Finally finished this after playing around with it for days. None other than Del and Zen doing their thing or being super hot and super deadly. This is a bit of a companion piece to ‘Power Couple’. I gotta do an updated one of Sonya and Dark since their last non romantic pic was ‘Save My Love’ – which is available as a postcard print in the Square Store: https://squareup.com/store/illegaltender/
Oh Marco. Gorgeous Marco. So yeah following a theme in IT that everyone has awesome (older) brothers. Marco adores his baby brother – he taught Darkly everything he knows. He never minded when Darkly wanted to tag along with him and they go surfing together all the time. Marco isn’t without his faults – for one thing theres his flirting with Sonya or just any woman he comes across. And as seen in issue #5 he is rather rough and tumble with the diminutive Darkly. Plus he’s one of those guys that knows he’s fine af so he’s a bit egotistical. Like Darkly, Marco’s power is intelligence but his specialty is engineering – if you can think of something Marco can figure out how to build it and have it perform 10 different functions (Rita is mathematics and Vivian is science). I wanted to revamp him a bit – so far he’s only appeared in issue #5 – I wanted him to be darker like their mom but still favor Carlos in the looks department. His nose isn’t quite as bumped out as Darkly but they have the same widows peak, eyebrows and smile.
Can you tell that I get along with my older brother – it comes across in my characters doesn’t it? He’s a great guy and yes he’s freakin tall as hell. I’m about 5’8 and he towers over me at 6’2. I often find myself looking at his goofy ass just like Darkly is looking at Marco. Like how can you be so smart and be a giant doofus at the same time?
The full line of the title is from a Prince song called ‘Lady Cab Driver’ and it goes “This is for me not being born like my brother – handsome and tall.”
Oy man it has been forever since I’ve done a stand-alone with this much detail. Plus that water was hard to do (most of the time I do beach scenes the water doesn’t have to be contained). The last time I drew people in a tub was easily ten years ago. Maybe more. But I digress I’ve wanted to finish this pic since I sketched it a week ago at my temp job – something about being at work makes me wanna draw naked people. Sonya and Darkly are my favorite couple – not that I don’t love my other I.T. couples but there’s just something about Sonya and Dark that is so sweet. Sonya is the character that is most like me and Darkly… well everyone loves a confident man 🙂
You may be secure in your masculinity but you’re not Darkly-in-a-pink-flower-hair-tie-taking-a-bath secure. Not to mention that’s HIS bathroom their in. He already had the teak tub but Sonya decorated it and Darkly is totally fine with flowers and water color paintings. After all raspberry is his favorite color.
‘When 2 R in Love’ is yet another Prince song. It appears on both Lovesexy and The Black Album because… well Prince was complicated man.
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Took it to a poll and guess what won! Yup yup as promised here are the first pages of Issue #7: Murder Ink – they were completed and shelved over a year ago when Illegal Tender went into publishing hiatus. This is a very special thank you to all of I.T.’s loyal fans who have hung in there while I sort this thing out. It was one hell of a year. One hell of a shitty year but I want more positive vibes for I.T. in 2017.
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ISSUE #3 COMING SOON!!!
This is about a second before he realizes what his powers are doing 🙂
My poor darlings. I really want to do their prequel story but it’d be the saddest thing I’ve ever written – it would end where Illegal Tender begins… with them dying. But they’re so damn cute together. Here’s a tiny look at their first meeting and here’s a little story: Ellie begins work at the Agency as a resident physician and John of course falls head over heels in love at first sight. Who wouldn’t – Ellie is a total fox. And she’s smart. Plus his little unconscious love shocks don’t hurt her because she’s invulnerable. But Ellie knows who he is and is very wary. She eventually learns that he and his father are trapped within the corporation. When she learns about how old they really are it’s a little disorienting but by that time she’s in love with him.
I’d say Ellie is about 23 years old here. John is nearing 212 which is young for a being made of pure energy. His dad is nearly 500 years old ^^;
A yes, I knew this one would have to Hunter since Erol got the cover to Erotic City. This is in fact an aged-up Hunter Breland doing his best impression of Prince from the LOVESEXY album art. A lot of people didn’t like Lovesexy when it came out because Prince made it after hastily recalling the infamous Black Album – but I gotta say for something he made in less than a week it’s a solid album. I love it. And not just for the cover which features Prince in this exact pose. His body is… was… crazy nice. But he was so tiny. Hunter (once he’s grown) is about 6’2 and he’s quite a bit thicker than Prince – note his little love handles and that ample booty.
Hunter is rather shy about being naked – even when he gets older. He’s modest unlike his brother who will streak anywhere is asked. SHOULDER FRECKLES!
“That’s my only mission.”
I traveled back in time while making this. I thought I was going crazy cause I legit forgot that DLS ended tonight so imagine my surprise when I look up and see it’s still 2am an hour later. If you follow me on instagram (same name) you got a preview of this sketch a few days ago. I was at my temp job mon-wed so I got to sketch a few things including this and a rare pic of John and Elle that I want to finish as well. The comic went on publishing hiatus right when these two got together and I know a lot of people were looking forward to EmilxKiddo kissy fun time so I try to draw my power couple as often as I can. Plus their hair is aweseomely fun to draw and detail AND Emil blushing is the best cause his ears flush too 🙂
‘Right Back Here in My Arms’ is… you know it – a Prince song!
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“That’s a cute trick, princess.”
My entry in the ‘League of Samurai Ultimate Knife Fight’ contest on Instagram. Their character designs are awesome and couldn’t help but pick their resident red head Akari to go toe-to-toe with my resident red head Kiddo. Not sure who would win this…Akari is definitely better at hand to hand combat – kind of Kiddo’s biggest flaw she’s not very good at sword or fist fights but she’s had her powers since birth so he’s pretty good at using it to manifest things. Plus any wound she gets her powers heal automatically. So who knows who would win – they’d probably end up being best friends in the end
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“… We’re causing quite a sensation”
Well well – while digging around in the basement I found the very first project folder for Illegal Tender and it contained the first (failed) pages of the comic and a hand written script about the first issue. Needless to say it’s come a long way since then. But the picture on the front of the folder was this very old picture
Not to toot my own horn but I’ve improved so much they hardly even look like the same group of people. Six years is a long time and my babies have come so far. Can’t believe the crew has been together that long
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So excited for our next convention. Illegal Tender will be at Anime Weekend Atlanta Sept. 29th – Oct. 2nd in the Artist Alley – Table #1137
We’ll have free stuff AND fresh off the press the first two issues of Illegal Tender in print! Hope to see you there 😀