Alright, all you fab individuals, just a head’s up that I’m going to blast off for another internet hiatus. There are a few reasons for this; one being that business hasn’t been particularly swell this year, so it may be best to just close up shop again for the time being; and two, there is a whole lot of personal struggling going on that I need to attend to and frankly, the internet just makes everything a whole lot worse and harder than it needs to be. Some of it is art-related, some of it is people-related. Either way, it’s just not very good all around.

So, I’ll see you lot around at a later date! Keep Tumblr warm for me, I’ll be back. In the meantime, if you need to a get a hold of me, my contact ino is still on the sidebar but if that’s being useless for whatever reason, here is the contact post for your super-cool-and-easy reading pleasure.

Custom adoptable for bob-todd!

I really tried on the scales, folks. I TRIED. Iridescence is not a strong point of mine, haha. A few proportion issues with this that I never caught until the colouring was finished. A little annoyed, but that’s how the cookie crumbles, as it were. I’ll work on it.

That said, I am down for some more adoptables! Information, contact, and TOS can be found *HERE*!

Custom adoptable for bob-todd!

I really tried on the scales, folks. I TRIED. Iridescence is not a strong point of mine, haha. A few proportion issues with this that I never caught until the colouring was finished. A little annoyed, but that’s how the cookie crumbles, as it were. I’ll work on it.

That said, I am down for some more adoptables! Information, contact, and TOS can be found *HERE*!

silvermender:

ink commissions for Phantasmagora! I was honored to be commissioned by her. seriously one of my favest art idols and inspirations, 

I hope these babes are alright—Urs and the Xeres are beautiful ladies 

Aww yesss, look at these pretty faces. Totally did not expect to see these so soon! They were an amazing surprise on my dash this morning, thank you so much!

heysawbones:

alliartist:

music-holic:

And the Waltz Goes On - Anthony Hopkins 

Sir Anthony Hopkins Hears The Waltz He Wrote 50 Years Ago For The First Time

Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was a musician before he got into acting. 50 years ago he wrote a waltz but was too afraid to ever hear it play. Dutch violinist André Rieu performs it for the very first time. Watch Hopkins’ reaction.

That was beautiful

I cried a few tears and felt better about humanity’s endeavors.

(via coelasquid)

Was hoping to get this fellow done before tonight but it’s probably not going to happen. Spending a wee bit too much time on these adoptables maybe, but that’s okay. Speed always comes later.

I’d like to take a few more custom adoptable orders once this one is finished and uploaded, these are a nice change of pace.

Was hoping to get this fellow done before tonight but it’s probably not going to happen. Spending a wee bit too much time on these adoptables maybe, but that’s okay. Speed always comes later.

I’d like to take a few more custom adoptable orders once this one is finished and uploaded, these are a nice change of pace.

It’s weird, every time I see it I feel that there is no possible way I could have made this image (not in regards to the design, just the image / its execution). This is despite it being made over two months ago, and that I’ve managed to mostly repeat the techniques used since then to more or less similar results (they feel infinitely weaker though, eh). It’s not like it’s a blazingly new way to do art that I’ve “discovered” for myself, either, I’ve tried painterly colouring / styles before, with mostly disastrous results. Maybe it was how well it actually turned out after so many crash-and-burns (and forever weaker iterations) that’s throwing me off, I don’t know. Though it’s more than just how it was coloured, it’s the image in general.

Either way, I look at it and I think to myself that there is no way I made that, I’m not that skilled. But it’s in my gallery, I have all of the working files, I have everything that lead up to it, I distinctly remember swearing up and down while drawing the cudgel and fighting with the hand; BUT STILL I feel there’s no way I could have produced it. It’s an anomaly.

For the March Creature Exchange on dA!

Larger over yonder on my dA!

For the March Creature Exchange on dA!

Larger over yonder on my dA!

METACHAOS by Alessandro Bavari.

Very cool, and very intense! Their 1999 film Headcleaner is also an awesome watch.

