Thursday, May 31, 2012

My Art: Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

The art is a bit too large for the scanner, so a tiny bit of the bottom and the "r" all the way on the right got cut off. For the embiggened version, click here.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Eerie Beauty of Blackreach

Blackreach is a vast underground area in Skyrim, riddled with caves and ancient ruins. Populated by various creatures, home to bioluminescent plantlife, and host to much loot, the area is far larger than even the biggest city in the game. The main story in Skyrim takes you there briefly, but I always intended to set aside a few hours and explore it more fully when I had the chance.

To keep my exploration from being 100% random, I decided to collect as many examples of crimson nirnroot as I could, therefore unlocking the "return to your roots" quest. The quest requires you to have 30; I got a few extras in my time in Blackreach.

I was surprised to find a fucking giant strolling aimlessly down here. As usual, he turned hostile once I got somewhat close to him, and I had to put him down.

Here is a Dwemer Centurion Master who had the misfortune of being spotted by me; I killed it before it could even rise from its metal rack container-thingy.

After dispatching a few Falmer near this orb...

A goddamn dragon appeared!

I have no idea how a dragon came to be trapped down here, as dragons are not normally found in caves in Skyrim.

Fortunately, he was no tougher to kill than any other dragon, and he was soon munching dirt.

I spent about three hours altogether in Blackreach this time, and I still haven't been everywhere. The place is vast. I'll have to make a return trip when time allows.
For larger versions of any of these photos, you can view the album here.

Friday, May 25, 2012

My art: DC Dead- Superman vs. Wonder Woman

All of you who kept bugging the hell outta me asking "How can Superman be a zombie?" Here's how. Click here for an embiggened version.

My art: Orlok on the Prowl!

This is my first painting. Couldn't exactly scan it, so Cindy was kind enough to photograph it for me. For an embiggened version, click here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Rant Review: Batman Inc. #1

It's been a few months since I did a comic review, but I just couldn't resist this one. One of my all-time favorite series returns, and it's every bit as amazing as expected. Writer Grant Morrison and artist Chris Burnham deliver a riveting issue, working in all the necessary backstory to accommodate new readers. Burnham's art has improved since his last stint on the previous volume of this series, and it was quite good even then. His creative layouts are a visual feast, and he nails the appropriate facial expression for each character 100% of the time. As always Morrison delivers a story that rewards those who pay close attention, and includes some references to stories past-- including his own JLA #1 from fifteen years ago-- but he forgoes some of the more experimental storytelling techniques that sometimes leave some readers' heads spinning. It's one of the most straightforward issues Morrison has written in recent years, which makes it all the easier for a new reader to dive in. The final page makes for a loooooooong wait for next month's issue. Batman fans are likely already getting this issue, but I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys action stories and/or superheroes in general.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

So, I started a Tumblr...

Since I've been making an effort to return to drawing often, as i used to, I decided a Tumblr would be a good idea, so I can have all my art easily accessible in one place, rather than having to search here on the blog. The Art of Waylon Piercy Tumblr will be the place to go if you want to view my recent art, although I'll still post it here, as well.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My art: The Scarecrow

Here's a piece I whipped up last night, featuring none other than one of my favorite Batman villains: the sinister Scarecrow! For a larger version, click here.

Monday, May 14, 2012

I hope I'm not giving Hollywood any ideas...

Okay, we all know how boring it can be to hear about other people's dreams. But this is one for the record books.
I just dreamed that I was in a movie called Batman & the Three Stooges Meet King Kong. We were on a giant wooden flying machine-- evidently, I was playing the part of Batman-- and Kong was stomping around trying to catch up to us. I won his trust by pulling a large poisoned needle out of his hand, just in time for the flying machine to start crashing into a city. As everyone panicked, I remarked, "Bitches, I GOT this." In true Batman fashion, I saved us and kept the machine aloft in some extraordinary way, the explanation of which I can't begin to recall. (It was pretty damn awesome though, I can tell ya that.) Then, since the Three Stooges were those horrible faux-Stooges from that recent cinematic abortion, Kong and I teamed up to expel them from the flying craft. As I tossed faux-Moe overboard, I yelled, "We should've dropped you in Berlin!" (And no, I have no idea what in the blue hell that means, either.)

At this point, my mind was so baffled that I woke myself up. I can't decide if this would be a truly horrible movie, or the greatest thing ever.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Free Comic Book Day 2012

As many of you know, yesterday was Free Comic Book Day, which is always the first Saturday in May. Cindy and I made a day of it, as usual. My nephew Braxton stayed over the night before, and we all set out Saturday morning for Southern Fried Comics. We had a ball, then had lunch, hit some thrift stores, and capped it all off by going to see The Avengers. (I'm not gonna bother reviewing the movie, but seriously, go see it. It's a fun superhero comic come to life! If you've liked any of the Marvel movies, you will love it!)

Unlike many comic shops, SFC does not limit you to only two or three of the FCBD offerings, nor do they require you to purchase anything to get any of the free comics. I missed out on the Donald Duck, Image 20th Anniversary, and Smurfs comics I wanted, but I did get everything else I was interested in.

(Braxton really liked that one!)

I've never read a Mouse Guard comic before, but the book is actually hardcover, and it is just adorable. It even has a nameplate on the inside cover!

Also got the Thor figurine, and the comics in my pull box. (If you care, those were the last two issues of Simpsons Comics, the last issue of Spongebob Comics, and the latest issue of Simpsons One-Shot Wonders, featuring Milhouse.)
Free Comic Book Day is a  great event, and the people at Southern Fried Comics go above and beyond each year to make it fun. With a second event centered on Halloween beginning this year, I'm really looking forward to the next one!