Thursday, January 15, 2009

Inking Missile Mouse

If you have the patience to sit through 7 minutes of someone drawing then watching this recording of me inking a missile mouse panel should be no problem for you. Around 1:16 I make a line that I don't like and pause to decide whether I should fix it or not. I decide to go ahead and fix it. I use correction tape for my mistakes because it's quick and clean. I'm drawing with #2 and #5 Pigma Micron pens.

I apologize for the compression on this. I probably should have shot it at a higher resolution.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Character Profile - Missile Mouse

This post marks the beginning of series of profiles on the characters of the Missile Mouse universe. I figured it'd be best to start with the mouse himself. Since the last Missile Mouse post covered his design inspiration and evolution this post will focus on the character in world.

Missile Mouse is an agent for the Galactic Security Agency (I'll have a post on the GSA sometime later.) He is an expert pilot, a crack shot, and can dish out a good punch. What he lacks in finesse he makes up with brute force and dogged determination. You could say he's the hatchet as opposed to the scalpel. The GSA isn't quite sure what to do with him, but they need him. Just when they think he's too much of a liability he proves them wrong and becomes an asset they can't function without.

Missile Mouse is a Rodentian, though he has never set foot on the home world his race comes from. Dire circumstances caused his father to escape the planet in secret with baby "M" and relocate to an asteroid belt in a nearby system. When tragedy takes his father from him M takes off on his own and joins the GSA becoming Missile Mouse.

MM wears a standard GSA flight suit with ArmorFlex™ undergarment. It is blaster resistant, blade resistant, water proof, and chemical proof. The outer suit provides thermal insulation, shielding from solar radiation, stabilizes internal pressure, and protection from micrometeoroids and other space debris. The GSA signifies rank by suit color. MM sports the elite colors of gold and red indicating he is a solo agent.

MM also wears a standard GSA utility belt. When fully charged this belt can emit a powerful force field strong enough to shield the wearer from solid and electromagnetic attacks. The belt also has a security feature that when activated electrically charges the suit shocking whatever comes in contact with the suit.

MM is one of the few agents with enough coordinated ability and physical competency to pilot a jet pack. He prefers the UberTech™RS600 for it's weight to thrust ratio and compact size. The RS600 utilizes an advanced form of electrostatic force to produce high exhaust velocity. With no moving parts it is extremely quiet and a perfect tool for MM. MM pilots the jetpack using two control mechanisms located around the ankles of each foot.

MM likes his blasters like he likes his jet packs: compact, lightweight, and powerful. The snub nosed PS-5 collapsible blaster fits his criteria perfectly. When not in use the blaster collapses into a compact disk that can be stored in a pocket on hung on a belt. Perfect for dangerous missions when you don't want extra baggage getting in your way.

Well, that's all for now. I didn't get into MM's goggles. I'll have to save those for another post. I have several other profiles lined up to do. Whether I get time for that or not remains to be seen. Also, work progresses on the graphic novel. I passed the hundred page mark last week. A gratifying moment indeed. Now I only have 60 pages left to ink, and then it's color time.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

We Have A Winner!

Wow. What a tremendous response everyone. Thank you so much for the feedback on the website. And thanks to everyone who follow on twitter and facebook. 2010 is going to be a spectacular year. I can feel it. All right, let's get down to it shall we? The winner of the MISSILE MOUSE 2009 GIVEAWAY is...

Will Kelly

Congratulations Will. I've emailed you at the address you provided. If you didn't get it, please contact me with a correct email address.

Now on to your comments. Inktober was by far the thing everyone liked the most last year, and was the most requested for this year. I'll take that as a mandate. So, be looking forward to a happy Inktober next fall.

Coming in second was more Missile Mouse and more technique/process stuff. Very cool. I'll definitely be addressing those this year.

As for everything else: More videos, vehicles, landscapes, Blue Sky work, robots, dinosaurs, kid collaborations, spaceships, dreams, sketches, pencil work, Lucy Nova, and otters. Looks like I have my work cut out for me this year. Thanks again everyone!