Second Heroic Age
Last Updated: 9/11/07|
Beacon moved to First Age gallery.
Back to the ASH gallery
While I didn't do a lot of new art for Coherent Super
Stories, I did mine a lot of old ideas, which means old art. Rather than
further bloat the main gallery, I decided to just spin this stuff off from
the get-go, which led to the full re-org of the gallery. It'll be split into
three sections: ancient (pre-college), old (early 1990s, mainly) and new
(made after I started writing CSS). As usual, please don't copy or hotlink
I've done some pretty aggressive "applied nostalgia" in Coherent Super
Stories, mining some of my oldest work and revamping it. These drawings
represent either the earliest versions of characters, or the oldest I can
still find. At least one was drawn in crayon.
- Dragonfly: My first drawing of the character, done
in colored pencils over a #2 pencil drawing (no inks). Done around 1984, if
memory serves. Created as a character in the then-new Marvel Super-Heroes
RPG. The only other drawing I did of this version was for a team shot. See
Fan Art for Joe Singleton's update on this design.
- Phantom: Drawn in pencil and colored in crayon
in 1981 or 1982. I changed the name ot Fantom for CSS. Redrawn in 1984,
then quietly retired.
- Weapons Master: Drawn shortly before or after the
Dragonfly pic. Yes, that's a Hellfire Club goon he's kicking, he's another
MSH RPG character. The crate reads "Hellfire Club Property This End Up".
This is the first time I ever tried drawing two characters interacting. Done
in pencil and colored pencil in 1984. I later decided that Dragonfly made
his little jump belt thing. I've redrawn this concept a half dozen times or
so since then, but except for the team shot pics in 1984 and 1986 I don't
really consider them all to be the same character, so I won't be scanning
those. I will, however, scan this one, done during the
short but embarrassing to think about period when I actually thought Liefeld
was worth emulating instead of mocking (1990, for reference). Felt tipped
pen and colored pencil.
These drawings are of versions of the characters created for either the
original ASH setting in Champions, or the slightly later Raiders campaign I
did in grad school, with all the art being from the early 1990s. I was
changing my tools frequently during this time, experimenting with different
inking and coloring techniques. My general style, however, hasn't changed
much since then.
- Antiochus V: I actually introduced the
character into the game in the 1993 organic-bot form on the right, but
retconned in the 1970s robot once the players did some historical research.
I figure this is still about what he looked like in 1973 after a round or two
of upgrades. I think I inked him in Grumbacher technical pen and did most of
the coloring in Crayola colored pencil, with some marker work.
- Ladyhawke: Drawn as an NPC for my Champions
campaign in 1991, as the retired superhero mother of ASH member Rad. That's
not a filter on the fleshtone parts, that's just really thick colored
pencil. The rest is marker, and I think I inked this one in quill and ink (I
picked up that tool over the summer of 91 and used it until discovering
technical pens in spring 1992). See Fan Art for Joe
- Delta Rose: Drawn in 1991, this is more or
less what her 1970s costume should look like, although she probably
accessorized with a backpack or beltpouch or something to carry other gear.
Inked in pen and quill, the pink and white were colored pencil while the reds
- Powerhouse: This was originally just a
design for the heck of it, but I later brought him into the ASH campaign as
an old foe of Ladyhawke's, and father of the girl who ended up as Rad's love
interest. Pressing the jewels in certain combinations releases various
chemicals through the harness. Inked with a fine point felt-tipped pen and
colored in markers. Desperately needs some highlighting in with all that
brown. I think I must've just bought a set of brown markers that week.
- Valkyrie: Actually my PC in one of the spin-off
ASH campaigns (at one time, four people were running games in the setting),
I've adjustd her timeline so that she was active late in the Second Age,
albeit mostly as a behind the scenes sort. Based on a Freyja miniature.
Felt-tipped pen and colored pencil.
Stuff drawn recently, either by me or by other ASH creators.
- Dragonfly: Pose taken from Frank Robbins art on
Captain America #186, with the Falcon coming in for a landing. I wanted a
1970s feel, and reinforced it with the Sharpie inking and the non-gradiented
colors. Pencils. 5/3/07.
- Lady Lawful I: Done
by Andy Burton using City of Heroes' character creation system.
- Brightsword: Patriotic hero with an alien
cutting torch and powers unleashed by alien experimentation, powers he passed
on to his daughter. Fought the communist agent Darkshield in San Francisco
in the late 60s and early 70s. Drawn in a blatantly Kirby style, Sharpie and
Prismacolors. As with Dragonfly, I shot for minimal gradients, counter to my
usual coloring style. 5/5/07.
- Fantom: Purely done in Prismacolor markers. No
penciling beforehand, no inks. The swirling grays didn't blend as well as
I'd hoped, and my initial concept had this being much looser and spookier,
but I'm reasonably pleased with how it turned out anyway. 5/6/07.