Seattle Skyline

Hey! I gotta thank y’all for that pageview spike the other day. I don’t know how or why those happen, but when more people visit the site, ads start appearing (probably WordPress’ doing), which makes me happy.

In other news, it’s now been over a year since I moved from Washington to Utah, so it’s finally appropriate to share this watercolor piece (the backlog is really empty now, I swear). I’m not a particularly amazing painter, but there’s a lot to this one—the Seahawks colors, Mount Rainier looming in the distance, and the city’s shadow dripping down the paper. Ain’t it something?

More importantly, I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone back in Bellevue. I still miss you all so much, and I don’t know who I’d be today if I didn’t get to grow up with you.

IRONWOOD: Vincent 2

Hey guys! I’m here to deliver the last redesign of the summer, another quick doodle not unlike the ones for Little Man and Longlegs (Hera’s was the only one that was really finalized). At this point, you’ve probably noticed that the four redesigns feature the protagonist of the main four stories I’m writing: The ForgingMoon ManThe Steampunks, and Ironwood. Vincent’s turn has rolled around, and the changes I’ve made to him are very intentional.

For one thing, Vincent’s facial structure has been altered to make him seem older and more experienced. While the faces of Art and my previous drawing of Vincent were nearly identical, he’s now got a more prominent chin and higher cheekbones than my webcomic counterpart. Meanwhile, he’s gone through a slight change in costume as well; he sports a hat complementing his classic leather jacket (but that’s been swapped out for a different design as well). The one thing that hasn’t changed is Vincent’s grim expression; the city of Ironwood is nothing to smile at, especially when its very survival depends on the course of your actions.

That’s it for now. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been feeling pretty down lately (maybe it’s reflected in my writing?). My emotional state probably won’t change, but yours certainly can if you visit the Dustlander Productions Facebook page! I’m still working on backing up each and every post (just like with DeviantArt), but there’s enough content there to keep anyone entertained. Plus, I’m about to post a ton of Ironwood stuff! Feel free to like the page and share it with friends–I’m trying to get some publicity here!

IRONWOOD: Indigo Roth

Hi again! I’m writing from the past once more, and I’m scheduling this post for the 25th (at which time I will be about to attend another family reunion–just like last summer!).

This, in and of itself, could be considered a redesign. When I first drew Ironwood‘s Indigo (see here), I definitely got the attitude I was looking for… sassy and confident, and curiously dangerous. But I just couldn’t get her outfit down, hence the need for another quick sketch of her. (Seriously, I finished this in like two days.)

A few of the differences are obvious. Since Vincent left Ironwood, she’s cut her hair, and her sunglasses have become a more prominent part of her look. Her skirt has been replaced with the grunge-y ripped jeans of the ’80s and ’90s, and she’s swapped her Mary Janes for more practical combat/hiking boots. Finally, though it’s been shrunk to a more presentable size, her trademark hat remains… as does her revolver, which is of a luxurious golden color as opposed to Vincent’s sterling silver. The two characters’ weapons of choice being so similar is no accident; far from it. These pistols are, in fact, legendary; however, the characters don’t know the extent of that myth just yet.

Thanks for reading! Take your time enjoying the rest of my posts, for I won’t be back until the first of August. (I’ve updated my DeviantArt a great deal as well!)

7. City

"Yo, can I get a hit of Polar Ice?"

Well, now you all know where I live.

Apologies for the lateness! I’ve had a lot going on, from school to cross country to even figuring out my URL situation (https://dustlander.com/ is still being blocked by my school… shoutout to our tech support team!). Here’s hoping I’ll get my act together and actually draw more soon!

IRONWOOD: Vincent Cannon

At last, Harold McClinton (last seen in Keep Running) makes his long-awaited return… but as a totally new character! Meet Vincent Cannon, Private Eye–a 19-year-old detective enlisted in some of the most dangerous work in the state of Nevada.

It’s 1989, and after a past life riddled with grave mistakes and even worse consequences, Vincent has moved to the city of Ironwood. Here, among the rows of cranes and buildings currently under construction, he finds a ruthless criminal underworld, a mysterious vigilante movement, and even a previous partner-in-crime detective work. When his line of work takes a turn for the worse, though, he’ll also have to find hope in the darkness and a reason for fight for what is right.

I understand that all of that was a little dense (read it again if you have to!), so, if you want to get a feel for what Ironwood will be like, I would recommend listening to Brandon Flowers’ “Digging Up the Heart” from his latest album The Desired Effect. As for my other projects (The Forging, Moon Man, and The Steampunks), related songs would include “Warriors” (Imagine Dragons), “The Moon-Atomic” (Angels and Airwaves), and “Radioactive” (Imagine Dragons, but preferably the Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling version) respectively.

That’ll be it for now–and for this week, probably… I’m heading to Utah for another family reunion. Hopefully I’ll get some sketches done there, though! Until then…