What’s in his backpack? A tent, treats and his favorite book “White Fang.”
Look at that cute little doggo sticker. He’s a stout little pupper, a real good boi, with a heart full of adventure. He’s all ready to go exploring with his big old backpack full of Shiba sized tents and doggie sized sleeping bags. Maybe he’ll go backpacking on the John Muir Trail next? Maybe he’ll go hiking with his friends down in Patagonia? Maybe he’ll go bless the rains down in Africa? So many things to explore and and such short shiba-inu legs to explore with.
You should probably pick up some stickers of this good boy so that you can stick him on your luggage or your car or maybe even your laptop. That way he can get out and explore and see the world. (He very much wants to.) Sure, he’s only an illustration of a dog, but that’s not going to stop this brave guy’s drive to live his cute little life to the fullest. Plus, it’s always good to have a sticker of a dog on your stuff. It helps prove that you’re a good person, and that’s science right there.
This sticker is a high-definition digital illustration based on the original doggo sketch I did a while back. Turns out a lot of people wanted a copy of him as a sticker. (Really, there were a lot of requests for this one.) If you want more cute things, sign up for the newsletter so you can stay in the loop on when more prints and stickers go up! While you’re here, why not leave a comment with the sort of dogs, or (dare I say) cats, I should draw next?
The big news in animation this week is that She-Ra is being rebooted by Dreamworks. I swear that every artist I follow on social media drew her. So I had to too. Why? Because drawing badass women in power stands is fun! (Check out my Wonder Woman illustration for another good example.) I grew up drawing Dragonball Z characters on all my school books, so bad-ass power poses are just fun to me.
That being said, I honestly have never seen the original She-Ra! But it came out in 1985 and is a cult classic. I actually know next to nothing about the character or the original series. I knew that she had something to do with He-Man and The Masters of the Universe. I only really know about that because I loved Queen as a kid and this song rocked my little kid face. I know it’s technically from Highlander, but they sounded similar and when I looked them up as a youngster, I found out about Masters of the Universe too.
I’m hoping that they drop a trailer about it during San Diego Comic Con this weekend so I know a little more. Heck, I’m looking forward to all sorts of new from SDCC next week. I’ll have to be ready to draw lots and lots of fan art.
Dreamwork’s new design has her with a much more sturdy upper body than the original barbie-esque design. I can’t help but think of the Saiyan armor from Dragon Ball Z when I see those pauldrons though. Apparently, and not surprisingly, people are freaking out about the new design. But that’s all par for the course when you’re rebooting.
I added a little more definition to the original design, since unlike animators, I don’t have to draw this design thousands of times so it doesn’t have to be as streamlined. I could only imagine the nightmare that animating high detail hair and musculature is. Stuff like that is why I’m not an animator.
A few of the comp sketches for She-Ra. I always wanted the top-down dramatic perspective look. But the angle was a hassle to get right for me.
These were a few fan art images that weren’t really worth their own post. First is a fan art created as part of one of the Draw in your style hashtags that are going around right now. The original character was created by comic artist Carlotta Dicataldo.
Second piece of fan art was a for-fun digital sketch I did for the band Ninja Sex Party. I was listening to their stuff on YouTube. If you’re fans of Game Grumps, like I obviously am (see my other post on Monster Prom), then you’ll recognize Danny Sexbang and Finn Wolfheart from the their new video “Danny Don’t You Know.”
Third is a fan art sketch of the very famous Korean video gamer turned mech pilot D-Va from Blizzard’s Overwatch. I originally drew that with just mechanical pencils and ended up coloring it in photoshop just to experiment with coloring over a traditional media sketch.
Want to see me draw a character from your favorite game or movie? Leave a comment or get in touch on social media. I’m doubly likely to draw if I think it’s awesome too.
But I watch so many people play them.
Despite my recent post about helping build a horror game/dating sim I don’t actually play dating sims. I don’t think I’m really in the target demographic, being older and whatnot. Okay, I played Dream Daddy with my good friend because that game was really good looking and seemed funny! That being said I love watching comedians play dating sims and horror games. There’s so much opportunity for some good laughs when grown up adults are thrust into these awkward dating situations. Never too old for a good laugh, right?
**Update – June 2018** Ara the Tiefling Druid is now a full illustration! I’ve modified this to have a better composition for prints. The original was nice, but was missing the background I wanted and a slightly tweaked pose. I have phone cases, tablet cases, laptop cases and bags all available over on my COSAMO ART Redbubble store. Stickers and art prints will be along soon!
The original pose and lineart for my illustration. I liked this composition, but I wasn’t a huge fan of how the figure was cropped off at the bottom. I loved the warm fall colors, but wanted to add more color than just a flat background.
This character is “Ara” my DnD5e tiefling druid that I recently created for my second session ever and ended up drawing and coloring her digitally. Most Dungeons and Dragons druids seem to have a spring theme with lots of green and blue colors. I thought a purple skinned, devilish-looking tiefling would have the opposite of that — a “fall-druid.”
Last time I played it was over ten years ago! I was actually the DM. It went better than expected. First off, the D&D Starter Set is solid for someone who has never played of DM’ed before. Second, my friend who does improv was a hoot. Collaborative storytelling and world building is the best.
