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Ben Progression Sheet 06-11 by Altalamatox Ben Progression Sheet 06-11 by Altalamatox
Update 2011:
Benjamin, my pampered eldest OC, who's been around in one shape or another since I was ten.

In case you were wondering why three of these sheets all start in '06, that was my first year of high school (and the year I joined dA) and it really, really sucked. I split with my friend group and pretty much filled the void by working with my characters instead. And haven't stopped since, I suppose.

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Notes from Ď09 original post:
Well! I'm happy people are enjoying these. Thanks for the response on Tom's sheet and without further ado, let's dig some unflattering skeletons from dear Ben's closet, shall we? Onwaaard!

As I say, Benís always been Ben. The hair, the beard, the height, the laugh, the irrepressibly cheerful nature- I've always held more or less the same mental image of him and as I gain more experience writing/drawing all I do is nudge him closer to it.

The next and last of these will be Cornelius, who is Ben's opposite in that he's almost unrecognizable as himself in the beginning. And we get to see me try to figure out what galatini look like which is a thing of horror in itself.

--- Progressions ----------
Thomas' Page
Benjamin's Page
Cornelius' Page
Morgan's Page
Eric's Page
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I cant see it :(
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Beland01 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
I love Benjamin! I just wanna hug him and hide in his mane/hair when he's a lion xD
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ho9-Ve Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love this character, he looks awesome! Well made my friend!
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bor-chan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I love Ben! He is my fav character!
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IceFireDrag Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wish I drew like that when I was ten
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
No, no. Ben came about when I was ten, I didn't draw him until I was sixteen.

I wish I drew like that when I was ten too. XD
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IceFireDrag Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, okay. Heck, I wish I could draw humans like that when I was sixteen XD
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TheWorldEndsTuesday Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Aw, don't we all pamper our eldest OCs? *has urge to go draw yet another picture of my main OC*

Anyways, I really like Ben (first saw him in your Zelda race meme), he seems so full of life and really cheerful. But then, your style makes all your characters seem full of life (even the moody ones lol). But he's particularly likeable and it's really cool to see how much he's progressed through the years.
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aspinhasi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
hahaha i love ben!

honestly, i don't think you gave yourself enough credit. i mean for the really old drawings from ur freshman year in high school. You already knew how to make a human face, how to shade, and how to draw the body and SOME FORM of background. thats more than i can say for many people (including me) from back then. You have come very far since then though! i love seeing how your characters progressed~!
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MBlackwood Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Filmographer
Dear. Lord. NOW I LOVE BENJAMIN, TOO. Your insidious plot to make us love each and every one of your characters like our own children is succeeding. You monster. :thumb67663700:

Anyway, given dear ol' Ben's progression here, I have to say, this gives the phrase "noble Jesus lion" a whole new meaning. Seems like Aslan's got some competition! Some exceedingly well-drawn competition, I might add.
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missuny Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
It's really exicting to see how your favorite artist drew back in the day, and to see how they grow with their talent.
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
These sheets are really helping me to get to know your characters. Also, I lol'ed at "brief stint as Qui-Gon Jinn" and the "how not to look like Jesus" equation.
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Osanagokoro Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
I love Ben! This was such a neat idea, 'Tox! Thanks for sharing.
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Crossfire7 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Benjamin is the guy we'd all like to be. No serious problems, a mostly cheerful disposition, and a job that pays well enough for him to afford those clothes.

By the way, regarding Altalamatox, have you considered making it a graphic novel when the time comes to publish your work? That way, you don't have to spend time writing up wordy sentences just to describe your characters and their surroundings. The only writing you have to do then is dialogue. And if backgrounds aren't your cup of earl grey, you can always ask someone for help designing the backgrounds.
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Doppios-Reign Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favourite of your oc's strangely from the first time I saw him years ago I all ways thought he had a bit of lion in him ^__^
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Kantomsk23 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
He's an Englishman!? (feel free to slap me in the forehead and say "could've had a V8!") Sorry if i'm pulling a Morgan on you and being a creeper, but I could not favorite this hard enough! :D
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luckypickle Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Does Ben pre-date your Library universe?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
He does. Maybe three years after he came around the Library (there was always a library along with Ben but it wasn't nearly as important) started to get fleshed out more, and that meant it needed an outside world to exist in, which needed a city, which needed a society, which needed neighboring societies, which needed denizens, which needed races...

