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my_balance.jpg
Image: my_balance.jpg   790x1098 93808 bytes 2003.12.13

My two funny guys, Arty and Vinci, being their usual best-friends-with-benefits type selves to each other. :)\r\n\r\n Vinci actually doesn't have this hairstyle currently in the comic (long story), so I've been drawing him with the bald head, but I missed his braids, they're sorta what makes him HIM, ya know? So I figured, for one pic, I could make use of some hair-tistic license. :)

fireworks2.jpg
Image: fireworks2.jpg   599x509 30780 bytes 2003.09.17

My newest character. Usually it takes awhile for me to see the character and get the design down on paper. Rarely do they ever just sorta appear fully-formed, but when they do, I know they're special. Trixi did, Haley did, Custard did, and now Fireworks, aka Hanabi. \r\n\r\n He is an okamitatsu, a cross between a wolf and an asian dragon. I don't know his colors yet, but he has a pearl he is always carrying around that he is VERY overprotective of. I have been having WAY too much fun with him. Yay! Dragonpuppee :D

vincifruit.jpg
Image: vincifruit.jpg   600x623 56016 bytes 2003.07.01

Dorkiest pic of Vinci ever! He's also a leetle too tall here, but this is probably the closest I've come to getting his colors on the mark. The flowery background was a piece of scrapbook paper added for the camp value. :>

tetbadge.jpg
Image: tetbadge.jpg   422x324 25881 bytes 2003.07.01

Yarr, a badge for Tet. I suck at these.

pie.jpg
Image: pie.jpg   480x728 55912 bytes 2003.07.01

This is Pie, I'm not sure of his last name yet, but he's around 16 and the cousin of Peanutbutter Angeli. He has the unfortunate burden of being a halfmask, that is, a raccoon who lacks one side of his facial markings. In the world Tet and I are working on, this is considered A Bad Thing in raccoon lore, and halfmasks are considered cursed outcasts, often even tossed out and unloved by their own families. How crappy is THAT?? Some get adopted by other species who ignore the taboo, most aren't so lucky. Fortunately, Pie's cousin Peanutbutter is one of the more tolerant procyons around, and takes him in after his aunt and uncle abuse the poor kid one too many times. The blue circle is a tattoo administered at birth to clearly mark that the bearer is "cursed".

chibiwave.gif
Image: chibiwave.gif   400x435 33912 bytes 2003.05.29

Here's the both of them together now, and a failed attempt at perspective, but it was fun nonetheless. Arty & Vinci are romantically involved, but tend to give the impression that they are best friends first, lovers second.

vincibadge.jpg
Image: vincibadge.jpg   396x296 17572 bytes 2003.05.29

If you see some ugly little dork wearing this at Anthrocon, it's me. :).. One of the two title characters from that stupid little webcomic I do, Vinci & Arty, which is located at www.vincifruit.com if you're bored enough. :)

crashedhyenaqeelyou.jpg
Image: crashedhyenaqeelyou.jpg   282x447 37766 bytes 2003.01.11

Hello Crash. Please don't kill me.\r\n\r\nDone for the FurartXchange LJ community thang, though I fear Crash will hate me for cutesifying his normally antagonistic character. <:>

Capitola.jpg
Image: Capitola.jpg   400x510 37245 bytes 2003.01.09

I was throwing out random character designs for a new game on YNA and Capitola here was one of them.. She was a blast to draw so I've been inspired to work with her a little more. She's named after a tiny beach town near Santa Cruz, and is a bit of a spoiled surfer girl. She's used to having the spotlight on her all the time.. that is, until someone barges in on her "territory" and she is suddenly old news. Devastated, she realizes just how dependent she really is, and it forces her to learn about that wonderful thing called Real Life, but does she learn to make do on her own? That I haven't worked out yet. :> \r\n\r\n Yes, there are a couple problems.. I had so much heck with the leg.. can't figure out the knee area.. and as SirFox put it: "What's holding her top up?".. My answer was "Wishful Thinking". :>.. The wave on her face is s'posed to be a tattoo BTW.. I figured it's a permanent dye thing, tattoos on animals.. x.x

custardrazz.jpg
Image: custardrazz.jpg   364x514 34062 bytes 2002.12.28

Custard in wintry gear. What I don't get is why he would put a tailwarmer on an already ultra-floofy tail, and completely forget about antennae-warmers? ...ok, so it's my fault. :>

alastair.jpg
Image: alastair.jpg   297x486 21174 bytes 2002.12.24

Alastair, Tet and Trixi's little terror. He's about four years old now, and every bit as precocious as he was during his terrible twos. Lineart done as a surprise for Tet.. color version to come soon. And yes, he's as demented as he looks.. look who his parents are. ;D

custardskylanth.jpg
Image: custardskylanth.jpg   511x424 24081 bytes 2002.12.24

A WIP for Skylanth, one of the nicest people ever. She drew not one but two pictures of Custard for me, and of course I freak with joy when someone honors undeservin' ol' me with a picture. I had initially been working on a pic where Custard was watching Skylanth fly with a typically characteristic jealous expression, but I thought that for the holidays, he'd drop a little of his vindictive nature and just chill. This is naturally a representation of a Californian winter, something I took for granted when I lived in San Jose. These east coast loonies are a trip.. they keep dumping cold white stuff on me! Anyways, Skylanth and Custard. :>

peanutbutterbaby.jpg
Image: peanutbutterbaby.jpg   276x287 20688 bytes 2002.12.23

