Greetings. Man, where has the time gone? 2013 was a great year for myself personally. And here we are at the start of 2014! What better to start of a new year with some great goals and great comics?
I was lucky enough to find some (4 volumes) old (1989) Eastman and Laird Ninja Turtle books a few months back for cheap ($6-8). These are known to be very rare and I snatched them up the second I seen them mainly because I always wanted to read them (well no shit). The thing that drew me to these comics (PUN) was the artwork. Simple, crude, and distinct. Not everyone’s cup of tea.
To a lot of people the early TMNT artwork was “bad”. I never thought that. It had a very natural look to it. It wasn’t great looking. That’s what was great about it. When I read the 1st issue years back thats when I thought, “Why couldn’t I do this?” and last month reading all Laird and Eastman’s original run I thought the exact same thing.
Why can’t I just sit down and draw an idea? Screw anatomy. Forget exact perspective. Who cares how the back of a surveillance camera looks. No need to make this your best. Your shining example of work. JUST DRAW. And most importantly: Have fun.
Sometimes you don’t need to sit down and say “THIS HAS TO BE THE ABSOLUTE BEST THING I CAN PRODUCE OR ELSE!” Sometimes you just gotta do it. And that’s what I did. I sat down…and I drew a short ninja comic. BECAUSE WHY NOT.
Here’s my ode to Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
2014 shall be the year of the comic…for this website anyway. More comics to come. Why?
I’ve been on a Hulk high all week! Read some Hulk, bought some Hulk, read some more Hulk, Hulked some Hulk. You know how we have those characters that we love and we know we love them but sometimes we forget? I forget a lot apparently. I’m on a Punisher kick now. So probably expect him coming up. Anyway I drew this in about 15 minutes or so. I like making Hulk more apelike. I got the posing from a statue I used to see in this comic store when I was 13 or so. It was an ugly statue…but it was always there (probably because nobody wanted to buy it because it was ugly) but after a while it grew on me.
I enjoy Disney World. Duh. You should know that. On my recent trip I seen a favorite childhood attraction of mine: Captain Eo. Brought back after the death of the King of Pop(:() the 3D movie is seen as a dated letdown by most Disney elitists nowadays. The Imagination Pavilion (Where EO is located) is being closed down for construction in January. I’m not quite sure what will happen to Captain EO once this construction is completed. I assume it will be removed for another attraction. It’s been over 4 years since MJ has passed afterall. But regardless October 22nd, 2013 might have just been the last time I saw something so nostalgic to me. I made this poster for fun since development time has been on the SLOW side lately. The characters on the poster are also hand vectored btw. No lazy filtering here. I also color swapped one. Which do you prefer?
I’ve embedded the full movie below if anyone is interested in seeing the actual film. A fair warning…it’s oddly paced, very corny, and quite dated. But one thing that made me happy was walking out of the movie and hearing children behind me raving about it. That was cool to hear 🙂