Joe Rosales (Art Guy)
- Totally forgot to upload this here for Halloween. Wildlifers girls Angel, Violet and Musky in some costumed tomfoolery.
- This is a pic I'm happy to finally get posted, even though scanning a color copy means that this version doesn't do justice to the smooth colors of the original. This was a request for Lt. M'ress (from the Star Trek animated series) and a male of the same species, dressed in the ST:TOS period uniforms. To be true to the idea, this piece was inked and painted on acetate for the foreground with an airbrushed and painted background, and was about 11" x 17".
- This was done for Ganbear, the Japanese guy who did "Fantastic Panic", but the person who was supposed to send it off never did. So now I share it with you! She's a dethroned princess (of course!) who carries with her some of the lost supertechnology of Lemuria. Her horse's name is Clockwork, and he runs on steam fired by Greek fire. I make up little stories like this all the time while I'm drawing, to keep from getting bored.
- It occurs to me that I haven't uploaded anything to Yerf in a long time. So here is a dragon that I drew kinda for Confurence 11, which I'll be leaving for in a couple days. The original is b&w, but I decided to give it a quick color job on the computer 'cause I need the practice.
- Here's a t-shirt design I did, for Redlands Cement. The Chupacabra (or "goat sucker")is a legendary blood-sucking creature that originated in Puerto Rico and gained noteriety here in South Texas recently after a spate of local sightings. Naturally, someone wanted it for their softball team mascot.
- A drawing of Candy Cow, whose design I really liked. Candy did something nice for me so long ago neither of us can remember what it was! Colored with pencils, which I've gotten back into recently.
- This piece is out of my "Sachet" folio. Its full title is "Cyberskunk #1: Rose", which is the street name of the character, as reflected in her prosthetic markings. I did this in part to practice drawing an Anna Nicole Smith-like voluptuous body type, which is often harder for me to draw accurately and appealingly than more lean body types. All three of those pieces are set in a cyberpunk/film noir/megacity kind of setting, also hard to draw.
- This is "Cyberskunk #3: Ivy". Once again, her street name is reflected in her arm markings. In the case of this series of pics the artificial limbs are not the result of accidents, but a type of extreme marking showing gang affiliation. Ivy is gang property, cosmetically modified and run by them. Yes, yet another in-joke on the jacket. The guy at the bar made me think of glitter-era David Bowie.
- My own little Demona the Skunkubus, dressed up as Morrigan for Halloween. Opening the door for her is just asking for trouble.
- When doing this version of Ursula's Hedgy character, I decided to go off-model and just interpret the character. The major elements are still there, but she has a little more hedge-hoggy a face and spikey hair. I like drawing spikey hair, and it would hold that hat on real good.
- This and the next pic are the two character pics that Ursula Husted (Hedgy) posted about some time ago. This is my more on-model interpretation, which was done just before she uploaded updated model sheets; hence the tail, which appears in the very old design. Because of the mistake, I did the other pic.
- A jackalope pic out of my "Incarmination" sampler. Drawing cute guy pinups is an exercise for me. I can't simply default to male instinct like I can when drawing cute girls, so I have to try and compensate with other instincts and personal rules of aesthetics. This is a redone version of a (pretty lame) pencil I did almost four years ago. Much better.
- I looove Judge Dredd. I came up with a little "2000 AD"-type story while I was drawing this, which explains how this duck joins the Judges and what happens to him. This is actually a pretty old picture, done back in 1995, but still one of my favorites because it actually looks like I wanted it to -- like a duck!
- From sometime in 1995; important because it was the first Hellenic warrior lemur girl I did, and it clicked for me. This pic led to the "Lemuria" folio, which led to a lot of background info and eventually to the story "Tythos and the Nymph" in Furrlough #64. I might do some more Lemuria stuff someday. I like Greek mythology almost as much as I like Roman history.
- A pic I colored entirely in Photoshop for practice, because I need to increase my speed in it. This is a character from my friend James' "Bronzeworld", from that planet's Age of Heroes. I've had a lot of fun designing stuff for that, as you can tell.
- A merchant otter and his pegasus bodyguard. I enjoyed drawing the jewelry and glaive-guisarme on this piece, and of course that hat! This black and white pic has been made into a stylin' Furrlough cover, thanks to an exceptional color job by Computer Coloring Commissar Pat Duke. This artwork edited for content.
- John Barrett's Roxikat as Lara Croft -- an outfit almost as tight as the one she normally wears. For John's Birthday, which is not too far off Halloween.
- I don't normally upload sketches, or even show them to anyone, for that matter. I don't consider it very hard to do good sketches because you can leave out a lot of detail which the viewer will then fill in, which almost always makes sketches look better than the finished art actually would. In this case I'm making an exception, as these were recently commissioned to be part of a display and are a good example of what my pencils generally look like.
- The "Seed" bat is an interesting exercise in anatomy. Because I wanted her to look rather like an actual flyer, she's heavily muscled but thin to the point of anorexia -- an almost impossible build. Her design is based in part on the descriptions of the Angels in John Varley's Gaean Trilogy. Varley is one of my favorite authors.
- I really enjoy experimenting with different styles, particularly those cartoony ones with rather odd rules and proportions. I did this for a recent request from a kid living abroad, in a style which I'm sure most of you will recognize. It gave me the opportunity to do a little computer coloring too, of which I'm slowly relearning the basics.
- This is a commission, which I think is of a MUCK character. (It's still based fairly closely on the real girl, though.) The pastiche background is a technique I picked up off Sam Hurt, who used it in his strip "Eyebeam"; he in turn picked it up off underground cartoonists of the 60's. My favorites are Pixie Stix, Sweet Tarts and Smarties!
- A sorcerous commission I recently did. Made it on to my updated webpage, hurrah.
- Floating down the river on an inner toob is lots of fun! This is exactly the same beaver girl that's on my "Beaver Dam" shirts that I did for a club, also in '95. The stickers on the cooler are for Nine Inch Nails (of course); 90.1 the Edge, a cool Dallas station; and Slim, a band a friend was in at the time. The cross on her neck symbolizes moral purity.
- This is a sketchbook piece I did for a fan who likes squirrels. He also likes the "Raymond" strips I did in my college days, which featured campus squirrels breaking into people's dorm rooms during Christmas break to listen to their stereos and eat chips. I couldn't draw at all then, but at least I could write a decent gag.
- This is a frame from the little Valentine's Day animation I did for my website, with Angel as Cupid and Eddie as the victim. Flash is fun! I'm going to try and be better about the updates now that I've moved to my new domain.
- Whoops! It's been sitting on my drive. Just a little late for St. Patricks Day, but since Violet got all dressed up, here she is.
- Here's a piece colored with only watercolor markers, which is what I used to always use. I used Schwan-Stabilo markers, which are pretty good, being more long-lasting than regular markers and offering an excellent range of colors. I had some concerns about how long they were colorfast, though, especially in the yellow range. Now I really only use them to do color roughs.
Joe Rosales (Art Guy)