Monday, April 30, 2007

Have a lizard.

Well, this weekend was rather fun. I hung out with Ryan--we had a party--and we watched "Scarface" at least 3 times.

Productivity today has reached a highpoint for me, I've gotten like 8 things done, and it's only 7:54. I guess I've got some TV and dinner to catch up on, so I think I'll do that next!

In other news, (I'm sure you guys've all heard) I've been featured on Drunk Duck, so check out Allan and leave me a congrats, unless you don't want to, and that's cool too.

So, ah, here's a dragon!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

If WingNut is the king, I'm the lil' prince of it.

Procrastinating. I have a 10 page research paper due on Tuesday, 2 studio drawings due tomorrow, and a design project due tomorrow. On top of that, theoretically I'm supposed to update Luciefer, Who, and Gradzilla tomorrow. None of which I forsee happening. I'm trying to get 5 pages done today, and the design project done. I can guarantee the studio work won't be finished, well maybe, tomorrow morning. I shouldn't have gone to bed at 5:30AM. But again, I blame Dave for that.

I really want to talk about the male sex drive and how advertising is obnoxiously annoying and how when someone pours their soul into something for years, that doesn't matter to people. What matters is how big the boobs are. So, in order to create the ultimate money making thing, I move that we all begin a fanservice psuedo erotic comic. Featuring a cliche storyline with decent writing. We will make a par comic! Shoot for par!
I won't talk about it, because it's not a big deal, and there's nothing you can do about such things.

Uh, I don't really have that much new artwork. This weekend's been kind of dead with the art thing. Next weekend I'll post some embarrassingly old stuff which makes no sense to me anymore, compare my 6th grade work to my 12th grade work. Think "Wow, you could draw cooler when you were younger Zac". And then I'll think about how I had to relearn to draw in college.

Woohoo.. Go see Hot Fuzz by the way. It is amazing.

I'll be back. As soon as I'm finished with this


Saturday, April 28, 2007

Sanity is Over-rated family listened to the Gigcast interview, and the response I got was, "Can you stop acting like a jack-ass for FIVE MINUTES?!" Mission accomplished.

Not much else to report...oh, except next Saturday I get to see Mike Mignola at Golden Apple comics. HUZZAH! Suck it, rest of the world!

To close, here's the line-art for my first Civil War wallpaper for Platinum: Golly, but I'm manly.

I am a GOD of procrastination

So, had a test in one of my classes today. One of those huge lecture classes that you find yourself never quite wanting to get out of bed for? The one where if you know nobody's gonna miss you, whats the point? Yeah. Well, to put it bluntly, nobody missed me for a GOOD many days. And I had a test. I'll admit, I didn't put OFF studying, because to put off studying, one has to know there IS a test.

I arrived, breathless and panting after a half mile sprint to the lecture hall, sat down, and aced my test. Now, this is the worst possible form of encouragement, because it makes you think, "Hey, you know what? If I call bullshit this, I can bullshit ANYTHING." Not a good lesson to learn in college.

But, until the day comes when I'm held accountable for my lack of time management, I shall continue to draw pretty pictures, when by all rights, I really should be asleep.

Here ya go Riot, expect a colored one once I get a few more projects out of the way. ;D



Friday, April 27, 2007

The Adventures of Manly-Man, and Zac the Fem-boy Wonder

Um...don't ask me where that title came just popped into my head. Plus, I had the funny mental image of Zac walking through Home Depot with me, asking what everything was...then getting excited over doilies.

I'm stuck doing what my roomie refers to "Man joooobs" (you have to sing it) today. Which means I get to go to Home Depot. Which I actually enjoy.

But, Riot...WHY do you enjoy going to Home Depot?

The answer is simple: They have CHAINSAWS...on 15ft extendable poles! THINK of the possibilities! Show me a zombie that can stand up to a long-range chainsaw attack. YOU CAN'T!

So, what will that I'll pick up the stuff to fix the bathroom cieling...THEN runa round Home Depot with a chainsaw, get yelled at, pay for my junk then leave. It happens every time.

If you're bored, and happen to not be the rest of Mediocre Militia (who all listened to it last night), I was interviewed on the new Gigcast, so you can click that nicely underlined blue word there and listen to me be a jackass. Well, it STARTED as an interview, then descended into chaos...which was fun. If you go to the Nightgig main page, they have a quote from the interview. Quite frankly, I think it's one of my more intelligent ones.

What else? Civil War updated today, The Path will update tonight, and it seems that I'll never update my DeviantArt page ever again...or until life stops being so damned busy. Stupid life.

