Dammit, Larry. Crossed arms remain my bane. I’ll get it down someday. While working on this I ended up asking myself, and not for the first time: “will this character have a navel? They come from an egg, does that mean they don’t have a belly button?” To prove I am indeed not lying about having asked myself this at least once before… from a year ago:



I have very deep and thoughtful conversations with my friends online. I never actually looked into the true answer to this question at the time, since I lost interest in Pokemon to obsess over something else that didn’t involve eggs. But now, since it’s relevant again, what does Google have to say? Help me, internet.



Congratulations, Larry. You get a navel.

Dammit, Larry. Crossed arms remain my bane. I’ll get it down someday. While working on this I ended up asking myself, and not for the first time: “will this character have a navel? They come from an egg, does that mean they don’t have a belly button?” To prove I am indeed not lying about having asked myself this at least once before… from a year ago:

I have very deep and thoughtful conversations with my friends online. I never actually looked into the true answer to this question at the time, since I lost interest in Pokemon to obsess over something else that didn’t involve eggs. But now, since it’s relevant again, what does Google have to say? Help me, internet.

Congratulations, Larry. You get a navel.

HhhooOOO. Look at this amazing bust of one of my pretty ladies, painted by the amazing MangyCoyote! I am so happy to have caught one of their commission slots.

HhhooOOO. Look at this amazing bust of one of my pretty ladies, painted by the amazing MangyCoyote! I am so happy to have caught one of their commission slots.

Rummaging through my folders to find some potentially portfolio-worthy stuff, and found these. Not portfolio-worthy, but arguably worth sharing. I rather like cars, they are pretty cool. Someday, I might learn how to drive one. Worms are also pretty rad. A few of you will recognise this worm-friend from a Stream way back when, wherein I tried in vain to colour it. Oh, the hideous, hideous results.

Hourly digital sketch commission for “PYC-art” on dA! Wowzers I miss gorey commissions.

I no longer take commissions. Much thanks to those who’ve supported my work!

Hourly digital sketch commission for “PYC-art” on dA! Wowzers I miss gorey commissions.

I no longer take commissions. Much thanks to those who’ve supported my work!

(Sorry for all of these text posts, just one more then I’ll leave your dashes alone for another week.)

carriepika replied to your post: I’m excited for your streams again! I miss you an awful lot! I hope you’ve been doing alright! *sends hugs* ♥

Aww, thanks, Carrie! Things are a bit better, that much I can promise. Still slogging through a lot of stuff otherwise. I am looking to make some changes for 2015 that I’m hoping will help, though. A lot has happened this year, most of it for the better, but a lot also still needs to be done.

I was going to make this bit into a separate post but combining these two is just as well I think: one of said changes affects you fabulous lot - commissions are either closing in their entirety for 2014, 2015 and / or the forseeable future to be replaced by a potential shop, or my commission model is going to be given an overhaul to focus on a particular audience. I don’t know which option I will pursue; I’ve been talking about it on and off with some friends to get their input, and it’s pretty 50 / 50 at the moment. Consideration towards total commission closure has been going on for a while, things are just reaching a sort of tipping-point, I guess. In closing all commissions I’d look into potentially setting up an online shop of some kind and maybe sell some prints or designs on shirts, the former potentially along the lines of art nouveau-ish and / or surreal material (stuff I grew up with, essentially), and the latter likely regarding gaming culture.

If I kept commissions going instead, all of the lower-tier material would be removed - digital sketches, hourlies, and the like, replaced with full-render material focusing around custom designs, turn sheets, and charts. $15 an hour… well, doesn’t make the work worth the time, to be very frank. Rates would be upped something more personally sustainable / “worth the time”. There would be no flat rates, only estimates based on how long something would take. A chart like Iggy or Ludwig's would probably go for about $200. Custom designs like the Xeres would start at $100 and go up from there, probably ball-parking at $300. I’ll probably keep adoptables as a hassle-free option for people who don’t want a full custom job made with their express involvement.

So, there is that. I will probably have an answer to this particular question within the next few weeks. In the meantime, if anyone has concerns, suggestions, questions, or even complaints I’m all ears.

