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Woodspirits by scruffyzero Woodspirits by scruffyzero
Finished, at last.

This is my woodspirits piece. The characters you see here are "Whoppets", lagomorphic spirits, and forest sentinels, and they belong in the same universe as my other "spirit" characters, the Rionn and Pyrrix. These are earth-spirits, who rebel against their own sponsor, the Earth Elemental, when he refuses to collaborate with the other Elementals in forming the guardians--Rogue spirits, of a sort, their magic is weak, but their drive is firm. The Whoppets ally themselves with the Lumbas, a jungle tribe of insectoid hunters. The Lumbas here are Glittertwim (the Brave), Bimmertwig (the Fierce), and Twimmerglum (the Misguided).

The male is "Stormears" and the female is "Cloudtail". Partially inspired by the numerous rabbits that have created residences around my house, there is an intended Japanese influence in the design of the characters--latentely, at least, as another influence is the episode of "Samurai Jack" where Jack loses his footwear, and must replace them somehow. As far as forest-like representation goes, I think of Stormears as the leaf, and Cloudtail as the bark, denoted in their clothing-pattern differences.
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LoisLane03 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
cool pics, sweet characters...
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scruffyzero Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SketchDalmatian Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2005
*chuckles* Wow. I love the simplistic style of this pic, and how it all comes together.
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scruffyzero Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much for checking it out, and commenting!
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SketchDalmatian Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2005
You're welcomies. :D
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2005
I didn't have a chance to comment on your puzzle pieces (good way to introduce a piece, btw) so I'll comment on this one.

What strikes me at first is the depth to this, both in literal terms, as the characters and background are layered and in terms of the thought and characters in it. You show five distinct personalities that are visible even without your description of them. Even the insects here, though small, make their presence and their characteristics known. The setting seems to be alive as well, which fits in a world where the elements are spiritual powers, giving a magical aura to the image.

It's a gorgeous, wonderfully executed picture. Your colors are well-chosen, even the neon leaves in the upper foreground, while in contrast to everything else, seem in place. The no character has been ignored, each Lumba has an expression all its own and both Whippets are detailed in proportion to their size. The tattoos you give each brand of elemental really impress me, I like their simplicity.

My critique is Cloudtail's legs, her left foot seems as if it is turned too far out and her right leg and foot seem at an odd angle to me. This is all I can find to critique here.

Great work!

(Isn't a whippet a type of hunting dog?)
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scruffyzero Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Ugh...don't tell me that...i'll have to change it now...! (I dunno..."whippet" was some kind of amalgamation of "rabbit" and...er...."woods", I suppose....rabbits in the woods....or something like that. Lumba was a thought when I was writing story notes and scribbled the word (phrase) "bioluminescent bug"...from that came "Loomba", which I shortened to "Lumba" because "Loomba" was too much like "Roomba" which is a little robotic vacuum cleaner that...vacuums your floor, I guess would be the obvious conclusion to that explaination...)
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2005
I'm sorry! It's a pretty uncommon breed, if that helps . . . and they are hunting dogs, so it would work . . . *cringe* And it was such a nice comment up until that part . . . I like Lumba but did wonder how you got to it.
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scruffyzero Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
I kind of hated hearing things called silly names when reading...like "Muggles", or "Trollocs" or something like that...it just sounded weird in my head. Of course I realize now when you're inventing the characters, there's something to be said for giving your subject its' own unique name....
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2005
I used to like them. I wondered how people made up words like that . . . until I started trying to write and did it myself. I like them, as long as they don't sound too unnatural or have a good reason behind them.
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