Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A little more evil...

Instead of drawing in more costume, I decided up the evil factor just by painting the face with a more wicked expression.  These little guys have big cute eyes, and so I just reduced them a bit and that seemed to do the trick.  

I love snow / drawing days.  

I'm also thinking of the next challenge, but I'll wait a few more days to post it.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Swamp hag

I wanted to go with creepy evil. So a mutant snail witch covered in her "babies" is what i came up with. Imagine if Cloris Leachmen and a gastropod got it on. Yup, try and sleep now.

Lost Tribe of the Golden Lion Monkeys

Although most primates are somewhat curious about their environments, these little guys are numbered at about 1500, 500 of which are in captivity.  So whatever their evolutionary plan was, it didn't work out too well for them.  Are they the most timid, harmless animal as the challenge called for, hmm,  I dunno.  They're cute, little and bright orange.  So I went for Evil Which Doctor.  Not finished by any means, just sorta sketching out loud.  This challenge was actually kind of hard because every time I came across a harmless animal, I couldn't see fitting them into an evil character.  For example, I almost went for Tarsier. But with their giant globe eyes, they already seem alien and starwarsish. I wouldn't have to do anything to them.

Friday, December 19, 2008

You'll poke your eye out, kid!

and done.  I really like the way this came out.  I'm pleased,  and i'm gonna continue using PS.   PS handles layers much better as well, with Painter, I really couldn't get anymore than 4-5 layers without experiencing major drag. (and weird effects would take place when you flattened it, depending on each layers mode).

Now to start up that animal challenge.  I think I may go with either Red Panda or Echidna (a really cool little animal, like a porcupine, but shyer and has a long snout)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Shhh....He's coming to town...

started painting....IN Photoshop.  It's far from done, but I'm digging PS.  This is the first time I've actually sat down and played around with the brushes in an actual painting.  It's very fast, and smooth.  In painter, I've found that you really need to 'work' the medium.  It can get frustrating when you really want to just have at it.   I'm going to keep going in PS, work down to the details, maybe throw on some color tones, then do the snow, wind and some added brush strokes in painter.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sain Nekvos - The Viking God of the Winter Wind

Sain Nekvos was a brutal Viking God, who would come to the aid of believers while in the midst of battle. According to legend, he would give blessings and gifts to those he deemed worthy. To enemies he brought forth the cruel winter wind, which he ruled over. He rode atop Ruedov, the mythical giant reindere beast, whose footsteps would leave a coal-like black stain upon the white snow. Believers would give thanks to him (and friends as well) on the Darkest day in the land, the Winter Solstice.

Over the centuries, his legend changed. Most dramatically came after one particular battle, where he failed to come to the aid of true believers. Soon, tribes far and wide assumed his power had weakened. His myth transformed into children's tales of forgotten times. During Pagan years and eventually after the Romans conquered the land, parents began telling their children of a wise old man, named Saint Nicholas, who would give gifts of gold or food to good children on Dec. 25th.

And that is the true legend of Santa Claus.

--- Here's my sketch. Going to start drawing tonight. Way fun!

Monday, December 8, 2008


Okay. mini challenge first: It's the holiday season so..... Christmas! mix Santa with an element(fire, water, wind, earth) go nuts. and after that something fun so here it is: Find the most harmless animal and make a villain you don't fuck with out of it. Any class of villain. Mob boss panda. Psycho sloth. Anything!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Bond baddie

Didn't have enough time for this one so i went off the grid this time. More impressionistic then i would've liked. I did have this idea to give him little robot bond girls for henchmen(women).

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Finished the character painting.  Alls I got to do now is design the sub.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

update:  need to finish up the port hole hatch, do a simple background - maybe with some steel girders or something - and then design the actual sub.   I'm liking how it's coming along, although it's been a finicking process.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bad-guy redo I started to really "look" at that sketch from the other night and I realized there was a bunch of things wrong with it.  So I mirrored and suddenly saw what was really bugging me.  He was supposed to be, sorta, robust, and he ended up way too thin.  I then redrew his boots so that they would realistically carry the heavier frame.  And I got rid of the stupid pants. (I was originally going for those deck pants that sailors sometimes wear - the rubber ones. I dunno.  They drew them lame, so see ya later!) I also wanted him to look at the viewer, have a bit more attitude and he needed a weapon - a real one.

So here's my update;  I'll try me best to finish this one up over the long weekend.  Still need to work on his submarine.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

And den, I vill rulz de world...

Going to underwater sea-sub villain.  Makes subs to control the seas.   This is just a start, me thinks.  Still have to come up with cool sub machine.

