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Sweetums & Robin by AverageJoeArtwork
Sweetums & Robin
Just a little something I made last year. As I was watching the Muppets' Toyota Highlander commercials in February, I noticed there was a lot of Sweetums featured. Since those videos are in crystal-clear HD, there's great potential from an artistic standpoint.

When I first started drawing Muppets, I did Sweetums based on the Palisades Toys action figure. That was until a closer look during those commercials. You'll notice Sweetums' clothes are more complex than you'd think. Basically, it's just a robe, but there are so many patches, ripped fabric, strands of fur/hair, stitches, clothing underneath the robe, etc. So I went ahead & tackled drawing that monster!

Instead of doing the whole body on one page, I separated each body part: the head & body were on 18x12 sheets of paper & the left arm, both feet & his hand with Robin were done on regular 8x12. The hard part with that is there are very limited pictures of puppeteers wearing the Sweetums costume with the head off. That's not the Henson Company's fault, it's just one of Disney's many stupid/terrible decisions with handling the Muppets. (their "no such thing as puppeteers" approach) And any pictures that do exist are either in black-&-white, head shots or too far away. So I tried the best I could with the limited stuff I had. The only easy indication to make out are his head, hands & feet.

The coloring was the toughest/funnest part of this piece. The tough half came from that when I put it together in Photoshop, I left it all in linart. Looking back, I maybe should've colored each part separately then put together. I think I did it so I'd still have the same colors & not choose a different shade by mistake. The fun half was because how many shades I could use. & like I said, his clothes have lots of different material on them so great to experiment. I also put everything together EXCEPT his hand holding Robin. That I saved last since it's an easy paste, no fur hanging from the sleeve to connect. Besides, I knew I had to have Robin in his giant hand when I started anyway. They've got a nice friendship.

& finally, no, I didn't intend to do this as a rest in piece picture for John Henson's passing. I started doing this before his heart attack. It was just a big coincidence & I didn't wanna post it for either being too soon & because the 2 of them are smiling. PS ignore all those colored circles on the top right side. I kept those just in case of another drawing & I wouldn't be guessing what colors I used.

Comment & enjoy!

Sweetums & Robin (c) Henson Company
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Wow... just... wow. Last night's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was... amazing. It's hard to describe with what I mean. I haven't felt a bigger kick to my nuts since Ass Burgers from South Park! What did that basically say? "Aspurger's syndrome? P'shaw, that's just a stupid disease that's not serious AT ALL! It's never existed & the only time that name can work is burger's shoved up your butthole & something found in the Matrix! What about actual people who HAVE Aspurger's; would they get offended when watching this episode? They're just jealous they're not part of the resistance! HARDY-HARDY-HAR!"

Back onto Sunny, what's so "amazing" about it? Both good & bad- no, no... horrible- points are the same: Charlie. Charlie is the best part of this entire episode, but that's also the worst offender. This episode is a Charlie torture porn. What exactly IS a torture porn? "Any episode in which a character is unfairly injured, ridiculed, gets called out for out of nowhere implications not mentioned in that show, stripped of any dreams or hopes for that episode for the sole purpose of him being the "bad guy" when in reality, he's the character we sympathize with."

It's inspection day, the particular day Charlie works his ass off at Paddy's Pub the hardest. In fact, the only day he works his ass off the hardest. Once he arrives, the gang's already started one of their insane scams. Chickens everywhere, 4000 steaks being delivered, Frank's missing his shoes & shirt, toilets are clogged, the bar's battery is being used as a stove, Dee put nails in the stool, overall reading disaster.

Charlie starts spazzing out, trying to fix everything you know what? It's SO relateable! This is the one day of the year that's the most important to him! Please tell me I'm not the only one who's had experiences like that! The rest of the gang don't give 2 sh*ts because "Charlie doesn't get the plan". That's all they ever say to him in this. But what do you know? HE SAYS WHAT THEIR PLAN IS IN LESS THAN ONE MINUTE EVEN IF HE WASN'T THERE WHEN IT STARTED!!!!! "Well, yeah, that's only 'cause we just told you, Charlie." By God, I hate you four more than I normally do. And that's a lovable hate; this is a disgusting hate! Charlie manages to get them to help him because he claims how the plan will work even better.

Then at the second half, we get the best part. Charlie manages to hide all evidence of the gang and their plan as a NEW health inspector (instead of their regular inspector) goes through the bar. Charlie has everyone do HIS jobs as he tries to hide them, everything's coming off the top of Charlie's head, nobody gets caught, but that's not the best part. What is? It's all done in one take. It lasts along 7 minutes, there's no stop, you can practically feel yourself as the cameraman.

