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Watto's Junk Yard / My early Christmas -
« on: December 12, 2005, 05:31 PM »
For quite a while I was saving up the money to buy this piece of artwork, a very nice print titled 'Vintage Dr. Gonzo', by Ralph Steadman, signed by Ralph and the late, great Hunter S. Thompson... I just now got the print back from the frame shop today - My mom paid for the frame, for my Christmas - so I'm quite excited to have it, finally.

Here's a photo of it... sorry the photo is so small.






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Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / Ooops.
« on: November 10, 2005, 05:29 PM »
I became so powerful with my Admin powers that I accidentaly suspended myself.

 :'(

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The Prequel Trilogy / 41st Elite (Legion or Corps?)
« on: October 3, 2005, 03:20 PM »
One of my favorite parts of ROTS is the Battle of Kasshyk - so I always tend to look for more info. on that, and the people involved. I've noticed that there is some confusion as to exactly what Commander Gree is the Commander of, and for whatever reason it bothers me...

From the StarWars.com Databanks:
Movies
"Clone Commander Gree, designation 1004, led the Elite Corps stationed on Kashyyyk during the Clone Wars. He served under General Yoda, commanding troops that employed specialized equipment for combat in the jungle environment."

Expanded Universe
"For his knowledge, he and his 41st Elite Corps were often stationed on worlds with indigenous species."

From the Star Wars Insider #84
"The 41st Elite were a Legion out of the 9th Assault Corps, under the command of Luminara Unduli and Commander Gree. They specialized in long patrols on alien planets, often operating in primitive and grueling conditions, in "hearts and minds" operations to forge alliances with native populations."


So is Commander Gree the leader of the 41st Elite Corps, under General Yoda, or the 41st Elite Legion, under Luminara Unduli - based under the 9th Assault Corps?


ps. Are there any known images of the 41st Elite's armor without the added camo?



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Fan Art / Hunter S Thompson Prints
« on: July 28, 2005, 07:09 PM »
I wanted to draw something to pay tribute to the good Doctor, Hunter S Thompson, who has been a pretty big influence on me and my writing. I ended up drawing a really nice piece, that is both ink and pencil at the same time - not something that usually works for me... but it looks great, and I actually got a couple of requests for prints... so of course I decided to go all out and just offer up prints to everyone and see what happens. I'm selling cardstock prints at both 8.5x11 and also 11x17... the really cool thing about it is that I've watercolored each print individually - no two pieces are alike.

Anyway, just wanted to share this with everyone, as I'm really happy with it.

Forgive the pixelation.


Anyone interested in buying a print should feel free to PM me, of course.  ;)

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Fan Art / Bonnaroo Project - Critique's requested!
« on: June 29, 2005, 03:37 PM »
I'm writing a short story for school, its a 'Fear and Loathing' styled paper on my adventures at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. My assignment is not only to write the story, but also to illustrate it. I'm not a very good writer - I pretty much suck at writing, but I'm trying my best. To go with the wild (drugged up) story, I've done a handful of very "out there" illustrations.

None of these illustrations are very close to my "norm" in terms of style - it's been very fun for me, but the results are somewhat frustraiting, though - it seems alot of people expected a particular thing from me, so once I popped out with something so different - they were either thrilled or completely disapointed. The worst part of this project has been trying to gauge people's responses.

 :-\

Here's the title, which I inked -


And my name, also inked -


Along the way to Bonnaroo, we saw a number of cars that had "Bonnaroo Or Bust" written on their windows with that sloppy "glass chalk" paint stuff - for whatever reason I decided to name the story "Bonnaroo Or Burst"... There's really nothing else behind the name. Looking at the cars that had been painted on, I somehow made the connection to Ralph Steadman's sloppy paint style - so I went with it. I think it works.


In one bit of my story, I witness an alien dancing across a muddy lake... Sound freaky? It was.


This is inked and then watercolored. I know, it's a little weird - and the drawing is not the least bit 'realistic' - but the experience was so unreal, it'd be wrong to try and depict it as anything but crazy. I like it, especially the feet.


Here's an illustration depicting my encounter with a Mud man...


This is completely inked with brushes and pens. The mud man was having a really bad acid trip, or something. His whole body was caked with mud, his hair had dried up with mud to the point where it looked as if he had small branches growing from his head, so that explains that.


Here's my encounter with a Peacock woman.


It doesn't really look like a peacock to me - more like a large ostrich or something - but I don't care. Right now it's only inked and has a light dab of acryllic on top of colored pencils, but I'm going to go in with markers and really mark up the vibrancy of the colors.


Lastly, here's a crazy guy climbing a big tree...


This happened during Jack Johnson's performance. A guy climbed up this huge tree, in the rain, and eventually fell - only to get back up and climb it again. I really need to figure out a way to add rain, but I'm not sure what'd be the best way with ink... any tips?


