gypsy Queen back mini..

Not the best picture, but as with the binder pages from the flea market, pretty solid for webcam.  Doesn’t even begin to do these beauties justice though.  Not even scan do these bad mamma-jammas justice, though.  You gots to see them in person for yourself.  I’m going to make a most likely futile attempt at collecting either the bonus or Framed Paper parallel sets, so if you got, I’m after ’em.  Everything else except Hornsby is available, but you better come right if you want ARod.

In other news, I FINALLY got some packages sent.  My Cardboard Mistress, Punk Rock Paint, Sooz, and Paul‘s stuff is on the way.  Marie‘s will be going out once I find out if I should include any Lakers.

Guess that’ll do it for this one.  Gonna bust a (full 24-pack) box of Upper Deck Disney-Pixar Treasures that I picked up for $9.99 at Target last night, and possibly call the police on my upstairs neighbor if the f***ing thumping doesn’t stop (and will be logging my 4th complaint [not counting two or three other occasions I intended to, but didn’t get to it] with the office regardless, all in less than two damn months!).

Rant mode off.

Seriously, Gypsy Queen is worth buying…

Blaster Stuffs Part 1

Awhile back (mid-November I think) I picked up some blasters at Shopko.  All $20 ones were on sale for $14.99, and I had a thing for $10 off a $40 or more purchase, so that knocked an extra $2.50 off each of the four I picked up, making them $12.50 apiece.  They were all 2010, topps206, topps Heritage, topps Chrome (all baseball), and Bowman Platinum (football).  So here’s a look at what I pulled from 206 and Heritage.  We’ll do the Chrome and Platinum another day.

My only two probable keepers from the 206 blaster..

A few of the better bronze parallels. Might keep Cueto due to the epic hair on display.
A mini penny and a history card that’s actually baseball related.
The backs of the Historical Events cards for those that care..
The regular backed minis.
See? Regular backs.
Finally, the mini parallels.
The Baseball Caramels (Pettitte/Feliz) backs are 1:4 packs I guess. The Old Mill (Volquez) is something like 1:20 or 1:22.

Not a great blaster, but the the price being 37.5%-off helped.  Oh yeah, there was a King Felix base card that I’m too lazy to finish editing down to size that I’m keeping.  Also not pictured, Mike Leake RC, and hat SPs of Ryan Braun and Mantle.

Now then, onto the topps Heritage.

First up, some Baseball Thrills. Might keep a couple of these (Hornsby is going to Cards on Cards) unless someone else wants them.
Lots of star power on this one, and a keeper on account of the Ichiro-ness.
My other keeper. Then & Now Whitey & The King.
The shortprints..
Finally, the big hit of the blaster, a Jeets Chrome #’ed to /1961.

Not the greatest blaster, but much better than the 206, for the better keepers from more important personal collections and a better best pull at least.

Seeya next time, when I either get back to the Check Out My Cards stuff, do a trade post, or the second part this with the shinier blasters.  Maybe I’ll even do my best pulls of 2010 list, but probably not.

UPDATE: Can someone please tell me why the borders have gone all wonky in some of my recent posts.  It’s really annoying me. 😡

The new year begins…

2010 Allen & Ginter Mutant Blaster

With my last little bit of cash (at the time), I picked up a blaster of A&G.  I had a little bit more than I thought, and once it was confirmed everything else had already gone through, I made a beeline for card section at Target.  I haven’t been able to spend hardly any money this month on enjoyable stuff, and it had been a really miserable month up to that point, so I needed it.  Fortunately, it turned out nicely I think.  So let’s break it down, shall we?

2010 topps Allen & Ginter Blaster

8 packs; 6 cards per pack

Pack 1

338 Francisco Liriano SP

346 Ryan Theriot SP

325 Brett Gardner SP

331 Huston Street SP

Crack theCode!

NA37 Komodo Dragon National Animals Mini (Indonesia)

TDH17 Joe Mauer This Day in History (April 19th; The American Revolution Begins 1775)

The Komodo Dragon is pretty cool.

Pack 2

326 Aaron Rowand SP

306 Brandon Phillips SP

310 Placido Polanco SP

314 Ivan Rodriguez SP

190 Randy Wolf Black Parallel Mini

TDH14 Justin Verlander This Day in History (February 20th; John Glenn Becomes the First American to Orbit the Earth 1962)

Nothing much to see here...

Pack 3

325 Brett Gardner SP (dupe)

331 Huston Street SP (dupe)

346 Ryan Theriot SP (dupe)

326 Aaron Rowand SP (dupe)

306 Brandon Phillips SP Mini

AGHS2 Mark Buehrle Baseball Sketches (Perfect Game)

Mini SP & a perfect game. There's gonna be lot of no hitter/perfect game commeration sketches in the 2011 set.

Pack 4

322 Gary Matthews SP

319 Austin Jackson Tigers RC SP

350 Alcides Escobar SP

AGHS3 Derek Jeter Baseball Sketches (All-Time Yankees Hits Leader)

MM10 Brachiosaurus Monsters of the Mesozoic

TDH6 Brian Roberts This Day in History (October 9th; Washington Monument Opens to the Public 1888)

Jamie Moyer's pet Brachiosaurus from his youth. Jeter breaking the Yankees hits record. And a good rookie. Solid pack.

Pack 5

308 Adrian Beltre SP

315 Bobby Abreu SP

AGR-RZ Ryan Zimmerman Framed Relic- You can’t really tell in the scan, but there appears to be stitching running across the middle of the swatch.  Isn’t that interesting?

