Saturday, September 30, 2006

Week 10

Kiddie CageFight!
Outsider Art Club, session 110

This one's not for the weak of heart! From the mind of Micheal Stadler, here's the theme for this week:

Kiddie CageFight!

Here are the official rules, which are as follows:
1. You are in an enclosed area, roughly the size of a basketball court. There are no foreign objects.
2. You are not allowed to touch a wall.
3. When you are knocked unconscious, you lose. When they are all knocked unconscious, they lose. Once a kid is knocked unconscious, that kid is "out."
4. The kid pool will be 50/50 in terms of gender and will have no discernible abnormalities in terms of physical or mental, they are all healthy 5-year old children.
5. The kids receive one day of training from hand-to-hand combat experts who will train them specifically to team up to take down one adult. You will receive one hour of "counter-tactics" training.
6. There is no protective padding for any combatant other than the standard-issue cup.
7. The kids are motivated enough to not get scared, regardless of the bloodshed. Even the very last one will give it his/her best to take you down.
so Pretend that this is a Japanese game show or a crazy American gladiators and come up with the character design of the coolest 5 year old you think can take you out.

Kurt Kanellos, you're next.

Get to drawing!

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Friday, September 29, 2006

I tried doing a kid drawing today and here is the result. I keep thinking about Lions and Zebras. For some reason, the lion turned out looking like he was wearing a beret, and I thought after the fact that a kid probably wouldnt draw a lion on 2 legs. They are smarter than that. If I can get to it, I have another idea I'd like to try for this theme.



This is really late but here's my Cheetara Cheetara.



It is what it is....


Double team

I give you...a werewolf attacking campers by Brad Rose. Brilliant. Really puttin' that green pencil to use.

And a couple from Ben Gomez. Looks like there was some collaboration with the werewolves. Solid gold.


This actually took some time...

I took this opportunity to have fun and try to recapture what it was like to draw pictures as a kid. Step one was to look at Brad's past drawings and I try to emulate his style. I really tried to think about what he was thinking when he draws - that's really the only way. I still went through several rough concepts just like any other drawing. I tried holding the pencil up high by the eraser in an effort to lose some control. I tried drawing with a clenched fist. I tried drawing with my left hand. In the end you gotta put your whole understanding of drawing aside. It's a pretty fun mindset...I just wouldn't want to live there ;)

So this is a jungle. The snake has eaten a tap dancing mouse. See if you can spot all the animals:

- snake with a mouse in his belly
- bluejay
- cardinal
- 2 bears
- possum

And this is a monkey chasing a tap dancing banana. In the sketch I had a tiger too but tigers and monkeys hate each other so I left him out in the color version. And painting it up was very free. Still a lot of decisions to make.


Hulk Smashed...

Sorry guys, this is Incredibly late, I gotta get on the ball...


Wednesday, September 27, 2006


Sure it's rare that a vampire bat would prey on a human unless provoked...
But this just makes me giggle!


Tuesday, September 26, 2006




Food for Thought

Yes, 1950's America was wonderful--if you happen to have been a straight, white, middle-class male. I call this one, "Maximum Security Prism"...


Sunday, September 24, 2006

TV Dinner

I knew I was gonna have a tough time deciding which way to go with this topic so I committed to an idea early on and this is the result. Fun stuff! I posted some development ideas/drawings on my blog if anyone is interested. It's pretty interesting how your subconscience works - I knew I wanted limited colors, I knew I wanted a 50's-ish horror theme, I new there would be type - though I didn't think this would end up so Ragnar like. He is a big inspiration for me though.

And nowadays I can't tell if it's my personal taste in colors, or if work is influencing me. I like hot colors and neon bright stuff - stuff that's near impossible to get right in print. In fact, the red is blown out here due to Blogger's compression. But was this a selective decision, or is 255 red becoming the standard for me because I see it everyday? Whatever the case, gotta be careful - it's powerful stuff...


Saturday, September 23, 2006

Week 09

Tap Dancing Animals Stalking Their Prey
Outsider Art Club, session 108

This week is a special one, brought to you by the creative genius of Brad Rose. His theme is a doozy. It's only description is it's title, but that should be enough:

Tap Dancing Animals Stalking Their Prey

Maniacal Michael Stadler is next week's them-bringer, and if it's what I think it is, we're in for an interesting week.

Get to drawing!

