March 30, 2011

Character Designs: Nuts

Who knew nuts could be so fun to draw?

Following up on Tom's post last week, here's a shot of the cast of nuts we designed for The Skinny On Nuts Website. These characters were really fun for us, because they hearken back to our roots of drawing wacky characters with big circle eyes. The bottom layer in the image is our initial line-up of characters, while the top layer contains a few revisions.

Anyway, go check out the site which we helped design, and be sure to "like it." Spread some love people!

Copyright © National Peanut Board

March 24, 2011

The Jersey Shore meets Dragonball Z

2A! takes Goku on a trip to the Jersey shore!

Ever wonder what would happen if The Jersey Shore cast met up with the Dragonball Z cast? Neither did we, but College Humor sure did, and boy are you in for a treat. Prepare for orange tans, frosted tips, and a Super Saiyan sucker-punch in this action packed, animated battle!

2A! animated this short in Flash, with our pals at Snark Rocket producing!

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March 22, 2011

The Skinny On Nuts Website

2A! gets healthy by adding The Skinny on Nuts Website to our diet!

Did you know that peanuts are not only good for your heart, but also good for your exercise routine? That's because eating peanuts, along with other nuts, provides the body with many of the necessary nutrients that help you get moving. This fun, educational site was commissioned by The National Peanut Board and is chock-full of important nutritional information about your favorite nuts. Get the "skinny on nuts" at and find out how eating nuts can be part of a healthy diet.

2A! helped design the Website and characters, and provided music and animation. We had a great time teaming up with LBVD to work on this project!

Copyright © National Peanut Board

March 18, 2011

Fun Art Fridays: Awesome Optimus Prime!

"Autobots... transform and roll out!"

This super-cool illustration of Optimus Prime was created by Greg Kleid, one of our awesome background artists. Greg drew this as a present for his nephews and we just had to post it. Man, I wish I had an uncle as cool as Greg!

Illustration © Greg Kleid

March 11, 2011

Fun Art Fridays: The Thundercats' Mumm-Ra

"Ancient Spirits of Evil, transform this decayed form into Mumm-Ra the Ever Living!"

Now that I got that out of the way... Mumm-Ra is one of the all-time coolest villains! He starts off looking like a pathetic old man hobbling around in mummy rags, and with a few choice words becomes the baddest baddie the Thundercats have ever faced. Of course, in reality they usually beat him pretty easily, but we're talking about my distorted childhood memories here!

This guy's been a long time coming, so I hope you like him. I like Mums so much that I also did a warm-up sketch, which I've included below. Enjoy!

Just like my heroic team shot, these dudes are part of a larger drawing I’m doing for fun. Next up... Ma-Mutt!.

Until then... "Thundercats HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"

Illustration © Joe Costantini

March 04, 2011

Fun Art Fridays: The Thundercats' Jackalman

Here comes Jackalman, the club-wielding (and sometimes mace-swinging) evil mutant jackal!

The evil mutants were the perfect examples of incompetent lackeys, and Jackalman here was no exception. These bumbling baffoons were always screwing up Mumm-Ra's evil plans. Speaking of Mumm-Ra, looks like he's up next!

Just like my heroic team shot, these dudes are part of a larger drawing I’m doing for fun. Remember to check back next week for Mumm-Ra.

Until then... "Thundercats HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"

Illustration © Joe Costantini