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Killian of The Adventure Zone

Killian is with out a doubt one of the cooler NPC's of the Adventure Zone campaign. She's been around since the very first story arc and anytime she shows up again it makes me happy. I've also been trying to figure out a better way to show the process without making a video thats 20 minutes long. As it is right now this timelapse video is between 1% and 3% of the actual video length, and thats only the ink and color part. I've got to work all that out. But until I do enjoy the Killian art and be sure to check out The Adventure Zone podcast!

My BFF Ness

Did an illustration based on one of my favorite games Earthbound. I had fun drawing this and pretending like Ness and I get to hang out like best buds. I also recorded some of the process and have a timelapse video of that for everyone to check out.

More from The Adventure Zone

I try to keep up with the podcast and do at least one character every other week. Last week I cranked out Davenport, everyone's favorite little gnome butler. This was also the first time i tried doing a timelapse video of some of the process. You can see how I inked and colored it in the video below.

Davenport

The Adventure Zone

Adventure awaits in The Adventure Zone. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about let me explain. The voices behind one of my favorite podcasts, My Brother My Brother and Me (I animated a segment of the show a while back and you can find that here), have branched out and started building the foundation for their podcasting empire. You can find a list of all of their shows at mcelroyshows.com, but of all of the new shows they have started the one I have fallen head over heels in love with is The Adventure Zone. Its a podcast about the Dungeons and Dragons tabletop game, wait wait wait... don't leave. Trust me. Growing up I've heard of people playing Dungeons and Dragons but never really got interested enough to check it out. I had always figured it just "wasn't for me". I have never been more wrong in my life. 

The podcast comes out bi-weekly and after each episode I find myself wishing i could go into hibernation for a week until the next one is out. Unfortunately since erasing a seven days of my life every other week isn't a thing I can do (yet!) I've been filling the void listening to old episodes and drawing some of my favorite characters. I started doing this back in January and if my schedule allows it I'd like to keep doing it in the future. So far I've drawn the main cast Magnus, Merle, and Takko, as well as some other important story characters like The director and Angus. I need to get around to doing some fan favorite side characters like Killian, Johan, Hurley & Sloane, and who knows maybe even some of the enemy monsters eventually.

This show is something that I love very much. Not only is it a great show to listen to, but its made me really want to get a group of friends together and give Dungeons and Dragons a shot. Anyone reading this who isn't already on the bandwagon, please jump on we are having a lot of fun over here.

Merle

Takko

Magnus

Angus boy detective

The Director

 

Super Mario Maker

For those of you who are unaware earlier this month Nintendo released a game called Super Mario Maker. Its a game that basically gives you a bunch of elements from different Mario games and lets you create your own levels. Its like a childhood dream come true. I've made a few levels and I created some images to share these levels with anyone else who wants to try them. So if you have the game give it a shot! And If you don't have the game... what are you waiting for go out and buy it right now!

Meet Clementine

This is a character from my upcoming project Apples and Oranges. As of right now, the way she is written, she is my favorite character. Once I get an episode out hopefully everyone will see why I find her so charming, but for now you'll just have to wait and see!

2015: Year of the baby

 

This year is going to be a big year for my wife and I. We're expecting a baby in April and I wanted to make sure I had something made for the baby room. The only problem is that we don't know what we're having! So I made one design in multiple colors this way I've got everything covered. Looking forward to life in 2015. Happy new year everyone!

How to Play: Super Sports Bros

Over the weekend I had been playing a lot of the new Super Smash Brothers game for the Wii U. I came up with an idea for a basketball game mode, mocked up a stage in the level editor, and to my surprise it turned out to be quite a lot of fun. I wanted other people to get a chance to play this mode, but without any proper level sharing in the game getting it out to the public proved problematic. That is when I came up with the idea for this fun set of GIFS. I got to illustrate something fun as well as share my idea with my fellow Smash Bros. Fans. If you haven't tried playing this mode yet open up the level editor and give it a shot!

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Stop what you are doing and save

I made this as a reminder to myself, and any others who may come across it, to save and save often. There have been so many times where I'll be working for hours on end only to have my program crash on me, and unfortunately most of the time I am so "in the zone" that i forget to save. Hours of work can vanish is just seconds. So what I'll do now is print this out, set it next to my desk, and any time  I look at it I'm going to click that save button.