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Apr 14 '14

Character Q&A: Kaia, Dhio, North

A little while ago I mentioned wanting to fill out a character meme that was going around and my pal Chelsea was a dear and gave me a few prompts.  Here’s some questions answered by those guys I won’t stop drawing.

• What are your strengths?

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"I’m pretty fair at carving.  Y’know, decorative stuff.  Handles, door frames, charms, toys."

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Apr 10 '14
Thyme for Courage.  brush and ink, colored ink, gold paint, watercolor, photoshop.
Recently picked up some gold paint!
(thyme also contains an antiseptic that is still used as the active ingredient in listerine.)

Thyme for Courage.  brush and ink, colored ink, gold paint, watercolor, photoshop.

Recently picked up some gold paint!

(thyme also contains an antiseptic that is still used as the active ingredient in listerine.)

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Apr 2 '14

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Mar 29 '14
Poppies for the Dead. ballpoint pen, marker, photoshop color.
March is time for me to do self-indulgent drawings and it’s nearly over!  Here’s a drawing of Dhio.

Poppies for the Dead. ballpoint pen, marker, photoshop color.

March is time for me to do self-indulgent drawings and it’s nearly over!  Here’s a drawing of Dhio.

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Mar 28 '14

Namco High: Cousin designs

As you might know, ShiftyLook is shutting down later this year and as a result, today is the last day to purchase Namco High.  While I still have a chance, I wanted to talk a little bit about my designs for the game!

Cousin’s appearance was probably the most important design made for the game.  They were also the only character that was created for Namco High; everyone else (excluding a few incidental background characters) was a pre-existing property character.

One of the direct orders I received was that Cousin’s Katamari antenna needed to end in a heart.  So I just played into that theme in spades (or hearts. uh).  Heart-shaped head (the v-neck sweater implies the bottom of the heart shape), heart insignia on the sweater, head and body in shades of red and pink.

Everyone who plays Namco High would need to be able to project themselves onto this avatar.  Cousin has no canon gender, orientation, or race; the player is able to decide all those things for themselves.  As such, I made certain that their design was as imprintable as possible; nondescript sexual and gender signifiers, and a non-human skintone.

The game is available to purchase for $7.50 until the end of March 28th.

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Mar 26 '14
Ha ha yeesh okay fine!  Here’s the full version of that cropped picture from yesterday.
Thanks guys, for enabling my shamefully self-indulgent drawings.

Ha ha yeesh okay fine!  Here’s the full version of that cropped picture from yesterday.

Thanks guys, for enabling my shamefully self-indulgent drawings.

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Mar 25 '14
sometimes I draw really self-indulgent art of my characters and then turn into a flustered baby and don’t post it, the end.

sometimes I draw really self-indulgent art of my characters and then turn into a flustered baby and don’t post it, the end.

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Mar 23 '14

Worldbuilding (3/3): North

Part 1 | Part 2

This is it!  I’ve been so pleasantly surprised with the response to these fellas. They’re extremely dear to me and I’d love more than anything to drop everything and run off to write a series of comics or prose novels about them, ha ha.  But that sort of thing isn’t possible at this time.

Anyway, thank you guys for hanging out and letting me talk at you.

It’s time to talk at length about this guy!!  Apologies in advance, I’m about to talk about dragon cultures for maybe longer than is strictly necessary.

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Mar 17 '14
"Eouen was a terror bird in her first life." photoshop.
A bunch of people were really excited by the last sentence of the most recent worldbuilding post, so I finally took a crack at Eouen’s design.  She was originally some sort of colossal leucistic terror bird who was remade into a sun god.
Looking around at reference images of terror birds, it was weird to see a lot of reconstructions based on modern large flightless birds (ratites) instead of their closest living relatives (seriemas).  Then again, I’m not in any way a scientist or scientific illustrator!  Anyway, I went for a more elegant streamlined body shape and specialized feathers closer to seriemas with a coloration based on secretary birds.  Because it’s fantasy and I get to do what I like!

"Eouen was a terror bird in her first life." photoshop.

A bunch of people were really excited by the last sentence of the most recent worldbuilding post, so I finally took a crack at Eouen’s design.  She was originally some sort of colossal leucistic terror bird who was remade into a sun god.

Looking around at reference images of terror birds, it was weird to see a lot of reconstructions based on modern large flightless birds (ratites) instead of their closest living relatives (seriemas).  Then again, I’m not in any way a scientist or scientific illustrator!  Anyway, I went for a more elegant streamlined body shape and specialized feathers closer to seriemas with a coloration based on secretary birds.  Because it’s fantasy and I get to do what I like!

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Mar 13 '14

Dungeon Crew tee design.

Ananth and I designed this tee in a fit of wanting a sports raglan with a D&D theme.  You can get it over here at our Topatoco shop!

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Mar 8 '14

Worldbuilding (2/3): Dhio

Part 1 | Part 3

Thank you guys so much for the interest in these worldbuilding posts!!  It’s been really fun putting together the spot illustrations, I’m always looking for excuses to draw these guys.

It’s time to talk about this fella:

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Mar 4 '14
Lil’ Red and Friend. photoshop.
One of my goals for this year is to become a better designer!  I want to become smarter about using shape and color.
You can buy Lil’ Red and the wolf as earrings or a necklace over at Hey Chickadee!  I received samples and they both came out really beautifully!  While I’m here, both Johnny Wander and I have collections at the site.

Lil’ Red and Friend. photoshop.

One of my goals for this year is to become a better designer!  I want to become smarter about using shape and color.

You can buy Lil’ Red and the wolf as earrings or a necklace over at Hey Chickadee!  I received samples and they both came out really beautifully!  While I’m here, both Johnny Wander and I have collections at the site.

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Mar 2 '14

Worldbuilding (1/3): Kaia

There has been a lot of interest in those pantheon guys recently!  I’m in the middle of several other projects and it’s not likely this story’s going to find itself made into a proper book any time soon, but I wrote out a few general introductions to these characters.

Part 2 | Part 3

This story’s been following me around in one form or another since I was about 15, and while it’s extremely close and dear to me, I’m pretty certain that it also retains its heart of a kid’s childish fantasy of flawed gods and celestial war.  Is that positive or negative?  Don’t answer that question.

Here’s our protagonist:

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Feb 24 '14

Kaia and Dhio.  photoshop.

These guys!

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Feb 20 '14
Penny in That Cat Sweater. photoshop.
People were curious about the cat sweater I purchased with my ill-gotten gains, so here is Penny wearing that very same cat sweater.  It is now sold out otherwise I’d also link it!

Penny in That Cat Sweater. photoshop.

People were curious about the cat sweater I purchased with my ill-gotten gains, so here is Penny wearing that very same cat sweater.  It is now sold out otherwise I’d also link it!

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