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First off, I swear this isn't my thing!
So please don't commission me or request me to do this kind of thing. It's just for fun
also seeing Rao got more muscles is interesting too. but I prefer he sticks with his lean and agile body
ANYWAYS, if you guys would be so kind please support me on patreon!
where I'll be posting lots of things you wouldn't see in my regular posts hehe.
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On the one hand I'm not a great artist, so it feels weird critiquing someone like Mondo. On the other hand. Mondo just posted one of his wonderful characters undergoing a bit of personal growth. And I am diggin' it.
Obviously you're going to check out the muscles first, but I'm going to talk about what I feel is the most important part, since we all know Mondo has a masterful command of male anatomy:
It's Rao's facial expressions! Body language is so important to making a transformation scene like this convincing, as opposed to a character standing stiff and bland and seemingly uninterested in the change they're experiencing. Look at all the emotions he experiences in just four short panels of animation.
Everything's fine at first, but then there's an initial moment of confusion as the changes start to happen. He cringes in the third frame, maybe the sudden bulking-up hurts, or just feels really weird, but he's most likely uncomfortable, and he's DEFINITELY no longer confused. He's realized something strange is going on with him.
And then once he's reached his new size and weight class, Rao's both in a state of disbelief and BLUSHING, notice that. (the blushing may have something to do with the fact that there seems to be something other than his muscles growing, down below...)
I have only one real aspect of this to negatively criticize, and that's his left hand in the final frame. It just looks a tiny bit distorted, or broken.
But that is SO minor and it's not the focus of the piece anyway. And look: Mondo could have just kept his hands on his hips the entire time (half-hidden), and hands are such a pain in the ass to draw, but he brought them out to show that Rao is having a reflex reaction to these major physical changes. That's extra effort in the little details.
This piece could easily be titled "What's Happening to Me?" because that is everything Rao is communicating in his expressions and body language. Raeyr is gonna be proud of his little bro when he sees this... or jealous. Or both.
It would be very interesting that this was one of rao's abilities, some kind of strenght boost for a limited ammount of time, so it wouldn't be permanent. Also, it would give some funny situations while he is learning to controll it, mostly wardrobe malfunctions ;D