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Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by AnimatedC9000, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Hey guys, guess what? Not only can I write, I can draw, too! ... well, somewhat. I draw for fun. Or whenever inspiration hits me. Mostly obscure Muppet characters, though. Mostly characters from The Jim Henson Hour, but the other Muppets show up too.

    Why did I make this? Two reasons (mainly):
    1. The Jim Henson Hour's 24th airing anniversary is coming up on the 14th and I wanted to share art. =3
    2. Basically this post in the Muppet Smileys thread. It actually prompted me to say the following:
    Before you guys think that #2 is an exaggeration, let us take into account what Lindbergh basically looks like.
    Making a smiley of him, let alone drawing him, would be a challenge in and of itself. I mean look at him! He's got... details! Realistic details!
    I would say that you'd have to be crazy to try and do something from a visually artistic standpoint with him in it, but then I'd just be sticking my foot in my mouth.
    I know I both have a long way to go in drawing Lindbergh and also that I misspelled the word "caffeine" in the comic. This is actually my first time drawing Lindy in a while, so of course I had to use reference. (Also, I hope the forum automatically shrinks the size of the images...)
    This was inspired by a work of art from another Muppet fan and artist. I'd explain everything here, but let's face it, you guys probably don't want to read blocks of text in a fan art thread. Fortunately, I've also posted the drawing on Tumblr (which the artist who inspired me to draw it has reblogged).
    Here's the explanation behind it all: http://boringrocks.tumblr.com/post/47501622542/animatedc9000-caffine-is-srs-biz-4-these-2
  2. Bridget

    Bridget Well-Known Member

    That's pretty cool. Good to know you also draw!
  3. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    I was finally able to pick up my JHH DVDs that KermiClown sent me. You know what that means! More drawings!

    These next three were drawn the same day, yesterday, so I figured that I'd share them all in one post. It's sort of a narrative (if you can think of that).

    The night before, I was so excited that the DVDs were coming in that I could hardly sleep. Unfortunately, when I did go to sleep, I had to wake up for classes about three hours later. So naturally, I was dragging my feet getting ready. I almost went back to sleep, but my mind was all "Nope, go to class." So I did. And I drew this to help me stay awake in my first class.
    I call it "Waldozing", because puns are clever. And yes, I was basically near-delirious the rest of the day...

    Next class comes around, I'm still tired (but not nearly as so as the previous drawing was inspired by) and wanting to draw again. So I drew Digit singing kareoke.
    With all these drawings I draw with those two in some sort of romantic relationship, I'm a bit worried that people who are only aware of the series through my works are gonna think that they're actually together on the show. Actually, I'm concerned about it now. It's already happened once.
    And yes, Digit is singing Barry Mannilow.

    Last class of the day was History. I showed them to my teacher, and a few things happened. First thing was that she actually recognized who the characters were without me having to explain to her. She said she also knew of JHH, which prompted me to give her a hug. She then said that I have a good drawing style. So that made my day already right there. So I drew her a drawing: basically, it's Janice wearing the outfit she had on that day.
    I can't draw hands or feet, can I?

    Anyway, enjoy!
  4. Bridget

    Bridget Well-Known Member

    I love the Janice one!
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  5. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    The way my History teacher usually dresses is very Janice-esque, so of course I figured that'd be a good ensemble for Janice herself to wear. Glad you like it!
  6. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Pardon my double-posting.

    So I popped in a DVD into my TV and watched "Secrets of the Muppets" for the first time (in what seems like ages) on a screen that isn't my computer screen for once. Only fitting that I choose to share this picture (that I drew within the past few days, most likely over the weekend) now.


    Vicki and Jojo, in a piece entitled "Here's Evening Paper, Ma'am".

    With JHH only having a total of 12 episodes produced, one has to wonder what happened to the characters from the show. Obviously, I have a whole fanfic to explain what I think happened to Digit, but I give him too much attention as it is. For now, let's focus on the little ladies in the drawing. You guys (sort of) know Vicki right now, but Jojo is a character that (to my knowledge) appeared only in "Secrets of the Muppets". It was her curiosity of how the Muppets work that is the driving force behind the special. And yes, that same curiosity makes the other Muppets (and even herself!) a bit uncomfortable at times.

    So even though Jojo is partially responsible for Vicki's jumpiness that night, why did I choose to draw these two together?