On a different note, I know I litter this blog with WIPs but no actual “progress” posts. Is that something you’d all like me to make? I’m currently working on Lemmy on my free time, and he’s currently sitting in this state:

Would you lot like me to keep track of what I’m doing as I go to share with you all once he is done? Is there anything you’d like to have a sort of special focus on?

s-hemp: I do use LiveStream to stream art! I give out a link whenever I’m able to stream! I have not been able to stream for some time however, due to the heat and my laptop just not being up for it. We’ve been having some repeated issues with Procaster, but I’ve been suggested some alternatives that may help to get things going again.

bomamba: I will have you know I am better at not-dying in other games than I am in Super Meat Boy (get that counter ready we’re going to play at least one Mario game)! They are the highlight of my week, too! I miss streaming, you lot are the best to chat with.

adorababies-and-monsters: Aww, thank you kindly! I’m glad you are inspired!

toxeh: Unfortunately yes. Soon though. Ideally once I get my new machine the issues with heat will be a non-issue. Plus, it is finally cooling down since we’re nearing October. We did get frost last week, however it’s back up to 27 already.

aeridanus replied to your post: Absolutely awesome! The “hair” knot is phantastic, and his expression fits perfectly.

foxdoodles replied to your post: Oh my! He’s wonderful.

murdercide626 reblogged your post: Gawd he looks so awesome! Great work! :D (and baby Iggy is frikkin adorable! X3)

Thank you all very much! I’m glad you are all enjoying where I’m taking these characters! And yes, baby Iggy is adorable; imagine the kind of trouble he gets away with.

s-hemp: I do use LiveStream to stream art! I give out a link whenever I’m able to stream! I have not been able to stream for some time however, due to the heat and my laptop just not being up for it. We’ve been having some repeated issues with Procaster, but I’ve been suggested some alternatives that may help to get things going again.

bomamba: I will have you know I am better at not-dying in other games than I am in Super Meat Boy (get that counter ready we’re going to play at least one Mario game)! They are the highlight of my week, too! I miss streaming, you lot are the best to chat with.

adorababies-and-monsters: Aww, thank you kindly! I’m glad you are inspired!

toxeh: Unfortunately yes. Soon though. Ideally once I get my new machine the issues with heat will be a non-issue. Plus, it is finally cooling down since we’re nearing October. We did get frost last week, however it’s back up to 27 already.

aeridanus replied to your post: Absolutely awesome! The “hair” knot is phantastic, and his expression fits perfectly.

foxdoodles replied to your post: Oh my! He’s wonderful.
murdercide626 reblogged your post: Gawd he looks so awesome! Great work! :D (and baby Iggy is frikkin adorable! X3)

Thank you all very much! I’m glad you are all enjoying where I’m taking these characters! And yes, baby Iggy is adorable; imagine the kind of trouble he gets away with.

And here is Iggy! From wandering doorstop to massive crocodilian piranha. Iggy is the tallest and heaviest of the seven Koopas. Assuming big Mario is 5’5”, Iggy would be approx. 14’5”, and Ludwig approx. 12’0”. Iggy and Ludwig generally don’t see eye-to-eye. Iggy knows Ludwig better than Ludwig does himself; on the other hand, Ludwig hardly knows or understands his younger brother. The imbalance deeply disturbs Ludwig for many reasons.

Have a zoom of his beautiful face:



What a lady killer.

And here is Iggy! From wandering doorstop to massive crocodilian piranha. Iggy is the tallest and heaviest of the seven Koopas. Assuming big Mario is 5’5”, Iggy would be approx. 14’5”, and Ludwig approx. 12’0”. Iggy and Ludwig generally don’t see eye-to-eye. Iggy knows Ludwig better than Ludwig does himself; on the other hand, Ludwig hardly knows or understands his younger brother. The imbalance deeply disturbs Ludwig for many reasons.

Have a zoom of his beautiful face:

What a lady killer.

Hourly sketch commission for torntethers! This commission type has been discontinued.

Hourly sketch commission for torntethers! This commission type has been discontinued.

I forking love this jackass character. He’s got an A+ smile, look at that. I bet he has a great working relationship with his dentist.

Iggy’s sheet is already done but I wanted to wait to share it, because I  like this WIP screen I took for a friend too much.

I forking love this jackass character. He’s got an A+ smile, look at that. I bet he has a great working relationship with his dentist.

