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A Man of Many Faces by Altalamatox A Man of Many Faces by Altalamatox
I could draw Morgan pulling faces all day. In fact that's exactly what I've done.

If you haven't already heard me bitching about it, this semester sucks and I've barely drawn anything for weeks, so today I told responsibility to go to hell and of course it would be Morgan, spirit of all that is dead tired of school in me, that I'd waste the day with.

HahaHAA.... GOD I explain Morgan too often. In simplest terms, Morgan Daubenmire is a shapeshifter who can transform into most any living thing he can imagine, who actually looks like the slime on the right, who was born the human lady on the left, and who now chooses to appear as the wicked bastard up top. He is mischievous, friendly, self-satisfied, powerful, goofy, and the class clown of my cast.

As per tradition, now for something from my notes.
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[Morgan 'inherited' a very evil book in her late teens which contained instructions for the ritual that made her a powerful but pathetic creature of many forms. Up until then she was the third eldest in a large farming family in an inconsequential region of Hellecker. Soon after her corruption she faked her death and fled the county, where such black magic was considered so damnable families were expected to stone one of their own for taking it up.]

After receiving her abilities on that fluke of a night, Morgan actually spent the next four-ish years being a fairly quiet, decent citizen of the world, exploring, meeting people, even sneaking into classes at the same college Magda would have been attending at the time. Morgan had an adventuresome little gang of close friends and one friend in particular, Aaron, whom Morgan was extremely close with. Romantically close with.

Morgan was a bit of a hippie. She thought the war was bollocks, and that people were stupid for joining the ranks of the military to go murder perfect strangers for squabbling politicians and greedy monarchs who couldn't manage their one and only job of keeping peace with diplomacy. Aaron being from an old military family, the philosophy of war was one of the only things he and Morgan would wrestle over. Eventually, despite Morgan's protests, Aaron went to take 'his place' in the ranks, but not after a very, very verbally violent fight with Morgan who refused to accompany him to war on moral grounds, and Aaron called this cowardice.

Short story: Aaron marched away alone. Aaron's parents received the king of heart-crushing letters only short months later, and shared the news with their son's friends. Morgan snaps. Feeling vengeful, guilty, and a bit beyond rationality she decides to join the f*cking war herself as a solo guerrilla nightmare on no-one's side intending to make life on the battlefield so awful it might knock everyone's heads together and wake them up from this idiocy.

She never intended to kill anyone. She was after destroying bridges, weapons, shelters, communications and such at first, but after the first few accidents she became acclimated to murder. And let herself go defensively mad so as not to think about what she was doing: she cooked up this frightening Daubenmire persona and somewhere in the act became the character. And he hurt a lot of people in the next year or two before he was stopped in his tracks by Magda's magic-jamming doohickey. In the following months of captivity, mostly stripped of his powers, he cooled off and became rightly horrified at what he'd become.

The next chapter of Morgan's life is him trying to make amends and somehow merge back into a society where the name Daubenmire has become synonymous with Satan. The war has still not ended (though Morgan did make some decent dents in it) and he still wants to throw his might into ending the fighting, remaining a major side player in the scheme of things.

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lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Your sketches of your characters are way awesome!  I love how you captured Morgan's facial expression in his slime form!  Terrific job!
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thegriffin88 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love the idea of having one person be so many characters!  Gah, I wish I could say something about the guys I'm writing for but I'm trying to keep it a secret for when I publish. I have one guy who's two people, and sometimes a dragon-thing, and also one guy who's three people and also half a demon, not that he knows that when you meet him. 

