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The art of leftovers (unpublished Dtoid art) Part 2 of 3

Earlier this week I posted the first of three entries of unused drawings that I've created since joining the site. And a new pic of ν-13 from BlazBlue. Today it's more of the same! So, let's kick this thing off with a new pic of ν-13.

One of the things that I try to stay away from in my drawings is using reference materials. My mind has damn near no visual memory at all. Which is to say that if I close my eyes, I probably won't remember what you're wearing and I certainly couldn't visualize your facial features in all but the vague-est sense. Because of this, I will never be able to draw a picture that actually looks like the person I'm drawing. But it also kind of frees my drawings from the restraints of reality. There are obvious exceptions, like the ν-13 from the last post, where her costume was so intricate that I really needed to lock down the look. I did a pencil sketch of the detail, then only used my sketch for reference. And I deliberately changed a couple of things. You know, for fun.

I bring this up, because in this case, I wanted to get ν-13 out of costume. I was trying to boil the character down to what really draws me to her (well, the parts that aren't how badass her metallic angel suit is). And it really is less of a physical thing. It has everything to do with her voice. Her voice has a flat, mechanical quality to it, but also an innocense. It's like she's untouched by the knowledge of a human adult, and is constantly seeing the world through fresh eyes. Like a child, almost. So, that was where I was going with it. I did a sketch at work, and intended to match her in-game outfit when I did my final piece. But, I really ended up loving the vulnerability of the clothes I had given her, so I stuck with them.

For my post celebrating Destructoid's third anniversary, I had created a shooped NES controller, configured to look like Mr. Destructoid. This was inspired by the helmet of the Destructoid robot that is carrying Sterling from my page in the Dtoid alphabet book. I wanted to see that idea in real life. I started with a sketch, and then I used textures from a picture of an actual controller and combined them over the sketch to create the final image. But I still really liked the sketch as it was. So, I colored it and hung on to it as well. A smaller version was posted in the comments for RetroforceGo!'s NES episode.

These three pieces are drawings that I've made of Carollelogram over the last two years. Sadly, we're no longer on speaking terms, and she's all but left the site. I was really proud of these so I thought I'd include them here for everyone to see. The second one is actually the first thing I had drawn when I got my tablet set up. And the third came from me asking her for an idea of something to draw. She asked if I could draw her as Battle Angel in her Motorball uniform.

This picture of Sam Fisher was meant to go along with June's Monthly Musing. The topic was regarding unfulfilled potential. That reminded me of a story arc in the first Splinter Cell game. Sam's loses contact with his daughter just as the US has been attack in multiple locations by terrorists. This just after he's learned that there's a mole in the CIA, and he now has to break into CIA headquarters (his own government's agency) to find the mole, all the while worrying about the safety of his daughter. This was the coolest thing I had ever experienced in a video game up until that point. As good as any movie, really. Until I beat the level and they explained away everything that made the situation so groundbreaking. I wanted to tie in his daughter's kidnapping to her death that kicks off the upcoming sequel. But replaying, it, I realized that I remembered it wrong. She wasn't kidnapped. The phone just disconnected because the terrorists had destroyed all military communications. Oh well.

This last picture is from another abandoned blog. This was right after the Wii's firmware upgrade 4.0. I went from having Wii with zero excess memory, to one that was relatively devoid of games. I was wanted to run a contest to fill up someone's SD card. But I ran out of cash. Damn economy. Maybe I'll get back to that someday.

I've got one more lost art blog to go which features an early concept of my alphabet page which was going to be drastically different than how it ended up. Really super neat, because I wasn't even going to draw it. So keep an eye out. And be sure to hit the gallery for full res images of today's ν-13 pic and both versions of the Destructoid NES controller.
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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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