So, do you hate it? Like it? I'm honestly pretty nervous/anxious about how this is going to turn out - so all feedback is greatly desired!

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Fan Art / Sidious Sketch
« on: June 17, 2005, 07:40 PM »


 :)

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Fan Art / Yoda and Darth Maul
« on: May 3, 2005, 05:21 PM »
Here's a little something I've done recently. It's on a sheet of chipboard, airbrushed, inked, and penciled... I needed to practice airbrushing shadows and controlled straight lines. This ended up looking pretty good, considering its on a cheep cardboard sheet, heh.



Size is roughly 22 inches tall by 18 inches wide. This picture is blurry because I had to scan it 4 times or so and try to photoshop the seams away. Didn't clean it up too well, sorry.



Here's a closeup.

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Fan Art / Aayla Secura & Clone
« on: April 14, 2005, 07:41 PM »
This is a drawing I did today, just for fun/relaxing. Not the best, but it was fun.


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Watto's Junk Yard / Laptop = dead
« on: March 24, 2005, 10:18 AM »
I think my laptop motor or whatever just blew up, doesn't look like its worth a repair... this means I've lost everything that wasn't backed up - also means I won't be online much -

The worst part is that I was doing some quick changes to a newsletter before it goes off to the press - my check probably won't be mailed to me until the get the changes are made and sent off. No money - no money for a new laptop, which I need to make more money (for this job). Might mean I've lost my job.

 >:(

That said, just know everything's okay with me... anyone who'd like to talk just give me a call (shoot me a PM if you need my #), or whatever.

See you when I see you.

 :-*

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Fan Art / Have Gun Will Travel
« on: March 18, 2005, 09:39 PM »

Paladin and his horse Rafter.

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Fan Art / Stephen King Poster
« on: March 17, 2005, 06:05 PM »
This is an assignment I had to do in Illustration class. We were supposed to make a movie poster for a fictional story called 'Head of the Snake'... it is about the Snake River in Idaho, where a bunch of elk hunters get stranded in the winter and long story short its just a survival story.

All of the students went with a mural type design, but I chose to do a dramatic scene, something I kind of invisioned happening in the story, and I added a touch by including 'Stephen King's' in the title.



I used the likeness of Matt Damon.

This is pencil on a offcolor matte board, and I airbrushed it up with white.

Thoughts?

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Toy Reviews / Grievous' Wheel Bike Review (w/ Pics)
« on: March 15, 2005, 10:19 PM »
I picked up the Grievous' Wheel Bike tonight at Target. It was priced at $20.


Note how the legs fold down to form sleds... Yes - it rolls, walks, and slides! Cool!

First I'll review Grievous himself...


I can't help but hope this guy has better posture in the movie...

Appearance: On the box, Grievous is a cool looking guy - but the toy doesn't really give him any justice whatsoever. Actually, what you see on the box isn't at all what you'll get once you've opened it.
First off, he only has two arms here... I avoid spoilers at all costs, but I do believe he should have four arms... If I'm mistaken, that's okay, because the only real positive anyway is that his eyes are painted pretty well - you can see a touch of red skin, and a black slit in his snake-like eyes. Really, its a surprisingly good paintjob on the eyes - but the rest simply fails to impress. Simply put, Grievo is two-toned. He's got white armor (the plastic), and he's silver everywhere else. The big killer is that there is absolutely no weathering at all. This should be an easy fix for the customizers out there. A little weathering and I think he could look pretty decent.
We shouldn't have to customize, though.
Taking off most of the points for misleading everyone with the picture on the box. Also deducted points for having a major camel toe.
Score: 3/10

Articluation: Only 6 points... Head (ball/socket), shoulders, waist, legs. No knees, no elbows, no wrists... Crap.
Score: 4/10

Pose-ability: His hands are stuck palm-down, and they do not have a grip - so he can't wield a saber or gun. He has no elbows. He has no knees, so he won't be sitting or kneeling. He's pretty much stuck like he is, in a permanent reclined state... And the thing is, he's stuck laying down - because getting him to stand is pretty much an impossibility - his rubbery webbed feet have no heels, so in order to stand you have to put one foot in front of the other, so he'll lean sort of like an ape or something. Maybe that's how he stands in the movie - but I don't care. Two points for the waist and ball/socket head.
One point for at least being able to recline in his bike.
Score: 1/10

Accessory: No gun, no saber - while he is an accessory to the bike, I think he should have come with something, too.
Score: 0/10

Overall: Hasbro didn't want to spend too much effort on this, that much is obvious. What disapoints me the most though is that the picture on the box is so far from what's lying inside - just a little weathering and Grievo shouldn't look so bad... Nothing can make up for the lack of articulation, though.
Score: 3/10


Moving onto the actual Wheel Bike...


Vroooooom!