I think Morgan is my favorite of your characters, next to Cornelius because I love his creature form. 
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Mayurifanatic234 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Artist
so was morgan originaly a girl
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Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
yup. I still love it after a month away. So many AWESOME characters.
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Saphin Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I like that weird oozy snake thingy!
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Illusioninme Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
that description...threw me for a loop. Wow, so he was born a girl became a goop and is now a man, or a goop posing as a man, which one is her/his true form?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Sorry. :XD: You've got it just right! The goop is the thing Morgan 'really is' now, although since that thing is a shapeshifter you could say (s)he has no true form.
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Illusioninme Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
freaking sweet. I'd love to live in your world, everything sounds like an adventure!
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
That's what worlds are for, isn't it? :)
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Illusioninme Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
I wish, XD my only adventure everyday is going to work!
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FieldsOfFire Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
The last one in the second row...looks like someone's been having a good time.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
*Phageous and I had been going back and forth about Morgan with messed up hair, so I had to try it myself. Many sex hair jokes have been made. Mostly by Morgan.
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Vagabond24-7 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Magda has a magic-jamming doohickey?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
I know, it doesn't sound good, does it?
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JeskaGrace Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Is this a book yet? If you ever make this into a book, I really, really want to read it. :)
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Candied-Cyanide Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh Morgan~ <3
I actually drew him today. :'I Ihavenoideawhy....
Pffft- Just shoot me now. xD Oh well, stalking you as always~
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Oooh! You can't tease me like that! May I seeee? :iconforgivemeplz:
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Candied-Cyanide Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*flopsonthefloor*
I think it's horribllleeeeee! =q=
But I'll scan it for you and put it up. x3
I actually found out I had a scanner. xDDDD
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Surprise scanner! Isn't it nice when the things you need just show up?

PFFT, nonsense! I look forward to seeing it when you're ready. :)
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Candied-Cyanide Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most definitely~ 8D

*flops some more*
I'm gonna try to do it in your style, (Trust me, I'll fail. xD) then do him in my own. ^ ^
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TheBlack-Kat Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
I LOVE these expressions lol. (Geee, I wish I could draw this good after weeks of not!)
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Phageous Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the variety in expressions! I also really like seeing him don more serious faces, it's interesting. Can't help but wonder what has got him so concerned in that expression on the left... WAIT I *JUST* NOTICED THE SIMILARITY BETWEEN HIS MALE AND FEMALE HAIRCUTS! The hairline, and the little bit of short hairs sticking up in the front, are very much the same. That's cool. :D

Also I LOVE that you drew him with messed up hair! Aaaa it's adorable. Morgan, put that squishy face away. I can't deal with it.

I like that the slimey form doesn't have eyes, although I have to ask, how does he see? Or is he blind?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
SRZ MORGAN IS SRZ. It happens. More than I let on, actually.

Yes! The hair thing! It is there. It is more crappily executed subtle than I would like here, but I'm happy you could spot it! Also in theory Morgan should always have the same eyes and weird tick in the corner of his mouth whatever his shape.

Hee, I still like your messy hair Morgan best. :D

After all the physical and social and magical handicaps his unshifted form shackles him with, I don't have the heart to make Morgan blind. But let's say he could still make good use of a pair of glasses, if he had the conventional eyeballs for it and all that. How he sees is a total bloody mystery. I can say that he seems to have monocular vision (partly explains why he often wildly misgauges leaps ends up in heaps on the floor) and if you cover his 'eyes' he can't see. I told you Hellecker is vacation from even quasi-legitimate fantasy. XD

Things slime Morgan really has trouble with are tasting and smelling, senses which are pretty much deadened. For a guy who can usually have his instant pick of the superhuman senses/abilities of the animal world, well, you can imagine how tickled he is to spend one single iota of his time stuck this way. Unfortunately for him, in his story he faces a span of weeks...
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xxMossfacexx Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I fucking love this guy's story so MUCH ARGGHHHHhhhhh *dies of amazingness*...
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Redfeathyrs Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I love Morgan in his (...her?) slime-snake form. It's just so cute. :squee: *hugs him*




....I may have a problem.
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Grumpy-Old-Snake Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student
You know... I actually really like the slime snake form. xD I love the backstory, too.
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MistyTang Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Such beautiful range of expression! Wonderful life and fluidity to your drawings. :clap: Simply marvelous!
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AbysmalSecrets Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
How you are able to draw a character, then manage to keep their physical appearance the same while morphing their emotions is beyond me. Though practice makes perfect, and that's usually something I need to remind myself every now and then. Your art is always awesome, from sketches to drawings to paintings. I lurve it all.
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FieldsOfFire Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
That's quite a history. Don't believe I'd heard that about him before.
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Canadian-Rainwater Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Oh my goodness, I thoroughly encouraging throwing responsibility to the wind if this is the result. Those expressions are fantabulous. Once again, I am in awe of your skills!
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myoneandonly Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I... I can't. I tried, I gave it my best, and in the end, I can't. His face is a marvelous entity that my mind is unable to comprehend.
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Ningeko16 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
such awesome expression~
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Lyritwolf Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh, what a fantastic character, and these faces really bring him to life!

