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Weekly Sketch #5 – Remember Grey?

Grey from GFGames

Grey from GFGames

Remember Grey from the old Shamoozal shorts? Yeah, I kind of forgot about him myself despite the fact he’s never left the top of the page. It’s hard to believe that Grey hasn’t been in a short since 2008’s la tragedie. Ouch.

There was a point in time where I was drawing Grey on a daily basis because I felt like of all my characters he was the one I should really have known how to crank out without hesitation (well, aside from Jacquo anyway). I don’t really have a reason for not going back to Grey other than the fact he was a rather lifeless character, but that’s all my fault. Really though, a lot of it was just sort of chance. The only GFGames after la tragedie was How to Hook Up the NES, and that’s all Jacquo’s show. Grey was never supposed to show up in that short. Then Read Only Memory happened, and I moved onto that project instead. The fact is though, that I’ve been kicking around an idea for a GFGames #6 for ages now. Hell, I actually just rewrote a two year old draft of it a few weeks ago. Will I ever get around to making that short? God only knows. If I ever do get to make it though, it’ll be the best short Grey has ever been apart of. It’ll be the short that he probably deserved all along.

For tonight’s Weekly Sketch I decided to just belt out this rather upset version of Grey. He is kind of angry that he’s been kicked to the side, you know? I was going to have him smoking, but Grey wouldn’t smoke, so I gave him a lollipop instead. Decided not to spend much time with this tonight because I need to move onto some Read Only Memory work for once. Yeah, remember those?

Good lord I’m the worst!

Weekly Sketch #4 – Lion-O HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!



Would you believe there is a new Thundercats series coming on this Friday on Cartoon Network? Well, yeah, I guess it’s not a stretch these days since companies just love bringing back their old stuff. The new show actually looks very cool from the commercials, much better than the terrible looking new Voltron show that’s also set to debut soon on Cartoon Network. I’ll give the first episode a shot for sure even though I probably won’t stick around for the whole series. As cool as it looks, I’m sure it’ll just be your average kid show.

Meanwhile, Boomerang has begun airing the original episodes of the show again in anticipation for the new series. In fact, there was actually two marathons of the show over the weekend, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say they were on in the background nearly the entire time they aired. Just like my feelings on Jem and the Holograms, I love how bad it is. The plot lines are absurd, and the voice actors even more so. I think I’ve gotten a new found respect (if you can call it that) for Lion-O having watched some of these again. It never really dawned on me that Lion-O is a kid in a man’s body, and it pretty much explains everything about Lion-O. Kind of like Link from Ocarina of Time, he was forced to grow up (he was asleep in a capsule where he aged about 10 years unknowingly) yet skipped the whole process of actually maturing in the process. The result is a big bulky dude that thinks he’s a grown up but usually acts kind of like an idiot. I kind of love him.

So I decided to bang this quick drawing of Lion-O out tonight. I decided to make him a bit more of a brute based on the fact that he kind of is a brute. In the episode I sort of watched tonight, he actually had an arm wrestling matching with a cave man and of course he won. Anyway, it’s a fun show that’s totally out there. Oh and like all classic cartoons from my youth, the intro is fucking awesome still.

There are better versions of this but it’s the only one I could embed. Bummer.

Weekly Sketch #3 – Voldemort’s Fingers VS Harry Potter

Harry Potter VS Voldemort

So about a month ago I can honestly say I wasn’t really pumped for Deathly Hallows Part 2, but now that its right around the corner, I just can’t help myself. Actually, I kind of thought I was “getting over” Harry Potter in general because I wasn’t overly excited about the release of Deathly Hallows Part 1 either, and maybe that somehow did hinder my enjoyment of it because it is after all my least favorite Potter film.

For tonight’s sketch I decided I wanted to do something Harry Potter related since I’m in the mood for it. I originally wanted to just draw Voldemort‘s fingers, since you know, I’m kind of obsessed with his fingers. They drive me so insane that I love them, it’s a weird relationship. At the same time I also wanted to draw Harry, because damn it, I enjoy drawing Harry Potter. In fact, I drew a picture of Harry Potter before I even liked Harry Potter. I can remember the first film was coming out around the time I started college and there was advertisements for this thing everywhere. All I knew of Harry Potter at that point is that it was a popular book series with kids and that the trailer I saw for the film looked dreadful. Yet those gorgeous posters by Drew Struzan single handedly captured my imagination. I can specifically remember doodling that image of Harry the best I could off the top of my head in the middle of class and then being made fun of for drawing “that Harry Potter kid.” I shrugged, I had nothing. I have it somewhere, I should probably look for it, maybe I’ll share it with you guys.

My real love for Potter didn’t come until a bit later however. My Mom had seen the movie and fell in love with it, enough so that she decided to buy the DVD upon release. Everyone was making such a big deal over it that I felt like I should watch it, so I did, and I liked it, but I didn’t love it. That didn’t happen until I took my wife (then girlfriend) to see Chamber of Secrets opening night. I was hooked. A few days later I was working on a final for class where I had to spend the day rendering out footage from 3D Studio Max. It was then I spotted my Mom’s copy of Prisoner of Azkaban. I tried to tell myself to wait until the movie, but I decided to give it a read since I had time to kill. I finished it the next day. I don’t think I ever blew through a book that quick (I don’t read a heck of a lot, shame on me).

