I drew this tonight. It was hand drawn for the most part. Except for the background and colors. That’s Photoshop. I was in a ninja mood. I was going to draw a dead cowboy. Then I thought of Skull Cowboy. Then I thought of the deleted scenes from The Crow of Skull Cowboy. Then I thought of Brandon Lee. Then I thought of Bruce Lee. Then I thought of Kung Fu. Then I thought of Ninjas.
And then I did this. That’s really all there is to it.
So I finally got around to playing Super Mario Galaxy and got a ‘lil idea. I’m a retro gamer and since I adore the classic Mario games I figured why not design some cabinet art as if Super Mario Galaxy was made in the late 80’s as an arcade game.
So I came up with this:
I looked at the old Mario Bros arcade cabinet side art for inspiration. Just flat colors. Simple shapes.
I even did this for fun:
So you’re 12 years old. It’s Friday afternoon and you’re in your local arcade with a fist full of quarters.Would you play this game?
Been on a Mario binge lately. I can’t get enough of that chubby little plumber.
Also for those interested there’s a couple new Zen Arcade Strips up at the Tumblr. It’s all going somewhere trust me. We’re going to get a few more strips down and launch a nice clean looking site to host them.
In other news there could be a big change to the website in the coming week. I feel that I’m pretty close to getting a career position that I’ve been wanting. If I get it…I’m turning heel. I’m switching up this sites look and I’m going to drop some pipebombs. Stay tuned.
So in my boredom it took it upon myself to redesign one of the most iconic characters of all time: Darf Vaydur.
Mcquarrie’s early designs for Vader were amazing (as is all of his art really). That helmet design is friggen PERFECT.
So I did my own little take on Darth.
The whole thing while drawing this is like, how much do I change? I wanted to keep key parts like the helmet and cape. I don’t want to go so deep into it that I show it and people don’t think it’s Vader AT ALL. That’s missing the point. The thing that always bugged me about Vader in the films is that I knew he was just a guy in a suit. Chewbacca, 3PO, Artoo, even Greedo….they’re not just guys in suits. I just didn’t believe that Vader was like 80% machine under there. So I drew him lean. He’s got this robotic claws. All his little machine parts like his lite bright chest box etc. I decided to take out…because that shit looks important…so why would you display that to everybody? Hide it. When Vader confronts his men and gives orders I wanted Storm Troopers to half listen but also just look at this dude. Be like, “What IS this guy?”.
That’s the whole thing. What is this guy? Human? Droid? Both? Regardless he’s pure evil.