Metroid Metal Muppets

Chances are you know at least two of the words in the title.  If you are what I would call a "cool dude," you know all three.

I was just at Magfest, a huge celebration of geekery, gaming and music.  Between getting my face melted off, some of the Metroid Metal forum members got together for a Secret Santa gift exchange.  For my match, I decided to get more creative.  

I created the above poster and printed it at 16x20.  It depicts the Metroid Metal band members as muppets.  I had the idea for months ahead of time, but the impending gift exchange inspired me to finish it.  It took 15-20 hours in photoshop.  The more I worked on it, the more I learned just how much in common attendees of Magfest and similar events have with the Muppets.  We're all a little weird, we're all a band of misfits.

It was a great success as a gift and as a creative excercise.  He was able to get it signed by the band and everyone loved it!

If you do not know about Metroid Metal, you are wasting time by not clicking this link.  The whole VGM scene is amazing and I was happy to celebrate being a geek with some of the coolest geeks I know.

Son of a Brain


Samus Aran fighting the mysterious Mother Brain.Taking a break from the usual photography on my blog, here is a digital painting I've been working on for the past week or so. I really like how it turned out, very close to what I imagined in my head. Of course I know I have a lot of things I could have improved on, and there are lots of things I could have done if I took more time on it. But, at about 16 hours of work, I was just about tired of this piece by the time I called it finished.

This is another Fan Art for Metroid. I did another hi-res interpretation of Samus Aran a couple of years ago, and this is my attempt at a more complicated scene featuring the sci-fi bounty-huntress battling Mother Brain.

This is the climactic battle of the NES game, Metroid. It's fun trying to interpret 8-bit art, since there is usually so much left to the imagination. This is the best screenshot I could find that closely matches the battle I depict above:

There are things I'm always trying to improve on with digital painting, I know I'm an novice. Obviousy, I take a cartoony style and apply semi-realistic lighting to it, but I still struggle with finding a nice balance between cartoony and realistic, especially when it comes to the lighting. Either my line art falls flat or my coloring and shading doesn't read as three dimensional.

However, I think I am getting better at minimizing my brushstrokes and I am very pleased with how Samus and Mother Brain turned out, as seen in these 100% detail cutouts:


Finally put Samus in a scene. Of course, by the end I was so sick of it I just kind of rushed the background elements. But, I like it.

You could also call this "attack of the gaussian blur".

I wonder what Samus is thinking? "Oh man, I can totally jump that high!" Y'know, because she could. Easily. She's just adding drama to the moment by looking thoughtfully at the Energy Tank...

Anyway, I'm spent for now.

Samus in Technicolor

I managed to paint in Samus' colors. Beware, this is a png with transparency, so if you're running an older version of IE it may not look as intended.

I'm struggling with what scene to put her in. I'm thinking either the pink areas of Ridley's hideout or in Kraid's hideout. Either way, I'm going to work in an Energy Tank. I'm not sure if a dead enemy (that she presumably just shot) should be included as well.

Part of the problem with drawing the character without context is putting her into context or scene and making it look like she belongs there. You have to worry about perspective, lighting, and scale.

Samus Aran

It's Samus! Sorry for the sporadic posts. Work has taken over lately. This was inked with a Sharpie on paper, then scanned, reduced to pure black and white, and colored in Photoshop.

I was tired of the uneven lines of my digital inks. I obviously need practice. And, as this picture shows, I also need some schooling on drawing 3d forms and shading them to give them better volume. But I really like how the tone of the colors came out in this one.

Sorry for the rushed background. Beats a gray background, I suppose.