brendala: (magical me)
I've been pretty bad about posting my art here. So I'll update by showing off the colored pieces I've done recently with the tablet that the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] ichiban_victory gifted to me

Colorful scribbles under the cut..... )
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I swear, I heard about this news via people sending me “Are you happy NOW!?" messages on Deviant Art. Apparently, a few people seem to think that I had a hand in this because I wrote some scathing reviews of Sanzaru's sexist revision of the Sly Cooper series. LOL

Seriously though, I am beyond thrilled that Sanzaru's team of perverted man-children wont get another chance to sh!t all over my favorite video game series
brendala: (magical me)
Ever since I discovered this GLORIUS tutorial on transfering paper lineart into photoshop, I've been on a coloring binge! And this was the second old drawing that I opted to fully color (I wanted to practice on something with a background).




And here's the old B&W doodle
Read more... )
brendala: (SQUEE Daphne)
South Park: The Stick of Truth is an amazing game that inspired this amazing piece of fanart:



If you are a fan of the show, YOU NEED TO BE PLAYING IT!!!
And, FYI, Jew is the best warrior class! XD
brendala: (Bentley_Penelope  icon)
Happy Valentines Day, everyone






If you're wondering where the heck the Luna/Valgaav thing came from, check out this comic I did justifying the pairing!


Want more? Check under the cut!!
More romance! )
brendala: (magical me)
So...a game called The Last of Us is slowly eating up my life. It hasn't knocked Sly 2: Band of Thieves off my "best games of all time" list yet. But it's coming VERY close to tying with it!

My first play-through was on the easy mode. Then I did a 'new game plus' so I could plow through the enemies like Rambo instead of stealthing my way past zombie "infected" hordes. And now I'm currently re-playing it on the hard mode. And this is something I NEVER do with my games because I never understood the appeal of replaying a game on a masochistic, nigh-impossible difficulty setting. But I this game makes me WANT to. And keep in mind, I normally HATE the shoot-'em-up/spooky/survivor type games.

Also, I turned on the French language track for my hard mode re-play just for funsies (and because I need to practice my rusty Français. XD)

I want to go on about how AMAZING the story is, but I don't want to risk spoiling it for you guys. So I'm just gonna say that I HIGHLY recommend playing this game with a box of tissues handy.

brendala: (Carmelita icon)
Don't worry Jo & Stu! I didn't forget! I just got distracted by life. ^_^;

For those who don't know, I've been collaborating with [livejournal.com profile] earthstar_moon and [livejournal.com profile] gullwhacker to make an AU-version of Sly Cooper 4 because the actual Sly Cooper 4 was sexist and horrible. So far, we've just thrown together short stories and random doodles. But it's a very fun and cathartic way to vent some steam and imagine how good a forth game could have been if it wasn't written by perverted furries.

Onto the brainstorms!

DOODLES! )
brendala: (PUP laughing group)


I already wrote a gushing review about the genius of this game's story and the brilliance of it's ending. Now, it's time to show the game some more affection in the best way I know how: STUPID PARODY COMICS!!!!!
...and, let's face it, Joel and Ellie desperately need some levity in their lives.

Read more... )
brendala: (lina thumbs up)


NO SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS, PLEASE!!! I HAVEN'T FINISHED THE GAME YET!!!!!

I doubted that this game would live up to the hype. But...wow.
I don't want to dub it a masterpiece before I get to the ending (sadly, I've seen lots of games start great only to crap out in their final hours). But so far this one is blowing me away (and I normally HATE the survival/horror/shooter genres)

The way Ellie was handled REALLY surprised me (in a good way). Modern games have a lot of.....issues when it comes to handling female characters (**cue obligatory rant about the-game-that-shall-not-be-named**). And games don't do much justice to kid characters, either. But Ellie's behavior and dialogue actually feels REAL! Her dialogue feels like it's being delivered by a teenage girl and not some 30-year-old male writer's idea of what a teenage girl would sound like.

It's so jarring to see a female lead character in a game actually behave like a human being instead of spank material and/or a lame plot device. And I'm torn between enjoying it and cynically waiting for a fridge to drop on her.


This next drawing has a slight spoiler for the middle of the game, so it's going under a cut:
Possible spoiler under the cut... )
brendala: (Scrooge & Goldie)
Please forgive my incompetence at drawing Duck characters. But I just had to express my love for them in art form!




I've beaten this game twice already. I bought a PS3 just so I could play it and it was worth EVERY PENNY!! It's like experiencing a lost episode of the original cartoon!

If you love Ducktales, Disney, old school gaming, and/or beautiful hand-drawn animation, BUY THIS GAME NOW! The sprites are GORGEOUSLY animated and replicate both the look of the cartoon and the feel of the 1989 video game flawlessly. And, for all the people who just want to experience the story without the sadistic old-school NES difficulty, there's an Easy Mode available to play.

And yes, the iconic money bin is a mini-game that you get to swim around in! :)


RANDOM GUSHING!!!
Read more... )
In short, BUY THIS GAME AND BUY IT NOW!!!!
It's hella fun. And if it sells well, maybe we'll get a remake of the equally awesome 1989 Rescue Rangers NES game. And I want this to happen more than you will ever know!! ^_^
brendala: (Carmelita icon)
I brainstormed some ideas for how to handle the ancestors in my cathartic re-write of Sly 4 (aka the-sexist-fucking-game-that-shall-not-be-named!!!!) that I'm doing with [livejournal.com profile] earthstar_moon and [livejournal.com profile] gullwhacker.

