Once upon a time, there was a magical girl named Sailor Witch Ahab. She was cheerful, kind, and happy as she did the sort of things magical girls do: saving cats from trees, helping the elderly cross the street, and fighting crime. Life was good, and Sailor Witch Ahab was content.
Then the elder gods returned to the world. These primordial forces had been dormant for ages, and only now have they begun to return. Something had to be done, and Sailor Witch Ahab answered the call. She wasn’t the only one to do so, but Ahab was special due to her ability to successfully fight – and kill – these elder gods. One by one they fell to Ahab’s magical heart harpoon, and her legend as a godslayer began.
Everything changed when Sailor Witch lost to an elder god of the ocean. Ahab was left battered and beaten, even losing her left leg during the fierce battle. Despite all the physical injuries she suffered, not one of them was as deep as the mental blow of being defeated by an elder god. This was her first time she lost to an elder god, and this defeat was just too much for her. Ever since that day, she no longer sought to save the world from these ancient forces – now she was going to fight for revenge.
When her wounds healed and her health recovered, she began forming a team of magical girls willing to join together to fight these foes. It was easy for her to gain followers due to her reputation as a godslayer (even with one loss she still holds an impressive track record). With this army at her back, she announced the group’s primary objective: to track down that elder god of the ocean and slaughter it.
This is my contest entry for the Seventh Sanctum’s Classic Conversion Contest [[link]]. The Generator result I used was: Moby Dick (Herman Melville) with elder gods versus magical girls!
I decided to make Ahab a girl instead of a guy, since I didn’t really want to draw a picture of a bearded old guy in a magical girl outfit (which would have been funny, but disturbing). The name “Sailor Witch” is actually a result from the Magical Girl Title Generator, since I thought it would be a better rank/title than “Captain Ahab.” (It turns out that we never learn what Captain Ahab’s first name is in the book, so there was no need to change his name). I wanted to present Ahab as once being a classic magical girl who has fallen to the dark side.
I hope that Moby Dick still looks like a white whale (I had to discard a few earlier renditions because they didn’t resemble a whale at all). As for the Elder God aspect, I looked up “elder god” on wikipedia (I’m not a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, but I’m aware of his work). It turns out that an elder god isn’t a creature of insanity, but rather primordial deities that were around before humans. This is why the white whale doesn’t have a squid head (and besides, Ahab was after a whale, not a squid).
Since the whole point of this contest is to put a “cool” spin on classic literature, I decided to primarily use the brush tool to make it resemble a painting. While it’s a fantastic technique for drawing wrinkles and small details, it is also very time consuming. In the end, I’m glad I spent the time to work on this project without trying to rush through it. I learned a lot while drawing this picture, and I got to draw things I normally wouldn’t.
UPDATE: "Vengeance of Sailor Witch Ahab" won the runner-up prize in the Seventh Sanctum's Classic COnversion contest!
EDIT: Color!!! Thanks to David Marquez for his scanning services.
Another entry for Seventh Sanctum's Fantasy Folk contest. I only have the Black and White version for now, due to my lack of a color scanner. I'll replace it asap, but I wanted to put this up. If that conflicts with site rules, please don't accept this until the color version is up.
The description this time:
"The race of otter-people. The only kind of magic they can do is fungus magic. They worship a matriarchial pantheon of gods and goddesses. They believe the powers that be are intimately involved in their lives. They are integrated into another culture, but have no land of their own. Their history is unknown even to them."
In time immemorial this race lost their watery kingdom above and was banished to the underground world of the funguloids. Still in close contact with their gods they use their divine connection to fungus magic to provide healing to injured workers. For this service they are allowed to live amongst the funguloids. Here their most powerful goddess, Leelle the Virgin Hospitaler, lends her divine will to the fungus magic being wielded in her name.
My entry for Sevent Sanctum's Fantasy Folk Contest: [link]
Fantasy Race Generator: The race of Griffin-people. They are well-known for their fantastic spices. They are exceptionally good at enchantment. They are very sensitive about their appearance. They worship a single goddess who works with a host of created sub-deities that are also worshiped. Their government is a dictatorship. They exist outside this dimension, but have some influence inside of this one. A great destiny awaits them, yet they know it not.
This took more time to finish that I thought and because of that it misses the other half of the pic with jungle theme representing her mate Sinha. I'll be finishing it somewhere in the near future.
openCanvas + countless of hours I bought oC licence for me couple of months ago and I've been in heaven ever since. But. I need moar practise at drawing glass bottles.
So, I finally got my act together and did a submission for the Seventh Sanctum Beauty Contest ([link]) that I was harping on about earlier. Based upon this description:
"This confident catgirl has narrow, gray eyes. She has waist-length, straight, yellow hair worn in an alluring style. Her skin is dark, with brown fur on her ears and tail. She has a voluptuous build. Her ears are perky. Her fashion preferences are best described as "Egyptian princess." Hugging people almost at random is one of her endearing habits."
Huzzah for hugging people almost at random! And in the spirit of randomness, those guys being hugged were almost entirely taken from descriptions generated by Seventh Sanctum's numerous character generators. Just because.
The extroverted male half-Hydra spy. He appears human - yet his shadow is always that of his non-human parent's species.
The calculating warrior. His aquamarine eyes can seduce you with a glance. His stylish hair is slate-gray. He has a rather youthful face. His outfits are tight, he has a preference for brown, and he has a thing for low-riding pants and leather boots.
