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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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…

An Epic Jersey & Card Set

$3.99? Eh, sure why not?

I’ve been on a bit of a hot streak since Topps Updates and Highlights dropped.  I’ve pulled a Carlos Beltran jersey and a Cognac(?) Legend Variation of Brooks Robinson from loose U&H retail packs, hit Sandberg on the Diamond Giveaway site yesterday, and now this.

The envelope layer...

I don’t normally go for the Jersey & Card Frames, having had absolutely no luck with the few I’ve picked up myself over the years.  I know there are good ones and that Shot Not Taken has pulled most of them, lol.  I’ve traded for a couple of his in the past (Warrick Dunn and Fergie Jenkins are somewhere in the archives), but that’s as close as I’ve ever gotten to any good ones.  Seriously, my best pull was probably Mo Vaughn.

The back. Almost there...

But this pack was there (there being K-Mart) and a relatively inexpensive $3.99 for just the hit itself.  They also had the three packs + Jersey & Card Frame/Set packs for $7.99, but that’s too rich for my blood.  So what did I get that was so great?  Well, are you ready to have your mind blown?

Oh... Oh my...

Th-That’s… Mickey Mantle!  Feel free to insert colorful language here.  I know I blurted out a few joyous expletives myself.  The swatch is super old school in look and feel.  Oh you know I had to rub that glorious little swatch.  Wouldn’t you?  A hit like this doesn’t come along every day.  Love the odd card they chose/had on hand to use too.  Um… I’ll stop talking now and let you bask in the glory that is Mickey Mantle.  I’ll post this “pack” over at A Pack to be Named Later too.  They might get a kick out of it.

Until our next…

The Great Cardening of 2009 #2: New York Yankees

Finally!  Mercifully!!  It’s time for the next team in The Great Cardening of 2009.  To be fair, I did start writing this on the long ago Friday afternoon in question.  Really, there is no excuse for not getting this done sooner, other than laziness.  I guess total lack of organizational skillz played a decent-sized role too.

Anyway, I’m still waiting to know what’s gonna happen on the Phillies, but it’s the Yanks time in the spotlight right here & now.  We’ll do it the same way as last time, though I’m not sure the Yankees have anyone that doesn’t qualify as a star on their team, having a bigger payroll than the GDP of several (dozen?) third world countries combined.  Yes yes, I know the Cubs are in the upper tier, but they at least got playoff returns on their investment last year.

Nothing touches the ridonkulous-ness of the Mariners payroll though and epic fail it got them though.  Ouch. XD

Oh btw, can you believe Adrian Beltre may be knocking on the door of 3000 hits, 500 home runs, and 1800 RBIs by the end of his career?  Guess there is something to be said for steady production and longevity, huh?  As of this day, I think I am officially an Adrian Beltre fan.  He has gotten no love at all, probably due to the huge expectations people had for him (that were only exceeded once, in his huge contract year), but he quietly produces solid season after solid season after solid season.  I may even have to add him to the players I collect list.

Now then, onto the Yankees cards.  For the sake of simplicity (in theory at least), all Roger Clemens, Reggie Jacksons and A-Rods go with the Yankees, while all Randy Johnsons go to the D-Backs and CC Sabathias stay with the Indians. If they be wearing a different team’s jersey, it will be noted. The few remaining Yankee Stadium Legacies will get their own space as well.

With everything tediously said, let’s get to the cards.

Roger Clemens

2002 Donruss Classics #22, 2003 Flair #24, 2003 Fleer Tradition #301, 2007 Topps Chrome #127, 2006 Topps Opening Day #84 (Astros), 2006 Ultra Strikeout Kings #SOK1 (Astros), 2005 Upper Deck All-Star Classics #40 (Astros), 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #123

Guess Shane got all my Red Sox Clemens’ if I even had any to begin with.

