Saturday, February 28, 2015

Craig's Gauntlet Final Day! Popeye

The Invincible Hero       Seafaring        Father

With that combination of words how could I NOT draw Popeye!?!?!?!  He's a fun one to draw and I think I may have to draw him some more, get the proportions a little better.  But there ya go, Popeye!  Enjoy!

P.S.  If you want to see Popeye done right head over to the site of the incomparable Gary Dumm at

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Craig's Gauntlet Day 4: Sir Steven the Cook

Today's challenge:

The Knight Templar     Refugee     Chef

This one is a bit of a stretch but if you have watched the Steven Seagal movie "Under Siege" you will get at least the chef/cook part.  The refugee part, kinda left that out.

Ben Continues the Gauntlet! Day 4

So I got a little carried away with 1 aspect of today's challenge and focused solely on the Knight Templar part.  I originally planned on incorporating the other aspects in the background, but that didn't happen.  My time was limited, so I did what I could.

The whole thing was done in Manga Studio.  I tried out some of the paint brushes.  Really enjoyed them.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Craig's Gauntlet Day 3: Careers in Science


The Outlaw     Young     Mad Scientist   

Fun with a ballpoint pen and Mad Science.

Ben Runs The RBMC Gauntlet! Day 3

I had to skip day 2.  The Hale household is in the midst of a baby sleeping rescheduling that is not going well.  With that in mind, I wanted to continue the gauntlet and jump back in on day 3.  So here is a quicky sketch knocked together on my lunch break.  The day's theme was:

The Outlaw  /  Young  /  Mad Scientist

This was the first thing that popped in my head.  I would have loved to refine it, but am happy that I'm at least sketching again.


Ben Brings You Penguins!

Wow. It has been a while since I have put paint to canvas. If I'm being honest, it has been a while since I've drawn anything. The Rust Belt Monsters and I descended upon Cleveland's Brite Winter Festival with another mural. We hadn't done a traditional, painted one since Ingenuity Fest so it was good to be back. I kept my contribution small as I was feeling the rust (pun intended) but I ended up happy with it. I'm looking forward to the next event and some bigger projects this year.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Craig's Day 2 : Usagi!!!

Today's random word and phrases is:

The Reckless     Marooned      Sensei 

It's funny, I'm finding these random words are stirring up very specific stories.  The first one, "Treasure Island", this one the Legend of Miyamoto Musashi and the duel with "The Demon of the Western Provinces".  You can find the full story here.  Essentially the story goes that Musashi traveled Japan finding teachers and swordsmen of renown to test his skills as a samurai.  The long and short of it is he challenges a swordsman, this 'Demon", to a duel on an island.  He makes the Demon wait, making him angry that he had been disrespected and about the time he was blinded by his anger.  Musashi shows up, does not draw his sword  but instead brandishes an oar from his boat, further disrespecting the swordsman, and kills the Demon.   
So why is he a rabbit?  Cause I wasn't the only one inspired by the story of Musashi, The amazing Stan Sakai created this amazing character, Usagi Yojimbo who is a combination of the great Samurai movies and the story of Musashi.  You should check it out!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Craig's Gauntlet Day 1 - Treasure Island!

My take on today's Gauntlet, 
The Evil Mentor      Armed       Space Marine,
Space Long John Silver from, "Treasure Island".  Sure Disney did "Treasure Planet"  but this grouping of words and phrases made it IMPOSSIBLE not to make the connection.

If you would like some description of what the heck the gauntlet is check out our Facebook page !  If not, tune in again tomorrow for more random sketches!

Ben Enters The Gauntlet! Day 1

Day 1 of the Rust Belt Monster Collective: Gauntlet has begun and I wanted to knock this out quick. The theme was "The Evil Mentor Armed Space Marine".  I Sketched quickly in Manga Studio, continued in that program for inking, and then brought it into Photoshop for some quick color.  Going to try and keep with this scheme through the week.  We'll see how it goes.  Bring on Day 2!

-Ben Hale

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dragons Love Donuts

I'd probably have a pet dragon too if I could not eat all the donuts myself. 

Your Pal, 

Randy Crider 

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Who doesn't love a comic book crossover? Not me. Anyway, this piece was drawn for a comic book pinup show happening at Breakneck Gallery in Lakewood, OH; this coming Saturday (Feb 21st).

This lil' doodle was drawn digitally, using photoshop, but the the piece hanging in the show was printed on paper toned using tea, which created a very cool vintage magazine pinup look to the print. If your in the neighborhood, come check it out.


Brite Winter 2015!

Brite Winter 2014
Brite Winter Festival 2015 is upon us again! We've been a part of this festival for a couple of years now, great food, drinks and music in celebration of and in SPITE of Northeast Ohio's fabled winters.  
We will be inside again at the Great Lakes Brewery Tasting room, painting and enjoying some of the area's best bands.  This year, we will be offering these shiny new buttons for the occasion!!

So if you are out and about, stop by and say hi!

2013 Insane from the cold

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tim the Enchanter

This portrait is both WAY late and WAY early.  
After last week's Rust Belt post on birthdays I remembered I hadn't yet finished my portrait of Tim!  So here it is.  I have been inspired by Tim's work long before we started the RBMC.  Ever since seeing his work at Doctor Sketchy he was one of the reasons I came back every month, someone to marvel at and someone to push me to draw better!  He still does that weather he knows or not.  As one of the new Doctors at Doctor Sketchy Cleveland not only does he inspire but supplies a jungle gym for the rest of Cleveland to learn on.
He's an amazing guy with an amazing talent and a friend I wish everyone to have: honest, level headed and always there when you need him.

Happy WAY late and WAY early Birthday Tim!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Boop Boop be RARRRRRRR!

Inspired by our pals over at Scribble Nerds I came up with this monstrosity!  Their topic was mermaid but they didn't specify which end had to be fish!  This lovely little lady is part Marilyn Monroe and part Dunkleosteus - Terrelli.  What's that? Just a huge, armor plated fish from the Devonian era.  Enjoy!

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Finished the inks for a print to be released in the near future just in time for Valentines Day! Mortal enemies hugging? I assure you I drew no inspiration from my dating career for this piece. Not one bit. 

Your Pal, 

Randy Crider

Thursday, February 12, 2015


We like to celebrate birthdays here are the RBMC compound! So much so that we've started doing gift portraits for each other on our birthdays.

Ben by Erin

Erin by Ben

Jim by Craig

Tim by Ben

Randy by Craig

Craig by Erin

So got a friend with a birthday coming up?  Give them a portrait, they will love it!

Friday, February 6, 2015

An Evening with the Monsters

Wednesday Feb, 11 7:00 P.M.

Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH
Room 408

We have the great honor to join our friends at NOIS, Northern Ohio Illustrators Society, to talk about who we are, what we do and how we do it.  It's really a great opportunity to present to this amazing group of professionals and students at CIA.  If you are interested in dropping by contact NOIS for details.  

Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

...Or feet as the case my be. 

Your Pal, 
Randy Crider