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Lots o' Prints!

Mark Marianelli

I have not posted anything in an obnoxiously long time. Blame Instagram. It's just so easy to post something quickly there and go on about my evening that I forget I've got this entire website just waiting for me to dump sweet, sweet art all over it.

In any case, I've been working on a ton of stuff. After finishing the WWF card deck (and getting Brutus the Barber freaking Beefcake to sign it! WHAT??) I feel like there's a lacking of projects in my life, which I should probably be happy about because who wants obligations? But I, for some reason, cannot function without some kind of project to be working towards. Which is a shame because as much as I would live to spend my evenings watching movies and playing video games, I just cannot go to sleep at night without feeling like I've accomplished SOMETHING. It's a real problem, but at least a handful of people on Instagram get to see some sub-par illustrations. I should be more confident.

But whatever. There's two major prints I finished up over the last couple of weeks, and there will potentially be a bunch more if I can hone in some of the random characters I've been drawing over the last few months. The first is one of my favorite video games from the 90's - Primal Rage!

This game is a favorite of mine not only because it's just an awesome game, but because one of my favorite childhood memories was when my best friend and I's families went on a camping trip to Lake Ossipee, Maine one summer. We would ride our bikes to the local convenience store at the campsite where they had the Primal Rage arcade cabinet and just blow $20 worth of quarters every day indulging in prehistoric carnage.

I've always been a fan of Mortal Kombat, and the only way you can top Mortal Kombat, in my book, is to make Mortal Kombat with Dinosaurs. OMG SO GOOD.

The second illustration was another slice of childhood nostalgia... VISIONARIES: KNIGHTS OF THE MAGICAL LIGHT!

For those of you who weren't lucky enough to grow up in the 80's, it was a time of wonder. Toy companies were cranking out whatever gimmick they could and making awesome cartoons out of it to sell more toys. Visionaries is one of those obscure ones that never reached the popularity of franchises like GI Joe or Transformers. Visionaries came out at a time when holographic images were a big deal. The show revolved around a group of futuristic knights getting magical powers from a wizard and being able to transform into glowing magical animals. The toys represented this by having holograms on the figures' chests. They looked awesome. Visually speaking, it's the kind of franchise that you can't not draw... Yet nobody really does. Sad.

This particular illustration was a pain in the butt to draw because upon drawing all 14 of the knights, I realized I had drawn 65% of them standing on the ground - which when you're trying to fit 14 characters on one 11x17 page, you need a bunch of them to be in the air so you don't have too many characters getting cut-off behind other characters. It took me an embarrassing amount of hours trying to arrange these guys on the page. But whatever, all finished.

In addition to the personal work, I also had a few commissions sprinkled in there. One in particular is a promotional poster I make every year for a New England Wrestling event - ELKMANIA!

I've been doing this for 5 years now and it gets more fun every time. It started out with a simple drawing of an Elk Hulk Hogan, then after Hogan got into some, er, controversies, we went in a different direction to avoid offending anyone and I started just illustrating the event wrestlers themselves. This proved to be a lot more fun because in addition to illustrating the wrestlers, we started modeling the posters on old school Wrestlemania ads... and it's just been great.

There's been other stuff in between, but I think I've overloaded this post enough... And who's really reading it anyway. Well besides you. And you. And that guy behind you with the mask.

Hope to post more frequently, but if you know me, I wouldn't get your hopes up.