Derek Jeter

2008 Allen & Ginter Mini #120, 2002 Donruss #3 (corner dingage), 2003 Donruss Diamond King (Regular) #2, 2006 Fleer #390, 2002 Fleer Genuine Names of the Game #NG 10 if 30, 2004 Fleer Legacy #??, Topps Updates and Highlights League Leaders (w/ Joe Mauer & Robinson Cano) #203, and Classic Duos (w/ Robinson Cano) #321, 2007 Topps #40 (yes, THAT one), 2008 Topps Chrome 50th Anniversary All-Star Rookie Team #ARC6, 2006 Ultra Midsummer Classic Kings #MCK3, 2007 Upper Deck #163, and #844, 2008 Upper Deck Team Checklist #780, 2008 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee #DJ9, 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Black Retail Parallel #144(x2), and Triple (w/ A-Rod and Cano) #188, and Black Retail Parallel Triple (w/ A-Rod and Cano) #188, 2008 Upper Deck Goudey B&W #258, 2005 Upper Deck MVP #23, 2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Player Highlights #PH-24

Hideki Matsui

2003 Donruss Studio Masterstrokes #MS-9 #’ed 0805/1000, 2007 Topps Chrome #96, 2005 Upper Deck All-Star Classics #18, 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes # 118(x2), 2006, 2008 Upper Deck Goudey #124, 2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Run Producers #RP-13, 2008 Upper Deck X #67

Mariano Rivera

2008 SP Authentic #64, 2007 Topps Turkey Red #349, 2008 Upper Deck #586, 2009 Upper Deck #273, 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #111, and Charcoal (WTF~?!) parallel #111, 2008 UD Masterpieces #61

Alex Rodriguez

2005 Bowman Chrome Rookie Reprint #94-AR, 2005 eTopps Promo #AR3 (corner ding-age), 2006 Flair Showcase Hot Numbers #HN-2, 2008 Topps Heritage Baseball Thrills 500th HR #366, 2008 Topps Opening Day Puzzle #11 of 28, 2009 Upper Deck StarQuest Blue Uncommon #SQ-2, 2009 Upper Deck Superstar Scrapbook #SS-2, 2007 Upper Deck Future Stars #64, 2008 Upper Deck Goudey #122, 2008 Upper Deck Heroes #115, 2008 Upper Deck X XPonential4 #X4-AR

I think the eTopps Promo came from a Tuff Stuff Magazine, but I’m not 100% sure.

Legends/Merely Solid Players that Get Undue Legend Cards Because they Played for the Yankees

Reggie Jackson- 1988 Score #500 (A’s), and #503 (Angels), 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #190 Triple (w/ Winfield & Mattingly), and Charcoal (Pfft) parallel #122

Don Mattingly- 1988 Topps (’87 Record Breaker) #2, 1989 Topps (All-Star) #397, 1986 Topps Major League Leaders #28(x2), 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #125(x3)

Mickey Mantle- 2006 Topps Mickey Mantle Home Run History #MHR1(x3), #MHR168, #MHR17, 2007 #MHR228, #MHR337, #MHR361, and 2007 Topps Chrome #MHR230, 2007 Topps Chrome Mickey Mantle Story #MMS16, and 2008 #MMSC55, 2008 Topps Chrome Trading Card History #TCHC6

Dave Winfield- 1988 Topps #510, 1986 Topps Major League Leaders #29(x2), 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #126, 2008 Upper Deck Goudey Redback Mini #219

Everyone Else- Yogi Berra Charcoal (B*tch please) parallel #121(x2), 2008 Upper Deck Goudey Bucky Dent #128, 2003 Flair Greats Bill Dickey #71, Topps Joe DiMaggio The Streak JD26, and JD48, Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Joe D Quad #197 (w/ Yogi, Reggie, & Jeter), 2008 Upper Deck Goudey Don Larsen #132(x2), 2008 Upper Deck Goudey Graig Nettles #130

Yankee Stadium Legacy

(EDIT!!) Oops, forgot the remaining YSLs.  I’ll get to it in the morning, eh.

