Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Captain Marvel

The wisdom of Solomon
The strength of Hercules
The stamina of Atlas
The power of Zeus
The courage of Achilles
The speed of Mercury

So above is my sketch of " Captain Marvel" aka SHAZAM!..This was another I had decided to do the full ink and Photoshop treatment on, and I was pretty happy with the way the Big Red Cheese came out.
I always liked the character of Shazam ( and yes even the 70's TV show, although I dare not watch it again ), mainly because his alter ego was a kid..He wasn't a billionaire, or a newspaper reporter, he was just a kid , doing kid stuff till he uttered the words " SHAZAM!" and then became The World's Mightiest Mortal...I mean plus Shazam is a cool word to utter whenever you do something really cool, or need it to explain to your buddy's how cool your night out went .." Man this girl was hot and then she took that top off and SHAZAM!"

As an artist fact, the supposed inspiration for Captain Marvels face was that of "My Three Sons" star Fred McMurray..Alex Ross used that when he did his take on Captain Marvel as well.

I put a little of that in, but I also wanted to keep him almost "kid" looking in the face.


Wednesday, September 21, 2005


The above sketch was one I had done for the " Shrek 2" PC game and this was when the design was a bit more "loose" in the way it wasn't going to adhere as close to the movie, and we were going to include other fairy tale characters ( like some of the others I have previously posted ), and one was the "Giant" from Jack And The Beanstalk.

Being that Shrek is such a play on pop-culture I wanted to do the same with the Giant, I had done several other more traditional sketches and then decided to go Thugg'n' & Bugg'n with him and give him a Gangsta/ Mr T look.

I went ahead and gave him the big knuck rings complete with "Fe Fi" and "Fo Fum" all bling'n. I really wanted him to have a tricked out pad at the top of the beanstalk as well, it would've been fun, man would Jack drop a magic bean filled turd, when he made it to the top of that beanstalk.


Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Green Lantern: Hal Jordan

"In brightest day, in blackest night
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil's might
Beware my power, Green Lantern's light! "

The above oath is that of the Green Lantern Corps ( which was actually written by science fiction author Alfred Bester), I went ahead and sketched up my version of my favorite Green Lantern Hal Jordan.

I always liked the concept of the Green Lantern's, in that they are basically a bunch of hand picked individuals who police individual parts of space..Plus you get a ring that essentially makes you a bad ass, and can do anything your imagination wants.

I decided to go all out with this sketch and actually ink it up and do the full color job, and I think it came out alright, still have to work on the coloring aspect more ( I actually FAILED color theory in high school, and art school ), but that's what practice is for.

Enjoi Yo-Selves!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Beers Into The Ballgame

Football Season is fast approaching, and soon fans will be filling stadiums in bright colors ready to root on their respective teams..They are ready to hear the crunch of a hard hit or the graceful athleticism of an incredible catch, and to pay upwards of 6 bucks for a small cup of Bud Light.
That's right 6 bucks for a tiny cup of the most watered down beer available at a sporting event, you will literally be pissing away your money before half time. These stadiums need their money and they are cracking down on water as if it were beer, you aren't allowed to bring it into the venue, this is after you've paid good money for yourself or family to get into the game.
I used to work security, and one of my main goals while working was to make sure that no one snuck beer in through the front gates. It became an evolutionary game of hide and seek with the fans, each year someone would invent a new creative way to get their favorite brew into the game..Some would be ultra pissed when we caught them and others had that " It's cool, but I'll get it next time" swagger.

There are methods like the " Bar-Noculars" pictured above, where you can buy a little novelty item to get your booze in, but there are many free ways to get your booze in, and here were some of the more creative ways I discovered.

Tube Socks- Number of Beers 2-4 : This is a great use for those old high tube socks that are tucked away in the back of your sock drawer, and the higher, the better. Most security/police personnel usually don't look much further down the waist than the pockets, so placing 1 to 2 beers in each sock ( depending on sock height ) is perfect. Placed in beck agaisnt your calf with some baggy jeans, makes thise way really hard to detect....It also works great in movie theatres.

The Hood-Number Of Beers 1-3: This lil method almost got by me because you mostly are eyballing someone from the front as they walk in, you rarely notice the back. In the winter this works well especially with parkas, you can put up to 3 beers in your hood ( while it's down ) and usually walk right in, this works best if your 6'1 or taller because security won't be able to see down into your hood for any reason, plus hoods on parkas work well to keep the cold ones, cold.

Sub Sandwich- Number of Beers 3-4: Some venues allow people to bring in food, and back at the Meadowlands, some folks brought actual picnic baskets, so we;d usually check them for booze. One time I was searching through and brushed up against a guys sub sandwich, and it just felt a little unusual, the reason was is because he had made a hoagie, and the main ingredient was Pabst Blue Ribbon. What he had done was pack 3 beers into a hoagie roll and then covered them with lettuce, he also wrapped them in deli style paper and wrote " Cold Cut Combo" on it..I'm sure others have tried this and succeeded and it's a good way to get a good number of brewski's in.

Mr Pringle- Number of Beers 1-2 ( full size ) 3 ( mini's or "nips ): Again this relies on the fact that your venue of choice allows snacks, but this is really simple . A man had emptied a Pringles can and placed 3 nips of Bud into the Pringles can and then placed 6 Pringle chips on top so that they were visible through the see-through top..Security looks and they just see Pringles..This is a bit riskier if they handle the can, as the weight will give it away, but if they just look through your bag, then it's time to pop em' open , and you'll even have a couple of chips as a snack!

Boxes of Pretzels/Bugles- Number of Beers 1-4 Another big snack related sneek here, it works a lot like the Pringles can except with pretzels just place some cans in a pretzel box and throw pretzels on the top.

These are a couple of the more creative ways that I found people sneaking beers into the games, yes I did catch them, but where I worked we were extremely aggressive about getting them.Not to knock cops, but you actually have a better chance of getting beer into a game when the gate security is handled by police. They are mainly getting a nice overtime check and are usually looking in the obvious places. If you do get caught, just do the ol "Ya got me" and get ready for the next time, and have some spare cash!