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Trdl1705 Wolverinex23z

TRDL 2017 Series No. 05 - Wolverine [X-23]

When they put Laura Kinney in Wolverine's costume, I wasn't down with it. I really like how X-23 evolved from merely being Logan's clone and a fetishized Battle Royal style murderous schoolgirl vibe to an interesting young woman struggling with embracing both her programming as an assassin and as a person with emotions and desires of her own. She had been in the Wolverine costume before: the yellow and brown kit during the brief Alan Davis drawn story arc in X-Men, and then a very successful version as a member of Wolverine's X-Force (the black and white, but without a cowl)... so here, especially with the choice to go blue and yellow, it felt too forced for me initially. However, her solo book began with an excellent story arc and wonderful art, and I grew to like it. I still prefer her without the cowl, but she's definitely more than just a female Wolverine. I know it goes against normal protocol to draw her without her claws out, but I prefer only showing them in combat. 

Full size 11x17 art prints available on the site:
www.thirdraildesignlab.com

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TRDL Update - 12 January 2017

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 12, 2017, 4:46 PM
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The new year is off to a good start! Well, I'm including the last week of December for science, as the time off from work, while offering very little free time to work on art projects, did allow me to clear the decks and renew my focus, and plan for the new year's goals.


What better way to be productive than to write about being productive instead of actually producing, right! Onward!

1. Remainder of Tribute Art back catalog: I have pushed through several hundred pieces of art from my portfolio into the 11x17 art print format, but I still have a few hundred to go, including several that require art updating or adjustments. I'm working through this portion of the back catalog slowly, in between other things. If I get confirmation of convention spots in the first three or four months of the year I will accelerate this timetable somewhat. 

2. TRDL Original Universe Sourcebooks: I've talked about this several times on the Robot-Kraken Podcast and here on the site, but I've returned to the mothership: the main drive for Third Rail Design Lab has always been the development and publication of this worldbuilding material, suitable for readers, gamers, artists, etc and based loosely on the format of the old Marvel Handbooks. The first edition of the TRDL Sourcebook (1.0) was a single volume with about 70 pages plus some sequential art. The new version will span several books, and there are an obscene amount of unpublished, new characters and teams to be revealed. Quite fortunate to have so much done already, set aside when my second child was born due to time issues; on the other hand, so much to do, both art and story. But this is now the next project in the queue, now that the Tribute Art book and both Wrongrobot books have been published. 

3. Conventions: So far the conventions for me this year are Rose City Comic Con in Portland, and San Francisco Comic Con in SF, both in September. I have a number that I haven't heard back from, but more announcements on that front as they become available. 

4. Robot-Kraken Podcast: You may or may not be already listening to this, but Kris of Deeply Dapper and I record a podcast about standard nerd stuff, with an emphasis on our art and con experiences. This was a semi-weekly broadcast in 2016, until the holiday season smashed our free time, so for 2017 we are doing the releases monthly, with an aim to broadcast longer, multi-hour sessions compiled from recordings made throughout the month. The first, Episode 027 (January 2017) features us discussing this change, as well as our art gains and losses in the fall season, and a discussion about Rogue One that competes with the film itself in terms of running time. HA! You can check the recording out on iTunes now. Tomorrow I will have the youtube video up as well, which will be a new option for 2017. I'll post on that separately. 

Here's to a productive, creative 2017!
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Trdl1703 Rogueonez
This Star Wars: Rogue One poster was done as part of the annual Vlad Fiks Memorial Jam in trdl-r3-weeklyjam.deviantart.c…
The high contrast between Director Krennic's cloak and Jyn Erso's dark Imperial disguise was the inspiration for the piece. 

Original print in 11x17 available here: www.thirdraildesignlab.com/hom…
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Trdl1701 Illyanacz

TRDL 2017 Series No. 01 - Illyana Rasputin [Cryptohistorical Redesign]

This piece began as a con sketch done for a customer, Jeroen Brugman, who had requested an old-timey version of Magik. He had purchased the TRDL Tribute Art Book 01 so I sent the sketch off with the book. I finalized this piece about 13 months later. The idea of a cryptohistorical version of Illyana Rasputin isn't difficult, especially given how her powers in Limbo are linked to demonic mysticism and witchcraft. I set her in 1683 and made her part of the Order of Vasilisa (read more on this Russian folktale here)... lots of time spent on this one: tweaking proportions and angles, deciding on the colors, and working up that fire. I know she traditionally wields a soulsword with blue flame but I went with something more traditional, and very dark steel for the weapon. The cyberarm is all gold plating and bronze and leather and screwworks so her order is clearly not hurting for money...

