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Jun
27
2019

AER crowd character: Galen

chilling out under the clouds

Galen was totally going to be a bounty hunter or special forces sniper or something to that effect.  I even did the sketchy for it.  It wasn't happy though, and it was late at night so I deleted everything and stormed off to bed.

This Galen is a prepper who lives a simple peaceful life on the edge of town and is one of those guys you want to take on your long range hunting trips because he has a keen eye.  Also probably has an armoured campervan a family could survive a zombie apocalypse in.

The lighting for this one is a bit weird because he was meant to be stargazing but this method of shading is not conducive to night lighting (can be done but it's supposed to be a QUICK method of shading and doing that much deep shadow is the opposite of quick) so I changed it in a hurry to late evening cloud gazing.

Cloth dynamics is forever my sworn enemy.

Apr
19
2019

Meditation not mediation

Forest Fish and Pineapple Angel hanging and meditating

Pineapple posted his first acapella song in the deep-shit channel for our listening pleasure.

 

It sounded pretty contemplative so I had this idea of Cinvent's Forest Fish and Pineapple's Pineapple Angel meditating to it.  Which was all well and good except Pineapple Angel looks like he's about to burst into song...or singing this one, which I guess is fitting? XD

Jul
22
2018

Mohawk party

Boomy and Kubby

You only need one other person for a party right? XD

I'd settled down to work on poor f3nix's avatar (poor because they've been waiting ages for it! I'm so sorry!) but there was something wrong with my hand.  Lineart was excessively slow and shaky, I kept having to redo lines constantly and despite drawing over both a sketch and having the base available (though it was broken as I had a set of bases that just wouldn't render correctly for some reason) I could not for the life of me get my hand to cooperate or certain bits to look right.

Apr
07
2018

AER crowd character: LordHyena

LordNigel the Hyena Evolved

Hyenas tend to be punks or warriors or punk warriors and I was pretty tempted but nope because it's LORD Nigel, that called for a civil, classy hyena.

He may end up with ear piercings down the line.

Mar
06
2018

Forest Fish

forest fish

Another fun one for VincentNijman, of him as a "forest fish".  Pfft who am I kidding they're all fun XD

So the keywords were "forest fish" and he also wanted his bespectacled face on it.  I'm not great at real people but gave it a shot, and also incorporated axolotl tail and feathery bits bcause that was the first thing that came to mind when we were talking about a fish that likes to go for long walks through the forest.  What we have here is a river giant Selkie, probably 2.5m tall give or take, who loves going for long walks in the jungley areas beside his river.  His eyes are better suited to underwater so he wears glasses when above.

Feb
16
2018

AER crowd character: BMJbok

bmjbok

Alternate title: Basketbok.

Why yes I can actually do portraits in portrait.  It just required flipping numbers in my render settings and I am nothing if not incredibly lazy.

Everything that is remotely to do with a springbok now has the suffix -bok.  And bmj and jackmiller managed to replace a well known and widely used cuss word with "bok" as well which made for an amusing conversation.

Perhaps I should have done a rugby ball but basketball got stuck in my head as nathanmj is mad keen about it and I vaguely recall bmj saying something about coaching but I don't know if the two ideas were actually related.  I think this guy is almost a treebok and not just because of the horns or the different picture orientation.  Reckon he'll just about stand eye to eye with some of my taller Dragonkin.

Feb
15
2018

AER crowd character: DollaGoat

wall running upgoat

Sorry dolla, you're now a goat XD (but let me know if you'd rather be something else)

I really wanted to do a variation of the upgoat footer for his Bounce upgoats, and "wall-running upgoat" was a concept firmly embedded in my mind...pretty much since then.  And this was how that ended up.

I'm currently not sure whether the eye markings are staying or whether they'll go and the nose marking will get bigger.

And when I get around to 3d-ing these characters I am so doing a short anim of dolla and Ninj racing.

Also, I even remembered to sign this one.

Feb
14
2018

AER crowd character: Pineapple Angel

pineapple angel

I have long nicknamed whatamidoing "pineapple" due to the avatar, and when I put out the call to see who wanted to make cameos as crowd character we were bantering back and forth about how I was going to do theirs a pineapple hairdo and they responded back something along the lines of "pineapple angel", which meant as far as I was concerned a fruity Avian.

There's no pineapple coloured birds that I'm aware of so I went with something parrotish and a crested eagle crest (actual feathers on the crest rather than the fine silky feathers that's more common for Avians).

Had to have him sunning his wings as I found out the hard way that Avians probably can't sit on the ground (but crouching seems to be all right from previous playing when I was rigging).

I love doing these XD