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My second doodle of the day...

Full version here: [Solitary] (Oh, and I raped Shakespeare. Again.)

I hate myself just a little less after doodling this... But the self-loathing might return when I try to turn this into a detailed full-colour image. We'll see.

He's an original character from a story I started quite some time ago about the return of magic into the world and the way technology becomes increasingly erratic as a result. Machine ghosts have to be summoned and persuaded to return life to devices that suddenly stop working, all sorts of supernatural beings come into being... This one is a hybrid between demon and angel; the other (male) main character is a British elf who works for the magical division of MI-6.

And I'm sure nobody wanted to know this anyway. :)


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May. 17th, 2004 03:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, gosh, that's so beautiful. I meant to comment on your last image, but this is truly awe-inspiring. The pale coloring, the intricate wing design, his expression, the tattoos...they're all amazing. I know I kind of do a lot of rambling praising, but it's truly deserved in my eyes.
May. 19th, 2004 03:16 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot! I never get tired of praise, rambling or otherwise... Which says a lot about me, I suppose, and not entirely nice things either. o_O

Still, I think it has something to do with the fact that I think of myself as hopelessly mediocre. Praise makes me feel better, but I never believe any of it. I should get counseling or something. ^^;
May. 17th, 2004 03:30 pm (UTC)
actually, not only does the pic give me shivers [dunno why, but's a bit distressing and full of...quiet alarm? is that how I read it?], but your concept is fascinating for an original story. I would love to read it in the future.

May. 19th, 2004 03:21 am (UTC)
The character is a little distressed, yes (I originally wanted him to call himself Dante Alighieri, I might have to find a more suitable name though).

My mom is bugging me to finish something of my own (she doesn't believe in wasting one's 'talents' as she calls it), but the story/novel/whatever is a bit, um... unusual. Because it's actually set in Romania and the way of life there is probably utterly alien to most people. :)
May. 17th, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC)
That sounds so cool. ;_; I want cool story ideas like yours.

*tackles and adores* So pretty. And sad. And devastating. ... and pretty.
May. 19th, 2004 03:23 am (UTC)
Cool plot bunnies are rather annoying, because fleshing out said plot and the actually writing the story is still sooo hard!

But, I'm happy you think he's pretty! *nod*
May. 19th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC)
This is true, but I miss my plot bunnies.

Hee, let's sex him. :D
May. 17th, 2004 08:31 pm (UTC)
Firstly: the art is gorgeous. The drained dejection inherent in the slump of his shoulders reminds me of the Velvet Goldmine line, "I am tired, I am weary, I could sleep for a thousand years." It's gorgeous.

Secondly: that story sounds awesome, I've often thought a story about magic and technology would be fascinating, and you would do a lovely jobo on it, I know.

Thirdly: I wonder if smacking you every time you run yourself down would make you stop? How about hugging you? I'll pinch your bum, tickle you, give you a noogy, brush your hair... whatever it takes.
May. 19th, 2004 03:26 am (UTC)
Thanks! *glomps you*

Secondly: that story sounds awesome, I've often thought a story about magic and technology would be fascinating, and you would do a lovely jobo on it, I know.

I'm doing a very slow job on it... :P

And smacking won't help... It's rather deep-seated. I'm trying to work through that though, at least at work. Hobbies are another matter. I feel so amateurish most of the time.
May. 19th, 2004 05:24 am (UTC)
Well, most of us do. I know I do. My writing sucked Just. So. Badly. when I started last year, and I've improved so much since then. You have to find a fine balance between cnofidence and humility. I think I've found it, but as houses7177 and elementalv will tell you, I'm occasionally plagued with a scorching case of "wow I'm shite".
May. 19th, 2004 09:36 am (UTC)
Well, I agree that you've improved, but your writing was very good from the beginning -- at least that's how I felt. My problem is that whenever I try to push my boundaries, I notice very quickly how bad I am at things I've never tried before. That tends to get me down a little.

In art, it's the proper use of perspective and realistic colour. My understanding of how light works is sketchy at best, and finding out by myself is a very lengthy process. It frustrates me occasionally. :)

But you're right, one still needs to find the right balance. I need to accept that my current skill level is what it is and move forward from there. Everything else is a waste of energy.
May. 19th, 2004 03:32 pm (UTC)
That's right. I mean, no one excels at anything right away... of course you're going to be mediocre at new things. But use the room for improvement to inspire you, as a challenge to overcome, instead of letting it intimidate. I *know* you have immense talent and can conquer any obstacle. You just have to believe it, yourself.

Trust me. I make cavities go away just by force of will alone. Seriously-- I've done it twice now. You just have to believe.
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