Run! It's a baby Peanutbutter Angeli!

graham.jpg
Image: graham.jpg   300x461 25614 bytes 2002.12.22

Graham Fidelis, a "tycoon", a cross between a raccoon and white tiger. Grahammers is one of my favorite characters, but this is the first time I've gotten a design down on paper that I want to work with for him. He's youngish, a warm and friendly type with a slight Texan accent and an overgrown nobility gland. He's a bit awkward to look at, mostly because his remaining arm is so muscular as compared to the rest of him, a result of overcompensating for the lack of the left. That, and I suck at proportions, as you can see. :>. Yet another pun with the name, because his coloration reminds me of s'mores. And he is indeed related to Vinci, but that's a story to be told later.

eau-neaux.jpg
Image: eau-neaux.jpg   302x477 79366 bytes 2002.12.20

Eau-Neaux, Tet's new walrus character. I thought the idea was a trip and tried to draw her.. and... ended up tripping all over myself. FEH. She looks like that chick from Futurama to me, what with the hair and the sweatsuit, but then again, that's what my own hair looks like. x.x.. I think her last name should be.. erm.. Walflower. :D.. Color vers to come.

dancing_giraffe.jpg
Image: dancing_giraffe.jpg   879x863 65896 bytes 2002.12.06

So Fluffy Cow was way too nice to me and offered a pic trade. She wanted a male character with long hair who was dancing, she said, any species. \r\n\r\n "Any species" is a very daring thing to say to me. :>\r\n\r\n So, the result is a discoball horned giraffe... Well, he *does* have long hair...:9\r\n\r\n Still plugging away through trades n'stoof, but right now my health is on the verynotgood side, so that's been my number one priority. <:)

peanutbutter_angeli.jpg
Image: peanutbutter_angeli.jpg   357x481 36737 bytes 2002.11.16

\r\n Angeli here, (known by his nickname of Peanutbutter Angeli) is a bartender raccoon. He's a bit hard to get ahold of, because his job keeps him so busy, but you can be assured that he will remember whatever you tell him, even if it's as he's rushing by. Peanutbutter recalls countless birthdays, anniversaries, and the favorite standbys of his regular patrons, but thanks to a learning disability (mild autism, methinks) and unsupportive parents, believes he is an idiot, something which is far from the truth. He's currently trying to struggle through college, but it's hard on him. Still, Peanut stays sassy and smooth, and though his hectic life drives him nuts, you can bet he'll still be sandwiched behind the counter at work in a Jif! Darn Skippy. *nod* ;D

pieceofscrap.jpg
Image: pieceofscrap.jpg   528x711 163613 bytes 2002.11.11

"dream." - Custard sculpts a winged snowman while once again wishing he had more to show for his half-butterfly heritage. In retrospect, I should have given the snowman antennae.\r\n\r\n In further retrospect, I should have called this picture "Frozen Custard" :>\r\n\r\n Made up of bits'n'pieces of things I found at the Scrapbook Store yesterday. Them places is crack, I swear.

zer-wip.jpg
Image: zer-wip.jpg   305x505 63466 bytes 2002.10.28

\r\n A very very simply colored version of some lineart I sent to this one lemur lady the other day. Maybe you know her.\r\n\r\n This was a fun pic to do, because of the extreme exaggeration of the hourglass figure and the like. I'm working on a marker version, but this helped to test out how I want the colors to look, n'stuff. \r\n\r\n Anyways, thank you Zeriara for sparking my muse, as feeble as it may be. <:> \r\n\r\n

starfruit.jpg
Image: starfruit.jpg   383x509 165717 bytes 2002.10.21

Workin' on coloring that picture of Starfruit, here's wot I got so far. She really doesn't look much like an actual cuscus, but I still had fun with her design, and I think the white + blue spots look sorta funky. She's a bit of a cocky thing, with a subtle Jamaican accent and an inability to sit still. Being active is her favorite thing to do. If she's sitting down, it usually means she's sick or somethin'. ;>

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Image: forcefed.gif   475x726 41724 bytes 2002.10.15

This image is my emotions talking. Vinci is choking on forcefed advertising.\r\n\r\n The so-called "values" put out by the media has always been a big issue with me. I made the mistake of caring about its faceless, money-driven opinion, and I do NOT want to see others in the same boat. \r\n\r\n To anyone out there who looks from the mirror to a copy of Vogue or Cosmo or whatever and feels inadequate, STOP IT.\r\n\r\n You are NOT inadequate. You are NOT sub-par. You are NOT the wrong weight, you are NOT the wrong face. You do not need advertisements to tell you they can make you beautiful, because you're already there. I have a VERY hard time believing this, but I hope you will try.\r\n \r\n Until I can practice what I preach, I beg this of you. Just go out and Be.

