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Long Live the Queen – 24 Mar 2017

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As much as I don’t want to see anything more from Alien: Covenant, my blackout collapsed when this showed up. GREAT poster. And completely the opposite of most of the better Alien posters which are still, isolated, and claustrophobic. Well DONE!

Meanwhile:

1. Justice league promo posters and clips are Jack Blacking their way into you this week.

Flash and Wonder Woman have unremarkable posters.
But, isn’t Aquaman’s costume a hot mess here? All they had to do was give Jason Momoa some leather pants with a scale pattern and some trident and a weird crown and call it a day. link!

Meanwhile, Batman has a possibly inaccurate shiny chest symbol here, and criss-crossy arm bracer straps. The trailer comes Saturday, but in this little clip, you can see the Batmobile peppering a Parademon. link!

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Thus.

2. I was pretty down with the rumor that Brad Pitt was shortlisted for Cable in Deadpool 2. He’s got great comedic timing, even as a straight face role. Here’s some concept art validating how he could look, and it’s great. link!

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Meanwhile the scuttlebutt is that Michael Shannon is in the lead. Who knows, really, but that works too, eh!

3. [Spoilers for the one lung I’m aware of that haven’t seen Rogue One] I love reading about alternate storylines or ending narratives for projects I loved… these are a few interesting variants on Rogue One. Earlier this week we read about versions where Krennic survived only to be killed by Vader, and another just rehashing the two-base scheme originally planned on the surface. But each of these has an interesting component to it. link!

4. The Terminator franchise is dead! Unless it’s not dead! link!

5. Here’s a short look at examples of country-specific changes to popular animated films. Pretty interesting! link! My favorite reminder of this is when I mis-rip a Blu-Ray of a film and the writing on objects like signage or what have you is in another language. I quite enjoy it.

6. Lego Collectors Edition Snowspeeder? YES PLEASE link!

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This IMAX poster for GOG 2 is coloriffic and I love it so.
And these character shots made to look like groovy bubble gum cards are excellent as well. link!

8. This posits, among other things, that Qui-Gon Jin was an unwise Jedi Master. It’s certainly my read, but I’m not convinced they felt this way when the scripts were written and the films were shot. link!

OK, back to reality. Civil liberties are being incinerated, and I need coffee…


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Six Seven Go To Hell or Go To Heaven – 21 Mar 2017

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Tomenosuke PRO Blaster
Let me tole you: if I didn’t have kids in the home, and DID have $899 laying around…
link!

Meanwhile:

– As much as I crave new Hans Zimmer soundtracks, this interview, reposted across various sites, warmed my heart a bit, because I share a devotion to the Nolan Batman films as well. It’s a very intimate and purposeful connection, the soundtrack developed for that trilogy and the material itself. Nolan and Zimmer work well together, thematically (witness Inception and Interstellar for examples outside of the superhero genre) and when Zimmer did the Man of Steel soundtrack, while it was excellent and distinct, it was lending some of that former world’s pedigree to the new films in a way I found disconnected. link!

– Sony wants to proceed with fast-tracking Venom, without a script or director… in the post-Marvel-deal era, what do YOU want from a Venom film? I can’t decide. I really don’t like the character outside of Spidey using the suit and then slowly going batty from the symbiote’s influence. Once it jumped to other hosts and became 90seriffic, I was out. I do like the black ops version from recent years in the comics, but I don’t see how it would translate. link!

– Similarly, WB / DC seem intent on keeping the Flash moving forward (heh) despite multiple issues with the pre-production. That’s not a good sign. link!

– RIP Bernie Wrightson. That escalated fast.
Not my artistic influence, and I didn’t read a lot of his stuff, but I always admired it from a technical level and enjoyed reading about his convention persona. link!

– We’re doomed. More. link! Mega-rich oligarches in powered armor!

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– random Kraken-related jewelry for the day. AMAZING.

-I’m trying not to read anything about GOG2 these days… but I can’t get enough on Yondu’s cyber mohawk. link!

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– Expanse has been greenlit for Season 3, so I can now relax.
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– Alicia Vikander may be joining a new Ben Wheatley project involving kicking nocturnal underground beastie ass. His current project looks insane and awesome, so let’s be optimistic.
link!

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– Becky Cloonan’s poster for Ghost in the Shell is EVERYTHING. link!

– Reddit is questionable for a lot of things. But the AMA (Ask Me Anything) series is not one of them. Here’s Gareth Edwards… link!

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Your random Mike Mignola block-rockin art used as a bossbot’s iphone screen for today.

