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Third Rail Design Lab - Thom
Artist | Professional | Design & Interfaces
United States
I am a designer overall, architect by profession and comic illustrator and concept artist through my own imprint, Third Rail Design Lab. I publish a comic through TRDL that is free to view, and over a pretty extensive library of original characters which include powers and origins, etc as well as a generic RPG stat system for conversion to any game, which are available online and in trade paperback form. I also do commission art and design work for collectors and commercial applications. Lastly, I host a weekly art jam that can be found here: :icontrdl-r3-weeklyjam:

30 March 2014

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 30, 2014, 8:45 AM
Trdli1405 Misso105z by TRDLcomics

Again, far too long between updates, I know. 
This is what's been going on...

1. I finished two commercial projects that were taking most of my free illustration time, though I'm still neck deep in some web design work for another client. As a result, my commission and TRDL illustration schedule has been pretty slow. But these are the problems to have!

2. My favorite piece from the last two months is this pin-up above. It's part of my series of old-timey pinups designed for vinyl application on bike frames, car glass, etc. Let me know if you have an interest in any of these. The e-store won't be up until this summer, officially. 

3. Other recent pieces:

Trdli1406 Ramisz by TRDLcomics
A piece dedicated to Harold Ramis

Trdli1407 Scarletwitchz by TRDLcomics
A redesign of Scarlet Witch envisioned for film

Trdli1408 Suestormrz by TRDLcomics
A redesign of the Fantastic Four uniform

Trdli1409 Moonknightrz by TRDLcomics
A redesign of Moon Knight

Trdli1404 Aouda104z by TRDLcomics
Princess Aouda from Around the World in 80 Days

Trdli1403 Chunli103z by TRDLcomics
Chun-Li from Street Fighter

Trdli1402 Msmarvel102z by TRDLcomics
The new Ms. Marvel

Trdli1401 Jeangreyhrz by TRDLcomics
Turn of the Century Jean Grey

Here's some works in progress...

TRDL Spider-Slayer Redesign WIP by TRDLcomics
Spider-Slayer redesign

TRDL Marvel Spitfire New WIP Sketch by TRDLcomics
Spitfire from Marvel, 2014 version

TRDL Classic Marvel Spitfire by TRDLcomics
Classic Spitfire

Trdli14beetlenewsk by TRDLcomics
The New Beetle

Trdli14 Suestormnewp by TRDLcomics
The new FF Costume Design

1rdli14 Catanim by TRDLcomics
Batman: The Animated Series version of Catwoman (after my young son added some art direction comments)

Trdli14 Dejathorisp by TRDLcomics
Deja Thoris

4. The TRDL OC Art Jam continues at a glacial pace. CJ Williams finished his piece of TRDL fan art, and I'm wrapping up mine for him. Meanwhile, :iconyncke: is up next for the current round of trades.

The TRDL OC Fan Art Swap is a new thing for 2012-2014. While my commission schedule and official TRDL product work is pretty full, what I wanted to do was try and squeeze in some OC fan art to celebrate the design work of fellow artists here on dA. 

The proposal: reply in the comments below with your intent to participate, and include a link to the character (or a collection of characters for me to choose from) and I'll slot you in on the list below. My goal is to hit one of these per month. I will do full color rendering fan art of your character, and in exchange, you can pick one of the characters from the TRDL Universe and draw them for me, and I'll include it in the upcoming TRDL Fan Art gallery here. When thinking about the OCs you want to submit, consider that they can be entirely original designs, or your own redesigns of mainstream characters. If you put some design thought into it, I'll draw it!

So get your name on the list below and lets do some art trades!

TRDL OC Fan Art Swap is Open
As long-time followers of my work know, my bread and butter is a world-building RPG sourcebook series called the TRDL Sourcebooks, offering original supers characters with stats, origins, etc available for conversion and use in various RPG formats. I've been creating characters since I was a kid and the TRDL Original Universe offers over 300 original characters (about 100 are available on http://www.trdlcomics.com  now, and another 200+ will be released with the new sourcebooks later this year). I have collected a number of fan art pieces friends and fellow artists have done of TRDL characters for inclusion in a special gallery. I have also done my interpretations of other artists' OCs here and there as time permits.
The TRDL OC Fan Art Swap is a new thing for 2012. While my commission schedule and official TRDL product work is pretty full, what I wanted to do was try and squeeze in some OC fan art to celebrate the design work of fellow ar


5. Lastly, this week's TRDL/R3 Challenging Art Challenge is Miss America Chavez. Everyone is welcome to participate!


2014 R3 Art Challenge 14: Miss America ChavezOne of my favorite newish Marvel characters, Miss America Chavez is currently a member of the Young Avengers in the Marvel Now! reboot. The new Captain Marvel got all of the mainstream media attention as a young Muslim woman character, but America Chavez seems to have flown under the radar, primarily due to lack of overt marketing. But here we have essentially a tall, fit, super-powered latina girl wearing the stars and stripes and taking an alpha role. Awesome in every way.
http://marvel.wikia.com/America_Chavez_(Earth-616)

Reference piece by the amazing Autumn Sacura! http://autumn-sacura.deviantart.com/art/Miss-America-Chavez-362254273
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The R3 Art Challenge runs weekly but remains open indefinitely. It can be found on the Third Rail Design Lab R3 Forum here: http://trdlcomics.com/r3/viewforum.php?f=27
And on DeviantArt in the TRDL R3 WeeklyJam group here: http://trdl-r3-weeklyjam.deviantart.com/
The complete list of jams can be found here: http://bit.ly/17S60xQ


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:iconzakosauris:
Zakosauris 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
thanks for the fave, I truly appreciate it! 
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TRDLcomics 6 days ago  Professional Interface Designer
cheers!
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lemgras330 Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for faving! :happy: hug
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TRDLcomics Apr 2, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
no problem! loved it
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:iconwalfiend2:
Happy birthday! I hope you have an amazing day, filled with family, friends, and fun! 
:party: :airborne: :cake: :airborne: :party:
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TRDLcomics Mar 28, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
DONE!!!
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warman546 Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday :)
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TRDLcomics Mar 28, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
cheers warman
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gwdill Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Happy birthday, Thom!  :cake:
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TRDLcomics Mar 28, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
appreciated gabe
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