SURVIVAL MODE: Characters

Mornin’. There’s one week of summer left here in Utah, and it’s bumming me out.

On a slightly more positive note, you visitors to the site might have seen the new banner to your right (or on the very bottom on mobile). That’s right–my original pitch from a year ago is taking form! The series, a(n unofficial) realistic adaptation of Minecraft, will be called Survival Mode, and the first book will be called The Spawning Years.

I don’t want to spoil too much, but I have to get you interested, now don’t I? Very well. Clockwise from the top-left, this character roster features a villager, a zombie, a bearded Steve, Steve, Alex, and an armored Alex. I’m quite proud of these designs and this new style I’ve worked out, but I’ll have to warn you that not all of these characters even appear in the first book. Our protagonist (who remains nameless for the first book), is, after all, stranded in the wilderness after spontaneously “spawning”. However, each of these fine folk will be introduced in time; I just hope I can do the Minecraft mythos some justice, with all the thought I’ve put into this.

To know if I did any good, well, I’ll need your help! Chapter I is available here or on Tapastic–er, sorry, Tapas. Enjoy!

FANART: The Eggbuster

Hey everyone! I had planned to alternate between digital and traditional pieces throughout the summer, but I just had to post this, as it’s already on Twitter–and it’s my first piece of fanart in a while!

Of course, this fanart is more obscure than the stuff I’ve done before. It’s of Austin from the YouTube channel The Eggbuster (formerly ThatOneShowFUN). He’s not the most popular YouTuber out there, but he’s really funny and I feel like he puts a lot of effort and heart into his work, so he’s one of my favorites. His most well-known show is called Eggbusters, which is ironically about confirming or busting glitches in video games, not Easter eggs–but if you’re more into Let’s Plays or streaming, he’s got those and more. I highly recommend checking him out if you need a peaceful, fun way to pass the time.

Funnily enough, I found out that he’d colored his hair back to brown shortly after finishing the picture… but I think I’ll just leave it. It looks pretty good, right?

FANART: 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!

FANART: Just Another Sans Fanart

Oh August, how I’ve missed you. [SARCASM INTENSIFIES]

I think this post should go without saying; that is, a description isn’t necessary. Since Toby Fox dropped Undertale last September, it’s been a worldwide (or at least Internet-wide) phenomenon. I didn’t hop on the bandwagon right away; I didn’t even get interested in the game until this last spring. And despite the fact that I am literally posting Undertale fanart, I’m not really a part of its fanbase. I sort of like the game for what it is: a delicately-crafted spiritual successor to Earthbound that happened to come out just when people were ready for it. I haven’t even played the game all the way through, but then again, I probably will someday. After all, I did just get around to finally seeing Batman V Superman.

Moving on. Sans is quite the character, and he’s one of my favorites in Undertale. There’s just something about his iconic design and his personality, or the fact that he ends up being so dang hard to kill. I don’t quite buy the theory that he is actually Ness from the Mother series, but hey, it’s fun to think about. You might notice that I tweaked Sans’ design slightly for my take on him–most fanart depicts him with an undershirt, and not exposed ribs. Well, let’s just say that I did that intentionally, and that I did so to differentiate him from all the other fanart of him. (Not like it was on accident or anything.)

I’ll be posting again soon! Keep enjoying the summer while you still can–I know I will! I’ll start by listening to “Megalovania” for perhaps the hundredth time.