Saturday, December 4, 2010

Chrono Trigger


Chrono Trigger is one those games I just have to play every few years. This time it was on my trusty DSiXL. What can I say that hasn't already been said. Character designs by Akira "Dragon Ball, Dragon Quest" Toriyama. The best characters, music and story of the 16 bit era. Damn! I love this RPG.




Here is a 1280 x 1024 Desktop for my fellow Chrono Trigger aficionados.

I had so much fun drawing these guys. I'd love to draw the rest of the cast one of these days.

Magus: "If history is to change, let it change. If the world is to be destroyed, so be it. If my fate is to die, I must simply laugh."

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Super Girl #3

"We don't do it for the glory. We don't do it for the recognition... We do it because it needs to be done. Because if we don't, no one else will. And we do it even if no one knows what we've done. Even if no one knows we exist. Even if no one remembers we ever existed."
— Kara, Supergirl

This one is my favorite of the 3. It just turned out so nice. Up, Up, and away! Thus concludes Supergirl weekend!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Super Girl #2

Supergirl: Saturn... Is, is that further away than Earth?

Zaltar: Silly question! Do they not teach you anything in School? Did you not study Sixth Dimensional Geometry?

Supergirl: Well of course they do. I, I know the equations... I... I... I just can't see them in my head.

Zaltar: Most great artist have that trouble Kara. Only use your imagination. Saturn and Earth are in OUTER space, but we, we are in INNER space.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Supergirl #1

You just flew over my head, true or false?

Supergirl: True.

Ethan: Like Superman.

Supergirl: He's my cousin.

Ethan: What's with the Halloween costume?

Supergirl: This is not a costume. These are my clothes.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010



I woke up Monday and thought I want to do a nice Thanksgiving card... for Thanksgiving. This was what popped into mind. I made myself laugh... but I scared myself a little too.

I'm thankful for: #1 my soft cuddly baby boy with razor sharp teeth 2# my mega clever girl who can pass Ico all by herself #3 my lovely talented wife who's made me a better man.

Now if I can just catch a showing of Charley Brown Thanksgiving I'll be set.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Geek Commandment # 12

Thou shalt acknowledge that Batman beats everyone, ever, anywhere at fighting.
That's right, he beats everybody. Even Optimus Prime. Even Darth Vader. Even Chuck Norris. He'd find a way. He's the frakking Batman.

~ Doctor Smashy

Friday, November 19, 2010

Miss Martian Manhunter


"I don't want you hurting any more Earth people. That wouldn't be nice." ~ Miss Martian

Megan aka M'gann M'orzz is pretty cool character. I'm intrigued by the mystery surrounding her origin.  Ancient Mars history being of great interest to me whenever it shows up in stories.  
I didn't know about her till recently.  I was just thinking it might be cool if Martian Manhunter had a kid sister or something... a quick google search and BAM!  the DC geniuses already had one.  I've been reading some Teen Titan stories with where she shows up, she seems to be a minor guest star who definitely deserves more screen time.  

Just a reminder we are moving to:  if you get a sec please redirect your reader  :)   thank you.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Venture Brothers: Dr. Mrs. The Monarch


“Yes, I belong in here, I just have a deep voice.” ~ Doctor Mrs. The Monarch

She started out with the birth name Sheila. But then learned the ways of evil and became Queen Ethera! Then she joined the Mighty Monarch and became the even eviler... Doctor Girlfriend!! She broke up with with the Monarch and became Doctor X-Girlfriend. But then, their union approved by the Guild of Calamitous Intent she became the even evilest... Doctor Mrs. The Monarch!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Venture Brothers: The Mighty Monarch


"I love the Monarch because he has too much passion. The Monarch has as much hate inside him as all other villains combined. The Monarch can’t fake it. He’d rather risk his career in arching, then to not arch Dr. Venture. " ~ Dr. Mrs. the Monarch

Just a reminder... moving to matthew art soon:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Venture Brothers: Henchman 21 & 24

Venture Bros is the funniest, most well-writtenist show on TV. (writtenist is a word... now)

"They both have that rare combination of expendable and invulnerable that makes for perfect henchmen." ~ the Mighty Monarch

Starting out as faceless throw-away background characters they've become two of the most interesting characters on the show.

Reminder: we are moving to soon :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

the Legend of Zelda: Link


"its dangerous to go alone take this" with those words I started the greatest adventure of my life. One of them any way...


