I accidentally had an out of body experience once. It was weird. I was just sitting on the edge of my bed just thinking about myself as not me, as just some person. Somehow this triggered an out of body experience, it was like I was an intangible cloud floating in the air looking down at myself. This really startled me, I can’t swim so I feel super anxious when I’m in deep water, that’s how this felt, like I wasn’t tethered to anything, panicky, wanting to be on solid ground again. I snapped out of it and came back to my body. This was years ago, I haven’t tried since, I have this fear that I’ll get trapped outside my body, haha.
After redesigning Wolvie and Spidey I wanted to do someone else, and instead of tweaking the costume of another popular character who already has a cool costume, I figured I’d dig up an old forgotten character with a horrible costume and redesign that. I chose Iron Skull, a character I’d seen on HeroMachine’s worst costumes list.
Iron Skull was created by Carl Burgos and appeared in issues Amazing-Man Comics and Stars and Stripes Comics. I could only find tidbits about him. The Iron Skull was an adroid, like his name says his skull was made of Iron, while for some reason the rest of his body was steel. He could also shoot electric blasts from his wrists with his “annod computod machine”… I have no idea what an annod computod machine is but it makes you shoot electric from your wrist apparently. Iron Skull (or Skull as other characters called him) at first didn’t wear a costume, just a regular suit, but had unusually large eyes. You can read one of his adventures here.
He should’ve just stayed in the suit, but I guess they decided to put him a costume to because that was what was in. In his costumed form as you can see above he’s half naked with speedos, boots, a cape, and an emblem stuck to his bare chest. I’m just glad that being an android and all he didn’t have nipples. Also for some reason they shaved his head, I guess to play up the skull aspect. Huge eyed half-naked caped man is not a super cool look, obviously. It’s not hard to see why he’s not around anymore.
So my main objective with the redesign was for him to not be naked, and to play up the skull aspect. This is what I did.
I made him a leaner character, because I like when characters who are strong or tough don’t look it. If you’re an android or have some other unnatural source of strength, you don’t really need huge muscles. Tried to give his torso kind of a ribcage motif without making it look like he’s wearing a skeleton costume, because that’s kinda been done a lot of times. I also did a weird thing where I continued the lines from his “teeth” on his mask, to his collar, I think it kinda gives the illustion of a huge open mouth. I omitted the cape because I think it’s kind of weird when characters have capes if they don’t fly or aren’t Batman. I felt like he didn’t need the emblem either. After staring at it for a bit I completely changed my mind and decided he DID need the cape and emblem. It’s more dramatic, he’s a flamboyant guy obviously.
I like how it came out, maybe I’ll rename him and do something with this character.
I think I might redesign a character every day, or every day, just for fun and practice. If you have any suggestions feel free to send them to my Ask.
I don’t like girlfriends calling me “baby”. That’s weird. I’m not a baby, I’m a man. A grown adult MAN! A man with hair in grown up places, and thousands of dollars of debt, and opinions about current affairs. Why would you want to infatilize me? Spellcheck is telling me that “infantilize” isn’t spelled right, I know how to spell infantilize, you don’t know shit spellcheck. Would a baby know how to spell infantilize or even know what that word means? Or what ANY words mean? No! The only thing I have in common with babies is that I still like apple sauce and putting my mouth on nipples.
My MOM calls me “baby”, don’t call me the same thing my mom calls me, that is not sexy. It makes sense for my mom, I was her actual baby. I am not your child, that would make this whole relationship very very weird. Same goes for “daddy”. I don’t know what kind of father issues you have, but I am not your dad nor do I want to be. Stop being weird. Let’s keep the vibe as unincestuous as possible, (yes I know that one’s wrong spellcheck, I just can’t think of an anytonym for incestuous). Like, what if I started calling you “sis”, that’d be awkward wouldn’t it.
