Okay, sharing one more thing because a friend liked it. Still doing silly nerdy stuff on my free time, which is nice with the heat wave finally starting to level off (we hope).

I’m trying, and mostly failing, to theorise what the anatomy of an adult Koopa would be. Iggy got the unflattering privilege of being the guinea pig. Since Koopas are bipedal, I figured they wouldn’t have a plastron as would a turtle; and, since the abdomen would be immobile / not allow flexing due to the shell, the belly would instead be supported in part by gastralia to help with respiration and keeping form. Ribs would originate from the spine extruded from the body of the shell. The pelvis would either do the same or originate out from the shell instead.

These are wildly inaccurate, a lot needs to be fixed. I think the basic ideas hold some amount of water however, so that’s good. We’ll see.

See you lot soon.

Okay, sharing one more thing because a friend liked it. Still doing silly nerdy stuff on my free time, which is nice with the heat wave finally starting to level off (we hope).

I’m trying, and mostly failing, to theorise what the anatomy of an adult Koopa would be. Iggy got the unflattering privilege of being the guinea pig. Since Koopas are bipedal, I figured they wouldn’t have a plastron as would a turtle; and, since the abdomen would be immobile / not allow flexing due to the shell, the belly would instead be supported in part by gastralia to help with respiration and keeping form. Ribs would originate from the spine extruded from the body of the shell. The pelvis would either do the same or originate out from the shell instead.

These are wildly inaccurate, a lot needs to be fixed. I think the basic ideas hold some amount of water however, so that’s good. We’ll see.

See you lot soon.

Airdropping in real quick to ask my fellow survival / horror fans about their opinions on P.T. / the new Silent Hills playable teaser! On the technical / gameplay side I quite liked it, but I’ll get to that in a second; what I’m really curious about is what other people think the teaser implies in terms of possible themes for the actual full game, potential references towards the God in particular.

It’s pretty safe to assume that the crying fetus in the bathroom sink is a manifestation / symbolic representation of the unborn child killed with the murder of its mother by the father, but what of the screaming baby locked in the bleeding refrigerator hanging from the ceiling seen later? I’m partial to the idea that it may reference the God in some way for four reasons: one being that when the refrigerator appears, the fetus is still present in the sink, implying that the two are not related / the same; second, that the refrigerator doesn’t appear until it is revealed that the father hung himself, and the plead “Forgive me, Lisa. There is a monster inside of me,” appears above the basement door; third, that the sound of more infant cries rise in the background when distorted chanting from the father can be heard towards the end of the demo, sending you back to the beginning; and fourth, the report that the murder was not an isolated incident (chanting included despite the chant itself being most likely irrelevant) - implying that there is the possibility of the town’s cult being actively involved.

What do you lot think? I think it might be a great implication of returning to some of the root lore presented in SH1 and 3.

On the technical / gameplay side, I thought this was very well done. P.T. was an excellent experience played in the dark. I’ve heard a number of complaints about the first-person perspective approach but it’s obvious why they took that direction (to hide the character for the reveal), and I think the overall experience was made much more powerful as a result. Effective survival horror limits the abilities of the player, including the senses. First-person limits how much the player can truly see, which is a real boon for P.T. The claustrophobia and distinct “trapped” atmosphere with the constant fog of dread and helplessness feels quite real. I would like to see this mechanic reappear in the final game just for this, though it wouldn’t be nearly as effective when the player is out in the open / traipsing about the town. My only true gripe was with the final puzzle of the demo, and I’m personally hoping that kind of tripe doesn’t make it into the final product. Otherwise, I’m very excited to see where this goes, Kojima and Del Toro really seem to have their stuff together for this.

Hello, all! I hope you’re all doing well, weather still sucks up here, it’s hotter than Hell. Things are still “eeehhh” on my end, but I wanted to blast in to share something dumb with you lot. As all you long-time followers are already aware, I am absolutely awful with comics - both in creating and finishing them, so I’m making another one. This is just to see if I can actually finish one as a personal challenge, investing minimal time / effort because I have awful patience for this sort of thing. This is about 2.5 hours of work. Lots of farting about and redoing things. Text is / might be temporary.

Maybe I’ll finish it and it’ll look half-decent, who knows.

Kamek is a fiery old man apparently.

ETA: forgot to add - this is a scene for Beyond the Warp Pipes that I’ve had in the back of my mind for a couple of months. I wanted to know if it would work in a narrative sense. This is when all of the Koopalings are adults.

