MEDROOSA is all finished! This special Halloween Giraffaroo adoptable will be going up for auction in the coming days to help Paexie replace her ailing work laptop! Medroosa hangs about in dank caves and likes to wallow in murky waters. Her bite is venomous and she can swallow small Roos whole, so trespassers beware! 

To catch this pretty lady and have her for your own, keep on eye on Paexie’s DeviantART page!

MEDROOSA is all finished! This special Halloween Giraffaroo adoptable will be going up for auction in the coming days to help Paexie replace her ailing work laptop! Medroosa hangs about in dank caves and likes to wallow in murky waters. Her bite is venomous and she can swallow small Roos whole, so trespassers beware!

To catch this pretty lady and have her for your own, keep on eye on Paexie’s DeviantART page!

A WIP of a special Halloween ‘Roo adoptable that will be going on auction to help Paexie out! Still lots of refinement and tweaking to go. The torso’s gone through a huge number of revisions already, might change entirely again before I can call it done.

A WIP of a special Halloween ‘Roo adoptable that will be going on auction to help Paexie out! Still lots of refinement and tweaking to go. The torso’s gone through a huge number of revisions already, might change entirely again before I can call it done.

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artofmrhades asked: Baby Ludwig is absolutely adorable! I want to hug him. Also, how fast do the Koopalings grow? I'm wondering if they age like reptilians, perhaps they'd end up outliving the Mario Brothers?

(Okay, this was from the “ask me questions about BTWP and I’ll answer with art and walls of text” thing back in early September. I wanted very much to do art but the planets are just not aligning, so you just get walls of text, because I’ve been sitting on these answers for a while. I PROMISE RELATED ART AT A LATER DATE.)

Ludwig is very adorable. Despite their newborn versus adult size, Koopas grow pretty slowly - but just up to a point. In the original line up, all of the Koopalings are the rough equivalent of preteens / teenagers / young adults (depending on who it is), and at this stage they aren’t very big in comparison to Mario, who’s a pretty average-sized guy (for reference, Iggy and Ludwig again, Big Mario is 5’5” in these two sheets). Up until approx. 18 years of age, growth is pretty incremental regardless of species; young are vulnerable to all sorts of threats and mortality is pretty high almost entirely regardless of parenting. Outside of other Koopas (cannibalism, mmm!), Toads are the biggest threats to Koopalings, since at this point they’re matched in size or the Toads are actually bigger than they are. Toads target Koopalings whenever they can for multiple reasons, one being food, another being a threat reduction strategy, since adult Koopas, King Koopa species especially, are a real problem.

After that point though, Koopas go through a rapid series of growth spurts that will drive them to their adult size (generally twice or more their teenage size; Iggy shoots from 5’8” to 14’6”, for instance) in a small handful of years. After that they level off growth-wise almost entirely and their metabolism drops.

If they lived hassle-free lives (ha), they absolutely could outlive the Mario Brothers, and probably by a fair stretch, too. Some Koopas can live pretty long lives, Kamek is over 100, and Bowser is… probably sitting somewhere between 50 and 80.

Please bear with me while I slowly tackle Asks, things are a little hectic.

As for your question, Anon! Years back? Oh boy, how about these four, from 2007, 2009, and two from 2012 respectively. The first was done in The Gimp, the second in Open Canvas. The second two are a pen drawing and a Photoshop sketch. The first two were amongst my first forays into digital art *for realz*. The creatures / characters in the first three images are designs belonging to a personal project. The last image is an interpretation of the Knuckelavee.

(I had to type this TWICE, because Tumblr thought it’d be fun to eat it the first time. THANKS, TUMBLR.)

I do not keep a link to my stream up anywhere, because I do not save any videos! Even if I did, you’d likely not learn much as 70% of any stream is me goofing off with the audience, and LiveStream’s recorded video quality is absolutely terrible. I do however, do live mini-tutorials on what I’m currently doing when asked in-stream.

