on another note:

I really need to give Rondun an overhaul. Like a huge one. Not just his antlers or whatever, he needs fixing.

He’s supposed to be this lumbering character, but I almost want to fill him out a little, at least in his neck and shoulders, due to his antlers and such creating a lot of weight over his head. He is lumbering, but right now I think he looks almost too lanky and awkward, that’s something I think we’d see more so in a younger Lai than a century old official.

I’m also looking at his face and neck region and thinking I need his age to show more. He’s older than Darius at this point in the plot and I need him too look it. Not too old, but middle aged, and certainly not as young as he does in his recent references. Thicker chin and jawline, wide neck, fuller mane or neck fur, maybe more muscle to him so he’s funner for me to draw, Idk I need to brainstorm when I find the chance. His antlers are supposed to be towering but I want to change those again because they aren’t making any sense. Right now they make his head look too small whenever I sketch him. 

I picture him looking a little more scraggly, but regal. I think if I continue to play with his concept more I’ll get a better idea of  how to lay that out. Currently he’s just too awkward looking as far as weight distribution goes.

I don’t think I’ve been satisfied with him since 2012- early 2013 and he needs some tlc.

I CAME HOME TO NEWS THAT MY COMPUTER WAS IN AND I JUST GOT IT BACK AND IT STILL HAS ALL MY FILES AND OMG YAY!

SOOOOOO here’s Rondun’s new look so far. I’m not so sure about the mask and antlers, what do you guys think?

Alright, I got to get onto traditional work. Here’s a full body wip of Rondun for his new reference. I’ve kind of given him a makeover for personal reasons and just to get him looking more like the regal position he represents.

Lol and that tag on his horn, I’m thinking of having it be his way of rubbing it in the DarkBlood’s faces that he’s owned Darius in a fight before, and he can easily do it again. Just something for those of you who have seen Darius’s new patchy scar work :’D

so here’s a wip of the thing ie: cruddy cell phone photo because I’m too lazy and nitpicky to scan it yet.

I’m still tweaking Rondun’s look some. And trying to make Marri look more like Marri. I went too far down into the torso on him, he’s just up high, he’s not supposed to be that tall

Before I forget to post it here’s that sketch from the other night of Rondun and Marrinus as people. I’m not gonna lie I get really curious to see what other people’s shinlai characters might look like as people but I get scared to ask ;;

hurrr Marri looks like a freak.

AND NOW I CAN’T GET BRAID TUGGING OUT OF MY HEAD, THANKS SAPH.

Anyway I need to get on to making a contest ref for Nathan, I’ll put my musings for these two on the back burner until then :’D

So I’ve gone into drawing Rondun and Marrinus as humans again and I’m actually liking how they’re looking this time. Apart from the fact I was just getting into drawing more people, I wasn’t sure what I was doing when I tried it before. Even if it’s just a pair of headshots in my sketchpad it looks more “them” this go around.

I don’t know why I feel the need to draw a lot of my oc’s as people but I do~ sorry if that’s cheating.

I’m also thinking of having Rondun be partially blind in one of his main set of eyes. Shinlai with six eyes would have to be blind in at least 1/3 eyes, just due to genetic difficulties. But what I’m thinking of, involving his main pair, would have been due to an injury he received in his childhood. 

Having a heavy rock shattered over his face would have likely scarred the tissue of at least one of his eyes one way or another. If not, however, the infection that caused the heavy/gnarled scarring on his snout afterwards may have done his eye in. That’s kind of what happens when he’s stuck using poor man’s medical treatment, ie: none at all.

If he’s a dark Shinlai he may or may not need complete eyesight to function. I’ve always seen them using their elemental ability and other senses to help them see in the dark and coordinate (I think working with Saph and Twi helped with that). A 50% bum eye might not be too much of a loss if he’s had it since he was a kid, it didn’t get in the way back then and at 127 I don’t see it hampering him. 

Anyway this is just an excuse to give him reading glasses ;v;

I WANNA SEE HUMAN RONDUN WITH A CROOKED NOSE AND OLDSCHOOL READING GLASSES STUCK OVER HIS LUMPY FACE OK?

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