I love how, 80% of the time, when I draw fanart, I draw fanart of characters no one on the Internet cares about. I guess I want to be the only kid on the block with both The Mask: The Animated Series fanart and Creepy Crawlers fanart in my gallery.
Anyways, The Mask: The Animated Series! Awesome show and practically no one watches it.
I noticed my gallery was full of sad, gloomy mutants who hate themselves like Baxter and Bushroot. Rather than draw something other than mutated scientists (yes, okay, I notice I draw cartoon scientists a LOT), I instead wanted to draw a happy mutant and you can't get any happier than The Stinger from The Mask: The Animated Series, a show that aired from 1995 to 1997. I mean really. Look at this guy.
And if you didn't know The Mask had a series, then go watch it. Seriously. Great animation, great characters, really creative ideas. I love it and this is coming from someone who usually can't stand Jim Carrey.
But to be fair, I really really like this character (I've drawn him a couple other times but they weren't as good) and I'm kind of sad that this show this guy came from wasn't all that popular. I mean, geez, it was a superhero cartoon! Everyone loves those things!
Anyways, this is The Stinger. He's a middle-aged college professor named Buzz Stingman (of course) who experimented on bees, ended up getting stung by an entire hive full of mutated bees, and the bee venom horrifically changed his body.
But what sets him apart is that I swear, this guy is the most cheerful half-human, half-bug I've ever seen. His metabolism has been altered so now he has to eat large quantities of honey to survive, but he keeps on smiling. Probably because he now has 30,000 friends, sharp claws, and the ability to fly.
And he only had two episodes. Two episodes. Come on, guys, you don't just invent an awesome character design and then have only two episodes with him in it. You could argue that bees would be a hard gimmick to write episodes around, but then realize that several of the main villains had equally weird villain quirks like balloons, putty, and fish.
One of these days, I'm going to draw Pretorius. And, if I stop being so damn lazy, I might draw the entire Convention of Evil because man that was an awesome villain team-up.
I'll do something traditional next. Sorry for the cartoon bombardment.