Friday, November 21, 2008

bond guy

Just thinking ala sketch. I'm going with classic swarmy bad guy. And since every bond bad guy needs a henchman and he builds machines and you need a hot chick i'm gonna give him a sexy robot henchwoman.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Cue the James Bond theme music....

AKA:  How not to be a lazy bum*

I've been watching Bond movies all week on AMC and it got me thinking of a new villain to create for the next challenge.  I've also been in need of drawing props and industrial designs to flesh out my portfolio, so I thought we could combine both of those into one new villain. 

So here goes:  Create a Bond-like Villain, who creates machines, or technological marvels, to do his biding.  Should be normal evil pose, but design whatever machines or devices said villain uses, from at least 2 angles (ex: back and front).  Think Big.  Think Bond-like.  Think Evil guy creating Huge-Take-Over-The-World-Machines.

* (lazy bum is now back in gear and is working on past projects to complete...but just wanted to throw out the next challenge)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Coming to a theater never!

Back from the Dead!

So, I've been in a little funk lately.  Haven't drawn much.  Basically work, tv, eh, more-work. blah.  I took a figure drawing class for the past few weeks and, as I was hoping, jumped-started my creativity a bit.

Here's my take on The Doppleganger:
The Hero is a telekinetic human, who's very much in charge of his abilities.  I always figured, though, that if telekinesis really existed it would probably leave the person with some sort of mental handicap.  Like, the brain just can't handle all that information.   In a way, I'm thinking autism, where all the information is stored, but processing is difficult.   Here, my villain has the telekinetic gifts, but he has almost no real control of them.  He lashes out in fits of rage over his circumstances, and is quite powerful.    This is just a real quick sketch.  Just wanted to get some attitude on paper.   I'll have to fix the body and hands some, maybe add in some levitating object, like a car, in the background.   It also sort of looks like Punk-rock Snair...which I wasn't really aiming for.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Doppleganger with a little color

Just screwing around with the color. I figure maybe I'll have to draw the actual hero so this will make sense, but i figure it's fun for people to guess. Pale skin and an ill fitting suit come standard with all evil dopplegangers. I took the standard red, white, and blue but darkened them a bit. Kinda like evil superman in superman 3. He has upside down stars and an eagle skull shoulder pad which you can assume is an actual eagle head shoulder pad on the hero. Also you can assume the hero has red stripes like the flag which i twisted and made look like dripping blood. Power orbs courtesy of some new brushes i got and wanted to try out.

Monday, October 13, 2008

doppleganger first strike: The Anti-Patriot

Somewhere there's a hero called The Patriot and this is his darkside. I'll Probably get to actually drawing him, but I like to leave the guessing to people as to what he may look like based on The Anti-Patriot here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


This challenge is two-fold. First, you have to design a hero. Then design a villain that has taken everything that has made that hero a hero and twisted it into some kind of evil twisted bastardized mirror world version. It's the latter I'm more concerned about, but a side by side comparison would be sweet. That is all, have fun.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Boss and Assistant: The Blacksmith & his Daughter

Word on the street is this guy's an underworld arms manufacturer.  Some call him The Blacksmith.   He's the guy that other villains go to get their crazy, diabolical weapons made. Need a spiked mace that leaks poisonous gas.  Go to him.  Need a gauntlet that also serves as repel line.  This is your guy.  Been following his trail for weeks now.  Not an easy find.  

{I haven't done his assistant yet...but right now I'm gearing towards making that character his daughter.  Plan to paint it this week. Update to follow}

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Bossman challenge firststrike: Count Tiki and his Shrunken Head

Next Challenge: Boss and henchman

For a long time now, We talked about doing a series of Villain characters. Something to compile into an anthology and to hand-out at a future Comic-con. We're thinking of doing some sort of case file concept, something that a generic super-hero, like say, a Bat-man, would have at his disposal. For a couple of years this idea has sat on shelf, both of us being too busy to get it going. But that's all going to change, because for the next few months all Artgasm challenges will be geared towards Villains.

First Challenge:
In honor of Labor Day --- Boss and Assistant.
Come up with 2 characters, a Boss and an Assistant. It's up to you what exactly that means. It could be evil business man and top henchman. Or it could be something completely out there. But... They need to look as part of the same visual world, so they need to have some sort of familiar relationship to each other. I'd also say that you'll need to show what their relationship is like. Is the Boss mean to the assistant? Does the Assistant secretly want to overtake operations? That sorta thing.

Sunday, August 24, 2008