The bar gets the best passing grade & Charlie is enthralled! What do the others say? "Yeah, great. Y'see, we don't give 2 sh*ts on that since we always pass anyway, so what's the big deal?" Once Charlie starts calling them out on this, they go: "Well, you didn't do jack, Charlie. We did all the work, bitch!" Even after a gag that Charlie set up, they all start praising theirselves on how awesome that gag that THEY CAME UP WITH!


That ending... felt like Charlie represents ME & the gang represent the entire world... giving me hardest blow to reality, punching me so hard that I'd orbit the entire universe in 80 days. It makes me realize that no matter how hard you try, you'll NEVER succeed. You struggle with many different hardships, like disabilities, struggling with grades, trying to make your personal hobbies fun, all of that stuff. & the Almighty God simply says: "STOP WHINING, BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE IT WORSE!!! WHY BOTHER TRYING TO MAKE SOMETHING OF YOURSELF OR EVEN TRYING?!?!?!?! JUST GIVE UP!!!!!! SORRY! I'D DO SOMETHING TO FIX THIS, BUT, NO: THE STATUS QUO IS ME!!!!!"

Thanks a lot, Always Sunny, for making the miserable part of my life 100 times worse than it already is.

I've been getting lots of comments, replies & questions regarding some of my artwork; past, present & future, mostly regarding my Muppet art. All I wanna do is set some records straight.

100 DAYS UNTIL THE MUPPETS
In 2011, the Muppet Mindset did a special countdown for the release of the 2011 Muppet film. They counted down 100 classic Muppet Show sketches since the 2011 film is basically The Muppet Show: The Movie. I decided, for kicks, to draw the sketches from the 15-part article series. I started uploading them here to dA, but paused near the final quarter. It was mostly because of school & family stuff & I've been holding it off for quite a bit.
The rest of the drawings ARE drawn, but they're just not colored yet. I haven't finished them for one main reason. Looking back on them, there's lots of personal preferences with everything. First and foremost, those pictures were done when I crammed everything onto one page instead of dividing several separate images & combining them to one. Cramming pictures looks too tight, cluttered & not thought out when planning. I've updated my drawing techniques Also, I didn't write it or come up with it! I wasn't the one who wrote the articles or choose the skits. It feels like some kind of plagiarism to me. Most important, it's been 3 years since the 2011 Muppets film was released! It's got a kind of dated quality to it!
I may get back to it, but for now, I've got more important projects in the works.


This pretty much speaks for itself about what it is. I've been getting a LOT questions, suggestions & all sorts of "who's gonna play who" scenarios. I've also taken a break from this, but not because I don't want to finish it. It mostly comes down to I already have the major Disney/Muppet characters cast. There's also been lots of questions to many bizarre/one-shot characters that I haven't gotten 'cause... I just haven't gotten THAT far yet. & I have to stop what I'm doing & sometimes stress-think who'd be who. & right when I post MY comment, ANOTHER comment pops up! There's also been some people who are like "NO! You can't change that! They HAVE to be this character & they're not Disney characters!" Well... who says? Where's that written in stone? It's MY thing, I can change it if I want to! Another reason I paused with this is because there are loads of these made-up casts that are popular on both here on dA & YouTube.
I mostly decided to delve into something similar to this; Muppets as LIVE ACTORS. Based off "Man or Muppet", it has the idea of "what if the Muppets were brought to life as humans instead of puppets?" I just have this interest of live action cartoons (& such), so I decided to do one with Muppets since... it hasn't really been done aside from "Man or Muppet". There are loads of those "recast pre-existing characters as other characters" so I changed it to... live actors.


That's all I gotta say. I know it's not much but it's something I wanted to get off my chest. If anyone has any concerns or whatever just say so in the comments.
  • Listening to: demo of "Out There" from Hunchback of Norte Dame
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: South Park
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: peanut-butter pretzels
  • Drinking: Rassberry Ice
South Park Season 18 Scoreboard by AverageJoeArtwork
South Park Season 18 Scoreboard

I’ve been getting into South Park recently & finding it as fantastic as people make it out to be. & with the show’s 18th season finishing last week, I decided to do a scoreboard on my thoughts.


    For the starter, there’s Go Fund Yourself. The boys quit school & start their own business, coincidently calling it the Washington Redskins. Of course, this causes trouble with the real Redskins &… that’s it. There’s some confusing stuff with Kickstarter, the logos the boys make go a lot overboard & the ending’s symbolism goes pretty brutal.