I felt this warranted it's own post (even if only two people are really interested in it ~_^)

First up, the drawings inspired by this exchange:
Ancestor drawings under the cut.... )

BONUS COMIC: SLY 2 EPILOGUE!

I was on an art roll yesterday and drew this while at work. Basically, it's my idea of how Bentley ended up in the prison hospital after Sly 2.

This comic is a rough outline. I normally don't post outlines because they tend to be ugly and hard for anyone who isn't me to follow (since I use them to brainstorm how the comic should be laid out). But it turned out surprisingly good for something I drew while I was on the phone (plus, it might take me a while to draw a polished version because I'm working 7 days a week now ^_^;). So I decided to post it anyway:

Comic under the cut.... )
brendala: (Carmelita icon)
This particular essay caused quite a wank storm among Sly Cooper fans on both Tumblr and Deviant Art. So I thought it would be interesting to see how it's received by the friends I have here who are mostly unfamiliar with the Sly Cooper franchise (save the two poor saps I recently roped into playing the original trilogy ~_^)

Basically, I believe that Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time perfectly encapsulates what is WRONG with the current gaming industry and culture vis-à-vis female representation. And this essay explains why.

FYI, The essay contains MAJOR spoilers for all four games. So if you want to play the original trilogy before reading about how Sly 4 took a steaming dump on it & locked the female characters in the fridge, go do that now. The essay will still be here when you get back.


Read more... )

brendala: (magical me)
Here's an art post of random silly things I've drawn lately. We'll start with Adventure Time!




Now for some non-fanart original stuff!

Doodles under the cut.... )

HUMANIZED RESCUE RANGERS

Here's some half-finished "Humanized Rescue Rangers" doodles that I forgot about until I dug them out of one of my MANY "unfinished ideas" folders. LOL
Doodles under the cut.... )


Humanized MLP sketches

Doodles under the cut..... )


DC Comic Girls
Doodles under the cut.... )


Final Fantasy X
Doodles under the cut.... )


Cardcaptor Sakura


Doodles under the cut.... )
brendala: (Carm scowl)
Very few male Sly fans seem to understand why this game bothers me. This comic was my attempt to illustrate it in a way they might understand:



Here's the DA link.

I swear, it felt like this game was TRYING to make female players uncomfortable. The original Sly trilogy treated the two female leads very well. But this game...
Read more... )

So, if any of you guys are getting sick of my recent Sly Cooper spamming. Just keep all those facts in mind and try to be patient with me.
brendala: (Bentley_Penelope  icon)
Because I need to keep doing this until the-game-that-shall-not-be-named (and all of it's horrible, sexist attacks on my childhood) is cleansed from my brain!!!!







This method helped me cope with the-show-that-shall-not-be-named turning a feminist icon into a self-loathing moron who hates herself for being "ugly". Let's see if it works this time, too!
brendala: (Bentley_Penelope  icon)
I had a free day today and felt like whipping out my colored pencils. Expect to see more colorful things later!




More doodling under the cut.... )
brendala: (magical me)
Monotonous office jobs can be surprisingly inspiring. I even managed to incorporate color for the first time!!

Sharpie highlighters are perfect for 80s icons!






And here's some non-fanart (believe it or not, I do have a tiny shred of originality!)
Scribble Time!! )
brendala: (magical me)
So my search for a new doodle pen lead me to the 99 cent store that just opened near my house. These pens aren't perfect; but they work almost as well as the brand that I can't find anymore

Here are some of my test doodles. I tried to draw a little of everything to make sure it worked:

SUPER GIRLS


Random assortment of scribbles... )

[livejournal.com profile] earthstar_moon 's Sly Cooper AU
Joann, Stu, and I recently brainstormed ways to make Sly Cooper 4 not suck.
FYI, I have dubbed Sly 4: Thieves in Time "the-game-that-shall-not-be-named" because, like the-SHOW-that-shall-not-be-named, it's a sexist piece of shit that fridged two of my all time favorite fictional ladies!!
...*ahem* Anyway, here's the AU pictures and the texts that inspired them (the full geeky brainstorm can be found here)


AU madness under the cut.... )

Final verdict: Very good quality for a pen I got as a 4-pack at the 99-Cent Store. For now, this'll suit my scribble needs nicely! :)
brendala: (Carmelita icon)
Sometimes, you CAN judge a book by it's cover.

For example, my initial reaction upon seeing the rebooted design for Carmelita Fox (the main female character and all-around badass from the original Sly Cooper trilogy) was, "WTF!? There is no way in HELL that this game will be good!! Why is it directly pandering to the wierdo pervs who draw furry porn!!!!?!??"

For those who aren't familiar with Sly Cooper, here's a side-by-side comparison of the old and new designs (hint: the original design is the one that DOESN'T SUCK!!!):



...but, in the end, I opted to give it the benefit of the doubt and buy the game anyway. That was a mistake.

Read more... )

I can't help wondering if this sexing up of a game franchise that was previously...
a) not guilty of the sexist nonsense that seems to plague the game industry nowadays
b) primarily marketed to CHILDREN!!
....has something to do with modern trends or culture or whatever. It's just scary how female representation in media (especially in stuff that's aimed at kids) seems to be going BACKWARDS instead of FORWARDS.


On a lighter note, I couldn't help wondering how this game would have been received if the tables were turned and pervy WOMEN had gotten their clutches on this franchise. And then this fantastic piece of crack-art was born...
Sexy & Sparkly fan-comic under the cut... )
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Because I'm feeling sappy this week, here's a nerdy wedding scene!!

Fluff under the cut...... )

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