Iggy’s sheet is already done but I wanted to wait to share it, because I like this WIP screen I took for a friend too much.

Flight Rising commission for “PandoraDragon”! Pitzotl has a very kissable face *mwah*.

As the previous opening for FR commissions gained no takers, this run of commissions has been discontinued.

Much thanks to those who let me play doctor with their flying lizards!

Flight Rising commission for “PandoraDragon”! Pitzotl has a very kissable face *mwah*.

As the previous opening for FR commissions gained no takers, this run of commissions has been discontinued.

Much thanks to those who let me play doctor with their flying lizards!

asker

Anonymous asked: Would you ever consider opening an online shop for prints, tees, or any other sort of merchandise?

Absolutely! I don’t however, have much of an idea of what to offer for prints / designs / merch. If anyone has any suggestions on what they’d like to see or buy, I would love to hear them.

Leaving you lot with this before blasting back off into the void to get back to commissions and studies. Ludwig, from tiny football to giant, toothy flower. Lighting’s a little all over the place. Iggy, Larry, and Lemmy will be next probably.

Ludwig still practices music in BTWP, but it’s something he abandons later once he starts to “hear” things. Wearing spiked cuffs is a statement of loyalty towards the Bowser Clan. Larry removes his whenever he travels outside the immediate clan grounds.

And with that I’m outta here for the next few weeks. In the meantime, ask me stuff about this nerdy project, and when I come back I’ll answer them with *art* and walls of text, because I know you all love walls of text. I’ll also answer everything else that is in my inbox that I’ve not been able to get to just yet.

Cheers!

Leaving you lot with this before blasting back off into the void to get back to commissions and studies. Ludwig, from tiny football to giant, toothy flower. Lighting’s a little all over the place. Iggy, Larry, and Lemmy will be next probably.

Ludwig still practices music in BTWP, but it’s something he abandons later once he starts to “hear” things. Wearing spiked cuffs is a statement of loyalty towards the Bowser Clan. Larry removes his whenever he travels outside the immediate clan grounds.

And with that I’m outta here for the next few weeks. In the meantime, ask me stuff about this nerdy project, and when I come back I’ll answer them with *art* and walls of text, because I know you all love walls of text. I’ll also answer everything else that is in my inbox that I’ve not been able to get to just yet.

Cheers!

Flight Rising commission 2 of 2 for Psshaw! Have a close-up on that pretty face:



I will take one more FR full-body commission. cancelled for lack of buyer interest.

Flight Rising commission 2 of 2 for Psshaw! Have a close-up on that pretty face:

I will take one more FR full-body commission. cancelled for lack of buyer interest.

carriepika replied to your post: WOAH! This is super duper cool! 8D How awesome! How are you doing?! I was just thinking about you earlier this evening and hoping you were well! I’ve been missing you! *sends hugs* ♥

Aww, thanks, Carrie! I’ve been missing you and everyone else, too! Things are okay, though they could be better; I’m still dealing with a lot of negative stuff but’s not too big of a deal, I’ll pull through it. On a better note though, I should be able to start streaming again very soon! I have a new laptop picked out to finally replace my old beast and I’m very excited for the transition over to a fresh machine with more RAM and better processing. This will thankfully mean less overheating and less BS from LiveStream in general. And, best part? It’ll come with television tuner cables and capture hardware, which means I will finally be able to stream console gaming for you lot. I’m really looking forward to this in particular, since this is something I’ve been wanting to do for well over a year. Games and gaming is the biggest way I connect with other people (not art? Shocker!). Discussing game mechanics and gaming culture with other people is one of my favourite things. Slightly kicking myself over not getting this rolling sooner, because I just finished Super Mario Galaxy 2 with all extra 120 Green Prankster Comet stars and the Grand Master Galaxy with Luigi, and after the fact I’m thinking to myself that it would have been awesome to stream all of that, because there were so many “AHA” moments to finding them all, plus talking about the differences in play available between Mario and Luigi. Like… excuse me, I’m going to just gibber about this now because why not / I really want to because it’s interesting to me:

