Sep 092011
EX-S Alice thumb

My newest pen and marker drawing. I feel I am making good progress with these markers, especially in the shading department. This one is a little bit smaller, on regular-size paper (technically A4, which has slightly different dimensions than US-letter).

See after the image for a description of what this drawing is about.

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For those unfamiliar with Gundam (pronounced gun-dum), it is a long-running Japanese science-fiction franchise, still going since 1979. It has spawned anime, manga, books, movies, mini-series, music, video games… the whole gamut. While there are also “Alternate Universe” (AU) stories, the original (and best) story-line is set in the real world in the “Universal Century” (UC) which is a new calendar started when man first began to build colonies in Earth orbit and on the moon (UC replaces AD). At its most basic, it is a thoughtful story about conflict and mankind’s evolution. The titular “Gundam” is actually the name for a series of experimental mecha (human-piloted machines), so as the story progresses there are many different Gundams.

Still with me? OK, So this drawing is inspired from Gundam Sentinel, a novella serialized in a Japanese scale model magazine over a one year between 1987 and 1988, and the first Gundam story not to derive from an existing anime or comic. One of the interesting points is that a team of experienced scale modelers created new, unique models and designs to be photographed in ultra-realistic dioramas to accompany the text. It is really neat!

The particular gundam in this story, the MSA-0011 Superior Gundam (shortened to “S Gundam”) is unique among the gundams in that is has an artificial intelligence system, A.L.I.C.E., to assist the pilot. As the story progresses, increased armor and systems are attached to the gundam, changing its designation to EX-S Gundam, which is how it is pictured above.

(spoiler alert… as if you’ll ever actually read the story)
In the final, climactic battle, the bad guys are escaping by reentering Earth’s atmosphere. A.L.I.C.E., knowing the extreme danger they pose, ejects her pilot and follows their shuttle into reentry. She manages to destroy the shuttle, but is now caught in Earth’s gravity and burns up, sacrificing herself to save the day.
(end spoiler alert)

So, as you can imagine, with an AI named A.L.I.C.E., there is a lot of imagery from this story connected to Alice from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass”. This is a theme I have decided to continue here.

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Sep 072011

Here is my 4th colored-marker drawing since I picked up a bunch and really sat down and set to figuring these things out. I learned a lot with this one. What not to do, better ways to do things, etc. Hopefully you all will reap the rewards of this awkward growth phase I am going through. For those who have been following my misadventures with this one, I decided not to wait for my replacement marker and went with a different, similar, color.

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Sep 062011

Here is a really quick drawing I did using my new markers, trying to get a feel for them, you know.

This is The Greenseer, a character from the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. For those who know where this is from, I realize that I have made some grievous errors with some of the details. However, this is kind of a test image for a bigger drawing, so I will correct those errors when that comes about.

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Sep 012011

Lots to report today, but first, I received my early Christmas present of about 50 new markers. To test them out, I worked on a design for a flight suit that will appear in the forthcoming (and often-delayed) webcomic Simon.

Secondly, I have begun putting together galleries of my artwork. These will include everything from pencil sketches to completely digital drawings. There will even be some photos! As you may have noticed on the TWDC Studios main page, there is a new tab Art. Clicking on this tab will take you to the Art sub-page where you can navigate to the galleries. Of course, if you just hover over the tab, the galleries will appear in a drop-down menu (right now there is only one Ink, Pencil, etc.). For now, here is a direct link to the first gallery.

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