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Image: skiltaireopS.jpg   555x600 48458 bytes 2001.05.28

An aquatic Skiltaire communications operator. This might be Thalia. I think this was drawn for an APA magazine.

Image: fouierani1B.jpg   600x465 89493 bytes 2001.05.28

Fouie and Rani, the arborial Skiltaire of Rod and I, enjoying each other. This is typical coloration for neon and flame arborials.\r\n

Image: midori1S.gif   600x443 6459 bytes 2001.05.28

Midori, an arborial Skiltaire. She is several colors of green (Midori, Japanese for green.) There is also a drink called Midori, so, this is Midori on the Rocks! (groan) I should color this...\r\n

Image: yrsthaliaB.jpg   600x449 108825 bytes 2000.07.30

A picture of Thalia for her human love, Douglas. Another in the series I made for Rodney while he was away at college in 1985. He provided me with all of this art from his collection. I didn't realize how much art I did during that time! I must have been inspired... Thanks, Rodney!\n

Image: thaliastrchB.jpg   600x481 64748 bytes 2000.07.30

Another in the series of drawings done for Rodney of Thalia, his RPG player character's mate. She's stretching and yawning... and being rather obvious with her body language. That's the way she is :)\n

Image: thaliaveilB.jpg   600x772 160557 bytes 2000.07.30

Thalia, the Skiltaire created for Rodney's "Traveler RPG" character, doing a veil dance. Skiltaire can walk (and dance) on their hind legs. This is one of a series I did for Rodney while he was away at SSU.\n

Image: vinson1B.jpg   600x484 90128 bytes 2000.07.30

Image: sylys2B.jpg   600x455 124937 bytes 2000.07.30

A lot of my 1985 art was done for Rodney, who was going to Sonoma State U. (about 600 miles away). I used a magazine photo for the model. This drawing became desktop art, showing up in some most unlikely places... like the computer lab UNIX workstations at CMU!\n

Image: sylys1B.jpg   600x816 123562 bytes 2000.07.30

The 'origin' of me, that is, the first picture of Sylys ever. I took a photo of myself for a model. I really did have a violet jump suit. Tails were shorter back then, but thanks to folks like Ken, I now have a much more impressive tail! My old signature is my RL initials "MFM". I like being Sy better!\n

Image: luisiousB.jpg   600x780 175400 bytes 2000.07.30

The main character from one of my short stories, "Gifts", which is about love and sacrifice (but not a downer). The drawing is supposed to be a self-portrait by the charcater, an otter re-com named Luisious. I wrote the story for my mates, Rodney, Ken and Andre'. Maybe I'll post is somewhere on-line. \n

Image: skiltvalentineB.jpg   600x485 123342 bytes 2000.07.30

My personal Skiltaire is Sy, the grey aquatic with the purple stripe (my favorite colors). Fouie, the purple & green arboreal is kind of an alter-ego, or perhaps alter-libedo. They each have their own unique take on what's "romantic". Rani is my partner Rodney's Skiltaire. Another colored pencil over copy, 1985.\n

Image: roxybooB.jpg   600x462 122210 bytes 2000.07.30

Halloween cards are now more common, but my friend Steve Martin (the artist, nit the other guy) was the first person I knew who made them. This was my return card. Raccoons are great for Trick-or-treat... built-in mask! I'm no poet, that's for sure! \n

Image: mystiB.jpg   600x799 114758 bytes 2000.07.30

Another from 1985 B.C. (Before Chester), a ringtail cat (Cacomistle)female. They are quite slim animals, and I tried to capture that body type. Prismacolor pencil over photocopy. Original inked with tech. pen.\n

Image: rocketlylaB.jpg   600x821 139991 bytes 2000.07.30

A Marvel Superhero Raccoon? Yup! It's Rocket Raccoon and his mate, Lyla, the otter. Done in the style of the (very) limited series comic. Prismacolor pencil over photocopy.\n

Image: atlantaB.jpg   600x822 123352 bytes 2000.07.29

1985 was an active year for me, art-wise. I created some characters based on animals I liked. This is Atlanta, a fast female feline. Prismacolor pencil on a photocopy.\n

Image: SyAronel1B.jpg   580x600 58012 bytes 2000.07.08

One of my latest sketches, which I hope to color a few different ways to compare techniques. This is Sylys and his very wonderful, exotic and sexy kitty mate, Aronel :) Aronel is (c) William Ringland.\n

Image: projichiB.jpg   385x597 108328 bytes 2000.07.08

One of my more complex projects. A male-furry version of the popular Anime OAV "Project A-Ko". There is a long story about this piece, which I will not relate at this time :). This is a scan of a color photocopy. The original sold at Baycon a while back.\n

Image: thalia1B.jpg   462x600 48870 bytes 2000.07.08

Another Skiltaire from a SF FRP game (Traveler). Thalia, the aquatic, is the mate of Rodney's human character.\n

Image: syxmus91B.jpg   482x600 148232 bytes 2000.07.08

I used to find the time to do my own holiday cards. This was done in 1991, and includes me (the one in the center) and my roomates at the time as their respective Skiltaire.\n

Image: SytreeB.jpg   447x600 77350 bytes 2000.07.08

These days my best stuff is done in other artist's sketchbooks. This silly picture of Sylys is based on the pose of the pine marten photo on my desktop. The very nice artist I did this for let me scan it. ( Thanks, Chris!)\n

Image: syscompB.gif   457x600 13223 bytes 2000.07.08

Illo done for a bio of my personal furry, Sylys Sable (who is an American Pine Marten... go figure) Sylys Sable is (c) Mark Merlino (me!)\n

Image: sy&raniB.gif   600x255 12906 bytes 2000.07.08

Illo. for the masthead of one of my Rowrbrazzle "Muste-lines" submissions. It's Sy (my personal aquatic skiltaire) and Rodney's arboreal, Rani.\n

Image: 2skiltaireB.jpg   465x600 91558 bytes 2000.07.08

One of each sub-species (type) of Skiltaire. An arboreal and an aquatic (it should be obvious which is which) A scan of a copy of a coquille-board sketch.\n

Image: Collar.jpg   1000x1074 119203 bytes 2000.07.08

Novae', the original Skiltaire from the Other Suns FRP game (and a 15 year campaign!)Her command uniform is only the collar, with bars. The original was done for a friend who really loved the character. :)\n

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