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Ph33r T3h Cute On3s - Mopping Up (Pencil) by fredrin Ph33r T3h Cute On3s - Mopping Up (Pencil) :iconfredrin:fredrin 212 5 Ph33r T3h Cute On3s - Mopping Up by fredrin Ph33r T3h Cute On3s - Mopping Up :iconfredrin:fredrin 140 3 Laid Back Cold Weather Camping Megumi by fredrin Laid Back Cold Weather Camping Megumi :iconfredrin:fredrin 256 24 Save Point : Deep Water (pencil) by fredrin Save Point : Deep Water (pencil) :iconfredrin:fredrin 182 13 Junpei and Yakugashi by fredrin Junpei and Yakugashi :iconfredrin:fredrin 141 11 A Hateful Scenario by fredrin A Hateful Scenario :iconfredrin:fredrin 132 10 SavePoint: Ping Decompressing by fredrin SavePoint: Ping Decompressing :iconfredrin:fredrin 199 13 Dance of a Dangerous Eight-Tail (Color) by fredrin Dance of a Dangerous Eight-Tail (Color) :iconfredrin:fredrin 128 4 Dangerous Headpats (Color) by fredrin Dangerous Headpats (Color) :iconfredrin:fredrin 160 4 Miss Sonoda's Zilla Dragon-Maid ZomZom by fredrin Miss Sonoda's Zilla Dragon-Maid ZomZom :iconfredrin:fredrin 135 18 Dangerous Headpats by fredrin Dangerous Headpats :iconfredrin:fredrin 159 9 SavePoint - FlightDeck by fredrin SavePoint - FlightDeck :iconfredrin:fredrin 145 16 SavePoint - FlightDeck (pencil) by fredrin SavePoint - FlightDeck (pencil) :iconfredrin:fredrin 119 5 The Great Underground Empire [Color] by fredrin The Great Underground Empire [Color] :iconfredrin:fredrin 154 12 Save Point - Damage Check by fredrin Save Point - Damage Check :iconfredrin:fredrin 140 12 SavePoint: Tousled Yakugashi (pencil) by fredrin SavePoint: Tousled Yakugashi (pencil) :iconfredrin:fredrin 158 8

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Ph33r T3h Cute On3s - Mopping Up (Pencil)
I REALLY like how this version of the drawing with all the background came together.  Largo, a Magical Girl, MRED bossman and a kitty (not sure how but the kitty has a night vision set with a whip antenna that connects wirelessly to Piroko's Killstick.

The pencil rendering is a little different than what I usually do, i used 2B, 4B and 6B pencils for a lot of it rather than just HB like I usually do, trying to get a little more depth out of my pencil rendering efforts.

If you are interested, the original for this is now up in the MegaGear store:

www.megagearstore.com/6357_PTC…

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Ph33r T3h Cute On3s - Mopping Up
I've been working on this one for a while, mainly as a t-shirt design.  This is the color part, which has no background.  COPIC colored.  This idea was to once again do a new Ph34r t3h Cut3 On3s image like i have done many times over the past 20 years, and for some reason I drew Piroko with her hair done.  I wasn't happy with this, at least not with her standing alone like this.  I added a background to the pencil version, which i like a lot more (posting to follow)

For anyone interested, the original is now available in the MegaGear store:

www.megagearstore.com/6357_PTC…

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Laid Back Cold Weather Camping Megumi
A bit of an experiment with HB, 2B and 4B pencils (I usually use HB mechanical pencils only).  It was originally just a rough throw away sketch but it sorta came together nicely.  Anyways, fun drawing. 
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Save Point : Deep Water (pencil)
In this latest drawing from the Save Point / BomberGrrl universe thing ive been doing we have the Warmth girls - Erin, Taisiya and May (from left to right) grousing near their plane - a seaplane bomber called Deep Water (roughly based on planes like the Heinkel HE-115).  This is actually one of the largest and most complex drawings i've done so far - it's on 14" x 17" Canson XL Mixed Media paper and took at least six scans to assemble a scan to post here :)  This actually turned into a rather important development sketch for the warmth characters - something i've been struggling with for a long time is the fact that there is a bit more edge to them than there is in the Megatokyo girls (it has to do with the specifics of the story, sorry, cant tell you, spoilers) but something came alive in this one that i think is important. We'll see.