He seems to me like one of those crazy fantasy RPG characters. Not the hero though, Ghost is that one guy that you meet at a suspiciously helpful time in some bar who hits on your wimmenz (but you still assume he's flaming), assaults the hero with good-natured barbs and by the time he gets around to revealing his halfsy heritage the hero can't but scream at him in frustration because if he'd revealed everything just a liiiiittle while earlier it would have saved everybody a ton of trouble.
And yeah, I'm pretty well aware that with the lighting angles I used, a shadow wouldn't really show up there
Having thus been motivated and inspired by all the other cool entries at Seventh Sanctum, here's another entry.
Taken from the Grimoire of Questionable Spells ~Cosmic Incantation of Crossdressing~
...this could be very addictive...
This is an entry for the Characters - Extreme! contest for Seventh Sanctum [link]
So let me introduce you to Chaos Sunrise: This gentleman has droopy blood-red eyes. He has neck-length, straight, royal purple hair which has a form that reminds you of a pair of wings. His body is rather sleek. You can't help but compare him to a cobra waiting to strike. He has prominent cheekbones. (bishotron) This sword's guard is arc-shaped. Its grip is formed like a chimney with smoke coming out of it. (sword generator) Purple Pendant of Muteness and Charisma. Spirit's Armguard of the Screamer (magic item generator)
So, this guy has a nice tattoo on his right arm, and also lots of layers, tight bell bottoms, and also he can't talk because of the pendant that he can't take off. It's CURSED! Ooo. The armband was an attempt to counteract the pendant. It doesn't work but he likes how it looks. I took the chimney smoke idea literally. I tried to use dawn colors in his clothing and in the background.
Flame Puritymage is a powerful Plasma Warlock who can wield awesome plasma energy through the use of ancient magical techniques. The symbols and glyphs on his outfit help him tap into and control the mighty plasma energy.
Created for Cross Genre Character Contest at Seventh Sanctum [link]
Fusion Class Generator = Plasma Warlock.
General Person Generator = This gentleman reminds you of a mysterious shadow. He has deep-set orange eyes. His fine, curly, night-black hair is medium-length and is worn in an utilitarian style. He has an angular build and nearly-nonexistent eyebrows. His skin is black. His wardrobe is weird and tight, with a completely gray and orange color scheme.
Extreme Fantasy Name Generator = Flame Puritymage.
For a contest over at Seventh Sanctum (best random generator page ever! XD) It's been a while since I've drawn anything proper, and even longer since I've done anything anime-ish and so... yesh. Aha!
Here's the description I got:
"This silly catgirl has wide, brown eyes. She has short, straight gray hair with black bangs in front, worn in a cute style. Her fur is gray. She has a busty figure. Her tail is short, plume-like and carried with a curve. She usually wears jeans and a t-shirt."
Not too happy with the bg, but it took me forever so meh
There was once a human martial artist named Fang Lee, who traveled the land protecting the weak from vile tyrants and corrupt rulers.
There was once a kraken scholar named Sven, who worked as a biology professor at the University of Atlantis.
But then an arcane ritual gone horribly wrong fuses them into a single hybrid body. Now with two minds living inside a shared body, they travel the land in search of a way to undo this involuntary transformation and restore their original bodies.
But in the shadows lurks the vengeful ex-overlord Dr. Hydrophobe, who is well aware of their predicament. He sees this as a golden opportunity to punish Fang Lee for dethroning him from his empire of evil, while simultaneously making Professor Sven pay for that failing grade he received in Comparative Magical Engineering 101.
Will our hero(es) succeed in restoring their former selves? Or will Dr. Hydrophobe succeed in killing two birds with one stone?
This is my “Just-for-Fun” entry for the Seventh Sanctum Fantasy Fusion Contest [link=[link]. It took me a while to decide which generator result to use, mainly because I was having a difficult time coming up with ways to portray all the aspects of the character. I ended up going with the following generator result:
“The educated, heroic male half-Kraken martial artist. His face hints at his non-human ancestry, but he otherwise appears human.”
My original idea was to draw a martial artist with one of those long, thin, cliché mustaches, but made out of tentacles instead of hair. I didn’t want to go with a full beard, otherwise I’d just be copying Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean (and besides, martial artists are typically beardless). I wanted to go with something different, so tentacle mustache was it!
Drawing the half-kraken head proved to be a little difficult. Not because of the mustache, but rather the facial expression (eyes and mouth especially). The first rendition looked too villainous for a “heroic martial artist.” In other renditions, he looked too much like an alien or an illithid/mind flayer. I suppose the main reason for this is that villains are all-too-often the ones with bald heads, tentacles, and/or lab coats. You’re mind just automatically thinks “Villain” instead of “Hero” when you see these things. To help fix this, I dropped the original “calm and serious warrior” look and changed his expression to a cocky grin.
Speaking of the lab coat, I threw it in at the last minute. For the longest time I couldn’t think of what he should wear on his torso (I knew what his head would look like from the start, and every martial artist needs cool baggy pants). Since the Kraken aspect of the character was a Professor, I decided to go with a lab coat. I still don’t know how a Kraken is able to wear a lab coat prior to becoming a half-human hybrid, but I’m sure anything is possible for a mythological creature from Scandinavia. Besides, it’s really fun to draw long coats on martial artists.
I had fun with this art style. I wanted to try drawing in a style that was vastly different than my previous work, so I decided to go with using primarily one color and a contrasting spot-color. As I was working on it, I found that it began to resemble a comic-book drawing style (which it weird because I’m not a fan of the superhero genre). While accidental, I think it fits since the character is a heroic martial artist (or at least half of one).
I drew the line art in Flash, while the colors and textures were made with Adobe Photoshop CS.