for those who follow me on Instagram , you have already seen this, but as I mentioned earlier i sometimes forget my various forms of social media such as this website…*sigh*
the shadow priest class bodyguard “Talonpriest Ishaal” was the first Bodyguard I used and remains my favorite, maybe I was just spoiled because I wasn’t yet tromping through the Tanaan Jungle. he also comes with quite a bit of lore as he appeared as a pretty major villian in outland, which is why i tried to add a bit of the Skettis village from Terrokar forest to the background.
I love Combat Rogue, Kimzee Pinchwhistle‘s choice of weapon. the duo-welded wrenches are exclusive to the follower so it is no use trying to find one the transmog. It’s hard to tell but I played around with metallic paint on her “Dame Edna” Glasses. though I think any career as a letterer is never going to happen.
one of only two possible troll followers, Marksmen Hunter-Shadow Hunter Rala is a bit of a pain to draw as his gear is very unusual, particularly his odd face gear.
playing around with watercolors again. I thought I would try to make something good come from my warcraft addiction. I was clean for years but fell off the wagon about a year ago. it’s a good stress management tool, and I don’t let it overwhelm me to much.
a lot of people have complained about the garrison aspect that was introduced in Warlords of Draenor, but I actually like having a sort of “base of operations” rather then just setting your hearthstone to the various Inns across azeroth; which is probably words to live by in “meatspace” as well.
Vivianne is an undead fire mage with the bodyguard trait so she has followed me around Draenor. so far she has been the my favorite bodyguard, though in fairness I haven’t used all five yet.
I have mentioned before that the more I work digitally at the day job the more I have been gravitating toward analogue (traditional) art, and with this thought in mind I started playing around with small watercolor paintings. around this time Carey was starting to play the online card game “Card Wars” based on the adventure Time episode of the same name. I was peripherally paying attention to it.
She repeatedly was cursing about “the cow” a Nice land creature with staggering healing abilities. Apparently this creature was used by many of her opponents, just when she didn’t want them too. for whatever reason i found this hilarious and thus this project was started.
the player that the cow is healing is meant to be a quasi-Joan of arc. i decided to use a different color of ink for the healing magic used by the nonplussed cow hoping it would look a bit more magical. I have never been able to stay with one medium totally so I have multiple inks over watercolor over a graphite layout. I saw Randy Milholland painting like this at one convention or another and thought I would give the technique a try.
It should also be noted that I am using wholly the wrong type of paper, in order to keep them in one place I decided i would pick up a cheap moleskin and paint in, which needless to say, in not made for wet media. while the rippling and curling of the paper didn’t hurt the pieces that much it made them REALLY difficult to scan.
the cow as seen in the game:
During Spiderverse one of the first alternate earths superior spider-man comes to is Earth 772, first seen in What If #1. the spider-man here had been killed but i remembered it fondly from back when I was scouring quarter bins for What if comics. little was ever known about this world but i reasoned that their was a good chance that Norman Osborn would have found away to become “the cosmic goblin: herald of Galactus”, before you call me out for it being far fetched, remember that Aunt may was once a herald of Galactus as well. these piece takes place between What if #1 and What If Vol 2 #35 where Uatu revisited the world during a “time crisis”, which is why sue storm is absent as she was shaking up with Namor at the time.
initially this was Black and white ink (and red around human torch), but the line work was pretty thin and I figured it could use a little color so this is my 30 minute digital color job.
During the mega cross over Spider-verse we were introduced to by far one of my favorite incarnations of Spider-man: Spider-man from earth 138 a.k.a Spider-Punk. first showing up as a quasi-background player in this whole debacle and even in the moble app created for the event, Spider Punk didn’t really hit home until his short story “with great power comes no future” in Spiderverse #2. the story had an almost animated feel to it, I can’t stress how fun this was. we are introduced to Hobart brown (who became the prowler in the 616 universe), who along with his spider friends is fighting the man (the man being of course a venom powered Norman Osborn).
If you are concerned that this wasn’t really punk then please take your argument to any other place on the internet where they like to categorize music in order to make what i like seem less.
who are some of punk’s biggest enemies? Metal heads! thus the spider SLAYERs would probably be a particularly harsh thorn in his side.
for this one I initially planed to use only ink wash, but after starting I felt I should add red as the more extreme Slayer fans tend to carve the bands name in their skin leaving it red and/or bloody, and since spidey is a two colored hero I added blue as well.
The mega spider-man cross over “Spiderverse” has come and gone, and along with “Superior Spider-man” has caused me to jump back on the Spider-man band wagon. Will I keep this status after Secret wars… we shall see.
I love the concept of the Multiverse, and this crossover was a shining example of what can be done with it. rising from the depths of quarter bins we were reintroduced to MC2‘s Mayday parker, Spider-ham and Spider-man 2099 among others. the only downside was only getting a glimpse of the world they existed in.
When i was in Junior high and high school I would regularly stay up late and watch old British television on our local PBS station, much of which I only barely understood. While others were smoking, underage drinking and having pre-marital sex this is the form my rebellion against the world took (take that bed time!). this is what that version of myself would have thought the sinister six would have looked like.
I found a bunch of old art supplies at work and wanted to see if they even worked so I chose to do this piece with 20+ year old colored markers. it’s not a medium I am super confident with but sometimes it is good to get out of your comfort zone
in celebration of squirrel girl getting her own series in January!