Saturday, March 31, 2012

Candy Man, Candy Man...

You just know after a lifetime of consuming pure sugar, that peppermint lumberjack from Candyland is going to snap.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Pixar's Japan Relief Art Auction

All of the doodles are in for Dice Tsutsumi's Japan Relief Art Auction. Some pieces are being sold individually, others are being sold as "Doodle Packs" like these three.

If you feel so inclined, head over to the eBay site and make a bid on one!

2 days...

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Orcs for Japan Relief, 3 of 3

Our last look at Orcs (for the time being, anyway) is an examination of their favorite pass-time: ventriloquism.

Unlike most ventriloquists, Orcs prefer to use formerly living "dummies". No taxidermy or embalming needed, fresh off the kill is just fine for an Orc performer. By Orc standards, the rotting and decay of an aging dummy only adds character to the act.

3 days...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Orcs for Japan Relief, 2 of 3

My second sketch for Dice's Japan Relief Auction explores the relationship between an Orc and his steed, the voracious Warg (better known to modern science as Daeodon shoshonensis).

Called Vargr in their native Norse tongue, Wargs are described by Tolkien as large wolves with malignant intent. In actuality, they are closer related to their warthog-like entelodont (or "terminator pig") cousins Andrewsarchus and Archaeotherium, and are no more evil than any other ill-tempered pack-hunter.

Join us tomorrow as we examine Orcs' favorite pass-time.

4 days...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Orcs for Japan Relief, 1 of 3

My friend and co-worker Dice Tsutsumi is organizing an art auction for the one year anniversary of the Japanese Tsunami. He asked us all to contribute a sketch for the auction, and left the subject matter completely open for interpretation. I chose to explore the Orcish culture.

Few people realize that, aside from being fearsome warriors, orcs are also avid lepidopterists. Many believe that this hobby stemmed from fairy-hunting and became a genuine scientific interest in the world of butterflies. Over 2,300 species of butterflies have been discovered by Orcs. Unfortunately, most of these species were then promptly eaten.

In the next couple of days we will be exploring the various facets of this fascinating race. Zug zug!

5 days...

Friday, March 23, 2012

Chades Challenge LXIX: The Ewoking Dead

"Yub Yub, Nom Nom."

As always, all are welcome to contribute to the Chades (Character Design) Challenge. If you have a sketch for "The Ewoking Dead", just let me know and I'll post it below. Otherwise you can join in April 6th for...

Chades Challenge LXX: Game of Thrones

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Iron Grill

With the Season Premiere of Game of Thrones fast approaching, it's time to start planning your Westeros-themed bbq! And what better way to cook up some aurochs than in your very own Iron Grill apron? I designed this apron last year for my friend, Jason, and he convinced me to put it on Zazzle for the rest of you Ned-Heads. 

Last year, our menu included:

Littlefinger Links
Tyrion's Wildfire Chili
Maester Aemon's Donut Chain
Daenerys's Deviled Dragon Eggs
The Hound's Half-burnt Hot Dogs
Dampair's Drowned Cods Ceviche
The Knight of Flower's Flour Tortilla Tacos
The Mountain's Tourney Skewers (aka Clegane Kabobs)
Targaryen Tarduckin (a dragon inside of a dragon inside of a dragon)
Ned's Head Cheese

Feast heartily, drink merrily, and Valar Morghulis!

10 days...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Merida and the Frightening Forest

The Japanese may have an odd title for Brave (they call it Merida and the Frightening Forest), but they certainly have a kickass poster!

11 days...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Taste the Rainbow

I hope everyone had a lovely St Patrick's Day! Those Irish treats are never quite as magically delicious coming back up.

14 days...

Friday, March 16, 2012

Super! Boy!

Everett threw down the challenge to redesign Superboy yesterday over coffee. Because, let's face it, jeans and a t-shirt aren't a superhero costume. All we had was our iPhones, so the sketches are particularly breath-taking. Here's mine.