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Great moments in "Hulk Smash" history

Great moments in "Hulk Smash" history. --Kevin Barber


Painty Paints

This is my acrylic on canvas approach to the t.v. dinner. I jumped at creating this entry beacuse I love drawing food so much! It's really hard to make salsbury steak even remotely appetizing though.
Speaking of food, I'm going to be in an art festival Oct.7th, at the Rockwell St. Art Crossing in Chicago. Food is the theme represented in painting and jewelry form. If you would like to stop on by, here is some more information.


Dinner in the 50's by Brad Rose

Another Jem! It'll be hard to top "Hulk Smash", but Brad's effort is a valiant one this week. There's a lot happening in this one - don't let anything slip your eyes!



I'm running late this week. I fell asleep at my computer last night. I remember struggling to draw a line in Flash and then I zonked out. I'll post again soon though. 'Til then, look how EASY it is to contribute! 100% member participation is just around the corner I can feel it.



I wanted to do something completely wholesome this week (trying to make up for the Hulk's actions in the last topic). I wanted to make this piece like a product add. So delicious, how can you resist? Everyone is happy.

If that is too lame for you, pretend that the ghosts of a 50's family haunt an innocent television set after he moves into their home.


Thursday, September 21, 2006

TV Dinner

Hi everyone! This is my first post here. Comments welcome!


Hulk Late!

Sorry my "Hulk Smash" is so late, gang. It's actually the second big work I've done this week, the other being a portrait; you can see that on my blog, if you'd like, along with a brief explanation of this piece, which is called "Where Innovation Goes to Die." Now, I've gotta get cracking on that "TV Dinner" thing...


Cube Steak Burgundy

If you do a google image search on "tv dinner", you'll find an image of an old Swanson package. I used that as reference for their package design.

As always, no photographs were harmed in the making of this travesty.


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

James Dean is gay?

I thought of James Dean when I though of the 50's. Im not particularly proud of this one, I think it came out a bit more modern gay man, then old school James Dean. Which is funny, because some people think he may have been gay. The picture below is the one I referenced it from.


TV Dinner

Hi. I'm new here. This is my first post- please be kind!


Tuesday, September 19, 2006


ive decided to start a weekly art prompt showcase, one year of prompts suggested by you.
this is open to everyone.

ive decided to allow other bloggers limited access to posting here so to lighten the load for me. if you want to join, email me and ill check out your site (spamers be damned) and send you verification for limited posting privileges.

as for the blog i plan on starting this as soon as possible, probably in the next week or so.
ill get the ball rolling with the first weeks prompt later tonight/this morning.

week 1: did you need this?


Sorry for the tardiness, gotta work on that. Hordak is, hands down, my favorite character of the 80's. He's the coolest looking villian and he has such a cool name, it's so fun to say. It's even cool to call people " Hordak", like "Whatever, Hordak." or "Lookie here, Hordak." The reactions you get from people are priceless. This is my humble tribute to the bad ass of He-Man/She-Ra.


Monday, September 18, 2006

When I Grow Up

This a really late drawing for the theme: 'When I grow Up'

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Hulk Smash City!

SORRY FOR POSTING THIS LATE, but at least I finished it. Nothing special about the composition (a character posing against the moon is pretty cliche, huh?), since I pretty much already did this in a previous piece. Regardless, I hope you like it. Enjoy!



Saturday, September 16, 2006

Week 08

TV Dinner
Outsider Art Club, session 108

Dave Pryor is bringing the theme this week:

TV Dinner

For this week, I want the theme to be “TV Dinner”. Think back to that time in the fifties, when everything was hopeful and a bright future was ahead for everyone. Families were “Leave It to Beaver” perfect, and streamlined idealism was the new staple for the American household. As always, keep it fun – and be creative. Try a fifties style art approach if you like ( I almost insist on it!)

I really look forward to everyone's contribution!!!

Next week will be an extra-special one, with the one-and-only master of Stick Figure Theater, Bradley Rose, bringing the theme.

Get to drawing!

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Thanks for the critiques this week folks. Sometimes you can't catch glaring errors in your own work and it takes a fresh set of eyes to point out some obvious flaws. I went in and added the missing far leg - I think it looks better now. And I can't believe that I gave the Hulk 5 fingers on one hand. What was I thinking? Guess I was working a little too late :)


Friday, September 15, 2006

A battle of 2 hulks...

(Click on image to view full size.)


The Incredible Hulk and Voltron (not to scale), before they were famous.

Back then, they had to participate in underground, unsanctioned brawls to pay the bills.

Since I haven't drawn anything in a few weeks, I figured I would combine the last three themes into one.


Behold! Brad Rose's latest stroke of genious. I give you, Hulk Smash:

Everyday Hulk
For some reason this is what I thought of when I heard hulk smash. Poor hulk he'll never find a fresh enough tomato.


