Yo dawg, look what I finally got around to finishing for you. 😉
Cross another one off the list…
Yo dawg, look what I finally got around to finishing for you. 😉
Cross another one off the list…
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).
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. 😉
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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…
There were three more sketch cards in January’s shipment from COMC, so let’s end the month with a quick post showing ’em off!
The kinda iffy, if you’re feeling exceptionally diplomatic about it, Hit-Girl only cost $3, which more-or-less made up for the rad Lady Demon and She-Hulk pushing the edge of my spending comfort zone. I checked eBay for Chaos sketch cards though, and at least at the time, $12.44 had everything on there beat by $7.50, at minimum. Shulkie was the most expensive, but I can justify the purchase without too much difficulty. All three together weighed in at under $10 per card, and the main two kick ass, so I’m content. 😛
In other news, I added a few more Single Page Sensations on top of the metric buttload I added in my previous post, and I’m going to make like Baseball Card Breakdown and cut full player collections off at 100 cards, which means a fair amount of my lesser Nomahs, Vlads, Rynos, Aramiseseses, and maybe Ichiros are about to become available.
That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by, and seeya in February! 🙂
A storm is coming…
The prize for winning The Junior Junkie’s Nerd Week Contest arrived yesterday, and I nearly paid for it with my life! That’s an exaggeration, but the box was huge (over $18 to ship!), and I was on my way out, so I stupidly decided to carry it over to the parents’ place with me. Conditions were also way worse than I was expecting, and my main shoes are super old generic Shape-Ups types with no traction left on them.
Basically, it was a recipe for disaster, and, long story short, disaster indeed struck. I ended up crashing and burning pretty bad on hidden ice patch close to halfway between here and there. I hit the back of my head on the sidewalk, but I popped back up pretty quickly without difficulty, no wooziness or anything that would indicate being concussed. A couple of folks I had passed a short ways back quickly came to my assistance helped me get my bearings and everything I dropped. Very grateful to them for that.
The pain was mostly gone within a couple of blocks of continuing on my way, and any lingering head pain has minimal and infrequent, though I will get checked out if the random, brief little twinges of discomfort persist. I finally managed to make it over to the parents’ place without further incident, and after getting cleaned up, I was finally ready to cut the tape and dig into the box!
And so I dug, and dug, and dug some more! There was a LOT more in there than the DVD. Are you ready to be as blown away by the thought and effort and generosity that went into this amazing prize package as we (the parents were very impressed too) were?
Here’s the handwritten note TJ sent, congratulating me and running down the contents.
Of course, the DVD was in there. Say what you will about Family Guy in general, but the Star Wars specials are always straight up inspired. Gonna enjoy this. 🙂
I’m taking this back to the parents’ place next time I’m over, because it is small and plushy and can safely be thrown around over there during the rare lulls when we aren’t skewering anything and everything on TV MST3K-style or talking about generally geeky and/or nerdy things when dad, my little brother, and me are all there at the same time.
I love art. I am an artist (allegedly), after all. But I can’t afford much original art beyond relatively cheap sketch cards very often, so this is was a super awesome thing to find in the box! It’s a fantastic piece and I absolutely love it! 😀
Styx and The Who will definitely get some airplay around here, and I’m not quite as down on Dane Cook as most, so I’ll be giving that a listen at some point as well.
Under the CDs, you can sorta see the corner of one of the pair of monstrously huge Pinnacle screwdown holders. I swear I took a picture of them along with everything else, but I can’t find it. Anyway, they are so ridiculously thick and heavy that they might legitimately be able to stop a bullet.
I didn’t know what this was because I’m a lazy millennial, but mom seemed to recognize it and thought it was pretty cool. I read a little bit about them when I got back to my place. Very interesting, and I will be keeping it on me.
I’ve always wanted to go to Mardi Gras (because I’m sure my antisocial arse being around hundreds of thousands of loud, crazy, drunk people for an extended period of time would go just peachy), but thanks to TJ, a little bit Mardi Gras has come to the frozen wastes of the Midwest. He notes they’re the real deal in the above letter, so I can’t help but wonder what he had to do to acquire them…
Anyway, I’m just glad he sent beads and not the terrifying New Orleans Pelicans King Cake Baby.
There aren’t enough NOPE gifs in the world… My apologies for the impending nightmares, ladies and gentlemen. We should probably just move on with a quickness.
There were four different things in pouches, and my trying them out went badly. I definitely haven’t acquired these tastes yet. The Lychee was the best in a walk, and it kinda tasted like accidentally getting fruit-scented soap in your mouth. But the experience was still worth the while and very much-appreciated.
You know, we’ve gotten this far and haven’t even made it to the cards yet!
But they were there, and they were many. I tore off the old shipping labels on the outer boxes before I took the pictures, just to be safe.
