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2nd Year Anniversary for HHB

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It’s really fun celebrating the anniversary of something you’ve put so much heart and soul into. I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. I love it so much, I’m going to be playing with this image a LOT. I already have a black-and-white version on my new tablet (and I’ll get a color one on as soon as I get to the computer lab with the high-quality color printer). I have a wallpaper of this pic (minus the words) on my desktop. I’ll put that up in DA later.

I had a LOT of fun coloring this thing! I had plenty of time, so I could experiment and try out all sorts of new tricks. The swirling rays of magic dust were created half-accidentally, half-intentionally. I was looking at other DA artists and tried to mimic some of their techniques. The result was something different but still cool. I’ll have to remember that, maybe put up a tutorial later. The power-surge effect came from a tutorial, and I’ll link to that later. The hair was a complete accident. I was just playing around with my new tablet and ended up with a new hair-coloring technique. You can’t see the details at this size, though (I was working in a huge file). On the plus side, you can’t see too well just how screwy my lines are. I’m still not a master at the tablet. On another plus side, I accidentally discovered how to create a rippling water effect (‘cuz that’s what it looks like up close). Since I didn’t go with the cell-shading for the hair, I opted to use the dodge and burn tools for shading and highlighting the rest of the piece in an attempt to maintain continuity. I have another piece that I’m using this technique on, but I’m not done with it; so this constitutes the first time I’ve colored like that and posted the work up in DA.

As for the subject, if you’re familiar with my webcomic, you’ll recognize The Great Mezmoro here. I started this drawing over a year ago and finally got around to finishing it. I drew Mez in a more detailed anime style than how I usually draw in the strip. Since I drew on a full sheet of paper, I could add more detail to his character design. He comes off looking 10 years old, but that’s partially just my style and partially due to the fact that goblins are naturally small and child-like in their stature - - only they are usually not so “fair” looking. Goblins perceive that “ugly” by human standards is actually beautiful, and “beautiful” by human standards is actually ugly. So the bigger the nose, the more warts, and the more ratty the hair (or lack of it), the more beautiful a goblin is in their society. Since Mez is a pretty-boy by human standards, he’s hideous to other goblins. Hence the reason he avoids them.

You’ll notice he’s missing his silly hat. I wanted a flippy-hair look, and the hat was in the way. Let’s just pretend it blew off his head while he was swishing power about the place. I’m sure he’ll find it eventually.
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sweetlover29's avatar
Whatever happened to the Hero's Handbook? It's been dead for...like...ten years.

...I miss it.