– I’m generally not a fan of cosplayers photographed and then given a bunch of post FX. I like the craft of the costuming itself, and that’s as far as I go. However, this is really well done. link!

– Apparently Hela knows capoeira in the new Thor film. I appreciate it’s a gladiator road trip movie, but that’s quite a diversion from the comics. Then again, probably a welcome one. Stand around and glower megagod types are boring on film. link!

– Good news for this guy, having just finished Peaky Blinders S03… S04 is due to begin production, and Tom Hardy will return. link!

– So Fox’s X-Men show for broadcast TV? The one with a family on the run with a mutant child, which seems to have little to know recognizable X-anything in it except for Sentinels? Is it going to be called Mutants on the Run? MutantsSuxxxx? Mutant? Nope. GIFTED. Srsly. I was gifted. I had to do more homework. That is all. link!

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Here’s your random Black Adam speculative rendering for today, by Chris Diem. Love it. Great proof of concept…

– Henry Cavill is on board for MI: 6. That’s interesting! I hope he’s a villain. Not a team member who betrays them, but a proper villain. link!

– How strange the wheel is… Matt Vaughn gave the X-Men franchise a brief moment of hope, before getting forced out by Bryan Singer. Now, after doing his own thing (Kick Ass, Kingsmen) he’s back in the big studio system’s favor for supehero tentpoles, being supposedly courted for the next Superman film. If true, that’s something to be modestly optimistic about, similar to what happened with batman. link!

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Here’s your random Bill S. pic of the day: Dr Doom!

OK, that’s all for now. Fear not and be just!
Remember, and I’ll remind you a lot in the coming days, I suspect:

– visit Robot-Kraken.com for all your standard nerd news, as well as updates on the podcast itself
– visit Instagram for topical updates on TRDL art stuffs
– visit Facebook (the TRDL Page, the TRDL Art Jam Group, the Robot-Kraken Group) for all your facebooky news (including process pics and WIPS and the like, as well as jam updates)
– visit deviantArt for the latest jam action
– and as always, visit https://www.thirdraildesignlab.com for your collectible art print and book needs!


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The Robot-Kraken Podcast – Episode 29: (March 2017)

 

The Robot-Kraken Podcast – Episode 29: (March 2017)

It’s March… or has been for two weeks now… In this episode of Robot-Kraken, Kris and Thom review Powerless on NBC, Legion on FX, and wax nostalgic, during our Shipyard segment, about how digital technology changed how we produce our art.

As always, you can stream the episode by clicking the button above or HERE and subscribe, listen and rate us on iTunes too!

TIMESTAMPS:
0:00 – Introduction

2:00 – Milking Otters and the Pens That Hold Them

4:20 – Surviving the Existential Art Crisis
6:15 – Rogue One Round Two
11:00 – SUCKING THE MONKEY:  Back in piratey days, often rum and alcohol was forbidden on the ship, so buccaneers and sailors would smuggle alcohol aboard hidden in coconuts. Drinking from this undoubtedly delicious contraband was called Sucking The Monkey!
Kris: Leinenkugal Bavarian Dunkel
Thom: Olmeca Altos Agave Tequila (ruined with Mr. & Mrs. T)
16:20 a BB-8 Intervention
19:40 POWERLESS REVIEW (Spoilers)
39:30 In Which Thom Insists Ron Funches Was Replaced… But he Wasn’t. FAKE NEWS
41:30 [Wilted] Red Tentacle – the in-show parody commercial
48:45 THE SHIPYARD – Digital tools and how they changed our methods of making art
Kris: Traditional tools, lightboxing, inking rudiments, Wacom
Thom: Hypertext, MacPaint, Wacom and Cintiq in photoshop, now Ipad Pro/Apple Pencil/Procreate
Joao: Surface Pro and Manga Studio
1:34:00 Thom Attempts to Ascribe Kris’ Art to Another Cooler Tattoo Artist
1:35:00 Brush Pens but also Kris Proves it’s His Design; Foam Tips; Pentel Pocket Brushes; Kuretake
1:44:00 Thom has NO MORE NUMBER THREES
1:48:00 The TRDL ART JAM: Want to participate in the TRDL Art Jam? The TRDL Jam runs weekly but remains open indefinitely. The complete list of jam topics by date can be found here: http://bit.ly/1QM5XfE
This month’s Jam: WEAPONS, all 4 weeks
1:49:20 MICRO-REVIEWS: VICTORIA on PBS and CROWN on Netflix
1:51:00 Can you Draw to it?
1:54:00 Dodgy Commission Art and Nude Layers
1:55:25  He-Man is Everything
2:00:30 Black Licorice Tea / Brew Free or Die IPA to Stave Off Consumption
2:05:00 LEGION REVIEW, but also Suicide Squad, the Oscars, and Things
2:07:00  Kris Scares Thom’s Children
3:05:30 RED TENTACLE RECOMMENDATIONS:
Kris: Get Out
Thom: Peaky Blinders
This podcast may also be enjoyed on Youtube: Please subscribe! https://youtu.be/DBncQTD3I0s