    For one thing, Vicki said this herself in another episode: "As a child, I used to watch The Muppet Show all the time." From that alone, we know that she watched the show growing up. She probably also had the newsletter for the show and also probably some merchandise. Given how she acts on JHH proper, she's obviously at least somewhat intelligent and has a bit of a curious mind herself. And then years later, she, a fan, gets the chance to work with the people that she adored on TV for so long. Sound familiar? Basically, Vicki was living the dream before Walter did.

    The way I see it, when the show ended Jojo was in danger of being homeless. I'm still not sure how it would all go down, but in my mind, Vicki decided to give Jojo a new home out of the goodness of her heart. Knowing them, Vicki probably helped train Jojo to help her out with other things, like answering the phone and taking messages when she wasn't around.

    At least that's how I see it, anyway.
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  7. blackaerin

    blackaerin Well-Known Member

    ... Is that a challenge I see? :halo:
    You have me intrigued now....
  8. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    ........... it wasn't MEANT to be a challenge, but if you see it as such... Go ahead and try drawing some of the JHH characters on your own. I know you can draw Digit and Clifford. *winkwink*
  9. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    "We don't feed their souls, we poke their stomachs." ~ Waldo C. Graphic, The Jim Henson Hour Episode 112: Food

    Dedicated to those of you who remember when Waldo put together "Sheriff Hamlet" to adress the Danish cowboy crowd and when Vicki talked to guest star Ted Danson about doing "a dramatic illustration of man's journey into himself." Also for the results of said endeavors: Kermit decided to adress the Scandinavian audiences with the Swedish Chef, and Ted Danson ended up wanting to do a comedy sketch.

    Points to you if you also remember when these two worked on the Response-O-Matic.
  10. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    In honor of the 24th anniversary of the first airing of <i>The Jim Henson Hour</i> (which was April 14, 1989--24 years ago tomorrow!), I've been drawing several pieces of work to build up to this day. Today is one of those pieces.


    May I introduce you to the positively 80s house band of MuppeTelevision, Solid Foam! Known for their hits "The Music Keeps Rolling Along" () and accompanying on hits like "Sweet Vacation" (), this band consisted of some pretty interesting characters. Starting from the top left and going clockwise:

    ~ Digit (performed by Dave Golez), keyboardist. He also served as the Technical Director of Muppet Central and was prone to malfunction just about as often as the equipment did.
    ~ Beard (performed by the late Jerry Nelson), lead guitarist. He gives off sort of a country vibe, and man can he rock OUT with all that hair!
    ~ Solid Foam Drummer (performed by Fran Brill), drummer. The only female member of the band, she was never really mentioned by name and only had one notable spoken line. Too bad, she was awesome on the drums.
    ~ Clifford (performed by Kevin Clash), bass guitarist. Clifford would later go on to join the Muppets in The Muppets at Walt Disney World (as part of the Electric Mayhem) and even got as a hosting job in Muppets Tonight.
    ~ Flash (performed by Steve Whitmire), saxophonist. Obviously a major heartthrob, Flash was known to have been followed by groupies. He's also probably one of the hardest to understand out of the band, seeing as he almost mumbles everything he says. Killer singing voice, though.

    And let's pretend that this piece is of actual quality. Let's ignore all the details I missed, such as Flash's pierced ears, the fact that the Drummer's glasses should be WAY more circular, and the fact that I can't seem to draw guitars or Clifford at all. We good? We good.
  11. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Did you call for maintenance?

    No? Yes? Ah well, have a Lindbergh, anyway.


    I finally drew him with his tail, you guys. I feel so accomplished.
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  12. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    So I still can't draw guitars, you guys.

    Okay, we have Zondra, the Solid Foam Drummer, and Darci. Who, Who, and Who? ... exactly.

    Essentially, these three ladies are the same puppet. However, they're all different characters.

    Zondra is the head (most likely) of Gorilla Television, a hacker group who jammed the signal sometimes in the MuppeTelevision portions of The Jim Henson Hour. Here she is, doing just that.

    Solid Foam Drummer, self-explanatory. Female drummer for Solid Foam on The Jim Henson Hour. Here she is, doing her thing.

    Darci appeared in the "Real World Muppets" segments of Muppets Tonight. Here she is, being... well, her.

    You guys are wondering why I drew the three of them together. Well, picture this: triplets. Zondra and the Drummer living at odds with each other their whole life and not getting along (even going as far as to not mention that they even had a twin sister), only to discover that they have a long-lost sister whom their parents lost while on some trip to the UK (judging by Darci's accent) (the girls were all very young).

    ... don't look at me like that. It's just some headcanon...