And, as always when I have nothing better to post, I leave you with boobies.
More DeviantNation coloring book art.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Yo guys. Whaddap?

Hey guys! The name's Allan and I was just recently invited into this shindig by Acadia, my good friend from Drunk Duck.

He promised me money and an award if I joined, so I said sure. Now pay up, Ace!

In other news: I'll try and blog as much as I can. School takes up most of my life, and my comic takes up the rest, so I'll do my best to participate with everyone on this Blog!

Oh, and you might notice some differences between my comic Allan's art, and my art freestyle. You be the judge.

And speaking of Allan, that's what I do--I make an autobiographical comic on Drunk Duck called "Allan," because that's my name! You can check it out by clicking here!

So thanks for inviting me, guys!--I'm honored that I'm here, that I get to hang out with such distinguished artists as you, and I'll try to make you proud! *sniff!*

Here's a pic of things to come:

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Worst. Blogger. Ever.

That would be me. I keep forgetting to come back and add stuff. Mainly because I don't sleep and my brain is suffering for it.

I was supposed to be off today, but got called in to finish up some paperwork. Then I had a lunch date...with a girl...and i DIDN'T make a total ass out of myself. Ok, I probably did...but she enjoyed it, so keen gear. Plus, I found out my local comic shop sold out of issues of The Path AND gave me my cut of the money! Score!

Um, yesterday, I got interviewed for the Gigcast. If any of you have this semi-professional, deep, serious mental image of not listen to it. It just shows how much of a jackass I am...and how much bigger a jackass I am when given open-forum with a couple of fellow geeks.

They DID have an odd obsession with "Dr. Who", though...

Not much else. Here's the cover-art I did for those nice fellows over at The Gigcast for my interview. They seem to have a good sense of humor...hope they don't mind so much.

Later, m'dears.

Stealing Internets

So like, last night the internet died. Hard. And bad.
But luckily, some neighbor ( or school ) has a mad crazy wireless signal that I can pick up on ( BARELY ) so hooray for that. Otherwise there would be a lack of freux for two weeks. ( Ewww.. )

This morning is icky and stormy and I've already run over a squirrel. Nevermind the fact that I've only had an hour of sleep. I can't stop thinking about the poor squirrel. x__x

Here's some Lucie art. I tried to stay kinda close to the Lucie style with the coloring and such, because it's just so darn cute. <3

I really like her design, even though the checkers on her pants were hell to do. Cute little Lucie.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A lizard who can access the internet... WITH MY MIND

so I got some new markers today! A set of brand new French greys. They all work! BOTH SIDES! :D

So to celebrate, I drew a sleeping half-naked guy.

Monday, April 23, 2007

It's 4:45 am...

... do you know where your children are?

So I just noticed that I completely eliminated noses from my drawings. No kidding. I did not notice it as I was drawing it. I did not notice it as i was coloring or even putting all the finishing touches on. No, I noticed after looking through the MacHall archives for a specific comic and I took a quick peek back at ApL to see if there were any new comments. I did a double-take. "What the hell? Why aren't there any noses? I don't remember there not being any noses..." (pretend that i actually said that). It was at this point that I realized that they look fine WITHOUT noses. Does anyone else find that odd? That you can draw a recognizable human face with a prominent feature completely omitted and it still looks natural?

I think I'm just gonna stop drawing noses altogether, see how that goes down.

Anyway, I thought I'd share what today's comic looked like before all that fancy inking and background work.

This is what I had originally planned it to look like, but factors such as background source forced me to remove that tree in the final panel. I thought it added a nice transition, but I just couldn't include it. Oh, and I labeled what people were feeling/doing in the panels too, as a bit of a reference for myself. Adds a more comic-y feel to it, no?

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Civil War and my foot

I think my foot is dying. I've had this ...thing...on it for like a year...and it keeps getting worse and worse. I should probably chop it off. The thing, not my foot.

Civil War is going to keep going! We all had a little hump to get over this weekend, but things should be in full swing soon. So keep an eye out for that. Speaking of which I guess I could show the things I'm working on for civil war...
this is one i stopped since pinkdiapers did such an awesome job on hers.
What else is going on?
Well Nothing much really. I guess I can put up the pic I did for a girl at work.
I promised her it 6 months ago: "OKAY I WILL GIVE YOU THE PICTURE TOMORROW". And it's tomorrow...6 months later.
And then there's a secret thing I'm doing and here's lineart for it.

Yeah lame post. I should tell the story about Riot and his work today. But I'll save it for later.