    The next is Gluten Free Ebola. & this is one of the few problems with this season; the continuity. Now, how they use the continuity is good, but it seems more like the creators saying “HEY, remember this from the last episode? You do? OK! Just wanted to let you know!” which is pretty annoying. However, it’s done well here. The boys go back to school & everyone ridicules them (for good reason). They decide to throw a party to get theirselves liked again, but news about the dangers of gluten causes an epidemic among the adults. The boys finding the right heart for this gluten is sweet & the “gluten can make your dick blow off” is SO South Park. But sadly, after this one, it goes downhill with…

    The Cissy. & here’s where another problem with the season comes in: there’s too much Randy. Now I don’t hate Randy, he’s probably the best father character on the show, but he’s had parts of the plots of these episodes practically EVERY episode! & I get that even though the boys are all equally the main characters, Stan’s the main main character. But Randy’s been overused here. Why? One word: Lorde. Now, in the last episode, having Randy dress as Lorde was funny to show his cheapness (claiming he knows Lorde’s father in the office). But, no! It’s REAL! There’s NEVER been a real-life Lorde; it’s all been a middle-aged man crossdressing living a double life! See the problem? Yeah, it’s FLAT-OUT ripping off one of Disney Channel’s worst shows, Hannah Montana! & by God, WHY is everyone SO stupid with not getting that it’s a guy in drag?! I mean, there’s Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie convincing drag & then there’s Adam Sandler’s Jack & Jill. This is the later. Why does nobody notice THE MUSTACHE?! & why does Randy create this alternate identify? He wanted to use the women’s bathroom. STUPID!
    Cartman’s plot is interesting & funny, but… it goes mean spirited so quickly. He goes “transgender” so he can use the girls’ bathroom. The girls get fed up & the principal actually installs a transgender bathroom in the school, only for Cartman to use. Cartman’s bastardly strategies for this scheme is good, & it’s even BETTER when Wendy switches genders to give Cartman a taste of his own medicine. But here’s where it goes mean-spirited. He screams at Stan calling him a cissy (the term for non-gays) & he starts getting ridiculed for this. Randy hammering in his Lorde life to Stan also pressurizes Stan, making him a mess. Even at the end, he STILL gets sent to the cissy bathroom!

    Handicar became the first episode of the season where I liked EVERYTHING. Timmy starts his own taxi cab-like business called Handicar. Why? To raise money for the special needs kids’ summer camp this year. Not to be greedy like Scrooge McDuck, he’s using it for the best cause he can! How can you not gush in “awe” at this? However, 2 disabled kids are trying to stop Timmy’s business, just so ‘cause they don’t wanna go to camp. They go so far as accompanying rival car companies compete with Timmy, having an homage to Wacky Races. Both Timmy’s big heart & how well the references to Wacky Races is are the best part & that alone are what makes this episode work. But… why do people consider this the worst? It’s better than you think! Only bad thing is the show reminding us that Randy is Lorde (AGAIN!) but at least it’s short.

    But then with the Magic Bush, it goes back to weak territory. Cartman & Butters take Butters’ dad’s drone & take it for an illegal spin, even filming footage of Craig’s mom & her bush. It gets complex & mean-spirited afterwards. The saving grace is the drones; both the way they’re animated & the many different versions they showcase. But what’s bad? Craig’s mom is just so taunted with her bush in this! We feel sorry for her & everyone else making wisecracks & claiming “Oh, no, I never watched the video.” What assholes! & what’s more is we’re supposed to believe that Butters, SWEET ADORABLE BUTTERS, is the bad guy! I mean, Butters did nothing at all! He just stated his dad has a drone & Cartman steals it, calling Butters out that HE’S the one who started it all & we have to hate him! Sure, & Token’s the bad guy in World War Zimmerman! It ends up as a double torture porn.

    Then we get our Canadian episode with
Freemium Isn’t Free. There’s a new Terrence & Phillip mobile game that’s generic & stupid… but is addictive to Stan. It turns out every “Canadough” you spend gets turned to thousands or millions of dollars that goes to Canada for rebuilding. It’s a great get rich quick scheme by the Prince of Canada & it’s a good relatable addiction story that kids can relate to. There’s Satan, Stan’s grandfather, Canadian stereotyping that SP does so great, it’s a lot of fun.

    Now we come to the best of the season: Grounded Vindaloop. Cartman scams Butters to going into a “virtual reality”. In the middle of it, there’s lots of complexity but that’s what so great. It keeps you going “are they really gonna… ?” & they do it! But it’s in a good way! Who else jawdropped at seeing Cartman in a coma with the VR headset on? Who else went “wait, what” with intrigue with each “it’s a virtual reality within a virtual reality”? Who else found Steve’s advice at customer service such a joy to be no help at all? Who else SCREAMED with enjoyment at seeing Butters’ dad FINALLY GET WHAT’S BEEN COMING TO HIM?! The ending? Man oh man is it ever clever! The live kids they got looked SPOT ON! This episode is filled with twists that M. Night Shyamalan WISHES he could do! Overall, fantastic plot (& plot twists), great use of virtual reality, characters are hysterical, a must-watch!