I decided to bring back the underwear in the most dignified way. Below are Ev's emo Superboys.

Superboy is played here by a young Jared Leto.

And, as promised, the rest of the super sketches from our Marvel game.

Venom has to be my favorite Spidey villain, but it turns out Carnage is fun to draw too!

Cap and Webhead chew the fat:

Alright, that's enough supers for now. I should probably be drawing Leperchauns or something.

Happy Kilt Friday!

16 days...

Thursday, March 15, 2012


The Dandies tested out Marvel's new RPG system last night, and I played Spider-man. Of course, you can't play a mainstream superhero without doing some redesign drawings.

I grew up with Todd McFarlane's bug-eyed Spider-man and it always seemed the coolest, toughest looking version of the mask to me.

I also like Alex Ross's method of amplifying the chest logo to heroic proportions. I picture the spider legs bleeding into the costume, so that his only colors are red and black.

My friend Nate is a huge Spider-man fan, and he's always wearing a beanie, so the above sketch is sort of a nod to Nate. I almost gave him Nate's eyebrow ring, but I thought that was a bit out of character for tech-nerd Peter Parker.

I have some more sketches from the game, including cameos by Cap and Carnage. Stay tuned!

17 days...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Jurassic Pets

Paleontologists from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History have announced the discovery of the two smallest horned dinosaurs ever: Gryphoceratops (pictured above) and Unescopceratops. Sure, they're not actually horned, but these guys are cousins of the great Styracosaurus, Chasmosaurus, and Triceratops. Neither Gryphoceratops or Unescopceratops were longer than a meter, putting them at about the size of a beagle.

Once scientists get their acts together and bring back the dinosaurs, these guys are at the top of my list of possible dinopets.

19 days...

Monday, March 12, 2012

Chades Challenge LXVIII: Renewed Frogs

The Creature staggered after Flygor, its rotten black lips parting as it croaked, "Riiibbet, riiiiiiibbet." The hump-back dashed under a lab table, but the Creature tossed the obstacle aside with ease, sending flasks and beakers to the ground with a sizzling, smoking crash. What had Dr. Froggenstein created??

Anyone can submit to our bi-weekly Chades Challenges. Just let me know if you created any renewed frogs, and I'll post them below. If not, you can always join in March 30th for... 

Chades Challenge LXIX: Game of Thrones

20 days...

Saturday, March 10, 2012

2 BC (Two Birthday Cards)

After getting all of those amazing dinosaur images yesterday, I decided to spread the love and give some dino drawings of my own. The first is for my buddy Zack, co-creator of Dick Figures. He's a bit of a Trekkie as well as a dino fan, so offered a theory as to why the dinosaurs may have gone extinct. 

The second was for fellow Pixar Animator Ken Kim, whose birthday is today. He's known as the anim vampire due to his late night working habits. We had a dinosaur/vampire lunch with friends yesterday, and I was immediately inspired to illustrate the blending of the two awesome themes. 

Thanks again for all the birthday love!

22 days...

Friday, March 09, 2012

A New Birthday Tradition

I know I'm already a week late on posting the Chades Challenge entries, but I have to take the time to post these amazing dinosaur images. My Pixarian chums Cat Hicks and Chris Chua urged their followers to send me 90s prehistoric clipart for my birthday, and the twitterverse did not disappoint!

Let's hope this becomes a new birthday tradition.

Bruno Chekerdimian, who illustrated this bloody fantastic Meridasaurus

Amar Dosanj, a fellow paleontologist from the UK

Hannah Foss

Fellow Pixarian and Improvible, Christian Roman, sent in a Batman just for good measure.

And Carrie Liao blew them all away with a Batman Dinosaur. Bane's going to have a tough time breaking this hero's back.

Thanks for all the dino-might you guys! Much obliged!

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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Boba Vet

A drawing for my pal CJ (a fellow Munchanka) who joined the Marines this year. I suggested that he join the rocketpack division.

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