Some acceptable things you can call me:
Sweetie Lover Sweetheart Sweet lover Heartie Loverheart Cupcake Muffin Cheesecake (I love cheesecake) Foofykins Sugar Sire Beau Beloved Green Ranger His Awesomeness Honey Syrup Lovely Angel Man Jeff (my name) Jeffy Jeffy Weffy McJack VanWolfsteel Rowsdower! Jeffotron Love machine Love device Love contraption Love apparatus Love thingamabob Mr. Penis Guy My liege and finally Babe (as in the talking pig, not like a baby)
I’m very supportive of LGBT issues, but every time I see/hear that acronym it makes me think of a sandwich, because it reminds me of BLT. I suppose an LGBT sandwich would be Lettuce, Guacamole, Bacon, and Tomato. I don’t like tomato so I guess I would just have an LGB.
LGBTQ? …hm, makes me question what kind of sandwich that is.
At the moment I don’t have a “dayjob”, I’m a freelance artist and contest winner. I work from home, and it’s mostly pretty sweet, I pretty much make art when I feel like it, and have lots of free time to do whatever. However, I find I can be really lazy since I don’t really have to get up early or go anywhere. I find for me the key to not slacking off is… pants. I don’t have to wear pants, it’s very tempting to just not put them on if I’m just going to sit at home all day. I do anyway though, it’s almost Pavlovian, putting pants on gets me in the mindset that I have things to do. If I just stay in boxers or pj’s I know I’m going to be in chill mode all day, and get very little done. So, put pants on. It works. Yup.
I’m a weakling. I’ll be the first to admit it. I engage in practically no physical activity, so I don’t have those weird lumps under my skin other dudes have called “muscles”.
I’d like to get into shape though. Not just so I can look sexy all shirtless and oiled up (who cares about non-shiny muscles?), but just to have things like energy and stamina and strength. If you’re one of those people who confuses thin with in shape, let me tell you, the two are not mutually exclusive. If I have to run a few feet or exert myself physically for longer than 2 minutes I feel like my heart is going to explode. I need to change that. If I ever get married and have to pick my wife up and carry her over the threshold she’s going to be pretty disappointed when I use a fireman’s lift
It’s just not as romantic. That’s the only way I’m going to be able to pick them up though, it’s all about leverage. I realize that’s kind of a moot point though, because who the hell am I ever going to want to marry that would also actually let me marry them? *shrug*
Every now and then I’m like “This is it, exercising begins NOW!” and for like a week or two I work out, then one day I’m like “Eh, I’ll work out tomorrow.” and that tomorrow never comes. Some people suggest gyms, but I’m not about to pay membership fees for a place to work out and sign a contract that has some long term clause in it, I’m no sucker.
I have a good friend who’s been doing this “Insanity” workout (google/youtube it). He’s been getting great results doing it, so I figured hey why not? I downloaded these videos and I started doing these workouts. Very strenuous stuff. It didn’t help either that I don’t really have decent exercising clothes. Doing “push up jacks” in beat up dickies is a bad idea. I think I sprained a toe or something. I kept going though, I did two days of the workout. I was pretty proud of myself for being able to keep up with the video on most of the exercises. The third day though I realized I’d made a huge mistake. I’ve been sore before, but this was… well… insanity. I hurt all over. I could not take a step without pain. I’d describe my walk during this soreness period as a mummy who’d been violated by a horse. It sucked, but I thought hey, that’s normal to be sore after a workout. I’ll be alright the next day. I was sore for like a goddam week.
I forgot to mention that my friend who had been doing the same workout, he’s in the Marines. Yeah. Why did I think I could do the same workout a US Marine does? He’s been keeping in shape for all of his adult life. Of course he can handle the “Insanity” work out. I could probably handle the mentally disturbed work out at best. I haven’t exercised since 11th grade PE, what was I thinking? I worked out way too hard.
It’s not my fault though, the guy on the screen kept telling me to push myself! He was yelling at me to not stop when I clearly was ready to die already.
