Archive for the ‘animals’ Category
The hellhound adoption saga continues with Suitov helpfully pointing out all the apparent plot holes so far.
When I considered how to approach this story, which is an alternative telling of Basaltine's version of events, I considered writing until the point at which Basaltine's tale ends and then stopping. But that really would be pointless, because, other than some divergences in detail and a heavy difference in style, they're telling the same story.
Besides, it's in Suitov's character to question everything, even when it's potentially to his own detriment, and I rather wanted to work one particular detail in (namely the dog's name. Sometimes I think if I don't use some of the random facts and backstory in my mind, I'll drive myself nuts with frustration). So on we go, and hope that I can work out where I'm going to end it before the end…
Probably ought to have named the housekeeper, because it's far more in Suitov's character to think of people by name than as 'Servant Q', but I haven't thought of a name for her yet. So it's actually me giving her short shrift, not him…
edit, 13:13 24/03: Leaning towards Bryony Navesink or Neversink. I first thought of Catriona, but that's both Gaelic and the name of a schooldays friend of mine.
The hussy! Because, well, clearly she has been looking at my site and reading my ongoing stray hellhound story. Because all Real Authors steal stuff off random unpublished amateurs on the internet. This is known.
Nice coincidence, though. Have to admit I've never read any of her books, because they have names like The Hero and the Crown and summaries like
Aerin is the only child of Arlbeth, king of Damar, and his second wife, a foreigner from the North. Aerin inherits her mother's pale skin and fiery red hair, setting her apart from all other Damarians (who are dark-haired and dark-skinned) and causing her to be feared and ostracized by them. (from Wikipedia)
Thanks to Ree for sending me the link. It can go in my hellmutts collection.
Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell is a very silly film with a very good doggie in it. It's quite schlock made-for-TV horrorish with atrocious special effects and mostly low-key acting and production, apart from some scenes ostensibly in Ecuador (complete with bowler-hatted people).
There isn't much surprise to the plot, and the acting (of the dogs) is pretty bad.
I enjoyed it.
It gets minus points for the old "woman possessed by the devil becomes sex-mad because sex is evil" trope. And minus a squillion points for equating my Barghest with Christian mystical junk, but that was a given; said so right in the title.
The DVD has won a place in my hellmutts library, along with Zoltan, Hound of Dracula. (Which was even worse.)
A late appearance in the Christmas piccy stakes, entered after the closing date through the power of rampant favouritism. (Hey, I made the rules, I interpret the rules.)
Hrian headshot (600×800, 100KB)
Hrian is a plain grey Canis lupus, at least for part of the time. The colours on this went a lot more red and blue than I intended, making him look more Mexican (see what I mean?). I ran with it and offered the recipient an alternative desaturated version, but he preferred the original.
I might take another shot at this… Oh, and I kinda like the sketch, possibly even more than the finished article, so there it is.
(Drafted before I posted the prev entry, delayed until I was sure the recipient had seen the picture.)
Eye candy first! Here is Mai (800×600, 63Kb)
Not much to say about this one. I wasn't kidding when I remarked to Ree that she's about the only person in the world for whom I would possibly consent to draw a Japanese1 World of Darkness2 catgirl3…
I'm still getting used to the new admin interface in WP 2.7. The "write post" screen feels more cramped in its default-ish layout, but I'm already loving being able to hide such things as the useless 'post slug' field (I just use numbers; I hate wordy URLs. They smack of shameless SEO and are untidy), and to drag my less-used options somewhere out of the way.
I think I'll rearrange it further to get it down to two columns, so I'll have a bigger text entry field. The "Media" field is calling me to
take a look into its eyes post stupid audio or video entries. Maybe…
edit: Hang on. I'm mighty angry that wpuntexturize has disappeared. I loathe WP's auto curly quote behaviour, and the only replacement I've found that works requires you to add a custom field to every post. I'll try reinstalling wpuntexturize and see if it works… (edit2: Seems to, after I edited it manually to add ellipsis to its array of things to un-replace. Why they don't let you turn the loathesome texturize behaviour off in the first place is a mystery to me. WordPress fail.)
1 (Note for new readers and silly literalists: I don't really have a beef with Japan or the Japanese. I know next to nothing about Japan – except, naturally, for a good bit about Shinto and Buddhism, which goes with the job. No, my beef is with the good people of Wapan… who also know pretty little about the Japanese, but that doesn't stop them.)
2 (Another note for new readers: I definitely do, however, have a beef with White Wolf. GTFO of my mythology.)
Because I can't resist it when someone mentions Anubis. Another for the Jack forum art exchange.
Treads-the-Path (800×453, 95KB)
I took "treads the path" literally (Deed name? White Wolf does NOT exist in my world.) and wondered what sort of 'path' an Egyptian werewolf might tread…
I'm growing to like Photobucket's tagging. It lets you add URLs.
