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Atari Force Babe!

I made that title misleading on purpose. I do remember the Atari Force comics and read the free ones that came with certain games and the house ads in DC Comics but I never actually cracked a cover on any issue. So when I recently got a commission to draw a character from the comic, I had to "Google it". While the character itself is not hard but who the heck designed it?? Why on earth would you put all those scales and such that you would have to repeat on every panel?? I might have used technology to cheat a little. I mean, I was smart enough to employ the resources available to me.

Here is Babe from Atari Force.

Enjoy!



The Great Mouse Detective!

I'm a big fan of The Great Mouse Detective! I was in high school when it came out and was not very cool to still like Disney movies back then so I had my mom drop me off at the theater as she went shopping nearby so I could see it. Must have been strange for all those moms and dads with little kids to see this teenager all by himself to see an animated movie.  I did that several times actually in those awkward times. I loved it. Skip ahead more than a few years and I find myself on an internship at Walt Disney World and lo and behold, others loved these movies as well. In fact, my first day at the Disney-MGM Studios was a personal tour as that was where I was to work, and I got to see the Magic of Disney Animation and my two favorite Disney movies got quite a bit of screen time. Peter Pan and The Great Mouse Detective! Back in the day, Disney would screen movies in the park theaters after closing for cast members from time to time. That's actually where I got to see Song of th…

Brave Little Tailor!

One of my all time favorite Mickey Mouse cartoon! It's no mystery that I not only love Disney animation but I am a big nut for the history as well. There is so much information out there that is probably not only more accurate but much better organized than I could possibly share here so if that is your thing as well, sorry. So after my Pecos Bill experiment, I decided to push myself a bit more in using Procreate on my iPad a bit more and rather than just doing a spot illustration again, but to actually make a proper picture. While I was at Disney, I am sure I must have drawn this version of Mickey but I couldn't really say for sure. I mostly remember drawing Fantasia Mickey much more and the classic red shorts versions but not Brave Little Tailor. So I decided to draw that one. And the giant as well who, by the way, is NOT Willie. He came later.

Enjoy!



Pecos Bill!

So I have been pretty much streaming a lot of Disney + lately. As of this writing we are still being "socially distant" and I have not had as much work to do lately and to stay out of my wife and son's way as they are working and going to school respectively in our small house, I have been hanging out on our back patio. It's actually a great place. Fresh air, a ceiling fan, by the pool and we actually have a TV out there now. Sounds ritzy but it's not, but it is nice and we are blessed to have such things. So since I was using Disney cartoons as background noise, I was inspired to quite a bit of Disney characters while doodling. Some of them became much more than doodles. So when Pecos Bill came up while watching "Melody Time", I was reminded that when I was very young, my brother and I had one of those read along records of this and that I played it quite a bit even before I learned how to read! I loved it! Plus I was experimenting with a new drawing a…

Retro Flash Gordon!

I actually penciled this drawing by hand with the full intention of inking traditionally and such. I must have chickened out. I did have it printed a few times to practice inking and painting it by hand but I never got any results that I really liked. Was pretty frustrating actually. So I still had the drawing laying around and it was already scanned in, so one night while sitting down with my wife to watch TV, I decided to noodle away on it digitally on my iPad. And I just kept going. Little by little. Literally sometimes I would only make one mark and then close the app. Sat in my files for what seemed like forever. Then when I thought I was actually done, I decided to play with the zip tones. So when I was finally "done" I had, what I think, looks like an old b/w magazine comic illustration. I kinda like it.

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Robin Hood!

Here is the finished Robin Hood picture. Pretty pleased with how this turned out. It's also been a while since I have drawn Disney characters. Odd considering how long I did it in various jobs. Turns out, I miss it and it has really re-ignited my love of the Disney animated movies! Might be more to come.

Robin Hood! Enjoy!




Oo-De-Lally!

The Disney version of Robin Hood is one of my favorites.  I know this is not the finest in the Disney stable, but I do admit that it’s a guilty pleasure that I love this one. I do wonder how different (better) it might have been if there was a real villain to be a threat in this movie. Imagine if Scar from Lion King were Prince John! I’ve been watching a LOT of Disney movies while working recently. Mostly as background noise. Last week I may have put on Robin Hood more than once and posted about it on my personal social media. Inspired me to sketch Robin. In fact, Whistle Stop is not only the ringtone used when my wife calls me, it was even played at our wedding.

Oo-de-lally!




I usually paint in greyscale first when I paint 'toons.




And here is the shield and logo that I did in vector to be spliced in.



Dragon's Lair!

I loved this game as a kid. Well, I didn't love playing it to be honest. It was slow, clunky and was double the price of any other video game at .50 cents! Sure you got 5 lives but it didn't really last any longer. For me anyway. I much preferred to get a good vantage spot to watch someone who was good at playing it! That way I could watch the animation. I always wondered why you couldn't put money in and just watch the cartoon. That should have been an option!

So there have been rumors and false starts about a Dragon's Lair movie for literally years. We just got another snippet of news recently that Netflix is making not an animated movie, but live action. I was not thrilled to hear this. I would much prefer a hand drawn, animated movie. The good news was that they want Ryan Reynolds to play the hero, Dirk. I kinda like that idea.

So obviously that was enough to set me off and drawing (what else can I really do, as I am writing this we are still in quarantine for the …

The Child!

OMG! I can't believe I forgot to post this one here. As you know, you have to post all over the different social medias these days and I get bad at keeping them all straight. Actually, this blog suffers the most as I am sure it has become the bottom feeder at seeing my work. Unfortunate as it really has been my favorite way of posting and interacting although I guess it also has it's drawbacks now as people have less and less attention spans and don't want to invest in reading my incoherent babble about this and that. Thanks if you made it this far! ;)

OK. So this little guy has taken the worlds heart and I can't blame them.

Enjoy!




More Orion!

While I was in Chicago this past year for C2E2, I got asked a few times to actually draw comic book characters. It doesn't happen very often as people usually want me to paint a portrait for them while at my table. So I did a few b/w sketches and I was pretty pleased with how they came out. I also doodled a bit in my sketchbook and came pretty close to finishing one of Orion of The New Gods!  A big favorite of mine and I was pretty jazzed how the drawing was coming out. When I got home, I made a few more revisions and called it finished. I didn't initially ink it because of reasons that still may come to light so I will save that for a future post. But then the pandemic started and I had a bit more free time on my hands and I wound up nibbling at it more and more until I just wound up finishing it. I also decided to keep it under wraps but then more time past and then wound up sharing with a few friends. They were very enthusiastic about it and prodded me into sharing what I d…