big convention print for 2013 is done and this is further proof that
God does exist...because I wouldn't be able to get through this whopper
without some sort of Divine Intervention. :D :D :D
I can't take complete credit for this, though. When I was
thinking of print ideas late last year Mary was all like "draw a bunch
of 80's cartoon ladies together YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO." And she
was right. XD
Sorry I don't have pencil or ink stages posted for you, I ran with idea
so fast and so hard I didn't stop to document everything like I usually
do ^_^; The way I put this together really didn't lend
itself to that anyways. Except for the bottom row each of the
figures was drawn as a separate piece and then the entire print was
assembled from the individual characters. This way I could move
and tweak the layout much easier as the print started to come together
(I'll update this page with the individual pieces when I'm not feeling
quite so lazy XD).
In lieu of the pencils I've included the original scratch sheet where I
did my rough layouts. As you can see the print as a whole ended
up more or less how I originally planned save for a swap here and
there. Other than shifting some characters around I think the
only big change I had to do was adjust the pose for Sorceress.
Except for the Prima comics, this has to be the biggest piece of art
I've ever tackled and it was a helluva blast to do. I got to draw
a bunch of characters I've never drawn before (much less even heard of,
I'll let you figure out who that is ^_~) and revisted a lot of old
favorites. Being a retro 80's piece I got to work with a lot of
bright colors and big hair which always makes Silas happy. For
the most part I stuck to my own style rather than trying to emulate the
individual animation styles (I think the one I stuck closest to when it
comes to the source material was Penny). Part of this was to make
everything gel together and the other part is I'm just lazy like that.
XD Though I did try to give as many stylistic nods as I
could, like with Punky, Allura and Smurfette.
An ensemble pic this big means I didn't have to really pick and choose
who I needed to draw. I think the only characters that didn't
make it in were Mainframe from C.O.P.S. and Gloria Baker from M.A.S.K.
I did pull rank a couple times and added some of my personal
faves like Steelheart. Even though I already had Arcee there I
was gonna draw in Carly. :3
By the way, if you don't see you favorite character DRAW YOUR OWN DAMN
PRINT. XD XD XD
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