Duck Newton is such a good character like, Justin fucking pulled a power move with him. Griffin might be a dramatic and experienced storyteller but Justin’s really got a talent for compelling personalities.
fused all the anons for convenience and damnit I had to try and draw it after all this feedback. but I hope you can forgive me for abbreviating it to this one bit I can’t be doing a whole episode yikes
(…also this turned into kind of a mini reflection of my own history of going through hating my curly hair and then learning to accept and like it whoops projection much)
I’ve wanted to try and redesign the duck avenger/paperinik cast for the new Ducktales show since it aired and got me into them haha and the season finale with action hero donald really pushed me to finally do it (and also get back into the comics lmao).
Idk if anyones interested but some of my thought processes for the characters while designing em under the cut👀
I think Lardo lets Tango watch her mix paint because she once noticed him watching paint-mixing stim vids on his phone.
Like, one day she is walking through the Haus and everything is quiet, which is weird. Then, she notices Tango just chilling on the couch. Then she really confused because it’s quiet and Tango is there and usually you can’t have one with the other. So, she goes over and peeks over his shoulder and he’s scrolling through a paint-mixing stim account on instagram, taking the time to watch the entire video before moving on. There’s the faint sound of the pallet knife sometimes if the colours really attract his attention and he taps to turn on the sound, but, other than that, everything about him is silent.
That’s when Lardo gets an idea. She isn’t busy right now, so she runs up and gets a couple of her tubes of cheap paints (acrylic, oil, some pigmenting, a giant tube of white paint, some paint thinner, ect.), a couple pallet knives, and some glitter. She comes back down and taps on Tango’s head. “Follow me, taddy,” she says, nodding to the door.
Of course he follows, Lardo is mama duck, but that doesn’t mean he does it without question. With slipping his phone in his pocket, the inquiries start a-coming. “Where are we going? What’s in that bag? When did you get home? Am I in trouble? I thought we were allowed to be there if the door was unlocked?? What’s that clanking coming from your bag? How was your day? Where are we going??”
Lardo is a master at letting him just ask without giving real answers (and, frankly, he’s thankful that she doesn’t yell at him like Holster does), and soon their at Lardo’s super secret art studio. At this point, Tango’s been here before and has stopped asking the “Where are we going?” because he recognized the area. But he still had so many questions, even up to the moment Lardo put a small red blob next to a larger light blue one on top of a big smear of white.
When she started mixing, he went absolutely quiet and fixed his eyes on Lardo’s hands, listening to the scrape of the triangular knife on the sheet of plastic she uses as her pallet.
They do this for hours, Lardo even letting him paint a bit on a spare gessoed canvas she uses to swatch the colours on to see what they look like. He isn’t really the best artist but he does get the shape of a multicoloured rubber duck with shades on. It’s mostly purples and blues and greys because those are the colours he said he liked seeing being mixed the most.
He eventually starts buying her the bulk cheap acrylics from A.C. Moore. They spend their Thursday and Sunday afternoons mixing paints.
Lardo puts the piece they made up in her senior art show. “Takes Two to Tony” is the title of the piece (only the hockey players get it, theater kids think it’s about the Tonys and spend too much time trying to figure out what a messy, tecnicolour duck with sunglasses has to do with the relevant plays and musicals of 2016).
It’s the most commented on piece in the guestbook and someone even asks if they could buy it and leaves their number (Lardo never calls them).
Tango is quiet when he looks at it because it reminds him of his mama duck and how she figured out what made him the happiest and used it to help him.
When Lardo graduates, she finds Tango at the ceremony and hugs him, slipping the key to the studio into his hand. “It’s all yours now, Tang. I’ll see you there.” He goes and there is all the paints he got her, the piece of hard plastic pallet, and the painting. It’s now hanging from a rafter, the light from the dusty skylight filtering in and making the metalics and glitters they used on it shimmer. Tango is so happy, he cries.
They still meet every Thursday and Sunday afternoon there.
Tango’s started his own paint-mixing stim account on Instagram and a “mama-duck-lardsy” always comments, saying things like “that blue can be used as a highlight on the duck” or “good job with the pigmenting, who’s your teacher? ;)”.
Here's a little Headcanon for ya! The reason Donald has such a hard time finding work is because Scrooge owns a lot of the businesses in Duckberg, and the ones he competes against aren't exactly fond of him! More times than Donald can count he's gone in and done a great interview only for them to find out that Scrooge is his uncle and instantly drop him, whether out of pettiness or a legitimate fear of corporate espionage. Alongside that his pride disallows him to work at a place Scrooge owns.
I was trying to make one of those spirit totems but I’m not sure if I did it right Did I do this right or? I mean, I’m not sure how they should look like to be considered a spirit totem.
Aaaaw dude, you worry way too much ! They’re perfect ! As long as you use element that mean something important to you it’s all that matter ! Anything can be included in a spirit totem design, the trick is to use symbolism when you design them ! What aspect of yourself does the mask represent ? Why do they have this strange feature ? Do they have horns ? Why are they for ? Why is flower sprouting over their bodies ? What do they mean ?
That sort of thing.
There’s no right or wrong answer, just go with the flow~<3