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The Grateful Dead II by vert-is-ninja The Grateful Dead II by vert-is-ninja
More of the project that I'm doing that's called the Grateful Dead (not to be confused with the band, sorry). Based off an old myth that if you put a soul to rest, the soul will then guard you as a thanks. There's a lot of them folks here, and a lot of them dead folks, so let's begin!

From left to right:

Dusky - Little spunky girl who hates being told how freaking short she is, and would rather bash out your kneecaps than bake brownies with you.

July - The ghost attatched to Dusky, who was tragically shot four times during a cattle run. He's an honest man, and I assure you, he knows how to 'quit you'.

Yvonne - Grease monkey! A little timid but a good girl who has her head in mechanics instead of the clouds.

Suzannah - Guardian of Yvonne, Suzannah is a southern belle who, very unfortunately, passed away due to causes such as the extreme heat and a far too tight corset.

Charley - A fantastic, eccentric person who overall makes the best diary entries ever in the form of very elementary type drawings. She can dance too.

Bastien - Loosely considered the guardian to Charley, Bastien is a French philosopher during the times of the French Revolution that was beheaded, quite obviously. Snooty and full of wit, his tongue is about as sharp as the blade that severed his head.

Knox - The skirt chasing circus monkey.

Marisol - Also a circus performer, it was probably fate that lead her to being the guardian of another of her kind. Marisol tragically fell from the tightrope during a performance, traumatizing several children and families as well as ending her own life.

Lucy - A young girl that's a little naive but hopeful to be a good friend, Lucy generally means well and can't stop thinking about boys.

Grayson - Also young and naive, Grayson is the guardian of Lucy, coming from the Victorian times. Unfortunately for her, she was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was struck with lightning and given a permanent snazzy hairdo to last her in her afterlife.

And that's all of them! Hope you enjoy! <img src="" width="15" height="13" alt=":heart:" title="Heart" />

All characters to their respective owners, Dusky & July (c) rurouni-lu, Yvonne & Suzannah (c) Tweek, Charley (c) Rosemilk, Knox (c) Raife, Lucy (c) Quinny-Chan, etc, etc!
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irathegreek Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
huh i didnt know that myth
ArtticWitchica Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008
Cool. I Like July, Knox, and Grayson. Like How you drew all the characters.
Re--nd Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007   Photographer
ooooh, so awsome. I love Grayson, Marisol, and Dusky.
shimoyo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I SOOOO wanted these when the shop was up and running!!! (natsube btw)

BUUUTT i am now reading Lock and Key so all is well!
vert-is-ninja Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007
Awww!! Hey! Thank you! I'm sad it's not runnin' anymore, but now I'm also busy with Lock & Key! GLad you're enjoying it! :heart:
Maija Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Grayson and July are my favorite ghosts out of this lot. Grayson's snazzy hairdo is very snazzy!
MagnoliaPearl Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
Nice colors and angles.
cheenot Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
They are all so completely awesome :0<3 I like the sparkly ghosty effects you've used to differenciate (I can spell >_> not) the people and the ghosts! WIN!
wolfie-janice Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2006
I especially like how you colored the souls. July is my favorite here.
sam4grafix Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
Suppah work!
mitani-chan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006   General Artist
I would like a ghost to protect me too.. would be too col xDD
hahatem Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006  Professional General Artist
well done ..i like this very much :)
ScatterbrainFox Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
Grayson is ultra cute! And seems to have some similarity to the person she's guarding. Charley's expression is gold and Marisol looks... awesome. Just awesome, not really like a human (or a ghost of one) but more like a fantasy creature, but yeah <3 I love it
samsketch81 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006
Wow, this is cool... I want a gaurdian too!
:lol This should make an awesome story.
Beloved-Loveless Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006
ahh how cool. :+favlove:
DukeOGlue Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006  Professional General Artist
Dude, I'd forgotten how much I've missed your artwork...
We want more! We want more!
JillAndersen Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Professional Filmographer
weeeeeeeee! AWSOME! i totally love your style! ^^ I want to know more about the story! :boogie:
TheOnlyWarman Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006  Professional General Artist
to simply put it, this is a piece of extreme and utter beauty with a great effort and stunning worksmanship, that shows that the artist in this case tessa stone is such a skilled person that is capable of both creating phantasies and stories like matches create fire as well as illustrate them in the most vivid ways, in other words AWESOME
apolly0n Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The character designs on this are so well-done! I love it! :3
Wyv-Kate Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2006
Such a great idea, I hope you run with it!!
Iheartu4urmind Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006
i hate being told how freaking short i am too. :sushi:
dolle Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, I love the concept and the art. How do you make the lines so angular and different widths in one stroke? Do you do the lineart by hand and scan it in or do it all on the computer? (Technique nerd... :])
vert-is-ninja Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2006
I actually use Illustrator to ink! I pencil it all by hand and ink it in that wonderful program using the pen tool.
oldarmodillo Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006
even though I know nothing about this project I can tell u know a good story idea when you here one and I think thats awsome!!
Deuil Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2006
uwa cute characterssss *3* I like your idea (i've said it before?) cuz ghosts are supercoolll~ :heart: Grayson is my fave *w*
luxvelveteen Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
now THIS is professional quality (what i was lamenting about in one of my own submissions) :D