Assembly: The Wheel Bike came in 6 pieces - the wheel, four legs, and the cannon. The missile was packaged in a baggy with General Grievous. No stickers were included.
Assembly is always difficult for me, for some reason - I have the ability to mess up assembly no matter how easy it is, no matter how clear the directions are. The bike is no exception - I accidentaly put the rear legs on backwards...
Be very careful when putting the parts together, people - the only way to tell the rear from the front is by checking to see where the chair is facing. If you accidentaly put the legs or cannon on backwards, take a small screwdriver and wedge it off. Do not pull at the leg.
Easy assembly, and no stickers.
Score: 10/10

Appearance: This thing is mean looking... It's basically a revolving wheel with legs and a chair/cannon in the center. The legs unfold in case terrain gets too rough to roll. The wheel is really two independantly revolving wheels - lined with teeth-like treads. I wish this thing had a little weathering, but I really cannot complain here... Cool design.
Score: 9/10

Features: Like I said earlier, the Wheel Bike has two independant treads - which think is really cool. This means you can spin one forward and another backward... It's cool and fun.
There are 4 legs, which are best described as crab-like, I guess. Each leg has 5 points - shoulder, elbow, ankle, and toe/fingers. The vehicle's legs have the articulation that Grievo's arms should have, in short. When in 'roll' mode, the legs can fold up nicely so that the wheel itself only sits on the very tip of the elbow - you won't be able to roll this thing across the floor, though.
To the right side of the wheel is Grievo's chair, which is reclined like a chopper/motorcycle - it has neat (however flimsy) immobile knobs for driving/shooting. One cool thing is that the foot pedals aren't just plain old pedals, they are made for Grievo's feet.
The cannon is on the left - it has two barrels for the lasers and a missile launcher in between. The cool part about the cannon is the huge ammo clip molded into its side.
I wish there was some sort of detailing or control panel or something in the center of the wheel, and I'm pissed that Hasbro used this flimsy rubber stuff for the chair. If only Hasbro had put a little weathering on this thing I would have given this baby a 9.
Score: 8/10

Accesibility: This is a rough one to grade because I don't have any other Grievous figures... All I can say is that the Grievous pack-in fits just fine, the SA Clone doesn't sit so well (legs a bit too short, and the armor on the thigh prevents it from bending just right), and my battle droids sit perfectly fine. What really matters is that the pack-in fits and all of the other Grievo's fit well, too...   
At least from what I can tell, though, most figures that can sit with their legs outstretched should be able to drive this thing.
Score: 10/10

Durability: The legs are made of solid plastic, but the joints aren't so tough... You might find your bike favors one side just a tad because of this. The bike probably won't be able to stand on its legs for too long, either...
The chair is made of that really flimsy plastic that Hasbro makes guns out of, these days - which pisses me off.
Other than that, it seems durable enough.
Score: 8/10

Overall: This is a really cool looking toy, and it's fun to play with. It's decently priced - it won't have to grow on you, I don't think. Hasbro made a good effort to deliver a cool vehicle, and I'm pleased. I'm only really disapointed that they didn't even attempt to make a decent figure - but this is nothing out of the ordinary, really.
Pick it up...
Score: 8/10


I can't wait to hear what this baby sounds like in theatres...


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Fan Art / Chick Photograph (non-Star Wars)
« on: February 21, 2005, 05:31 PM »

I took this photograph Saturday or Sunday, thought I'd share it with you all.

 :-[

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Watto's Junk Yard / Anyone know the value of this Beatles album?
« on: February 8, 2005, 08:54 PM »
A friend of my dad's bought him the Beatle's Rubber Soul vinyl back in the mid 60's, I've looked for any sort of clue as to the value of this thing, but I can't find too much info on it, really. The cool thing about this vinyl is that 1) the number of typos all over the front/back cover, and 2) the vinyl is orange.
I think it was made in Tawaain, although it was purchased in Japan.

Here's a picture I found online of the cover...



Except on my dad's, the red sign (to the right of the Beatles) has writing on it: 'Large VWorld Records', which I'm guessing is some sort of typo from the logo on the top right of the album 'Lager Records'... To the top left is a code, "LW127".

Here's the back...



I found this picture of the vinyl itself on the internet - my dad's has a black label instead of blue.



Here's what the label looks like...




I'd really like to know if this is a bootlegg, where this comes from, and how much its worth.

If anyone could help, that'd be great.




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Fan Art / Twilight Zone Comic Artwork - Ink
« on: December 10, 2004, 07:05 PM »
Here's a some recent art of mine, a comic adaptation of the Twilight Zone episode 'The Invaders'... I re-designed the Invaders to look a tad less corny - gave them backpacks and rifles with flashlights at the ends... Anyway, this is all inked and airbrushed minus the moon (which I dropped in using Adobe - but at least it's a pic of the moon that I took myself) - the peice is appx. 17x22, so in-person it's a whole lot nicer to look at. Alot darker, too.



By the way, there's a seam down the center because I had to scan this 4 or 5 times and plate them all together... My scanner is only 8.5x11.

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