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…
I guess I better get to the 2015 round of resolutions I cannot possibly keep while we’re still in the afterglow of a new year’s dawning.
15 trades- I think I got close enough to my goal of a dozen last year not be entirely disappointed in myself, so let’s up the ante. I already have two that are slowly coming together, one with longtime frequent trading partner Shot Not Taken and another with Baseball Card Breakdown. I’ve also pulled out some odds & ends for a few other bloggers, and I’ll start sending out emails to the lucky(?) perspective trading partners soon. I also reserve the right to add the two I got in just under the gun in 2014 if they get me over the hump at the end of the year, since their actual arrivals did and/or will take place in 2015. 😛
Finish the following Single Page Sensations- I am over halfway done on almost all of the following, so I’d like to finish as many as possible.
Cubs: Albert Almora (5/9), Javier Baez (8/9), Kris Bryant (7/9), Tyler Colvin (6/9), Ron Santo (6/9)
Other Baseball: Dick Allen (6/9), Roberto Alomar (7/9), Albert Bell (7/9), Carlos Santana (6/9)
Bears: Charles Tillman (6/9)
Basketball: Luol Deng (7/9)
Wrestling: Victoria/Tara (7/9)
BenchWarmer: BenchWarmer model (none over 3/9)
Baseball Sets: 2011 Topps Legend Variations (6/9), 2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary Legend Variations (8/9), 2012 Topps Museum Collection “Canvas Collection” Baseball (8/9), 2014 Topps Museum Collection “Canvas Collection” Baseball (6/9 if I keep Strasburg)
Football Sets: 2013 Topps Museum Collection “Canvas Collection” Football (8/9)
Add 2 new licensed and 5 new personal Raven sketch cards- The former are crazy expensive for a B-list team character and there just aren’t a whole lot of either to go around. I think these are pretty reasonable numbers to strive for though.
Finish both the licensed and PSC DC Comics miscellaneous Single Page Sensations- I am starting the year at 4/9 licensed and 3/9 PSC.
Complete any other sketch card Single Page Sensation- Lots to choose from, but I’m over halfway done on but a very few.
Write 80 new posts- Again, we’ll up the ante a juuuust a smidge from 2014. I did a good job of posting with a fair degree of regularity when I was actually here and posting in the year gone by, so I think I can average a little better than 1.5 posts per week in the year to come. I’m not going to make any requirements on the number of non #collect-focused things this time though. I feel that was a small contributor in falling off the map so early last year. I’m stupid (not true, but I am very, very lazy), so I’m going to keep it simple.
Complete 50 new sketch cards- I managed 38/50 last year (1 side of that weird Marvel two card puzzle was completed). That was close enough to not feel too much shame, especially in light of how much I managed to draw in total. Still, this isn’t close enough to up the ante, so I will give the same number a good go again in 2015. Paul Molitor (repurposed) and Boromir of Gondor (artist tile) are the first two in the queue.
100 total new works- I’m pretty sure I coasted past this number last year, and if you consider the multiple pictures on single pages as individual works, then I did even better. Everything was unofficial, however.
Finish 30 old sketch cards- I barely finished any old cards in 2014, and I don’t feel like I did a very good job on what I did do, so I’m making this a point of emphasis in the new year. I’m off to a good start, having already finished seven oldies on January 2nd (also colored most of two others). I’m also happy to report my coloring seems to be back to nearly as strong as it was at the height of my powers a couple years ago.
You can keep track of my 2015 art progress HERE.
Finish a first draft of any novel idea- I barely got anywhere on anything last year, and while I’d like to say a more stable computer situation would have helped, I’m not so sure… There can be no excuses this year though. I just bought the one I’m currently writing from a month ago, and I hope to have a laptop, and the additional mobility that entails, to go with it by spring.
Aaaand that’s all for this post I guess. There are plenty of other things I’d like to accomplish in 2015, but these are the most pressing and/or well-defined. A bit simpler than last year, and I’m sure I’ve probably broken a couple resolutions already, but thanks for stopping by!
Until our next…
I had a different post planned for today, but it didn’t pan out so well. So instead, I’m gonna look at my goals from the beginning of the year and see how things panned out (with intermittent pictures to fight the boredom). I’m sure this will end well… >.>;
Finish Fergie Jenkins Career Run– Not quite. Still no ’68 or anything from ’70s off-brand sets. I think the league leaders from the ’70s and almost everything from the ’80s are taken care of though.
Get Ryno’s other RCs– Nope. The only other ’83 Sandberg I landed this year was his Topps sticker. We’ll call it his 5th RC in the same way Billy Preston is considered the 5th Beatle. He was absolutely the reason the group held together near the end of their run, and a complete run of Ryno RCs is not complete without his Topps sticker.
Complete 12 Trades– I don’t think I quite made it, but the two I got myself into at the end of the year might have gotten me into double digits, which is honestly better than I was expecting. I will try to get better at posting my trades in the coming year.
Complete Three Sets– Failed. Hard. I abandoned like half my set page over the course of the year, though I don’t think any of the trio I mentioned as likely candidates in the original post were officially abandoned. But I still ended up with nothing from them.
Complete the Following Single Page Sensations–
2011 Topps Legend Variations– Nope. Don’t think I added a single one. Made a little headway on 2009 Update though.
2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary Legend Variations– I picked up Harmon Killebrew and Paul Molitor. Only one more needed!
2011 Topps Diamond Die-Cuts– YES! The Winfield Single Page was decommissioned again (for the third or fourth time in my blogging career), and he returned to fill his old hole in the page. The final piece came when I decommissioned my Adrian Beltre page, and the Diamond Die-Cut I had of the future Hall of Famer completed the page.