I firmly believe without a shadow of a doubt: the kitten is far and away the superior weapon. I mean... just look at that thing!!! yikes!!!

ANNOUNCEMENT!!! I've finally got my new and improved Matthew Art dot com site up and running... soon I'll have to just post over there as I am not organized enough to maintain two blogs... check it out!!! It has all kinds of Matthew Art goodies... I'm adding more and more and soon it will be a fully armed and operational battle station!!! erm... website.

thats matthew art not mat the wart... but, whatever ^_^

Princess Leia and Lord Vader


I thought about putting in a word balloon on this one... but I couldn't choose one...

"You are part of the rebel alliance and a traitor, TAKE HER AWAY!!!"

"Darth Vader, only you could be so bold. The imperial Senate will not sit still for this. When they hear you attacked a councilors ship on a diplomatic mission..."
(nah, too many words won't fit in a word balloon.)

I'm writing these from memory, may be inaccurate... how bout:

"Your not going out like that young lady. You march right back up there and put a bra on!!! TAKE HER AWAY!!!"

Really truly though folks... Carrie Fisher said that George said there are no bras in space and she was just walking around tapped up the ENTIRE movie. Also there was digital nipple removal.

Do you think George Lucas knew that Vader was Leia's father when he filmed this? I don't.

Any body else have any funny captions???

I guess this was Star Wars week... :) If I knew that before I started posting these I would have announced it as such or something... ^_^

May the force be with you.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Aayla Secura


Hurray for Aayla Secura!!! She combines beauty, brains, brawn and blue into one of the coolest Jedi to ever fight in the Clone Wars.

Am I the only one who wonders if she's really Smurfette?

I don't see her showing up in Star Wars continuity after Episode 3. The last time we see her she's being gunned down by like twenty Clone Troopers. But she's one character I wouldn't mind seeing resurrected. Certainly more deserving than some.

So, for now at least she's in Clone Wars rocking a french accent. Or at least a space french accent.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Princess "Slave" Leia


When I was eight years old I saw Return of the Jedi in Billings Montana. It made a big impression on me. How could you not love Carrie Fisher in that outfit. Wow!

The metal bikini isn't exclusive to Jedi, not by a long shot. It's been a mainstay in sci-fi 4-EVAH, just check out any Frazzetta painting or Dejah Thoris the Princess of Mars or even old Flash Gordon comics. It's been around for a hundred years and here's hoping it will be around for a hundred more.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Nightmare Before Christmas' Sally

Happy Halloween

I've had a crush on Sally ever since I first saw her on the silver screen back in '93. She hasn't aged a bit. Because she's some sort of undead Raggedy Anne reanimated construct with autumn leaves for blood. And those sorts of people don't age the way you and I do.


I started off with a sketchy pencil drawing that turned out pretty good. I thought it would make a nice watercolor illustration.

The only problem was the pencil drawing was in my sketch book. Not the best kind of paper for a watercolor illustration. Not to worry for we live in the 21st century!!! I scanned in the pencil sketch and printed it out on hot press watercolor paper using my old Epson 2200 printer.

In Photoshop I colorized the gray pencils into beautiful sepia tones. This will let allot of warm under tones pop threw the final painting. Also I think the archival inks of the printer blend with watercolor allot better than graphite. Depending on the effect your after.

And presto! The sketch is now ready to be painted. There was a time when I would have had to use transfer paper to trace the pencil sketch onto the watercolor paper. Let us be thankful those days are long gone.

Using my figma sakura brush pen, I lightly drew thin black lines onto Sally. This really solidifies the drawing and adds a little more dimension. Not sure how well that shows up in this photo. But believe you me, there is greater dimension... oh yes. ^_^

I started with her skin. It was the largest area of color. The rest of the colors would have to serve the blue skin. I tried a few different mixes of blue before I got it right. Cerulean and this light greenish stuff worked the best.

Having proper reference is a big help. Thank you Sally doll.
Now that the blue was in place... Alizarin Crimson for the hair. A little Cadmium Red on the top parts where the lighting would hit the strongest. Yellow Ochre mixed with this and that for the dress. And we are almost there.

Lastly I added some Cobalt Blues and even Ultra Marine blues for shadow and dark accents.

