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Hello and Happy New Year if you are into that sort of thing.

I think 2016 was a pretty good year for me as far as how much artwork I actually finished. Between all the fan art, commissions, Skeletober, reaching 100 entries in Ninjapocalypse, and miscellaneous sketches, I did a lot! I haven’t counted and compared, but this is probably more artwork than I had done in the past few previous years. With that in mind, I thought I might put it all in one place to see what it looked like together. So, here’s an image of almost my entire artistic output for the year, minus a few things that I did for other people and maybe a couple other things I could have forgotten about.

There are a few things that I haven’t added to the gallery here on SykoGrafix.com yet, but I’ll get to them soon.  It’s all there on my  DeviantArt, Tumblr, and Twitter.

Even though this might seem like a lot, I’m certainly not satisfied. This is still not anywhere close to the amount of artwork I would like to be producing. While I would like to say that I’m going to try to do even more this year, I think that instead I’m going to spend my time going back to basics, try to improve my skills, and learn new stuff. That might equal less finished drawings like this but should hopefully put me in a better position for creating cool things in the future.

2016 was a bumpy ride for everyone but I certainly appreciate everyone who has taken their time to look at my artwork and gotten any kind of enjoyment out of it. I’ll keep working hard to deliver more.

So, hey, which of these artworks do you like best?

Sayonara.

December 24, 2016

Super Deformed Updates

This has been a long time coming, and that fact that it’s Christmas time and most people wouldn’t be bothered right now isn’t going to stop me!

I updated the Illustration page with 8 more drawings, all in my take on the big-headed style made famous in Japanese super deformed artwork. There’s Transformers, Link, Sailor Moon, Voltron, and more! These are all from this past Summer and Fall. I would have liked to have gotten them up here earlier, but I was busy making other artwork, which I’ll also put up here on SykoGrafix.com in the near future.

Yeah, so, it’s Christmas and honestly I couldn’t really care less. But, hey, if you haven’t seen it already yet, have some dumb Christmas artwork right here:


I Am Not Ready for Christmas by ninjatron on DeviantArt

Anyway, I do actually hope that everyone has a nice Christmas and New Years and whatever if that is your kind of thing. As for me, obviously I wish it was still Halloween, Though honestly, this miserable year can’t end soon enough.

Sayonara.

November 2, 2016

The Skeletober Aftermath

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When I started Skeletober on October 1st, I wanted to do 20 illustrations of Skeletor by the end of the month. I wound up surpassing that goal with 25! Here they all are in one image.

You can see each entry individually here on my Tumblr.

Out of all of these, my favorites are numbers  5, 8, 14, 19, 23, and 25. Which do you like best? Which style would you like to see more of in other artworks?

Will I do Skeletober again next year? Probably not, but I’ve got plenty of other ideas I’d like to try instead. Still, Skeletober was tons of fun and I kind of wish it wasn’t over because I could totally keep going. I was worried that I might get bored of it after awhile but that did not happen in the slightest. I was energized the entire time and I’m going to take that energy and place it into my next, non Skeletor related drawings. Whatever they are.

Sayonara.

October 13, 2016

#SKELETOBER

I’ve been seeing a lot of artists doing #inktober over the past few years, and this year has been bigger than ever. I thought about doing it myself, but I had something different in mind that I’d rather do instead.

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I’m drawing Skeletor, everyone’s favorite villain from Masters of the Universe, almost every day this month!
Follow along on my Twitter or Tumblr to see for yourself.

Skeletor is the perfect mix of scary and funny, and has become one of the Internet’s most famous characters in recent years. He was even in a car commercial.

For the first few days I was keeping it fairly standard and using some traditional tools I haven’t touched in a long time. But I’m looking forward to trying some new techniques and crazy styles. Now let’s see how far I can push the character of Skeletor in the realm of illustration.

You can see all of the Skeletober posts thus far right here: http://sykografix.tumblr.com/tagged/skeletober

Sayonara.