i love it all!

my favourite is grayson; rather intriguing design.
twp3pf2 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
Well, what the heck, man--you are frickin' awesome, that's all.
muura Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006  Professional Artist
I seriously adore the whole concept of this project and I can't wait to see more + the interaction between these characters possibly??
vert-is-ninja Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006
Unfortunately it's nothing I'm really going to be doing with physically, moslty it's just a shop on Gaia, if that makes any sense, and solely for RP purposes. D:

8_8;;! Sorry!
muura Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006  Professional Artist
Well daaaamn. It's up to me to fanart it then, I suppose. >:[
vert-is-ninja Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006
Awww, *blush* You're so flattering!
HyenaTeeth Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhh! the circus monkey is ultra hot, but they are all profoundly awesome-cool. :heart:
mooncalfe Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006  Professional
awesome characters!!! man oh man. love the spirity girl Marisol, she is super hot. Yvonne and Charley are smokin', too, and i love the severed head dude. i like his electric blood.
vert-is-ninja Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
Awww, thank you! *blush* Means a lot coming from you, and I'm totally glad you dig the chicks!
jstr Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
I like how July looks more than the other souls. His darker shade of blue for some reason looks more appealing. I love to see you drawing women very good now. You have mastered your own style now, this is a great preview of what promises to be great comics. Good luck
vert-is-ninja Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
Thank you so much! It means a lot to me, and I hope I only go further in a good direction and not stay in one place.
tinylittlesparks Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is sooo cool. I like july v.much.
I love the information you give about the charactors.

Great work!
Munkeyboi-SM Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006   Digital Artist
I like it :D, my favorite is Yvonne she looks so cute, and she's into mechanics, HOTT haha yes, thats hot with a double T baby, :P

Would be cool to see this as an animation series! but for an audience of MatureTeens-to-Adults, not children.

ClawsOfSteel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I get it now, guardian spirits! Clever!
blinking Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
Awesome to see you posting up GDSG art >3. Hopefully we'll have more to post in the future! You're an absolute dream to work with, and you know how much I love these pics :P.
skuuri Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
This is so totally ubercool. :D :D :D I love July and Grayson.
janoxide Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
awesome fruits~~!!!!

he knows how to 'quit you'

lololol, i'm loving July already xD!!!
Cruzle Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006  Student
Ah! I've seen these and always thought they looked SO cool~! The designs and coloring on them look way too professional to be seen on Gaia,and yet there they are! XD I think Grayson might be my favorite. Her hair... well... I wish my hair did that. XD
titenfisch Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2006
goooorgeous colors. :D
Ravlei Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2006
Very nice, I really like your style. And the project sounds nifteh~
mattcrap Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2006
this stuff looks REALLY great.
I dig the direction your style's going- particularly the snappiness of those colors.
frank-d Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2006
=D Awesome! They're all so dynamic. I think I like the cowboy best *checks name* July. He seems gentlemanly XD
rurouni-lu Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2006
this is about the awesomest piece of work on the gayest layout for DA ever. AMAZING. Why are their moods for these things? You can already probably guess all too well that they still make me spazz out and gleeful every time I see them. <3
goodcitizen Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
These are absolutely bitchin'. Your character designs are so unique and full of... haha, character. :)
exdevlin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:cheer: Woot! These are wonderful personalities, all somewhat eccentric and special, definitely not your stereotypical "average Joe" type characters who suddenly find themselves with ghostly protectors.

The illustrations themselves are, of course, in your style, which I find original and very personal, especially the poses you have some of them in.

Poor Suzannah.. those corsets can be evil!

PS. Dusky reminds me of me. the hair is one thing, but the fact that she's short and can be vicious about it definitely strikes home. *is a mere 5'3"*
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