My process for colouring in Photoshop is very simple! You’ll have to forgive the lack of a full “step-0 to finish”, as I don’t save many real iterations of most of my work. I did not have any earlier WiPs saved for Iggy, and Larry is unfinished. For the sake of process comparison, Larry’s steps (bottom) roughly end where Iggy’s begin (top). Because I try not to use custom or special brushes if I can help it (because not all software will have those same brushes or tools), I colour pieces like these, and many others on this blog, with only the default hard-round brush. I lay down basic colours to get a feel for the kind of palette and pattern that I want. I usually do this with my brush settings at full opacity and a lowered flow, so I can do some basic mixing as I go. Usually, I will have some photos of animals or objects with similar colours or patterns ready to refer to for more educated colour / pattern choices. When working on Iggy, I had various photos of crocodiles and alligators to refer to. Larry is being done without a colour or pattern analogue. Once I have the basics of what I want blocked out to a suitable degree, I go back in with a smaller brush with a lowered opacity and flow to blend by colours together for a more natural look. When I am finished, I add shadow and highlight layers over top the linework and base colours.

But what is this opacity and flow hullabaloo mean? I’ll show you!

This is the hard round brush set to full opacity and flow.

This is the same brush with the same colours set to a lowered opacity (60% in this case), and full flow. Opacity affects how much pigment is let out of the brush per stroke. This is one stroke per colour.

This is the same brush and colours again, but with full opacity and a lowered flow (40% here). Flow affects the spacing of the brush shape in Photoshop. It does not affect the colour, even though it looks lighter at the edges. This is one stroke per colour.

Using the eyedropper tool (pressing ALT with the brush active for Windows), I pick new hues created when overlapping these colours with these brush settings to blend the two together.

Because I keep my brush set to full hardness with no blur, I get a stepped look between colours, something I personally like. Other artists may use a softer brush or even the blur tool to help them blend more softly.

When colouring, I use as few layers as possible, because my machine is old and doesn’t like handling a whole lot. I keep a maximum of one to two basic colour layers while working. Iggy and Larry were coloured with two colour layers (not including shadows or highlights). Charizard was coloured with one.

I hope this helps some!

As for books, I recommend Artistic Anatomy by Paul Richer, Anatomy for the Artist by Sarah Simblet, An Atlas of Animal Anatomy for Artists by W. Ellenberger, and Animal Anatomy for Artists: the Elements of Form by Elliot Goldfinger. You can currently pick up all of these books for under $100 CAD on Indigo. Richer’s work is invaluable and forms the basis of understanding of human antomy for artistic study as we know it now. Digiesting his book takes a lot of doing, as Richer uses the full Latin names of the muscles of the body. While not “beginner friendly”, it will give you everything you need to know about what goes where and how it works short of a life study class and a dissection. Understanding what Richer has to say makes the digestion of other anatomy-centric books for artists all that much easier to understand and compare. This is important when studying animal anatomy, as most vertebrate animals share anatomical similarities with us and other species that we wouldn’t identify as similarities without knowing the basics of muscular or skeletal anatomy (or evolution for that matter).

As for stock images, since there is no photo manipulation in my art, I assume you mean for visual reference? I have a large library of books that I use for reference when applicable. If my books don’t suffice, one of my first stops for looking things up is Wikipedia, followed by Google. From Google I’ll visit 10 - 100+ sites for reference material and any background information I might need.

CHARIZARD for my buddy J! She didn’t come out 100% like I wanted, but that’s okay. Charizard’s “forelegs” are atrophied limbs that serve only to hold its weight for short periods of time and to handle objects. When walking it will use its much larger and sturdier wings for locomotion; or when sitting, to hold up its torso. Most Charizard are orange, but can come in a wide variety of patterns and colours depending on their region of origin.

Chzarizards can be cranky and temperamental. A bored Charizard not getting attention from its trainer will “accidentally” light buildings on fire.

CHARIZARD for my buddy J! She didn’t come out 100% like I wanted, but that’s okay. Charizard’s “forelegs” are atrophied limbs that serve only to hold its weight for short periods of time and to handle objects. When walking it will use its much larger and sturdier wings for locomotion; or when sitting, to hold up its torso. Most Charizard are orange, but can come in a wide variety of patterns and colours depending on their region of origin.

Chzarizards can be cranky and temperamental. A bored Charizard not getting attention from its trainer will “accidentally” light buildings on fire.

Another trade! More Pokemon! What could it be?

Another trade! More Pokemon! What could it be?

Have an old WIP of Larry. Spending my nights typing up documents so my coworkers can handle the mail room for when I take a legit vacation on the 20th for a week (wow!). Mail-clerking isn’t a difficult job, but it’s got a lot of nuances to it, and those nuances are taking up seven pages of a Word document that’s only half done. The mail room is intense.

