One of these three isn't who they seem...and you may be surprised by the secrets they're all hiding. But for now...it's a mystery
If you watch me, you'll probably recognize Captain (left), Rum (center), and Lackadaisy (right, AKA "Lack", "Lackluster", "Lackey", "Lackwit" etc), who are characters from a story I've had floating around in my head for awhile now.
So Captain is shockingly NOT wearing his gray jacket today Sorry, ladies, I'm afraid this is as much of a strip tease as you're ever going to get from him...love life of a monk, and all that Also, there IS a reason why he seems to have -fish scales?- on his body, but I can't really explain without giving away one of the story's secrets. Captain is the head-honcho of the main antagonists of the story; he fights Rum on numerous occasions, and although he should technically be her greatest enemy, the fact that Captain is a good guy trying to be a bad guy (because he's convinced that basically selling his soul to this organization will help control its evil members) makes it a tad confusing to figure out whose side he's actually on. He's rigidly moral about his personal life and takes himself a bit too seriously. He's fond of convoluted plots and chessmaster-type strategies, and this puts him at odds with Lack, who he dislikes for being ignorant, selfish, and disorganized. He keeps his nascent interest in Rum bottled up inside because he's just that kind of twerp
Rum has a power similar to waterbending and is capable of great of destruction, but she is terminally ill with an autoimmune disease that sometimes afflicts people in the world of the story (this is the reason for the dark circles under her eyes). Rum struggles to ignore the fact that all her vast power means nothing in the face of a body that's falling apart with her inside it. Her pain makes her desperate, and she spends a lot of time searching for something to fight for. Fortunately for the plot, she's not actually gonna die, since she is granted a reprieve from her death sentence in the form of the girl on the right, Lackadaisy, who has healing powers. Lackadaisy can't cure her, but through daily healings, she will be able to keep Rum alive indefinitely. Speaking of...
Lack is a petty thief and con artist who's in it for the lulz and doesn't care about the consequences. She's fun-loving, clever, and mischievous, but also greedy and manipulative. Her healing power is utterly wasted on her; instead of using her ability to selflessly help others, she extorts money out of people in desperate need of medical help and then still complains about what a lame power it is. She admires and covets Rum's destructive power, and she heals Rum in exchange for loyalty and "bodyguard services". This leads to a sort of co-dependence between the girls, with each relying on the other, yet neither one totally trusting the other. Rum especially fears that Lack will leave her, thus condemning her to death, but there's some indication that Rum is one of the few people that Lack actually likes enough never to abandon. Then again, it's really hard to tell with her...
Boy, it sure would be nice to know who to trust!
Other work of them: Tools: Photoshop CS3 and Opencanvas Time: Longer than the life cycle of some insects NaNo why have you forsaken me?
A little something for myself, as a break from all the commissions I've been doing lately. My OC Captain, a self-proclaimed criminal and something of a military genius.
A Governor's son, Captain grew up watching his dad get away with all sorts of nasty crimes. His dad was scumbag who exploited the populace and squashed anyone who got in his way, all while maintaining an appearance of righteousness and legitimacy that made him immensely popular among the people he was mistreating. Captain was destined to become Governor himself, but the boy was so terrified of growing corrupt that he decided to just jump the gun and become a criminal before that could happen. Ya, nobody else sees the logic in that either Captain is far from being an idealist - rather than seeking to reform society (an endeavor he considers futile), he hopes to fight evil with evil, replacing violent crime and disorder with more controlled, organized crime. He's afraid of his military abilities and his potential as a "good-guy" leader because he fears that, if given legitimate power and trust, he would exploit it. He takes himself a bit too seriously for his own good, and his laid-back villainy sometimes devolves into belligerent grumpiness when he is teased or when his beliefs are successfully challenged. He really could make a positive difference in the world if he would just give himself the chance. Too bad he's already given up on that angle...
Something quick and fun to take my mind off midterm stress I'm not happy with the way it came out, but meh, whatever. SO MUCH ARTBLOCK Anyway, this is my OC, named Captain
I originally envisioned this pic with him literally coming apart at the seams, since his ridiculous ideas about morality have led him to conclude that the world would be better off if he lost his soul to crime and self-denial, rather than become corrupt and abuse his power as a good guy.
