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Last Night I finally got the chance to see Dofus Book 1: Julith (or just Dofus in many promotional materials), an animated film by the French studio Ankama Animations, based on the MMORPG of the same name and its various spin-off cartoon series, including Dofus: The Treasures of Kerub and Wakfu.  And it was awesome.

In the high-fantasy World of the Twelve, Joris is a young boy who lives with his adopted feline father and helps run a curio shop.  He learns that his parents were powerful sorcerers and one day his mother shows up to use him for a dark purpose.  Action, intrigue, and much drama ensues as they search for an artifact that can stop her: the Ivory Dofus, an egg that contains the soul of a dragon and channels near unlimited magic power.

One thing I really liked was how all the characters were flawed and made mistakes, sometimes big ones, and their motivations were not always black and white,.  There were a few times where things seem to shift, and doubt is cast onto who is really the bad guy, or if there is really a bad guy here or not.  Everyone is given plenty of story and most is made of that for both comedy and drama.  Even the numbskull comedy relief character, an insanely narcissistic gobbowl (fantasy version of soccer/football) player is given a pretty full arc and some genuine emotion.

I also really liked how (minor spoilers here, I guess) the good guy sorceress takes a few dark turns, drinks obsessively out of regret, and then has to face the final confrontation while too drunk to cast spells.  Bet you won't see that in a Disney movie anytime soon. X)

The animation is very fluid and dynamic, with a lot of very inventive visual designs for both characters and background.  The World of the Twelve offers a very rich background for world building.  If anything, the film's one major flaw is that the lore is a little too dense and may lose viewers in places who aren't familiar with its source material.  But things are still explained well enough that the basic story is easy enough to follow.

I don't think it's the very best animated film of last year--that would go to Kubo and the Two Strings followed by Moana.  But I do consider it on the same level as Zootopia, which itself was an amazing film and my previous third place pick, which will hopefully give potential viewers an idea of how highly a life-long animation fan like me regards this film.

Plus I just realized that Dofus has accomplished something no Hollywood studio has done yet--made a genuinely GOOD film based off a computer game!
New Sketchbook Page 2 - El Mi'raj
The second page of the sketchbook was dedicated to some character concept art, centered around the idea of turning the myth of the El Mi'raj, from arabian myth, into a fantasy race I may use in my ongoing D&D campaign.  In the original folklore, el mi'raj were evil yellow-furred rabbits with a long unicorn-like black horn on their foreheads.  They were carnivorous and used their horns to impale creatures much larger than themselves, and then gorge themselves.  But most notoriously they were known for spreading plague and pestilence.

The fantasy race of the El Miraj are a small, somewhat isolated race known for strong magic and shapeshifting so they can hide among mortals.  Their horns are magic, and with them can induce and manipulate diseases.  When an el mi'raj dies, their horns are removed and by magical means forged into various black-bladed weapons.  These weapons have all the disease-inducing powers of a living el mi'raj's horn a swell as inducing normal magical weapon damage.

I have done pin-up versions of el mi'raj females before, which can be found in my gallery.

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Couple
i have a confession: I do not remember making this picture.  I mean, its obviously mine, with my signature (a bit cut off in the scan tho) and my style and stuff.  But I can't remember what year it was from or whether it was a commission or an auction piece.  I --think-- it was an auction piece, as I found an auction-sized sample file alongside it, but I just can't be sure

I was just going to post this on my Patreon, but figured maybe I should post it publicly too, to see if anyone remembers commissioning it or buying the original at auction, or even seeing it online way back when.

But anyway, rescued from the depths of my forgotten files, here it is, done with Ink and colored pencil, sometime (I guess) between 2005-2008.

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New Sketchbook page 1
Just picked up a new sketchbook, and for something different, I thought I'd show off pages of it as I fill it up.  These will mostly be rough pencil sketches.

In the top pic, we see what I was calling a 'fire faerie,' a little demonic analog to a normal pixie.  In the bottom pic, we just have some random fantasy princess lounging about.

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Lady Skaver Inks
The hand inked version of lady Skaver of Timbervale, a female goblin rogue in her mid-twenties.

Skaver (named after a type of skinning knife) is a character I'm using in my ongoing D&D campaign, and she's a character I may end up using in the next HOT GOBLIN GIRLS book, though she may be altered from what's here depending on the needs of that story.  (The books and the campaign, though sharing the same setting, I consider to be in separate continuities.)