Because I can-

Because Riot's lineart is, what we americans call, "The Shit"


Suck it, Work Computer! Suck it HARD!

As you may have guessed, I'm at work. I feel like I freaking live here lately. No, seriously. I just looked at my timecard from yesterday and I did a 19+hr shift yesterday. I'm pretty sure that's illegal...or at the very least, retarded. The plus side to today is that I'm the ONLY one here. The downside is that I'm the ONLY one here...bored out of my mind...and screwed if a suprise job pops up.

Pix: I keep my beard silky-smooth through a deal with the devil. I'll be the first to admit I should have asked for something cooler...but I was drunk and thought that a silky-smooth beard was the way to go.

I've hit that stage of being tired where you start hallucinating. I keep seeing floating shapes, and shadows walking across the room in broad daylight...either my mind is slowly going, or the internet ghosts from Pulse are after me. I'm not sure which I'd prefer...but, I will say, those padded cells always look so comfortable in movies.

Since I have my external hard-drive with me at work...I can still upload art w/ my post! Rejoice, dear friends...for I leave you with boobies. Big ones.

(This is actually a page from the coloring book I'm working on for
Catch you hip cats and kittens later,

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Urrrggggh It's LATE and I hate buying advertising...

because I feel like a cheap whore. B...but...Forgive me please? I have to admit, my new ads and banners are a lot sexier than my previous ones. Maybe that'll help....since you know....I have such little faith in the morality of man, that I believe people will fall for that stuff... Actually non of my banners are like that. Just my thumbnail on DD, and that wasn't intentional, it was just my best coloring yet >> (and that's not saying much).

I am dead tired. SO tired that I am dead. I'm going to try and do stock pages this week because I'm lame like that...and NEED them, since finals are coming up. Plus riot is super busy and Froo and Acadia are like ninjas and elusive (which has nothing to do with making stock pages, but I felt like i should mention it anyways). Wingnut, Pixie. Just going to say their names too.

It's 3:00AM but the post won't go up until like 12, because I don't wanna bump Froo and Pixie's AWESOME art off the page.

So tonight I went and played putt-putt and after putt-putt watched Mulan. While watching mulan, I drew some crappy renditions of Venture bros characters, because I had no references, nor had i tried to draw them before....
this is a shitty drawing, but I ONLY POST IT BECAUSE SOOOOOON I WILL POST A NEW AND BETTERER ONE. Why? Because I'm madly in love with the venture brothers. It's like the show of my life.

Alrighty, more fun things later!

<3 Zac

Wow, I'm glad to see this thing taking off!

Yarr! Here be monsters!

More marker practice. This time I did Froooooooobert.

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and also the as-yet unnamed little waif child from A Murder of Two. ^_^

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I had a go at Kat from Riot's The Path, too, but I failed rather spectacularly. I switched sides on the shading about 5 times and it also looks nothing like her. So that gets linked. ^_^

Cocoa Butter with Shea

Hi, all. I'm making my first post! Cheer for me. Yes. Cheer. Um.. I'm Freux and I'm happy to be here. I'm probably the laziest out of all the people, let me tell ya.

My current project is A Murder of Two. It's been restarted once already, but I'm excited about it this time. Things are going much better.

So.. TX, anyone?

Friday, April 20, 2007

The Kraken Is a Wuss

Seriously...I punched it in the face. Ask Acadia.

This is me posting, so Zac will stop yelling at me. I'm not sure exactly WHAT he expects me to write about. Perhaps some deep, emotional attachments I have to certain works of art that I've done? Possibly the motivations behind my current work? Maybe how I wish my hair looked so silky smooth.

Alas, that will not be what goes on in my little corner of this rag-tag group of artistic rebels...oh, no. Ok...maybe sometimes.

For those of you that don't know me, I'm Mr. Riot, creator of "The Path" and co-creator (with Zac) of The Drunk Duck Civil War. I'm aa scoundrel, incorrigible clown, a hopeless romantic...and my beard is the mightiest thing this world has ever seen. Entire nations tremble at the sight of it. unlike my more technologically-savvy counterparts here at Mediocre militia, I'm almost entirely "old skool" when it comes to my comics. I do the drawing, inking, and coloring(if I actually happen to color something) by hand. Then I add letters in Photoshop...and old version of photoshop that most artists wouldn't be caught dead using. I like it that works for me. An obsolete punker using obsolete methods.

I draw comics, pin-ups, tattoo designs, do freelance production art for a few California-based ad agencies...and I love what I do. I wouldn't trade it for all the world...not even Ireland.