And I was done!!! Yay!!! Then I had to hall @$$ off to work so I wouldn't be late. Time just gets strange and flies all over the place when your painting. I got to work on time (more or less) and scanned in the final Sally Watercolor Illustration.

I just realized this is my first How To on this blog. Woot!!!

I was super happy to have done a watercolor with real watercolor! Now I just want to do another preeeety bad.

Until next time this has been Matthew Armstrong saying: "Happy painting and God bless."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cave Story (Doukutsu Monogatari) by Pixel rules!!!


It's Quote!!! The hero of Cave Story.

Cave Story has been around for a while now. But I just barely downloaded it on my Mac. I've been having a blast BLASTING threw it! Its like all my favorite old NES games: Metroid, Castlevania, Mario, and Blaster Master rolled into one. It has just as much great design, music and smooth gameplay as the classics ever had. But its not just a clone or throwback. Its filled to the brim with ingenuity, originality and charm. There is deep mystery, charming characters, and bit tune soundtrack that sticks to your heart. Maybe the most amazing thing about Cave Story is it was all lovingly crafted by one very gifted man, the legendary Pixel.

The game is FREE! you can download and try it for yourself on Mac or Pc HERE. There is also a Wii version. (can't wait to try that one)

One really cool thing is: My wife got me these super cool green headphones last Christmas. Green headphones just like Quotes!

check out the game trailer!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Samus and Baby Metroid (Other M)


Her blood is red
Her suite is blue
I got Metroid Other M yesterday
and so should you

Monday, August 30, 2010

Her Lady-Troll-ness Melisandre Darqabrica


Good location. Excellent view of troll court life.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Trolly theTroll and the trolldame


a classic fairy tale of evil and much, much worser evil..

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jump Jet Jane


Jump Jet Jane saving the day!!! Blasting the walking mountain fortresses with her Mega Atomic LAYZER!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Blade Master Bit'Tune


Only Bit'Tune can stop the Doom'Gor'Bots and unite the shattered tribes Inter-Galactique.

It was fun to use some good ol' half tones on this one :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Mighty Monarch


the Monarch has Brock Sampson right where he wants him]
Release the butterflies.
[Dead butterflies fall on Brock]
Okay, whose job was it to feed the butterflies?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Raven of Teen Titans


"Azarath Metrion Synthos"

Raven is the best teen titan!

Thursday, March 25, 2010



Scribbling robots is just too much fun.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

the Little Murmaider


"The beasts of the sea,
will collect and submit.
Pray for her forgiveness,
and live as she permits."

Ursula was a creature half human and half Cthulu. And so, Ursula could not die. Ursula rose from the dead. Conquered the 7 seas with ease and the surface world with even more ease.

King Eric lead the last armies of the land dwellers in a final assault on Ursula. They where defeated.

Ariel witnessed the last breath of her husband. She set out on a quest to reforge her father's broken trident into a weapon mighty enough to end Ursula.

But to defeat Ursula meant that Ariel would have to become something possibly more and possibly worse. Instead of a dark goddess the world would have a Queen, not dark but beautiful and terrible as the dawn! Tempestuous as the sea, and stronger than the foundations of the earth! All shall love her and despair!

I have strange daydreams. Don't I.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Alice meets the Catapillar


Caterpillar: Who are YOU?
Alice: This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. I -- I hardly know, sir, just at present -- at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.

I feel like this allot. Usually before lunch.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Nathonomicon's Birth Day Present


Super N8 (Nate) - o - TRON's big big birthday happened recently. He's a game designer here at Disney and a long time friend. He created the character and designed the awesome video game DEAD HEAD FRED!!! Indeed his creative powers are formidable.
His wife contacted me for a commission... she had a great idea of N8 meeting all of the video game characters he's been involved with. Drawing all of them proved impossible 'cause N8 has had such a long and illustrious carer. So I chose what I hoped would be his top five.
After telling Becky "Your money is no good here." cause N8 is Nate... I proceeded to ink and watercolor piece the old fashioned way... with ink and watercolor. I finished it last night, found a frame and presented it to him today. I think he liked it :) Happy birthday friend!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Firestar and her amazing friends


Ah Firestar... There was never a more lovely 80's cartoon character. The show's title said Spiderman and his amazing friends but we knew who the real star of the show was. Firestar that's who.

She-Ra wasn't bad though... Cheetara... Arcee... hmmm...