starfruit.gif
Image: starfruit.gif   320x437 30571 bytes 2002.10.14

An old OLD oneshot character resurrected and given a new name. She used to be named Des Moines, but is now Starfruit (an actual fruit, BTW!).. I DO use food names a lot, huh? x.x.. Anyways, Starfruit is a spotted cuscus (I frikkin' LOVE them!) One part 80s child, the other part fitness junkie. Think neon rainbowish workout clothes and stuff. :>.. this is the lineart version, I will be coloring it. I hope you like her.

likesunshine.jpg
Image: likesunshine.jpg   314x478 131635 bytes 2002.10.13

Working more on Castor's design.. Decided to give him little star-shaped bangs n'stuff. Here he is doing what he does best.. dress exactly how he's feeling, and today he's in a good mood, hence the sunny (and strange) apparel. Was trying to get the design on his tail to look more dyed and less pasted on.. still workin' on that. x.x.. But here's a coymink for you nonetheless.

haley.jpg
Image: haley.jpg   300x439 33302 bytes 2002.10.11

Hale-Bopp Hedgehog, aka Haley. She's one of my oldest characters (from 1997), and probably one of the zaniest. Her distinguishing features are her excessive hyper-ness (she's ALWAYS hyper.. she even talks so fast it's hard to understand what she's saying!), and her extreme addiction to Jolt Cola. She even has her own catch phrase.. "Sheboygan!!".. Why Sheboygan? Well, try shouting it. It IS kinda fun. :)..anyways, this pint-sized pygmy hedgehog is mine.

ghira_sniff.jpg
Image: ghira_sniff.jpg   336x479 71364 bytes 2002.10.11

Ghirardelli is a raccoon who was brought up in San Francisco's Chinatown district. He goes by Ghira for short, can speak both English and Cantonese, and absolutely loves his home. He is the teenaged poster child for zen; always soft spoken and VERY calm. The strange thing about Ghira, though, is a unique ability he doesn't actually realize he has; he can tell *precisely* what emotion you're feeling, even if you're not outwardly expressing it. This incredibly fine-tuned empathy has led many to be rather freaked out by him, thinking he can "read minds", and so he tends to keep to himself. That dot in his nose is s'posed to be a diamond stud piercing, not a big ol' nostril BTW <:>

custardcook.jpg
Image: custardcook.jpg   405x305 53559 bytes 2002.10.11

It's Custard again, showing off his mad baking skills. I wanted to do a picture that had that summery picnic theme feel to it (without the ants everywhere of course). Custard is quite aware of the fact that he can cook (He calls himself Iron Chef Monarchoon), but he's so obsessed with the fact that he has no wings and can't fly that his other talents such as this don't matter to him, when they really should. He's also seethingly jealous of anyone who has wings, and is liable to take whatever food he's just made and dump it on them. Bratty little bugmammal. :>

pancakes.jpg
Image: pancakes.jpg   276x429 137149 bytes 2002.10.10

I realized that though there were a lot of folks with multiple-tailed characters, I couldn't recall any multi-tailed skunks.. So the idea kept nagging me until I made my own two-tailed skunk character. Her name is Pancakes, and she was fun to draw. It's very hard to tell in this picture, but her eyes are s'posed to be sorta opposite-ish.. the eye whites are a very light brown and the irises white. Because I'm dumb that way. I also seem to have a Thing lately... a Thing for strange designs on tails, the color yellow, and naming characters after food..

castor.jpg
Image: castor.jpg   386x645 31962 bytes 2002.10.07

This small pic was done to get the feel for this character's color scheme/design. His name is Castor, a coymink (coyote/mink mix). In the story I'm working on, Castor is considered rather homely on the outside, but he has an absolutely beautiful way of looking at things, and is so amazingly poetic. He says just what he means, and dresses how he feels, often literally having his heart on his sleeve. For example, even if it's a summer day, he might wander around in earmuffs and a jacket because some part of him, emotion-wise, feels cold. He just recently had the stoplight design dyed into his tail as another way of expressing himself. And yes, he does indeed have a companion named Pollux, but they aren't brothers. :>

va-snirk.jpg
Image: va-snirk.jpg   271x326 55332 bytes 2002.09.30

Vinci and Arty with a small reminder for you.. SMILE! :>

arkiedaydream.jpg
Image: arkiedaydream.jpg   500x488 58784 bytes 2002.09.01

Surf-Ark, known to pals as Arkie. A friendly, outgoing fellow.. perhaps a little *too* outgoing. He's not a total idiot, but he's a little slow on the draw.. If only he had paid attention in biology class before getting smashed at a party.. Yes indeed folks, it is the male seahorse who gets pregnant. Tsk, Arkie.. now lookit you.. all you can think about is sloppy joes with whipped cream.

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