The first deviation I post this year, and it's a sloppy sketch.... Good start! XD haha... No, really, it is a good start to a good, new year I've just had the first livestream session of 2015, and also the first livestream session in ages.. and it was so great to be back! It was so nice talking with you guys, and drawing and sketching and doing little improvised online drawing tutorials I had such a great time ^^ Thank you all <3 And so, since this is the most decent looking sketch I did tonight (lol ) I feel it actually is a great first deviation to kick off a brand new start and a brand new year (I'll post the tutorials I did later on, btw.. I just need some sleep first ;D )
Happy New Year, everyone! *hug* and thanks for being so patient with me and for not having forgotten about me :')
art and characters (C) Elise M. Syvertsen / oomizuao - 2015
I'd hoped the first drawing I'd upload after all this time would be something a little more decent... aw well...
But I wanted to share with you all a little info on how I create and "get to know" my characters
'Cause, even as crazy as I am aware that this might sound, this is actually how I create characters.. It usually starts with a sketch, and just evolves from there, and that's not the crazy part of course.. This is:
I look them in the eyes, and they tell me about themselves, in the way that they show me their memories.
Briefly, that's how it goes. A lot of my characters started out as random drawings, sometimes with the character lurking in my head before I even got him or her down on paper. Others started out on paper. Cain, for instance. He started out as a random doodle, and I just sat there, staring at him, and he "told" me a lot of things.. Often times I get a little carried away, overly inspired perhaps, and alter what they tell me. When that goes too far, they will just stop talking with me until I start listening to them again. With my SPIKE-story, I got carried away like that pretty fast after Chapter 15.. I think that's what's been the major cause of why it's taking me so long to get properly started on writing the rest. I've been planning. I've got kilo after kilo of notepads and sketchbooks and whatnot filled with ideas.. computer documents even... But it never felt right, none of it.. So I scrapped it, again and again, and I completely lost focus.
As many of you know, or have noticed, I've been absent from DeviantART for a long, long while now. And during that time, I haven't drawn much at all, hardly anything in fact. But what I have been doing, is that I've been writing. When I was unable to draw the ideas and images in my head, I wrote about them. But what was even better, was that sort of sudden, and unexpectedly, my characters started "talking" to me again. Spike was the first one. I sat down with a blank piece of paper and a lot of frustration about how I didn't recognize Spike in any of my recent writings from the past, what, 5 years? He sounded like himself in the first few chapters, those that are in my DA gallery, but everything after that felt alien.. So I sat down with the piece of paper, and asked myself, "who is Spike Shaffer?", and I started writing.. Analyzing him and how he was 'back in the days'.. And I wrote page after page after page.. and I finally recognized him, and now even had a template to look back on if I ever got side-tracked again. But after that moment, my characters came back to life in my head. They would show me their memories, lots of them, whenever they felt like, whether I was prepared to listen or not. So I often had to focus really hard on not forgetting those things until I was somewhere with a pen and paper again. Typically, bringing a notepad and pen with me didn't always work as they'd just shut up about everything when they knew I was taking notes..
I know this sounds mental, but bear with me, this is more common in creative people than you'd think an there's nothing crazy or scary about it, believe me
Memories like that often showed up at night, especially when they didn't involve Spike or Sam. Those boys would share memories with me in daylight for the most part, especially Spike. We really connected when I was going for walks in the forest, and he shared so much with me, joyful memories! Good things he felt or experienced when he was a kid. It was very nice, walking around like that and just listen... or watch, rather... Trying my best to remember it all afterwards without altering any of it. But in the evenings, late night evenings and often 'till early morning, other characters would do the same. Share memories with me. Some even preferred to talk. Saunders was the more talkative type. For reasons that are obvious to me, since I know him like I do, he isn't too fond of sharing his emotions with me. Spike does that a lot; he shares emotions and visual memories, with the emotions being the most present thing so it's sometimes overwhealming when he shares these things with me, but he doesn't talk. He just feels, and shows. But Saunders talks. He talks more than he feels or shows. He sometimes seems to not even know how he's supposed to feel about what he tells me. But he's been particularly interresting to listen to. Sometimes he invites me to conversations that he has with Terrance, but once I got too involved in the conversation and ruined a lot of it.. But I was just very shocked and surprised at the time from what Saunders told me, 'cause I saw how we didn't know how to feel about what he said and shared, but I saw it from an angle he didn't. Terrance did too, but Terrance is a good friend and didn't overreact, unlike me... I overreact a lot, and I did then too, so I interrupted the flow of the conversation, and soon Saunders stopped talking, left my head for a while.. Like he felt embarrassed of having told me such a deep secret and not received the response or respect he'd hoped for.. After that, he shared funny memories and jokes between him and Terrance instead. Or other joyful things.. Terrance is a little more difficult.. He doesn't talk much, and doesn't show much either, is very selective with whether he shares emotions or not, so what I get from him are mostly fractions, like when you wake up from a dream and try to remember what the dream was about, but it's slowly disappearing at the same time so you're only getting bits and pieces, and sometimes they make little or no sense.. Ray is still a mystery to me. He's got a difficult shell to break through. He just smirks and jokes about and doesn't let me get to know him much at all. Probably because I've messed him up a lot and he doesn't have any good reason yet for trusting me with his secrets. Can't blame him though.. But he'll tell/show me when he's ready I guess.. Or when he feels I'm ready.
