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A True Masterpiece by FinalSoraRiku A True Masterpiece :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 0 0 The Time Factory Locker Room by FinalSoraRiku The Time Factory Locker Room :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 4 3 Casual Wear by FinalSoraRiku Casual Wear :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 8 2 The Tribubliango Goes on a Road Trip by FinalSoraRiku The Tribubliango Goes on a Road Trip :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 17 0 Gang's All Here by FinalSoraRiku Gang's All Here :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 7 2 Go to Hell Yourself by FinalSoraRiku Go to Hell Yourself :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 10 3 Artist's Advice by FinalSoraRiku Artist's Advice :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 5 0 The Tribubliango by FinalSoraRiku The Tribubliango :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 16 2 The BLiNX: The Time Sweeper Encyclopaedia by FinalSoraRiku The BLiNX: The Time Sweeper Encyclopaedia :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 4 5 Big Crystal fragment timeline by FinalSoraRiku Big Crystal fragment timeline :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 4 3 Time Sweep Complete by FinalSoraRiku Time Sweep Complete :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 10 4 Time Sweeper handedness by FinalSoraRiku Time Sweeper handedness :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 2 0 Streets of Business by FinalSoraRiku Streets of Business :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 1 3 Making a Rorschach Inkblot shirt by FinalSoraRiku Making a Rorschach Inkblot shirt :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 3 3 Spongecar by FinalSoraRiku Spongecar :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 4 3 Gaudy Giegue by FinalSoraRiku Gaudy Giegue :iconfinalsorariku:FinalSoraRiku 9 6


A True Masterpiece
He'd probably be even more impressed if he could actually read.

A while back, I got into a little puzzle RPG called Off, a nice game for cute children.  I had been wanting to make something for it, but between that forty-hour BLiNX piece and having other stuff I want to draw, I couldn't really justify anything big.  I managed to put this one together in just a couple hours, though I did try to mimic the game's style a little by drawing the Judge (the cat) in a somewhat sketchy way (very difficult with how I draw, and I don't think the shadow effect really worked like I had hoped), using the exact flat colours that the game does in this scene, and imitating the game's text boxes.  My intention was to make it feel a bit more authentic to the game than something more like my own style would, though I'm not sure how well I accomplished that.  The only thing I really redesigned was the picture on the wall, since it's just a small pixel art of a cartoony cat otherwise.  At least I made the right choice by choosing a shot of the Judge from behind instead of dealing with his complicated face, I guess.

If I do draw anything else related to this game, I'd probably try to model it more on the game's sketchy art style than the in-game one.  One interesting aspect of this game's visuals is that characters are generally drawn by hand, in black and white, whereas the world around them is usually shades of a single vibrant colour.  I think that it could look interesting in more detailed art, but I still don't know how I'd recreate the hand-drawn feel digitally unless I literally scanned in the characters while drawing the rest digitally.

...that sounds like a cool mixed media approach, actually.  I do have an idea for something else to draw for this game, but I have a lot of other stuff to get to before then in any case.
The Time Factory Locker Room
Being the multiverse's most highly-trained workers tasked with ensuring the continued existence of every world, Time Sweepers have some pretty long days.  As such, there's always some nice leisure to be found in the Time Factory locker room, between the relief of the day's work being done and the strong bonds that such work creates.

Tends to end in Picaro yelling at someone, though.

Okay, I think I mean it this time when I say that this will be the most I put into anything I ever make for BLiNX.  That's not to say I won't ever try anything similar again, but it would be a while before I do.  This was twelve hours of putting pencil on paper and then another thirty of going over it all digitally, and I think it's unique in that I've never really combined most of my developed skills in one piece like this before.  I generally only pay much attention to things like perspective if I'm drawing a landscape or something similar, since the living things inhabiting the image are usually the focus otherwise, and I don't care to spend hours on a background that I don't want people to focus on.  This time, though, I tried to stick to the perspective as adamantly as possible, both on paper and on the computer (as I redid some of the lineart when I went over it digitally).  Getting the floor to map properly took something like an hour in its own right, too, since I've never done something quite like that despite having already gotten experience from mapping images to curved surfaces.  I tried to answer "yes" to most of the questions I posed to myself about whether or not I should include a certain detail, since little things can go a long way, like the shading on the doors of the lockers giving them a lot more depth despite being so minor.  I also tried to reproduce the Time Factory locker room pretty faithfully, with the exception of adding the shower off to the side.  I think it fits the decor, though.  I also had to incorporate some artistic liberty into drawing Blinx and Pelon's fur patterns under their clothes, since you never see them, but I think what I decided on was pretty reasonable.  That leaves me wondering, actually, if anybody else has drawn NecoJi hatless until now.  I'm also happy to have fit in some small references to Blinx's punk outfit from the first game's prize art, since he's putting on the same shirt and you can see the boots in the locker.  The piercings didn't make it in anywhere, unfortunately, but they're probably hidden away in his locker somewhere.  It was nice to speculate on what Blinx would choose to wear when off the job, and the punk outfit (which I incidentally quite like) is all we've seen that might count towards that.

