Tatooine Landscape

Perhaps this won’t exactly reach you on the legendary Fourth of May itself (we’re all past that joke, right?), but I still wanted to pay homage to my favorite film series and probably the greatest franchise of the past 40 years. That’s why, when I was tasked with making a chalk pastel landscape in my drawing class down in Utah, my mind immediately went to Star Wars. And for my first try at something a little more artsy, I think it went pretty well! I’m considering doing more of these landscapes from the galaxy far, far away sometime soon.

I wish I could just close this post without mentioning this, and in fact it makes me uncomfortable just thinking about it… but yes, you haven’t been imagining it. Dustlander Productions has been on hiatus for much, much longer than I anticipated. The annoying thing is, I’ve got ideas for comics, and even a whole stack of new sketches and more artwork I’ve done at school, mostly ready to post. But I’ve lacked a few resources essential to maintaining the website as of recent, including time, energy, sleep, and motivation. Have I mentioned I’m just wrapping up three AP classes? Y’all know I never like to make excuses, but you’re gonna have to wait a bit longer for the next comic. I promise it’ll bring some closure to the hiatus. Thanks!

A New Challenge

Yep, that special time of year has rolled around again–it’s the last day of school! I know I posted yesterday and all, but I still have to wrap things up before I turn my school-issued laptop in during seventh period today.

So, guys… it’s been an interesting year. I’d like to say that things went well–that I had a lot of fun learning how to drive, turning sixteen, and turning out another six installments in Shenanigans: A Life. And I did enjoy those things. But to forget the hard times–like almost getting in a car accident, having an awkward one-sided relationship (yes, it’s about time y’all knew about that), and failing to meet my goal of making a comic every month–to forget those hard times would be to forget half of the year itself.

I tend to mess around a lot on this blog, posting sporadically and really doing whatever my heart pleases. It might surprise a lot of you guys, but in real life, I’m very shy and I’m always very busy with piles of coursework. If I had the time to draw more, you guys know I would. But I never quite get everything done, this website included.

I’m not going to drag on for forever, but you get the point. I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the comic (using their real names) once again: Gunnar, Caleb, Alexa, and Maslin, among many others (including everyone from the last hiatus announcement). Because that’s exactly what this post is–an announcement. With the start of the summer comes the start of the annual SaL hiatus, and this year I happen to be taking on a job as a swimming instructor to boot.

However, I implore you not to despair! As with Coming Soon!, I have a lot in store for you guys over the next few months (I’ve got more than ten new images primed and ready to upload, in fact!). Dustlander Productions will be stronger than ever this summer, and I welcome the challenge. No, I accept it.

Thanks all,

– Dustlander

Pro-Crastinator

Hey everyone! Good to be back–I have a feeling my rough patch is almost over.

Down to business. Well, my good friend Pro-Crastinator asked me to draw him up this piece a few months ago. As you might guess from my erratic posting schedule, I quickly became very busy with track and field, homework, etc. Ironically enough, I was the one who procrastinated this commission, despite my customer’s fitting title… yet here I am, posting about it this very moment, wondering to myself, “How did I end up getting this done?”.

Though I took my sweet time completing this thing, I love the way it came out. Thanks to my friend’s plethora of source material, I knew exactly what to draw and really tried to flesh out the character and the world he had in mind. This is an example of a larger, desktop wallpaper-sized commission ($25-$50); though these pieces take more time and are a bit pricier, I assure you that they’re worth every penny. And I have a lot more fun drawing them!

Now that I’ve got this done, I can finally get to working on the next comic–no rest for the teenage internet cartoonist, I suppose. In the meantime, be sure to check out Pro-Crastinator’s own work on DeviantArt and SoundCloud!

Commissioned to Serve

Surprise! Just a quick post today to show off a few commissions I’ve accumulated over the past few months. These drawings, in particular, were drawn for my parents for their own personal use. Now y’all know why the comics have been monthly rather than weekly (as I’d hoped)–commissions are quite time-consuming!

On with the description. Well, this compilation of battle-hardened items includes a worn sword, jade shield, gold plates (an ancient set of scriptures, comparable to the Bible) and a pair of all-too-familiar running shoes (for me, at least). In any other context, this pile of equipment might seem unusual… but here at Dustlander Productions, the items are collectively considered to be a valuable arsenal.

The sword, though dulled through years of use, can be tempered and sharpened indefinitely–its purpose and power rivaling that of the Blade of Evil’s Bane. The shield is simply impenetrable and never allows the adversary even a single chance to strike. The scriptures provide a warrior with the innate courage and strength he already possesses. And the shoes–well, let’s just say this warrior runs a fast mile.

I suppose I’m just rambling at this point, but I hope I shared a bit of inspiration with all of you fine folks. Who knows? Maybe this post will motivate you through the rest of your finals. No guarantees, though.

More Caricatures!

What has it been, a month since my last post? As always, I’ve got loads of things to do in real life (yes, I have one), and keeping the website fresh and exciting is not my number one priority 100% of the time. Excuses, excuses, I know–but it’s not like I haven’t been drawing!

Behold, [CENSORED] and BlueArmorSpaceHallway, two of my best buds who purchased $20.00 caricatures recently! As you can see, each caricature is slightly different while retaining the same general style. Though these fellows also received versions with blank backgrounds, I especially wanted to show off their custom backgrounds this time around–whether it’s an atomic explosion, a pixellated landscape or a 2001-esque hallway, if you can dream it, I can draw it!

In other news, the website has finally been dubbed dustlander.com after months of technical issues with my school district’s network! The more professional URL isn’t the only new thing coming–in the spirit of the holiday season, I’ll be posting even more commissioned artwork and a new comic over the next few weeks. In fact, I might just be adding a little something extra to the comic this time… check the site often for new updates!

 

Caricatures!

Huh, someone looks familiar–oh, right, it’s Ace from 2. Homecoming! But what is he doing here??

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m pleased to announce my first specified type of paid commission available: caricatures! (In layman’s terms, that means I’ll draw your mug in the form of a profile picture for an affordable price.) Options include just the white background version ($10.00) or a package including both a white background and a cool custom one like the explosion here ($20.00)!

As I said, these headshots are perfect for your profile picture on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media, especially if you want to personalize an account without revealing your real face to the whole internet. Being a freelance artist, I also work on a case-by-case basis, which means no more boring templates or restrictive avatar editors and more unique, customized awesomeness in my distinct, fun style!

As always with this type of commission, I’ll need a very detailed description of your face or a clear photo in good lighting. Any personal photos sent to me will not be shared with the general public or posted on the site… in fact, let’s get real, I’ll probably delete them afterwards to protect your privacy. If I’ve already drawn you in a comic or I know you personally, this might not be necessary. In both cases, those who pay $10.00 for the custom background will have to describe their idea for a background in their proposal. (Examples include explosions, lasers, lightning, rainbows, etc.)

Contact me at dustlander@outlook.com to propose your caricature’s design (EDIT: or, use the brand-new caricature designer!), and feel free to comment on this post if you have any questions. Thank you and thanks to Ace of Hurts for letting me use his caricatures!

Iron Aran

What!? A copyrighted character on an otherwise completely original blog? Wait… TWO?! (And am I supposed to get permission to use their likenesses?)

That’s right, folks! I don’t limit myself to only my own creative properties. That would be exhausting. Instead, once in a while, I carefully and accurately combine characters from Marvel Comics and Nintendo, respectively. Which ends up being just as exhausting, as it turns out.

I guess this specific character, a combination of Tony Stark/Iron Man and Samus Aran, arrived at just the right time. I started creating her and similar mashup characters on a hunch after seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron, and I’ve finished her art just as Nintendo wraps us its E3 Digital Event and Treehouse Live presentation!

Even more surprising is the fact that a new Metroid game is in the works for the 3DS… but, unfortunately, it’s not at all what I was expecting. I’m happy to know it’s not just a 3-on-3 Blast Ball game (which was first shown at the Nintendo World Championships 2015), but I’m also getting a bit impatient. I mean, come on. The fans are ready. The Wii U is ready. Reggie’s body is ready. Give us Metroid Prime 4 already!

That, and Zelda Wii U. But before I go off on another Nintendo tangent, I have an announcement to make: Tomorrow is going to be a big day for Shenanigans. Some will laugh, some will cry, but in the end it’s going to be inevitable. Be sure to tune into the strip up on the top of the blog or on Tapastic tomorrow for the big news!

The Steampunks

I know you’re probably itching for a description, so I’ll get on with the (nonexistent) pleasantries. The boy on the left doesn’t know his own description, let alone his name or how old he is (although we’re assuming late teens); he’s awoken in a vast, steam-powered world with danger around every corner. Oh, and he has quite noticeable cybernetic legs from the knee down, worthy of his nickname “Longlegs”. This only adds to the mystery.

But who would give him this silly nickname, you ask? None other than the girl on the right, who’s survived in the Rift long enough to get her her own name: “Grea” (pronounced “Gree”). It should be obvious from her Rosie the Riveter-esque pose, the wrench in hand and various bandages and grease stains, but to those who haven’t guessed: she’s a mechanic. And an optimist, as clear from her facial expression.

That’ll be it for these new characters from Project STEAMPUNK… for now. But remember that kid from “Keep Running“? Yeah… hate to tell you, but he, one of my oldest and longest-running characters, is currently being reworked into an entirely new series. A new protagonist named Hera will shortly be taking his place in Project LEGEND. More on this as it develops.

Keep Running

Well, here we are with my first post not related to Shenanigans: A Life! This is some of my older work–finished before “1. Compliment” was even released–but I’m still quite happy with how it turned out. The cel-shading/color-shading/shading (I’m not sure what to call it at this point) ended up being particularly good-looking.

That said, there still appears to be a lot of similarities between this character and Art, SaL‘s protagonist. Messy brown hair? Check. Blue shirt? Check. Worried expression 90% of the time? Check. That’s because this guy is based on the same person, albeit developed when this person was only 10 years old. I’ll let you figure out the rest.

And what of the sword and the arrow…? Did this kid get lost in Middle-Earth or something? All will be revealed in this character’s comic, codenamed Project LEGEND for… reasons. The book isn’t my main priority right now, but once SaL is on a roll I might have more time to work on it.

Expect even more artwork that’s unrelated to Shenanigans soon! I, for one, am looking forward to it!