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Suddenly SATYR!

I don’t know, I had 20 extra minutes during lunch at work.  I put stylus to tablet and a satyr came out.

Also, I’ve gotten myself embroiled in real roleplaying finally!  Normally I just waffle about on forums and pretend to be le fancy writer when really we’re just a bunch of giddy girls partaking in interactive soap operas.

Nope, this is REAL roleplaying, I have a character sheet and everything, I had to do MATH to calculate HIT POINTS.  This is srs bznss.  Long story short, it’s a Changeling game set in a steampunk San Francisco, the year is 1891 and my character is best described as a tall thin birdman with lurid, multi-hued plumage.  He looks as if he had fallen into a mad painter’s palette and barely escaped with his life.  He is part owner of The Lucky Bird Gentlemen’s Club with gambling downstairs and willing bed-warmers upstairs.  The GM calls it a brothel.  He HATES that, but it’s much better than the monikers the rest of his motley offered up.

Working on a character portrait of him.  Now, I’m no fashion designer, and I usually just draw my characters without clothes because… well… I’m BAD at it. There, I said it.  I am bad at drawing clothes.  It happens.  Thing is, drawing naked satyrs is plenty fun for 20 minutes on lunch, but if I want to make anything of myself as a character artist I need to confront and conquer that which I am bad at.

For you non-artisty types, that means practice and lots of reference.  I love reference.  I believe the right reference can fix anything.  So last night after I sketched out my character without clothes to make sure I was getting his anatomy right, I went hunting.  I found a lot of great things and I’m amazed again at how wonderful a thing the internet is.

Yeah, hello, internet? I need as many examples of men in fancy dress from the late 1800s please and thanks.  And there it is, at my fingertips almost instantly.

The only thing left to do is to draw:

Observe the elusive reference peeking into frame!

THAT, my friendly faceless constructs of internet ether, is just a teaser.  As of the writing of this I’ve got his whole outfit sketched out and I’m starting on linework. (Spoiler, he’s wearing spats)  One thing I would like to say about men’s fashion is: Really? I mean… REALLY? Exactly how many shirts do you REALLY need, seriously?  After a bit of research I’ve concluded that dapper gentlemen walk around with so many shirts just so they can take them off and offer them to unsuspecting damsels in distress, or something equally ridiculous.

Anyway, this Changeling game is played over Google Hangout and the GM broadcasts it live to youtube!  If you like that kind of thing go ahead and follow me on twitter.  I’ll tweet when we’re live.  Last Friday was character gen, and this Friday night we should be playing our first game.  I’m pretty excited.


The Willow Bends, But Does Not Break

I do love the male sylvari.  From the limited options it’s obvious that the ladies got more love during the no doubt frantic rush to get artwork ready for the sylvari debut.  However, I’m hoping that the male sylvari will finally prove to be the character that can break me of only playing as a female.  The plan is to make him a warrior.

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Grace And Poise And All That Jazz

Hey everybody!  I haven’t forgotten I promise!  Creating artwork and really concentrating takes a lot more time than I had anticipated, that’s all.  Once I’m finished with the character customization shot and put up the master list I’ll share with you all what I’ve been up to.

And so, without further ado may I present to you the lovely human ladies of Guild Wars 2!  Which one is your favorite?  Personally I like the minimal makeup on #15 but I like the shape and the attitude of #10 better.

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Ink = Badass

Woah what happened?  I guess that’s the consequence of working two jobs, fun stuff like blogging begins to fall by the wayside.

Be that as it may, I actually have another character customization chart for you!  This one is for the ever awesome norn men.  Nornly men.  Just like the girls, the men are sporting some truly wicked tattoos.

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Also: Is anybody else starting to go stir-crazy waiting for the mesmer last profession?  It’s like Christmas, only worse.

Like A Peacock

After a longer wait than I had expected, I’m back from vacation and back to making character customization charts!  Thank you to everyone who hung in there for me, I definitely needed the break.

Without further ado, here are the male human hair options as shown at Gamescom 2011.

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Hey Good Lookin’ Whatcha Got Cookin’?

Fair warning, lady humans have a large amount of facial options.  The men… not so much.  They both have the same number of hairstyles, 22.  So, to save space and sanity I bundled the male faces with the beard options.  Even so, the pickings seem a little slim to me given the large devotion the Guild Wars 2 Community seems to have towards beards, so perhaps there are more in the works.

Like always, keep in mind these are all the options available as of Gamescom 2011.

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Also, by the time you read this, I’ll be on my way to Disney World!  My dad affectionally calls it “feeding the rat”.

Get Some Ink On That Girl

Right, so I have a confession to make.  I’m pretty much straight as they come.  I like my men burly and I’ve never entertained the notion of playing around with another woman.  I’m not saying that either path is bad, I’m just saying that’s what I’m like.  That said, lady norn are frickin’ HAWT.  They’re not some waif that could blow away in a stiff breeze, no.  These women were built to be heroes.  Now they’ve got the ink to prove it.

I would like to note that I find the stars utterly ridiculous.  Number 7 is definitely my favorite.  It reminds me of notches on a belt, badges of conquest.  Plus it’s primal as all get out.

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