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STATIC SHOCK sketches by bluestraggler STATIC SHOCK sketches by bluestraggler
I have this very persistent problem of falling especially hard into obscuro-/dead-fandoms. (I blame my comic/cartoon connoisseur friend for her irresistable influence.) Right now I'm in some serious love with Static Shock. Yeah, that super awesome cartoon with the doubly super awesome black main character. So awesome, and sadly unknown/underappreciated now, that it warrants ALL-CAPS in the title for every SS fanart I do.

Anyway, here are some sketches of Virgil and Richie I did in class to keep awake. Since I'm a slave to quasi-realism Virg's dreads came out a lot floppier when translated in my style. Also, unintentionally, vaguely feminine DX I'm totally happy with Richie though, and it's on him that I unwittingly drew the most incredible Sadface I've ever drawn.

If you expect that Virchie art will surely follow, you know me well. >8D
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EsmilaMercy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love, love! So much love! I forgot Static Shock even existed until a little recently. It had my thinking, WHY would my brain FORGET this!? Static is awesome. ^_^ Your art is awesome. Woot.
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crysanthemum963 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Woah, man, this is really great!
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SoftRequiem Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure if its just me but I really hope they make a new series for SS. when i think of it as a *possible anime* i get the tingles. but wonderful work on virgils dreds, every time i try i make it look like he has snakes on his head and it looks funny.
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amasakireyoko Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
AGREED. It's so hard to find people who watch and like Static Shock. I'm even rewatching the whole series on YouTube. Love your sketches though. Richie looks AWESOME.
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DieIllusiveMan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Richie with an ear piercing?
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bluestraggler Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Yeah, actually it's canon in the series. Partway through season 2 you'll notice he starts wearing a single earring in his right ear.
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DieIllusiveMan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I wonder how his dad felt when he got his left ear pierced
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bluestraggler Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Actually it was my mistake, I'd thought it was his left but in the cartoon it was actually his right haha
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NamesAreHardToComeBy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
How nostalgic.
Man I miss this show...
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wiktoria-r Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
ok ;]
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InuGurl107 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I absolutely LOVE your Richie!! <3

And Virgil is just awesome!!
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Ernesto-Alonso Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
The cool thing is that Static is in Teen titans now (not the anime version though, thank god)
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LittleDystopia Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
Yay! Static Shock drawings! I really love your style, by the way.
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The-Flightless-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I adore your sketching style. Wish I could sketch like that.
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xXspaceoddityXx Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
richie looks great in your style! this show is still on t.v. i only found that out yesterday morning, and i was all like "ACE!!!!".
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schuylark Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
DAMNIT I used to love this show. xD Very very cool that you sketched these, it deserves more art to its name!
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Angelgear Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
omggg i absolutely adore ur style! i think u have drawn prolly THE best static shock fanart i've seen on dA. i'm in love with ur version of virgil and richie. and i completley agree with u...it is a really underrated show, and we really need something like that on saturday mornings or afternoons, in place of the garbage they have now. i loved how it tackled so many different social issues on top of already great writing and wonderful characterization. i truly miss this show :(

i must say u are really getting my creative juices flowing and i'm really wanting to do some more fanart for my beloved static shock....:P
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killercat413 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Awesome! X3 I miss this show...
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ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha hah, Virgil does appear slightly feminie but that is alright. I really like how you sketched them...and I can't believe people can sketch this well in class. None of my art comes out this well even if I try really hard, lol. Oh well..maybe one day I'll ve able to do this as well and make more SS fanart. I really love the show and wish there are more fanart...I keep saying that every time I comment on a picture because it's so true! There isn't enough art of these guys....please make more if you possibly can! I love it and I want it to keep coming :D
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Elvan-Lady Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I went to the comic book store, I bought the Static comics I saw there... I am such a fan of the series, and they've actually sorta stayed true to the series.
Except I think Richie was gay in the series. I'll have to double check, but I'm vaguely sure it's Richie that's the gay one.
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silvanoir Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Hobbyist
I remember this show... it came on just as I was discovering Slash/ Yaoi on the internet, and I definitely found them pair-able. In fact, that's what kept me watching.

I decided a few days ago to revisit the fandom. A lot of the shows/pairings I like have tiny fandoms and are things that have come-and-gone so you're not alone.