Hello, all! I hope you’re all doing well, weather still sucks up here, it’s hotter than Hell. Things are still “eeehhh” on my end, but I wanted to blast in to share something dumb with you lot. As all you long-time followers are already aware, I am absolutely awful with comics - both in creating and finishing them, so I’m making another one. This is just to see if I can actually finish one as a personal challenge, investing minimal time / effort because I have awful patience for this sort of thing. This is about 2.5 hours of work. Lots of farting about and redoing things. Text is / might be temporary.

Maybe I’ll finish it and it’ll look half-decent, who knows.

Kamek is a fiery old man apparently.

ETA: forgot to add - this is a scene for Beyond the Warp Pipes that I’ve had in the back of my mind for a couple of months. I wanted to know if it would work in a narrative sense. This is when all of the Koopalings are adults.

coelasquid:

hoodfuturism:

artemiskaonai:

MAINSTREAM MEDIA WILL SAY THAT THE PROTESTERS STARTED THE VIOLENCE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THIS IS NOT THE CASE AS PROVEN BY THE VIDEO ABOVE.

please watch this before its taken down

I feel like the scariest thing about this is that so much of what we know about the situation has only been made possible by social media. It makes you appreciate how easy it was in the past for them to successfully sweep things like this under the rug because people didn’t have an outlet to show the situation from their side.

A design commission for “Sylizar” on dA! Space is apparently just full of nasty insects. Maybe there’s a couple Space Arachnids out there that could clean some of these dudes up.

Larger Here!

A design commission for “Sylizar” on dA! Space is apparently just full of nasty insects. Maybe there’s a couple Space Arachnids out there that could clean some of these dudes up.

Larger Here!

Bulldozing in to drop some unfortunate news - due to weather being insufferable, Friday Streams are being discontinued for the time being. Once the heat breaks or I get a new machine, whichever comes first, Streams will resume on Fridays.

Also, a big ‘hello’ to all the spanking new folk who have followed this blog - welcome! I see Orthus has made another round on Tumblr. Thank you kindly to those who have been sending me very nice compliments and questions through the Ask box over the last several weeks. I apologise that I have not been able to get back to anyone, even privately. I am unfortunately very overwhelmed due to personal / family things at this time, and as a result answering casual mail is just a little too big of an ask for me for the time being, I hope everyone will understand.

Otherwise, I hope you are all doing well! Have this admittedly shitty pen-scribble from lunch hour today of a Tiki Goon that scanned very badly to tide you over:

That was blue pen. Goodness knows what the scanner thought it was.

Blasting in to upload something I have been very excited to share for the last few months. This is a series of commissions done by my amazing friend, Jenna, illustrating a small selection of the Infernal Opera’s many characters and locations. From the top left: Queen Stirba, [a yet unnamed] Damned, a lone Nigrim on the wastes of Gluttony, Majorga captive under the Iron Kitchens, and the Conflictor and the Godkiller, former co-rulers of Wrath.

Over the past four years, Jenna has made some truly moving and inspiring pieces for me for this project, putting what I can only describe in text and technical drawings into paintings full of atmosphere and emotion. Jenna’s enthusiasm for the project has been a big part of my own desire to see IO pushed into a published format, which I hope to see realized in the years to come.

Sketch commission for gaytruckerblog!

I will take one more sketch commission; these are $15 USD per hour and can either be a demi sketch-page like this or more refined! FYI! Full colour generally takes one hour in and of itself. Taken, thank you!

Contact and slot availability is below the cut!

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I was going to wait until this was done to share, since I wanted to announce going back on break with Bowser’s completion. BUT, Bowser is proving to be a real pain in the butt to work with (his shell currently looks like someone vomited all over it), and I would like to get the heck out of here to get back to my studies.

So there you have it, folks! An early WIP of Bowser for Beyond the Warp Pipes. A wee Iggy Koopa has shown up as a size comparison. This design might change later, I’m not 100% sold with this take for Bowser. The colours are not final + etc. The little doodles on the right side are from Friday’s Stream shenanigans. Anyways, I’m taking off to continue my internet break; Tumblr encourages some rather bad habits and the atmosphere is just not very good to be a part of. Regardless, I’ll pop in to upload and take commissions, and sometimes share personal stuff like this! Streams will still run every Friday. I’ll otherwise be pretty quiet. My contacts are still linked on the sidebar should you need / want to get in touch!

See you all soon.

I was going to wait until this was done to share, since I wanted to announce going back on break with Bowser’s completion. BUT, Bowser is proving to be a real pain in the butt to work with (his shell currently looks like someone vomited all over it), and I would like to get the heck out of here to get back to my studies.

