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I bet you forgot about her, some of you might not even know her at all.
That´s my specialty, obscure or forgotten characters reimagined in bondagey situations.

If you are a 90s kid, you might remember the cartoon "captain N the game master" which was a 20 minute episodic nintendo commercial. But with all the craze about the NES back in the day it was cool.
I hated how they had these iconic nintendo characters, but they had to portray them so flawed in order for the main character to stand out from all of them ("the game master" thing, remember?). Simon belmont was portrayed as a stupid, asshole version of Jhonny Bravo, mega man was a blockhead, pitt was the useless one and so on. They were always causing trouble instead of helping solving them.
It was interesting to see versions of the 8 bit wolrds reimagined for a cartoon. Sadly the cartoon only lasted a couple of seasons until it was cancelled.
I really wanted to see samus on the cartoon (she appeared in the comic book) but she never made it since the show was cancelled.
So this is Lana, princess of videoland. A somewhat generic but distinctive design for her. I like the hair on top of her head, reminiscent of Tara from the Attack of the killer tomatoes cartoon. Her colors were a bit difficult to handle. Her color pallete goes from warm to cool and when selecting any other element around her (tentacles, background, mother brain) it made it difficult to distiguish one element from the other. I had to deal with the lighting and texture of the tentacles to make them look organic and different  from the pink parts of her dress.
Mother brain had to be part of the design from the beginning. At first the pic orientation was vertical, but Lana covered most of MB. So I changed the orientation and the position of them.
MB had a huge area on the pic, and it drawed the attention to her, so I had to reduce the contrast and put a smokey screen on her cristal pod to redirect the attention towards the Princess.
Background is an image search for "alien science lab" or something like that, integrated into the background with some tweaks.

Enjoy your trip through 8 bit memory lane.

Cabroon Out.
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LETMESEEBEUTY Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Good work
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tygrus Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018
dang that series was a long time ago.
i miss those day where cartoons were more or less storybound and more often than not had a decent quality
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
exllcent work
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Limpurtikles Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I totally feel you on the whole "Samus"-thing when it comes to Captain N.
On one hand, I would've loved to see them pull of a competent female action-hero like Samus in Captain N*.
On the other hand, when you remember how they portrayed characters like Simon and Megaman (and even Link and Zelda), I would fear for the worst. They'd probably have her played out like a some supposed badass who easily gets captured by eggplant-wizard, just so Kevin could show how awesome he is when rescuing her.
Best case scenario, it'd be a special episode with just Samus and Lana.

But I have to admit, I have a fascination for the whole "video game interpreted as an 80's cartoon"-thing. Both for the cheesyness, but also for how, ahem, "vivid" the creators interpretations of the characters could be, what with how limited their access to reference-material would've been back then (I mean they thought "Metroid" was the name of a PLANET!).
Makes me chuckle when I think how other video games would've been portrayed...



* I've never read the comic, only seen scans.
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Jeuretics Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018
In hindsight, Mother Brain is hideous nightmare fuel.

At least there's something nicer here to distract me from her (him? I don't really remember).
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malth Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018
Oh man that brings back memories...
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redwolf731 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018
Super!  I'm gonna have to follow you now.  Lana was a bit of a crush for me, back when I was a kid.
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Ninjaraph Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018
I used to love that show. Great artwork.
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Broseidon-Of-The-Sea Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The tentacles look gorgeous!
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ratfoil Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
There's a throwback. Nicely done.
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Doozer73 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
I remember a couple episodes where she faced a mild degree of peril but never anything like this.  This is brilliant!  Thanks for sharing!
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
          [Happy] Mochi Tokyo MiniPixel 
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Tymestalker Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
God I forgot about her.  Thanks for bringing this back
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sickoleman Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
enjoyed the memory lane trip alot
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Jabroniville Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
Captain N is super old-school. The show is probably god-awful now, but that Princess was an early crush of mine :).
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
It was bad when it was new...
They often even forgot to add a background! XD

And they never actually gave a Samus cameo beating Motherbrain's ass :(

Though I loved Princess Lana in 80's fashion vomit ^^
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Majorpane Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
What a surprising blast from the past! Great work on this, Cabroon.

Incidentally, I remember watching this cartoon and enjoying the crap out of it. Pure nerd goodness. However, in my opinion, the cartoon jumped the shark at the beginning of season 2 with the introduction of Gameboy, which was a human-sized Gameboy that used its screen to express emotion. They could've utilized it as a handheld device that allowed short-ranged and temporary alterations to the immediate environment via cartridges found throughout Videoland, allowing periodic quests for said cartridges to be a continuing plot point for the season (with Mother Brain and her cronies also in possession of one, also hunting for said cartridges) but noooooooooooooooo. They went with a non-anthropomorphized Gameboy. What a lost opportunity. 
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cabroon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. They could have made a whole lot more with the concept. Mybe it was bureaucracy, maybe lack of creativity of the writers. Characters had the potential to develop with the plot, but they resorted back to being the same flawed characters. They introduced gameboy to the character roster, but it felt like a filler or a crowd pleaser, since gameboy was huge back in those days. I bet the next character to be introduced was meant to be samus, -just imagine how would the dinamic of two hot female characters would have developed the plot- but it was a shame that the show was cut short.
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Majorpane Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
In retrospect, I'm glad that the show didn't last long enough to introduce Samus. Can you imagine how badly they'd butcher her? Probably even worse than Other M. I can see it now: Samus Aran, valley girl.