I need to go back on this. The shoulder’s all ganked and the face needs fixing. I like the colours, but not… how they’re executed. Maybe they’ll grow on me. Unlike Ludwig and Iggy, Larry only has a half-shell on his back, leaving his lumbar vertebrae free (a trait he shares with Lemmy), allowing him to flex / bend his lower body - this means he does not possess gastralia, but does have a full set of abdominals. His shell devolves from solid bone (or perhaps keratin?) to scutes as it descends from his shoulders.

Larry’s species shares evolutionary ancestry with Iggy’s, mostly in origin and how the two handle fire breath. Shared traits with Lemmy’s come from convergent evolution instead of ancestry.

Have an old WIP of Larry. Spending my nights typing up documents so my coworkers can handle the mail room for when I take a legit vacation on the 20th for a week (wow!). Mail-clerking isn’t a difficult job, but it’s got a lot of nuances to it, and those nuances are taking up seven pages of a Word document that’s only half done. The mail room is intense.

I need to go back on this. The shoulder’s all ganked and the face needs fixing. I like the colours, but not… how they’re executed. Maybe they’ll grow on me. Unlike Ludwig and Iggy, Larry only has a half-shell on his back, leaving his lumbar vertebrae free (a trait he shares with Lemmy), allowing him to flex / bend his lower body - this means he does not possess gastralia, but does have a full set of abdominals. His shell devolves from solid bone (or perhaps keratin?) to scutes as it descends from his shoulders.

Larry’s species shares evolutionary ancestry with Iggy’s, mostly in origin and how the two handle fire breath. Shared traits with Lemmy’s come from convergent evolution instead of ancestry.

Taking a break from Fall Cleaning to share some Ugly As Hell sketches. A number of folks I know are sadly under the impression that I sketch cleanly, when in reality my sketches are ugly, messy, and generally terrible. I’m madly jealous of anybody who can draw cartoons. All you people who can draw cartoons better than me (re: all of you) are bruising my delicate ego - for shame!

Long-time followers might be thinking that bottom-left Larry means something, and they’d be totally right. There will be an NFVII to follow up on Rainbow of Jackasses and Nightmarefuel. It won’t be appearing for some time though; RoJ was a weak successor to NF, and I’d like to not repeat its mistakes. NFVII will be done up with printing in mind, since I intend to open a shop some time next year. NF will probably be offered as well despite its age, as a number of requests to have it available as a print have come up over the years. I’m a little iffy on the idea, since NF was never made with intent to print, but judging from a print experiment I did up back in 2012, it does look nice at 11x17. If enough folks express interest, RoJ will be uploaded too when the shop opens. Otherwise, I will have some shirts and posters up for you all.

Speaking of future plans, I think I’ll repeat what I did at the end of fall last year, and take a multi-month-long break from the internet-at-large once the current queue has been cleared. Last year’s hermit break resulted in a lot of introspection and improvement, and I’d like to repeat that for this upcoming shift in personal and artistic focus. Exciting! I have a lot of things in mind for this break that I am eager to tackle.

Taking a break from Fall Cleaning to share some Ugly As Hell sketches. A number of folks I know are sadly under the impression that I sketch cleanly, when in reality my sketches are ugly, messy, and generally terrible. I’m madly jealous of anybody who can draw cartoons. All you people who can draw cartoons better than me (re: all of you) are bruising my delicate ego - for shame!

Long-time followers might be thinking that bottom-left Larry means something, and they’d be totally right. There will be an NFVII to follow up on Rainbow of Jackasses and Nightmarefuel. It won’t be appearing for some time though; RoJ was a weak successor to NF, and I’d like to not repeat its mistakes. NFVII will be done up with printing in mind, since I intend to open a shop some time next year. NF will probably be offered as well despite its age, as a number of requests to have it available as a print have come up over the years. I’m a little iffy on the idea, since NF was never made with intent to print, but judging from a print experiment I did up back in 2012, it does look nice at 11x17. If enough folks express interest, RoJ will be uploaded too when the shop opens. Otherwise, I will have some shirts and posters up for you all.