I'm hoping some personality came through with the characters, too.  For the most part, they're all doing something, which can be easy to forget to implement into art sometimes.  Blinx seems to be talking about something somewhat enthusiastically, NecoJi seems a bit more mild-mannered (I generally think of him as the most balanced in terms of personality, not overly energetic or strict but still doing his job), Picaro is being his usual hot-blooded self, and Pelon's just playing around or poking fun at Picaro or something.  I actually don't have any idea what any of these guys might be saying, but I'd be interested in hearing what people seeing this think they might be talking about.

As to why I took on this whole three and a half month long venture, I've been thinking lately that I want to push myself from time to time to make pieces that I'm actually proud of as tribute to some things that I like.  I'll work on a few others, though most of them won't be quite as ambitious as this one or take as long.  There'll be at least one other big one if things go as planned, though.  This one was actually meant to help build a world, whereas the rest will probably focus more on the characters.
Casual Wear
Seems like not that many people are familiar with this, but one of the many pieces of prize art in BLiNX 1 contains (among other interesting pieces) something of an alternate outfit for Blinx, with everything but the goggles replaced.  Plenty of piercings, too, which has always amused me since Blinx actually wears piercings in quite a significant portion of the buyable outfits in the game, up to four at once (two in one ear and another two in the tail, which this outfit lacks).  From that, I've always found it fun to imagine that Blinx just really has a fondness for piercings that doesn't usually get shown when he's on the job, and since this outfit's the only thing we see him in that isn't a Sweeper uniform, it's really the closest I can get to seeing what he might wear when actually given his own choice of wardrobe.  He is still wearing the goggles, of course, but given the few bits of his personality that we've seen, I could certainly imagine him using his work pair for himself.

I was pretty much inspired to draw this myself after Cat did the same thing, which I was always fond of.  I was initially going to do a background that mimicked the original art from the game, but since it's just a drab grey wall with the logo on it, I ended up deciding to follow in Cat's footsteps and give it a transparent background.  In any case, this was a nice way to spend a few weekends, even if drawing stuff for dA takes time on the order of months with how low it generally is on my list of priorities.  Even so, I plan to always have something going on in the background, so rest assured I have something in the works at any given moment, usually related to some game or another I like such as BLiNX.  That, or Tribubliango, since I have some more ideas for them and actually interrupted another piece of theirs to make this.

Nice to have made something for this fluffy cat guy again, in any case.
The Tribubliango Goes on a Road Trip
In anticipation of an event that's currently being planned, I put together some thumbnail art for the Tribubliango on a long drive from their first adventure to their second.  I feel like it's a decent representation of their general dynamic, at least outside of fights.

I don't know if I'll every draw anything involving the Tribubliango that isn't a thumbnail, since the thumbnails alone take quite a bit of time and I often want to try out something else, but I do have a decent number of ideas for these guys, a lot of which is based on real events.  Guess we'll see what happens.
Gang's All Here
Weird thing to draw on a whim, I think, but anyone that's seen my YouTube channel knows how much time I devote to re-exploring old memories (well, that or cheap licensed games, but whatever), so this isn't really all that out of line with what I do.  Have some Neopets.

Somehow, despite all the time I spent on that site on and off over the course of many years, I never actually managed to get any of these pets.  My xweetok, which I hoped to paint fire, remained yellow, and the only other pet I actually had at the time I stopped was a zafara that I hoped to make into an ice hissi, though he was a still a spotted zafara at that point from lab ray zaps (I think he was female because of the zaps, too, actually).  I've retained a hell of a lot of knowledge about the site for some reason, in part because Neopets has this weird policy of almost literally never updating anything (they still run almost the entire site on Flash), so you still get a bunch of early and mid 2000s art to gawk at, not to mention some incredibly strange things from old site events if you know the right URLs.  That's to say nothing of the comically messed up things that the site fully flaunted, like a game where your mission is to feed small sad animals to a creature in a cave while members of an organization modelled loosely off of PETA tries to stop you.  I'm not the oldest of Neopets veterans, but I do remember the days before the Viacom buyout and when they had a little sidebar instead of a fancy header, and I certainly can't forget the transition from the static images to the introduction of customizable pets with the still-controversial art makeover that came with it.

I actually learned tons of stuff from the site, though.  I've been incredibly comfortable with HTML ever since a young age because of it, which has translated reasonably well into being able to adapt into other similar languages (though never CSS for some reason, which I always thought of as that crazy thing even more complicated than HTML that only the most experienced knew how to use, though after years of fiddling with custom CSS addons in my browser, I'm reasonably familiar with it now).  It was also the origin of a few of my creative pursuits, most notably drawing stuff and trying to digitize it.  The site actually did wonders to foster creativity of all sorts with its plethora of contests and spotlights based around creating webpages (you basically got free reign with HTML and CSS on a blank document for every pet you had), writing stories (I've even gone back to read the Neopian Times a few times over the years), drawing stuff, and whatever else.  I got into trying to draw stuff on paper and convert it into digital format because of a webpage spotlight for a red hissi named H33lix (owned by someone whose main account name was Pacmanite - it's a wonder I still remember her name and lots of her comic strips), in which various ins and outs of drawing and submitting comics for the Neopian Times were discussed.  I can't help but wonder if that person, whatever she's doing now, has any idea that she's probably inspired a bunch of people like me to create stuff of their own.  I'd actually link to the webpage itself, but it's unfortunately in shambles due to Photobucket pulling the plug on all the images, so the text is all that's left.  A simple Google search will bring it up, though.