Up at 06:30 for Neopets giveaway, lulz. I got the spooky site theme for me and the brother-creatures. Seem to have got in before the massive site-laggage, too. *dances* Now I can go back to bed.
I think Piper has an injury to his white eye. There's lots of gunk underneath, which I keep cleaning away, even though there's no cut visible. There's also a little dirty patch on the edge of his white ear (same side), which I suspect is a small injury too. Piper is clearly a menace to society with his hard-drinking, roustabouting, bar-brawling ways.
Since I'm awake anyway, a poem. Amphibrachic tetrameter because I can.
Country Road Meeting
An Anglian roadway in whistling November.
No sign of the taxi; no signal, no money,
A cardie from Primark 'tween her and the weather,
Suspecting she'll come to regret the stilettos.
Some headlights: the taxi? She moves to the hedgerow
And hopes she'll be visible. Funny, no engine.
It comes round the corner; she shivers. What is it?
It looks like a calf but it's burly and shaggy
And looking at her with those luminous eyeballs!
Its claws make no clicking, no noise on the roadway;
No steam from its muzzle. It's not even breathing.
"If this is a pisstake," she mumbles, "it's working."
It passes her swiftly, the muscular creature,
So close she could touch it. You're kidding. She doesn't.
Intent on its business, it wholly ignores her.
A roar from behind makes her jump. A Fiesta
With spoiler and skirts and a strip light beneath it.
A hundred and fifty or more, never slowing,
It bombs down the roadway, so close it could touch her.
The dog—was it hit? Where's it gone? Shit, she's blinded.
She rubs at the afterglow, loses a contact.
The car's disappeared and, it seems, so's the creature.
No body. No impact. No blood. Must have dodged it.
Her sobs become mist as she turns and examines
The tracks of the tyres in the place she was walking.
A few minutes later, the cab driver finds her.
Featuring guess what – a girl holding a cute animal!!! :O
See, there was a little evil conference between Mutt and Anke earlier this week, which resulted in one artist and one hound both doing something based on the idea of desert foxes for Snoggie's birthday.
(Here's Anke's. It's not the same fox, or the same Fochs.)
A rush job, but I still ended up spending 2 hours plus change on this.
Here's Silas the cougar gunslinger, drawn as Irvine from Final Fantasy. The 'character' ("a cougar type gunslinger from the wild west. Haven't developed him much yet, but he does have a penchant for dusters and cowboy hats") belongs to Treads-the-Path.
If you like mountain lion/cougar/Puma concolor, here's a poem about a different one.
(I don't like the whole "servants" bit. That's monkeycentrist spin. We're partners.)
The Gwyllgi will haunt your dreams. It, and its Dark Age cousin Cwn Anwn (the old Welsh underworld hounds) and Bythead y Fall (the Evil Hound), are all part of ancient Welsh myth and legend: but are more than myth – they are FACT! Look 'em up in the Sources. The Mabinogi relate tales about them going back 1,500 years. They are part of our Celtic heritage going back 3,000 years, long before Christ was born. They are our pagan deities, the servants of Rhiannon, Epona, Cornunos and the other true Welsh pagan gods. Our streams, lakes and woodland are their homes, the craggy mountains of Eryri and the broad open ranges of Hiraethog their spiritual homelands. Stone circles and menhirs, forsaken by our new Christianity forsook them; relegated them into the darkness of civilisation. But they remain, worshipped by their servants; adored by their handmaidens and revered by their true believers. Their day will come. The true religion of our forefathers will return and stand proud over the ruins of Christianity, Islam, and all other modern religions. Behold; the day of GWYLLGI will come!
Pen Dafad, Denbigh, Thu Nov 29 08:34:04 2007
Whoo boy. Finished, sort of! (800×600, 200KB)
This is another one for the Jack forum art exchange. Kristof and Than (panther and raccoon, respectively) belong to their creator, Salkafar. I'd link to his gallery… except it's NSFW.
are a couple of places is now a list of 14 15 things I might fix.] (I did.) For now, I'm tired and need to set off for work.
Hey, any film fans, please will you tell me if the background is recognisable?
I was going to work on some artwork. Instead, I did some other artwork. Procrastination FTW!
WARNING: contains gratuitous CUTE (400x600px, 86kb)
And I know the shading and so on is rushed, because I wanted something I could do at a sitting. To begin with I wasn't planning to shade it at all, so anything more is a bonus. :P I used SO many reference pictures here, including for the outfit and character reference sheets from Anke's gallery. (The other figure in the picture is her Sylvie.)
I must stop drawing girls holding cute animals before I get typecast. (Tabletcast?)