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April 15, 2020

My #SixFanarts

Hey folks. How is your quarantine going? I was sick right when the whole mess started, so I was already stuck inside. Besides that. as an artist, I don’t get out much anyway. So, it hasn’t effected my life much at all. But it’s clear that a lot of people are suffering due to the virus itself and/or the ripple effect that it’s created, and my heart has gone out to everyone who has been effected.

With everything going on in the world, people have been coming up with ways to keep themselves busy and the #SixFanarts challenge is one that has captured a lot of attention. I participated and asked people for their suggestions of what characters I should draw, and this what I came up with.

SixFanarts

I specifically said that I would pick one character per franchise and try to focus on characters that I have never drawn before and didn’t have plans to draw in the future. I also wanted a good diverse bunch so I wouldn’t just be drawing all robots like usual. There were a fair number of suggestions but in the end we have Windblade from Transformers Cyberverse, Static Shock from DC, Akane Shinjo from SSSS Gridman, Slimer from Ghostbusters, Zero Suit Samus from Metroid, and MechaGodzilla 92 from Godzilla VS MechaGodzilla II.

It took me awhile to finish. I went in thinking that I could knock them out easily but I keep underestimating how long this style can take sometimes. But it was a fun project to work on and people seem to like it. I had fun working on it while streaming on Twitch and talking with my audience about the choices.

Now onto the next thing, whatever that is.

Sayonara.

January 17, 2020

My Favorite Stuff of 2019

Ok, it’s time! I do this every year, but sometimes it takes me longer to think of a list or get to seeing everything that I might want to consider. This year, I pretty much knew as soon as 2020 started what the list was going to consist of. There are a few cases were I haven’t gotten to the item in question, but I’ve seen enough to say that I’d love it if I had it and I’m glad it exists. So with that in mind, here are the things I liked the most that were released in 2019.

Favorite Game – River City Girls

River City Ransom on the NES was not a game that I had played a lot, but this new spin-off title was a must-get, thanks to the amazing 80’s anime style, pixel graphics, and pedigree of Wayforward games. I even sprung for the physical copy from Limited Run.  It’s a fantastic game with a lot of variety and genuine humor that had me laughing out loud. I’ve played it on Twitch a few times and I love it.

Favorite Book – The Art of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This book is all about the 2012 TMNT animated series. I don’t have this yet, but the fact that a book all about that show is a thing is great. Most shows wouldn’t get a book, but the 2012 TMNT series deserves it. It’s full of interesting art and characters and I’m glad that there’s a book all about how it all got put together.

Favorite Toy – NECA Bebop and Rocksteady

I don’t have these either. In fact, I unfortunately don’t have any of the NECA TMNT stuff. But just look at these. It’s like they jumped right out of the original cartoon. They are not easy to find, and being Target exclusives in the US means they might never be released in Canada, but whatever pains it would take to get this set would be clearly worth it. Duh!

Favorite TV Series – The Mandalorian

As I type this, the music is playing in my head, and it is in yours too. To think that we got a weekly dose of Star Wars in live action for 2 months. This might be special enough, but they way new characters and elements were added to the story made it especially engrossing. By the end of the first episode, you were hooked, and we all know why by now. I’m looking forward to the next season and whatever other similar Star Wars spin-off series come out. This is the way.

Favorite Anime – Carole and Tuesday

A creative and heartwarming story about music, friendship, and authenticity. This might not be the kind of thing people would expect me to like, but I don’t think you even need to like anime at all to love this show. With its diverse cast of characters, universal themes, and excellent animation, I’d say it’s been the closest glimpse of what the future of anime is going to look like. It’s exclusive to Netflix and I highly recommend it.

Favorite Movie – Godzilla: King of the Monsters

I don’t care. Fight me. As a Godzilla fan, this movie was my most anticipated thing in all of 2019, and it delivered exactly what I wanted in every respect that I can think of. The depiction of the monsters is what mattered most to me, and not only were they great, but surprisingly full of personality. And the classic music! I was truly moved by the moment when Mothra appears fully formed. They got it right, and if there are people out there who didn’t like this movie, too bad for them. I say it’s freaking awesome.

The only category I had trouble with was for anime, because I didn’t watch a lot of new things for 2019. Instead I was catching up on shows I missed out on, like One Punch Man and Kill La Kill. Once I saw Carole and Tuesday, the choice was clear, and it really is that good. If I were to chose a favorite album, then obviously it’s gotta be BabyMetal. And I know that last year had some huge movies like Avengers: Endgame and Rise of Skywalker, and I absolutely loved Spider-man: Far From Home, but I had to pick King of the Monsters as both someone who loves Godzilla movies and hates stupid idiots that don’t know what they are talking about. Seriously, the same moron film critics who complained that the 2014 Godzilla didn’t have enough monster action also complained that this movie had too much monster action. Give me a freaking break. As if there could ever be such a thing as too much monsters.

So what’s next? Honestly, I’m pretty satisfied with enjoying the things that I have now. I’m not in a rush. But, in thinking to the future, this year we’re getting Black Widow, The Eternals, Ghostbusters, Bill and Ted (!), and Godzilla vs Kong! Ok, I’m in. Let’s make 2020 happen already.

Sayonara.

It wasn’t easy, but I got there.

Click to see all my Inktober artwork! Click to see all my Skeletober artwork!

I still feel like I have to recover from the 31 day art marathon I set for myself with Inktober vs Skeletober, but I’ve waited long enough to talk about it.

