Last Updated: 7/21/18
Added Revolutionary Girl She-Ra.
These are drawings which really don't have anything to do with the LNH, RACC,
RoboMACs or Transformers. All images are copyright Dave Van Domelen
as of the date listed.
A special look at my early art, mostly stuff from before I started working in
sketchpads. This shows one of my oldest superhero ideas reworked from the
time I was 11 until I was 22, plus a look at a much more recent use of the
concept. Now includes a 2007 drawing.
Fan ArtStuff from comics and webcomics done by people who I
Something Positive and related Webcomics:
K-Girls (Twisted Kaiju Theater):
- Davan, the Boy Wounder: Fan art of Davan from
Something*Positive, dressed as
- Kestrel: The caped vigilante, occasional partner
of Davan the Boy Wounder, Kestrel seeks to keep stupid people from breeding!
From Queen of Wands. 12/6/05
- Kharisma von Doom: Something Positive
character who got somewhat scarred by self-inflicted stupidity (and a lighter
and hairspray). I decided this was the next logical step for her, and did a
very quick sketch. May 2006 sometime.
- Galron, the Guiron K-Girl: A K-Girl is
essentially a female anthropomorphic daikaiju (giant rubber-suit monster),
inspired by Twisted Kaiju
Theater. This one is based on Gamera villain Guiron. Cuter than the design sketch. 6/9/05
- Kame-ko, the Gamera K-Girl: I decided to evoke
the tusks with curls of hair. She's about to release the big gaea blast
thing from Gamera vs Legion. Design sketch.
- Trudy, the Getter Robo K-Girl: Gertrude Robo,
based on Getter Robo 1. Don't call her Gertie. Changed somewhat from my
rough design sketch. 5/30/06
- Gilly, the Guilala K-Girl: Guilala is a somewhat
obscure kaiju, from a non-Toho movie that was imported to the U.S. as "X From
Outer Space". It was defeat through the use of a plot device element that
looks like bubblebath, hence my idea for a pose. 3/10/08
- Kawaiiju: A "generic" K-Girl made up as
a City of Villains character. 6/3/10 Later Ultra Mode and sort of clothed version. I later
reverse-engineered a kaiju called Kentromachus for her to be based on.
- Sugar, the Spike K-Girl: In "The Secret of My
Excess," Spike the sidekick dragon in My Little Pony became a full-sized
kaiju, thereby inspiring me to design a K-Girl for him. The name is based on
the old Sugar & Spike comic. 12/10/11
- Green Avenger: Main character of the webcomic of the same name. She's
crushing a bundle of six pencils for obscure injoke reasons. I decided to
try inking it all in thicker Sharpie "fine point" linkes, which worked okay
except in the face. 12/7/05
- Lady Groincrush: Former teammate of the
Green Avenger. No superpowers, but she has the willingness and ability to
CRUSH your GROIN. 2/7/06
- Patty: Patty's got a thing for
weird hats, so I put her in one of the weirder hats out there as she prepares
for a dangerous First Contact mission.... 7/29/99 (better scan uploaded
9/18/06) Note: the story is being retold online, and Patty hasn't appeared
yet in the retelling.
- Fusella: The owner of the starship
Galaxion. I did this all in Prismacolor cool grays. 11/30/06
- "Zandarin's Hat": A quick gag strip about
Zandarin's experience with Patty's favorite haberdashers. Inked in Sharpie,
with a little digital fill. 4/30/08
- Most of my Akiko stuff is Kitbashes or
T-shirts. But I've done some style-biting drawings too.
- Akiko as Bright Girl: Akiko post-"Training
Master" (i.e. Junior High age) dressed up for Who Wants To Be A
Superhero? auditions. 7/26/07
- Miki Reaps: Miki of Miki Falls as she
might be if Hiro were a Soul Reaper (from Bleach) and she tried to get into
his world. 7/27/07
- Mr. Beeba: From Akiko. Done for a board
avatar, the avatar cropped
this down to just the head and hand. Ink and colored pencils, pose
referenced from Flights of Fancy page 207. 1/1/08
- Bishonen Spuckler Boach: From
Akiko, sort of. Ink and markers, Spuckler head in lower right drawn
from reference. 7/1/08.
- Tip: A cross-dressing ex-Marine
psychologist, token human from Project Skin Horse (the project being named
after the character in the Velveteen Rabbit). The webcomic by Garrity and
Wells is named simply Skin Horse. 2/12/08.