Here's somethin' I did at a past job that was totally fun. They wanted somethin' for their website, they wanted it to move, and they wanted Hulk, so this is what I came up with. I did everything here except the sound and the design for Hulk's face which I stole from comic book artist Kaare Andrews. We even e-mailed him to ask if it would be alright to use it but he never wrote back.

Here's the link if it works. It looks best in a small window:


Choose a HULK!
Lucky for me, Hulk Hogan is EXACTLY the same proportions as the Incredible Hulk...
I also like drawing shattered glass so Hulk smashing though a window was a gimme.


This was too funny not to post. JOHN GRIFFIN isn't a member yet , but he heard about this weeks subject matter and couldn't resist. I am posting his peice on behalf of John until his membership arrives.Funny stuff John.




The Hulk is a kind, gentle, stupid monster. He likes to play, and is very inquisitive of the world around him. Unfortunately, having super strength causes more trouble than it's worth for poor Hulk. In this particular scenario, even the combined might of Superman, Santa Claus, Abe Lincoln and Orko can not stop The Hulk before it's too late.


Thursday, September 14, 2006

this is just one of the facial studies i did of the hulk, i might get around to scanning some of the others...


Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Hulk at the Movies

I’ve never drawn The Hulk before but here’s my chance too. I thought it would be funny to put The Hulk in a situation and then do what he does best - destroy things.


Saturday, September 09, 2006

man... I too love G.I Joe. Used to watch it regiously every week I still own a large part of their toy collection.
I remember the Cobra vehicles being a lot cooler than the good guys. So here's my tribute to that. Cooobra!
- bruno -


The Hulk smashes the most pesty villain of them all! The House Fly!!


I had so much fun with week 6 I did another piece. I was thinking about doing something with Dreadnoks but I decided on this.
Here is my redesign of The Baroness. I wanted to go for more of a younger teenager tuff girl feel. I think i'll do Destro next.
Hope you guys likey like.


Well, ... This was a late entry for kids at play, but it also is very much what i loved about the 80's and 70's as well. This is dedicated to my brother Jimmy (Cubs hat) and my best pal Darryl Young. Much fun was had in our youths riding our bikes for miles on end to find that missing COMIC !!

I wanted a finished product but I ended up going north to see family. I thought I might as well post the sketch now, as late as it is... and show the final when its done...Again, sorry for the tardiness.

Levophobia :)

Week 07

Hulk Smash!
Outsider Art Club, session 107

We could start a seperate blog just for I Love The 80's posts! Great theme Bob, and awesome entries by everybody. This week it just gets better. Kevin has a very specific theme, which should be great to see how everyone interprets it:


One of the things I love most about comics is that in a way they are like campfire story telling, or folklore. Each person who is interpreting that character will put their own spin on what they think that character is or should be.So,…for this week the theme is “HULK SMASH.” The Hulk must be portayed smashing something or someone. This can be comedic or serious. Most importantly,….portray the character as you see him, or wished he would be. I think it will be interesting to see the different results derived from the seed of the same character and the same action.


Which Hulk will you pick from: Green and Mean, or Grey and Smart?

Next week, Dangerous Dave Pryor is bringing it. Hmmm...

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I hope everyone doesn't mind, I had so much fun doing the last one
I just had to do another :-D Hope you like it!


Friday, September 08, 2006

So anyway, He-Man is totally the bees knees when it comes to my fondest childhood memories, but somewhere around high school (they were re-airing them on Cartoon Network) I really started appreciating ThunderCats for everything the "man of He" wasn't. THEE BEST animated intro EVER and a coherent story with unified characters. Figured Lion-O was due for some props around here. Nothing can replace He-Man though.

This turned out completely different than I originally imagined but I'm pretty happy with it actually. Sumo Lion-O! I dunno - that pose and those proportions just kept reminding me of a wrestler and a few fun modifications helped push it. Disclaimer: I have no idea what the Kanji characters say and I didn't paint that backdrop - just ganked it from Google.

It was actually tough working throughout the day with this unsatisfied feeling about the sketch in the back of my head. Just wanted to work through it instead of the day job interrupting things :)

You guys have knocked out some great stuff I hafta say! Very inspiring to say the least. Brings a tear to my eye to see all these awful toons (let's face it - they were all horrible) turned into something much more entertaining.


By far, my favorite cartoon in the '80s was The Transformers. My high school friend and I would draw Starscream endlessly, most of the time in ridiculous situations. I wanted to do more of a straight action sketch this time, so I created a duel between him and one of my other '80s favorites, Lion-O (who has already seen much love this week!).