FANART: Toa Tahu

I’ll answer your question right from the get-go: yes, I did draw a BIONICLE. As a kid, I practically lived and breathed this series–read the comics, collected the toy sets, watched every movie, etc. I’d like to think that BIONICLE’s soundtrack even influenced my music taste (lots of alternative rock–I’ve got a playlist too!). It practically broke my heart when the story of the Toa and Matoran finally ended in 2010, but I’m glad I was there to witness it. BIONICLE ignited a fascination with storytelling and the visual arts in me that I haven’t outgrown since.

Of course, anyone who’s been to their local LEGO store knows that BIONICLE got a serious reboot in 2015. I’m quite happy with how it turned out–as an attempt to share the classic story with a new generation of kids–and though the reboot was cancelled just recently, I’d hate for that to be the end of the beloved series. So many people (including about half of the DeviantArt community) are still devoted to BIONICLE that I don’t think LEGO should be done with it just yet. But what can be done?

As with a few of my other pieces of fanart I’ve drawn over the past year, this whole spiel ties into one of my side projects. Someday, I hope to reintroduce the BIONICLE story to a third generation with more realistically designed characters (placing greater emphasis on their bio-mechanical composition, as I did above). The whole aesthetic would definitely be “darker and grittier”; a possible title could simply be The BIONICLE. It’s all just conceptual right now, but if you have any thoughts, feel free to leave a comment below!

Sagan Pulse

What, a “production cycle” mentioned in this little speed bump? To that, I say ha! This is my website; I can do whatever I want here! (Plus, posting a sketch every three commissions/videos or so agrees with my perfectionism and gives me a lot more flexibility.)

So. This guy. I’ll admit, I got pretty backstory-intense back in my description of The Forging‘s Edward. In an effort to keep things brief–I can feel my homework load crawling on my back–I’ll keep things mind-bogglingly-simple. Ready? Go.

Sagan is a father of three, trying his hand at survival sometime in… oh, the twenty-second century? We’re honestly not too sure. It’s the world of Moon Man, in any case. He can be quite charasmatic, letting his magnificent beard do most of the talking–yet internally, he struggles with the loss of his late wife and the burden of fatherhood during a most dangerous time. He wants nothing more than to leave his planet, Tellus, in an attempt to recolonize the abandoned network of space stations that drifts above it… and yet, his duty is, first and foremost, as a father. Will he get the opportunity to bring his children to a better place, or remain confined to his irradiated planet forever? I’m pretty sure you all know the answer to that one.

I’d like to close by apologizing for my lazy work schedule over the past few months. I’ve made enough excuses, and I’m not sure I can even make it up to y’all. But I’ll certainly try. Thanks for understanding!

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!

Back to Back

Little Man, the vertically challenged astronaut to your left, may look lively and adventurous (especially with that groovy ’60s-style jetpack), but up until now his life has been relatively boring–trapped in cryostasis up on the celestial object they call the Moon. In fact, that’s not all he’s been trapped in; the mechanics of his spacesuit forbid him from exiting it (otherwise the outside pressure would kill him). Another fun fact: that’s the least of his problems. He and the rest of Earth are facing a coming apocalypse and the prophesied Final War, and someone a little smaller might need to face danger for once.

To juxtapose against Little Man’s minor size, his series, “Moon Man”, features a few hulking characters such as the weighty marauder to your left–Jug, probably short for “Juggernaut”. Not much is known about this formidable space hunter, but his rad flaming paint job (not to mention the real flames coming from his wrists) is enough to silence most questions in an instant or two.

So! This is the first sketch here on dustlander.wordpress.com. To be clear, I’ve been drawing on paper since I was about three (scratch that, my mom says it’s one-and-a-half), so drawings like this are no strangers to me. I’m just happy to finally get this one posted after a whole month of crazy business (Trek, Scout Camp, family reunion(s), etc.). I have loads of these sketches ready to go, and the scanner is finally working, so expect LOTS of updates in the coming weeks (at least, when I’m not at Driver’s Ed…!).