Alright, the lineart is more or less where I want it. Went back and put in muscles that I had neglected previously; sartorius, all of the heads of the quads and ALL of the calf muscles in particular (I’m still learning bear with me). Might go back and redo the biceps though.

Half extremely anxious that the design won’t be received well, half legitimately unfazed by the prospect.

I shall call it. Babyhands.

Alright, the lineart is more or less where I want it. Went back and put in muscles that I had neglected previously; sartorius, all of the heads of the quads and ALL of the calf muscles in particular (I’m still learning bear with me). Might go back and redo the biceps though.

Half extremely anxious that the design won’t be received well, half legitimately unfazed by the prospect.

I shall call it. Babyhands.

Hey, folks! Thanks to you lot I was able to pick up a controller for my laptop last week, so I can finally give streaming some video games a try! I won’t be able to stream any console games, as I still need specific cords and other hardware for that, but I have a collection of Steam and other PC games that I could share with you in the meantime! Some personal favourites that I’d love to stream for you lot are:

- Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
- Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus
- Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee
- Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath
- Silent Hill 2
- Silent Hill 3
- Silent Hill 4: The Room
- Sonic Adventure 2 + Battle
- StarCraft + Brood War
- StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty
- FEZ
- Super Meat Boy

I have a lot more to share, plus Emulators and ROMs for old systems I either don’t want to ruin by taking out of storage, don’t have room to play in my aparment, or otherwise can’t get my hands on. I’d like to try streaming either this weekend or the next, so if you’d like me to stream a specific game (we’ll go from start to finish if possible!), please shout it out! The rest of my PC games and ROMs that I can recall off of the top of my head are:

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insectlove:

Phobia by veronika-schnek.

Caterpillars are the best. (I promise I’ll make a reblog-blog someday.)

insectlove:

Phobia by veronika-schnek.

Caterpillars are the best. (I promise I’ll make a reblog-blog someday.)

Some “euueehhh?" colour test for a custom design I need to bang out before the 5th, for an exchange group on dA. The giftee wanted a body-horror design, and the only thing keeping me from littering this with piercings is that there was a no-accessories clause. There was going to be a sphincter for a face but in blopping black on it I like the idea of a hole better.

Since this is a no-risk-in-reception design exchange (it’s free, after all), I thought I’d do something vaguely weird for a change. Will probably buff out the back some more, I want more thick / thin contrast. Most of the muscles are where I want them / where they should be, there shouldn’t be much for tweaking left.

Some “euueehhh?" colour test for a custom design I need to bang out before the 5th, for an exchange group on dA. The giftee wanted a body-horror design, and the only thing keeping me from littering this with piercings is that there was a no-accessories clause. There was going to be a sphincter for a face but in blopping black on it I like the idea of a hole better.

Since this is a no-risk-in-reception design exchange (it’s free, after all), I thought I’d do something vaguely weird for a change. Will probably buff out the back some more, I want more thick / thin contrast. Most of the muscles are where I want them / where they should be, there shouldn’t be much for tweaking left.

thefantasticj: On this most foolish of April days, I present to you the greatest ship in history. I’m not even sorry.

I’ve completely lost it. Never be sorry for your talents, Joey.
thefantasticj: On this most foolish of April days, I present to you the greatest ship in history. I’m not even sorry.

I’ve completely lost it. Never be sorry for your talents, Joey.

Oh gosh. There is a lot that I would love to talk about, but don’t have much of an excuse to - with all of my projects, ultimately, and in some cases it boils down to just not knowing where to start for people to pick up on in an intuitive manner. But, here is a headworld thing for IO regarding the Shape-Shifters, written some time ago, that is a small part of something much bigger that I’ve been wanting to share but have never had the reason to:

Species Duplica nothobios (tentative assignment, pending assessment):Duplica nothobios is a malignant, fast-growing cancer cluster that has gained partial sentience through the corruption of Doppelgänger cells and DNA. Due to the high complexity of Shape-Shifter DNA, the corruption of cells is very common and will occur within an average of 1 in every 50 individuals. Lesser Shape-Shifters have the least chance of developing a cancer upon birth, with 1 in every 250 individuals being born with corrupted cells that may potentially become cancerous. Greater Shape-Shifters, with their higher levels of biological complexity, will have a 1 in 5 chance of being born with corrupted cells. Every Shape-Shifter, however, has an equal chance of developing cancer at some point in their life through cell degradation, a rounded 70% probability, often the result of high-stress and poor health.

