Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Video-Tutorials by yours truly

Hey all beginner artists out there! Creating some affordable video-tutorials of ways that I paint. Feel free to check them out:

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tigger - Part I and Part II


I don't have any insightful ideas for a post today, and my arm is a little busted from over-working it. So I have to take a break.

Instead, I offer art and a little bit of story-telling I do for fun. They are simply for practice, nothing more other than possibly a parody book down the line. These are for my series Popped Culture, and are a twist on Whinnie The Pooh and Pals. I hope you enjoy and thank you for reading.

PART I



Tigger took a long sniff of the open air, having been nearly fifteen years since the last time he was able to breath such. Outside of the Ashwood County Prison was a greying seven-foot tall bird, who was not only fatigued from his job, but tired of seeing old friends come and go through the iron-box.

The large bird's name was Owl, and he had run Ashwood's police unit since he could remember. However, Owl had retired ever since a young boy named Christopher Robin went missing. But as the years passed, a deep promise lingered with Owl, and the reason he stood at the gates of Ashwood County Prison was due to that very fact.

Tigger slowly bounces over to Owl, his tail weak and scarred from years of prison brawls. Owl smiles, giving a quick glance at the prison, and then back at the withered, striped giant. “It's been a long time, Tigger. Glad to see you stayed alive in there.”

Tigger doesn't flinch, his jet-black eyes stuck on Owl's oval saucers. He goes to release a feisty rebuttal, but holds it back in, only replying with one question: “Why'd you come here, Owl?”

Owl smiles, but it is not one summoned from happiness. “Oh Tigger,” he says, placing his feathers on the beast's shoulder.

“I came here to tell you that we have finally found Christopher.”

. . . 
Hours later, Tigger sits with Owl inside of his tree-carved manor. Tigger looks at the old photos, reminiscing of the younger years spent in Ashwood's vibrant forest. Owl interrupts, as he places a cup of coffee in front of Tigger. Tigger reaches for it, but then combines whiskey from a flask.

“Still on the juice?” Owl asks, as he watches Tigger close the cap, swooshing and mixing the two liquids together.

Tigger looks down at the bottle, a dark history behind it. He places it behind him, back into his pants pocket. 
Ignoring the question, he bargains another. “You said you found Christopher? Where is he, Owl?”

Owl sighs, lifting a folder and placing it down in front of Tigger. “I don't know if words would do it justice. Look for yourself, kid.” 

Tigger pauses, now not wanting to travel down the rabbit hole. He finally opens the folder, only to find what nightmares are made of inside, displayed through horrific photographs. He quickly closes the folder, pushing it away with his free hand. “It can't be. Goddammit Owl, who did this?” 

Owl sits, taking the folder away from him. “We found Christopher's body three years ago. He was twenty five, living alone just twenty miles outside of Ashwood. Kid was suffering from schizophrenia they said, lost contact with a lot of his close friends, eventually dropping down into narcotics. We believe he began selling the dope he was using. Ended up working with some bad people, who worked for even worse.”

Tigger is now pissed, the flask is back out. “Get on with it.” 

Owl smiles, knowing Tigger's inner rage. “The friends he was hanging with, worked for your old friend.” 

Tigger freezes. An image passes by his eyes. “But he died in the explosion...” 

Owl tosses a folder in front of him. On it, the label reads “THE BEAR”

“So you thought,” Owl says. “He reappeared several years after you got put away. We figured he faked his death at the Great Honey Pot Robbery. Word is Pooh and his Pals have made a return, and they're taking out anyone that steps into Ashwood's territory.”

Tigger opens THE BEAR folder, revealing photos of the one responsible for such nightmares. This is no yellow bear he once knew. This is the Devil. He looks back at Owl, closing the folder. 

“So what now?” Tigger says, closing the folder. He now drinks strictly from the flask.

“That's why I released you. I want you to find and locate Pooh and his Pals and take them out one by one.” Owl says, now his eyes as serious as Tigger's. “This job is off the grid, you hear me? You and I are the only intel on it, and it stays that way.”