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ROBOT KRAKEN is a MONTHLY podcast by two indie artists, Kristopher McClanahan of Deeply Dapper and Thom Chiaramonte of the Third Rail Design Lab. We get together and talk about comics, movies, working the table at comic cons, life in this nerdy wonderland, and whatever mumblings from the deep we come across. You can find out more about us, contact us or follow along our journey at robot-kraken.com iTunes – http://bit.ly/RoboApple Stream & Download – http://bit.ly/RoboDapper

Visit Deeply Dapper at FanX in SLC This Weekend

Chris of Deeply Dapper will be at FanX in Salt Lake City, Utah this weekend. He’ll have all of his usual nerdy goods like flasks, soaps, prints, metal plate appliques, etc plus he’s bringing a limited number of copies of his new Princess Bride poster! Check him out at Table GOLD 26

 

Ghost in the Book – 15 March 2017

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Guess what arrived on pre-order, now waiting to be viewed AFTER I see the film with one lung? That’s like a month away… guh.

Meanwhile:

Anyone have $200K + a truck and trailer they can loan me? link! But srsly, tho, that can be towed on public roadways. It’s like a steroid version of taking the jetski out on the weekend.

I tend to think of each Pixar film from the perspective of what new tool they introduce with the project. I’m biased, having friends in that specific department at the studio. But man, on top of the rest of the imagery that I’ll be enjoying on this one… glowing underworld flower petal tool! link!

Weird robot hotel? Check. http://www.h-n-h.jp/en/link!

Hot damn I’m down: Becoming Bond, a semi-surreally-fictionalized-true-interview with Lazenby. Hulu, May. link!

The ongoing Big Hero Six animated series has been greenlit for S02 and S01 doesn’t even get released until fall. That Stan lee is involved, and life is short, may or may not factor. link!

I’m not a superfan of Neil Gaiman (there goes our podcast membership by 30%) and haven’t read American Gods, but hot damn, I’m on board. Plus, Crispin Glover big bad alert! link!

Dig this film short for Gernsback Continuum, from Mirroshades back in the day. Gibson adapted once again (or first) better than Johnny Mnemonic… link!

1:1 scale AT-ATs are the best AT-ATs. link!

“I didn’t have to worry about Graff. He was brown-nosing for a promotion, so he didn’t want me back anyway.” I still can’t believe that Olmos is coming back. I’m so stoked.

I’m sad to read that Chris Evans is [supposedly, verbally] intending to walk away after his contract is up, not because I’m not realistic, but because I love him in the role and would like to see more Cap focused content like Winter Soldier. But hey, RDJR was supposdly done several movies ago. Of course, when you are behind CGI armor, it’s easier to do that role longer and be less in shape, and the Cap role requires sizzlechest. link!

Other news to sadden some and embolden the optimisms of others, including this guy, is that Matt Reeves is having a full scale rewrite done of the Batman script. This should be expected: it’s the terms he negotiated. His world view, his baby now. Meaning very likely no Deathstroke… we’ll see. But again, i’m all for him having his vision. link!

Finally, Legion has been renewed, which is GREAT news. It was a short season and a complete story, meaning not stretched out to meet studio demands, meaning a story presumably feeling cohesive… meaning a new season will be a new self-contained narrative, one hopes. link!


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Vampire Road Trips and Other Things – 13 Mar 2017

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Preacher Season Two is imminent!
link!

Meanwhile…

– Well, I know these theme park events are supposed to be dramatic, but wow. Hope that doesn’t have a metaphorical connection to the quality of Skull Island (early reports are that it is in fact sweet-as) link!

– Zazie Beets has been officially cast as Domino in Deadpool 2, beating out (if they were ever truly in contention) many others. I think she looks neat, so. I haven’t seen Atlanta… link!

– WHAT. Check this out, but only if you’ve seen LOGAN: link!

– Generally speaking, I’m not the target market for the Belko Experiment. I don’t like pressure cooker dramas where people are forced to hurt their friends and loved ones in psychotic gamery (Saw) and I still feel like all of these Battle Royale knock-offs pale in comparison to the original manga and later film. However, a) James Gunn and 2) it’s gonna be awesome and d) THE MARKETING. link!