September 7, 2016

The Return to FanExpo

Beffanexpoore I moved, I would go to FanExpo in Toronto every year, dating back to when it was still known as the Canadian National Comic Book/Sci-Fi/Anime Expo. I saw the show grow from being a modest comic convention to a huge attraction. It was usually a lot of fun, especially when hanging out with friends, but there were times when the ever expanding size of the convention and the number of people there were making things hard to fully enjoy like I used to. While I would have liked to have continued to attend, I decided that the only show I would make a point of not missing while living away from Toronto would be TFcon.

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Well, as circumstances would have it, I had the chance to be back in the neighborhood for a couple of days, and and I took the opportunity to attend FanExpo again this year, for the first time since 2011. I could only go for Friday and Saturday, 2 of the 4 days, but I was looking forward to seeing what the show would be like after being away for so long.

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Well, I’m not saying that I didn’t have any fun, but this show has grown far past the aforementioned “huge attraction” status. It’s a monstrosity! While it was all well managed, there were a lot of freaking people there! I had often used the term “Human cattle” to describe what it felt like to attend this convention, but I feel like that doesn’t go far enough.

fanexpo-charlesSo, besides trying to wade through the unending sea of humanity, here is what I did:

An early highlight was seeing Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario & Luigi. He’s a fun loving guy who spoke a mile a minute. Even with an introduction to how he became an actor, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Q&A panel that got through so many Qs & As. Anyway, he basically says that he loves his job and is happy all the time. Of course he is. He’s Mario.

Another great event I saw was a live script reading with many famous voice actors including Rob Paulson, Bill Farmer, Maurice LaMarche, David Hayter, and more. They were reading scenes from the script to Ghostbusters, but as different characters and celebrity impressions. I could tell you that it was pretty funny, but I found a video of it so why don’t you just watch it and imagine how much cooler it was to have been in the room at the time.

Besides these events, I attended some art related discussion panels about drawing and coming up with ideas. And that’s about it, as far as scheduled programming goes. There were many cool events and great guests scheduled for the show, but I missed out on a lot, either because the timing didn’t work out, I wasn’t there for all 4 days, or it was an extra special ticket event. So I didn’t get to see Mark Hamill, Kevin Convoy, Hayley Atwell, cast members from Daredevil and The Walking Dead, Christopher Lloyd,  Kevin Smith, and Stan Lee. When you line up all the things that I didn’t do, I can’t help but be a little disappointed. There is just so much to see and do at this show, and obviously there is no way to get to it all, but it seems like I didn’t do very much or get my money’s worth and I don’t know how I could have done more with what I had.

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When the possibility of going to FanExpo came up, the one thing that immediately came to mind was that I could buy a convention exclusive Transformers Fortress Maximus from the Hasbro store. I was happy to get to do that, because otherwise I probably wouldn’t be getting any version of Fort Max any time soon. So I took care of it right away on Friday morning. Seeing as this is the largest Transformers figure ever and thus I had to carry the freaking gigantic box around all day, maybe that wasn’t the best idea. He kind of took a beating, but we grew close in our time together. I also bought 2 Funko Hikari vinyls. I enjoyed wandering around the dealer room, but there were hardly any deals to be found when I did. Almost everything I saw was 2 or 3 times more expensive than it should have been. Come on, man! Conventions are supposed to be about deals! I wish I could have stayed for the Sunday to see if that situation had improved.

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Here are a few costumes that I liked. I did take a few other pictures of the sites but most of them turned out blurry. I’ll post more stuff from the show floor on my Tumblr sometime soon.

The best part of the show was when I got to spend some time with my friends, who I had been to many of the same conventions with for many years. It was great to wander around together again. I’ve missed that aspect of FanExpo since I stopped going. But I haven’t really missed going to the show itself, paying the ever inflating ticket price, and dealing with the crowds. It wasn’t all bad by any stretch and I wasn’t really phased. The other attendees were mostly polite and the staff did their best to handle it all. So I’m glad that circumstances worked out for me to attend the show after being away for so long, but if I can’t get there again next year, well, that’s probably OK. We’ll see.

Sayonara.

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