Tigger sits for a moment, before standing up and making his way to the wooden leaf-shaped door. He pauses, looking back at Owl.

“After all of these years...” Tigger asks as he holds the door open. “Why me?” 

Owl smiles, sipping his coffee. “Because hunting is what Tiggers do best.”


PART II



Tigger's eyes opened, the room covered in a sheet of dark-blue. Focusing to the dark, Tigger looked at his clock, realizing it was only 3 AM. Tigger preferred the dark, as it reminded him of his previous housing in Ashdown's Prison.

Hey Tig,” said a soft voice. Tigger looked around, only to see a familiar silhouette, outlined by the fluorescent moon. Suddenly a flame erupted from a lighter, illuminating the figure's face: a once beautiful kangaroo.

Kanga smiled, as the flame left with the click of the cap. She put the lighter in her pouch, making her way to the broken tiger as she handled her dangling cigarette . “It's been a while, Tig. You look old. Tired.”

Tigger didn't move, his thoughts a cocktail of sadness and regret. “How'd you find me, K?”

Kanga continued to smoke, puffing it against the blue-lit window. “Owl told me you may need a friend to talk to. And we all know how much he loves to ramble, so I figured I'd come stop by and say hello.”

You didn't come to say hello, K. Stop playing with me.” Tigger said, his tail slowly shifting back and forth. Kanga noticed, knowing of his uneasy temper.

I came to ask what you plan to do? Are you...”

Going to kill him? Yes.” Tigger said, quickly cutting her off.

Kanga's smile faded. “You can't bring him back, Tigger. Christopher is gone.”

Tigger looked away from her, still keeping his focus on the sickly-green painted wall ahead. It was battered, beaten by days of working his infamous tiger-tail on it. Drawn on the wall, a stencil of the monster responsible for his current predicament; The Bear.

But there is someone you could bring back,” Kanga muttered, her voice cracking from being nervous. “Someone who still has time to grow and learn.”

Tigger raised his head to her, his battered face now more apparent. “What are you asking me?”

Kanga handed him an envelope, written on it: TIG. Holding his old head, Kanga kissed the top of it. “You won't see me for a while, so I'll leave the choice in your hands. I love you Tig,and I hope you can pull yourself together.”

Kanga bounced to the entrance of the motel. Before leaving, she turned once more, looking at an old love who had faded over the years. “Remind these son's of bitches while you're the only one.”

Kanga closed the door behind her—taking what history they had with her. Tigger looked down at the envelope, questioning if he should open it. The anticipation over-swept the best of him, and Tigger quickly tore the top off, revealing a single letter. Tigger opened the note, reading the tear-drop stained goodbye-letter.

After finishing it, Tigger dropped the letter on his table and begans to make his way over to his desk, on it, a folder given to him from Owl. Tigger tore through the folder until suddenly, his eyes caught a faint object out of his peripheral. Something else fell from the envelope. He made his way back over, picking up the item: a folded photograph. On the photo was Tigger, bouncing with ex-wife Kanga, and their child, the young joey named Roo.

Tigger knew at that very moment what kept him alive all those years in prison. Tigger sighed, placing the photo down on the table before making his way over to a manilla dossier given to him by Owl.

He opened the folder, revealing a plethora of information and photos of targets he once called friends: Pooh and his Pals. This information would be the key Tigger needed to help push him towards his only goal. The one he had since he entered the prison five years ago. For it was there that Tigger realized Christopher Robin was gone, and there was no way he could bring him back.

But Tigger would fight through Hell before he allowed Pooh to take his son Roo as well.

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thank you! 



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

THE STREETS - CHAPTER II

POPPED CULTURE: THE STREETS: CHAPTER II 


15 YEARS AGO...

Ernest pushed his tiny feet off the golden sand, letting the swing lift him into the air. Bert watched as Ernest steadily picked up pace, waving back and forth on the swing-set. He smiled, once remembering the innocence of being a child and the lack of responsibilities.