Slowly, and at the same time surprisingly fast, my characters have started sharing a lot with me. Even characters who I've had a hard time getting to know.. Like Saunders, 'cause he's always been this jolly fellow whom I've suspected is hiding a lot of stuff from me, and all the other characters.. So I was baffled when he shared that previous, big secret with me. It all made sense now, all the little hints he'd left earlier.. I am honestly getting really absorbed in my own story now, 'cause it's getting really exciting lately.. It's slowly getting ready to be written like it was always supposed to be written, I just have to sit back and listen to my characters tell me their parts, and my job will be to connect the dots and write it all down. But I was mindblown, when the most confusing and mysterious character of them all told me his secrets.. I'm talking about Charles.. Charles Jeroham Shaffer, recently shared with me something I think it took a while for him to realize too.. And it almost knocked the air out of me when he told me, showed me. It took a while for him to tell it all, and like Spike, Charles shared his emotions first of all, and when a characters shares their emotions with me, I always feel what they feel when they share it. That's why it's not always nice, as it can be tough for me when I'm out in public and I suddenly start feeling very sad, or scared, or similar things, because of what they share with me. Some of it have made me just stop dead in my tracks, take a deep breath as I'd forgotten to breathe for a while, and then I try to switch to "auto pilot" sort of, so the shared emotions won't be noticeable to others. Good thing about Charles, is he's always very punctual, sort of, in the way that he only shares these things with me when I'm alone. Previously, I'd had to stop him, because for obvious reasons, feeling what he feels in given situations isn't nice at all, so although I try to pay attention, it gets too much for me to cope with after a short while, and I have to stop him when I just can't handle any more info. Same with Spike, actually, because Spike's shared memories and emotions on those things are equally terrible to witness, but the thing about Charles is that he scares me. With Spike, I feel scared, because he feels scared. With Charles, I feel cold, angry, and a mixture of other emotions I haven't figured out what is yet until recently, and I think that is because Charles hasn't really known what those feelings are either. It's made him appear, both to himself and to me, as someone in desperate need of some serious therapy or other more effective solutions.. Charles shared with me, last week, and yesterday, things it seems he's recently realized, and as mentioned - it knocked the air out of me. I couldn't sleep last night because of it. I just had to write it down, listen, feel, take notes, observe, and when he turned silent again, I felt heavy, emotionally exhausted, and I mostly just wanted to crawl into bed and weep, but at the same time I felt this huge, weird sensation of being completely... empty. It was intense. Charles is a character who I've been very curious of, and very frustrated of, because I just didn't get him at all. I did not understand him, and what little I felt like actually made sense, made no sense at all, not even if he'd been mentally insane, which somehow I've always felt he wasn't.. He was too clever and "normal" to be any of the things I thought he'd be. He didn't fit any description at all, and none of my theories made any sense. He was an endless mystery to me, and trying to figure him out was close to impossible. And I thought I couldn't possibly write about a character that I did not understand.. I don't have to relate to my characters, I just know I have to somehow understand them. I have to know the reason why they act and do like they do. Most of my characters make total sense in every way, and although I can't relate to most of them, I can understand them. Charles, however... I could not understand him. Even when I thought I did, when he shared memories of his childhood with me, even that didn't make as much sense as I'd hoped it would. It wasn't as logical as I'd thought at first after all... Made no sense.. And in a way, I think he was struggling with trying to figure out the same thing. Charles is smart. Charles is terrifyingly clever. Yet he couldn't figure this out, and it frustrated the hell out of him. It made things worse in all sorts of ways. And he had no one to ask, no one to share his frustration or theories with, he only had Spike - who he shared his frustration with in a whole different way, a very damaging way. But when Charles slowly realized, he shared that with me, shared his newfound knowledge, or theories. Things he'd known for a long time, but hidden so deep down he'd forgotten about it, or chosen to ignore. And it made sense. It made so much sense that I was taken aback.. I was shocked, actually, in a lot of ways. It made so much sense, and everything prior to that now had an explanation. I understood Charles now. But in a weird way, it made everything just so much worse than I'd thought it was... I've previously written him in the way I've seen him, known him, and not seen or known him.. That one chapter that's from Charles' point of view, the one I wondered about leaving out, was something I wrote that made no sense to me whatsoever, but I wrote what Charles shared with me, and for those reasons I was unsure of whether I should remove it or keep it.. I decided to keep it, hoping that it would make sense one day. And it did. It all makes sense now.