- Unity as a Jagermonster: A construct
co-worker of Tip's, having discovered the Jagermonster lifestyle from Phil
Foglio's Girl Genius. Hat design sketch. 6/20/08.
- Unity as a Pony: A mission to Equestria ends
about as badly as one might expect. 5/17/11. (Now available as a Rule 64
meets Rule 85 "motivator"
White Lightning Productions:
- Chi-Chi Chan in Bustgunner: Chi-Chi Chan is
the star of an adult webcomic, a former child star whose career ended when
puberty hit with a vengeance. Most of her stories involve anime and manga
parodies, so I decided that the "bouncing bustline" giant robot series
Gunbuster would suit her. Note: I drew her limbs significantly longer than
they should be. July 2006.
- CoffeeCreamer Maid: My own fancharacter
placed in the Magnificant Milkmaid (NSFW) comic universe. While all the
other "magical girl" types there get breasts the size of milk jugs (or
bigger), poor Kimiko gets single serving cups. 11/22/07.
Eric Burns fanart:
Steven Universe: Various art of characters from the Cartoon Network show,
with my own weird spins. There's also some Steven Universe inspired stuff over in
- Pearl in a Suit: There was a thing going around Tumblr in 2015
about wanting to see the Crystal Gems in suits. So I started with Pearl, in a suit
inspired by Mayor Dewey's, but with more Pearl-appropriate colors. It was my
first time trying to do the SU style. July 24, 2015.
- Garnet in a Zoot Suit: As one does. July 25, 2015.
- Amethyst in one of Rodney Dangerfield's Caddyshack suits:
Still not quite getting the hang of the design elements. July 26, 2015 (yes, I was on a
- All three together: Did a little fiddling to make sure
that they were at least sort of close to the right relative scale. July 26, 2015.
- Pearl as Journeyman Warcaster: While I have her an
arkanika spear, I otherwise kept to the general design of the female sculpt Journeyman
Warcaster miniature. I then resculpted that miniature a little to make it into Pearl
as well. August 3, 2015.
- Rhodochrosite: Fluffle Puff pony as a Crystal Gem.
August 18, 2015. (Yes, I went through a SU phase that summer.)
- Garnet as Kamina: A quick marker drawing. August 31, 2015.
- YAG: While I'm not going to make a "gemsona" until and unless
male gems other than Steven enter the canon, I did decide to make an OC, based on the
synthetic gem used in a laser I worked with for a couple years in grad school. January 9,
- Polaridot: When Peridot got magnetic powers, a lot of fan
art of her as Magneto started showing up. Clearly this was the wrong approach, since
there's already a green magnetic mutant...Polaris. Based on the Steranko cover. November 7,
- Pearl with a Girl Earring: Quick marker sketch
with some sloppy colors, based on the famous painting Girl with a Pearl Earring. Pearl
with a small version of "Mystery Girl" as an earring. January 28, 2017.
- Pyrite sketch: A color sketch of another gem OC, this time
(Iron) Pyrite inspired by Goldstar from Booster Gold. May 1, 2017.
- Mermaid Pearl: Done for "Mer-May" 2018, this is Pearl as
an oyster-bodied mermaid. A first try that I didn't like
in part because I left too little space at the top of the sheet, so I started over.
May 13, 2018.
Marvel Comics: Other than crossover stuff covered above.
- "NASCAP": In Civil War Frontlines #11, Captain
America was chided for not having a MySpace page, following NASCAR, or
watching YouTube videos. So I made up this new Cap, hand-picked by Tony
Stark, who has a Vibranium-coated NASCAR-styled Dodge Charger and a MySpace page. Design sketch.
- Spider-Bad: A five minute thing thrown together
in Crayola marker and Sharpie for a gag. Spider-Man drawn a la Strongbad of
- Catalymon: Sketched up during the fourth
season of Digimon, scanned much later to scare people with. It's a
hypothetical combined digivolution of two characters who never did that in
- Tetsujin of the Iron Village: Tony Stark in
the Narutoverse. A cursemark is placed on him that will cause all eight of
his Eight Gates to open if he doesn't obey his captor, but he develops a
special set of Chakra armor that seals the curse and later lets him tap his
Gates at will, artificially reproducing jutsu, such as the Rasengan. Think
of it as a sort of Sharingan that takes some lab time to make work. Design sketch. 11/18/07.