Mario is default man, when you play as Mario you’re playing the game on its default setting; playing as Luigi is more or less a way of upping the difficulty of the game without actually changing the parameters of the game itself (prankster comets notwithstanding). Luigi jumps higher and has greater sustained airtime, and arguably moves faster overall (not 100% sure on this for Galaxy, but he does move faster in Luigi U and I believe 3D World), BUT, he skids when stopping and has a slower start-up to running. His greater jumps make clearing gaps and catching any stars that require successive, trick, or triple jumps easier, but anything involving very fine handling is not a good match for Luigi. Luigi’s skidding can be a real problem on Snake Blocks (especially apparent in Haunty Halls) and in general. You can skid right off into the abyss or, get stuck in the skidding animation and be unable to move forward until it finishes. Skidding can be prolonged on Snake Blocks even if he isn’t actually moving, because the meshes of the blocks overlap while they move under your feet. This can mean that in the right position Luigi will be stuck in a skidding phase long enough for the blocks to move away from underneath him and send him off the course. Controlling Luigi’s skidding requires a lot of flicking the thumbstick to get him to engaging in another animation, like turning around or a single step to break the skid.

It’s been a whole week, have something… nerdy (I’m sorry). Chewing through backlog for the better part of the week, and this was my “reward”. You’d think that, in knowing that I would need to replicate these patterns every time Ludwig appears for BTWP, the question I would ask myself while slapping all this on would be “why am I doing this to myself”; but instead it’s “is this regal enough? Does it need more purple? Maybe orange.” Ludwig’s species is flamboyant in appearance; the men are very showy in a manner similar to tropical birds or fish. On the same token though, said flamboyance shouldn’t undermine his presence as a character (as in look ridiculous) - Ludwig is a nasty, controlling character with a lot going on behind the scenes. In terms of colour, too much going on will detract from his performance. Pattern-wise I’d like to do more than what I did with his younger self. The fan doesn’t really need any more colour, but it’d be nice to have more going on below the neck. Stripes don’t really seem to jive, and if possible I don’t want to repeat patterns amongst the Koopalings if I can help it (Lemmy is set to have stripes). Playing around with rose blotting might lead to some fun results but it may be too much to look at. If nothing else, repeating the black of the fan on the shoulders and elsewhere would probably be the least jarring (maybe, it could look awful).

The patterning too is meant to be some kind of reflection of character. Ludwig is, to a very small degree, all show and no bite when it comes to legitimate opposition. In terms of the narrative, this only really becomes apparent when Ludwig deals with his younger brother Iggy, who… really doesn’t take any of Ludwig’s shit. This is compounded by their personalities and differences in height:



Ludwig and Iggy share some bad blood that goes pretty far back, none of which they’ve been able to reconcile. The fact that Ludwig can’t control or otherwise sway his brother into doing what he wants is a constant irritation.

It’s been a whole week, have something… nerdy (I’m sorry). Chewing through backlog for the better part of the week, and this was my “reward”. You’d think that, in knowing that I would need to replicate these patterns every time Ludwig appears for BTWP, the question I would ask myself while slapping all this on would be “why am I doing this to myself”; but instead it’s “is this regal enough? Does it need more purple? Maybe orange.” Ludwig’s species is flamboyant in appearance; the men are very showy in a manner similar to tropical birds or fish. On the same token though, said flamboyance shouldn’t undermine his presence as a character (as in look ridiculous) - Ludwig is a nasty, controlling character with a lot going on behind the scenes. In terms of colour, too much going on will detract from his performance. Pattern-wise I’d like to do more than what I did with his younger self. The fan doesn’t really need any more colour, but it’d be nice to have more going on below the neck. Stripes don’t really seem to jive, and if possible I don’t want to repeat patterns amongst the Koopalings if I can help it (Lemmy is set to have stripes). Playing around with rose blotting might lead to some fun results but it may be too much to look at. If nothing else, repeating the black of the fan on the shoulders and elsewhere would probably be the least jarring (maybe, it could look awful).

The patterning too is meant to be some kind of reflection of character. Ludwig is, to a very small degree, all show and no bite when it comes to legitimate opposition. In terms of the narrative, this only really becomes apparent when Ludwig deals with his younger brother Iggy, who… really doesn’t take any of Ludwig’s shit. This is compounded by their personalities and differences in height:

Ludwig and Iggy share some bad blood that goes pretty far back, none of which they’ve been able to reconcile. The fact that Ludwig can’t control or otherwise sway his brother into doing what he wants is a constant irritation.