And Charles isn't the first character that's happened with. Lately, the story as a whole makes more sense than I knew it would when I first started writing it. So this is very exciting. I had never thought that writing a story could be this exciting, feel this alive, and feel more like I'm reading it than writing it.. I can't wait to see where this goes..!
I've often been asked who's my favorite character out of all the "SPIKE" characters, and I still don't have the answer to that. I usually say Spike, because he's the character that started this all, and I actually think that there's a lot of other reasons too why he's the obvious number one favorite character of mine. But seen aside from him, I've always been indecisive of whether my second favorite character is Saunders or Charles.. I do not rank them after what they do, I don't even know what makes them qualify as 2nd favorite at all, especially since they're such oposites.. But I think it's because they've both been such obvious characters, you know? Characters it feels like one could figure out pretty fast, but to me those two have been the most difficult and secretive characters of all, and the most tough characters to get to know properly.. The most complicated ones, I guess..
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...It's good to be drawing again, even if it's hard and I almost feel like I have to start completely from scratch.. It will take a while for me before I'll feel ready to reply to messages and stuff, but that's just something I have to do when I feel ready for it, so don't take it personally I am in awe and so touched that you guys haven't forgotten about me, and kept messaging me and even said you've missed me... Honestly, I couldn't ask for better fans.. It'll all be worth it one day, I promise you
The "SPIKE" story will be completed one day, when it's ready, and my promise still stands:
One way or another, when I've finished writing "SPIKE", you'll all get a chance to read it. Heck, even if I have to personally mail a copy to you, you will get to read it one day.
It's the least I could do. This story wouldn't have made it past Chapter 0 if it hadn't been for you guys, it would most likely just end up as another self-rejected project, so I am forever grateful for all of your support.
Seriously; You guys are amazing, and I just can't thank you enough...
art and character (C) Elise M. Syvertsen / oomizuao - 2014
Drew this up lastnight. I knew it was a long time since I have drawn Rizyu not cosplaying and when I looked back at his orignal outfit I could not get it to look right on him anymore. So I re-did everything his wore. This is one verson that I worked up of what he normaly wears. I plan to do something else for his human form as well.
This will be colored as well in photoshop. *had some erros in inking on the orignal so I dont want to do color pencil on this anymore* But I dont know what to do on this. Softshading or Cellshading. I am still leaning toward cell for I know I am very good at doing that, but I will let you guys decide. So chose wise. >^^<
This is what Naal wears in colder areas. Because of his Cybertechnology parts he has to wear more coverings due to the fact that the metal would be the first thing to get severly cold and drain away his body heat. Just like Ewan's clothing his is lined with a Mammoth and Raligard fur thin mesh. But his is Silver Mammoth fur for it is a bit more thicker then the normal Brown Mammoth. With that in mind it helps him keep body heat better. The goggels around his neck he wears when it is very windy out. Dustrunner dont have a problem with high wings and can see fine even in cold weather. But Naal is not lucky for his Cyber eye can fog up in high winds and leave him with a nasty blind spot. So he just slips those on and he is just fine.
I dont know why I chose a green outfit for him. I thought of doing reds for him like I did Ewan, but I thought a difference in outfits would be better seeing he has a different fur color anyway. Also changed how his main toe looks a bit. Trying to make it match how their feet are set up now and I think it got it to work now. Hope you guys like. >^^<
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Media: Micron Pen 02
Time: 2h.... :faints:
25,000 gifty for everyone on here.
I know I said that I was going to do it of Ewan and Naal. Well I only did Ewan. Sorry *feels bad for not doing him even thought I said I would* But the reason I did not is because of how much I put into this now. When I finished Ewan I knew I would not be able to do Naal. So I went all out in the background. This is one of the cities that he goes to. And what he is wearing is another outfit *not a revamp* This is mainly a city type of outfit for it is will be a lot of blues, black, and silver/grey. Now the city. Totaly random and I think it came out nice seeing I rarely-never do backgrouds when I ink. >^^<;;;
I also have a request from everyone. Please do not, I repeat, do not take this to color yourself. I will be making this into prints to be sold not only at cons but possibly on here as well. So I ask you to please leave this be.