So I guess that makes him a good boy who's trying to be a bad boy, because he thinks he will become an even badder guy if he stays a good guy Really though I just think he's a control freak...Wow FAIL I should get back to studying
When you tell everyone you're a criminal, sometimes you have to act like one. He doesn't really like straight-up slicing 'n dicing people, he prefers more convoluted plots, but hey...sometimes you gotta take one for the team
My OC, Captain, again (what's with all the artwork of him lately?) Anyway, this one was drawn by the incomparable danzzila, who is so awesome I'm sure you already have a shrine in your closet dedicated to him.
This is why I don't draw backgrounds. I spent all my energy on the water and sand, so by the time I got to the clouds, I was just like
But hey...look who it is! Lack and Rum have returned from their visit to the mighty kingdom of Neglectopia! These characters are from a story I've had floating around in my brain for a couple of years now. Recent events forced me to put the project on the back burner, but I haven't stopped mulling over (and hopefully refining) the concepts and characters. Right now I'm in the process of trying to negotiate the relationship between the two main protagonists, Lackadaisy (left) and Rum (right). I thought I'd had them pretty much figured out, but you know how OCs are...evolution is inevitable. I won't say anything about the plot and not just because I have jack shit in terms of direction, but I will give an updated run-down of the characters for anyone interested.
Because of Reasons™, Rum has a power similar to waterbending and is capable of tremendous acts of destruction. However, she is terminally ill with "Blight", an autoimmune disease that sometimes afflicts people in the world of the story. After a chance meeting with Lack, who has healing powers, she is granted a reprieve from her death sentence. Lackadaisy can't cure her, but through daily healings, she will be able to keep Rum alive indefinitely. Rum struggles to ignore the fact that all her vast power means nothing in the face of a body that's falling apart with her inside it. She believes deep down that the universe has dealt her an unfair hand, and so she becomes very angry whenever she encounters injustice in the world, often lashing out against those responsible with savage force. The rest of the time, she is reluctant to use her fighting abilities, a fact which annoys Lack to no end. Rum is an existentially tormented character who frequently withdraws into herself to escape her physical pain; she spends a lot of time pondering the big questions without ever really arriving at any answers. Despite her suffering, or perhaps because of it, she is an equal fan of gallows humor and the quiet moments of wonder which can be found in everyday occurrences.
Lack is a former street child and current petty criminal who's in it for the lulz and doesn't care about the consequences. She's quick-witted, fun-loving, and roguishly charming, but also selfish and irresponsible. She has problems with gambling and impulse control, and she exhibits a lust for power that disconcerts her far less ambitious friend. Her healing power is wasted on her; instead of using her ability to selflessly help others, she extorts money out of people in desperate need of medical help (with the exception of homeless/destitute people, whom she heals for free - her motto is "if they can pay through the gills, they should"). Lack doesn't give a shit if her actions hurt others, but she never goes out of her way to be cruel...unlike Rum, who when outraged can turn into a borderline sadist. Lack admires and covets this destructive power, and she heals Rum in exchange for loyalty and "bodyguard services". This leads to a sort of co-dependence between the girls, with each relying on the other, yet neither one totally trusting the other. In the picture, I tried to show this interdependence using the ball and chain, which symbolizes Rum's inability to break free of her partner.
^_^ Anyway, I came up with the idea for these two while imagining what chronic illness would look like in a fantasy setting. Anyone who's ever suffered through persistent sickness knows what it feels like to rely on some external force for your health (for example, a prescription medicine). Dependency of this sort induces a persistent background anxiety that seeps through every crack in your mental barrier. As long as you have your meds, you're OK, but you know darn well what would happen if you were to ever lose access. Your whole existence feels like it's balanced precariously on the edge of a knife. I wanted to take this anxiety and personify it...so I asked myself, what if the "medicine" was another person, with all their accompanying foibles and complexities? How much more terrifying would it be to exist perpetually in the palm of someone else's hand? Would it be possible to become friends with that individual? Best friends? How would either party react to the threat of separation, even temporary? What would happen if one of them fell in love? There are so many cool possibilities to explore...I hope I get to write this someday!
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So the whole time I was painting this, my stupid brain kept going, "hmm, I wonder what Scarlet would look like if she were in a perfume ad"...and this is what I came up with Those aren't guns she's holding...they're perfume bottles shaped like guns (world's greatest marketing idea, amirite? ).
This is by far the longest I've ever spent on an art trade...12 hours I think...and it STILL didn't come out the way I wanted. I just cannot wrap my mind around the whole "digital painting" thing. It also doesn't help that my tablet pen pressure wasn't working OTL
Scarlet (c) Pic and outfit (c) me Brush: [link] Ref: [link] Textures from cgtextures.com Her half of trade: