Archives for the month of: March, 2014

Ultron MK5    electric cake orchestra

Ultron is available for £10 , and the band Electric Cake Orchestra commissioned me to draw them, so I did.

Remember, if you want a Black and White £10 commission like the ones above, all you have to do is email me at NickGonzoDraws@gmail.com. Check here and here for others I’ve done.

 

Anyway, from the title I think you know that I’ve started watching Attack on Titan.

I was recommended it by a few people, and thought I’d dive in (helps that its on Netflix) and now I have a few things to say about it. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably heard most of what I’ve been thinking, because its been the source of great conflict and confusion in my mind as of late. But first, here is a little explanation of what it is, and I’m going to remain as spoiler free as I can, but I will talk plot details.

Attack on Titan is an anime based on a Manga about a world where humanity has been pushed back to the brink of extinction by huge wandering giants called Titans. Desperately the survivors put up three huge walls in rings to protect themselves from the endless hordes of huge digestion machines, and developing spider-man like gas powered rigs to fight the Titans, who can only be slain by a slash to the back of the neck. But, after a 100 years of inactivity, the Titans get into the last human stronghold aided by several unique titans never before seen, including one the size of a mountain, and a third of our ground is lost. The action picks up 5 years later, where humanity is starting to fight back.

Its a really bleak series, which I like, the first two episodes are basically a block of anguish and tears, episode three and four are semi-uplifting military training montages, and the fifth is just a big ball of nihilism as the writers start offing people like there’s no tomorrow. Its beautiful really, when the first massacre starts and ends so suddenly, it just put a smile on my face.

The Titans are actually a menacing adversary. They’re big, naked, genital-less people with weird proportions that have the sole drive of eating people by the fist full. As the series progresses you learn more and more about these Titans, and how they make no sense, and their direct opposition to the laws of nature is creepy.

Their lack of any particular anger is refreshing, and if they were just another set of gnarling monsters it’d dull the banality of big people who will bite you in two. They’re just nightmare fuel, and the major reason I watch it, to see them grind people up and watch the characters struggle along. I also hunger for knowledge about what they are, and that’s one of the key draws to the show, it controls the flow of information well so you are left at the end of an episode already slicing up your day to fit a couple more in. Attack on Titan also has this great Fascist overtone to it. The Royalty in charge seem to be corrupt, or at least self serving, and the military have this “just go out and die” mentality, it feels like the little people are being played with by their rulers as much as the Titans, because they can’t feel, house or control the masses. Its all very interesting.

But its so intense. And not in an edge of your seat, THE WIRE kind of intensity, I mean theres all sorts of moments where people say things with such severity it makes me want to laugh.

During the above MAGIC POMEGRANATE scene I almost had an aneurysm. Its brilliant, nihilistic breakdowns and magic fruit. If theres one thing thats hard to puncture in the show its how the Overly dramatic, overly intense moments and the violent little psychopath main characters constant shouting detract away from a really good show. I keep going for the story and for the world’s lore, but there are moments I want to turn off because, say for example, two characters will have an argument about a potato or someone will say something and their clothes will billow from the sure drama of what they’re saying. Also, the melodramatic speeches are constant. People will scream about their own insignificance, the insignificance of humanity, the pointlessness of everything in the face of titan death, all the while bright light shooting from behind them, or intense atmospheric forces whipping their hair about.

I suppose in conclusion of this ramble, if it was bad, I wouldn’t be writing about it at all. Its a really good show, that just happens to embody all the criticisms I have heard of anime shows. Heck, I’ve taken the piss out of shows for the exact same things this displays,  but the overall pros are much much better than the cons. There isn’t a cat themed comic relief character, which is nice, and everyone seems to hold their own, and its got good over all writing. I recommend it if you can get past the scene in the first episode where the father, a man who looks like MANY other characters in anime shows, promises to “show you the cellar I have been keeping a secret” which I was just all DUM-DUM-DUMMMM, FORESHADOWING! It has its ridiculous moments, but what doesn’t. And so what if some of the Titans look like your Grandfather?

I mean, the ridiulous moments aren’t as fun as Parasyte’s.. but then again, not many things are:

 

Wolverine 1 Scud 1

Wolverine: Available for £10            Scud the Disposable Assassin: £10

Dr Doom Molly Hayes holding an Elephant

Dr Doom: £10                                             Mollie Hayes holding an
Elephant: Sold for £15

Just doing a bit of a £10 Sketch Saga update. I did a few new ones. I may make a page just of them, so if anyone wants to buy the ones that haven’t sold, you can, right here, RIGHT NOW! If you want one of these, or want me to do one just for you, email me at nickgonzodraws@gmail.com How come Wolverine wears a disguise? I mean he goes into battle wearing a Mask, and his identity is a mystery even unto himself, so, I doubt he’s hanging at the shopping center and he’s all, “hope no one bothers me”. Because he’s Wolverine. He doesn’t go to the Supermarket, and all his enemies know who he is, sort of.

