Monday, October 19, 2009

Heroic Master of Pens / More Heroes.





These are some more self portraits as fiction icons, well they are icons to me any way. As some of these are a bit obscure, I will break it down in point form from top to bottom.
  • Heroic Master of Pens / Martian Manhunter - A comic book hero from DC Comics who had (in the past tense, because he died a fictional death) some kick ass powers and a kind spirit. Flight, super strength, telepathy, shape shifting, invisability and heat vision put him in class with Superman. He could hand 'Supes' a hiding, as long as no one lights a fire, which is was one of his a major weaknesses.
  • Heroic Master of Pens / Ghostbusters - In the 1980's, unless you lived in cave, deep with in the earth, with no access to a tv or radio or Beta video player, you would have heard of Ghostbusters. I mean the film was massive and one of the most successful comedies of all time. This was because it was a novel concept embodied in a well made movie with cast containing some of the best comedic actors of that era.
  • Heroic Master of Pens / Tron -  A film from the early 1980's, one of the first that used digital effects and environments. People involved in making this film are now instrumental personel at a little animation studio called Pixar. A sequel is on the way. Daft Punk is doing the sound track. I am happy to say the least.
  • Heroic Master of Pens / Ulysses 31 - Possibly the coolest cartoon series of the 1980's. Based on the Greek myth but set in the 31st century. Surprisingly dark and messed up. A french anime, dubbed amusingly and one awesome band (I do not know thier name) does all the music for the show. A true classic.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Heroic Master of Pens / Photar


This self portrait is based on a little known but important cartoon character named Photar. In the last two episodes of the 1980's Astroboy cartoon (titled 'The World's Strongest Robot'), Astro defends himself against a massive and destructive blue robot named Bruton. This robot is given a mission by his master 'Sultan' to became the most powerful robot in the world by destroying every other uber powerful robot. And what do you know, Astroboy is among them. 

'The World's Strongest Robot' contains numerous high quality robot fights, often culminating in very sudden and brutal robot deaths. As a child, none of these fictional tragedies, in those two memorable episodes had more of an affect on me than the demise of Photar. Photar was a solar powered robot from the 'southern continent' (aka Australia), a sensitive and caring robot who looked after children. Photar did not like fighting, but when it came down to it, he was really very deadly, fast and powerful. And I thought he was cool.
As a kid, and now as an adult who loves cartoons, Photars death really bugs me. Partly because it was a fictional character that had an effect on me, but also because I thought Bruton got lucky to win his battle with Photar. To set the scene; Bruton chooses to fight Photar in the rain, less light meaning less power. Photar flies up into the clouds, and before you know it, he has Bruton on the ropes. Then some fricken kid in a fancy dress costume comes out in the rain, distracts Photar and before you know it, Bruton the robot killing machine pulls a sneaky death blow and kills Photar. Just before Photar explodes he cries 'give me more sunlight!'.  A hope crushing and cruel demise. Just what children love to see. When I watched the episode back in the day, I remember first seeing Photar thinking 'wow that is one cool robot' and 'maybe I could be a solar powered robot when I grow up too'. Not long after that some damn kid in the costume turns up and becomes a lethal distraction. 

These Astroboy episodes illustrated to me as an impressionable child, that being an evil blue robot meant you have to learn to land a sucker punch. Several perhaps. For all I know Bruton paid off / threatened that fancy dress child to distract a far more awesome robot so he could get the low blow.

That damn kid.


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Heroic Master of Pens / Transformers





These are all the self portraits I have drawn relating to Transformers. I have depicted myself as the Autobots (from top to bottom) Trailbreaker, Omega Supreme, Outback and Balster. The previous film review gave me a good excuse to post them. I am not being glib, but really, It is pretty damn obvious if a dude is drawing himself as Transformers he obviously digs them in major way. 

Since my Childhood I have just always thought they were cool. What kid in the 80's didn't? As I grew into a teengaer my interest may have dwindled, but I always respected how much fun I had palying with Transformers. In my mid twenties I began buying Beastwars transformers at the toystore and soon turned my attention to the old school 'robots in disguise'. My personal collection now stands at around 77and I have most of ones I want. As a collector you have to known when to stop - or at least slowdown. 

I love the vintage Transformers I have because they are amazing examples of toy design and superb in their detail. To a greater extent I relish the tangible sense of nostalga they bring to my own life and how friends and people I meet (who like / once liked this kind of thing) respond with a flash of joy when they see toys they may not have thought about since their childhood. I believe toys are for everyone at any age. Just hands off the ones in my cabinet.  

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Heroic Master of Pens / Masters of the Universe





These are some drawings from a series of twenty one self portraits. With the exception of three, I depicted my self as 1980's cartoon or toy character. In these pictures (from top to bottom) I am Orko, Man-E-Faces, Fisto and Mecaneck - all classic characters from the Masters of the Universe toy line and cartoon first released in 1982. Every Masters of the universe character, was either a 'Heroic Master' or 'Evil Master' of some weird skill. For example Fisto is the 'Heroic Master of Hand-to-Hand Combat' due to his very obvious giant metal hand. 

When these drawings where created, I was (as many other people at that time) was very much caught up in the novelty of Myspace. I am well and truely over that, having moved onto to Facebook and now twitter. Also being an avid 1980's toy collector (much more so when these drawings where created), combined with my love of drawing and a brain rotted by 80's half hour adds in the guise of cartoons - I created a Myspace page as the 'Heroic Master of Pens'. I regularly drew, scanned, photo shopped coloured backgrounds posting pictures of myself as many different toy and cartoon characters close to my heart. I got to twenty one or so portraits and kind of got sick of the idea, lost interest in Myspace and closed the book on a interesting idea. 

Now creating this Blog, it kind of seemed natural to resurrect 'the power of pens' and revisit this creative exploration. To use an absurd metaphor; If I was a farmer it only seems right to give these pictures ample time roam the paddock and eat some grass.