Hits/#’ed

2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Mike Mussina #315 Purple Parallel #’ed 008/150, and Kyle Farnsworth #720 Green Parallel #’ed 14/99

Inserts/Parallels

2004 Donruss Studio Steve Schirripa Fans of the Game #219FG-4

2006 Flair Showcase Robinson Cano Wave of the Future #WF-26, and Bernie Williams World Baseball Classic Moments #CM-40, 2006 Ultra Robinson Cano Ultra Rising Stars #URS6

2008 Bowman David Robertson RC #BDP48, and Braedyn Pruitt #BP72, 2008 Upper Deck Ian Kennedy Diamond Collection #DC-9, 2008 Upper Deck X Ian Kennedy RC Die-Cut Parallel #66, and Robinson Cano Die-Cut Parallel #71

Base

1983 Topps John Mayberry #45, Andre Robertson #281, Dave LaRoche (Super Veteran) #334, Rudy May #408, Shane Rawley #592, and Butch Hobson #652

1986 Topps Billy Martin #651

1988 Score Tim Stoddard #258, and Bill Gullickson #585, Topps [whatever it is…] Willie Randolph #59(x2)… What are the name of these minis?  They got the “Talkin’ Baseball” thing on the back with definitions of baseball terminology.

1989 Topps Wayne Tolleson #716

1991 Donruss Mike Blowers #63, and Matt Nokes #170

1993 Donruss Rich Monteleone #445, and Scott Kamieniecki #681

2002 Donruss Mike Mussina Classics #45

2003 Topps Opening Day Jason Giambi (Season Highlights) #163

2005 Bowman’s Best Steven White First Year #77, 2005 Bowman Heritage J. Brent Cox First Year #345, 2005 Topps C.J. Henry First Year #UH324

2006 Bowman Heritage Bobby Abreu #120, 2006 Fleer Tradition Wil Nieves #195, 2006 Topps Carl Pavano #427, and Joe Torre #587, 2006 Ultra Johnny Damon #136, 2006 Upper Deck Ovation Bobby Abreu #55, 2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Kyle Farnsworth #720

2007 Bowman Dellin Betances 1st #BP5 (corner ding-age), 2007 Bowman Chrome Johnny Damon #180, 2007 Topps Johnny Damon #196, 2007 Topps Chrome Andy Pettite #16, 2007 Topps ’52 Rookies Chris Basak RC #28, and Tyler Clippard RC #33

2008 Allen & Ginter Ross Ohlendorf #157(x2), Jorge Posada #164, Melky Cabrera #168, Phil Hughes SP #335(x2), 2008 Bowman Joba Chamberlain #151, Bowman Chrome Anthony Claggett 1st #BCP12, SP Authentic Joba Chamberlain #12(x2), 2008 Topps Ross Ohlendorf RC #102, Robinson Cano #136, Jasom Giambi #409, Joe Girardi #631, and Billy Traber #UH114, 2008 Upper Deck Joba Chamberlain #294, Brian Bruney #295, Jorge Posada #296, Kei Igawa #585, Shelley Duncan #592, Kyle Farnsworth #594(x2), 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Phil Hughes #113, and Jorge Posada #117, Upper Deck Goudey Chien-Ming Wang #123, and Ian Kennedy RC #131, 2008  UD Masterpieces Ian Kennedy RC #58

2009 Upper Deck Jason Giambi #263

Gahahhhhh, finally freaking done!  Mercy me.  Get ’em while they’re hot.  That’s… a wrap.

Yankees by Friday

It looks like I’m going to be able to trade some of my Phillies after all, so I’m shooting for having the Yankees up by Friday afternoon, at the latest.  I will be including the handful of Yankee Stadium Legacies that weren’t claimed by Marie in a behind the scenes trade.

Watch out for low flying Jeters when The Great Cardening of 2009 rolls on.

.::~Outtro~::.