Hey , look at this:

Mo Money Mo Spider-Man got published in The Low Road Magazine, which is really cool. Its nice to expand the market for a weird little comic like that. I also did the poster for their Record Label’s gig. Getting published is fun, but getting published when someone has picked your thing is ever better. Speaking of enjoyment, The Tree was reviewed by Big Comic Page:

YOU CAN READ ABOUT IT HERE

I’ve been looking into doing some more The Tree like short comics, especially considering that with heavy work loads you can sort of get bogged down with a lack of control over your art world… I had the idea of finishing a long form comic called Asazoic in between projects, but its hard to get into doing one or two pages of a project then disengaging, so I end up doing nothing. Short form comics allow me to do things rougher. The Tree was drawn smaller than usual, so I can do it on my knee, in fine liner, rather than at the drawing board. It creates a seperation.  Anyway, I’m going to be doing one in the next couple of months about a soothsayer in a Diner in a desert, but less about that the better. Another one I’ll be planning is called Fantasy Black Channel, which is named after an album by this band:

I love that video by the way, its like “Hey, this is going one way…. no wait… no it isn’t its going this way… no… wait… no it isn’t…” and I love that. Its just why I love Late of the Pier as a whole, because you have no idea what the hell is going to happen next. Its a serious shame they only ever did one album. But their songs give me all sorts of crazed ideas, and one of them related to your TV being a Psychic terraformer, preparing your mind for infestation from Parasitic Mind Worms. The mind as a frontier for invasion! So there you go.

Anyway, drop me an email

nickgonzodraws@gmail.com

Hey, I drew these;

super zombieZombie 1

Super Zombie and Zombie, Sold for £10

They were done on  commission for £10 a piece and posted off to a happy Purchaser. As part of my drive to earn some money for Legal fees, I’ve launched a new £10 SKETCH INITIATIVE! wherein you can buy from me a Black and White sketch for only £10. These aren’t just off the wrists pieces of crap either, I want to create a proper piece of art for you to won and cherish and feel warm thoughts about me when you look at it.

If you don’t want to read a long bit of waffle skip to the next pictures. But suffice to say, I really want to draw zombies.

When I say legal fees, I want to explain what that means. I burnt my leg on a coach last November, causing a large burn on my leg. I would include photos but honestly, who want to see that. Its horrible. It has caused me an incredible amount of pain, discomfort, and inconvenience as I’ve been back and forth from the Hospital and the Doctors seeing plastic surgeons, nurses for dressings and also suffered three separate infections in the leg because that’s what happens when you cart an open wound around with you for months.

I’m seeking compensation from the Coach company for the suffering and the damage its done to me income, its been hard to get up and do my job and I’ve lost out on overtime at work, but the Solicitors I’m working with need to maintain their cash flow. They’re paying out for admin fees and information requests and I have to put back in so they can keep working for me.

So if you want a sketch it’d be super helpful to me, and you get a cool sketch.

dreamDeath

Dream of the Endless £10                               Death of the Endless £10

You can either buy one from me that I’ll be posting up here, or you can email me and request one from me.

Email me at nickgonzodraws@gmail.com

All sketches cost £10, and I will draw anything for you, as long as its not too over pornographic or horrifying.

If you want a piece of original art, or know someone who does, or want a cool gift for a friend or family member, then please, don’t hesitate to ask me, or just drop me an email.

Tuskan Raider

SAND PERSON! £10                                      

Rabbit

   Bunny Rabbit, sold for £10

Postage is like 90p for the UK and £1.50 for Europe and anything above that I’ll have to check, but it’s probably around £2.00

Every little helps, and it would really help the cause if you told people about this. Tell friends and co-workers, because just one commission would help me with the payments. Reblog, retweet, repost, reply, repeat, recycle.

I shaved off my beard.
To the rest of humanity this isn’t a thing.
To some of humanity this is a relief.
But to me, this is a disaster, a terrible fate I never wanted to entertain. I didn’t realise just how much impact having this burn on my leg has had on my body tone. I’ve gone all flabby, and with my beard acting as a jaw line substitute I never knew I’d become a pudgy loser.
I’ve gone wrong.
I had a job interview for a proper job that pays proper money and I shaved off my beard so I can look like a fitting candidate, but I has cycled back my self confidence. I need my face hair back.
News as this develops.