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The art of leftovers (unpublished Dtoid art) Part 1 of 3

Over the weekend I was reinstalling Windows on my computer. While I was backing up all of my files I spent a little time going through my art folders. There was kind of a slew of materials that I created for the site and for other purposes that, for one reason or another, never saw the light of day. And others that were created simply to comment on someone's blog, that I liked and didn't want to get lost to time.

All weekend after playing BlazBlue for the first time, I had been kid of jonesing to draw a pic of v-13 (or Nu, if you like), but since I really have little to say on the game itself, it would be a picture without a blog. The idea struck me that I could put together a few blogs showcasing some of this previously lost art. This is where you came in.

When I first started contributing to Dtoid, one of the things that I did a lot of was quick photoshops to go in the comments. This was one of the first. I was always kind of proud of this one for some reason. More for the message than anything else. Never really caught on, though. But I thought it was funny.

When I started illustrating my blog pics from scratch, I drew a bunch for blogs that I've never ended up writing. This was one that I was going to use for a review of Phantom 2040 for the SNES. That's one of my all-time favorite games that gets very little attention (play it now!). Sadly, I never got around to replaying the heck out of that game to remember how to achieve all of the various endings. Someday I'll get back to it. But I always liked how the illustration on that piece turned out.

I should mention at this point that I draw primarily for fun. I really like the way my style looks. I also realize that it's not very good by most people's standards. I've got a lot to learn about things like anatomy and perspective. I am getting better at that sort of thing as time goes on. I really like that my style is so unpolished, though. To me that gives it a ton of charm. I may one day be able to draw a human figure and have it be proportionately correct, but I'm always going to have that sloppy, sketchy style. It's just what I like.

About a year ago, I wrote a blog celebrating RetroforceGo!'s 1st anniversary and their 50th episode. I had made a pencil/watercolor painting that I further edited in Photoshop to add in screen captures of various retro games. That painting actually gave birth to my current, sketchy art-style. Prior to that, however, I had started that drawing in photoshop the way that I always had. Back then I would draw a rough light sketch, then build layers of color and shading over the top. I didn't get too far, and I can't remember specifically why I changed up. But I did get Topher almost completed.

I really like the way that was turning out. I kind of wish that I had finished it (it looks much more like Mr. Cantler than the final blog version).

This is another unfinished pic that is much more recent. When my little brother, Paul, gave me a tablet for my computer recently, I became addicted to drawing as much as I could. I was doing a lot of experiments to try to get my tablet sketches to look as close to my pencil sketches as possible. Recently I started reading the Dune Chronicles, and this was a piece that was inspired by that reading. Doubt I'll ever finish it. It was more of an exercise than anything else.

That's it for today. I'll have two more blogs of lost artwork to share very soon. Including a couple of alternate takes on my page in the Destructoid Alphabet Book. Be sure to hit the gallery for a full res version of v-13 from BlazBlue.
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About Haxanone of us since 11:13 AM on 10.23.2007

Occasional contributer to Tomopop.com.

Random gaming facts about Haxan

Legitimately beat Mike Tyson and went through Another World Circuit undefeated.

Beat the original Contra without dying. Twice.

Can land the damn plane in Top Gun and can also refuel in midair.

Can't beat Ghost & Goblins without the level select code and has never lied about it.

Thinks Friday the 13th is a great game even if the physics, controls and weapons are garbage.

Mario Paint caused him to buy a Super Nintendo and largely leave his Sega Genesis behind. He has played it more than most video games and wore down the mouse pad so that the grid only shows around the corners.

Has beaten Street Fighter II: The World Warrior and Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers on the SNES on the hardest difficulty without losing a single round. Multiple times.

Is still friends with the girl who worked at a local game store and sold him Street Fighter II nearly 17 years ago.

Beat Final Fantasy 2 in a weekend when he was a kid, yet can't get through a role-playing game these days if his life depended on it.

Has never beaten Final Fantasy VII.

Prefers pads to sticks.

