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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Letherhead and Rat King TMNT!!

I can't get enough of the fun, whacky, often gross characters from the 80's/90's Teeneage Mutant Ninja Turtles television show and toy line. Man, what a truly great time to be a kid. Anyway, today's subjects are Leatherhead and The Rat King, two of my all time favorite action figures as a kid.

In other TMNT news, the Michael Bay 2014 Turtle movie will be coming to theatres soon. My feelings about it are mixed. On one hand, the Turtle fan inside of me is excited to see a new big screen, big budget vision of the heroes on a half shell. The other part of me is deeply concerned that Michael Bay may just be totally taking advantage of my nostalgic love and may rape the entire franchise before my eyes. I guess it doesn't really matter. Bottom line is, I'll be seeing the film at some point and that's really what it's all going to come down to. Will is stink or rock? This remains to be seen.

OK geek concerns/rant complete. For now, enjoy the vintage Turtles universe fanart. Turtle Power forever!

Thanks for visiting!

-Tom

Friday, July 04, 2014

A Bunch of Monsters and a Robot


Some fun recent drawings.

Bebop and Rocksteady from TMNT. A great duo. Fun characters overall, lots of fun to draw.

Optimus and Godzilla is for a friend. Actually, a Staples employee who really helped me out big time with the publication of my latest artbook. Before you geek rage out on me, I realize Optimus Prime is nowhere near as large as Godzilla in "real life" (snicker). I imagined an Optimus Prime Yager, ala Pacific Rim. I thought this was a cool matchup, had to take a little artistic license.

Anyway, thank you as always for dropping by and scoping out the art. I truly appreciate it.

-Tom

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Battle Skull Progress


I've been plugging along on Battle Skull. Finished up some inks last night on a piece I'm now particularly fond of. You can see a little sample of it (complete with magical Instagram filter) above.

Just to refresh both regular readers of this blog and newcomers, Battle Skull is my present mega labor of love creative undertaking. I've been working on it for nearly a year and it's not quite half done. Between working full time and getting distracted by other creative muses, production speed has not exactly been thunderous. However, there's no deadline for this book. I want every illustration to be of the utmost quality. So, I'm taking my time and enjoying the journey. It gets frustrating sometimes. I wish the book was done, printed and in my hands. I want to share it in its completed form so badly! It's ok though, it will be worth the wait and the glory I'll have achieved within myself having seen it through to the end will be priceless.

Ok, going a bit off the rails here. Tends to happen when I talk Battle Skull.

So yes, Battle Skull will be a book. It will consist of single page, full color illustrations with little text aside from SFX. The book will depict our hero Battle Skull's first great adventure. The book will be filled with action, excitement, even a little romance. Best of all, it will have an incredible cast of gnarly monsters and creatures for Battle Skull to face off against.

Stay tuned here and on Instagram  @tomtraverspics for the latest on Prioject Battle Skull.

Thanks for visiting.

-Tom

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rath!!!

Mummies Alive! was a really cool show. I love the character designs, particularly the wizard of the group, Rath. I mean, you can't really go wrong with snake armor.

Anyway, a bit of inspired fanart today. Mummies Alive! lives again!

Thank you for visiting!

-Tom

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Alien(s)

"They're all around us, man!!!"

Paxton...the best.
Anyway...Aliens is a great film. As is Alien. RIP HR Giger.

Work continues on Battle Skull. Finished some inks on a page just the other night, color studies and finished color are next.

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-Tom

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Joker


Testing out the Blogger app on my phone. 

Here's a doodle of Joker I did the other day. A truly terrifying villain, one of the best antagonists in popular fiction.

In other news, 
work on Battle Skull is moving along nicely. No publication date in sight but surely getting there. I'm exhibiting at Eternal Con June 14-15 Cradle of Aviation Garden City. I'll have some Battle Skull preview material and lots of other cool stuff. I'll do a beefier announcement regarding the show containing useful info (like where I'll be located) as the show date draws a little nearer.

Anyway, so far I like the Blogger app.

Thanks for visiting!

-Tom

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Predator

Continuing my Stan Winston love fest, here is my rendition of Predator. Certainly on of the coolest movie monsters of all time. This was a lot of fun.

I realize my last post may have come across as a bit negative and overly nostalgic. Good!

Hahaa kidding. Though I must say, I watched the original Predator last night and the creature still looks phenomenal. Bring back this level of craftsmanship to film!

-Tom