Anyways, I had a few dynamics in mind for these characters, not that I ever did anything with them.  Looking back, I'm kind of surprised that they were decent concepts, as vague as they were.  I figured that the xweetok (the firey one) and hissi (the ice one) would be the more extroverted of the four and spend most of their time doing whatever together, with the former usually liking hotter places (especially Moltara, a lava-themed location added towards the tail end of my years playing - if I ever figured out my lava pool time, actually, I would've had him turned magma) and the latter liking colder places like Terror Mountain.  In fact, I think the thing I liked about ice hissis the most was that they were clearly modelled after a creature from Terror Mountain, a giant ice serpent called the Snowager.  I imagined the hissi would be fond of the creature due to the similarity.  Amusingly enough, I'm not sure the dichotomy of one pet being fire and the other ice actually came to mind that often, so it was never integrated into their relationship, as far as I can recall.  The other two, the grey kyrii (the depressed looking one) and the Darigan eyrie (the gryphon type of thing) would be the more introverted two, with the former usually staying home because his appearance would generally elicit reactions from the more happy-looking population of Neopia.  Ever since I read some Neopian Times articles by users coming up with their own lore for the Grey Day issue (Neopets has tons of holidays and special editions of the Neopian Times to celebrate), I always found myself liking the grey pets.  People tended to insist that they just looked sad despite not actually being that way, and I found some kind of appeal in pets whose mood you had to be conscious of trying not to misinterpret.  There was also a story someone wrote of a grey pet that was totally colourblind, and it was actually pretty cute, but I haven't been able to find it despite brief efforts to look for it, sadly.  In any case, the eyrie would be the older and more aloof of the bunch, getting along a bit better with the kyrii due to the both of them being more reserved, and the eyrie being rather familiar with the abnormal expressiveness of the other due to them being in the same household.  I think I really just decided on a Darigan eyrie because they looked kinda badass, as much as anything that's bright purple can, though when you share a species and colour with a warlord (a character called Lord Kass), it's a little hard not to.  He was also the only one with an explicit connection to a specific location, the Darigan Citadel, so I figured that the four would always cheer for the Darigan Citadel's team during Yooyuball season (basically Neopets' version of association football).

I suppose that's all there is to it, though.  It was kinda satisfying to see that I could actually draw all four of these things that I had never drawn before on my first try.  The shading could have been more detailed, but I didn't really think it was worth the time, since this is just a little side project of mine.  I could always go back and pretty it up a bit if I wanted.  With all the explaining out of the way, I guess you could call this my tribute to Neopets, assuming I never make anything else like this.  I know I could've done more, but I'm happy with it anyways.  Just another little thing I'll always have fond memories of.


Hai. I'm a sketcher with not much to do. I mainly just draw cartoons, even though I'm decent at 3D drawing (and marshmallows), too.

Favorite icon: :iconohfuckplz:

I also sometimes take pictures of my pets.

World of la:

Current Residence: Stalker >_>
Favourite style of art: Sketch
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: The only one I have
Skin of choice: Flesh, you don't see people walking around in mayo, do you?
Favourite cartoon character: I have about five or so...
As much as I keep claiming otherwise in my recent submissions, it seems that digital art has become one of my preferred manners of keeping myself entertained in my free time, which I have a decent amount of.  As such, you can expect to see a few more works from me in the near future: I have two scenes in mind from a game that I just recently completed, although I may not do one (and I'm just about to start on the other).  I also plan to redo a couple of my digital versions of my BLiNX drawings, although I'm not sure when I'll do so.  I might not submit on a very consistent schedule, as some of the things that I've been drawing recently aren't exactly the kind of art I'd want on here, but we'll see how it works out.

All in all, I guess I'm back for a little bit.
  • Listening to: Lots of random videogame and Disney music
  • Reading: A '93 Psych textbook
  • Watching: Some small percentage of my YouTube subscriptions
  • Playing: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
  • Eating: I forgot to eat today
  • Drinking: Water's generally a good thing to drink



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catgirl140 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I expected you to leave the Discord eventually lol Blinx PEEKING 
FinalSoraRiku Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018
I did say I intended to, after all.  Just took longer than expected.
ZorriFox Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
Hey!! Thank you so much for the watch!! It means a lot! :la: :la: :la:
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Hi! :iconbluetardwaveplz: I realize we've never met before, but I just wanted to wish you a good day (or evening), and if it hasn't been so good so far, I hope that it will get better! Smile and laugh; please enjoy what's left of the day. :iconbunnyglompplz:

p.s. if you're wondering how I got to your page, I used the Random Deviant button :)
PyschoDoughboy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you for the watch :D
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Thanks for the watch! :)
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Thanks for the watch1
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