Speaking of future plans, I think I’ll repeat what I did at the end of fall last year, and take a multi-month-long break from the internet-at-large once the current queue has been cleared. Last year’s hermit break resulted in a lot of introspection and improvement, and I’d like to repeat that for this upcoming shift in personal and artistic focus. Exciting! I have a lot of things in mind for this break that I am eager to tackle.

I require immediate context to the last .gif. Indecent exposure is a felony, Eggman. I’ve not noticed until now just much further apart Tails’ eyes are spaced with this new design. Further, this is probably the most sour I’ve ever seen Sonic, it’s fascinating.

Knowing this is airing in November and I have no way to watch it is making me regret not having cable.

(via carriepika)

soulofnewphyrexia: If I told you, you’d have an unfair advantage in our power struggle.

s-hemp: Thank you! I got a real boost in understanding anatomy when I took this course! I did take Biology 1000 in University, which I loved immensely, but was never able to follow it up with more courses. We didn’t study anatomy so much as we did cellular structure and evolution. I do like to pick up books and read online articles on animal biology and ecology when I have the free time, though, it’s a great subject to delve into.

hapiberi: D’awwww. Hopefully your bf enjoyed the work just as much as you!

windinkbird: Hoo. That’s a tough one. I’ll have to name two, because they were both so left-field with how much I ended up enjoying reinterpreting them: Exeggutor and the Timburr evo line. I end up writing a lot of background notes for these projects to give “solidity” to the visual concepts as I work on them (which I generally don’t end up sharing as I assume they’d be super boring reads to most folks, but if you’re interested you can see a little bit of what was done for Exeggutor right here!), and between Exeggutor and the Timburr / Gurdurr / Conkeldurr evo line alone that was a good ten to thirteen pages worth of just text.

As for the most difficult… oogh. Out of the ones I’ve drawn to completion, I’d have to say Magnezone, because I didn’t have the time to really think about what to do with it, since it was a part of a commission.

soulofnewphyrexia: If I told you, you’d have an unfair advantage in our power struggle.

s-hemp: Thank you! I got a real boost in understanding anatomy when I took this course! I did take Biology 1000 in University, which I loved immensely, but was never able to follow it up with more courses. We didn’t study anatomy so much as we did cellular structure and evolution. I do like to pick up books and read online articles on animal biology and ecology when I have the free time, though, it’s a great subject to delve into.

hapiberi: D’awwww. Hopefully your bf enjoyed the work just as much as you!

windinkbird: Hoo. That’s a tough one. I’ll have to name two, because they were both so left-field with how much I ended up enjoying reinterpreting them: Exeggutor and the Timburr evo line. I end up writing a lot of background notes for these projects to give “solidity” to the visual concepts as I work on them (which I generally don’t end up sharing as I assume they’d be super boring reads to most folks, but if you’re interested you can see a little bit of what was done for Exeggutor right here!), and between Exeggutor and the Timburr / Gurdurr / Conkeldurr evo line alone that was a good ten to thirteen pages worth of just text.

As for the most difficult… oogh. Out of the ones I’ve drawn to completion, I’d have to say Magnezone, because I didn’t have the time to really think about what to do with it, since it was a part of a commission.

YEAH. Finished this last night, but it was 12am by the time I was done staring at it looking for flaws. MEGA BANETTE for my super cool awesome friend Jenna. Ghost Pokemon are the best.

YEAH. Finished this last night, but it was 12am by the time I was done staring at it looking for flaws. MEGA BANETTE for my super cool awesome friend Jenna. Ghost Pokemon are the best.

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misterghostie asked: Ahh yes, October the month of spoops- I mean spooks. I'm so pumped!! How about you friend?

I am AMPED, my friend! October is the best, all the horror movies are out on sale and there are bad ghost jokes all over my dash. Bring on all of the gore and body horror!

Wowzers. You lot… really liked that previous WIP. So, uh, have another one?

Wowzers. You lot… really liked that previous WIP. So, uh, have another one?

hurtanminttu replied to your post: They could also be spammers, I get quite a bit of uh… porn spam skype accounts, of all things, adding me.

You’re probably right. I mean, most of them are either random names, or just suspicious-looking - the latest one was “bunnykiss#####” which I’m pretty sure is not the screen name of a living, breathing being. It’s unfortunate that all the irritating spam bots from MSN days have finally begun to make the electric leap to Skype. Thanks, Microsoft.