The sketch of Richie, in the bottom corner, is ADORABLE
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digitalruki Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
these are beautiful, you rule.
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shokemn Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
omg Man this makes me so happy! This one of my fav series, I was so bummed out when they cancelled the show ;_;
Anyway kickbutt sketches and i'm so happy to see that i'm not the only person who enjoyed this <3
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Brainiac6Techgirl Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
I vaguely remember seeing Static Shock once on TV years ago when it first came out ( i was like...just starting gr 1 i think :omg: ....that was....a long time ago ;P) anywho, so i only really started to get interested in it now after becoming totally addicted to ~PriestessOfNox 's "Broken Gears" fanfic, and now im totally beating myself up for not watching it before DX I was such a clued out kid....meh...i just gotta wait until September.....when i get highspeed here :|
Anywho, i love your pics :D Especially Richie!
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Leticheecopae Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
I would wake up every morning just to watch this. I loved this show!
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Chanceless Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
pdsinapfodifnaspofai. I HATE how you did Virgil's dreads. They're so awesome! *Flails*
You have an amazing talent of making them look just like their cartoon cameos, but with an awesome self-style incorporated into it.
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OneBorn Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
I don't watch much of Static Shock, but this pic is damn good!
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dapuretdiva Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I haven't seen that show in like forever. It brings back memories. But everyday since I haven't seen it, I always sing the theme song in my head!
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emif Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008   Digital Artist
You posted on the GS.

Anyway, Static Shock reallly didn't get the love it deserved. A fandom really didn't emerge until after the season was over and ran on CN. Which is a shame because it was a great show and McDuffie was really into talking with the fans on Static because it was more or less this brain child.

I love the expressions and the style. You really got Virgil and Richie.
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bluestraggler Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
Oh hey, it's you, from the comm! Thanks for commenting again! :heart:

It's sad that cartoons nowadays don't even get much attention to begin with, much less love. I know most cartoons after the 90's Golden Era aren't great, but there are a rare few that deserve acclaim, like SS, Legion of Superheroes and The Batman. I think I should pay some respects to McDuffie and grab a few SS comics when I can X)
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PriestessOfNox Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
LOVE your style and how you did their expressions. Virgil's dreads look so, playable- if that is even a real word. :giggle: I laso love how you did their eyes and Richie's glasses. And you are SO right. This show does not get enough love, period! I am always so angry when I can't find Static Shock on DVD because I miss the show soooooo much. And I'm super looking forward to the VR stuff. :giggle: Out of curiousity do you like Legion of Superheroes? IF you do I'm writing a LOSH fanfiction that crosses over with Static Shock that is Slash/Yaoi called Broken Gears. If you're interested I look forward to hearing what you think of it.
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bluestraggler Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
Thank you! Gosh everyone who commented here makes me so happy! ;__; I was really upset to find that only ONE DVD was out for SS. (I'm a late fan, I knew of the cartoon when it was on but it was only recently that I watched it for the first time XD) And almost everyone I've met and asked so far have watched it and LOVED the cartoon. If only a petition would do any good T__T

OMFG I LOVE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES. That is ALSO an unknown/underappreciated fandom. (You see this pattern of mine??) I started watching the cartoon a while back but it got hard to keep up with *shakes fist at college* but I love everything I've seen so far. *o* Totally get me involved in your fic! MAYBE I COULD EVEN DRAW FOR IT. And then we'll cross-promote each other's work on dA! =D
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PriestessOfNox Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
[link] -> Has nearly all the LOSH episodes and a bunch of the Static Shock ones. Season one LOSH is my fave and I love all of Static Shock but my love for it grew when Richie became Gear. And I've signed petitions too and recently asked if they were ever planning to put more Static Shock on DVD on the WB site. I haven't gotten my question answered on the site yet... >_<

I LOVE BRAINY! He is so my fave and I also adore young Superman (I pair them :giggle:) and I also hate how its so unknown/underappreciated as well. I'm in college too and it stinks that I don't have as much time as my fandom as I would like and they haven't played a new episode in AGES! :sniff: Draw for my fic? THAT WOULD BE AWESOME! Especially since you're an amazing artist! I could put links for your art in my summeries both here and my account at FF.N! :dance:
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bluestraggler Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
OMG TV Links is back in business?? Thank GOD *__* When the owner got arrested I thought I'd lost my best online TV resource forever. Thanks!

A;SEIFJS; I LOVE BRAINY TOO *___* He was cute in the 1st season but he's so HOT in the 2nd (I felt a little dirty when I said that.) The first proper ep I saw of LoSH was the one where Brain was doing a battle simulation with a virtual Superman and he had SUCH an obvious crush on him XDDDD I particularly love the 2nd season because it gives opportunity for SupermanX/Brainy/Superman >8DDD Omg I KNOW, when the hell are they gonna air a new ep?? And YES, I will gladly draw for your fic! A chance to promote TWO wonderful and underrated cartoons in one cause? Hell if I pass that up! XD
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PriestessOfNox Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
I just discovered the site recently so I had no idea the owner got arrested... Wow...

