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!

SURVIVAL MODE: The Spawning Years

I’m not the best at drawing realistic figures; I know artists that could certainly exceed my skills in that department. But for this depiction of Minecraft‘s main playable character, Steve, I decided to give it a try. It wasn’t easy, but I did really try to adapt his cubic form to a more natural look (which, I have to say, doesn’t look half bad!). You can even compare it to the lower, more classic version of Steve–one that you might see in the endless YouTube animations out there.

All this probably makes perfect sense, except for the title: “The Spawning Years”? It does sound a little odd, but hear me out. For a while I’ve had the idea to adapt the Minecraft survival storyline into something more, something that people can really enjoy… and no, I’m not referring to the actual Minecraft: Story Mode or even the upcoming movie (which may throw a wrench into my plans). To make a long story short, I’m working on a novel focusing on Steve’s journey through the Minecraft world. Just like the above picture, it’s meant to be hyper-realistic, including every minor detail and featuring an inside look at Steve’s possibly unstable psyche. After all, he’s an amnesiac, who has suddenly “spawned” onto an island where the monsters bear his face and clothes and where he must fight for survival… alone. That makes for an interesting, very personal story.

I’m not even through the first chapter yet, but be sure to look out for more information on The Spawning Years as it comes! I might even set up a separate blog for it. Time will tell.

COMMISSIONS: Sam9to5 and BlueArmorSpaceHallway

What has it been, a month since my last post? As always, I’ve got loads of things to do in real life (yes, I have one), and keeping the website fresh and exciting is not my number one priority 100% of the time. Excuses, excuses, I know–but it’s not like I haven’t been drawing!

Behold, [CENSORED] and BlueArmorSpaceHallway, two of my best buds who purchased $20.00 caricatures recently! As you can see, each caricature is slightly different while retaining the same general style. Though these fellows also received versions with blank backgrounds, I especially wanted to show off their custom backgrounds this time around–whether it’s an atomic explosion, a pixellated landscape or a 2001-esque hallway, if you can dream it, I can draw it!

In other news, the website has finally been dubbed dustlander.com after months of technical issues with my school district’s network! The more professional URL isn’t the only new thing coming–in the spirit of the holiday season, I’ll be posting even more commissioned artwork and a new comic over the next few weeks. In fact, I might just be adding a little something extra to the comic this time… check the site often for new updates!