Duplica nothobios is unique to the Doppelgänger species, appearing under no other circumstances or biological environs in Hell. It is commonly referred to as the Pseudo-Shifter as a result. Pseudo-Shifters, while sentient, are mostly non-intelligent, possessing an estimated IQ of 1 or 2. One individual in particular had a notable IQ of 10, and could perform basic colour recognition exercises.

Despite the high risk of developing a cancer, Psuedo-Shifters are rare. Any Doppelgängers found to be infected by a cancer are often disposed of by their peers to prevent the advancement of the disease, or, if the individual is keen of their state of health, they will attempt to expunge or suffocate the corrupted cells to halt any further growth. Due to the high complexity of their biology, most instances of cancer spread and multiply wildly once an onset begins. An advanced cancer can develop from a single cell to several billions within the span of an hour or less. If enough neurologically specialised cells are corrupted, the cancer will gain basic sentience, and attempt to “expel” or consume the Shape-Shifter’s body, seeing the original host as an infection. If the growth becomes too advanced, the individual may succumb to the cancer and be consumed, or be forced to split itself and regrow from salvaged, non-infected cells. Forceful expulsion of the cancer by the host involves the complete separation of the corrupted cells with a buffer zone of dead cells culled for the process. The infected portion of the Doppelgänger falls away in a compressed, hardened glob, and in the best of cases the cancer dies from malnutrition and suffocation.

Pseudo-Shifters that manage to survive are sorted into two sub-species, Nothobios-erratica and Nothobios-bilaterialis, in reference to their bodily construction - erratic and bilateral.

Pseudo-Shifters are not “connected” to the Founder and act of their own accord, often mimicking the behaviour of true Shape-Shifters. Most are ill-equipped for survival, and do not live past one year. A Pseudo-Shifter will attempt to eat anything that might be around it, including buildings, Damned, other Demons, and various objects.

Oh gosh. There is a lot that I would love to talk about, but don’t have much of an excuse to - with all of my projects, ultimately, and in some cases it boils down to just not knowing where to start for people to pick up on in an intuitive manner. But, here is a headworld thing for IO regarding the Shape-Shifters, written some time ago, that is a small part of something much bigger that I’ve been wanting to share but have never had the reason to:

Species Duplica nothobios (tentative assignment, pending assessment):
Duplica nothobios is a malignant, fast-growing cancer cluster that has gained partial sentience through the corruption of Doppelgänger cells and DNA. Due to the high complexity of Shape-Shifter DNA, the corruption of cells is very common and will occur within an average of 1 in every 50 individuals. Lesser Shape-Shifters have the least chance of developing a cancer upon birth, with 1 in every 250 individuals being born with corrupted cells that may potentially become cancerous. Greater Shape-Shifters, with their higher levels of biological complexity, will have a 1 in 5 chance of being born with corrupted cells. Every Shape-Shifter, however, has an equal chance of developing cancer at some point in their life through cell degradation, a rounded 70% probability, often the result of high-stress and poor health.

Duplica nothobios is unique to the Doppelgänger species, appearing under no other circumstances or biological environs in Hell. It is commonly referred to as the Pseudo-Shifter as a result. Pseudo-Shifters, while sentient, are mostly non-intelligent, possessing an estimated IQ of 1 or 2. One individual in particular had a notable IQ of 10, and could perform basic colour recognition exercises.