I think I may give it another go in the near future though, a more moderate go though. Baby steps. I’m not trying to get buff or anything, I don’t want to be a Muscles McGee, just fit, toned, svelte, Bruce Lee-ish. I just want to be able to have the option of murdering someone with my bare hands if I ever need to. That’s all.
Now I’m intrigued why you’d ask such a tame question anonymously. WHAT ARE YOU HIDING?!
Um, comedians… sooo many…
I could go on fuh daze. It’s hard for me to answer this question without leaving out a lot of guys and gals that I really really love. The comedians I listed are fresh in my mind though from watching them recently. I’m a huge comedy nerd.
"How do you deal with art block?" is a question I’m asked and I see other people are asked quite a lot. People go through periods of not being productive, recover, then later get stuck back in a rut again, and it’s something they never completely break free of. I experienced this when I was younger as well. I want to let you know though that it’s entirely possible to get rid of “art block” FOREVER! You should never have an art block ever again. I don’t get art block, because art block is stupid.
here ya go.
7 famous people I’d like to have dinner with, mmmm, this is hard, but right I’m going to go with:
Larry David, Louis CK, Tina Fey, Bruce Timm, Genndy Tartakovsky, Brad Bird, and Robert Kirkman.
Not all of those people are super “famous”, but they’re people I really admire creatively and career wise, and try to emulate in some way or another. It would be so awesome to be able to bend their ear and just bounce ideas off of them, and witness them bounce ideas off of each other, and maybe gleam some wisdom. I suppose it doesn’t matter too much to me where they sit. I’d let Larry David choose where everybody sat, haha.
As I mentioned before, my birthday is soon. June 1st. I’m going to be 27. Getting so close to 30 fills me with a lot of anxiety. It’s not the aging that bothers me, I just figured I would’ve accomplished and experienced a lot more by now. I feel like I’ve barely done anything since highschool. Life has gone by REALLY fast. I constantly feel like I’m making up for lost time.
This grown up stuff is not fun. I just want to watch cartoons, eat cereal, listen to music, read, and draw. All this other grown up stuff I have to worry about is laaaame. Well… there IS one grown up activity I enjoy but… that hasn’t been happening very often.
These are just a way to say thank you to you lovely people who follow me. Whoever wants one will get one. Just leave a decent picture of your face as a photoreply (or send a link to my ask if that’s easier for you).
Up next: littlemissidette, lmora93, speciallittlesnowflake, and notknaps. I’ll take care of you ladies tomorrow night ;)
At my old place I used to go grocery shopping at a Ralph’s around the corner. There was a grocery bagger there that had an obvious crush on me. By my observation I was the only customer she ever talked to. She didn’t even look other people in the eye, but suddenly she peps up when I’m there and had a lot to say and acted super awkward and was sometimes a little flirty. Unfortunately I honestly just wasn’t attracted to her, but despite that I’d still get in whatever line she was on, regardless of the length, just because I liked the attention. I very much enjoyed her having a crush on me, I don’t understand why she had it, I guess she had a thing for goofy looking poofy-haired dudes who buy lots of cheese.
I suck at drawing ladies. Every artist I know draws them constantly, but I almost never draw them, I never got into the habit of it. To be honest I never even really thought to, I was too busy drawing my favorite superheroes and stuff (who all happen to be males *shrug*). When I did finally want to start drawing the opposite sex it was difficult, so I just continued rarely doing it. Now that I’m not an idiot I realize I should be drawing the things I have trouble with, more than anything else, instead of avoiding it. So yeah… I’m gonna be drawing a lot of ladies. Also a lot of hands, a lot of cars, feet, animals, robots, clothing, machines, bikes, buildings… um… pretty much all things… I suck at drawing things. Except chairs! I’m the fucking balls at drawing chairs! ;)
The moral of the story, if any of you are beginning artists, is focus on the things you suck at… instead of obscuring them, avoiding them, halfassing them, and etc.