But ever since their parents had passed, Bert and Ernest had been forced to grow up far too quickly. Once having a home in The Suburbs, both brothers were soon after sent to an orphan home due to neither parents having siblings.

Ernest and Bert grew weary of the move, hearing only bad things of The Streets, their new residence. Bert, however, would take it upon himself of assuring Ernest an honest way of living, teaching by example on how you can still be an upstanding citizen, regardless of where one lived.

Bert smiled, waving to Ernest. “Hey buddy. Having fun?”

Ernest's eyes darted around, the smile permanently glued to his face. He looked back up, his answer now at the ready: “Yes, Bert.”

Bert pushed his books aside, a pile nearly as tall as him. All books which would one day lead Bert to becoming a Pigeon Photographer in New York City, just outside The Streets. When not studying, Bert had been working two jobs, while Ernest had been going through elementary school.

Bert made his way behind Ernest, lifting him off the seat and placing him on the ground. Ernest shook his head as sand danced off. “Thanks, Bert.”

Bert and Ernest made their way to the sandbox, sitting down inside. Ernest scooped up handfuls of sand, letting the grains fall through his hands. “Bert,” Ernest said, looking up at his older brother, who drifted off.
“Yes, Ernest?”

Where are Mom and Dad, Bert?” asked Ernest.

Bert's eyes widened, shocked by the question—as Ernest had never shown interest in the disappearance, being too young. “Well,” struggled Bert. “You see that slide over there?” Bert said, pointing to the fluorescent orange slide above them. Ernest looked with wide-eyes, pining to go on it, but refraining to hear his answer. “Yeah, Bert?”

A slide is much like life. You start at the top, and you make your way down to your destination. But there are many different slides out there, some fun, some wild, and some even scary.” Bert explained, as Ernest's eyes widened. “However, all slide lead to one destination: the bottom, and that's when the ride has to come to an end.”

Mom and Dad's slide was just too short.” Bert sighed.

Ernest nodded, the smile still present. Bert stands, resting his hand on Ernest's shoulder. “”I'll be right back, kid. Gotta pee.” Bert made his way to the bathroom, as Ernest kicked his feet on the edge of the sandbox.
Bert made his way to the bathroom, but couldn't help but notice as a black muscle-car pulled up to the playground. His eyes locked with the driver, who stared back aggressively.

Meanwhile, Ernest kicked his feet over the sandbox, twiddling his tiny fingers as he hummed a song he knew Bert enjoyed. As he bobbed his head, his large glasses bounced up and down on his large red nose.

Hey, four-eyes, you want any drugs?” grunted a rather aggressive voice. “Talking to you, shrimp.”

Ernest slowly turned his head around to notice a six-foot hot-pink biker, clad in leather and jean. His eyes were red, stoned on meth. He had thin pink strands of braided hair, which hung over his eyes and face. In his hand was a plethora of pills, cigarettes, and dime bags. “Are you deaf, you little shit?”

Ernest's still smiled, standing up, at a mere 3-foot. He put out his tiny hand to shake. “What's your name, sir? My name's Ern--”

The biker grabbed Ernest's hand, and yanked over his backpack, pulling it open and taking three crumbled dollars—given by Bert for lunch. '

Ernest yelled, falling to the floor, smashing his glasses and head-gear. After tearing the backpack open, the biker threw it back at him. “Only three bucks? What can I buy with that?”

You can buy me lunch.”

The pink biker stopped, shocked by the voice from behind him. He turned, only to find Ernest's brother, Bert, standing before him. “And who may you be?” asked the biker, grinning from ear to ear at his opponents' small-size.

I'm that shrimp's older and bigger brother,” Bert grunted, as he rushed the biker, slamming his foot into his ankle, snapping it in two. The pink giant dropped to his knees, groaning as he held it with his furry hands. “What the fuck!”