Despite the high risk of developing a cancer, Psuedo-Shifters are rare. Any Doppelgängers found to be infected by a cancer are often disposed of by their peers to prevent the advancement of the disease, or, if the individual is keen of their state of health, they will attempt to expunge or suffocate the corrupted cells to halt any further growth. Due to the high complexity of their biology, most instances of cancer spread and multiply wildly once an onset begins. An advanced cancer can develop from a single cell to several billions within the span of an hour or less. If enough neurologically specialised cells are corrupted, the cancer will gain basic sentience, and attempt to “expel” or consume the Shape-Shifter’s body, seeing the original host as an infection. If the growth becomes too advanced, the individual may succumb to the cancer and be consumed, or be forced to split itself and regrow from salvaged, non-infected cells. Forceful expulsion of the cancer by the host involves the complete separation of the corrupted cells with a buffer zone of dead cells culled for the process. The infected portion of the Doppelgänger falls away in a compressed, hardened glob, and in the best of cases the cancer dies from malnutrition and suffocation.

Pseudo-Shifters that manage to survive are sorted into two sub-species, Nothobios-erratica and Nothobios-bilaterialis, in reference to their bodily construction - erratic and bilateral.

Pseudo-Shifters are not “connected” to the Founder and act of their own accord, often mimicking the behaviour of true Shape-Shifters. Most are ill-equipped for survival, and do not live past one year. A Pseudo-Shifter will attempt to eat anything that might be around it, including buildings, Damned, other Demons, and various objects.

Question 1. Pfft, don’t apologise, this is my favourite kind of spam - spam I can write essays to in response aww yeah. If Square were to design a Sonic game, the final boss would probably have something to do with Gaia and share visual aspects with Dark Gaia and Light Gaia from Unleashed (while not necessarily sharing their character concepts). Knowing Square, it would be ridiculously complex-looking and generally unrealistic - but hella eye-candy from an artistic standpoint. It would probably bear some kind of semblance or reference to a religious entity, as Square is very fond of that. Fighting it would probably involve use of the environment as opposed to directly trashing it with homing attacks due to the boss’ likely colossal size. AND KNOWING SQAURE, fighting it would take 20+ minutes.

Question 2. This is honestly the first time I’ve heard of this theory, and it sounds very, very far-fetched. Considering the Storybook series is a spin off, I would not at all regard Black Knight as a reliable source of character information, much less canon character information. The character assignments to specific knights in Arthurian Legend probably don’t mean anything. Fans are also forgetting that technically, the Knight characters are not the real Shadow, Silver, Knuckles, etc; they only resemble them.

On a general level as well it’s just… not much of a plausible idea. If Silver were Shadow’s offspring, I’m very, very sure there would be visual markers to denote as much and that he would be aware of his heritage to some extent. If Silver was Shadow’s son, he would look the part (chest fluff is hardly a reliable genetic marker), and probably act it, as well.

Another point to consider is that Shadow is potentially incapable of producing offspring in any way. He was developed from Black Doom’s DNA, and allegedly out of the entire Black Arms species only Doom is capable of reproduction; the rest are sterile. Shadow is not a clone of Black Doom, he’s a derivative of his genetic code - and having been spliced, diced, and otherwise meddled with, there isn’t much of a chance of any reproductive ability remaining intact. Even if he could produce offspring, what are the legitimate chances of an alien-spliced whatsit being able to viably produce offspring with an Earthling? Close to none.

PLUS, considering Shadow’s character, it would be immensely unlikely that he would volunteer to have a child. He has already lost his entire family once, and in being (allegedly) immortal, building a second family only to watch all members grow and die in front of him would probably destroy him. Similarly, his personality just doesn’t allow for it, he’s not a family guy. He’s distant, and while he cares for his teammates, it’s only a kinship / friendship he shares, and I doubt that would change with a theorised future wife. So, no, I don’t think the theory holds so much as a millilitre of water vapor. Silver is not Shadow’s son.

