Artist name- Jason Mullin
Character - Jimmy Roach "the Whatever Man"
Note: Aurick, I'm pretty sure I've made it in just under the deadline, but if I'm too late please let me kknow and I'll edit my title to a "non-entry".
Taken from the documentry: "Jimmy Roach; Story of the Whatever Man"
You know that guy you sometimes see in the movies? The one who walks into a convenience store at 3:00 in the afternoon in his boxers and helps himself to a slurpee while the clerk is screaming about the "No shirt, no shoes..." sign? The guy who casually flips a couple pennies onto the counter on his way out? That's Jimmy. He's a man who just doesn't care. About anything. It's not that he's a bad man...he's just extremely....ambivalent to certain societal norms. If there's not a good reason for a rule (and Jimmy is the only person fit to judge that), then why should he be held to that rule? He tends to obey the major laws for the most part, but if he feels that slurpee is only worth five cents, then that's what he's going to pay.
The subject of "Super Powers" comes up often around Jimmy. Of course "Super Heroes" don't really exist (do they?), but Jimmy does seem to be extrordinarily lucky. Many believe his "luck" comes from not caring enough to be afraid of things the rest of us would tremble at. For example, who could forget the first time we all saw Jimmy? The night a strange homeless man apparently named "the Roach" walked into a five alarm fire and took the elevator up seven floors to rescue a baby that the firemen were unable to reach from the outside. Who could forget seeing a man emerge from the front door covered in tatoos and wearing nothing but combat boots, white Mickey Mouse boxers with red suspenders and sporting wild purple hair carrying a crying baby in his arms. Equally memorable was his quote in response to a reporter's question about why he took such a risk, "I was just trying to sleep in the alley behind the building and the baby was keeping me up." His thick Brittish accent was somewhat of a surprise given that part of LA, but many believe that quote sums him up best. That was the last "full" interview he ever gave. Since then he's he's been in quite a lot of trouble, and whenever he's asked about it he just gives the same response- "Whatever."
From the documentarian's journal:
While I don't believe in :"Super Heroes" I do have to say Jimmy has to be the closest thing to it. Since we started following him two of our crew have died in tragic circumstances and thousands of dollars of equipment have been destroyed and yet he always comes out untouched. Like that shooting at the Pogo (I've always made a point of avoiding those seedy little Ska clubs on the city outskirts). One minute we're all sitting around listing to music and watching the rats scurry across the floor and the next minute two men kick the door in and start shooting. Of course the police said it was a revenge hit on the owner for a drug deal gone bad, but that's the third time something like this has happened since we started filming. It's apparently completely unrelated to Jimmy, but he's always right there in the middle of it. That night he managed to kill one of the gunmen with a chair leg (I still have nightmares about it). Jimmy was the only person in the club to not take even a single minor wound. Twenty five people...and he's the only one unhurt....If he does have super powers I'd say they revolve around luck. Extrordinary luck (both good and bad). Or maybe he just doesn't care......
Here's what I've got so far. Two very loose/quick sketches done in Sketchbook Pro and Painter and one quick "sketch" in Zbrush. I used the blue line sketch as a template for the Z sketch. I wasn't exactly happy with where the 2D was going so I just jumped into the 3D to get a better feel. I whited out the eyes in the Z sketch because I'm not sure how to handle them yet. The idea so far is to create a character with a Punk Rock sort of feel. Lots of tatoos and a flashy hair style. I'm going for a tall lanky kind of body. That's it so far. On to the Zspheres!