Clerks – 47

Kevin Smith movies are extremely hit or miss but Clerks is definitely in the former category as far as I’m concerned.

This was one of the earliest suggestions. I put it in the backburner and, since I lacked film characters here, I went for it. This piece also underscores how terrible I am at caricatures.

This piece completes another row in the compilation (which I’ll be updating shortly) so I’ll be taking a break from these for a bit as I move on to other stuff.

Here’s the palette challenge completion list in case you have some juicy suggestions.

Props to FallenZephyr for his palette challenge once again.

    Ryuko Matoi – 51

    Started watching this show, about 4 episodes in. Really enjoying actually. It’s a lot of fun but man, there’s some mindless fan service in it and I don’t know what to make of it. The constant upshots and boob shots of early high school girls oftentimes pull me out of the whole thing.

    This is my own pick. :)

    Here’s the palette challenge completion list in case you have some juicy suggestions.

    Props to FallenZephyr for his palette challenge once again.

      Princess Peach – 38

      This lady needs no introduction. Used her tennis outfit because I hate that wimpy dress.

      Why the broken heart?

      Maybe she got tired of being in a relationship where she was never considered equal. Maybe she’s ready to set out on her own. Or maybe I just needed something to add to that blank spot. Who knows?!

      Here’s the palette challenge completion list in case you have some juicy suggestions.

      Props to FallenZephyr for his palette challenge once again.

        Max – 9

        Max from Dark Cloud 2, a game I’ve never played but not for lack of interest. Love those Level-5 guys.

        This was a tough one. I actually started it a few weeks back but put it on hold as it wasn’t turning out as I would’ve liked. I finished my second (!) submission to the Capcom Tribute book earlier today so I decided to dive into it again and it fared much better. I was still making changes to the color of the line art and certain shades up to the last minute though.

        Will probably try to post a couple of more things today before I prep for my 3rd and final Tribute submission piece. I’m pretty proud of them so, win or lose, I’m looking forward to sharing it with you guys/gals.

        Here’s the palette challenge completion list in case you have some juicy suggestions.

        Props to FallenZephyr for his palette challenge once again.

          Spike Spiegel – 58

          I picked this palette myself because I felt like doing a non-video game, non-comic book character for one of these and honestly, I don’t have many palettes suggestions anymore at this point.

          Outside of that, here’s an update of what I’ve been doing. Basically, I’ve been very busy working on my first of two submissions for the Capcom Fighting Tribute. The first one has shipped already (so to speak) and I’ve started work on my second entry. I’m definitely confident about my first submission but man, there’s just so much high quality art in those books so I don’t know. It’s worth nothing that I’ve tried submitting to both the Street Fighter Tribute and Mega Man Tribute books in the past with zero success. To be fair, the SF piece was so terrible it had no chance of making it. The MM piece I felt slightly better about. Here’s hoping third time’s the charm though. Either way, I can’t post any of it until after I know whether I made it in or not but here’s hoping.

          That’s my update for now. Here’s the palette challenge completion list in case you have some juicy suggestions.

          Props to FallenZephyr for his palette challenge once again.

            Mario vs. Azazel

            I’ve been wanting to do this piece for a looong time.

            Let’s be clear here, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth was easily my favorite game of 2014. I have put (and will continue to put) dozens of hours in it and I wanted to do something to show my love for this game art wise. Usually, when this happens, I do a Mario Versus piece (Guacamelee, Josef from Machinarium are good examples of this) but I had already done one for the original Isaac and I didn’t want to repeat myself. I like my old Isaac piece but I hate that I did it when I was still such a noob at that game that I didn’t know about any of the cooler items in it (I mean, I put Dead Bird in there. Dead Bird. Come on.) so I thought about updating that old piece with new items but I kinda hate revisiting old stuff. So what was the solution? Simple: Rebirth has 11 characters so I just used a character other than Isaac (even though they’re all Isaac technically). I also made it a point to use one of the new characters so I picked Azazel because fuck the Lost and I only used items that are new to Rebirth (except the flies, I guess).

            Picking the items was fun. I put some of my personal faves (Dark Buuuuum!) but also a couple that are just cosmetically interesting. Some cool items I had to cut either due to overlap (Tech .5) or because they changed the character too much (Abaddon, Leo, Death’s Touch). I even pixelated the floor to fit the new art style. This piece also is a good example of, compared to the last one, how much better I’ve gotten at effects.

            The role reversal compared to the last piece was also fun as I’m always eager to show Mario with an expression other than anger.

            Anyway, enough rambling. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is amazing and you should go get it.

            PS: I unlocked Godhead today. Woot!

              X – 11

              I’ve been feeling pretty productive lately so here’s another piece for the day.

              I kinda feel bad about this one because it uses a palette that somebody had initially suggested for a different character. But I love Mega Man X, repeat, I loooove Mega Man X, and this palette seemed really good for him when somebody else brought it up after the fact. I’ve saved the original pick though and I’ll pick a different palette for the character myself.

              To avoid such things in the future, I’ve created an image that crosses out those palettes that I’ve already used so you guys/gals don’t have figure this out by yourselves. You can find it right here.

              And please, do keep those suggestions coming! :)

              Props to FallenZephyr for his palette challenge once again.

                Mario vs. Luigi

                This is my 50th Mario fight and, as promised many months ago, it’s time to go against my self-imposed ruleset and have Mario go up against another Nintendo character, Luigi himself.

                Some people might say that there is a lot going on here, and they might be right, but I’m OK with that. This is a celebration of sorts so I’m down for some craziness and it’s also a great contrast relative to the darkness found in the previous fight. So yeah, fireworks and colors all over. I actually wanted to add more details and stuff but it’s dense enough as it is, I think.

                Since I first decided to use Luigi for this fight, I knew I wanted them to be airborne with Rainbow Road as the backdrop and I also thought it’d be cool to have each one of them use the gadgets from their respective Gamecube titles. That concept didn’t change much as I worked up to the 50th fight.

                So, Samus for fight #100?