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Day 1: Felix

| November 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Felix is your stereotypical loner type. Handful of friends, each as socially awkward as the other. What sets Felix apart from the other kids is his debilitating Asthma. Even standing to quickly can cause Felix to have an episode. Needless to say, Felix is slow, very slow. Due to increased smog in Havenport and a demand on inhalers Felix must buy his next prescription from an unnamed seller on ebay. One puff of this mystery inhaler and Felix is transformed intooooooo


Tune in tomorrow to find out!

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2012 Returning Challenger: Ryan Wheaton

| November 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

I’m ready.

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Feel free to connect with me via facebook over at Ryan Wheaton Illustration. I’d love to open a dialog with other challengers!


| December 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Kill-bot, Kill!

#28 & 29

| December 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

#26 and #27

| November 30, 2011 | 0 Comments


Two more members of a traveling sideshow. The strong man and the bearded lady.

#25 The pinhead.

| November 30, 2011 | 0 Comments


Inspired by Schlitzie the pinhead.

#24 “The Twin”

| November 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Another staple in the sideshow community. The Siamese twin.  



#23 Wolfred the wolf boy.

| November 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Wolfred here is a full blown werewolf. Not wanting to be outed, he joins a traveling circus and gets a job as part of the freak show. Wolfred claims his ailment is hypertrichosis, but I know the truth.

#22 Sissy the Hemaphobic vampire bat.

| November 29, 2011 | 1 Comment


Title really says it all. Sissy faints at the sight of blood. Doesn’t get to eat that often. You’d think he’d be skinnier.



| November 29, 2011 | 0 Comments



Just your typical mustachioed police chief.  Not a fan of new recruits. Judges a man by the size of his facial hair.





| November 23, 2011 | 0 Comments


Trying to get caught up.

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#19 Barry “The Republican” Burrito

| November 23, 2011 | 0 Comments


Here’s another suggestion from facebook.

“Barry Burrito, the republican burrito…unfortunately this burrito is full of s@#$!”

Really wasn’t sure how to render a S@#$ filled burrito so I gave him a big mustache, close enough right?



#18 Officer Campbell

| November 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

A Rookie on a mustachioed police force. Often ridiculed for his “peach fuzz”. Upper lip often equated to that of a babies bottom.

This is also a peak into the pocket sized moleskine sketchbook I carry around with me. It’s where most characters start.  It also just so happens to a be a place wear characters go to die.

#17 The Missing “Link”

| November 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Idea credit goes to a friend of mine on facebook. 

# 16 Bearded lady.

| November 22, 2011 | 0 Comments !

#15 Pete and his one eyed space cat.

| November 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Every space-man needs a sidekick. This guys sidekick just so happens to be a one eyed cat named Bloo. (inspired by my real life one eyed cat of the same name.)

#14 My beard.

| November 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Despite pleading from my girlfriend I am once again participating in No shave November, and possibly even Don’t shave December. I feel that the longer my beard gets the more out of control it becomes until one day have a mind of it’s own.  Lets hope for the best.

#13 Phil the demon

| November 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Phil has never had any luck with the ladies so he decided to give video dating a try.

He likes fuzzy red turtle necks and enjoys spending time grooming his budding mustache.   Phil is 32 and living with his mom again after investing all his money in HD DVD.

Now please ladies, don’t all call at once.


#12 Sal

| November 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Growing up, Sal’s favorite movie was office space. He loved the characters and the camaraderie; Peter, Micheal, and Samir had. He loved it so much in fact, he quit school to get a menial job in a mail room.

Office work is neither fun nor as entertaining as Office space led poor Cyclops Sal to believe.

Sal,  We need to talk about your TPS reports.


#11 The barber

| November 17, 2011 | 0 Comments


Yet another member of the FFL (facial hair fighting league) and perhaps the most notorious. The barber.

Looking back I think a more fitting weapon would have been a straight razor.