Wanting to get your own character drawn up for your DnD campaign? If you’re a fan of my style, wander on over to my commissions page and I’ll help bring your character to life! →
Six of the eight dateable options for the game Forgotten Existence. 4chan’s paranormal board’s own X-tan and Ozoi, who I believe was a horror character from another similar image board. Both were characters that existed before the game was conceived, but were owned by no person in particular. A succubus named Alice, a mysterious character named “the butcher,” “Bloody Mary,” and a ghost named “Jackie” were all created for the game based on horror creatures tropes or classic urban legends.
Art I created of X-tan, the avatar/mascot of 4chan’s paranormal board. I’m not sure how the mythos of the character has evolved since the olden days but back then X-tan fluctuated between being a female and male. I suppose you could call the character non-binary. They were known for being a lover or horror movies and had a affinity for dark magic. You can just read all about the tradition of board mascots over on Know Your Meme.
Happy throw-back Thursday artist buddies. My sort of recent post about DDLC reminded me of an indie game I helped out with nearly a decade ago. If you follow the indie game scene for a few years, you might remember the game Katawa Shoujo. It was a dating sim that was released in 2012 by a Four Leaf Studios, a clever name for a group that started on 4chan. (Their logo is a four-leafed clover.) I mention that game because the game I helped out on, Forgotten Existence, was also a dating sim that originated on 4chan. In this case, Forgotten Existence originated on the paranormal (/x/) board.
Additional character sketches and concepts that were never quite finished included: a Victor Frankenstein inspired mad-scientist, an amphibious humanoid, a narcissistic vampire and a mad knight-templar.
It never quite got past an alpha release though. It was a game build by passionate hobbyists. Like so many of those games do, excitement fizzled without a monetary incentive to keep working hard. The game would have been a horror theme escape-room style puzzle solving game disguised as a dating sim. I have no idea what happened to the dispersed team. It was fun at the time, but I wouldn’t count on it coming back from the dead.
Weirdly enough, working on this game was the reason “cosamo” became my online artist avatar. At the time, I was still using my “csujake” name that I made when I first signed up for DeviantArt. The old csujake Deviant Art page is still up, like a little time capsule filled with my old illustrations. Now that’s a throwback. I miss the art community that was there. Doing comic collaborations with other awesome artists was a great way to learn early on. But, so, csujake wasn’t a clever name. I’m Jake and I went to Colorado State University (CSU). It’s simple. But most people were reading it as “tzu-jah-kay” as if it were a Japanese word. So I switched over to cosamo, which is just where I live, Colorado (CO), plus my favorite art piece at the time, the Nike of Samothrace (SAMO). It was nothing fancy.
Anyways, I wonder whatever happened to the old team. I hope they went on to make cool things.
I originally drew this in the guestbook up at Squaw Mountain Fire Tower, but the page fell out. I ended up contributing a page from one of my sketchbooks, with the help of some duct tape. The sketches should still be up there, if you ever visit.
This post isn’t as much about a new polished print or illustration but just about some fun backcountry doodling. I usually go out adventuring with a small sketchbook and a pen or pencil or two. That way I can draw, doodle or sketch up any character or world building ideas that pop into my head. This is where this little Adventure Team came from – sitting in a fire tower 120000 feet with good friends looking out over Colorado’s plains.
Ever played Firewatch by Campo Santo? I believe this was the tower that inspired amazing art and locations in that videogame. The characters I drew up were a simple enough little team.
If you follow the sketchbook blog or follow me over at instagram you’ve seen my little dog avatar I use. Here’s the original post about it on my blog. I created custom illustrated avatars in ink for each of my friends that came along as well. A friendly mushroom spirit, a grumpy serval cat and a leggy bird that exclusively speaks French. If you don’t know what a serval is, google it. It’s like a fancy, leggy wild cat native to Africa.
Now a bunch of my friends want their own avatars. On the hunt for your own avatar for your own role playing game or just want to have some custom art to make your digital life a little more colorful? There are still a few spots on my commission queue open. Grab one for your own adventures. →
Happy Mermay 2018 folks. Heck happy May holidays to everyone. Happy May the 4th. Happy Cinco De Mayo. Happy Piccolo Day (Google it). Happy Memorial Day. Happy Mothers’ Day. Happy May! Happy summer break to all you students and teachers out there as well. They days keep getting warmer and longer and Spring is always nice.
Of course, I’m not even sure how Mermay came to exist. But here I am, drawing mermaids because they’re mythological creatures and they’re actually pretty cool. My third favorite musical as a kid was Little Mermaid. Lets be real here, Lion King was number one and Aladdin number two. Shout out to my folks who, with patience I cannot fathom, drove us a thousand miles to Disneyland with nothing more than the Lion King cassette on infinite repeat. Follow me on instagram so you can see when I post the colored version! →
My Mermay entry from from 2017. I drew this in pencil then cleaned it up with ink pens and Copic markers. It’s fanart for a book called Rescue Sirens.
Oh, by the way, the backpack is full of tea and art supplies, naturally.