The Character Mural

I've started to work on a pretty... daunting project. It's going to take a lot of time. But, it's a culmination of so many things I've done as an artist (and I don't mean Clipfield.)
For those of you familiar with the Smash Mural, you'll have a pretty good idea where I'm going with this - I'm working on a mural of my own; just with all of my own characters. My own version of "everybody is here" for whatever silly, ridiculous, and slightly psychotic universe(s?) exist within my head.

"Well, that can't be too daunting," you're no doubt saying right now, "so what's the big deal?"

...There's 240+. I dug back into all of my characters since high school, with a few caveats:

  • The character must have some level of significance; it can't simply be a doodle in a sketchbook from 2004. The character will need some level of personality and, at a bare minimum, an attempt would have been made to attach it to something.

  • This absolutely will include retired characters like Jeane Starre, even though she rightfully evolved into Moxie.

  • The character must be something I created. So, no fanart, and no art of real people; with a few exceptions for those real people who I've fictionalized into something completely off-base. So, Evil Lincoln and Mad Scientist Nixon have made the cut. Dick Cheney from my Christmas card a couple of decades ago is hard pass, however. Santa is also a no-go, but Drag Santa and Robot Santa should make the long list, at least (at least, they are at this time. I'm waffling on this one, admittedly).



...of course, good chance these are subject to change, too.

You may also be asking yourself why you don't see a full 240 characters on this site, either through looking through my old posts, or the characters and illustrations pages. I do often tinker with what I've posted on the site; publishing and unpublishing certain things all depending on what I'm both comfortable with and what should be posted. This is dependent on a number of factors, such as post quality, relevance, and how actively I am working on the project, and simply if the site is the best place to post it. For instance, a lot of Meridian Knights characters aren't posted right now as I intend to post them elsewhere eventually. Nor would I post Damn It, Monkey! or Ratboy is Dead comics directly on the site here.

I have no idea when this will be done. I can say in the past few weeks I've penciled every character I intend to include and scanned them in (I typically work with a mechanical pencil and then go digital after that - the tactile experience of a mechanical pencil is incredibly satisfying -- I liken it to using a mechanical keyboard but without the horrific noises it produces and it doesn't send the message that one doesn't respect those around them.) I've also done line art for roughly 50 and colored just under 20.

I'm working on a unique, new piece of art for every character for this mural, as well. The challenge so far has been drawing the characters to produce a cohesive-looking mural. It won't be anywhere near as polished as the above Super Smash Bros. mural in all likelihood, but we'll see in due time. A lot of due time. Regardless of the finished mural, the intent is, once this is done, to start posting each character to be posted individually with a short bio and its own post, and on the characters page for those who dislike reading and just want colorful images.

What do you think? Is this project ridiculous? Am I once again over-extending myself, or are you excited about this?

Clip-field

An image of Clipfield, the greatest piece of fanart ever created. It is a cross between garfield the cat and clippy.I'm not sorry I did this and I never will be.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the greatest piece of fanart ever created:

Clipfield!

Clown

It's a clown. With springs for appendages. That's it.It is another character that will go along with the Chef, the Princess, and the Scientist and all the others and stuff, too. I'm not huge on bright, primary colors, but it definitely fits here.

Pippa Redux

An image of Pippa's redesign by charismatic and popular cartoonist apathyzeal.

So I already went ahead and redesigned Pippa. The old design was good... enough, but probably not one to rest on that. Plus she inadvertently resembled a certain Final Fantasy character and we can't have that, now can we?

Most of the redesign involves her hair and making it a bit more pixie-like. Maybe Pippa is a pixie. I don't know, still. We can go with it for now?

I also simplified the pants a bit and added a top to them before her shirt. All in all, I like this better and hope her haircut doesn't resemble Razzle's too much. I did dig into the hair color a bit, too, lightening it, partially due to the hair having similar shapes as Razzle's. I'm also still contemplating if Pippa is a redhead or not. Let me know if you think she is, or not! Or what you think she is at all. Little girl? Pixie?


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Introducing Pippa

This is Pippa. New character I recently made -- not really sure what I'm going to use her for, what she even is, entirely, and only even marginally certain on the name. She's brand new. It's been in my head a good week, though, and I'm OK with how she turned out.
I went for a bit of a "poor little girl" aesthetic (a good reason for the paper texture I added), some old-fashioned-ish clothing, and tried for an expression indicating a little bit of wisdom beyond her very young appearance. I've fleshed out a few personality traits while doodling, including a bit of weariness despite her unwavering chipperness, and an insatiable curiosity. I'll have to keep at drawing her.

I'm Sorry, what?

Razzle again, being offended at... nothing. She's faking it. I guess.
I was told this looks like me by a dear friend. This doesn't look like me. I'm not a spunky cat girl.

At least I think.

Fun and flirty

OK. So -- for the most part, anyways -- this is probably way, way out of character for this scientist. I doodled it when working on the opening story for this project and it was kind of funny in one scenario. The drawing worked well enough, too, so here you go. Enjoy.

I realize it's pretty rare that I draw anything flirty, romantic and even remotely sexual. I woudn't even say this fits those last two bits well, but nevertheless, don't expect anything remotely racier than this in the future, ever.

Woopsie!

Not much to say on this one - it's just Razzle again. I'll let you decide what the "woopsie!" is about.

Buggo

Buggo is The Scientist's Assistant. Bumbling, good natured, and curious. And mute. Maybe. He's clearly based off Harpo Marx (there's a tiny bit of Chaplin in there, too), hence the name Buggo. He's actually one of the very, very few characters in this project with any sort of name other than a loose description like "Scientist", "Princess", or "Chef".