Sketch for my next Illu… stateofbalance’s mermaid Ione (in her human form), with her boyfriend, my merman Aloiis. He’s giving her an anenome. She’s not a clown fish, but she can still put it on her house to keep out intruders! :D
They’re going to be relaxing in a reef … I’ve been obsessing about getting a reef tank in the near future, so I want any excuse to depict some corals and reef fish.
Say hello to Archer! Enjoy all the crazy, in depth information I am about to give you on his species and himself!
Archer is a very old character of mine, who used to be called “Archer Saggitarius” and was predictably a centaur. Unfortunately that aspect of him didn’t fit with the story I had created, so he was in need of Tyler’s Patented Retcon Treatment ™!
So, now that he’s been fixed up…
He’s what the Voan (most specifically, the Sahn'Voan) refer to as a “moonbeast”. They are mammals which reside on one of Eturia’s moons. They are a social species who live in large groups (for now, I’m caling them herds). They are similar to many earth animals in that they have a patriarchal caste based system. One male leads a pack, with closely related males allowed within the group, and only the lead male having breeding access to females.
Like all other creatures on Eturia and it’s associated planets and moons, they are not binary in gender. Unlike the Voan, however, males and females are common, while third gender members of the species are rarer (and generally delegated as den-watchers, looking after babies, and so on). Also, unlike the Voan, third gender members of the species are sterile, making it a binary-breeding species only- males can only impregnate females, and females can only be impregnated by males. As a result, homosexuality among the species, while it occurs, is taboo. There is no use for male on male or female on female relations, so gay members are treated much in the same way as third gender (similarly useless to the herd), if not outright exiled.
They are not a very cultured species either. They are intellegent, have a language and complex social interaction, but things like music and art don’t really matter to them. This, (coupled with their behavior that appears and can infact be brutally violent and the fact that their language sounds very primitive to Voan ears) leads Voan to believe they are insentient.
They are however very much sentient and emotional people, leading to vicious battles for supremacy between males that involves headbutting, grappling, dueling with their chin-plates, and even loud bellows. They are territorial with huge herd territories that rarely overlap.
They are omnivorous, eating low lying plants, fallent fruits (as they are terrible climbers, they resort to eating the dropped food left behind by birds and smaller mammals). They also hunt smaller creatures than themselves, and do at times cannibalize lone members of their species if they stray into herd territory.
They walk on the knuckles of their primary arms, using their smaller, secondary arms to grip branches, fruits and other food items. The large, strong claws on their primary arms are also used for stripping bark to eat, and clawing apart bug nests for delicious, protein filled grubs. Their feet end in broad toes with hoof-like claws that give them great stability when standing on their hinds to reach for food or perform a threat display.
They stand between 5 and 8 feet at the shoulder (with females being smaller). When standing on their rear legs, they can stand as tall as 14 feet (though that would be a very large individual, common height is around 10-12’).They are heavy, broad, and not capable of long term speed, but are extremely fast in short bursts, with ramming speeds ranging from 120 to 150 km/h. Their spines are not extremely flexible, a bit less than a humans is. They are very strong, however, and have thicker at the neck. The top of the head and back of the neck have very thick bone plating that they use to ram into each other, enemies, trees, and whatever else gets in their way. Their tusks face the rear and slightly outward- these and the bony chin plates are smaller in females than in males, and are very small, sometimes non existant, in third gender members of the species. They have very little hair on their bodies, usually seen as a mane on the back of their neck and running down their spine in some that live in slightly cooler places. Their front teeth are a solid plate on their top and bottom jaw that have a sharp edge, bordered by large canines (again, smaller in females and third-genders). These teeth are perfect for slicing through many of the tough plants they eat (some of which are similar to earth bamboo).They also are great at slicing chunks of meat from prey animals.Their large nostrils make it easy for them to get lots of oxygen, needed for their short sprints, and their vocal threat displays.
Archer himself is a long term “friend” of Vahn. He is, in fact, a father figure to the man, who was granted the DNA modification technology by a group of Tor'Voan who make it their business to monitor the Sahn'Voan activities on Eturia, Enrugi, and Earth. He was chosen as he was unique from the Voan in his mannerisms and emotional reactions, and was gay- meaning that he would not be missed from his herd and would also be able to relate in some ways to Voan sexuality, assisting the boy emotionally as he dealt (as a human) with his sexuality, unknowing of his Voan heritage at the time. This also meant he would have a relatively fresh point of view to add to the Tor'Voan’s own. Most of his time on Earth is spent as a parent-figure to Vahn, flying solo. Unfortunately though, due to the nature of his species, when he eventually does take a lover, he eventually becomes very jealous and protective to the point of being abusive to both his lover, and to Vahn. He’s a very good person who is partly a victim of his biology, though holds responsibility for his own actions as well.