Skaver's original clan, the Wolfscar Clan, was wiped out by human soldiers.  One of the fighters, sickened by the slaughter, risked much by saving the infant Scaver, and smuggled her out as he desered shortly afterward.  He raised her as his own daughter, along with his two natural-born human sons.

That soldier later became mayor of a very prosperous trading town.  Skaver helps her aging father in running the town, and has her hand in dozens of deals and ventures, not all of which are legitimate.  She is brash and coarse and always has some scheme hatching in her mind.  She has a notorious on-again, off-again affair with Grimbal, the dwarf running the town's somewhat infamous Owlbear Wagon venture.  Though not too obvious in this sketch, she has three jagged scars across her face, the mark of the wolf's claw used to mark her as a member of her clan shortly after birth.

In D&D terms, Skaver is a Rogue and is well trained in fighting, stealth and commerce.  She has a magic dagger and necklace given to her by her father for her own protection.  Most of the town's people are very familiar with her, and either warily respect her or outright support her despite her goblin heritage.  Skaver is not in line to inherit her father's position, being adopted and a female goblin besides, but she is seen as being far smarter and more competent than her two somewhat incompetent younger human brothers.  Everyone is certain that while her brothers will nominally be in charge when their father passes, Skaver will end up being the true brains and power behind the town.


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Last Night I finally got the chance to see Dofus Book 1: Julith (or just Dofus in many promotional materials), an animated film by the French studio Ankama Animations, based on the MMORPG of the same name and its various spin-off cartoon series, including Dofus: The Treasures of Kerub and Wakfu.  And it was awesome.

In the high-fantasy World of the Twelve, Joris is a young boy who lives with his adopted feline father and helps run a curio shop.  He learns that his parents were powerful sorcerers and one day his mother shows up to use him for a dark purpose.  Action, intrigue, and much drama ensues as they search for an artifact that can stop her: the Ivory Dofus, an egg that contains the soul of a dragon and channels near unlimited magic power.

One thing I really liked was how all the characters were flawed and made mistakes, sometimes big ones, and their motivations were not always black and white,.  There were a few times where things seem to shift, and doubt is cast onto who is really the bad guy, or if there is really a bad guy here or not.  Everyone is given plenty of story and most is made of that for both comedy and drama.  Even the numbskull comedy relief character, an insanely narcissistic gobbowl (fantasy version of soccer/football) player is given a pretty full arc and some genuine emotion.

I also really liked how (minor spoilers here, I guess) the good guy sorceress takes a few dark turns, drinks obsessively out of regret, and then has to face the final confrontation while too drunk to cast spells.  Bet you won't see that in a Disney movie anytime soon. X)

The animation is very fluid and dynamic, with a lot of very inventive visual designs for both characters and background.  The World of the Twelve offers a very rich background for world building.  If anything, the film's one major flaw is that the lore is a little too dense and may lose viewers in places who aren't familiar with its source material.  But things are still explained well enough that the basic story is easy enough to follow.

I don't think it's the very best animated film of last year--that would go to Kubo and the Two Strings followed by Moana.  But I do consider it on the same level as Zootopia, which itself was an amazing film and my previous third place pick, which will hopefully give potential viewers an idea of how highly a life-long animation fan like me regards this film.

Plus I just realized that Dofus has accomplished something no Hollywood studio has done yet--made a genuinely GOOD film based off a computer game!

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bluewingfairy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
happy new year my friend.
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Paul-Lucas Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
And to you as well!  Many thanks for all your support and feedback, I do appreciate it.
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bluewingfairy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
merry Christmas my friend.
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Paul-Lucas Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
A belated Merry Christmas to you as well.  Hope your holiday was enjoyable.  = )
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beasterbrook Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
HI Paul, I'm trying to track down a copy of the Gossamyr module for The Shattered Sky (yes it was a while ago;).. would you happen to still have a copy? email is best to contact me (i'd have emailed you but I can't find one handy for you)

beasterbrook@hotmail.com

Thanks

Brette:)
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Paul-Lucas Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
Reply has been sent to you via email, as requested.  = )
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HoosterDooTheTroll Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
Take your millions of assests to e621. They're useless here.
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Wooxx Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch! ;D <3
Blinkin Pitch pixelpon! by Wooxx
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Mi3kka1S4 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thanks a bunch for the watch!!
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PJToon75 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your artwork is absolutely fantastic! Great stuff!
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