#10 Tom the terrible cat burglar.

| November 16, 2011 | 0 Comments



This is Tom. He doesn’t have many aspirations in life. One day while polishing off a 6 pack of cheap beer and watching It takes a thief on the discovery channel he decides to give this whole career criminal thing a try. Seeing as how his only exposure to a life of crime was through t.v. he is ill prepared to deal with, heavily armed grandmas, killer poodles, and other thieves.!

#9 Frank Meatly

| November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

This is the lead singer for the Thrash band Radioactive Democrat (thanks generic death metal band name generator v1.0.20) Frank Meatly.

Inspired by national metal day.


#8 Joe-Dan

| November 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

Another member of the FacialHair Fighting League.

When Joe-Dan is not using his wife and kids as sparring partners he is at the bar playing doubles darts with his mustache.


#7 FFL member

| November 9, 2011 | 1 Comment

Here is an un-named member of the FFL or the FacialHair Fighting League. Coming from the backwoods of the Ozarks, he spends most of his time making moonshine and being sloshed. He’s still one helluva contender nonetheless.

#6 Candy Tom

| November 7, 2011 | 3 Comments

I like to ask my facebook friends from time to time for suggestions of what to draw. Someone suggested I draw “ A zombie cowboy with a pistol that shoots candy riding a zombie unicorn with a mullet.” so this is the result.

Backstory to come later.

#5 Number One

| November 6, 2011 | 0 Comments


So this guy (like all of my characters) started with some rough doodles in my sketchbook. I drew three similar characters  with slightly different features. I call them “The Three”. Obviously as the title states this is number one.

I still don’t know what he is or why he is. The three of them together look quite ominous so perhaps they are in charge of guarding something?

Maybe designing the other two members of “The Three” will spark some more ideas.





#4 Potato elder

| November 6, 2011 | 8 Comments





I’m finding it rather difficult coming up with names for my characters. How do you guys go about it?


Anyway continuing with the “fighting vegetables” theme I’ve established this is the grand poobah of all the potatoes in the land. He is the leader, possibly the king.  Don’t let his gnarly beard and cane fool you. He is still quite the fighter in his old age.

Me not being able to figure out what to do with his right hand resulted in me just cutting it off. From the look on his face I’d say he recently lost it in a fight to the death. A hand is a small price to pay for your life.


So what do you guys think of him? All opinions welcome!



#3 Sam

| November 4, 2011 | 2 Comments

This is Sam. You may think he’s just another average geeky teenage boy, but I can assure you he is not. When he’s not playing D&D with his friends he is fighting crime using his greatest weapon. A magical fighting mustache.


#2 A potato…who also sumo wrestles

| November 3, 2011 | 1 Comment

Still trying to figure out the best setting on my scanner. Obviously haven’t found them. 🙂


Anyhow going with fighting vegetables theme, as the title states, this a is a potato who also happens to be a sumo wrestler. I figure he and Pickle Ninja will become friends after an intense battle similar to that of Rocky and Apollo Creed.







Critiques/input welcome.

#1 Pickle Ninja

| November 2, 2011 | 6 Comments

I’ve been using Pickle Ninja as my gamer tag for the last 8-9 years. I get asked all the time what it is in reference too and honestly I never knew.
I’m pretty sure I stole the name from a Korean dude on an Unreal Tournament sever a long time ago.

Perhaps I’ll create more vegetable themed fighters for the illustrious Pickle Ninja to face off against.



2011 Challenger: Ryan Wheaton

| October 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

What’s up everyone!

My names Ryan,

I am a 24 year old artist with a lack of focus and direction.

Creating characters and sticking to a deadline are two things I need to improve on. I’m hoping this challenge will push me to do both.

I like playing with new styles and trying different mediums so I am really not sure how I plan on approaching this.

 If you wanna check out my sketches I’ve been drawing everyday this past  year and posting it on my sketchblog!

Best of luck to everyone!