So there you have it, folks! An early WIP of Bowser for Beyond the Warp Pipes. A wee Iggy Koopa has shown up as a size comparison. This design might change later, I’m not 100% sold with this take for Bowser. The colours are not final + etc. The little doodles on the right side are from Friday’s Stream shenanigans. Anyways, I’m taking off to continue my internet break; Tumblr encourages some rather bad habits and the atmosphere is just not very good to be a part of. Regardless, I’ll pop in to upload and take commissions, and sometimes share personal stuff like this! Streams will still run every Friday. I’ll otherwise be pretty quiet. My contacts are still linked on the sidebar should you need / want to get in touch!

See you all soon.

Sketch commission for “PYC-art” on dA!

Sketch commission for “PYC-art” on dA!

I have discovered to the benefit of all you folks, that it takes 90 minutes to run all 32 courses in Mario Kart 8 at 150cc without indulging in replays. I got 1st place in all but ONE course, Nitro Rainbow Road, because I fell off the course at the very end, allowing Morton and Pink Gold Peach to whiz right past me, denying me a perfect score of 480.

I’ve read way too many YouTube comments claiming that, unlike Mario Kart Wii, you can’t get hit by more than one Blue Shell per race in MK8. This is a spurious lie. In nearly every race (on normal COM) I was bitch slapped with two Blue Shells by the time I finished, generally paired with two lightning strikes on top of that. Granted, unlike Wii, what item you get in MK8 is determined by how far your kart is physically from first place; if I understand the new item system correctly at any rate. So, while you can almost achieve lapping people by lap 3, the further you are ahead, the more likely you’ll be hearing that ominous whooshing noise as vengeance from the back row comes rocketing towards you.

I’ll finally be giving online play with random players a whirl I think. See how terribly I do.

It’s never a guessing game just what my favourite thing is when I get into something *new*. Here’s the nerdy kid in his original design, the NES sprite, and the 2009 redesign. This asshole is my favourite of the Koopaling lot; he taunts you by spanking his own behind, he’s a sadist (gee no wonder I like him), laughs when fucking up other drivers:



And does this when unlocked in MK8:



I identify with this turtle-beast on a personal level.

Because you’re all so great for putting up with my nerdy shit, have three little transparent Iggy Koopas for your blogs:

It’s never a guessing game just what my favourite thing is when I get into something *new*. Here’s the nerdy kid in his original design, the NES sprite, and the 2009 redesign. This asshole is my favourite of the Koopaling lot; he taunts you by spanking his own behind, he’s a sadist (gee no wonder I like him), laughs when fucking up other drivers:

And does this when unlocked in MK8:

I identify with this turtle-beast on a personal level.

Because you’re all so great for putting up with my nerdy shit, have three little transparent Iggy Koopas for your blogs:

Alright, last one before I just finish this, promise.

Iggy has fabulous hair. It’s almost a shame it was changed in 2009, but that new all-green ‘do rather solidifies how much of a nut he is. It takes a certain type of character class to rock a palm-tree for a follicle outcropping.

Alright, last one before I just finish this, promise.

Iggy has fabulous hair. It’s almost a shame it was changed in 2009, but that new all-green ‘do rather solidifies how much of a nut he is. It takes a certain type of character class to rock a palm-tree for a follicle outcropping.

Wowzers, there has been an awful lot of new folks coming in over the last bit. Welcome! For those of you who have flown in recently but haven’t browsed the blog, here are some things / tags of which you would probably like to be aware:

- I like blood, guts, and body horror; these are my favourite things, even if they don’t appear very often. I will at times mix fandom into these things. If these are not things you want to see, the tags to block are “gore”, “long live the new flesh”, and “torture”.

- I sometimes draw loads of fanart, because it helps me relax. If you’re not a fan of fanart, the tags to block are “sonic the hedgehog”, “deadly six”, “pokemon”, “super mario bros”, and “koopalings”.

- Because I can be big on fandom, I like to reinterpret characters and stories into other, generally much darker things. Should these be not in taste for you but you still want to see regular fanart, the tags to do away with are “TUZ”, “Poke Project”, and “BTWP”.

- I have a big personal project centered around a personal interpretation of Hell that gets tossed up here with relative regularity. If that’s not your cuppa, blocking “IO” will keep it from your dash.

Sketch commission for “C-Puff” on dA!

Sketch commission for “C-Puff” on dA!