Obviously I didn't come up with this image on my own - it's probably the one most famous pose of Samus Aran from the GBA game Metroid Fusion.
I drew this based on a magazine ad right around the time that the game came out... This was one of my first ventures into colored pencil drawings. Up until this point, I was focusing mainly on pencil work, since I had never really appreciated the texture and consistency of colored pencils. But I decided to experiment a little and see if I could produce something that I wasnt too displeased with. I would say this turned out fairly well, all things considered.
Size: 5" x 7" Medium: Pencil and Colored Pencil Finish Date: July 8th, 2003
A Christmas present for a friend. She's always wanted a pet hedgehog, but it just isn't a practical option for her given her current situation. So I drew a hedgehog (based on this image) for her as a Christmas gift
Size: 8" x 11" Medium: Pencil Finish Date: December 22nd, 2011
A gift for a friend, based on promo art of the Mark XLII armor from Iron Man 3... except that I just recently found out that the design is actually the Mark VII with a gold color scheme that resembles the Mark XLII enough to make me think that I was drawing the main armor from Iron Man 3. So, I kinda feel dumb for not being observant enough to catch the difference... oy.
Size: 4" x 7" Medium: Pencil and Micron Pen (005) Finish Date: May 10, 2013
For my primary entry for Metroid-Club's Crossover contest, I decided to pit Samus against Juggernaut.
My main inspiration for this was Samus' battle against Thardus in Metroid Prime. The Metroid games have a wide variety of baddies, and I kinda feel like Juggernaut fits in pretty well with the likes of Thardus or an Omega Pirate.
First, I drew it all out with a micron pen on bristol board (roughly 15 hours of work), then I scanned it and added digital colors, textures and effects through Photoshop (roughly 5 hours). It's a different feel than my other entry (Despicable Metroid - donny-b.deviantart.com/art/Des… ), which was smoother and more polished. I like that this one keeps a bit of a rough/gritty feel.
Overall, I'm somewhat content with the result, but creating this made me painfully aware that I have a lot left to learn about how to make really remarkable art.
Size: 11" x 14" Medium: Micron Pen & Photoshop Finish Date: November 11, 2013
This is my rendition of the end game sequence when you finish Metroid Fusion.
I changed the background to give it a look of a more 'alien' terrain, though you wont find anything resembling that scenery in the game. You can't tell it from the scan, but when people look at the drawing in person, the one constant comment is that the rocks look the best. You couldn't tell from this image, since my scanner is less than ideal >_<
But overall, I think this is my favorite colored pencil drawing to date.
Medium: Pencil and Colored Pencil Finish Date: May 21, 2008
This is my first entry for the Crossover Contest over at Metroid-Club. I am pretty enamored with the Minions from Despicable Me, so this idea was relatively easy to come up with. And while I definitely spent a fair amount of time and energy making this particular image, it's not the most elaborate of the two ideas I came up with (the second is proving to be quite an undertaking). Still, I like many aspects of this drawing, not the least of which is the Metroid itself.
I'm going to go ahead and call this a 'digital' creation, because even though it began as a colored pencil drawing, I ended up doing so much editing to it in Photoshop that you can't really tell that it wasn't created from scratch on my computer. The only things left relatively in tact are the ground & ceiling, and the Metroid. And the only reason for that is because I felt that the colored pencil look fit more with the nature of that creature (what with it being something like a jelly fish, after all).
The background was made completely in Photoshop, whereas the Minions were textured by adding a sick amount of filters over the colored pencil work (and of course, with extensive digital cleanup on the black lines).
The ground/ceiling and background are inspired by a very early stage in Super Metroid. I didn't want it to perfectly match the design work from the game, but I tried to capture the feel of it. I'm curious if any Metroid fans can figure out what area from the game I used as inspiration
Also, I kept going back and forth on whether or not to put the helmet on the Minion wearing Samus' suit. I ultimately decided to leave it off, in the hopes that people could easily make the connection that the Minion is playing hero (Essentially day dreaming that he is as awesome as Samus. Which seems very in character for a Minion, to me at least). I feared that drawing the helmet would have led some people to assume that it was in fact Samus under the armor.
Size: 8" x 6" Medium: Colored Pencil, Micron Pen, & Photoshop Finish Date: October 28, 2013