The top box had tons of Ryne Sandbergs, Mark Graces, and a random assortment of other Cubbies. The bottom had miscellaneous non-sport stuff and some unopened junkwax era packs, most of which I will be drawing on the backs of at later dates. Twas also home to the blue and silver beads.
The completely full box was bananas, with large amounts of 2012 Panini Golden Age, 2011 Panini Americana, and 2012 Topps Summer Olympics, as well as some Goodwin Champions, Allen & Ginter inserts, more random non-sport and entertainment cards, and the occasional hockey card.
The big pack sittling in the middle of everything is a pack of 1986 Donruss All-Stars, which may be posted on A Pack to be Named Later at some point, and the rest will get a post of their own here once I’ve scanned some of them.
Since around half of the set was there, I’m definitely going to chase the Summer Olympics set now. The other big stacks didn’t have enough for me to justify it, but I’m keeping a Single Page of both Goodwin Champions and Golden Age, as well as the vintage-ish Star Wars cards, and probably a fair amount of other things.
Finally, this card not part of the prize package. This card is for a commission. On the back of this 1989 Topps Traded Ken Griffey Sr. card, I will be drawing Ken Griffey Jr. from his RC, the very next card in the same set. I loved the idea and will get to work on it as soon as my body stops being so creaky and achy.
For this commission I was paid $12, and even the money was worth mentioning. Check it out!
Yes, that is a two-dollar bill. I’m pretty sure haven’t seen one of those since back in the late-1990s when I got one back as change at one of the last card shows held at the local mall.
Easily the coolest looking piece of US currency that still spends.
There you have it. This has to be in the running for the single greatest card blog prize package ever made. The amount of time, thought, effort, and money that must have went into this making it possible boggles the mind. I know TJ puts a ton of effort into his collection and his posts, so maybe it comes as no surprise he’d go all-out on a prize package, but I am still beyond honored and humbled to be its recipient.
Thank you, TJ! And thanks to everyone for stopping by!
It was worth the pain…
Just basically been crying off & on for the past 20 minutes. I was just going to post stuff I got in a trade when I got back tonight. I don’t think the words to describe the importance and awesomeness of Ernie Banks have been invented yet. I… I dunno what to say. I’m just gonna leave these artistic renditions of the brightest and most revered star in my team’s rich history.
I guess that all these
tears mean I still have a soul
Thank you for all the
memories of your great life
in the greatest pastime, Ernie
We’ll miss you forever, Mr. Cub…
As the title states, most of these were originally drawn in 2011, and it took me until almost a week ago to finally get around to coloring (and in some cases, inking) them. So we might as well take a looksie at them on the ol’ blogaroonie. It never stopped me before, but be aware there be edited nekkidness at the end of this post. So if you don’t wish to see it, stop reading this post after the sixth card.
First up is the Green Lantern known as Guy Gardner. He’s kind of a douche, but I sure did color him nice.
Batting second is a slickly-shaded Punisher. A little too slickly-shaded for how mediocre the sketch originally was, but that probably goes without saying. I am who I am, after all.
Hawkman has never been a great or terribly interesting character, but one of the very few complaints I have about the DCAU is that they turned him into a kinda creepy weirdo stalker.
Batting cleanup is the surpringly well-represented in cartoon form Firestorm. Dig that Kirby Krackle in the background. It’s much, much easier to make with marker than pen, by the way. My hand is grateful.
Screw dat red bullshizz, Nightwing wears blue. You’d have to pay me at least double to commission any New52 character designs. New52 is the brown streak on the freshly cleaned underwear of DC Comics.
Ah, I was coloring so well until I got to her face. *le sigh*
We have come to the end, so if you do not desire to see blotted out lady parts, scram now or forever hold your peas.
Yep. There you go. Nekkid Rogue. Someday the unedited version will probably make it to deviantArt or something. Or you could buy it and have the poorly drawn lady parts all to yourself.
Same goes for everything else. As always, on art posts like this, pretty much everything is for sale or trade. So if you see something you wanna own, hit me up and we can work something out.
Thanks for stopping by!
Until our next..
Just a quickie post before I hit the hay, because I have to get up relatively early tomorrow to see the next airing of Wrestle Kingdom 9 that I didn’t make it over in time to see tonight (I ate almost a whole pizza and inked & colored a few more old sketch cards instead). So I present you one of the last four sketch cards I did in the waning days of 2014.
As the title indicates, this is indeed Starfire of the Teen Titans. She is one of my go-to sketch card characters, because quite frankly, coloring white people is kinda tedious and boring. I just like coloring a lot more in general when I can use vibrant, interesting colors. Anyway, I felt like I was putting entirely too much effort into these cards while I was doing them, since I didn’t put near as much effort into the earlier stages, but I don’t hate how things turned out. Anything but perfect, but a fairly spirited effort, I’d say.
Pretty much all the cards I do are available, so if you should ever happen to like anything I do enough to want to own it, hit me up and we can work something out!
That’s all I’ve got for now. Thanks for stopping by.
Until our next…