triaformica

Another thing that happened during that stream was Triaformica! Actually it was proteesiukkonen streaming (sorry for hijacking your stream!) but their art always makes me want to draw, and then papermonkeyism was in the chat and BAM, triaformica. I promised to show it to Paper, so here it is! Bekk-ga, that adorable, chubby thing.

There is an important school report I should write, that has its deadline tomorrow.

I really should not procrastinate this much.

But my sketchbook demanded to have an angry tria in it.

Totally the sketchbook’s fault.

Right?

I have this one little skecthbook that’s small and not very big. Everyday, I have to draw something somewhat ‘finished’. It doesn’t have to be amazing and awfully inspiring, but it has to have shadows and shape and … stuff. And I must only draw each creature once. I choosed to wait a bit with Triaformica, because I love those and would like to make something amazing, but then Papermonkeyism posted this up.
It’s a triancestor, so it’s not tria, and that counts as two different things. YAY!

This is probably wrong in some ways, and I have no idea what that in the cup-thing could be, it was inspirations fault, not mine.

Triaformica-ancestor-alienthings belongs to Papermonkeyism.

Suddenly triaformica.

And there’s this guy. I don’t have a name for him yet, but you could call him a trade lord of some sort. Member of the seagoing people known for ruling most of the trade routes (and occasionally of piracy) he has the dark colouration and facial markings which are rare everywhere else except among his people. He’s spent most of his life on the seas and has gathered considerable fortune. 

Arr-Mun-Ka hates his guts (though tolerates him for diplomatic reasons).

Design wise, this character is why the pirate mask marking exists. He totally owns it. (Actually I might want to extend it to his lip. Must try it out.)

In which I realised that doing evolution charts is pretty impossible without doodling environments for context.

The evolutionary history of the “star born” triaformica, a.k.a. their alien ancestors. (Or the current version of it.)

The first bits are mostly for myself. The tria line started out as radially symmetric tubes (to explain stuff like facial structure and stuff. Also their nervous system goes around in loops instead of branching out like Earth thingies’) but changed to lateral to enable better locomotion and stuff. The concepts of “front” and “back” are pretty big evolutionary things, you know. A head was a revolutionary feature back in the old old days.

They used to be free swimming thingies in their planet’s early history, but changed to shallow sea crawlers to escape predators. Two pairs of appendages for foraging food from bottom sediments and stuff.

Vegetation evolved and thus emerged thick growths of thingies that resembled mangrove tree roots. Half under water, half above it. The foraging appendages grow to help move among the plant thingies easier.

Things change and the mangrovetreerootthingies start getting sparser while there’s other kind of vegetation covering the thin water surfaces. Kinda sorta like swamp like environment, where the base is half water, half plant/ground where you could sink easily. foraging appendages evolve to carry the weight of the body, while their digits spread out wide to form kinda sorta webbed triangles to help keep the triathingie afloat. Lower pair is used for walking more than the upper pair, which keeps foraging as its main function since sometimes you just need some extra arm length to reach your food.

Alien bogs dry out making way to vastness of hard land. Getting from a place to place is important now, so the lower pair of walking limbs take their job as the sole pair of walking limbs, their digits shortening and their scale like multiple claws clutter together to form hooves to protect the toes from sharp stones or whatever. Their upper body grows in proportion to balance out the heavy abdomen/tail to allow for more effective walking and running. Arms are free, social groups evolve and intelligence happens.

Then they merrily take over their planet. All untill the planet goes boom (or whatever happens to it, it’s rendered uninhabitable nevertheless) forcing the trias to seek out a new home, and utterly failing in the task by finding the only already inhabited planet in the whole accessible part of the galaxy.

So they make the triaformica as their avatars by creating a hybrid between themselves and humans to not perish completely while they quietly settle for A: eternal life on the orbit B: making a station on the neighboring planet C: go extinct. I’m not quite sure about that last bit yet, but it doesn’t really bear any meaning for the “modern day trias”.

