I’m still here, plugging away at some album art commissions, and gearing up for Fanexpo again. I’d apologize for the absence, but you didn’t want to read about anything that’s happened to me in the last year anyway.
Speaking of Fanexpo, I figured this year I’d redesign the cast of Futurama, knowing full well prints and such of which would
be a convention cash cow delight convention-goers both hither and yon. Besides that, though, it was also a fun exercise in character design, learning to distill an existing character down to its necessary elements. It’s something I don’t pay attention to enough.
So here’s the main cast, in the order I drew them. And here’s a wallpaper of all seven, if that’s all you came for. I know it is. And that’s okay.
At this point, I was just drawing Zoidberg for shits (hence the lack of secondary references to the series, as in the rest of them). I always disliked how he’s never been explicitly defined to be more like a lobster or cuttlefish, and so this design was based entirely on that executive decision. Luckily for me, stuffing any red sea creature into a doctor’s coat reads as Zoidberg, so long as his hands are claws.
After Zoidberg was done, I decided I should give all the ugly ones some credit, so Farnsworth was the next logical choice. I like drawing severely old characters, and Farnsworth is especially easy. Draw a wrinkled mess, add glasses and slippers, celebrate your success.
Personally, I don’t really care for Hermes that much, but his shapes are too much fun – I couldn’t not give him a go, and certainly not without his brain slug. Originally I was going to make most of his head a tentacled, brain-slugged mess. For the sake of clarity, I’m glad I didn’t.
I knew I wasn’t going to give Bender a face from the get-go; why would a robot require a face? The shutter shades on his forehead are simply there to draw attention to this fact. Part of me thinks I should have added more of the ‘real’ Bender’s redneck hard-drinkin’ vibe, but his attire here is more or less a tribute to the profound impact that the phrase ‘shut up baby, I know it‘ has had on my life.
Leela’s look is too ambiguous in the show. She’s supposed to be a girl trapped in a bitch’s body, and I’ve always found her look too plain to truly communicate it properly. Tattoos, a gun, and an emphasis on her man-boots (complete with crazy green stripe!) help harden her up, for the sake of softening her up. It’s hardly noticable in the final, but the sleeve tattoo on her left (our right) arm was originally of Yivo. I had to alter the colour scheme – it was getting to be a really loud arm.
Also, I hate Nibbler. I fucking hate Nibbler. So now he’s a chubby eyeless sloth creature. That’s more my speed.
I’ve always wanted to like Amy, but the show has never really made her a memorable character. I had nothing for this one, no way to make sense of the Amy that currently exists, so I decided to redesign her to better fit her actual function within the show’s universe: as Farnsworth’s grad student, finishing her PhD. As such, I opted for a more
racist stereotypical grad student look, with thick-rimmed glasses, straight cut bangs, and a lab coat. Honestly, I think I failed with this one, as alone, you’d never know it was her, but whatever. Still an improvement over the Amy we watch exist for no reason every week.
Fry just isn’t dirty enough. For a bum who never showers and lives and works in a pizza place, one would think he’d look a hell of a lot more dishevelled than he appears on the show. The sideburns pretty much took care of that on their own. Who knew. At first I didn’t want to add the hair flip, but let’s be honest – that’d have been stupid.
Regarding the Luigi piece, and everyone emailing me to bitch about how I didn’t include his vacuum:
IT IS NOT A LUIGI’S MANSION PIECE. I never said it was.
FanExpo is complete, and a big thanks to everyone who stopped by to gawk at my
hideous appearance art! Fists were bumped, fives were held high. Hope to see you all again next year; and for those of you too lame to have made it out this time, don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of chances to get acquainted.
For a more in-depth debriefing and some photos we managed to take while the camera wasn’t going haywire, stop by my Google+ page and take a gander.
This is going to be at FanExpo. This is going to be in exceptionally limited quantity. This will also have a special variant, which you’ll have to come to the con to see. Seriously, guys, come to FanExpo. My high five quota for August is gonna be tough to reach without you!
UPDATE: I’ve been receiving an awful lot of requests for prints of Luigi. Due to demand, you can now have one for your very own! Shoot me an email and let’s make your wall pretty as hell.
Behold: a new special edition original print that’ll be available at FanExpo 2011! There will only be so many of these, and goodness knows skulls with vaginas in them are the hottest thing on the block right now, so make sure you visit my table early!
In other news, I’ve been absolutely loving Google+ so far – if you’ve received an invite, look me up, and let’s HANG OUT™.
Chances are, anyone worth a shit has already moonwalked to the Steam Whistle Brewery to check out Smiling Antimatter, so at this point I feel pretty alright showing you what I’ve got up there. Each piece is grander than the last, and they’re all for sale! Feel free to contact me if you’d like to have some awesome art installed in your living room / bathroom / laundry room / bondage dungeon.
I still highly suggest you head down to the gallery to take a peek at the rest of the pieces, and have a beer – besides, these photos pale in comparison to the real thing. You’ve got until July 1st! Hurry!
Hard at work, smiling up some antimatter. My face muscles are getting cramped keeping all these smiles secret, guys – so here’s an artsy hipster douche photograph to give you a taste. In contrary to my usual deals, I’m doing this all in pen, because I can.
If you’re as of yet unfamiliar with Smiling Antimatter, see my previous post, or go HERE to commit yourself via Facebook!
Oh, snap! What manner of sorcerous quantumancy is this? As it happens, several comrades most illustrious, including but not limited to myself, have banded together to
plead to the folks at Steam Whistle to let us hold a group show, Smiling Antimatter, that legend promises will skillfully remove your organs and donate them to philanthropic causes. You’ve been waiting all your life for a charity like this, right? Don’t answer that – just come check it out! All through June, hanging on the walls at the Steam Whistle Brewery will be new works by Vicki Nerino, Britt Wilson, Hyein Lee, Roben Nieuwland, Ilichna Morasky, Eric Overton, Ale Diaz, Franzisca Barczyk, Selena Wong, and myself! The opening reception is at 7pm on June 1st, and while you don’t need to attend, I can’t guarantee you’ll get a sweet eyeful of my wicked dance moves otherwise. So come have a drink and look at some cool art! Seriously, go up to the bar and ask for a Heineken. Never stops being funny.
I know you don’t go to things unless officially invited on Facebook, so you can mark your calendar with the official Facebook event right here. Hope to see you there!
Oh, and the poster is a collaborative effort between Selena Wong (the art) and myself (the type). I swear it’s an art show, and not a wine tasting. I’m sorry if you’re disappointed.