Ernest crawled to grab his bag and glasses, the blood dripping from his nose. As he swung around, he watched his older brother, the only family he had left, walk over to the pink bully. Ernest's tears welled in his eyes, but he couldn't help but smile once more.

Bert made his way to the bully, lifting him back up. He held him, inches from his face. “We may be new here, but I want you to remember one thing...” Bert said, staring the biker in the eye as he struggled to get away.

...No one fucks with my brother.”

Bert reeled his right arm back, before launching it forward, knocking the biker out with a single blow.
The body flew through the air, dropping the narcotics and stolen money. Ernest watched as the body slammed into the grass, buckling into himself.


 Bert grabbed Ernest's hand, taking him away from the downed bully. Even though both were silent, Ernest knew from that day on that his brother would always be there to protect him. And that was a smile that no one could erase.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Streets, Chapter 1:

Here is the first official push for our Kickstarter for Popped Culture, coming this summer. Enjoy.




POPPED CULTURE: The Streets: Chapter 1


Chapter I: A Long Way From Home 

The blast was louder than Ernest had expected, however the blow-back affected him even more. The heavy gun weighted down his tiny orange hands, but he firmly gripped the cannon, amidst the nervous twitch.

Ernest stood before his first victim, a day he'd never imagined to had happen. He was always unsure what he wanted to be in life, but a killer was never an option.

“What the hell, Ernest?!” yelled Bert, as he grabbed the pistol from his still shell-shocked brother.

“He was going to kill you, Bert...” Ernest said, his wet eyes still glued onto the victim. “I was trying to protect you, Bert.”

Bert shook his head, placing his pistol back into the holster. Bert made his way to the couch, removing the trash from it and proceeding to tear off the crumb-ridden sheets. “You made this mess, so now you're going to clean it up.”

I don't think any bath can clean this mess, Bert.” Ernest muttered under his breath, an old brotherly joke, now sadly forgotten and replaced with despair.

Well figure it the hell out.” Bert said, throwing the sheets at his brother. Ernest grabbed the sheets and made his way over to the fallen body. He looked down at his victim, staring into the eyes of yet another killer, one far more veteran than himself. His mind began to skip, until Bert slapped him in the head, knocking sense back into his tiny body.

Ernest! Get it together. Clean this up while I figure out what to do now.”

Ernest leaned down, trying to lift the heavy body and place him in the sheets. The blood leaked from the wound, which was located between the victim's right eye and cheek. Ernest watched as it continued to pump a thick, dark red stream over the neon-lit carpet. “What are we going to do, Bert?” Ernest asked, nervously pushing his greased-black hair aside.

We gotta figure out an alibi for The Bird. He's gonna wonder why this guy disappeared and when he finds out that we did it? You and I are goneFor good.” Bert exhaled.

I was only trying to help, the frantic Ernest yelled in his mind. All those years he had grown next to Bert, wanting to follow in his footsteps—wanting to impress his older brother—only for this to happen? But that was the very problem, Ernest had difficulties even finding the footsteps to begin with. He was never a leader, only a follower, needing a hand to guide him through challenges most would figure out on their own through simply...

...Growing up. Ernest thought, something he had heard once too many times before.

Bert tried to conjure a plan in the meantime, but his past kept coming back to haunt him. Over the years, friends and family told Bert behind his brother's back to move on. Leave the kid, and focus on your life. You have goals, he doesn't, they would say. Become something and lead by example they would remind him. Bert never left Ernest's side though, continuously putting his life on hold to help Ernest further his own.
Because that was the promise Bert made to Ernest before he left. He gave his word that he would never leave his side, and that he would always be his protector. But now, once again, Bert was forced to figure out a way to solve yet another one of his brother's foils.

Bert grabbed Ernest's shoulder, knowing and understanding what he must be going through. “It's a lot to take in. I've been there, many times, in your exact spot. The gun feels heavy, but you almost enjoy it.” Bert sayid, as Ernest looks up at him. “You then one day require it.” he finishes.

