Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Giant Robo's 50th Anniversary!

Done fairly quickly tonight on tablet in FireAlpaca, this is my tribute fanart of Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Giant Robo (Toei; 1967), which premiered on Nippon Educational Television (NET, now TV Asahi) 50 years ago today!  Known in the US as Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot (and the compilation film, Voyage Into Space), this is one of my top favorite Toei tokusatsu (SPFX) series of all time!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Ultra Seven's 50th Anniversary!

50 years ago tomorrow, Ultra Seven (Tsuburaya; 1967), the third Ultra Series (and the most popular among fans) first aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) and its affiliates!  As I discussed through the years, I have always considered Ultra Seven himself to be the Japanese equivalent to Superman, and one of the best superheroes of all time.

As you've noticed, the 1940s animated Superman by the Fleischer Brothers (the ultimate adaptation, IMHO) is the inspiration for this fanart.  :)

Done on tablet in FireAlpaca.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Another new Rekira sketch.

Another new sketch of Rekira, this time somewhat simplified (the golden rib plates I added previously were difficult to determine on his fur body), looking more like his older self!  I guess some things are better simple.  :)

On tablet in FireAlpaca.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

New concept: NEON ROCKET IRIS!

Those of you who went to Dragon-Con last year, among the works I probably showed you is this new concept I’ve worked on.  Now, I can show it to everyone...

Along with Rekira the Super-Monster and Lily Merriweather, here's a new project... Neon Rocket Iris!

This one's a 12-year old girl named Iris, with amazing powers, and a high-tech "Prisma-Gear" suit, dubbed the "Neon Rocket."

This is the concept art I started with (done last year on February 28 in FireAlpaca):

And now, here's the refined version of the character (with a somewhat crude version of the intended logo), finished this past Wednesday (May 10th):

And in case you noticed, yes, I deliberately went for a kind of 1980s feel with this one!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Dynamic Heralds 2017!


I've been gone a whole year, due to moving to a new address (among other things).  But this time, it's permanent!  While those who follow me on Facebook have seen the continuing development of my projects, I've gotten back to the computer, after some frustrating technical difficulties.

So let's start with the Dynamic Heralds, the superhero team in my main project, Rekira the Super-Monster!  With work on the comic approaching, I've finally found a design that's more to my liking.  And the current colors, as you can see, are red, blue, yellow, orange, and green.  But I've also played with three different color types, as seen below.  These were all done on tablet in FireAlpaca.

Type A: The "Stealth" Versions
This is the color scheme I've worked with most recently.  Note the current colors are red, blue, yellow, orange, and green.

Type B: The "Tech" Versions
I just started experimenting with this color scheme, though I've contemplated it for a while now.  What if they had a "high-tech" look, like an iPod or other cool gadgets?  I also love Herald 1 (Captain Vertex)'s Roger Ramjet look, too!

Type C: The "Traditional" Super Sentai-Style Version.
No doubt this color type is very appealing!  In a way, it definitely recalls even Toho's own answers to Super Sentai, namely Saucer War Bankid (Toho; 1976) and Megaloman (Toho; 1979).  While I think that that Types A and B are more subtle, I love the 1970s look this hearkens back to (which I was partly going for)!