    Unfortunately, the rest of the season doesn’t hold up as high as the last one, as so proven in the next episode,
Cock Magic. The boys hear of this interesting new take with cock fighting, but instead of fighting each other, the roosters play Magic: The Gathering against each other. The boys buy their own rooster & join the ranks, also while Randy does his own cock magic. This is the only part of SP this season that I liked about Randy. His idea of cock magic is just hysterical; a WAY better side hobby than being Lorde. & the transition moves to well; from home hobby to kids’ parties to Vegas style! The boys competing in the card games is also just as fun.

    Finally we get the 2-parter finale: #REHASH & #HAPPYHOLOGRAMS. Both try to be big and epic but… it just doesn’t work. There’s more Randy as Lorde (people STILL DON’T SEE?!) humiliating “herself” at this big concert. He does the whole “I can’t live this double life” cliché, but IT’S NEVER RESOLVED! Even him revealing it to Shelly is so shallow! All the continuity from the past 8 episodes are jackhammered into these 2. There’s this stupid thing about living holograms making their own holiday special that’s supposed to brainwash people? They even bring Michael Jackson back and they DON’T have him go after Ike?! They set it up like that yet… it goes nowhere! Cartman starts his own blog thing, just being a dick giving commentary on EVERYTHING. It starts out funny (especially his video corner appearing in real time), but it soon got irritating. Speaking of social network, all the out of nowhere hashtags that keep popping up? What the hell? And the biggest annoyance is it also jackhammers Christmas. Only Kyle’s thing is the saving grace, trying to get Ike to stop watching Let’s Plays of video games & just do the real thing (& how living rooms are dying because of this). Ike & his preschool friends even call Kyle & Stan grandpas because of it. But even then, they wreck it! It’s revealed “Lorde”’s music consultant is the evil mastermind behind it all! & right when it seems almost sympathetic , Stan & Kyle call HIM a grandpa… FOR TRYING TO DO THE SAME THING THAT THEY WERE DOING!!! Backhand writing at its best, folks! But at least Pewdiepie’s cameo was also fun, since they DID get the real guy.


That’s all I gotta say about this South Park’s 18th. What did YOU think? Was it the same as mine or different? Say in the comments.

South Park © Trey parker & Matt Stone

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chausseeca Featured By Owner 5 days ago
your note
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IDontLikeCoffee22 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Can you draw my new outlook with Kermit, Lips, Delores, Nigel, Floyd, Janice, Animal, Dr.Teeth, Zoot, and Rowlf. Like as an after Muppet Show group photo? 
here's the link to her photo.
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AverageJoeArtwork Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
You mean like a group picture with those characters with her?
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IDontLikeCoffee22 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ya. I would put a pic of an example, but my computer is being stupid so I can't access Google Images. So if you look up Muppet Show guest stars I guess you can see examples?
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AverageJoeArtwork Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Oh, you mean like Kermit's "good nights" at the end?
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Lizlovestoons12 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Say, I wanted to show you something.
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KrofftFan96 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
What happened to my request that was due almost a year ago?
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AverageJoeArtwork Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
Finishing high school in May, summer show in June, NYC trip in July, Silver Seinfeld Chronicles, first semester college/Little Mermaid Challenge juggled at the same time August to December, holidays, that explain everything?

Refresh my memory: what was your request?
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KrofftFan96 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Okay.

I just want my WFRR OC, Emily Valiant (krofftfan96.deviantart.com/art…giving Roger Rabbit a carrot cake.
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kasden95 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
princessbeautiful.deviantart.c… Dude? I may not know you, but a friend who I know who you blocked knows you and she wants to apologize.
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AverageJoeArtwork Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Thanks. I just read her thing & I can see how sorry she is. I'm actually gonna post a journal entry concerning my work, including what she's been bugging me for. Can you tell her that?
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kasden95 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Did that.
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AverageJoeArtwork Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
& also tell her this:

The only reason I did this is just because you (she) was just repeating that to me like I'm a baby. I get what you're talking about, but I've just got reasons why. I also kept responding to such but you haven't responded to ANY of them! Just repeat the same thing on the next deviant! Why haven't you responded & let it go? That's all. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings or anything, it's just got irritating & almost felt like you were trolling me.
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lexxii Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Zach & Thank you foining :iconcutieshots: Please enjoy your membership & Looking forward to you submitting more of your fine art into this Super Group Often:) Thank you xoxolexxii CutieShots
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lexxii Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Gallery Zach:)

Invite to join :iconcutieshots: A Diverse Global Super Group dedicated to artists of all genres to display their fine art here:) Hope to see you real soon! xoxolexxii CutieShots
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Happy Birthday!
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Happy birthday to you!
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Happy Birthday!
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Happy birthday!
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KrofftFan96 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there. Do you do requests? I like your art. :)
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AverageJoeArtwork Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Yeah, whatcha got in mind?
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Can I have one too please!
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And your request is... ?
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