- Jeff Mace redesigns Captain America: Done for a
Project Rooftop challenge, to redesign the costume for a canonical Captain
America (NASCap above is a new character, so wouldn't be enterable). I
decided that in 1949, while thinking of retiring, Jeff Mace (aka the Patriot,
the third main wearer of the Captain American uniform) would have tried
making the role more his own by redesigning the suit to incorporate some of
the elements of his Patriot costume and otherwise updating the look. Original design doodle (notice several changes), tight pencils and the version I submitted with a nicer background and no
DC Comics: Again, other than crossovers already shown above.
- Fire Lad: A re-envisioning of Staq Mavlen of the
Legion of Substitute Heroes along more Ditko-ish lines, done for the latest
incarnation of the Legion MUSH. 11/20/04
- Silver Age Stargirl: Just another colored
costume design sketch, an idea for how DC's Stargirl might dress if stuck in
the Silver Age and trying to fit in. October 2007.
- Black Lantern Suicide Squid: An old
standby from Rec.arts.comics, Suicide Squid is a typo run amok. With Suicide
Squad (the original inspiration for Squiddy) getting a "back from the dead"
issue as part of Blackest Night, I was inspired to make Suicide Squid as a
Black Lantern, the ring catching him during one of his many temporary
- Chopper Flames Superman: In discussing
the flaws of the Man of Steel costume, someone on the AllSpark said something
to the effect that at least he wasn't covered in "chopper flames" like
Optimus Prime in the movies. So, of course, I went there. 6/6/13.
- Big Bear-da: A comics professional I follow on
facebook (I forget who) bemoaned the lack of a furry version of Big Barda for
the Justa Lotta Animals setting. So I made one. Rough
pencil sketch phase. March 12, 2018.
Other Media Sources:
- Niriko: A character from the webcomic Nahast: Lands of Strife, done for an art
contest held by the creator, Alejandro Melchor. 10/23/04
- Bun on a Bombarde: Pau-Henoa of the "Amy
Unbounded" Universe (who may be findable here if link-rot doesn't
get to me) playing a Bombarde, a realllly loud wind instrument. Pau-Henoa,
aka The Mad Bun, is just the sort to try playing a Bombarde while wearing
- Duchess Dire: The token female of the Black
Widows, the villain group from the 1980s cartoon Spiral Zone. I mostly based
her on the comicbook adaptation's design, since there's no real online
resources other than a head shot and pictures of the toy. Prismacolor
markers and pencils. 5/29/10
- Marah the Jedi Padawan: So, my nieces got into Star Wars in a big way in
2012, including getting Jedi costumes for Christmas that year. On top of
that, my older niece Marah learned how to climb up a narrow hallway by
bracing her feet against opposite walls. So I combined these two to make her
7th birthday present, a picture of an older Marah as a Padawan sliding down
from a position of concealment to ambush a clanker. February 2013.
- Rough layout - Ran this past my sister before
going any further. Then documented the steps along the way.
- Matted - My sister is likely going to get it a
nice frame, but I was reluctant to mail something with a glass sheet.
- (I have a photo of Marah holding the pic, but I'm reluctant to post
photos of minor relatives.)
- Teen Woody: When Priest and Bright did a followup Quantum & Woody series in
2014, the new teen Woody's character design wasn't quite what Priest had been thinking
of. So I came up with an alternative, which went through some design phases.
- Sailor Woody - My initial idea, basically just putting
the existing costume onto the body of one of the Outer Senshi, but making it more
- Emo Sailor Woody - I was told the hair should be different,
so changed it.
- "Twoody" (Woody 2) pencils - Got some more guidance on
what Priest wanted frmo the character's look. Unfortunately, I totally missed at this
stage that I'd drawn the comic too small, making Woody something like seven feet tall
unless he's holding an undersized ashcan.
- Twoody finished - I drew details from Quantum & Woody vol 2 #1
on the comic he's holding. Proportions are a mess, but this was pretty close to the
costume and general look Priest had been after. November 14, 2014.
- Darth Moll: A visual pun. March 13, 2017.
- Rocket Bopper: I briefly got back into the Rivets wargame
and decided to draw fan art of the Rocket Bopper, with a 1970s theme to it. December 3, 2017.