I could not wait to get started. As soon as midnight hit on October 1st, I got cracking on the first Inktober drawing during a stream on my Twitch channel. Unfortunately, as I mentioned in my last post, thunder and lightning had also got cracking and there was a power outage. It’s kind of hard to draw in the dark, so that was that. But not only did I have to stop when I had only just gotten started, but the power outage did something bad to my computer and I was forced to start fresh and install Windows again. That set me back in a big way, and I’m still sorting through all the backups I hastily made at the time. But I pushed through as best I as could, doing my best to keep as close to the 2 pieces per day schedule I had set for myself.

There were a few times where I had fully caught up, only to fall behind again after spending extra time on a piece that needed the extra attention. Towards the end, I really fell behind after simply not feeling well.  I was at a really low point and didn’t think I could see it through all the way to the end.

But I did it anyway.

On the last day I had to catch up and pull together 4 or 5 pieces, and technically I finished the morning of November 1st after an all night art stream session. But I finished. 62 illustrations in 31 days.

Was it worth the effort? I don’t know. I’m glad I was able to push myself to successfully complete a goal, but it didn’t result in a lot of new activity around my art. What I did notice is that Instagram liked Inktober better, likely due to people looking through hashtags. Tumblr definitely liked Skeletober better, because Skeletor is always popular with that crowd and people were sharing my artwork on their own blogs. Twitter didn’t really seem to care that much aside from a few scattered signs of support.

But I didn’t do it for likes or hearts or follows or whatever. I did it to try and level up, experiment with new stuff, and get accomplish something that I had set out to do. I was certainly hoping to gain more of a following in my streams and on social media, but the people who did follow, and watch are super awesome, and I’m grateful to everyone who lent me their support.

I don’t know if I’m going to ever do this again. Actually, yeah, I do know: Forget it! I hope I’m way too busy next year to do two art challenges in one month. Even if I wasn’t, I don’t think it’s healthy to put myself through that again. Besides, could I even top what I did this year?

Anyway, I’m sure I have many more drawings of robots and Skeletor in me. I could draw those things forever! I’ll just have to spread them out for the sake of my brain and wrist.

You can see all my Inktober and Skeletober art on my Tumblr!

Sayonara.

October 18, 2019

Inktober vs Skeletober

Once again, I am participating in Inktober, where artists on the Internet try to do one drawing per day in ink. I am using the official prompts list, but as an added challenge, I’m also making each into an original robot character. Here’s a few that I’ve done so far:

However, that is not enough for me! I’m also participating in a very special event of my own devising: Skeletober! In Skeletober, the theme is always Skeletor, the main villain from the Masters of the Universe franchise. Skeletor is one of my most favorite characters to draw, and is the perfect character to represent both the scary and silly sides of the Halloween season.

I had a lot of fun interpreting and re-interpreting Skeletor in many different ways the first time I did Skeletober in 2016, where I finished 25 drawings. This time, all my Skeletober entries will be digital, have color, and I am determined to finish 31 before the month ends.

But between Skeletober and Inktober, that means I’ll have to finish 62 pieces of art this month! How? Have I gone insane? Yes, I probably have, and you can watch my brain plummet into madness because I’m streaming on my Twitch channel pretty much every day.

Things got off to a rough start right away. I couldn’t wait to get started, so I began at midnight on October 1st, but there was heavy rain with thunder and lightning, so the power went out and caused a lot of problems with my computer. I’ve been playing catch-up ever since. It’s not going to be easy, but I am doing this to prove to myself that I can, and that it can be done with decent quality. I’m halfway through and it’s been a lot of work, but it’s also been fun and I have legitimately enjoyed it so far.

That said, I am really going to enjoy when this madness is all over! Until then, you can follow my Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram pages to see everything as it gets posted.

Sayonara.

September 29, 2019

Now on Newgrounds!

I think just about everyone knows Newgrounds.com, especially if you avidly used the Internet at a certain point in time. In those early, pre-Youtube days, Newgrounds was the place to go for funny animations and games. I had not thought about it too much,  but apparently at some point, the site also became a place for artists to post their illustrations. I did not know that! This past summer, I noticed a lot of art people talking about Newgrounds, so I thought I should look into getting an account and putting some of my work there.

Unfortunately, I quickly hit a snag. The name Ninjatron was already taken, and by someone who was probably not me. The account looked like it was largely inactive for some time, but I figured there was nothing I could do about it. When I mentioned as much in a Twitter thread about artists on Newgrounds, a kindly stranger told me that I could just make an account and use it to contact Tom and have it sorted out. Well, “Tom” is, of course, Newgrounds founder Tom Fulp. My initial reaction was “Really? People can just… do that?” Seemed unlikely that I could get in touch with an important person. Well, I gave it a shot and sent Tom a message (including a line that mentioned how much I love his game Alien Hominid), and it wasn’t long before the REAL Ninjatron was finally on Newgrounds.

But that’s not all! I’ve been posting some of my most favorite artwork from over the past few years, just a few every once in awhile as not to overwhelm everyone with tidal wave of artwork all at once. On August 30th, only a few weeks after I started there, one of my pieces, Prince Frog-in-Jar and Robot Princess, was put on the front page as featured content. Wow! I mean, maybe that’s no big deal, I don’t know, but in as long as I’ve been posting artwork on the Internet, I don’t remember anything like that had ever happened to me before!

I’m still uploading older pieces and building a following a little bit at a time, but so far I’d say I’m off to a good start.

You can follow me on Newgrounds here.

Sayonara.