Friday, February 20, 2009

Classic Game Characters + updated

Since I've had the last week off due to reading week, I felt it would be a good time to relax and have fun. I also wanted to practice inking, so I decided I would redraw a bunch of video game characters from my past that I'm familiar with. Gotta draw SOMETHING, right?

These are the ones that started it. From Earthworm Jim

Psy-Crow (get it?)

Peter Puppy

Peter Puppy when upset

Here's Fox McCloud from Star Fox. I've never played these games for more than 20 seconds, because I'd been spoiled by flight simulators I liked a lot more, but I always thought the character looked cool, so that's probably why he came to mind.

Here's Duke Nukem, as he would be designed today.

This is a monster from Duke Nukem 3D. It would shoot energy or something at you

Here is Sonic and Knuckles

So you wanted to play a game about a brilliant, british, female archeologist, huh? Well, knock yourself out

Here's Ken and Ryu from Street Fighter. Did you know that Ryu is supposed to be Japanese??

Here is Mario. The overalls gotta go, I'm afraid.

Here's Yoshi

A Goomba and a Koopa Troopa (I think that's what they're both called). That array of little black dots are eyes

Took some time off from doing these over the weekend, and classes start back up tomorrow, so if I'm going to be doing any more of these redrawings (which I would like to), then they'll be trickling in slowly. But anyway, here's 2 more

Here's Bub and Bob from Bubble Bobble. This game was really fun. The drawings are a bit of a copout. I've always just interpreted these guys as little plush dinosaur things, so I just redrew them with more blatant dinosauroid bodies. If I redrew Gon, he wouldn't look far from this, other than his face being more "bad ass and cool"

Gordon Freeman. I've noticed a lot of nerd artists tend to draw G-Dawg here as this brave, heroic, smirking bad ass crushing alien faces with a crow-bar, but if there's anything my life has taught me, it's that nerds aren't bad asses, and the way the first Half-Life game was played was far from bad ass action hero. It was a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants game of ammo-management, with really suspenseful silent parts, and frantic action parts. If anything, Gordon Freeman would look like this:

Feb 25th Update

Here is one of the Battle Toads. I should've given him scars and shades. Not battley enough

Here is Donkey Kong

The Pong paddles

The Blue Bomber, MegaMan himself

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions! I've got a big list that I'm going to whittle away at. Also, I wish I knew how to say how blown away I am by the response these are getting. I've read all your comments and I appreciate them all. Thank you VERY much!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Have a WHALE of a good time!

My day job is coming up with HILARIOUS blog-post headlines!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Joel's Bees

This is for a project for school where we had to draw a western Canadian environment with the foreground in shadow and a light background. I'm pretty sure we're supposed to include a narrative aspect as well (ie: people doing something in the environment). The narrative I had running here is some farmer dude was out tractoring but his tire popped, and during a smoke break while repairing it, he sees a ufo and is getting his cell phone camera ready. It took me about 3 hours, and I had a lot of fun doing it. It's rushed and sketchy, but I've spent a lot of time looking at the art of Sam Neilson*. His rendering and colors blow me away, and I'm working on putting more and more effort into my rendering. He's doing what I want to do, art wise.

I think I'm going to go in and add to it later and make the lighting correct

Sam Neilson's art blog: