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Bones

Hello all. It’s summertime, so I know the few of you who read the descriptions expect more from me; I truly am sorry that my perfectionism and lack of motivation have been getting in the way of new content. As I’ve stated before, though, I’ve got a huge backlog ready to go–so I’m working on it. Oh, we have an Instagram now, so be sure to check that out.

This is another piece from my art class, and just like the Tatooine Landscape, it was too big to fit in my printer’s scanner. We were assigned to do an observation study on ten different bones, and I think I took longer than everyone else (as usual). But I’m very proud of the end result; it’s probably the most realistic thing I’ve ever drawn. If you can’t tell, certain bones are simply in pencil, while others have been given a little colored pencil in their shading. My art teacher liked it too and it ended up going on display at the student art fair, so that’s cool.

More backlogged stuff and possibly some fanart on the way!

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THE STEAMPUNKS: Grea

Well, I’m back. Life got pretty rough–like it always does–but at least I have more time to draw nowadays. It is summer, and I did get a job (yay!). I’ll be making sandwiches starting on Wednesday.

This piece isn’t anything new; in fact, I drew it shortly after I got the iPad in December and just didn’t post it. That’s how it’s been with most of my artwork–I’ll have you know that I’ve got a huge backlog of stuff ready to go. Maybe I should post something every day just to get it over with.

Oh, the description. Grea’s character hasn’t changed in the two years since I came up with her, but above is a more refined look than in her first design. I drew it using Apple’s Notes app, but I’ve since switched over to Adobe Sketch–so don’t expect to see much more in this colored pencil style.

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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!

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Confidence

Well friends, it’s been a while. I got my hopes up when I posted Santa, believing that I could and would get back on top of things, even with a new comic. However, I’ve run into difficulties with OneNote on my iPad and I’m currently learning to adapt my style to Adobe Sketch. We’ll see how that goes.

Utah hasn’t been what I expected… and that’s a good thing! Things have definitely changed. There’s still snow down here, even with track about to start; I have some form of a social life now, even if classes aren’t much easier. That leaves less time to draw, but more time to reflect–especially on what I need and don’t need in my life. Dustlander Productions’ second birthday passed on the 17th, and I did nothing to commemorate it. So you could say I’ve decided I need drawing and comics and shenanigans back in my life again–but I don’t know when I’ll have time for them.

Today’s the two-year anniversary of the second comic “2. Homecoming”–one of my favorites. Guys, here’s the truth. I’m not always confident. If you’re confident 24/7, there’s something wrong with you. But where we lack confidence, we can have faith–hoping for something better and then doing everything in our power to make it happen. I do know that is possible. So don’t look down like Art here–there are better days ahead!

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TIME-LAPSE: “11. Drawing”

With school having started a few weeks ago, I can’t tell y’all how good it feels to finally post something. That’s right–it’s the time-lapse of “11. Drawing” that’s been in development heck for the past four months! Hopefully it doesn’t jump around too fast for you (I might make an slower extended version to remedy that…).

I’ve also got an announcement to make. Time-lapses are a nice addition to the extensive amount of drawing I do, but they definitely take up a lot of my time (no pun intended). In this video, for example, I had to cut, paste, and speed up over twenty hours of footage–no joke! That’s why I’m deciding not to make any more time-lapses–at least not for the regular comics. I’d rather make higher-quality content for all of you to enjoy, like more comics and more animations, than spend time on this sort of novelty video. They’re neat, but that’s the extent of their value to me. (The soundtrack is legit too.)

Thanks all for your support in making these videos–I’m not through with YouTube just yet, but it’ll take time before I have anything new to post. Hopefully I’ll surprise you guys with some of my upcoming work, though!

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FANART: Toa Tahu

I’ll answer your question right from the get-go: yes, I did draw a BIONICLE. As a kid, I practically lived and breathed this series–read the comics, collected the toy sets, watched every movie, etc. I’d like to think that BIONICLE’s soundtrack even influenced my music taste (lots of alternative rock–I’ve got a playlist too!). It practically broke my heart when the story of the Toa and Matoran finally ended in 2010, but I’m glad I was there to witness it. BIONICLE ignited a fascination with storytelling and the visual arts in me that I haven’t outgrown since.

Of course, anyone who’s been to their local LEGO store knows that BIONICLE got a serious reboot in 2015. I’m quite happy with how it turned out–as an attempt to share the classic story with a new generation of kids–and though the reboot was cancelled just recently, I’d hate for that to be the end of the beloved series. So many people (including about half of the DeviantArt community) are still devoted to BIONICLE that I don’t think LEGO should be done with it just yet. But what can be done?

As with a few of my other pieces of fanart I’ve drawn over the past year, this whole spiel ties into one of my side projects. Someday, I hope to reintroduce the BIONICLE story to a third generation with more realistically designed characters (placing greater emphasis on their bio-mechanical composition, as I did above). The whole aesthetic would definitely be “darker and grittier”; a possible title could simply be The BIONICLE. It’s all just conceptual right now, but if you have any thoughts, feel free to leave a comment below!

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SURVIVAL MODE: The Spawning Years

I’m not the best at drawing realistic figures; I know artists that could certainly exceed my skills in that department. But for this depiction of Minecraft‘s main playable character, Steve, I decided to give it a try. It wasn’t easy, but I did really try to adapt his cubic form to a more natural look (which, I have to say, doesn’t look half bad!). You can even compare it to the lower, more classic version of Steve–one that you might see in the endless YouTube animations out there.

All this probably makes perfect sense, except for the title: “The Spawning Years”? It does sound a little odd, but hear me out. For a while I’ve had the idea to adapt the Minecraft survival storyline into something more, something that people can really enjoy… and no, I’m not referring to the actual Minecraft: Story Mode or even the upcoming movie (which may throw a wrench into my plans). To make a long story short, I’m working on a novel focusing on Steve’s journey through the Minecraft world. Just like the above picture, it’s meant to be hyper-realistic, including every minor detail and featuring an inside look at Steve’s possibly unstable psyche. After all, he’s an amnesiac, who has suddenly “spawned” onto an island where the monsters bear his face and clothes and where he must fight for survival… alone. That makes for an interesting, very personal story.

I’m not even through the first chapter yet, but be sure to look out for more information on The Spawning Years as it comes! I might even set up a separate blog for it. Time will tell.