There. An evolutionary context for the triaformica.

anonymous asked:

Ever since I saw the preview of your next part regarding the trias, where it mentions trias find a "warming black mass with bright eyes" cute, I kept getting a vision in my head of a tria adopting a lot of completely black cats with bright yellow eyes.

Wait, what happened?

Here I was going to finish a school essay I have due tomorrow, and suddenly I have a drawing of a tria (looks like Teacup) with a bunch of cats. What happened to my essay?! D8

(And Teacup, when did you become a crazy catlady… man… thing?)

I love it when sometimes you have character, that you don’t quite know much about, and then something irrelevant happens that makes you realise what the character was all about.

For the longest time I had trouble determining who Teacup was. As in what did he do for living and stuff. He was this character that I liked, but I couldn’t quite put my finger to what his character really was about. I just knew I enjoyed him.

And then someone on DA asks me about tria art that makes me think of hieroglyphs and writing and 

Teacup is a scribe! Of course he’s a scribe! How did I not figure it out sooner? It feels obvious in hindsight. 

Sometimes caracter design isn’t so much about making up characters as it is about finding them.

(Also looks like one of those cats from that one ask decided to stay with him. He officcially has a cat now. Its name is Mau. And it’s so going to hop on his lap to interrupt his work any second now.)

My brain wants to play with the ancestral tria design.

No, brain. Stop. Stupid brain. You’ll never be able to use this stuff anywhere. It’s just extra work with no meaning. Why are you having so much fun on this! Stop it right now! You’re supposed to be doing other things, this is a waste of time. Also you should make those arms better, that structure is way off. And fix that torso.

(Ancestral trias don’t actually have a head. Their brain is located in their torso near the place where front limbs attach to the body, and what appears like a head is a stalk where their mouth parts are. Some of their sensory organs are also located there -being able to see what you’re eating is nice- but there’s nothing specially vital in there. You could “decapitate” one, and it would continue living, though blind and needing some help to grind their food to more easily digestable form. And with impaired sense of sound, since while the… torso ear thingies do pick up sounds, they’re less acute and lean towards lower frequency sounds than the ear set at the top of the stalk. Which -considering how their natural vocalization is sorta high pitched and how social as a species they are- would totally suck.)

Prfffffft, blurry tablet camera photo…  But some quick doodles to get some concepts down for triaformica decorations inspired by yesterday’s visit to Rijks museum.

On the left there’s some possible ways to wear large golden necklaces/chains. There was this one painting of a woman with heawy golden chain around her waist (with black clothing so it really popped) that I thought was nice. There was also lots of jewelry and big, heavy necklaces that I think some trias might use as a sigh of status, as their head shape isn’t quite made for crowns. They have pretty slopy shoulders, though, so I thought of some concepts of some kind of buckle thingies that they could attach to longer, bigger necklaces to keep them from sliding down pass their shoulders.

Upper right has some concepts on shoulder scarf thingie (with a chain or string to tie it to the neck for the slopy shoulder problem) that could maybe be worn with some kind of shoulder cloak thingie (inspired by a painting of some king or something).

And then at the bottom right, some trias might wear “hair extensions”, attached by piercings on their neck plates. I think I’ve played with this idea before, but felt like exploring it a bit more.

Some of my never-drawn-before -tria characters. It’s kind of strange that I haven’t drawn them before considering how long I’ve actually had them, but then again they were created personality first and I’m still kind of searching for how they actually look like.

Umh, I don’t think a “couple” would be a right word here, but these three form a tria-equivalent of a married couple. Of sorts. Bonded partners anyway.

The sitting X in the middle is Raam-Err. He feels like a calm and strong person, and is regarded very high in the clan they belong to. The trias don’t really have one single leader for each group, but he still feels like some sort of leader. Kind of a father figure.