I will get to work on coloring this ASAP for everyone on here. And thanks once more for 25,000 views. Now I am off to kill myself in doing soft shading on this and to draw up Naal in a new outfit as well.
Here's another one of my experiments. I've been doing a lot of sketches of Flora lately in different styles of drawing and coloring. Hope you like it! n_n I'm not really sure how long it took me to do this one, since I was making it over the last week.
A commission I did for *theNekk of her character/fursona, Nekk! She was a fun character to draw. And yes, she's naked because that's what was asked of me. Her markings needed to be shown, so yeah. Course naked furries don't really show anything unless you go to some nasty yiff site... But yeah. That's Nekk. Not much else to say really.
Commission for =Silencio-Forever, of her character Elpi. :3 Decided I'd finish this real quick before heading off to sleep... so here it be. I'm like, really tired... so I hope everything came out alright. lol.
As for new people who are coming to me with commissions, I'll try to get back to you as soon as I can. I'm just a bit bogged down at the moment, as well as really freakin' tired lol. XD
Thanks so much for commissioning me Silencio! I hope it will do.
Time: 1 hour 30 mins (approx) Music: FullMetal Alchemist OST Completed: June 16th 2005 Medium: #2 .05mm lead mechanical pencil, medium Faber Castell inking pens on cardstock (heavy, smooth finish).
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Gen Kumori, ~Majime's fursona (she is your fursona right?)! A very very very over-due trade. X3 She'd drawn Masurao in his armoured outfit around the time that outfit had been created for him, if that gives you any idea how long ago that was. Must've been last year or something, I'm not sure...
But yeah. I hope you like it, Dag. I'm sorry again about what happened. I hope I didn't screw anything up too badly. >_< I have a habit of doing that for some reason. -_-;; Anyway. Yeah. I like Gen, she's coo'. It's amazing to me how similar she and =RizyuKaizen's Rizyu are. >_>;; :cough: But it's not really my concern so I'll shut up. Anyhow, yeah. I tried to do something different with this pic. Trying to break out of stand-still poses. The perspective was the most difficult part, at least around the torso area. I know it looks wrong but I am not sure how to fix it. So I just finished it up anyway. X3 I hope you like it all the same. :3
time: 2.5 hours (approx) completed: February 8th, 2006 music: Wolf's Rain OST disc 1 and 2 (I really need to listen to something else lol) medium: 0.5mm #2 mechanical pencil, Fine nib Faber Castell inking pen, Millenium ZiG 01 inking pen, Crayola and Prismacolor colored pencils on 8.5" x 11" Cardstock (heavy, smooth finish).
bah. Just a random chibi coloured in PSCS2. eh?
OH yea. Eventho I said that the new 'Nuka isn't going to have a permanent oufit, but for those few who don't want to try and create one for her (under the guidelines) this is going to be what can be drawn. It's a t-shirt with mess sleeves and the straps on the pants connect to her butt-pockets. <D
This was done horribly fast and craptastic. It's not all that important since I'm hoping not too many people use it since I think she looks better without it honestly. XD lol. Sorry for the crappy description, I'm just kind of distracted due to the fact that ~darkenedbloodwings stopped by today and she gave me a ton of inspiration that I want to get to. >.>;
Actually, I wanted to do like I did on [Reiko's wintercoat] and have leaves on the bottom of the sleeves for 'Nuka, but I'm just too lazy. c___c If you have any questions, just ask, cause I know it didn't turn out all that well.
[EDIT] Yea. You can add leaves like on her pants in the outfit to the bottom of the sleeves if you'd like.
My first Trade with =RizyuKaizen. I've always loved this character design of hers, but havn't been able to tell her till recently cause of past events. I *heart* his colours! They're so perfect together...no fair. I'm such a sucker for earth tones. I decided that since our badge Trade was with Traditional media and Riz has a thing for digital, I'd be fair on my half.
Alltho, this new CGing technique is extremely easy, fun, more natural looking and has plenty of possibilities. :3 I shall definetly work this style from here on out! Cause it still has a sort of Traditional appeal to it, which is spifftacular - since I only hate CGing cause it looks fake to me. Should I really try it more often? Cause it's not so much digital 'cept flatcolouring. This image turned out far better than I could've expected. o__o; There's still errors but I don't really care, I like it, and that's final.
I hope you like it too Riz...x3 lol.
*___* Once I open up commissions again, I'll be adding digital works to it (and removing references) n' I think this style will be just perfect considering I still send the original and it isn't as difficult. This picture makes the 'Nuka so happy! -happydance-