    Also, yes, I knew I took some liberties so that Zondra and Darci looked different. This was also my first time drawing both of them. And without reference, too.
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  13. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Though you know I won't be able to see it, I extremely like the fact you drew up a joint image of all three Muppet females.
    And is it bad that I have and continue to refer to the drummer as Francine? *Leaves Oreos.
    :insatiable: Me gotta find out where him keep getting those from.
  14. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Not at all. The Solid Foam Drummer needs a name, and by golly, I'm going to give her one, even if it is fanfic-exclusive!

    So for those of you who might see me referring to the Solid Foam Drummer as "Francine", this is why.
    The Count likes this.
  15. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Double post? Yes, but this is too adorable not to share.


    Pay no attention to the shoddily-drawn Muppet girl to the left. That is a failed self-attempt of Muppetizing myself.

    But in all seriousness, Digit and Vicki are dorks, especially in the scene from "Secrets of the Muppets" mentioned in this.
  16. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Posting two drawings here today! Hooray!

    I guess you could consider this high-flying reporter my first ever Muppet OC? What, what do you mean "I guess?" Well, there's a reason behind it. Reason being that for all the evidence suggested, she was actually supposed to be a character in The Jim Henson Hour. Don't believe me? Go to the Muppet Wiki page here: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Jim_Henson_Hour Fourth picture down, you see that pink reporter bird in the baby blue business suit? Yeah, that's who I drew. She even has a lot of discussion over on the talk page (under "Who is this Muppet?"): http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Talk:The_Jim_Henson_Hour

    And yes, that is who this custom smiley is based off of (thank you so much again, Muppetboy09): [​IMG]

    Obviously, I'm not going to leave her nameless. For that purpose, I decided (with a little help from my friends) to name her Amelia Talons. She's a reporter who mainly specializes in field reporting, although she does write for journalism on the side. She'll do just about anything to get the latest scoop. Luckily, her trusty cameraman Lindbergh is always there to help her out.

    Amelia is very professional, especially when in "Reporter Mode". Do not call her "Amy", she considers it unprofessional. Call her "Amelia" or "Miss Talons", or else she will not talk to you. So far, only Lindy's ever gotten away with calling her "Amy." This is a rare case.

    This is my first drawing of her, so I know there are problems. For one, her hand looks weird holding the mic. Second, maybe her hair feathers should be a bit more layered and foofy. But that's just my opinion. (Also, the shaded in head feather? It's supposed to represent some sort of light purple "streak" that I observed on the side of her head as I drew from reference.)

    But now onto more well-known Muppets. And coffee.
    :fanatic:: "Hey guys, we're back with coffee!"

    Yay, I can draw other Muppets besides the JHH gang!

    Yes, Scooter is holding a clipboard in his mouth, and Vicki is talking on a cell phone. Well, where else was I gonna put them? Their hands are full.

    Anyway, first time drawing Scooter and Walter! Scooter was without reference. I only looked Walter up because I wasn't sure how to draw his eyes. (Plus, having Walter help as an assistant to someone, even Scooter, is an adorable idea.)
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  17. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    So now we have a name to go with the character, Amelia Talons. Even if it's a fan-given name, I approve wholeheartedly, just like how we've come to refer to the Solid Foam's drummer as Francine, or the chorus girls from the opening theme from TMS as Laura May and Amy Lou and Sally Ann and Gloria Jean. We just need names for the new girls from The Muppets (2011).

    The idea of :fanatic: serving as someone else's assistant is a nice Muppetish thought. Which is why it's working so well in him and Robin under Scooter's supervision in WebMistressGina's Monday Monday and/or Pool Hall fic series. *Was not paid for that quick plug. :electric:

    Thanks for posting the added explanation for these illustrations, makes me happy for furthering the cause of Muppet characters getting their due highlights. :)
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  18. Vicki Fraggle

    Vicki Fraggle Well-Known Member

    Hey you're really good! This stuff is great!
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  19. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Yes, they do have legs. Are they okay? ... I guess? *MAJOR SHRUG*

    Sometimes, the circuitry in Digit's legs can give out, leaving him unable to walk. Lindbergh's more than happy to help him around when this happens.

    My first time drawing these boys with visible legs (that I'm aware of). I think I'm using forced perspective here, because Lindbergh kinda looks bigger than Digit? Main inspiration is drawn from here:
    Actually, that whole part of the episode has given me ideas, so expect more. XD
  20. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Link-It Lindbergh!
    [​IMG]: "I can link it!"

    Yes, Lindy's dressed up as Fix-It Felix, Jr. from Wreck-It Ralph. Why? ... why not? The role suits him!

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