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The First 18 American Boys (2010) — Mar 5, 2017

The First 18 American Boys (2010)

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My first creative work of the year 2010 on this blog! 🙆🏽

Following up from last week’s exhibition, here’s a newer drawing of the first 18 characters from the American Boys series. (I say ‘newer’, even though it’s now seven years old, and it hasn’t been updated since, due to my deep involvement in another series…)

While most of the characters look the same as before, some have had a little bit of a makeover for the new year. Most prominent is Detroit, who previously had only worn a white buttoned shirt and seemingly no pants. This time, however, he’s finally gathered up some decency and decided to wear a superhero costume in shades of gray. (No, that’s not a reference to a certain book which has been turned into two films by far…) Though why he is wearing a superhero costume when he’s the villain is one of those little imaginative quirks I have, which can’t really be explained.

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New York’s outfit, which was previously monochrome, has had a bit of color variety added to it. He now wears light blue trousers and a pair of navy-blue shoes with his brick-red shirt. He still remains as testy as ever, though.

Miami, New Orleans and Philadelphia have also had a change of outfits. In Miami and New Orleans’ case, the colors on their outfits have been swapped around – (navy) blue, lime green and sunshine yellow instead of lime green, sunshine yellow and (azure) blue. I chose to darken the blue for their new outfits, since I didn’t think a lighter blue would go well with those shades of green and yellow when the color palette is rearranged.

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Philadelphia’s azure-blue outfit comprised of a shirt and pants has now turned into what appears to be a navy-blue jumpsuit with short legs. Her “angel wings” stay the same.

The unusual way in which I drew Seattle, Olympia and Las Vegas was due to the very little white space left as I got towards the end of the sequence. Instead of leaving them out (which would only make this the first 15), I decided to draw them making bendy yoga-like poses. With Olympia, this makes a little bit of sense, since he is a health and sport enthusiast. (His name isn’t Olympia for nothing.) Las Vegas, however, is trying not to let his jar of precious rare coins fall and smash into a thousand pieces, which is why he has himself in a rather awkward position…

For a more visual guide to the changes made, here’s a side-by-side comparison of the 2009 and 2010 versions of the gang:

As before, all the profiles for these characters are located at these posts.

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The First 18 American Boys (2009) — Feb 26, 2017

The First 18 American Boys (2009)

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Although I’ve covered much of the creative work I drew/wrote during 2009, there’s still a few works from that year which I overlooked.

One of those works is this drawing of the first 18 characters from the American Boys series, drawn not long after the incident I described here. The rather interesting thing about this drawing was that it was inspired by a drawing made by my sister Melissa of the gang from the Read with Biff & Chip series (then called The Magic Key – see what exactly it is at this post). I obviously updated it with my own characters, my own art style, more colors, and a slightly different layout. I would later reuse this layout in another drawing which fits my current passions more… (You’ll find out soon enough.)

From left to right:

Top row:

  • Washington

Second row:

  • Dallas
  • Chicago
  • Atlanta
  • Detroit
  • New York

Third row:

  • Memphis
  • Houston
  • Nashville
  • Des Moines
  • Miami
  • Boston

Bottom row:

  • Philadelphia
  • New Orleans
  • Denver
  • Seattle
  • Olympia
  • Las Vegas

(Character profiles for all these characters can be found at these posts.)

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American Boys: The 3rd Generation (2009) — Oct 16, 2016

American Boys: The 3rd Generation (2009)

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Last week, I showed off Nashville and Des Moines, Washington’s helpers on House of America, and the rest of the second generation of characters from the American Boys series. Today, I’m exhibiting the third generation of American Boys characters.

  • Las Vegas

An avid coin collector. He tells people who meet him that he isn’t saving up for the latest ‘craze’ or ‘trends’, but he simply collects coins because of their designs. He sorts his coins into jars by color for easier identification and to keep his vast collection organized. He often ‘raids’ other people’s piggy banks to find much rarer coins, such as the golden coins which are usually minted for very special occasions.

  • Baltimore

Detroit’s sidekick. He wears a ‘tail’ with a shiny pink ball on the tip, which contains psychic powers for hypnotizing people, after which he then attacks or robs them of their possessions, usually via means of his super paint pistol. He also likes to take on a multitude of disguises, like as a popular celebrity when he infiltrates parties or other social events. He has a habit of sucking on the ball of his ‘tail’ when he is bored, and he fears that he will get hypnotized himself if he sucks too hard.

  • Minot

A four-year-old child with a great burden of problems. Cared for by her mother Minneapolis, she has a wide range of disgusting habits, like dribbling, vomiting all over herself and drinking gallons of liquids so that she needs frequent diaper changes. She tends to bite and chew on her fingers, causing many cuts and bleeding.

  • Minneapolis

Minot’s mother. She feels that the duties of caring for her young child is a great stress for her, which often results in her suffering from recurring nightmares of Minot becoming a giant monster made from nauseating substances. She does take some time to feel grateful for life, although she still worries a lot about Minot.

  • Springfield

A cartoon and comic fan. He collects merchandise for his favorite animated TV shows, films and comic books, and he wears a variety of badges and clothing with characters from these franchises. He draws inspiration from all these to create his own series of comics, with his creations being recognized and bought by many across the city. He has shown a deep passion for art since his childhood, and he owns a huge portfolio of all his artwork from then to now.

  • Albany

A very shy and reserved girl. She nearly always keeps her eyes hidden from view by pulling her plaid flat-cap over them, and any attempt to pull it off is met with a prompt shriek of fright from her. She will protest at any exposé of the details of her ‘bad’ life in the media, like on TV or in magazines. She is often seen sitting in a café with her head hanging down in dejection.

  • Tulsa

A man who loves to ride the flume at the leisure center. He names every trick he uses to go riding down the flume, like “spin ’round and jump” and the “backflip”. Sometimes he pours food coloring into water to bemuse and even frighten other swimmers, like at Halloween when he dyes it red to look like blood.

  • Cheyenne

A nine-year-old boy who loves to collect keyrings. He goes on regular visits to the neighborhood mall with his mother Portland, then he runs away to the toy store where he can find the things he wants the most. He calls on the keyring makers at the toy store to cast out different objects in metal and use as a keyring, such as a place name or a favorite cartoon character. His bags and coathooks clang with the metallic jangling of bunches of steel and pewter keyrings he has amassed over time.

  • Portland

Cheyenne’s mother. Her son’s obsession with keyrings has always puzzled her, and she will break out crying if he is gone for too long. Sometimes she has to call on the mall staff to help her find Cheyenne, but he often comes back to her on his own. She believes that red gemstones – or rubies – are infested with blood, so if Cheyenne brings back a keyring encrusted with red gems, she will quickly take it off him.

(Fun fact – I gave Springfield his name after the fictional city of Springfield in the popular animated sitcom TV series The Simpsons, tying in with him being a fan of cartoons and comic books. There are a few real cities named Springfield around the United States, including Springfield, Illinois, which is the one he is named after. This inspired the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, to christen the eponymous family’s hometown with one of the most common city names in the US.)

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