So this week was my pick. I have to say, that even though I watched TNG as a kid, I was never really into it. The draw of Wookies and Astro droids was too strong. After watching the New 2009 movie, this brought about a new curiosity with Star Trek. Now I have been re-watching TNG as well as the original television show. It's so much bloody fun, I tell you.
P.S Yes Riker's Beard is all kinds of Man, and you are lesser for not having one like his.
P.P.S No I'm not going to tell you which of the Captains I like more. Ha ha.
Hey guys! Our friend Marcus To was so excited about us doing a Star Trek week, he specifically asked us if he could submit his own spitball piece! He's a Voyager fan, and decided to do up Tom and Harry- with a bit of Doc in the background!
Thanks for Marcus!!
So I thought I would be pretty intimidated by the subject of Star Trek. But then I had a revelation. I would speak from personal degrees of separation. My Grandmother had the awesome luck of being classmates with good ol' Jimmy Doohan in grade school (she said he was a pretty cool cat). Anyway, what better character to render. He's always had some of the best comedic personality of all the cast of the original series, which made this pic all the easier. Done again in Sketchbook Pro, with a helping hand from Photoshop for the text.
Star Trek week! As a very young boy I used to watch TOS reruns Saturday afternoons on the CBC, so while I essentially know nothing about the program I still manage to have a decent amount of affection for it. I'm the kind of Star Trek fan who doesn't know Uhura's first name and really liked the J. J. Abrams reboot. The hated kind, I guess.
I just recently watched the trailer for this, and I'm looking forward to trying to catch it in theatres. But I've had a tough time catching any movies this year. But the character seemed to flow easy as a drawing, fun colour and shape. Again done in Sketchbook Pro, and again a pretty quick environment i drew him in.
I'm going to see this movie a third time this thursday. These characters were so easy to fall in love with. And man, those animators knew what they were doing with sugar rush. Just coloring Vanellope's car made me hungry for sweets!
I really shouldn't have finished this tonight for various reasons but I couldn't sleep so here we are.
It's Melanie's first week choosing the theme and she picked a great one. Here's me formally welcoming Melanie Schultz and Christopher Yao to the Spitballin' team. I guess I figured I needed more people to make me look bad every week ho ho ho.
I tried doing this one in straight-up Sketchbook Pro. It's pretty rough (sketchysketchy) compared to what I normally work up, but methinks it turned out alright. I've only drawn her a couple of times before.
I chose Parker because I like hard-boiled crime thrillers, and in the world of comics few do that better than Darwyn Cooke in his adaptations of Donald Westlake's novels. When you get right down to it, however, choosing Parker for this weeks entry was made difficult for the fact that he lacks a iconic look. He's a character largely defined by his actions and grim, pragmatic personality. To look at him though, he's just a tough looking guy in a suit, usually scowling behind coiling tendrils of cigarette smoke.
So to make this tough guy in a suit quintessentially Parker, I tried emulating Darwyn Cooke's aesthetic in his graphic novels, as well as adding some intrigue with a femme fatale.
That's the thing about Parker: he doesn't always carry a gun, but you're pretty sure he's got the upper hand. As always, you can buy the original here.
I must admit I am not familiar with Parker at all, but there's always my buddy google. And according to google, the 1967 film Point Blank and the 1999 film Payback (with Mel Gibson) were both based on the first Parker novel: The Hunter. Cool.
Here's my take on the man with a suit and a gun (as David so eloquently phrased it.) Been down with the flu for a week, so thanks for the warm up to get back to drawing!
Spitballin' proudly presents: Man in Suit with Gun!
I kid. Though I consider myself a pretty big Darwyn Cooke fan I know nothing about Parker and haven't read his adaptations. I guess I'm a Darwyn Cooke poseur. I think maybe he's like a James Bond if James Bond were a criminal--is that fair?
Sorry about the crappy scan, I can't scan marker at all.
Hi. I've been a fan of this blog for a while and am glad to now be contributing to it. Sailor Moon as my first spitballer makes this first post extra special. Sailor Moon was some of the first fan art I drew. I'd tape Sailor Moon off of YTV then I would pause the vhs and I try to draw Sailor Moon (actually it was usually Sailor Venus) before the pause stopped and the video automatically started playing again. I originally wanted to make her a bit more pouty because she was constantly whining but this is how she ended up.
I almost didn't post this because I t came out a little too similar to Meaghan Carter's piece, but then I remembered my trustee motto: "Screw Meaghan". That's sort of my motto anyway, I had to clean it up a little.
I was an un-ironic Sailor Moon fan during its original run, gender demographics be damned. I remember wishing they'd make proper action figures rather than the terrifying noseless dolls that Irwin toys put out instead. It was like the 90s version of being a Brony, I guess.
I'll always have fond memories of Sailor Moon, wish I'd done her more justice here.
Fighting evil moonlight, winning love by daylight...
This may come as a shock, but truth be told I was never into Sailor Moon. So this weeks entry was something of a challenge, because apart from striking poses in front of dazzling backgrounds, I was never sure what Sailor Moon--or any of the Sailor Scouts--actually did.
But when I thought real hard, I did recall she had a wand... or a scepter. Or something. And she and the other Sailor Scouts had to collect all seven of the magic pokEballs, elsewise Tuxedo Mask would continue to turn into a giant female panda when splashed with water.
Then it was all clear. I had to draw Sailor Moon in her classic Super Saiyan pose. Voila!
Mark, ink and watercolour on 9"x12" bristol vellum. The original art is up for sale in gallery.
I couldn't pass up Sailor Moon week and not draw my favourite couple in the series- Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus! Drawn in their Eternal Sailor(ish) costumes, since I am a huge Sailor Moon nerd. I can't wait for the 20th anniversary reboot, even though that makes me feel, well, ancient.
I don't usually have all that much to say about my posts here. Today is not the case. I had loads of fun with this week's choice. I've been looking for an excuse to draw Sailor Moon for forever now. I love Magical School Girls, and I think the studio knocked that first costume out of the park with the design. Sailor Moon Says!
This one is a little rough for my liking, but I'm scrambling to keep up with the outstanding work of my fellow Spitballers!
I decided to go with Dick Grayson's classic look, with contemporary drawing style. This was done in ink pen and markers on 9"x12" bristol vellum. It'll be up for sale on my blog soon: A Princely Dreadful.