I don't know what else to babble about here, so I'll close with a drawing of Snake Eyes:


Thursday, April 19, 2007

A New-ish Chapter

Well for those of you who actually read Applied Living this post will have some importance. For the rest of you... go watch some TV or something -- adults are talking.


Anyway, from about the 5th or 6th strip till now, Applied Living's main writer was Michael Olson (my brother). He's turned out some pretty solid scripts, and I've had fun with him as the writer, so I was always happy to have him as my go-to guy for a script. This, however, is about to change. For the past month or so, Mike's been slacking a bit (I haven't gotten more than one script from him for about a month and a half), so I've decided to ask my buddy Shaun (yes, the one in the comic) to help me out. It's not that Mike isn't satisfactory, but there are extenuating circumstances around this situation. School, girls, etc. are standing in Mike's way when I need a script. Shaun, however, is ideal for a webcomic writer. He's an english major. He also was my DM (Dungeon Master -- yes, I played Dungeons and Dragons, what of it?) from back in the day. He and I have also been collaborating on an upcomic project (it's called Flammarion, and so far the story is FRIGGIN SWEET -- more of a serious venture. Not the same brand as ApL, but still very much worth a look), so it seemed only natural for me to ask him to contribute in some way to ApL. Well he's never been a very CONFIDENT writer (or person), but I have nothing but confidence in him. His writing is genius, and I'm really excited to start collaborating on this ASAP.

Just lettin you guys know the deal if you start to notice a different name appearing at the bottom of the ApL strips.


Hah! Awesome

Hiya folks! This looks like it will be most fun, most fun indeed.
So it seems everyone is posting what they are working on for the next few days, here is the script for page one of the DD Civil War. I'm gonna have so much fun with this.

(Wingnut is suiting up, arming himself. In each panel Wingnut is shown to be arming himself. Sensei is probably meditating on a futon, incense burning. If any panel shows the box of incense, it is labeled catnip.)

Panel one

Sensei: Violence conjures loss, and loss breeds revenge.

Panel two:

Sensei: Revenge in turn leads to more violence, a vicious cycle that gets stronger with each passing.

Wingnut: Didn’t Yoda say that?

Panel three:

Sensei: The life of the mercenary, this life, is ripe with such violence. The path you walk leads away from enlightenment, from true happiness.

Wingnut: I’ve never really been happy with happiness. Besides, we need the money.

Sensei: Money merely buys “things”. “Things” do not lead to enlightenment.

Panel 4:

Wingnut: Yeah, but enlightenment doesn’t pay the bills, or buy dinner. Do you want to eat cat food again next week?

Sensei: Well, I am a cat.

Wingnut: … That was a metaphorical question (Faded Sensei: No it wasn’t). Either I get us some work, or we lose our lease and I have to work for Chronos again, and you know how that went last time.

Panel 5:

Sensei: It is not wise try to solve all of life’s problems through violence.

Wingut: Sure it is, as long as you only shoot the bad guys. (Loads gun)


My 3rd ever attempt with Prismas. :D

In honor of Zac's feature, I had a go at Lucie.

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Good Morning World, It's 2 o'clock AM

Hello all. This is Zac. It's fairly early in the morning, and I'm just posting to try and get a feel for this thing.

Lately I've been doing a lot of drawing. I mean a freaking lot. It seems like yesterday that the Drunk Duck Civil War began, when in's been a month now. That's a strange thing to think about. I'm enjoying every minute of it (except for some of the roster things, but that just comes along with it). I've met some great people and definitely learned a lot of things to improve my own work.

I've consumed more caffeine in this past few weeks than I think is mentally safe. I've barely finished assignments for class. I've felt massive pressure pushing from all sides, but that's straight, because I AM ENJOYING LIFE for a change.

True, my friends in real life hardly see me at nights anymore (then again my friends outside of the internet don't go out anymore anyways...Lame), but the internet art buddies I've made are terrific. I can't tell you how many people have begun to influence and help my style for the better. I'd list people, but I'd be afraid that I would miss someone!

I hope to have some art up tomorrow. I'd really like to show a comparisson between my early stuff and later stuff. Maybe the others'll follow in my tracks.

Anyways, I'm looking forward to where this could go. It may prove to be quite interesting.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

It's Aliiive

"Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to be God!"

My, what quotes you can get from old 30's movies. So this blog seems like a cool deal. I approve. Wingnut, however, seems oddly green about the situation. (Haha... oh the puns)

Oh, by the way. Feel free to comment, folks. This is a public thing, and we'd love any feedback/opinions and shit you'd be willing to give out.