Watch'd, and I'm totally curious about the world and story he's from now! =D
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MBlackwood Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
Morgan is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters among your menagerie, aside from your resident shapeshifting politician. :3 She is very believable as a human who once wanted nothing but to scare people into seeing that war is, in fact, hell and that maybe it would be a jolly good idea not to wage it so often; the fact that she wound up turning herself into a despicable monster who could no longer be defined as human through her actions more than through her soupsnake true form makes her very tragic indeed.

And, of course, everybody loves the idiot when he goes around making trouble of a supernatural sort as her pointy-eared alter-ego.

I just realized I have no idea how to handle pronouns with this character. HALP.
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Audisey Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
MORGAN! OH, YOU LOVELY THING, YOU. I MISSED YOU. :tighthug: You know what, after I finish my drawering of Cornelius and Diana (I am so sorry it's taking so long, I've been swamped with school and will be until next month), I would love to draw a bit of Morgan. What is his favorite creature to transform into, might I ask? Anything that's not human, I mean. I would be all over that with oodles of doodles.
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AnajiNeff Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
If I remembered from previous posts, it's either a great big dragon, or a large fluffy mainecoon that breathes fire...
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Audisey Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Right, I just can't remember which. MIGHT be the mainecoon, I think.
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AnajiNeff Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
He does so make the best mainecoon.
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Audisey Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, he's just so beautimous. I could snuggle him, although I'm not sure how he'd respond to that. Or how my cats would respond to me giving another kitty some attention.
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AnajiNeff Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
All cats enjoy pampering, your other cats may not enjoy you pampering another cat.
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Audisey Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Probably not. They'll more than likely take one sniff, snort a, "Hmph!" and never venture near me again. Until they demand for more food.
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AnajiNeff Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Food is what always brings them back.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Ha! I have to say this is exactly what happens when Morgan stays with Magda's family and their three cats. They're terrified of him, and also jealous of his hogging all the best laps/sunbeams/hearths. Perhaps ironically, Morgan is very unsympathetic to animals and just laughs at the kitties and continues to steal their people. And Morgan would be ALL OVER some snuggles, snuggles are one of his most favorite things in the world!

And Neff's right, Morgan's preferred shapes include Maine coon cats and all cuts of dragon. He also favors a form that's better termed a legless dragon than a giant snake, and large clever birds like ravens. Also frequently seen as adorable if demon-eyed bunnies, rats, ferrets and the like, because his reputation surrounds him like mustard gas and he likes trolling seasoned warriors by appearing as wee fluffy things and making them veeery uncomfortable. His favorite non-human shape is a close race between cats and dragons, with dragons winning because he lives to fly. (:
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missxmello Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this! Reminds me of Disney! :love:
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Greinjaz Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
cool
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TTSnim Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Morgan the "Goop Snake" is amazing. I don't know how you do it, but you give what could be one of the internet's most disgusting figures a lot of humanity and humor.

Human Morgan is some thing I'm going to stare at and learn from all day! *Takes sketchy notes of your sketchy notes* I love top row two, and bottom row two and six the best!

Lady Morgan looks for all the world like a true imp. Like some one who 'plots' for long hours of the day while doing chores and the like.
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NorthernRaven Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Even while it's very hard to choose, I think Mr. Daubenmire is my most favourite character among your OC's...
But they are all so lovely and awesome. :D
Great work as always, I love the way you draw all those expressions :3
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daniacdesign Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
awesome expressions composite, congrats!!
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IceboxYeti Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow...you make them look like the same character...I can never seem to do that...good job!
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babeskull16 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Nice!
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