Mario vs. Demitri

Before Rule 63, Demitri Maximoff was turning dudes into ladies (and ladies into other ladies, to be honest) so yeah, this was something that popped in my head and I just couldn’t let it go. Sure, Morrigan is the quintessential Darkstalkers character (Jedah is my favorite) but mustachioed-lady-Mario took priority here.

This was a pretty painless one though it did take some time. I wanted Demitri to look like that old school Capcom art and, to a lesser degree, like the design from the Darkstalkers anime hence the massive hands. Also, when Demitri actually lifts his opponent after turning him/her into a lady, he’s actually in vampire form but, of course, I wanted the normal design so I only made his arm in vampire form. He’s mid-transformation or something. It’s called having your cake and eating it too.

This won’t be the last time you’ll be hearing about Midnight Bliss in this channel. I’m currently chugging away at a piece with Midnight Blissed versions of all Darkstalkers characters. Line art and flats are done, just shading left.

Let me tell you something. It’s a lot of characters and a lot of work.

    Iron Man – 88

    Working on two other, larger pieces concurrently so, once again, I did this as a break of sorts. Since it’s Iron Man, I thought it’d be a good place to try something a little different so I did this entirely with the polygonal lasso tool and selections, not counting the initial sketch.

    Turned out pretty well (quick too, about an hour) and I’ll definitely try this again if the character fits.

    Still got a hand full of good suggestions but I wouldn’t mind more. :)

    Props to FallenZephyr for his palette challenge once again.

      Dark Phoenix – 4

      I quickly realized that this palette could’ve worked out pretty well for Starfire but I’m glad to be able to draw Ms. Grey instead.

      Not too crazy about how the torso turned out but, again, I do these as exercises and try not to obsess too much over them so I let it be.

      Speaking of obsessing and general self deprecation art-wise, I’m gonna go back and finish a couple of pieces that I’ve left hanging for months. One of them I intended to sell as a print for London Super Comic Con so this goes back to February at least. It’s almost done but I kinda hated it so I just let it sit there. Worst part is that it’s almost done! I’m hoping to finish it up and turn it around and so I can love it again.

      Anyways, suggestions for future palette challenges still welcome! Running short of those!

      Props to FallenZephyr for his palette challenge once again.

        Mario vs. Q*Bert

        Initially I wanted a top view on this piece but I couldn’t quite get it right. I let the idea bounce around in my head for a while but when I decided to switch it from a top view to a down view it all kinda clicked and I got it done pretty quickly after that.

        Much like Mario vs. Laharl, I did the grid in Sketchup.

        This is the 47th one so two more and I’ll finally do Mario vs. Luigi.

          Sketchbook Update – Sabbatical Edition

          The last one of these I posted was back towards the end of May. It’s been a while to say the least and during that time, I’m sad to say, I haven’t really drawn a lot. I lost steam for a variety of reasons but I’m slowly, finally getting back into the swing of things. I have a bunch of unfinished pieces, folders with titles and references but nothing else and basically, a lot of work ahead of me if I want to get it all done. My main problem right now is figuring out where to start. That’s a good problem to have.

          The scans in this set feature pages pre-sabbatical but also pages from only a couple of days ago. I think, though it might just be in my head, that there’s renewed energy in the new stuff and that’s a good thing. But I’ll let you be the judge.

          You can find the full set of scans for this sketchbook here.

            “The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth” steals my soul on Nov 4th.

            Out of all the games that are coming out in the next couple years, all the sequels of games I loved, all the games with huge budgets and years of development, all the indie art driven titles, it’s this game, this crazy game that I’m most excited about.

            I wasn’t completely sold on the new art style before but after seeing this in-game footage I am 100% on board with it. It looks fantastic and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

            I am beyond excited and am very much looking forward to getting Platinum God on it (which purportedly takes 500 hours!).

            This release date trailer perfectly sums up what I love about Isaac and November 4th can’t come fast enough.

              Jin – 33

              Another fitting suggestion which I was glad to do.

              I’m gonna put all these together in a single image now and move on to other stuff, I think.

              But I’ll get back to these every now and then so if you have suggestions don’t hold them back.

              Props to FallenZephyr for his palette challenge once again.

                Princess Bubblegum – 20

                I already did rocker PB so it was nice to do “sciencey” PB.

                I could be wrong but I don’t think I’ve EVER done a piece with light outlines. This is, in case you were wondering, why I’m still doing these palette challenges. It’s great for simply trying out small things in a smaller scale and getting it out there quickly. Not loving the background here though. It’s not that the clouds are badly drawn, it’s just that, in hindsight, the clear sky doesn’t really fit the richness of Ooo, I think.

                I did this very on model and I’m finally convinced that that’s not something I really enjoy doing. It’s not that I don’t like Pendleton Ward’s style (love the look of this show), I just find it very restrictive to work in somebody else’s shoes. I’m much more about reinterpretation.

                This wasn’t technically a suggestion but, again, if you have any, send them my way!

                Props to FallenZephyr for his palette challenge once again.

                  Deadpool – 10

                  Still looking for suggestions! Send them in!

                  Props to FallenZephyr for his palette challenge once again.

                    Travis Touchdown – 24

                    So when I first looked at all of the palettes, I thought that 24 was one of the more interesting ones. Luckily, someone suggested it and with someone that is rather fitting. If you’ve played No More Heroes, you know it’s quite interesting visually so I thought it was a good place to change it up and not use colors that approximate real life as I have done previously (like, say, pink or warm colors for skin tones).

                    It worked out pretty well, I think.

                    I have only one more suggestion that I’m gonna do please, suggest more!

                    Props to FallenZephyr for his palette challenge once again.