– This just in, from the “We Dont Deserve This Future – But We’ll Take It” department: a T-rex is running a D&D game on Twitter: link!

– This is a nice touch, for fans of the GitS OAV: link!

– This marketing promo for Walter (Weyland-Yutani) is enough for me to declare A:C 100% minimum awesome. I mean, sure the movie will be much worse, but this commercial alone, I just want to watch it on endless loop. link!

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Read that fine print!

– oh, is it 2014? link!

– I tried to avoid watching this trailer, and I managed about 5 days… anyway, yeah, I’m INNNNNN: link! It’s like the Salt but more Salt THAN Salt.

– Vanessa Kirby may be in MI: 6 (! the name!) but on the other hand, seeing now that she is naturally blonde, I’m less enthused. I like her as a brunette on the Crown. link!

– Watched by my wife and daughter maybe 33 times this weekend: link! I’m in it for the shin skids, you know that.

– I’m of two minds on Baby Driver. I love the supporting cast, driving stunts, one last job, etc etc etc. On the other hand, Angel Elgort Ansel Upsnort or whatever it is, don’t like him, and also ‘And that’s what makes him THE BEST!” is the worst line ever to come out of Kevin Spacy’s mouth. And that includes that talking cat movie. link! Still, trust in Edgar Wright…

– Finally, they cleaned up the Tick suit. We reviewed the Amazon pilot on Robot-Kraken months back, and it’s good to see the show moving forward. The suit’s design was over textured, and I’m glad to see them simplify. It’s like moving from concept art to reality. link!


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Micro-Review: Blade Runner in the Wild and etc 9 March 2017

Micro-Review: Blade Runner in the Wild
A few weeks back I had the opportunity to see an outdoor showing of Blade Runner, accompanied by our own One Lung. It was pretty amazing. The cut was the director’s edition, no voice-overs, no happy ending.

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I got their early, expecting it to be packed, being a small outdoor viewing area with limited seating, and a hipster neighborhood in a hipster town (SF)… what I hadn’t anticipated was the fear of FREEZING, as it was extremely (regional context) cold and very windy, and the previous night’s original showing date was canceled due to heavy rain.

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As a result, I was sitting out there for about 40 minutes before Lung showed up, tucked into my blankets and snow gear, ha. The guys from Fort Point Brewery were on hand wth IPAs so I had one of those, and once Lung arrived I ordered a pizza from a deep dish place up the street.

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The pizza time ran long due to Saturday night crowds, so I missed a chunk of the film, after Leon’s test and up until Rachel shows up at Deckard’s house. So no owls for me. However, in the meantime, my handy Dharma flask from Deeply Dapper kept me warm! The pizza was excellent, the film was especially immersive, being outdoors in a high traffic area, where we had a line of honking cars and yelling pedestrians, and lots of lights and activity, just at the peripheral of the screen. It was like a poor man’s Star Tours, but in an expensive city and with less intended motion.
So awesome.

Meanwhile:

– Who doesn’t need ALIEN tiki mugs in their lives?
link!

– The first review of Iron Fist is in, and it isn’t… favorable. Wow. I’m still optimistic. I seemed to have tolerated Cage’s slow spots and dubious final boss more than most. But I think when you already have a street level martial artist (Daredevil) it is hard to make IF compelling unless you go WHOLE HOG with the asian mysticism… but from the trailers, and this review, it sounds more like another run at Stark, boardrooms, and whining. We’ll see. At least it’s going to be better than the ABC stuff.
link!

– GREAT ‘Different Spider-Man Comic’ … 100% MINIMUM ACCURATE
link!

– This is my kind of conspiracy theory!
link!

– So this is what that Hulk-with-claws image was about. MEH. Make that Weapon MEH.
link!

– The best Pez Dispenser (design) EVER. EVVVVVVARRR
link!

Misc.:

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This remains my favorite standalone Hellboy image ever. Ever ever? Ever EVER. I had a print of it years ago, long destroyed, and I had an original pen sketch of similar profile, which was also destroyed due to UV foolishness. Love it.

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Related: The Mignola Appreciation Group on FB often posts ‘sound effect’ of the day… based obviously on the enthusiasms around Mignola’s choices of onomatopoeia… this is my current favorite example. Best Drip Drip Drip of the Day.

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This manip still cracks me up.


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TRDL Convention Schedule 2017

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Now that I have the shows arranged, here are my convention appearances planned for 2017.