But if you're in the mood for more nostalgic yet partly obscure royalty to put in a precarious situation, perhaps Princess What's-Her-Name might strike your fancy. :)
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cabroon Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good choice! I see you know your retro Damsels. Princess Whats her name is on the "to do" list.
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Psychoboy07 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
Been trying to have those memories suppress-icus.  :(

Speaking of Memory Lane, Miranda Wright from “Bonkers” always seemed quite the catch. Can’t remember if she was ever a DID, though 

Either way, please keep up the amazing work 
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cabroon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Mature Content

Ready for interrogation by cabroon
You mean this Miranda Wright??
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Psychoboy07 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
Yes
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GuyBcaps Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Taking me back to the past.
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shaxbert Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You never forget your first waifu :D.

Excellent work, Cab!
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cabroon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Pink Powerhouse by shaxbert
I thought I was one of the few that remembered mega girl.
I´m glad to see I´m not the only one.
Thanks!
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shaxbert Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mega Girl combines two of my childhood crushes into one- Roll's cutie robot-ness and Penny Gadget's big poofy pigtails!

Lana came up a few times in a poker-chip sketch project I did back in October of 2016;  her two pics ended up being a couple of my favorites :D.

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cabroon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Took me some time browsing tumbler (unfriendly interface) but finally I found both of your lana pics. The Ponygirl with the bitgag is great!!
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Evil-Doppelganger Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
Great work, as always! I LOVE that you do damsels other than the usual, and Lana was (without a doubt) the best part of a really dumb cartoon. But I got to ask: How do you decide who to do? Like, this cartoon went off the air 27 years ago, so what the heck sudden made you look at your blank canvas and say, "Hey, Lana from Captain N The Gamemaster! That'd be perfect!"?
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cabroon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats an interesting question. I grew watching and loving saturday morning cartoons. This is my very personal way of paying homage to all the cartoons I loved while I was a kid. Maybe it is nostalgia, but I think that cartoons from my childhood are way better than recent cartoons. And up to this day I keep watching modern cartoons. I wanted to become an animator for disney. 

It all started with thinking and remembering Damsels that I wanted to draw. I kept forgetting which ones I wanted to draw. It was really irritating. To solve that issue, I started writing a list, which as time went by, accumulated about 300 damsels. I started making pencil sketches on maybe 4 notebooks which I filled completely, so I have a lot of material to choose from. 
My purpose is to draw every damsel in that list. The list keeps growing.
As for how do I choose which one to draw next... I just play it by ear. Sometimes I am drawing something that goes like "meh, not good" and then comes another Idea that totally hijacks the original until it is finished. Honey lemon was hijacked at about 50%, I just couldnt get the right framing and lighting on the pic. I began and finished another pic and then came back to her with a fresh view. It came out great. Lana hijacked another character that was at about 70% progress. I´ll get back to her later, and maybe erase her totally, since I am not satisfied with how it is resulting. I´ll decide later.
Sometimes an idea comes up for a damsel scenario that fits certain character, sometimes I brainstorm how could I put a character into bondage. Other times I look at some reference pics and I think "gee!, X damsel would look great in this pose!" . I try not to force a character into bondage. I try to imply a backstory into my pics. It would be boring just to make "princess X in a hogtie, another princess Y in a strappado", etc...  I feell the pic gets a bigger impact when you understand the situation and realize it is possible that it could happen in an alternate reality. Best example that comes to mind is my Cinderella pic.
I´ve been thinking about publishing my infamous list, but I really like to surprise everyone with my choice for obscure characters, and by publishing the list, some of the surprise from my posts will vanish a bit. Besides If I publish a list, a lot of people will start pestering me with drawing this or that character next.
I guess that mostly sums it.  :D
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Evil-Doppelganger Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
Thanks; I really didn't expect such a long, well-thought-out answer! And I agree that the sense of "backstory" that you have in your pics adds to the enjoyment; often when I find a pic I like my subconscious supplies a possible backstory for the situation anyway. You just save me the trouble!
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JC-DiD Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Never liked the portrayals on the cartoon much, but I have to say if stuff like this happened, I would have been glued to the screen!

Fantastic recreation Cabroon...you've really outdone yourself this time!

JC
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Macavity1981 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
oh my
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coredumperror Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
Oh man, I would not want to be Lana right now. That looks like it’d feel super gross.

This pic is friggin brilliant, though!
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MrObscura101 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
Amazing work of a majorly underrated toon princess! Man this show would have been so much better if had just been lana & samus fighting mother brain's forces & kicking ass!
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anubishawk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
I used to enjoy watching Captain N.  It wasn't the best show on a Saturday morning but it was fun.  Love what you've done with Lana and Mother Brain.
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randomguySR1N7 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
Love your work! I had to look this up, didn't remember at all lol.  
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CeeAyBee Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Unfamiliar... but with your fantastic works, its irrelevant. Just WOW on the detail of those organic tendrils, Bra-vo!
Cab Seal Approval Sm by CeeAyBee  
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cabroon Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you my friend!
She is as unfamiliar as it comes, and there is little reference material about her, but still left a lasting impression which deserved some cabroon tough love.
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PackersFan2 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist
I always love your work!
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ss5ringo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
Wow. I occasionally think about the Captain N cartoon but never think about Lana for DiD art. Odd considering she was one of the earlier animated girls to get my blood pumping :)
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