Saturday, October 18, 2008

serious fanart is serious

occasionally, i draw serious art.

i read very few fanfics but the ones i do, i hold them in high regard. two of them are skyshadow's 'best first' and merytneith's 'means of persuasion'. the former is whimsical, full of mirth, while the latter, for lack of a better word, is pure epic.

look them up at (formerly and thank me later.

(i actually goofed this one up: it's not supposed to be squawktalk on the right, d'oh. i just liked the idea of a birdbot playing fullstatis/chess for robots.)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

the other, other big, green and purple

scorpy here is the crowning jewel in completing my original g1 basebot collection. he was initially the least desired basebot, for me; a garish colour scheme that's outshined by its repaint, black zarak, an illl fitting counterpart to the much more awesome (not to mention bigger) fort max and I generally find the headmaster gimmick kinda meh.

so I basically took my time waiting for a decent condition one (with a fair price) to come up... and one pops up low key on ebay UK - I've always relied on local sources (or familiar, non-auction, online sources) for procurement of big bots, just to be on the safe side, but I thought, hey, this could be my last big purchase, what the heck.

(to motivate myself I'd familiarize myself with the character, reading back the old comics - this guy was pretty cool as written by furman - basically just trying to endear myself to the toy considering I'm getting him mostly for completist sake.)

luck was on my side and the transaction was fairly smooth. thing looked like crap on arrival, all dusty and grimy. but with a lil elbow grease, bam! minty g1 goodness.

the base mode is kinda iffy, but the beast and bot mode is solid...zarak looks a bit pinhead-ish as a headmaster - something black zarak rectifies. but its still a pretty cool toy thanks to its size, heft, detailing and relevance/prominence of the character. I could definitely live without a black zarak (tho that black, gold and red is hella sweet) but if I were to choose between the two...I'd choose scorponok. with a lot of deliberation, of course :) hey! its frickin black zarak, I can't front XD

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

faction: artistbot, function: satirist

the bulk of my artwork has been - unsurprising based on my irreverent outlook towards things in general, even more so towards something as trivial and silly as adult collecting childrens toys - spoofs/parodies and humour-related. the subject varies from pop culture reference (the peanuts and calvin & hobbes ones were some of my earliest works), situations based on cartoon/comic canon (like the jenga one with devy, hoist and grapple) and of course, good ol' plain crazy/weird/randomness (toaster soundwave, pretender bakery).

with the emphasis of the art on the content rather than technique, I've developed a personal style that espouse speed while maintaining a degree of presentability - which in plain english translates to I draw 'em fast but try to make sure they still look good, durr. I almost have to; if I have to spend time on it for more than 2 days, 3 days tops, I start losing interest. its less to do with me having a short attention span and more to do with me finding that funny idea I had 3 days ago lame in retrospect, in part due to declining sense of spontaneity - which in plain english goes something like, that idea I had 3 days ago ain't so funny now when I think about it, durr.

enough with the rhetoric, I make with the funny now, yes?

the wilson car bros.

i see a little silhouette of a

inspired by japanese' arbitrary use of 'god' in convoy naming conventions.

buncha guys were outlining their MP5's to make it more anime accurate.

dutch dude was considering a theme for his local con and i jokingly submitted this.

dude(ette?) at allspark suggested this. bizzare.

a commission. SERIOUSLY.

from that g1 episode where these cons and bots were hobnobbing. scandalous.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

fire in the sky

jetfire is another TF toy that i was ambivalent about getting: he was an entirely different design from his cartoon version (who was renamed to skyfire) and being familiar with macross/robotech at the time, i was like, why'd they use designs from that other cartoon? :( :( :(

not surprisingly for a toy i wasn't really anticipating, i was pleased to find out he was much cooler than i've ever given it credit. for one thing, he's huge...and i'm not even a big fan of large toys, well articulated for a vintage mold with nice accessories and no matter how you look at it, the toy is an exceptionally well designed toy in both robot and jet mode.

i still hate gerwalk modes tho. stupid in between configurations, rassem frassem.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

i has a fanfic

i don't try to write much, fiction/creative writing that is, in that i think i suck at it. you're probably thinking, nah, you can't be that bad...wanna bet?

cowboy prime: a western TF fanfic

"a desert. a vulture circles around the remains of beast of burden formerly known as cow. the rock outcrops afar shimmer in the blistering heat. a tumbleweed rolls by. tumble. tumble tumble tumble. tumble. the vulture screeches. a lone figure appears in the horizon striding a... semi trailer? the silhouette looms larger as it approaches the carcass. slowly, but surely..."

read the rest of part 1: intro

" building caught his optics in particular; a few micromaster mobile bases (and a deluxe pretender vehicle shell) was parked in front of it with a large sign hanging over the entrance - "BAR". as the big red and blue robot steer the trailer towards it, a staccatto of gunfire ring from inside the bar. the trailer halts in its tracks. unperturbed, the big red and blue robot snaps the reign, gesturing the trailer to continue on its way. the big red and blue robot had just dismounted and was about to park his trailer when a loud crash came from behind him, as a blue, six-wheeled scout vehicle flew through the bar front window and landed with a splash in the oil feeder (for parked transport vehicles). the big red and blue robot raises an optic brow, and addresses the trailer. "roller." the big red and blue robot sighs as the trailer rolls its eyes (which is remarkable in itself since its head is comprised of a cockpit which has no eyes, much less pupils)..."

read the rest of part 2: roller

"You boys must be the welcoming committee, I reckon", drawled Big Red and Blue, cocking his hat. "You could say that", the red and light blue robot annoyingly quipped. "We're usually quite the friendly bunch...but we don't take kindly to strangers. Especially ones who send in nosy reconnaissance drones." "Drone? You mean li'l ol' roller here?" Big Red and Blue retorted mockingly. "Didja hear that Roller? They called you a drone." Blue rover whined a long, deep whistle in mock dejection (Amongst respectable folks, drone is somewhat of a euphemism around these parts. Some say it's almost as bad as calling somebody a Gobot). "Tsk, tsk," sighed Big Red and Blue. "I do believe you folks hurt my friend's here feeling. We don't want to impose so we'll be on our way...just as soon as y'all apologize to li'l ol' Roller here."

read the rest of part 3: starscream

i did get some neato fanart out of it: WIN art + FAIL fic = DRAW

Monday, September 29, 2008

ambassador of destruction

that may be the most awesomest TF robot function EVAR. I mean, seriously... why overlord, you smell like success, what do you do? oh, I'm an ambassador... of destruction! ferrero rocher?

I'm generally not into japanese TFs, but when I was deep into basebots, overlord really piqued my interest /srs cat. trypticon and scorponok are more popular characters but unlike those guys, who have to include a third mode and thusly compromised, overlord has the most practical/playable base mode. and while duocon-type combiners are generally lame, this guy kicks ass in all modes. just look at the plane guy: he's as big as frickin jetfire.

I guess his only cons (ba dum cha!) are he's a partsformer and the Japanese bio for powermasters is kinda lame (double suicide couple? yeesh) but on its own, overlord is a fantastic toy.

a friend let me took pics of his euro version. dude teased me a couple'a times about selling it to me before I got my jpn version... I still want that box tho, baaaaawww :(