Since then Harry Potter has become a pretty big thing for me. I bought all the books as they came out (if I remember correctly, Order of the Phoenix was coming out just shortly after Chamber of Secrets) and I can remember leaving a friends party drunk as a skunk and walking to the nearest CVS at midnight so I could buy myself a copy and then returning to the party. I was made fun of for that too. I did the same thing when Half-Blood Prince came out as well. I also love most of the film soundtracks, with Prisoner of Azkaban being my favorite one (along with the film itself) and I’ve bought my fair share of Harry Potter toys. Yeah, he’s pretty cool.

So anyway, back to this drawing. I used a shot of Voldemort from Goblet of Fire for reference, and I grabbed my nearest Harry Potter figure (which happens to be from the scene I wanted to draw) and used him as a reference as well. I think it turned out fairly well considering I banged it out in about an hour and a half, possibly less. Whatever the duration of the Azkaban soundtrack is was about how long it took me. Oh, I’m also trying to get stuff together on DeviantArt (because I kind of feel like I should have a place for my drawings to go other than Facebook) so you can find a larger version of this over on DeviantArt.

Anyway, I can’t wait, though unfortunately, I kind of have to wait to see it. Kids and that sort of thing.

Weekly Sketch #2 – Jem is Excitement but this picture isn’t

Jem from Jem and the Holograms

Jem from Jem and the Holograms

I have a confession to make. I’ve been watching way too many repeats of Jem and the Holograms which is currently rerunning on The HUB. I’ve watched it enough to the point in which upon sitting down tonight asking myself what I was going to draw I said “Jem sounds good.”

I kind of love Jem, of course for all of the wrong reasons. It isn’t even that there is too much of a nostalgia factor involved either because I used to hate it when I was a kid and my sisters would watch it. I find it kind of fascinating that 80s pop stars were so huge that they were able to create a fictional kid friendly version of a pop star and make a whole series out of it. The show is complete with at least two of three original songs and mini-music videos per episode (which are generally awful, but never the less ambitious for what they are) which is followed up by an encore performance at the end. The animation is done by the same group that brought us Transformers Generation 1 and GI Joe, so you know what to expect quality wise. It’s awful stuff, but then again I’m attracted to awful cartoons, hence owning DVD sets of Captain N and Street Fighter (the USA Network version of Street Fighter that is).

For the people too young, Jem is about a girl named Jerrica that with the help of her computer Syngery is able to become a rockin’ pop star for the sake of battling rival band The Misfits in order to regain control of her father’s record company. It’s completely absurd. What I love about the story is that no one outside of the Holograms knows that Jerrica is Jem, including Jerrica’s boyfriend Rio. So far this entire series Rio has basically been cheating on Jerrica with Jem, and all the while Jem is singing songs about how it breaks her heart, despite the fact that she is constantly putting the moves on Rio as Jem. She’s caught in this ridiculous whirl wind of feelings all of which she has brought upon herself. Thinking about it, I guess she does pretty much act like a woman doesn’t she? Ha.

When I sat down to draw this picture I knew I wanted to draw Jem but I wasn’t sure what to do with her. For some reason I thought about Lady Gaga, the complete opposite of Jem with their only similarity being that they’re pop stars, and found a photo of a young Lady Gaga before she went a bit nuts with the theatrics to use as a reference. There is actually an entire drawing from head to toe, but upon finishing it, well, I wasn’t happy with the bottom of her legs and feet so I cropped it for this update. The result looks retarded actually and kind of ruins the whole pose as a result. It also reminds me how out of practice I am, which is why I’m doing these Weekly Sketches to begin with. Considering this is supposed to be just a weekly “sketch” and not a weekly finished/complete picture, I just figured what the hell. I’m not so happy with it, but I hope you are!

And the intro of the show just for kicks.

Weekly Sketch – Reggie Trolled U


I decided I wanted to start doing a weekly sketch to put up onto the site. I really miss doing Art Tuesday because it was nice drawing again, you know, outside of drawing stuff for my cartoons. Instead of trying to make a community feature out of it, I figured I’d take the approach of just drawing whatever once a week and posting it on the Nerdlog.

Tonight’s image is in honor of Nintendo of America‘s response to a large fan backed campaign called Operation Rainfall to see the release of three Wii exclusives in the states. Basically these guys rallied their troops and tried to force Nintendo’s hand in getting them to announce these games for US release by bombarding Nintendo with email, tweets, and even an Amazon preoder campaign for Xenoblade (one of the three unreleased games). Nintendo acknowledged this fan outcry and promised to make a statement in the next few days regarding the games. Well the statement hit tonight and it was a doozie. All they did was make a simple tweet and Facebook update saying “Yeah, not happening.”

Anyway, I’m not personally bent out of shape over this because I didn’t have the intention to buy those games anyway. Still, the Wii is really dried up at the moment and could use a handful of quality software on it. Seriously, outside of Zelda the thing is dead and pretty much has been since Donkey Kong Country came out back in November. I’m a rather big Wii supporter, and even I’ve accepted the fact that the machine is just completely lifeless right now. It’s kind of depressing to see the market leader go out in such a whimper.

Soooo, I decided to come up with the above sketch. I gave Reggie bear claws because human hands wouldn’t have been fun. He’s holding Mystery Case Files for Wii because the same day all of this happened, that terrible game was also released by NOA. This seemed like a better idea in my head, but whatever.