Note: WW Sacramento, Heroes and Villains Portland, and Rose City, will all be shows that Deeply Dapper and I will table together, so if you are aa Robot-Kraken Podcast fan, now’s your chance to see us in the flesh, prod us for cybernetics, ply us with rum, etc.

This is somewhat subject to change: we are waitlisted on a few shows, and there are a few others we are thinking about, based on how the June shows go. But for now, if you are on the West Coast, you have an opportunity to come visit, talk comics and standard nerd stuff, pick up some art books, prints, and original work, and possibly be featured on the Robot-Kraken Podcast convention feature. Hope to see you in California or Oregon this year!

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Thom Chiaramonte
Third Rail Design Lab
http://www.thirdraildesignlab.com


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You Bring the Silicone I’ll Bring the Sealant – 7 March 2017

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link!
Look, you know I’ve thrown my chips in on this film, and it’s not a view shared by everyone I talk to, or even very many. But all this WETA practical work is KILLING me, I love it. All silicone, three layer suit, with no seaming. Makes me think of Ross Gellar and the leather pants scene with all the talcum. Anyway, points for teaching me the term PAULDRON, something I draw and design every day and never knew had a proper name in plate male design, and more points for the use of magnets to hold them on the shoulder so they move properly with the rotator cuff. So much work for something most in the audience will just assume is CGI.

Meanwhile:

– I’m not watching Gotham any longer. I just can’t even. But the best choice they’ve made yet is casting Siddig as Ra’s Al Ghul. I’ve loved this actor in the modern era, so much more than his stint on Star Trek. He was memorable (and underutilized) in Game of Toles, and has surfaced in Peaky Blinders S03 as well. Love him.
link!

– Here’s the first official shots of the punk rock styling of Hela, Thor, and Valkyrie in Thor 3. The short hair on Thor will be polarizing, I’m sure. Almost distracting the complainers from the ethnic shifting on Valkyrie? Probably not, knowing the racist interweb.
link!

– I love the CONCEPT of local real life superhero propaganda figures in the community more than the execution, generally, but this guy actually makes a good case for the ‘homegrown superhero costume’ thing that actually looks reasonable. I can see this as Parker’s first suit, for example.
link!

– Neat video on all the CGI overlayed acting doubles in Logan. i can tell you, you never notice.
link!

– Also, here’s yet another look at that fake comic from the film. SAURON, ha.
link!

– Again, I’m stunned that Netflix greenlit Bright, and against my own bias, I’m going to watch it.
link!

– Michael K Williams has been stealing scenes in a lot of stuff… but wow, he’s going to be a crowd pleaser in Han Solo, no doubt.
link!

– Inhumans roundup for today:
1. Lockjaw being a thing is the best news yet. I have a fondness for the giant teleporting bulldog. Plus, photos from the set show him in pre-CGI massing. Also, Ken Leung joined, which is excellent news. Also, the rest of the casting bores me. It’s a toss up.
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– This set of Lego wings is slaying me. I’m so amateur. RAD.
link!

– Jason Issacs has joined ST: Discovery as the Captain. Notable specifically because he won’t be the focus of the narrative, the one conceit that intrigues me about this project.
link!

– Notes from the Beetlejuice that never was.
link!

– Amy Acker joining the X-Men show on Fox is great news, because she’s amazing and desirable. Unfortunately the premise for this show leaves me cold.
link!

– We just talked about Tron 3… now the scuttlebutt is that Disney wants to soft reboot with Jared Leto in the lead role, playing a character that was originally included in the previous Tron 3 script but in a lesser role.
link!

– Here’s the new ‘tamer, lighter’ Batmobile, friends.
link!

-Finally, if you have seen Logan already and want another look, or don’t mind being spoiled if you haven’t, here’s that much ballyhood extra thing:
link!

That’s all for now! I’m hard at work on the TRDL Sourcebooks and Kris is pushing on completing his Princess Bride poster in time for FanX next week. Busy busy. Also, tonight we will begin recording this month’s podcast segments. And hopefully release March’s show.


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TRDL Art Jam – March 2017: Weapons!

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Four weeks of fighting fun~
Week 01 – Bludgeon
Week 02 – Ballistics
Week 03 – Blades
Week 04 – Ranged

Have fun, be safe, draw carefully

Want to participate in the TRDL Art Jam?

The TRDL Jam runs weekly but remains open indefinitely. The complete list of jam topics by date can be found here: http://bit.ly/1QM5XfE
You will find associate links for the platforms of your choice: the R3 Forum, DeviantArt, and FB.


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