Dirk The Daring

That’s right, I’m going for the classic Dragon’s Lair video game.  The most difficult, time-consuming, money-eating game in arcade history.  It was the first game I remember seeing in an arcade that cost a whole dollar to play.  If you didn’t know the exact order of the moves to make Dirk do, you died immediately and lost your dollar inside two minutes.  Soooo frustrating.  Everyone kept playing it, though, because the graphics looked like a Disney cartoon and compared to the graphics on the Ms. Pacman game next to it, that’s a huge jump.  This was the game that taught you to hang back and watch a little, let others waste their money dying, and learn the ropes first.  Here’s the beginning of the rough-out.

Now that this one’s out of the way…

I can always look back on this one as the one that ‘taught’ me how to do grass on a whiteboard.  I really get a lot of enjoyment out of these works that are loose and brushy, I don’t feel like I’m a slave to every single stroke in the painting.  My next choice was actually a suggestion from a friend after I had run out of ideas.  As soon as he said it, I knew I had to do it.  It combines my love for 80’s video games and cartooning.  Hopefully it will be easier than the arcade game was.  🙂

Here’s the final image of the John Singer Sargent work:

I’m still alive.

After being kidnapped while backpacking through Venezuela, I’ve spent the last week escaping mercenaries.  I’ve lived off the land like Bear Grylls and had to take down some undesirables using those black belt ninjitsu skills that I always hoped I’d never have to bust out.  At one point, I thought I might have to eat my own hand but luckily  I was able to kill a wild boar by strangulation.  Ok, that’s all bullshit.  But I have been really sick this week and only worked two days which results in very slow progress on the Singer Sargent drawing.  Anyway, here’s where I’m at.