Saturday, February 28, 2009

"I vill break you."

Ivan Drago's gonna kill you. Especially if you're name is Apollo Creed. Sorry Apollo, but you shoulda known better. DOLPH GOTTA EAT!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Stranger Danger Cosplay

It's time to jump back on the Stranger Danger horse again. After finishing up my stint on the first book back in December, it's time I gear up for my next chapter of the second book. Right now I'm concentrating on drawing the characters again, to get comfortable with them, and figure out what tweaks need to be made in order to ensure they're looking their best. Above I've got Chip and Joe dressed as "Macho Chimp" Chip Savage and "Prom Date" Joe Bond, respectively. Below is Strange dressed as Strange Burton.

Kind of weird to be starting on my second chapter already. Definitely doesn't seem like it's been two months since I finished the last chapter, but it has. My how time flies! There's a lot I like about what I did on my first chapter, but I also see a lot I have to improve on. One thing I really want to work on for this next chapter is fluidity and detail. There were a lot of panels in the last chapter that I felt were just too stiff and bland. It's gonna be tough, but I know this next chapter is gonna completely rock!

Lil' Mac vs Soda Popinski

Eh. I completely biffed this "draw everyday challenge" deal. Which is weird, 'cause I HAVE been drawing everyday...I just ain't been scanning and uploading it everyday. Oh well. Here's a little sketch I did of Lil' Mac uppercuttin' my favorite Punchout! opponent (next to King Hippo, that is), Soda Popinski! Wanted to do some actiony stuff, but it still looks stiff. I'll keep pluggin' away at it. I plan on doin' more Punchout characters, fer sure.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Feb 09 DED Challenge = Day 15

I like Butterbean. I think he's a swell guy. Sure, he beats people up for a living, but it's not personal. It's business. He's the type of guy who will murder you in the ring, and then buy your corpse a beer afterward.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy VD from Brucie!

Oh, it's Valentine's Day...that special day when Corporate America tells the sheep of the nation to go out and spend all sorts of cash on their significant other to show how much they love them. I, my friends, choose not to partake in this societal sham, instead opting to show the world how much I love it by rubbing baby oil all over my nether regions, and dancing around the bonfire I've built in my living room in nothing but a grass skirt. Now that's something special, and worthy of a holiday. Shit, I'd be happy with an honorable mention holiday...y'know, the kind where no one gets the day's just a title tacked onto an obscure day of the year, just because.

Like Secretary's Day...

The above image are the original characters of two of my bestest buds, Bryce and Jenn Lee. Bryce is the creator of the Mechanic, and Jenn is the creator of Kidd. I'll let you figure out which is which.

I really suck at drawing hair. If someone knows any good tutorials or exercises I could check out, pretty please link me! I'm desperate to improve.

Y'know, outside of being desperate as a general rule.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Feb 09 DED Challenge = Day 11

Another day, another sketch, another original character. Some flower lovin' luchadore. I'll call him Daisy...because it's all nice and manly like.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

JB90 vs. JB09

It's moving time again for the ole J. Brucester. Every time I go through this process, I always end up spending a couple hours going through a box with all my old drawings in it. I've had this tendency to never throw anything I've drawn away...finished, unfinished, whatever. I've got pages and pages of stuff stored up, and I always end up finding something specific that gets my attention, and makes me want to revisit it.

Today, I stumbled across this firey headed character. I originally drew him on May 28, 1990. I would have been 10 years old. I don't think I ever named this guy, but if I had, it was probably something simple and cliche like Fireball. Not all that impressed with my new take on the character--made him a bit squatier than I intended...though I blame the size of the paper for this. My plan was to try and stay as true to the original design as possible, to get the best possible contrast between my abilities as a 10 year old and my abilities as a 29 year old. I think it's safe to say...there's no real difference whatsoever. Heh.

I think I might do more of these, considering I've got oodles and oodles of characters to draw from. Lata!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Feb 09 DED Challenge = Day 8

Al and Bob from Stranger Danger today. I'm working on the style I want my next chapter for Vol. 2 to this is what this one is about. Not there yet, but I inch closer with each sketch.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Feb 09 DED Challenge = Day 7

Couldn't sleep. Watched some TV and drew up a little Mechanic. The character has a really cool design, and is created and owned by my good buddy (and Torn Studios mate) Bryce Lee. This won't be the last thing I draw today, but it may be the only thing I post. Might take this sketch further, don't know yet.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Feb 09 DED Challenge = Day 6

Was practicing gestures today. The page full of crap I did won't scan clearly due to the pencil being too light. So, I grabbed one of the poses and drew something up real quick. I know the legs are screwy, wish I had more time to fix them. Oh well. Lemme know what you think!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Feb 09 DED = Day 5

Not enough time to finish this guy today. Gotta fix Carl anyway, so it's no biggie. Not much to say the immortal words of Slater from Dazed and Confused, "Check ya later."

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Feb 09 Draw Everyday Challenge = Day 4

Still on a horror kick. Here's a quick Jason Voorhees. Been playing with my style...trying different cartooning techniques and structures. It's both fun and frustrating. I'm really focusing on improving my overall abilities though, and experimentation is a necessary step. Critiques welcome!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Feb 09 Draw Everyday Challenge = Day 3

It's day three, and today I decided to tackle a character I'm ashamed to say I don't draw that often. Being a horror movie nut, Leatherface is one of those icons you just gotta love. He's got a great look and he's scary as hell. Feel good about how this one turned out, as I did it without a reference. Tell me what ya'll think!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Feb 09 Draw Everyday Challenge = Day 2

Another Hellboy for day two of the everyday challenge. Just had to do it. Will probably do more, maybe even some other Hellboy characters. Woot!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Feb 09 Draw Everyday Challenge = Day 1

Hello again, my beautiful sketchblog! Oh how I've missed you. I know I've neglected you, but trust and believe when I say you've always been there with the back of my mind.

To get back into the swing of things, I've decided to challenge myself to draw everyday via the annual Draw Everyday Challenge the Sketchtavern hosts every February. I've always wanted to become a regular poster over there, as well as draw something knew for folks to see on a more consistent this will help kill two birds with one stone. For my first sketch I decided to draw Hellboy. I love the character, and I love drawing him. I don't do it enough. I suspect there will be more Hellboy coming from me this month, along with some of hist friends. I've also got a rather massive list of stuff to draw compiled by all my friends over on dA, so there's no shortage of ideas or material for me this month.

After this month, I'll be opening myself up for more sketch commissions, as well as offering pretty much all of my back catalog of art pieces and sketches for sale on the cheap. I feel like I'm entering into a new phase in my artistic career, and I need to make room for new stuff. So if you've seen anything from me that you'd like for your original art collection, wall, or fridge, lemme know!

Oh, and I think I'm gonna be using this blog for more windbaggery about other stuff as well...accompanied with a sketch. So don't feel obligated to read everything I write with each post. Chances are, it's just me tootin' my own horn, yankin' my own chain, floggin' my own dolphin...and so on.

Keep your balls clean!