Original for this pencil drawing is up in the MegaGear store: www.megagear.com/ProductDetail… ... god only knows how i'll box this thing up to send it to someone tho...
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Ugh.  2011 was not what i'd call a particularly good year.  Figures that it was the 10 year aniversairy of MT and stuff, too. ^^;;  One casualty of the year was a lot of BS with my host and the loss of the server containing the Fredart and Sarah's Origami websites.  I have backups, so i can put things back together, i just haven't had the time yet... that and the fact that i really want to change fredart itself into a site i actually use to post and organize stuff rather than an older, rarely used repository of my older work.  

When i built the site back in 2000, non-static websites were kind of the new thing, sites that built themselves, parsing themselves server side when someone visited them.  Up till then, updating a site was usually a manual task, editing the code to add stuff, tweak things, break things ^^;;  Of course, the kind of interconnected social platforms like DA and Pixiv and Facebook and Twitter and stuff were not something to really worry about integrating.  I was proud of the fact that i had a little codebit on fredart that allowed TINAMI to index any new art i posted.  Back then, your homepage WAS where your work went, and the goal was getting people to your page to look at your stuff.

Today, things are kinda different.  The weird thing is, most of what i do and post and share can be (and often is) shared via the various active social network style 'enclaves' and in the case of Fredart, having the site be offline for several months is barely noticed.  I post art here on DA and on Pixiv, something things on Tumblr, i link things in Twitter and Facebook, and (way too rarely) on the Megatokyo page itself.  In what was a very disorganized and messed up year, it probably helped that all of this was plugged into neetworks (<-- that was totally a typo, but i think i'll leave it) so a lot more people saw stuff i was able to post and share than would if they just got tired of visiting my cricket-infested webpages.  

There are two kinda negative sides to all this, i think.  The first is that while each of these social networks (Facebook, Deviant Art, Tumblr, etc) are quite large, they are in a way like a gated community.  People have their favorite haunts that they tend to spend most of their time.  It sorta feels like it has compartmentalized the internet a little bit too much, imho.  The second thing has to do with what you have to do to reach everyone in this compartmentalized social networking age - you can't just post stuff to your homepage and know that people looking for your stuff will find it there.  You have to set up shop in each of the various social networking enclaves you have readers/fans/followers.  If i was a more organized person, i'd have a much better system for posting things cross-enclave.  As it is now, i post some stuff here, some stuff there, the result being that people often miss some things i post.  Since people usually hang out in several enclaves, you have to worry about spamming them too (i don't like the idea of bothering people too much).  When done well, you can reach a lot of people and keep people pretty happy.  If you flub it (which i am prone to doing) you will miss out on sharing your stuff with everyone.

I dunno, back in the 90s when i first got on the internet, i think the thing that was exciting was the idea that things could be in one place and everyone could find it there.  That idea is a bit fractured these days, but i guess it was inevitable in a lot of ways.  The net is vast, as they say, and content is not the problem - finding it is.  Fredart was a PHP coded website that i did myself that was remarkably archaic - all of the data was handled with flat text files (no databases for me, hacking around with PHP was hard enough to get my head around) and it was a massive pain to update (i had to create a txt file with the data all in the right places, and the site would count the number of files in the directory to determine how many elements were in the gallery, for instance).  It was kinda cool, but nothing like the things you can do with DA and stuff.  The trick for the new Fredart site will be that i want it to be a go-to point where all the different places things get posted will be shown and organized properly.  A place where i can start posting things, something idiot proof (a requirement) where i can start rambling on something (like this rant that sorta came out of nowhere) and be able to share it wherever i feel it should be shared.  

I totally passed on Myspace when it was the thing, but i was an early adopter on Twitter and a begrudging user of Facebook (where i probably reach the most people with the Megatokyo facebook page) and i still have no idea how to use Tumblr properly (who does?).  I still have no idea what im going to do with Google+, and like so many 'companies' you can only be active on so many social networks.  For instance, what about the soup.io people?  I have friends who use that, but i don't post anything there.  It makes you want to tear your hair out sometimes, and frankly... i'd rather be drawing or writing than fiddling with this stuff.  It used to take a long time to update fredart.com - editing text file, making thumbnails, uploading manually, etc.  But now, having to cross post in so many places, i think it actually takes longer to post new artwork than it used to.  Odd, really.