*:hug: Brainy* I can never get enough of him, but sadly in the comics nearly all of his designs are... lets just say less then cute. >_< The only one I really like is his Post-Zero hour Reboot which some people call Brainiac 5.1. I'm thinking of doing something with that design in a story but I haven't decided what yet. VERY obvious crush on Superman and everyone knows but the boy blue. So sad. :sniff: SupermanX/Brainy/Superman? :drool: *slap self* You NEED to read this [link] and look at the LOSH art this girl makes [link] It is the same person just different sites. SHE ROCKS! And I know new episodes exist. They played a commerical with clips that haven't been in known episodes and it's driving me CRAZY! Just to warn you though my story is LOSH focused. It starts LOSH with stuff from Static Shock mentioned but we don't actually see their charatcers until Chapter 8. I can't wait to hear what you think of it and see what wonderful art you come up with. :hug:
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bluestraggler Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
Yeah, he had the site on [link] last time, but he got caught and was arrested. He used to have tons more stuff, I don't know if he's gonna be able to recover everything he lost though =(

The Brainy I know of is the one with the crew cut, who's something of an asshole XD Aside from that I know very little, I really need to get better acquainted with the comic DX Omfg LOSH FANART! GOOD LOSH FANART! My fangirl heart just died and went to heaven. Thanks for the link! And, holy shit a Legion LJ comm aswl;fj *__* LoSH focused is fine by me! Have you started writing already? Make sure to give me first dibs each time you finish a chapter! XD
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PriestessOfNox Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
Poor guy...

Brainy from the comics is a bit of a jerk, but I actually haven't read that much - just looked at pictures. :giggle:
& I'm glad it made your fangirl heart so happy. There is a LOSH Fanclub along with Brainy Fanclub here on Da.

I have started writing already and the first eight chapters of "Broken Gears" is already posted here at DA along with a one shot called "Sunlight Naptime". If you can note me an e-mail I can send you dibs on future chapters.
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laerry Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
Oh yeah - I used to watch that on Sat. mornings. It was a pretty good show (you know, for cartoons these days. I can't stomach any of the SatAM cartoons on now.)
These guys look great in your style. Love the dreads :giggle:
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Xhanthia Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
YES.

Static Shock will always be the best after-school cartoon. I was highly disappointed when they took it off the air, but thank God for Veoh and Youtube. I actually re-discovered this show a few months back, and watched every episode in the span of like 4 days. XD It was crazy. I'm ecstatic (uh...lame pun, but it wasn't intended) that someone's finally drawing fanart, since there's a serious lack of SS art on dA. :3 Btw, Richie in Your Style = <3

Ps. Did anyone else but me find the whole "blonde hair black eyebrows" look a bit odd? XD
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bluestraggler Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
;____; I'm SO HAPPY to've found so many SS fans on dA! I posted this thinking there won't be many hits for it, so when I came back and saw the reaction to it I was pleasantly surprised! Well GOOD, because now I have even more reason to carry on drawing SS art X)

I dunno, it was slightly odd at first, but I've seen plenty of blondes that have dark eyebrows so it does make sense. And I love the idea that Rich has dark brows and dark eyes anyway X3
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Xhanthia Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
Look at that. I can't believe I've never noticed that there were people with blond hair and dark eyebrows. I need to pay more attention. XD

You know what sucks? I want to watch the series again, but I can't seem to find the episodes anywhere, and I can't remember where I watched them last time. D:
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bluestraggler Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
Here! [link]

Sucks that the 1st ep is missing though DDX
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PriestessOfNox Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
I miss it too and as for your "Blond hair black eyebrows" question, I didn't find it odd for my hair and eyebrows are exactly the same way. It doesn't happen that often but it does.
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jess-o Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved this show. Where did it go, anyway?

Great sketches!
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bluestraggler Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
It got canned because the studio was too small and lacked financial backing from toy companies that didn't want to make toys for a black main character. Or so my friend says, which is probably true. u_u

*cries and gatling-guns said companies*
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RaphaelsLover Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
AH! Static! Oh my cheese! I used to watcht hat show all the time! I would never miss it!
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DemonBunny Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
Seeing your sketches was like a major blast from the past! D:

I was too young to actually think of Virchie at the time, but now you've got me hoping for more fanart from you. xD I love the way you drew them, especially Richie. <3
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ruka-2990 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
D8 THIS IS NEVER ENOUGH FANART OF THIS AWESOME SHOW!! you get many many MAAANNYY glomps for thiiis
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i love everything about this, your art continues to blow my mind!!
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AlienClockwork Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Dude, after I saw this I went to go watch two episodes online. xD
I LOVED this show.
And VirgilxRichie is epic and totally cannon. D<

I love Richie's puppydog face in the corner. D: <3 So cute.
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NotFanny Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
Dude, Richie is based off one of the first openly gay characters in comic book history. THE PAIRING IS PRACTICALLY CANON. In other words...I'm really looking forward to any future pics of this show from you. XD
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