Question 3. Uhhhhmmmm, that’s a good question. I guess that would depend on your definition of mental meandering. In terms of concepts that haven’t been completely developed or haven’t reached a point where I can say “this exists / this happens”? There is… a lot that would fall into that category. A few would be: the actual build of Shorka, I’m still working on that; the layout of Moebeius, which countries go where and what kind of environs need to be built; the full political spectrum at play; the involvement of racism on Moebeius - a big social issue for a planet covered in a very wide selection of sapient species; Tails’ history, this has been up in the air since the beginning; the involvement of Rouge (owner of a prestigious casino), Blaze (gang leader and drug dealer), Cream (upper-city kid with cybernetic legs), Silver (Autistic child with telekinetic abilities and an extremely low tolerance for sensory stimulus), and the full history of Ivo and just when he goes completely nuts and rejects his own humanity - and a lot of other things.

I could write pages of this.

Question 1. Pfft, don’t apologise, this is my favourite kind of spam - spam I can write essays to in response aww yeah. If Square were to design a Sonic game, the final boss would probably have something to do with Gaia and share visual aspects with Dark Gaia and Light Gaia from Unleashed (while not necessarily sharing their character concepts). Knowing Square, it would be ridiculously complex-looking and generally unrealistic - but hella eye-candy from an artistic standpoint. It would probably bear some kind of semblance or reference to a religious entity, as Square is very fond of that. Fighting it would probably involve use of the environment as opposed to directly trashing it with homing attacks due to the boss’ likely colossal size. AND KNOWING SQAURE, fighting it would take 20+ minutes.

Question 2. This is honestly the first time I’ve heard of this theory, and it sounds very, very far-fetched. Considering the Storybook series is a spin off, I would not at all regard Black Knight as a reliable source of character information, much less canon character information. The character assignments to specific knights in Arthurian Legend probably don’t mean anything. Fans are also forgetting that technically, the Knight characters are not the real Shadow, Silver, Knuckles, etc; they only resemble them.

On a general level as well it’s just… not much of a plausible idea. If Silver were Shadow’s offspring, I’m very, very sure there would be visual markers to denote as much and that he would be aware of his heritage to some extent. If Silver was Shadow’s son, he would look the part (chest fluff is hardly a reliable genetic marker), and probably act it, as well.

Another point to consider is that Shadow is potentially incapable of producing offspring in any way. He was developed from Black Doom’s DNA, and allegedly out of the entire Black Arms species only Doom is capable of reproduction; the rest are sterile. Shadow is not a clone of Black Doom, he’s a derivative of his genetic code - and having been spliced, diced, and otherwise meddled with, there isn’t much of a chance of any reproductive ability remaining intact. Even if he could produce offspring, what are the legitimate chances of an alien-spliced whatsit being able to viably produce offspring with an Earthling? Close to none.

PLUS, considering Shadow’s character, it would be immensely unlikely that he would volunteer to have a child. He has already lost his entire family once, and in being (allegedly) immortal, building a second family only to watch all members grow and die in front of him would probably destroy him. Similarly, his personality just doesn’t allow for it, he’s not a family guy. He’s distant, and while he cares for his teammates, it’s only a kinship / friendship he shares, and I doubt that would change with a theorised future wife. So, no, I don’t think the theory holds so much as a millilitre of water vapor. Silver is not Shadow’s son.

Question 3. Uhhhhmmmm, that’s a good question. I guess that would depend on your definition of mental meandering. In terms of concepts that haven’t been completely developed or haven’t reached a point where I can say “this exists / this happens”? There is… a lot that would fall into that category. A few would be: the actual build of Shorka, I’m still working on that; the layout of Moebeius, which countries go where and what kind of environs need to be built; the full political spectrum at play; the involvement of racism on Moebeius - a big social issue for a planet covered in a very wide selection of sapient species; Tails’ history, this has been up in the air since the beginning; the involvement of Rouge (owner of a prestigious casino), Blaze (gang leader and drug dealer), Cream (upper-city kid with cybernetic legs), Silver (Autistic child with telekinetic abilities and an extremely low tolerance for sensory stimulus), and the full history of Ivo and just when he goes completely nuts and rejects his own humanity - and a lot of other things.

I could write pages of this.