Nov 292012
 

 

Today the Asplenia Studios store, hosted by Zazzle, is running a great sale: 40% off of t-shirts and mugs! That means you can get a great t-shirt for a little more than $10!

Input the code 12DAILYDEAL2 before checkout to take advantage of this great offer!

Hurry, because this sale is ONE DAY ONLY!!!

*As usual, this sale is only valid for the American Asplenia Studios store. Be sure to check country’s local Asplenia Studios store for any special promotions they are running (they ALWAYS advertise their sales at the top of the page)!

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Nov 282012
 

Another pen and marker project, because I haven’t been using my markers as much as I should lately. Below is the MSZ-006A1 Zeta Plus A1 Test Type from the fictional universe of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise.

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As with  my previously posted Gundam drawing, this also is from the graphic novella Gundam Sentinel.

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.

The Zeta Plus appears only in the Gundam Sentinel novella, and is the mass-produced version of the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam (the titular mecha from the TV series Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam [50 episodes '85-'86]).

The A1 Test Type of the Zeta Plus is an atmosphere-only version (the later C1 model being a space-capable version) piloted by Amuro Rey, who is the protagonist of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series (43 episodes ’78-’80) and is a recurring character throughout a majority of the UC-story line.

I was particularly attracted to this version because I thought the orange-red coloring was so distinct from the normal coloring of a Gundam (normally variations of white, blue, and red), or of the latter C1 version, which is mostly grey. Along with the RX-78NT1 Gundam ‘Alex’, and the EX-S Gundam from the same novella, the A1 is one of my favorite designs from the Gundam series. Additionally (and, hopefully) we can also see some improvement the composition, coloring, and execution of my drawings with these markers, from the NT-1 Alex, to the EX-S, and now to the Zplus A1.

Of course, there are several errors abound. Some are of my own doing, while others are simply due to the fact that there are multiple versions of this same design with slight differences in the Gundam Sentinel book, so that accuracy can be sometimes difficult. Because of this, I have taken liberties in some cases. Also, some of the fine text markings are intentionally misspelled in English- a homage to the regularly misspelled English found in Japanese anime and manga. =D

Drawn with UniPin fineline pens and Letraset Promarkers on A4-size marker paper.

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Nov 232012
 

For Black Friday we are running a sale at the Asplenia Studios store that can net you at least 15% off! T-shirts are 20% off, and some items have even deeper discounts!

Input the code BLACKFRISALE before checkout to get your discount. EVERYTHING at the Asplenia Studios store is on sale*!

Remember, this sale is only for today, Nov. 23rd. So act quick!!!

*As usual, this sale is only valid for the American Asplenia Studios store. Be sure to check country’s local Asplenia Studios store for any special promotions they are running (they ALWAYS advertise their sales at the top of the page)!

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Nov 162012
 

Today and today only Zazzle, the print-on-demand service that hosts the Asplenia Studios store, is running a four-hour sale from 12:00pm-4:00pm PST.

Input the code 2012LASTFFHS before checkout to get 50% off just about every item the Asplenia Studios store sells*!

Hurry, because this sale only runs for four hours!!!

*As usual, this sale is only valid for the American Asplenia Studios store. Be sure to check country’s local Asplenia Studios store for any special promotions they are running (they ALWAYS advertise their sales at the top of the page)!

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Nov 122012
 

Today’s Sketchaday: A “cute” (?) Night Gaunt

 

Out of what crypt they crawl, I cannot tell,
But every night I see the rubbery things,
Black, horned, and slender, with membranous wings,
They come in legions on the north wind’s swell
With obscene clutch that titillates and stings,
Snatching me off on monstrous voyagings
To grey worlds hidden deep in nightmare’s well.

Over the jagged peaks of Thok they sweep,
Heedless of all the cries I try to make,
And down the nether pits to that foul lake
Where the puffed shoggoths splash in doubtful sleep.
But ho! If only they would make some sound,
Or wear a face where faces should be found!

-H.P. Lovecraft “Night-Gaunts”

So, despite the fact that I actually did get some real work done today (a whole page on the forthcoming “Thunderhead” webcomic for Otus Analytics, as well as some preliminary sketches on a project for the band Wings of Apollo), I was still inspired to do a Sketchaday!

Recently I have started reading the Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H. P. Lovecraft (Commemorative Edition), a collection of thirty-six of Lovercraft’s short stories. I have been interspersing them with other reading so that I don’t get worn out. Anyhow, the very first is actually the Night-Gaunts poem you read above. Apparently, young H.P. suffered from night terrors as a child, and thought that these Night Gaunts were after him.

Well, I thought what better way to negate fear than to turn the source into something cute. Well… as cute as a night gaunt can be. Am I right?!?

As per the Sketchaday rules, drawn in 20 minutes or less. Ink and grey marker.

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Nov 102012
 

Today’s Sketchaday is inspired by the recent announcement of a new species of dinosaur, similar to the Triceratops, called the Xenoceratops.

 

Those of us who read the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics (before the cartoon, and back when they ALL wore red masks) will remember the Fugitoid storyline that introduced the reader to Triceratons, an alien race that were basically anthropomorphic triceratops. Well, as soon as I read that news article linked above, I immediately got the image in my head of a Xenoceraton, the Triceraton’s tougher, more bad-ass cousin!

This sketchaday is a bit different than the previous in that I chose to use my markers, as well. But, like the others, I limited myself to less than 20 minutes from start to finish.

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Nov 092012
 

New Merch Design: Asplenia Studios – Build ‘em up!

Hey peeps! We’ve got a new merchandise design available RIGHT NOW at the Asplenia Studios store hosted by Zazzle. Currently it is only available on t-shirts, but other merchandise options (smartphone cases, mugs, etc.) should be available within a few hours.

 

Sale

To sweeten the pot, there is a great sale going on at the American Zazzle store in celebration of Veterans Day (if you aren’t in the USA, click here for your local Zazzle website)!

Just enter the following code before check out and get some great discounts: 50VETDAYSALE

This will get you 50% off of mugs, 20% off of t-shirts, and at least 15% off of everything else. And this sale is good for ALL products on the Asplenia Studios store. So don’t hesitate, because this sale ends on Monday!

Free Giveaway Update

We’re really close to our next marker for the free t-shirt giveaway, 200 fans. So, please, be sure to share Asplenia Studios with your social network on either Facebook or Google+ and get your friends to come along. Remember… FREE T-SHIRT!

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Nov 012012
 

The newest Dashbot webcomic for Otus Analytics is up and ready to read! This time around we feature the lone lady of the group, Trailbuster!
Will she ever make it out of that seedy alley?
Can she help our computer game-obsessed friend?
Will he ever kick his Purple Ox habit?
Will she demonstrate one of the many unexpected uses for Otus Analytics dashboards?!?

Click the logo below to find out!

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