145 Jim Thome Ginter Back Mini Parallel

TDH44 BJ Upton This Day in History (August 21st; The Mona Lisa is Stolen 1911)

Zim relic. I like the red frame better in person than it looked in scans.

Pack 6

338 Francisco Liriano SP (dupe)

332 Ricky Nolasco SP

344 Derek Holland SP

322 Gary Matthews SP (dupe)

64 Josh Beckett Mini

TDH56 Jimmy Rollins This Day in History (November 27th; Baby Face Nelson Dies in a Shoot-Out with the FBI 1934)

Checklist Four of Four

The mini is a plain ol' base. Beat the odds & pulled two of them.

Pack 7

310 Placido Polanco SP (dupe)

313 Ryan Doumit SP

318 Carlos Gonzalez SP

316 Nate McClouth SP

Crack the Code!

LO11 Uranus Lords of Olympus

TDH72 Jay Bruce (April 3; Jesse James is Killed 1882)

lol Uranus...

Pack 8

305 Kelly Johnson SP

308 Adrian Beltre SP (dupe)

315 Bobby Abreu SP (dupe)

350 Alcides Escobar SP (dupe)

138 Javier Vasquez Mini

Crack the Code!

Vasquez was the other base mini. Aaaaand I got no This Day in History in the last pack...

As you can… *Ahem*… I said *Ahem!*  Thank you.  As you can see, all the base cards in the blaster were of the SP variety, and 10 of them show up twice.  Here be the backs.

Dig all those crazy numbers over 300.  Woo…

Everything but the Baseball Sketches, a Theriot, and possibly the Komodo Dragon and/or Brachiosaurus will be available for trade once I unberry myself from all the overdue trades I have to send out already.  All I’m definitely collecting from A&G this year are the Wordsmiths and the Baseball Sketches, though I’m considering half-hearted stabs at the National Animals, Monsters of the Mesozoic, and maybe even the This Day in History sets as well.

Oh and speaking of Ryan Theriot, should I feel as bad about the Dodgers trade as I do?  Because I’m not liking it at all. 😦

Anyway, if you see something you like, lemme know, because only the sketches and one of the Theriots are definitely going into The Lonestarr Personal Collection.  Hm, I like that font for the PC.  Makes it seem grander than it actually is, lol.  Anyway, that’s all for this one!  Seeya.

On the comeback trail…

Trade Bait and a Reminder

Reminder first… My box of ’09 A Piece of History is finally do to arrive today.  As such, I will be busting it in the early evening tonight, live on justin.tv.  The cast shall hopefully commence at around 7pm eastern/6pm central time (pending my cam and mic and the website itself functioning properly, of course).  Anyway, feel free to sign up at at Jtv and join me at the link then.  Or don’t sign up and just be an anonymous and vaguely creepy onlooker that can’t talk in the chat.  Whatever the case, just come by and check it out the box break in glorious crappy webcam-o-vision!

Now then, for the trade bait… Come and get it!

We got mini Chipper jerseys...

Two of 'em!

Maybe football’s your thing?

Not sure Vick will get any interest (which sucks cuz I've got two other jersey cards of him from back in the day too), but maybe the other two will get some interest...

How about teh shiny?

Lew isn't for trade, all the shiny is though!

Some crappy base too…

Pfft Yankees...

A few random Hall of Famers, mayhaps?

Dave Winfield w/ pinstripe

Goooooooose!

Woohoo, not a Yankee!

And finally, the coolest one of all.  Yes, even cooler than big Dave.  Don’t look at me like that.

I'm not sure I even want to trade this one, but if you can offer up something awesome, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The A-Team.

Wait, that’s not right.  But seriously, it’s going to take something especially great to get Ed from me.

Dave Winfield will take something a of above average specialness too.  I’ve considered collecting him for quite some time, so I can always keep him and start that collection if I’m not quite feeling the offer (or don’t get one).

There ya go.  If you see something you like, make your actual offer in the comments section please.  I’m a little (okay a lot, though slightly less so than Beardy :P) slow on the email draw, best if I can get the offers here and just mess with addresses via email.  And this way everybody will know what’s available and what’s been claimed, and what it might take to get any given card(s).  Fair enough?

Seeya when the sun comes up…

Attempted Derek Jeter Sketch Card

As promised, here’s my attempt at a Derek Jeter Sketch card for Sooz of A Cardboard Problem:

I tried...

I tried...

As you can see, by no means is it poorly drawn.  I just completely failed at making it look like jeter.  I dunno what went wrong, because two other sketch cards I attempted before this (and also a similar sized work) of other people looked like who they were meant to look like. :/

He isn’t colored because I lack markers in navy blue and his particular skin tone, and I skipped the gray because I just thought it looked better without any color at all to go with a colored background, though that didn’t turn out quite as I’d envisioned either.  I did mention to Sooz needing practice, and if nothing else, this was definitely a learning experience.

Couple other quickies:

• My 2009 A&G is ordered.  You’ve been put on notice, my fellow Gint-A-Cufflinks.  Or something.

• I pulled an awesome card out of a 1/2-priced pack of 2008 UD Masterpieces from K-Mart this afternoon.  That will be posted as a Random Cool Card I Own soon.  Alas, retail Masterpieces has already been posted at A Pack to be Named Later, so the pack itself won’t be seen on there.

Ironically, the pack posted on APtbNL had three of the four cards in the other pack of Masterpieces I bought (all except former White Sox slugger Frank Thomas; got current White Sox slugger Jim Thome instead).  Madness.  And… I’m out.

Until our next…