2012 Bowman Chrome Legends in the Making Die-Cuts– Yes, and then I abandoned the page and decided to only keep a couple.
2012 Topps Finest Faces of the Franchise– Same as above. What I don’t want is available for everything I’ve abandoned over the past year. Inquire and acquire within.
2013 Museum Collection Canvas Collection– Yaharr, this was so easy I was even able to replace a few I decided I didn’t like as much. RA Dickey, Tom Seaver, and whoever the other one was are available for sale or trade.
As an aside, I’m still at 8/9 on 2012 and, pending shipment, 5/9 on 2014. I am also at 8/9 on the 2013 football version. I’d be finished already, but I’m holding out hope for a Deion Sanders to get close to the $0.60-1.38 range I paid for the rest that I picked up over the second half of the year. Aikman & Andre Johnson were on the low end, Russell Wilson & Megatron were the most expensive.
Victoria/Tara– Nope. Was too busy going overboard and accidentally turning Gail Kim into a full collection (2 new autos and two #’ed cards and a several early base cards cards).
Luol Deng– Nothing. Completely forgot about him, aside from that weird sleazy racist scouting report brouhaha during the offseason.
Carlos Santana– I’m still three short. Four if the sweet Topps Tribute WBC patch #’ed /35 I picked up for around $3.40 doesn’t fit in a binder page. My other addition to his page was a sub (if just barely)-$10 Bowman Platinum printing plate. An expensive addition for one of my less important pages, but it was there, and still relatively cheap for an at least borderline superstar player.
Any five others– Unbelievably, this is a yes. It was almost entirely stuff either I eventually abandoned (2012 & ’13 Dynamic Die-Cuts, Rod Carew also available FT), decided to go back to the drawing board on later (Robbie Alomar), just pared down to a single page (Randy Moss), or eventually overdid to the point they are full collections now (Darvish, Jorge Soler, and the above mentioned Gail Kim) but I think I actually did this. Pending shipment, Javier Baez and 1975 Topps Minis (George Foster and Dock Ellis are the final additions) pages will also be complete for the time being. Winner-winner, sexy sinner!
Complete any two Sketch Card pages– Yeah, pretty much. They ended up not quite being what I originally expected, but I have a full page of She-Hulks and a full page of Women of Marvel 2 sketch cards.
Add 10 more key RCs– Blew this one away. A single trade almost did the deed by itself, and a later eBay lot purchase would have easily done it on its own. I even landed three of the biggies I listed: Nomah, Gwynn (’83 Fleer), & Boggs sorta (also a Topps Sticker).
Complete five more trifectas– I didn’t make them a priority. I think I managed a couple though. Brandon Phillips and Alshon Jeffykins were completed this year, I think. Maybe three if Booker T counts, since I might be in possession of his oldest card now.
30 new 1960 Topps– Abandoned set. Everything but Vic Power, because that was my first ever vintage card, is available. Even Gil, Maz, & the high number commons, if you bring it with your trade offers.
Break 100 cards with another player– Surprisingly, it was Nomar Garciaparra, because I bought a ginormous 200+ card lot of him on eBay.
Pay off old debts– Completed one, added one. My original package for the dude on twitter never turned up, so I’ll have to go with a replacement package in the coming year. Meh, I should’ve done better.
Now onto the blog, where things get even dicier than the cards themselves. I started off strong, then posted pretty much nothing for at least nine months for no good reason, then ended with a nice little flurry. And even though I added nothing else, my art got a good a percentage of focus, so I’m not terribly disappointed by my effort during the small fraction of time I was actually here. Now if I could just find some focus to actually hang around all year.
What about me in real life? I never did hit the gym, and it’s just been the past several weeks that I started running with any degree of regularity again, but this godforsaken place I live made it so I was going out and walking constantly all year long. Eating healthier has still been spotty at best (in fact I was in stomach distress from overdoing it on probably the most unhealthy regional brand of potato chips you can buy as I was typing this, which is why it’s going up Sunday morning instead of Saturday morning), but I am still maintaining my weight.
Finish old sketch cards– Not many. Mostly just the more recent of my old stuff, and I’m staying on top of newer work as well as can be expected.
30 realistic portraits– I don’t know for sure, but I feel like I have to be very close on this. I managed to do a couple in the early morning hours before I had to do stuff just in the past few days, and I think I have at least one more in me in the waning days of this year.
50 new sketch cards– I expect to be around 40 by the time the year is out. My arting is up significantly overall even if 50 sketch cards won’t happen though. I think I probably drew somewhere between 100-125 things total this year.
Finish first draft of novel– I failed so miserably at writing this year. To be fair to this and my lack of blogging most of the year, my computer situation was in serious flux the entire year, and I was too broke to do anything about it. I was also leaving constantly due to noise. However, there was more than enough downtime that I should’ve been able to do plenty of both. So while there were mitigating circumstances, my first sentence still stands: I failed so miserably at writing this year.
Travel– Nope. I’ve never been this ridiculously tight on money so constantly for an entire year before. Not hopeful for 2015 either. My money will be likely be at least as tight, though more focused on the things I need to get on with my life rather than things that I want or are necessary for an immediate specific purpose/moment.
Watch more anime– Only marginally more successful than the other things on the list. Mostly just Space Dandy, a couple random movies, and a little hentai.
More video games– Again, only just a slight uptick in activity. A lot of it was done in the week & a half I went without a computer in late November/early December.
So there you have it. I’m still a mostly useless wreck of a human being, but I can point out things that are actually improvements over years gone by. That should give you an idea how hopelessly broken I’ve been, the incremental improvements I’ve made, and the many, many light years I still have to go before I could ever be considered functional in any meaningful way.
That’s it for now. Here’s to a better 2015! Thanks for stopping by.
We have come to terms…