Likes the N64 controller.

Prefers the Duke to the S-controller.

Doesn't think that Super Mario 64 is all that great.

Got an Xbox mostly for Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. And thinks it's a damn good game. Really.

Swore he would never buy a Game Boy Advanced SP, but immediately broke down once the NES edition came out. (And regarding the NES Classics series, true in-store dialogue: "Dude, are you serious?! They seriously expect people to pay 20 dollars a piece for games they can just downlo...Ooh! Zelda!")

Really liked the first Halo. (Well, there goes my dtoid cred.)

Can rock out Dynamite Rave in Dance Dance Revolution like it's nobody's business.

Played the hell out of Animal Crossing: Wild World and hid that fact from nobody.

Stomped Brad Nicholson at Street Fighter IV, but had to resort to the cheapest of tactics in order to do so. ;)

Thinks you're really, really, really smart. And pretty.

Top ten favorite games (in no particular order):

The Legend of Zelda (NES)
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out (NES)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
Phantom 2040 (SNES)
Street Fighter II (any version)
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (PS2)
Final Fantasy 3/6 (SNES)
Ico (PS2)
Sin and Punishment (N64)
Picross (DS)


I love drawing, though I realize that I'm not very good. I figured early on that drawing my own header art would help my blogs stand out. Thanks to Destructoid, and to the scanner that Carollelogram got me for my birthday last year, I feel like I've developed a unique style that's distinctly my own.

Outside of games I've got a DVD collection that is exploding out of a 5'x6' shelf (over 400 titles). So suffice it to say that I love movies. I'm a huge horror fan and I host an annual Dusk Till Dawn Horror Movie Marathon nearly every October. My top ten favorite films in order are as follows:

1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cativo, 1966)
2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
3. Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai, 1954)
4. The City of Lost Children (La Cit� des enfants perdus, 1995)
5. The Apartment (1960)
6. Strings (2004)
7. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
8. The Big Lebowski (1998)
9. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
10. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Music-wise, my top 3 bands are The Pixies, The Velvet Underground and Radiohead. I listen to damn near every genre of music (except modern country. I yearn for the days of Hank Williams, Sr. and Tammy Wynette). Hit random on my mp3 player and you'll get everything from darkwave to hip hop to 80's synthpop. I karaoke pretty regularly. I can't sing, but I surround myself with people who can. Still, you've not experienced all there is in life until you've seen me proper butcher True by Spandau Ballet.

Then, as for the literary interests, my love lies with pulp detective novels of the thirties and forties. Raymond Chandler is simply the greatest ever. And Dashiell Hammett is just fantastic. Lately, I've been reading through Frank Herbert's Dune Chronicles at Carollelogram's recommendation. Two books in and I have to say they're astonishing.

If you do the Twitter thing, Haxan1 is my handle should you want to follow me.

Feel free to friend me to your console of choice should you ever want to play a game of Street Fighter. Just be sure to let me know that you're from Destructoid and you'll get the royal treatment.

Blogs I writed:

Virtual Console Review- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Review- Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop

Front Page
Other Worlds Than These: The citizens of the land of Termina
Community spotlight: Haxan goes above and beyond for the community

Monthly Musings
Instant Replay: Street Fighter II
The Start of the Affair: Solomon's Key

Editorials and assorted articles
Does the Wii have RROD-type issues of its own?
Okay, Nintendo. I guess that we can be friends again.
Niero, do you have any idea what in the lobster milkshake you have done?! (dtoid 3rd anniversary post)
10 things you might not have known about Haxan (but really only 8)
Why Destructoid is awesome: Nilcam is the greatest edition (I honestly can't give Nilcam enough props for this.)
Christmas shopping: Non-gaming, priest dad-style
Bad Dye Job: A Darius Pickman Story
"Congraturation" RetroforceGO!
Nintendon't what?! Now you tell me just what the %#@$ Nintendon't do!

Neat stuff I played a bit part in
The Destructoid children's alphabet book


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PSN ID:Haxan
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