This year I have been drawing concept art of fighting game characters. Previously, I posted live streams. Today, I’m sharing a finished art piece – Ramses II.
Ramses II in this conceptual fighting game would be the Zoner archetype. Zoners are very good at keeping their distance and striking with long-range blows. The drawback is they don’t have very much overall health. Frieza from Dragonball Fighterz and Peacock from Skullgirls fall under this archetype.
(For context, I borrowed a lot of these fighting game definitions from pages like this one on Gamerant.)
If you would like to watch how I drew Ramses II, check out this video on Youtube or on this blog. I drew him at every step in Clip Studio Paint.
You can watch me draw live on Twitch, or catch the archived streams on YouTube.
Today’s Black History Month Figure is Richard “Grass” Green, the first African American cartoonist to make work in the 1960s fanart movement AND the 1970s underground comix movement. He did LOTS of superhero parody comics, especially in Star-Studded Comics with his character Xal-Kor. In the 70s and 80s, his work often used humor to expose America’s bigotry and racism.
This was originally a short comic made for a comics anthology, but since I never heard from the anthology again, I’m going to post it here. The art is a few years old, so I may redraw it someday. But the story is still pretty solid, I think.
I mean, it’s based on the true story of actual historical badass woman, Queen Padmini. So HA.
I’m currently reading a fascinating book called Transgender Warriors by Leslie Friedman. It makes me think of The Yellow Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee in that both books are part memoir, part history books. The Yellow Lighted Bookshop is about the history of books as much as it’s the tale of the author growing into a mature librarian. Transgender Warriors is as much about Friedman as it is about trans people in history.
I recognized quite a few names of warriors in the first few chapters, as those people of history also appear in David E. Jones’s Women Warriors: A History. Women Warriors acknowledges that many of the women cross-dressed or exhibited more masculine qualities (like King Nzinga) but still has that gender binary. You have to infer that some women in that book were, in fact, non-binary. Maybe not “trans,” but definitely falling outside of man/woman dichotomies.
With that said, Friedman’s personal history is profoundly biased in one way: s/he was an active member, for many years, of the World Workers Party, a communist organization that was an offshoot of the Socialist Party in the USA. For all I know, s/he may still be a member.