Are...are we in trouble Bert?” he asked in his tiny, innocent voice—his hands still shaking.

The body below them began to twitch, a second breath of life entering his lungs. Bert and Ernest watched as he struggled to rise, the gurgles slowly weeping from his mouth as his large eyes darted around the room. Bert retrieved his .45 Caliber back from his holster, and aimed it at the victim's forehead.

Bert sighed. “Yes, we're in trouble, Ernest," pulling the trigger and landing a .45 caliber round into the head of The Cook, one of The Street's most notorious Cookie Dealers. A decision that would soon assure them both a home six feet under.

Big trouble.

Monday, May 19, 2014

PRINTS!

A lot of people have been asking about Prints.

I have some up here PRINTS.

Enjoy, will be putting more up soon!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Wow.

Over 100k hits in one day on my blog from Popped Culture being featured on Huffington Post. Kind of nuts.

Thank you so much for all of the good words, people of the web. Seriously, from the bottom of my heart.

Now, I know, the characters I am painting are gross, scary and dark. But I am not a crazy person. I have two lovely cats (okay, may be semi-crazy), and I like to think I'm an okay guy.

But the reason I am drawing these are for an upcoming book of mine and my friend Alex Konstad, called Popped Culture. It will be childhood characters, re-imagined through the twisted culture of Hollywood and its corruptive ways.

We will be running a Kickstarter this summer, so keep your eyes out.

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or if you guys want PRINTS!


best,
Dan 

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

No Country For Old Muppets

After the success of their first parody, Drive, the Muppet gang decided to dive into another. 

Tired of performing the same routine comedy roles, Fozzy Bear wanted to try something new. He suggested portraying the role that was brilliantly captured by Javier Bardem, as infamous hitman Anton Chigurh in the Coen Brother's crime-drama, No County For Old Men. 

Gonzo was not pleased that he would have to die, again.


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Street Fighter Ralph

After Ralph saved Sugar Rush, his new role as a 'Good Guy' was headed in the right direction. Putting the Wreck-It lifestyle behind him reminded Ralph how much better it felt not to use his massive-hands to solve problems for once.

But not everyone was happy, especially Ralph's self-bettering group member, M.Bison from the Street Fighter fame. Bison was furious with Ralph, considering him a traitor for how he forgot the gang of videogame villans he once called 'friends'. 

In return, Bison sent out his two henchmen, Vega and Balrog, to enter Ralph's world and kidnap his friends, Fix-it Felix and Vanellope. 

After Felix and Vanellope were kidnapped and brought into Bison's realm, Ralph knew what he had to do. Ralph was forced to turn back into what he was always known for: a Wrecker. 

Ralph then entered the realm of Street Fighter, as Bison had hoped, and for what felt like years, fought his way through any of the fighters that Bison sent his way. From the Alphas, to the Turbos, and even the Marvel Vs.Capcom collection. Over the years, Ralph fought and defeated any of the challenges that opposed him. He also lost great friends, such as his mentor and leader, Ryu. 

But as many obstacles Ralph went through, he would not stop until he found and defeated M.Bison.



Grand Theft OTTO PT.3

If they were to pull off Krusty's heist, they were going to need a distraction, and Bart was best at that. Homer thought it was a stupid idea, but the money was too good to say no. 

The next day, Bart and Otto arrived at Homer's house and readied up. They were to meet Lenny and Carl at the Springfield Bank where they robbery was supposed to take place. 

Bart walked into the bank, and immediately began his stint, taking the security guards by surprise. And then Homer took over, bashing both in the head with his rifle and walking in, commanding every one to get down. 

As the duffel bags were filled with cash, Lenny and Carl went to the larger dafe in the back. Homer watched guard, as Lenny and Carl finished their gig. After they destroyed the civilian's cell phones and took out the phone lines, the group left. 