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Trdl1633 Arclight Holidayz
This is my TRDL Holiday Pinup for 2016, featuring TRDL Original Universe character Arclight. We had three pinups this year, the other two illustrated by Joao Marques and Torsten Mader. You can see all three on the main site: www.thirdraildesignlab.com
This piece is available as an 11x17 art print, along with about 500 others. Those of you who have been asking about the TRDL Universe creator-owned stuff: the project is well underway for new books published in 2017, so keep an eye out! Have a great holiday!
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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:

TRDL Update - 12 January 2017

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 12, 2017, 4:46 PM
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The new year is off to a good start! Well, I'm including the last week of December for science, as the time off from work, while offering very little free time to work on art projects, did allow me to clear the decks and renew my focus, and plan for the new year's goals.


What better way to be productive than to write about being productive instead of actually producing, right! Onward!

1. Remainder of Tribute Art back catalog: I have pushed through several hundred pieces of art from my portfolio into the 11x17 art print format, but I still have a few hundred to go, including several that require art updating or adjustments. I'm working through this portion of the back catalog slowly, in between other things. If I get confirmation of convention spots in the first three or four months of the year I will accelerate this timetable somewhat. 

2. TRDL Original Universe Sourcebooks: I've talked about this several times on the Robot-Kraken Podcast and here on the site, but I've returned to the mothership: the main drive for Third Rail Design Lab has always been the development and publication of this worldbuilding material, suitable for readers, gamers, artists, etc and based loosely on the format of the old Marvel Handbooks. The first edition of the TRDL Sourcebook (1.0) was a single volume with about 70 pages plus some sequential art. The new version will span several books, and there are an obscene amount of unpublished, new characters and teams to be revealed. Quite fortunate to have so much done already, set aside when my second child was born due to time issues; on the other hand, so much to do, both art and story. But this is now the next project in the queue, now that the Tribute Art book and both Wrongrobot books have been published. 

3. Conventions: So far the conventions for me this year are Rose City Comic Con in Portland, and San Francisco Comic Con in SF, both in September. I have a number that I haven't heard back from, but more announcements on that front as they become available. 

4. Robot-Kraken Podcast: You may or may not be already listening to this, but Kris of Deeply Dapper and I record a podcast about standard nerd stuff, with an emphasis on our art and con experiences. This was a semi-weekly broadcast in 2016, until the holiday season smashed our free time, so for 2017 we are doing the releases monthly, with an aim to broadcast longer, multi-hour sessions compiled from recordings made throughout the month. The first, Episode 027 (January 2017) features us discussing this change, as well as our art gains and losses in the fall season, and a discussion about Rogue One that competes with the film itself in terms of running time. HA! You can check the recording out on iTunes now. Tomorrow I will have the youtube video up as well, which will be a new option for 2017. I'll post on that separately. 

Here's to a productive, creative 2017!
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for all the favs!
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
cheers!
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qzap Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016
A couple of years ago I asked permission to use one of your characters in a blog post is was going for a Muyants and Mastermind game I was running. The image was of Miss Jaguar. I had fun with that character. She wound up becoming the bodyguard to a very annoying paparazzi named Glitz Glamour that specializing at trash talking supers. She has fallen for him in a big way and is currently in the beginning stage of having his child.

With that said I was wondering if you had come up with anymore pictures of her? I would like to see more of her. Also. did you ever come up with a background for her? If not I would like to submit one to you with a Hero Lab Mutant and Mastermind work up.
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
just responded over on the FB page, thanks!
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landobaldur Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Professional General Artist
greetings from one creative mind to another
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
cheers :iconlandobaldur: nice stuff!
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(っ◕‿◕)っ <3
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jmkplover Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
thanks a ton!
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Happy Birthday :)
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