The Z standing left to him is Arr-Mun-ka. He’s actually quite pretty for his species’ standard, if he just didn’t look like having a grudge against fun. He has pretty rare coloration, and his neck spots run all the way to his face (which is rare, normally the triaformica don’t have any face markings, although they are more common for his sex), but he really ruins the pretty with being grumpyface. He IS reliable, though, and handles responsibilities well, handling Raam’s duties when he’s not available. Just don’t expect him to smile.

The third one on the right is Sho-Kann, also a Z. He’s pretty much the polar opposite of Arr-Mun, Sho is easygoing and relaxed and is perfectly happy to let others concentrate on the important responsible things while giving his support from the side. Often referred to as Needleneck due to the thin and sharp shape of his neck spots.

Paid some more attention to their feet here than usual, thanks to a critique I got recently. Learning to balance them better on their hoofed tripod feet (well, at least untill I got frustrated with Raam refusing to obey any reasonable proportions I wanted to give him, so he kind of ended up sitting instead). I foresee more practice doodles in the future!

bloodhoundomega answered: I’d second the “culture” questions… do they have lore, traditions, rites, stuff like that. o.o

wyrd66 said: Ooh lots of awesome suggestions already. How about religion? What kind of god(s) do they worship, and what rituals are involved?

I’ll have to get back to this at some point later. So many good questions and suggestions that I want to cover at some point!

Tria religions vary widely from culture to culture. There is a lot of human influence in their cultures, some have adopted their local human beliefs as they are while others have mostly their own independent ways and most trias have a mixture of both. 

However, there is one element that’s present in all tria cultures regardless of where or how they live or how much human influence their culture has: Their ancestors/makers came from a Star That Is No More.

Shooting stars tend to have spiritual meaning to them because of this, and they are often seen as signs or messages from higher powers. There are also elements of being lost and finding your place.

I want to explore more of this, but midnight makes brain go poof. Sleep now.

I should have been doing something productive, like preparing for Desucon Frostbite by cleaning apartment or making more Marblehuggers or something, but I just really, really needed to draw something. I haven’t even held a pencil since… The day before yesterday. Aww come on, I’ve been fighting with a 3D animation rigs that don’t work, it feels like a week of not drawing.

Aaanyway. I’m not all that big on Valentine’s day. I’m all good and fine with the Finnish equivalent (here today is known as “friend’s day”, and is just a day to remember friends and probably send some cards. There’s a lot less commercial stuff or focus on romance, which suits me just fine) but I thought it could still be nice to draw something fitting.

So have a tria… couplethingy. From left to right: Raam-Err, Needleneck and Arr-Mun-Ka.

I find it a bit funny, this trio was originally created to provide some background for couple of characters I already had, but since then these guys have totally stolen the spot of being my favourite tria characters.

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I should get this finished already, but I’m still undecided whether to talk about that black colored skin layer in more detail here, or leave tackling it to the part that will cover their coloring and markings in general.

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Hey, this is starting to look like something. It even looks like a triaformica now. Close enough at least. Beefed him up with some muscles and added hands and the abdominal legs. Only feet are missing, but that’ll have to wait till tomorrow. It’s 2.23 AM, I want to sleeeeeeeeep.

I did a little experiment with the tail, adding a thin layer of fresh Sculpey on it and wrapping it in tinfoil before putting it in the oven. As you can see, it seems to work, since there’s still that light spot that isn’t burned to crisp. This feels promising, the reason I left the feet unfinished was that I was afraid of charring them too. I suspect the burning of the tail has something to do with it being the only sculpeyi spot to touch the metal… umh… plate? Thing? The thing it was standing on in the oven, which probably added some extra effort to the heating.

(Dude, you have pretty big nose for a tria. I like that. I want a character with such a face profile now.)

For some reason my scanner has a habit of thinking that all shades of orange must be bright red. Ah, well. That’s what Photoshop is for.

But hey, I found Arr-Mun’s colors! I’ve had some trouble getting him to look like what my brain says he looks like. He has a rare-ish recessive color form that dilutes the normal triaformica brown to the point of being practically gray. Thank you, Copic markers for Warm Grays!