Homer rushed to Lenny's car, pushing Bart in. As he went to hand the duffel bag to Lenny, he was stopped with a cold Duff beer, courtesy of Lenny 

"Hey Homer, you're gonna need this." 

Boom. A gunshot went off, straight into Homer's leg. Homer dropped to his knees, as Lenny pushed him over. In the back of car, Bart struggled as Carl tried to contain him. 

"We don't need the money, we got what we came for." The car drove off, speeding away as Homer regained his strength. 

Chief Wiggum's police sirens grew louder as Homer got up, awaiting his final demise. He leaned up against a parked police car, taking out a loaded .45 pistol and cracked open his beer. As he took a sip, the rest of the boys in blue surrounded him, guns armed. 
Homer smiled and said one final word.

"Doh."

"Doh." "

Grand Theft OTTO PT. 2

Once Otto was hired as the getaway driver, Krusty knew that if this heist was to be pulled off, they would need muscle as well. 

Krusty suggested to head of his gang, Homer, that they enlist two of his personal drug runners, Lenny and Carl, otherwise known as Krusty's Kocaine Cowboys. Both hustlers had been distributing Krusty's Koke through the Krusty Burger front for years now, and had help Krusty bring in hundreds of thousands from off shore accounts over the months. 

Before they ran Krusty's drug distribution Lenny and Carl had sold and distributed drugs in Russia for years prior. Krusty had been on tour in Europe, and was introduced to both off-stage. He quickly realized their potential and set both of them up in Springfield, both with luxurious homes and rides. 

However, not much was known about the two. Rumors of Lenny being in the Russian mafia flew around Springfield once he settled, and his tattoo's didn't help. Carl didn't speak much, but everyone knew that when he did, you had better shut your goddamn mouth and listen. 

The two kept a low profile, only making moves when they were required. This is why Krusty hired them. He trusted both, and for a reason, one Homer wouldn't be able to understand.

Because if this heist was to truly be accomplished, it would require Homer's son Bart.



Grand Theft OTTO



Otto would have never imagined Bart Simpson to bring him to this point in his life.

Otto was happy with the type of living situation he was currently in. As a bus driver for Springfield Middle School, Otto only had one priority: assuring the safety of the children he drove every weekday.

On the way home, Bart pulled Otto aside before his stop, and told him he'd like to invite him over for dinner. After a nice meal by Mrs.Simpson, Bart's father, Homer, sat down with Otto and explained who he was.

When not working at the Power Plant, Homer worked for Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofsky, otherwise known as Krusty the Klown. Krusty had been running a "under-the-radar" drug business (Krusty's Kocaine) under the front of his restaurant, Krusty Burger. 

But after their recent driver, Moe, died of a heart-attack, they were now in need of a new one. The job was simple. Otto would take Homer and his gang (Lenny, Carl, and Barney) to the Springfield Bank, and drive them out after they robbed it. 



Otto agreed, but little did he know the trap he was about to set foot into. As this would be one of the wildest rides he had ever taken.

EVE

It only took two weeks after the arrival on Earth for the human's to realize they wanted no part in cleaning the trashed planet. 

Wall-E (not-shown), the new found hero and leader of the human race, expressed that he would help rebuild the earth for the humans. As he was no longer a junk-bot, the Buy and Large bots turned Wall-E into a full fledged mech to help rebuild the cities.

Eve, Wall-E's love bot, helped him with this daunting task and over the years they created a utopia for the lazy and obese human beings. But as the humans became more comfortable, they soon turned the loving robots into mechanical slaves, putting the other Eve and Wall-E bots back to work. 

The vile humans became abusive, dominating and inconsiderate, overworking and destroying the bots by the day. Hundreds of thousands of Eve and Wall-E's friends were killed by the people they were trying to protect.

Wall-E and Eve soon found themselves now back on the other end, being controlled yet again. Wall-E had his orders and was too introverted to talk to them.

However, Eve would not stand for it, and it would be here where the war of the robots began