Two more BANNER pieces.
The very cool guys at the Hideous Energy podcast “hung out” with me yesterday. We talked about comics and movies and some random shit too. You can give it a listen here: http://hideousenergy.blogspot.com/2011/09/andrew-maclean-interview.html Thanks again to those guys and to you for checking it out! Much love, -A!
More MEATSPACE designs…
Each MEATSPACE character (for the most part) has two designs. The character’s design in the “real” world (meatspace) and their design in Dungeon World, the world-crazed MMORPG. In an age of advanced personal technology, many people “live” their lives through this game.
Our main character Lance (LINK & LINK) is on a rampage searching for his son, Johnny’s murderer. This is a design for Johnny while in the game. It will get a few tweaks for the book but this is his first pass.
As a heads up, you can still pre-order MEATSPACE. For $10 we will send a copy hot off the presses. Get the book and other little goodies HERE.
The last two weeks were crazy. I had a pretty insane bachelor party here in Jersey, then spent a week in Massachusetts at my mother in-law’s in a final effort to get my new wife and I’s wedding in order, we got hitched then ran off to an amazing honeymoon on the beautiful island of Aruba. It’s all a fantastic blur and we’ve never been happier!
That said, I hadn’t drawn anything for TWO WEEKS!
I don’t know about anyone else but when I go a little while without drawing I get this paranoia that for whatever reason I’ve forgotten how to draw all together haha and I actually get a little nervous when I finally sit down again. RIDICULOUS! I know. I can even laugh a little while feeling it, but it’s there nonetheless. So, when I did sit down yesterday, finally, I had to do something for fun to work out some of the cobwebs.
About the image: While watching a little TV in Aruba I was struck by some images of Libyan rebels. Something about “rebels” is so compelling, even scary. Something about people wearing casual clothing while slinging huge machine guns is unnerving. You see some people with a button down shirt and dockers but they have their faces wrapped like ninjas, a machete hangs at there side and an assault rifle in hand. Intense imagery. Like the fact that there attitude contradicts there outfit makes them seem completely unpredictable.
I had to draw one.
The reference I used for this guy was an image of a rebel on the roof of a van in route and he waves to civilians; beconing and pleading with them to leave the area. His actual facial expression was one of concern but I added some ferocity because my version of “concern” looked more like fear and worry and it lost all intensity.
I wrote a script about a month or so ago called ETHAN of SPACE. Here’s the idea:
50 year in our future a rogue radio signal is being transmitted from the planet Neptune, a planet made of gas. A deep space mission has been assembled to investigate the seemingly impossible event. In this age of space exploration, deep space missions are piloted by super computers and manned only by a single human computer engineer whose only objective is to maintain the working order of the computer. Apart from that, they have no business on the craft.
Ethan is the engineer assigned to the 10-year-long Neptune mission.
By the time Ethan returns from Neptune, he will have spent half of his life alone in deep space. This has undoubtedly rocked his ability to interact with humans and he now finds solace in the silent cold black of space.
This particularly important mission has been deemed the perfect inaugural run of the super computer ED100 (nicknamed “Edie”) the first computer with enough intelligence to make it’s own decisions on a moment-to-moment basis. Some rather over-philosophical scientists argue it even has the capability of imagination.
Over the coming years on the way to Neptune, Edie is able to slowly break down the walls Ethan has built around him. A strange uncomfortable question starts rattling the reader’s brain, “is this dude falling in love with his PC? That is messed up, man.” Over those 10 years and 30 or so pages the two star-crossed lovers go through several adventures bringing them closer, but none of which can prepare them for the Neptune experience.
A closer look at the nature of our own reality is brought outright when we realize Neptune is undeniably an egg of a truly ethereal cosmic entity beyond our own understanding and our characters have inadvertently released it from it’s embryonic prison. Is it a planet devourer? Is it a god? Who knows, but it’s free to do as it wishes.
We are a miniscule rung on an infinite ladder.
I’ve already said more than I should have so I won’t divulge any more.
As of right now, I’m not sure what to do with the script. I’ve got other things going on. But it’s story I would really like to tell. 30 pages isn’t much thought, just a one-off, so I’m not sure what a good home would be.
Finally a venue I feel comfortable ranting on haha…
This is a design I am still working on. In the first few pages of the MEATSPACE book we meet the main character while he battles a beast. Josh Gorfain wrote the beast as half lion half reptile. As much as I LOVE big cats, I can’t draw the bastards, and for whatever reason I had a hard time putting together scales and fur. I dunno but it was kicking my ass.
I took a break from that and decided to just create something totally new. Here I blended bird and dinosaur which is pretty easy but I wanted there to be a weird factor too. I added the beak, which in the end will open into three separate mandible and be lined on the inside with TONS of mini teeth. It will also have three sucking tongues/tubes. On his back I just thought it would be weird if there was crystals sticking out. No explanation why, I just wanted it.
What I really enjoyed was the bug inside the crystal. I began thinking about how creepy parasites are and it reminded me of a documentary I watched about the Amazon (I believe). There is a parasite that infests ants that when they get it the other ants know, so one of them picks up the ant and takes it far far away from the colony. Way out here the parasite sets into the ant and poisons it’s mind. It drives the mad and tells the ant to climb, so the ant climbs a tree way up out of the canopy where the parasite can reach direct sunlight. Here the infested ant get baked in the sun and dies. Then the parasite eats the inside of the ant, it’s fungus (or whatever) grows through the exoskeleton where is can be released to attach it self to more ants below.
Thats the gist more or less here.
Normally this bird/dino creature is used by people like a horse, but the parasite got inside the beast and started growing this crystal. The crystal has pierced through the beast’s skin and now the beast’s mind has been thoroughly poisoned by the parasite and wreaks havoc.
A little creepy.
I did two pages for the next release by the guys at TALES OF AVALON. Cool project, great guys. Looking forward to meeting them at NYCC this year.
Can’t deny though, it was a little strange. I was given layouts to follow. Wasn’t crazy about having my hands tied. Looking at it, it really doesn’t quite feel like my own work, but I was happy to be apart of a project with so many talented artists.