My submission for Dragon Ball Zine. The Ginyu Force. I remember rushing home from school so I could find out how Goku was going to beat Racoome, I think I was more excited for that than I was for the final showdown with Frieza. These guys were the baddest guys. You have to be really tough to be so intimidating when you’re also so goofy.
The Tempest is probably my favorite Shakespeare play. My concept for this one was that Prospero’s skin looks like stone or tree bark at the start of the play (seen here), as if his magic is turning him into a part of the island itself. But then, as Ferdinand and Miranda’s love begins to melt his vengeful heart, he starts to look more and more human again.
Moby Dick has been on my bookshelf for years. I have no idea where it came from, I know I never bought it myself. Earlier this year I found myself in need of something new to read on the subway, so I decided Moby Dick will do as well as anything else. The parts where you’re actually reading a story are really good. He might have edited himself a little more when he came to writing about the symbolism behind the color white, or the lists of all his favorite drawings of whales that he’s ever seen, or one of the three chapters (so far) about Jonah and the whale. But I guess that’s what happens when you’re paid by the word.
Ahab is a pretty interesting character. But like most people, I think he might be a little more charismatic if he were a cat.
I felt like I needed more character design in my portfolio. So I asked myself: what would be a good character to draw? The answer was so obvious, the Monkey King!
Have you guys ever read/seen/watched any of the multitudinous retellings of this story? If you’ve ever seen Dragon Ball, then the answer is “sort of.” The original Dragon Ball series is very loosely based on this ancient Chinese epic poem, in that both of the main characters fly on clouds, have a stick that changes sizes, and hang out with a pig.
I’m really excited, I think I’m closing in on the right visual style for one of my personal projects. This character is a girl detective who solves mysteries in a world of werewolves and dragons, and this is the closest I’ve ever been to being happy with her design. Getting the main character to strike the right visual chord is one of the most important things with a project like this. I’ve been rolling this ball forward on and off for the last few months, and I feel like now I’m so close I can taste it.
I think I’m going to start making more updates like this here on my tumblr in the future. I used to think that the tumblr was for life drawing, and my blogger account was for original characters, but now I’m starting to think the old blog is kind of redundant. I’d rather have the tumblr represent more of my total interests as an artist.