In the end, he’s a strong willed, stubborn man who retains many traits of his species, despite many years of living as (and acting as) a human. He’s very herd-oriented and is dedicated to his loved ones. He works hard, but gets very focused and can be self centered when it comes to his needs.
(His species doesn’t have an official name YET, nor have I any idea on colors… but they were inspired by gorillas, megatherium, thylacoleo, wild boars, moose, bighorn sheep, among others. Once I figure out how his face looks now, as opposed to how I drew him when I was 12, I’ll post his human looks!
…Also, yes, they have genitals. No, I did not leave them out on purpose. This drawing IS of a male… but I am not 100% sure whether they should be internal or external, and what would be more likely for their species in terms of biology, quite yet… I’ll worry about that a bit later.)
I just really think Denby and Ivar would be super cute pals, bouncing around and annoying the fuck out of so many people and Denby would put flowers in his hair and Ivar would eat them bc that is how the Ivar do.
So I drew them in a lil cuddle pile, being adorable as butts. OH GOSH.
I play a lot of World of Warcraft. I’ve made some wonderful friends through the game. I play a troll druid, and her spec is bearal (as I lovingly call it). I decided to so some sketches of her cat/bear forms after watching a really educational video on drawing big cats by Aaron Blaise… I am super pleased with this sketch and intend to turn it into a more refined piece… Including her troll form!
(Note: I invision her cat form as being more a blend of lion and jaguar than “wonky tiger”. I took liberties on the tusks for the sake of some realism, and the fact that she’s a female troll, and therefore has smaller tusks anyway!!!)
After I made a post expressing frustration of in-fandom hate on people who did not consciously draw or write a headcanon of Cecil that was not white, I became quite intent myself on drawing my own non-white (and very white) versions of Cecil.
So, clockwise from top: Albino Cecil, Black Cecil, Mixed Race Cecil, and demon Cecil (who is probably also albino).
I’m not happy with any of these drawings, though I do like demon Cecil’s design. Mostly posting for posterity. Eventually I will draw a proper drawing of Cecil and Carlos (probably demon Cecil though, with a slight redesign… I’m sorry! He is cute!)
Here’s a new character. I wanted to create a new fae, and had it in my head that a fae with a jerboa or gerbil style tail would be adorable. This came inspired by zooque and her lovely Denby. She always draws his tail so cutely! The first pass was WAYYYYY Too much like Denby though (I actually ran it by Bel to make sure, because frankly I don’t want to be stepping on toes!) I agreed with her assessment, and worked more to make him more unique. I actually ended up becoming inspired by baby tapirs / wild pigs in the markings, and I thought a blonder color would work really cutely for him, and it did! I’m still working on the design- I may change his horns up a bit.
This work is all very messy and/or unrefined. Right now I’m working on a TOINY bamboo tablet, rather than my usual Cintiq 12WX. Unfortunately, she died pretty hardcore. On the BRIGHT side, however, It gave me an excuse to upgrade, so I am waiting on my new Cintiq 22HD to arrive. So yeah, expect to see more work from me fairly soon! :D
(Also, on a side note…. should I post more sketches? I’d like to share more on this blog, and I feel like I don’t do enough artwork, but really what happens is I do a crapload of sketches that I never save… so, what does everyone think?)
I don’t usually post this kind of thing but I’m kind of pushing to do so more often. I decided to do some simple environment studies, with a bit of a restrictive “canvas”.
I’m pretty pleased with these for what they are. They aren’t terribly special or amazing, but I feel like I pulled off what I was going for in each of them, and I learned something doing them, which is really the whole point of it.
I’m especially pleased with the two vertical compositions, and the top right one as well. I may take those to a more completed stage at some time.
No reference was used for any of these, by the way, which is why they are a bit wonky in places. It was all from my head, and done kind of on a whim, which makes it that much better that I’m happy with them!
I’ve been working on a race to compliment my fae, called the Faelen. They’re a magical version (and their toes are the same as other fae, I just like drawing them all cutely), The first three characters are mine, the third is one I made for stateofbalance, at her request.
Their horns are made of gemstones, and actually float above their head/hair.
Finished this up while waiting for my digital tutors account to be fixed. jacobin’s Oxley, my Vahn, and zooque’s Denby hanging out. I just wanted an excuse to draw Oxley c: Denby ended up in there because he’s cute as all hell!