I’ve been drawing a lot. I’ve got a month until my application deadline and that’s about as stressful as you’d expect. Lucky for you, it means I have more material to throw on here whenever I feel like I need a pick-me-up. It’s nice to see your work displayed this way, y’know? (Why else would I still be updating this website?)
I get most of my ideas from music. Each of these characters popped into my head at one point or another while listening to some of my favorite tunes. First is Guy Sorenson, AKA Flyguy, inspired by Hans Zimmer’s wondrous work on Man of Steel. Then, upon another listen of The Poppy Family’s “Where Evil Grows” (featured in the Sonic movie) I thought of the reclusive and troubled Mister Grimstead. Anything Ironwood-related is largely informed by Brandon Flowers’ “Diggin’ Up the Heart”, so that’s how we get Christie Henderson. Reflector, I don’t remember where she comes from.
It’s been fun to do these little illustrations between projects. More on the way.
UPDATE: Added the lovely Miss Wellows to accompany Grimstead.
Happy Friday! I’ve been teasing the reveal of some new characters on social media, and, well, here they are. They’re still a little rough around the edges, but I just couldn’t wait to share them with you.
Ironwood is an animated series I want to produce someday. If you’re a longtime reader, you might recognize a couple of these guys from concept art that I have worked on since mid-2015. Well, you can ignore all that now. I’ve revised the character designs and settled on a style that I feel is distinct, appealing, and simple enough for animation.
Here’s the main cast: Christie, Ted, Tommy, Vincent, Indigo, Liberty, and Guzman. These seven characters are caught up in a thrilling drama set in the town of Ironwood, Nevada. I hope to tell a realistic story that audiences can relate to, while exploring themes of hope and redemption. There’ll be plenty of action too!
More on this project as it develops!
Check it out, everyone. I’ve had a couple of designs for Vincent Cannon (the protagonist of Ironwood) for a while now, and here they are.
The top-left version might be what he will look like in the Ironwood animated series (which isn’t real, but, y’know, there’s always hope). It was fun coloring Vincent in this relatively simple fashion, which I understand is necessary for this kind of animation. The three other designs are a little prettier, if only because I threw some paint on them in Adobe Sketch (rather than just doing blocks of color). You also get to see Vincent in various stages of undress–take that how you will.
These somewhat finalized Ironwood character designs take a while, but I hope to post more of them in the future… maybe even a full-body Vincent at some point!
(I posted this to my Facebook a while back; I don’t know why I didn’t put it on here. Here it is.)
Want more Dustlander? Especially more digital art? Well, too bad, because I won’t be able to do any of that until after Christmas. Have an Ironwood logo instead.
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 Forging, Moon Man, The 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!
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!)
Happy Fourth of July, everyone! I hope you’re having a better time than I am, because I’ve come down with a nasty cold. Seriously, being sick during the summer is the worst.
You’re probably not going to read this directly on the Fourth, however–and that means that all the planning I did to introduce this American-themed character on a national holiday was probably a waste of time. But never mind that; if you’re still reading, you probably want to know about her.
I can’t reveal much, as this character (a vigilante loosely inspired by Captain America and calling herself “Firecracker”) has a secret identity crucial to the plot of Ironwood. Like Vincent, this masked combatant often works against the local law enforcement (which is ridiculously understaffed when compared to the city’s massive criminal network). Unlike our protagonist, however, Firecracker has the purest of intentions and simply wants to create justice and order out of the chaos that is Ironwood. She’s a patriot, too, and vandalizes the worn-down city with paintballs of red, white, and blue to prove her point. If that seems a little illogical… well, that’s because it is. Teenagers are crazy.
Finally, as Vincent’s friend Tommy would say: “Ten bucks says she listens to country music.” I’d take that bet.
I don’t want to make this post too text-heavy, so I’ll get right to it. As one might discern, each character resides in the city of Ironwood, Nevada–a Las Vegas wannabe that has been declared a ghost town by the Mineral County government.
Starting on the left is Indigo Roth, a biker and con artist not unlike our protagonist Vincent Cannon in his youth. Her present appearance depicts her four years prior to the events of Ironwood, in which she and Vincent had a brief short-term relationship. She’s dressed to kill in heels, a duster-like jacket and her iconic Cavalier hat. Despite aiding Vincent when he returns to Ironwood, many characters don’t trust Indigo, or even see her recklessness as an outward threat.
Tomás “Tommy” Flores is the most eccentric of the bunch, and is Vincent’s longtime friend. Though Vincent doesn’t always understand his awkward social skills, sporadic bursts of ADHD, or obsession with aviation, he’s always taken Tommy under his wing and shown him the way through the world. When Vincent left four years ago, Tommy followed suit and pursued his passion by attending flight school in Reno. Nobody believes him when he claims he can fly a plane, but he knows that someday he’ll prove them all wrong.
And lastly: a unnamed character who will be revealed later. As with Indigo, she appears here as she did in 1985. I can’t tell you too much about her just yet, but if the above sketch is anything to go off of, she’s skilled with a paintball gun and seems adept at fighting for her cause. The question is, what cause?
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…