"INTERIOR: REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER -- MAIN HALLWAY. The awesome, seven-foot-tall Dark Lord of the Sith makes his way into the blinding light of the main passageway. This is Darth Vader, right hand of the Emperor. His face is obscured by his flowing black robes and grotesque breath mask, which stands out next to the fascist white armored suits of the Imperial stormtroopers. Everyone instinctively backs away from the imposing warrior and a deathly quiet sweeps through the Rebel troops. Several of the Rebel troops break and run in a frenzied panic."
Maybe we were foolish to try and re-design a movie icon like Darth Vader, but it was fun as hell to try!
Anyone remember these guys? They appeared on television in the early 1960's when Super Saturday morning was owned by animators;William Hanna and Joseph Barbara. This was just a way-cool, wacked out concept from the mind of comic book artist Alex Toth. The show consisted of a highly imaginitive animal army led by a heroic human named King Zandor. Zandor's family consisted of his wife Tara, and his son Dorno. The beasts were as follows:
Igoo the rock ape, Tundro the tremendous (a kind of Rino-saurus) Zok the lazer-ray dragon, and Gloop and Gleep, "the fearless, formless wonders!"
Anyway, above is my version of the shows main critter characters. Above that is the characters as they originally appeared.
C'mon, Hollywood. We need a big-budget Herculoids movie.
And we need it now!!
Here is my piggy contribution...
Now that Holly Hobbie and Friends is on the market, I can display the characters I designed! Here is Cheddar the pig, in full vector glory. Check out Holly Hobbie and Friends for more info or to buy her DVD!
Anybody remember a toy line from the 1980's produced by Playmates Toys and American Greetings called Barnyard Commandoes? Barnyard Commandoes was the very first toy concept that I did upon graduating art school. And looky here! My first Barnyard Commando drawing in almost 20 years!! Sooooowwweeeeee!!!
...and I can not lie!
My contribution to the robot theme is "HUT 2", a robotic halfback inspired by an old episode of "The Jetsons". A few years ago, I used a robot similar to this one in a paper plate design that never saw the light of day.
These are sketches for the sketch-o-rama assignment "robot," done using pencil and a Tombo ink brush. I wanted to keep them loose, fun, and sort of creepy. They are the robot equivelent to a "Mutt & Jeff." Jeff is the taller one. I guess I imagined these things rolling around like those rolly polly beetle bugs, then popping up into a standing/fighting (eating) position. I also imagined their "eyeball on a string" bounces as they slowly and incessantly walk after you. And do look out, they will try to eat you. Not because they are hungry, but because they want your body fat to keep their parts well oiled, and your stomach bile to keep their parts clean. Gross, eh? Enjoy, scary robot lovers.
Quickie robot sketch for this week's post. It was fun to mess around with Painter again, i usually start my work in Painter in really rough form and move on to Freehand from there but it was nice to do a a little painted sketch.
Our new Sketch-o-Rama assignment is to draw a robot.This was inked with a ballpoint pen in my brand new sketchbook. Its based on an old robot design from the comic book " Buce and Gar" which I wrote and illustrated in the early 1990's. I also added a bit of backstory and informational readouts just for fun.
Just finished my page. This took waaaaay long...gotta speed it up next time.
The art is black prisma color pencil on 360 marker paper. The "embellishments" are in Adobe Photoshop. As is the lettering and word balloons. This was actually quite enjoyable. My first "solo" comic page in quite a while...
Should I do color next??
We're all going to pencil, ink and color a finished comic book page. First off, here is the cast of characters I will use in my art. They all exist in a motion picture screenplay I wrote many years ago. There are many more characters in the story, but these are the major players. Villian, heroine, hero and ungodly monstrosity. Can only one page contain them? Lets find out...