- Antifa Ferret: What if Sanrio leaned HARD to the left?
March 29, 2018.
- Revolutionary Girl She-Ra: A mashup of the 2018 Netflix She-Ra design
and the school uniform of Revolutionary Girl Utena. Pencils, and
somewhat corrected stuff in inked (but pre-erasing) work. July 19,
Results of "name a character and I'll draw it" Livejournal meme
December 26, 2008
True MiscellanyStuff I haven't moved into other sections
yet, and may never.
- Thunderfist: Drawn three days before my 18th
birthday, I realized after I was done how horribly Freudian the costume was,
and tried to fix it with a belt. Didn't really help. Still, one of my early
attempts at multi-figure composition. 7/15/88
- Osprey: One of my late-college Hardsuit
designs, and the first one I inked with a tech pen instead of a quill.
- Iron Eagle: Basic concept by John "Elvis"
Marcotte, I did this drawing on commission ($5, woo). 4/7/92
- Spectrum: Champions character of a friend.
Last thing I drew before graduating from college. Not to be confused with
the Superguy character. 5/7/92
- Gauntlet: An attempt at taking the
then-current costume trend and making something that didn't look ugly out
of it. I think it worked. 5/19/92
- Paladin: Fifth incarnation of a character I've
been kicking around since 1985. 7/13/92
- Myrmidon: Originally supposed to have a light
sabre, but I realized after inking it that I'd put the blade
going the wrong way. So I turned it into a staff/baton. 1/8/93
- Myrmidon 1989: Original version of the
character. Before I started doing breakdowns in my art. 3/28/89
- Vector: Another iteration of my "telekinetic
martial artist" character, based on a costume design I was fiddling with for
a CCMUX character (but that was not used for CCMUX). 3/23/04
- Fennec: A PC from the silly Champions campaign I
ran in my final semester of college back in 1992, redrawn for the player
after I got in contact with him again after a decade. Character created by
Josef Ricketts. 10/11/04
- High School Art: I took a drawing and painting course my Junior year of
high school (1986-7), turning out three finished pieces. A pencil drawing of
an ear of corn, and the two below. Dunno what happened to the corn, but the
other two lasted until it was time for me to clean out my old bedroom in
2007, at which point it was junk pickup for 'em. Dad took photos before they
were carted off, though. Both were way too big to take on the plane with me,
and not really worth mailing and continuing to store.
- Demon Mask pastel: Taken from a National
Geographic reference photo, I was forbidden to use black for shadows except
on the bone parts.
- Doctor Who and Sea Devil oil: Adapted from a
Doctor Who Magazine photo of the Third Doctor facing down a Sea Devil, done
in oil paints.
- Helium Atom: My concept of how an atom
might look, done to help out a colleague's research project (comparing
drawings of scientists to drawings of students). Not to scale, the electron
cloud should really be 100,000 times bigger than the nucleus, give or take.
And I can't prove protons are green, I just like it that way. 5/1/08
- Jimmaku "Jimmy" Nishimura: My character in a
Scion: Hero campaign, he's a scion of Set and the world's best street racer.
Visuals based on Kamina from Gurren Lagann. Character sheet.
- Ampere of the Omega Guardians: Done for the
June 2012 AllSpark Art Challenge, "Superhero Summer Fun." AllSpark
challenge? Yeah, the specific challenge was to use one of the superheroes
made by an AllSparker, most of whom are in the Omega Guardians or affiliated
to them. Ampere's summer isn't so fun on humid days. Done in a Teen Titans
cartoon style. Ampere created by Wingus. 6/5/12.
- Comet: During my one year at Cottey College, I
did a few Cottey-themed pieces of art. The idea behind this was a sort of
"Captain Universe" roaming power set, but it would only work for students at
Cottey College. I kinda cheated and did a black fill because the marker just
didn't scan dark enough. October 28, 2013.
- Buff Mermaid: I was a little late for Mer-May
in 2016, but someone asked for a muscular mermaid so I obliged, using a tuna
for the fish parts. Slightly risque. August 1, 2016.
- Wicket: A visual pun, based on the musical
Wicked, but with the witch dressed for cricket. December 9, 2016.
- Goblet Goblet: Ununnilium complained on
Tumblr that a Goblet should be a small goblin. So I drew a small goblin in
a cup, a Goblet Goblet. Color pencil quick sketch. October 25, 2017.
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