Finally, before i shut up, i'll note one other casualty of this social networking enclave thing - the web pages themselves.  Now i know you can customize things like DA and Pixiv to an extent, but you are still working within a framework that is exactly the same across the network.  Its sort of like the difference between an older neighborhood with lots of different kinds of houses that look different and unique vs. a gated community with rules about what your house can look like and what you can do in your front yard, etc.  I'm a contrarian by nature, i guess, and i miss the fact that in the past most people had to cobble their own websites together.  Sure, the results were often horrific, but they were still unique.  It used to be a lot of fun perusing japanese websites looking for artwork.  You can say that its much better this way because it's like seeing artwork on gallery walls and much easier to find and share them, and that you can still have your own website to present things in a creative way.  Thing is, most people's experience of your work will be in these social networks, not on your website.  

At least with Deviant Art and Pixiv and stuff, your art itself is your expression and says a lot about you.  The site itself is tuned out, mostly, and your work is what people look at.  Also, DA and Pixiv and the like are actually not bad to look at.  The thing that really grinds me, though, is Facebook.  Has it really happened that the way almost everyone these days presents themselves to the world is via a website that is really that... fuggly looking?  Sure, myspace was hellish, but facebook is way too restrictive and ugly.  But they didn't ask me about it, so what can you do. :)

i'll shut up now.  Sheesh, i was just gonna write a quick 'blah blah here, im posting some more stuff' post and it turned into this.  Maybe it should be a rant?  I wonder where that button is that will cross-post this to the Megatokyo site and... oh, i don't have that yet.  Maybe someday.

fredrin
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Fred Gallagher
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Befuddled and artistically challenged hack behind the webcomic/manga Megatokyo.

Megatokyo: www.megatokyo.com
Fredart: www.fredart.com
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LFS16 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Student Artist
Your art is amazing ^^
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JM-Matthews Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Professional Writer
Thanks for the :+devwatch: Fred. Leeeet's just let sleeping dogs lie.. Water under the bridge.
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Frappe7 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017
you have a very interesting art style! I like how vibrant the colors look ^^
keep it up!
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Cask-of-Amontillado Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2017
Finally found at the wake of nocturne.  Exitus.
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TheD4rk1ord Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017
Fred i just wanted to let you know that i am a fan that stumbled across your work while i was just a teenager in high school. Well i'm grown now and out in the big brave adult world lol. You have inspired me to make my own web comic that i will be releasing soon and i hope to inspire at least one other person the same way you inspired me. And yes, my user name is a head nod to Largo ;)
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trgiant Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
You have an unique art style and I encourage you to keep producing more of your wonderful art!
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huskyfish Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
Hey Fred, or... Mr. Gallagher? Whichever you prefer. I imagine you may been asked this a lot, but will Megatokyo be getting a seventh physical volume at any point? I know I can just stick to the web form, but I really, really enjoy Megatokyo, so of course I just love to have the releases on my shelf. It's how I initially discovered the series, in fact.
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Jamie5m Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you have some wonderful looking backgrounds. i couldn't do that to save my life. lol
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Starhunter7001 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Hello Mr. Gallagher.
You are an excellent writer, fantastic artist, and creator of amazingly relatable characters.
You are very skilled.
It sounds as though the last few years have been rough on you and those close to you. I hope that your future is bright, and thank you for giving life to the crazy, wonderful world that is Megatokyo.
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Cat-man-dancing Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
Hey, Fred. I'm catching up on Megatyokyo, and it is probably the funniest and most interesting gamer webcomic that I have seen.
I am in no way a gamer, so the fact that I can enjoy it so much you can take as a testament to the skill of you and your writer. If you value the opinion of a non-gamer, of course...
I normally don't like gamer comics, I actually landed on yours at random, and got caught by the first page that I saw, which was yesterday's.
I love the art, the humor, and the variety- even the sad aura of the voice-actress girl, Nanasawa (I'm only up to May, 2002!)
Anyway, thanks for the comic!
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