In all seriousness, I've seen people get really excited when I use this token and then they discover I drew it. Haha. At the Battle for Zendikar prerelease, a couple of younger dudes even wanted to ask me for my autograph. How charming desu.
Not entirely sure how you can get these anymore, it was a limited run, and you could only get one randomly whenever you'd buy over 1,000 yen of stuff (there were other tokens in the line-up to potentially get, too). Perfect timing though, as these came out just as Khans of Tarkir dropped, so warriors abounded.
Anyway, studied a bunch of Yukioe for this, including hands and backs and backgrounds. Fun. No armpit hair. Editors amirite?
And here we have one of my very favorite pieces of 2015.
The skin tones are super delicate, so it looks really neat in person (pencils and inks).
Inspired initially by the insane stuff Coliandre was doing, it also took wings from this song, cultivating a desire to make something of ambiguous but penumbrally rich narrative.
I was close to giving this to my mentor, but couldn't bear the thought it being more of an insult than anything else; like imagine trying to show Tony Hawk how well you can stand on a board without falling off...
My fourth Fear comic, but only the second published, as the first two were just sorta practice. Anyway, think back to when Khans of Tarkir was about to come out and everyone was still unsure how these newfangled wedge names would play, that's what was going down when this came out.
Fun Facts: I thought back to Yale channel my hatred of hipsters, since Portland's state animal is the hipster. Fortunately there aren't really hipsters in Japan, everyone is just pretty much about what they're about, no irony. Except lands in front...don't you dare tell me that's intuitive or comfortable to play. Anyway, I do loathe players that stick to antiquated or obsolete terminology and stuff just to prove how enfranchised they are--calling it MODO, calling all cards by their first iteration (all mass -2/-2s are Infest, everything has "Kicker," etc.) etc.
Easter Eggs: GP Portland 2014's venue, angry dudes and Yale in trees, TV Reporter from Pokemon, Sunflower Plains, Fblthp, Mox Sapphire, Arabian Nights Mountain, Jugan, Black Lotus, mana symbols, untap symbol, CNN logo, Lands in Front tats, pi, e, and i.
The technical goals here were to do a fully-colored Inktoberling, especially getting fuller use of the wider range of skin tones I'd recently picked up, though still kind of limited to light-skinned characters.
Just before final touches. I also wanted to see how delicate I could go with the G-Pen on eyes, and to how loose I could get on "live" (meaning no planning or pencils) background elements.
Continuing from last time, I wanted her to look like she was rooting hard for Yale, they were winning comfortably, and then they just managed to lose, right at the end. Like this is when she has just realized it's over. A different kind of horror for Inktober, you see.
Difficult to imagine Yale choking at the last minute, I know.
Drew Conley Woods during GP Atlanta after seeing a really cool photo of him placed against the organizer's logo, which features a big forward arrow--it was a coverage article about his return to Magic after a short hiatus and all the personal progress he made, so it seemed appropriate. Wish I coulda done a better job on this, really enjoy his podcast.