Friday, 26 September 2014

Tournament 2

Tournament 2,

Some of you might remember back to the spring when I had a 32 seed super-heroine/ comic characters bracket tournament. It looked like this... Bracket31 by Mary-Margret

Mary Marvel was the overall champion... Mary Marvel Tournament Champion by Mary-Margret

I made 32 brackets and about 68 images which were posted over a two month period. As soon as I was finished it, I immediately thought of ways to improve on it. First of all, was the selection of characters. I admit that I used the characters that I had already made. At first, I considered a 16 seed bracket because I didn't have a lot of superheros drawn. I had a full slate of Gotham characters which made a nice 8 seed bracket. I also had 4 other DC super heroines and six Marvel characters. That meant I would have to go with 32 seeds. I had a bunch of Originals that I used to make half a bracket (Dumb Bunny, Fabulass, Ice Queen, True North) and topped it up with movie characters, Baby Doll from Suckerpunch, Hitgirl from Kick Ass, and Barbarella. I added a She Predator as a stretch to round up the group. I had Supergirl, Wonder Woman (UK), Mary Marvel and Isis from DC comics. To fill in the brackets, I added the Dirty Pair who are Dark Horse characters and Taarna and Medusa as a big stretch. My Marvel group had 5 solid characters, even though Spinderella was a bit of an OC as was Lady Punisher. I then added Vampirella and Red Sonja who are from outside of Marvel just to fill the brackets. All the pics can be seen in my Gallery Folder called "Tournament"

The OCs were not very popular in the tournament and I regretted having to stretch to fill in so many brackets. I really wanted a full on DC vs Marvel tournament. I got to work drawing more characters. In my new tournament, it will be 16 DC and 16 Marvel super-heroines and villains. Here is a look at the brackets... Bracket002 by Mary-Margret

I will be keeping the Gotham bracket alive on the DC side and a lump of 8 other DC characters in the other bracket. The Gotham bracket is almost the same but I dropped the female Joker and added Robin instead (Robin has always been femme to me). I dropped Isis too, because she was a short lived character from the 1970s and the name has an unfortunate association now. I also changed up the other three a bit. Wonder Woman will be more traditional, as will Supergirl. Mary Marvel is the defending champ and decided to up her game for all the new heavy hitters coming in. You'll see. The new additions will be Power Girl, Star Sapphire, Hawk Girl, Cheetah, and Zatanna.

On the Marvel side, I decided to keep Spinderella. I never liked Spider Woman and Mary-Jane Watson in the spider suit looks awesome. I did dump Lady Punisher though. I kept Black Widow, and a more traditional Valkyrie. I added She Hulk, Ms Marvel, Scarlett Witch, Elektra and Invisible Woman. Storm and X-23 get moved to a new exclusive X-Men Bracket. Along with those two, the X-Men Bracket will have Rogue, Dark Phoenix, Mystique, White Queen, Shadowcat, and Psylocke. The X-Men bracket will be similar to the Gotham one as it will feature 4 heros vs 4 villains in the first round.

I have the character sheets ready and will start posting them soon. I still have to do the actual match up pictures which could take a while. I hope you all enjoy my indulgence.


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sokol's Kitten with a whip

In a previous post called "Early influences" from a couple of years back  I posted this picture, artwork by Richard Sokol from 1969 or 1970 that appeared in Playboy magazine.

It was such an influence that I dedicated my latest IMVU rendering set to this character. She doesn't have a name but I picture a sixties Anne-Margret  as the personality.

I was pleased at the outfit and the model. I was hoping to recreate the picture but the room and the male clerk proved to tough for me. 

Thanks for indulging with me.