Look what you started, Ben. For shame.
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RedWinterwolf Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
So...
You started off bloody good and moved on to bloody awesome, basically?

Ye gods, your skill is both impressive and depressing in one roller-coaster go, Drac :XD:
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optical-jackson Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes you see. I look at these and decide what to beg my friends to help me pay for instead of birthday presents this year.
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it's amazing how much an artist can progress.
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NuisanceBearEull Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Faving it because he's such a babe. Also ... could you send me a big one? Or link me to it? T'would be helpful.
You're brave, by the way. I have an 06 of Reg, but he says he wouldn't be my friend anymore if I put it here.
... I should do one of these for Lunette ... but I'm not sure the DA world is ready for the horror that is the I'm-Not-Fat-Poncho.
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Gellyh Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Benjamin for Jesus! Vote now!!!
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julianwilbury Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Finally someone who can understand the pain of other high schoolers always asking you why are you drawing Jesus.

...Although when they asked me I was drawing, well, lions. (Lion King lions, but lions. Oh, the shame!) Well I guess Aslan isn't a lion for nuthin.' (Lion-y hair=JESUS!!)

I actually managed to click the download button properly twice in a row when viewing this. This is sadly a major achievement, I ended up faving and accidently de-faving ALL THE THINGS that way...
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
I love Ben, I really do. Maybe it's the Qui-Gon resemblence, I dunno. Or the fact that he's a librarian and apparently moonlights as a lion. In any case, he makes me happy.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
You think he still looks Qui-Gon-y? I suppose he does have the hair. And sorta the beard. And kinda the nose... good god, he rather does, doesn't he? *stares at Ben* Why didn't we have you go as Jinn for Halloween? You wouldn't have had to trim your hair that way. *Ben laments his lack of poofy hair* Oh, get over it, it's just for the one night. *shoves*

Pfft, the lion thing. It was never really part of his canon, just a fursona for kicks and giggles, then it leaked into his story somehow and, yeah. I just devoted a bunch of time to refiguring the whole story behind the lion, but now honestly I'm feeling I'd much rather take it out of his story altogether. I think a lot of people here would be sad to see it go, but I just don't feel like it adds anything to his character and lord knows I have enough shapeshifters as it is. Penny for your thoughts?
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
*giggles* Yes, he looks kinda Qui-Gon-y, but that's good, because I adored Qui-Gon (we will not get into my pet version of the man who is utterly addicted to coffee and has been known to whack people over the head with Mr. Coffee coffeepots... *whistles*)

Hmm... He doesn't have to be a literal shapeshifter- it could be a sort of psychic aspect of him. Like a daemon or spirit-self. Is he into any sort of meditation or dream-quests or anything? Or maybe it's simply his fursona- an alternate way he sees himself for whatever reason (Grins and giggles, I dunno).

In any case... I would be among the group sad to see lion!Ben go if you scrapped it entirely.

Do you actually write stories for this delightfully crazy lot? If so, where can I find them?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Mwaha! Yes, I liked Qui-Gon as well, I was a bit sad we didn't see too very much of him. (I'm really a Kenobi person, who totally weaseled his way into all six stinkin' films so I can't complain.) I can totally see Qui-Gon being a coffee-addict, he seems like the sort who might run on meditation and morning caffeine.

Aaah, noo! XD that's actually exactly what I'd like to avoid, the 'furry' or 'fursona' thing. He can show up as a lion outside canon in the same way I show up as a derpy pirate fox, because it's silly/I didn't feel up to drawing humans at that moment, but as a character I want him avoid all that. I went back and tore apart his story once more, as things stand now I took a middle route and kept the bit about the transformation powers given as a gift to him in his teens but made the spell a bit defunct and these days degraded to the point he can't manage much more than pointy teeth/nails and gold eyes for a few moments. Like so much of the rest of his story, Ben was arguably so much cooler when he was younger. Aw well, he has the best stories to tell now. :3

Eheh. Well, I write a lot of stuff in my head. Which is really dumb because I have a poor memory and by the time I sit down to write their adventures out I've lost the essence of things. But I do write a little. If school wasn't constantly glutting on my time I know I'd write much more. I have a thing or two I plan to post on dA soon, otherwise, it's sad but the majority of what I've actually written down in full-blown story format (that doesn't stink to high heaven and there's a lot of that nonsense) is in my gallery at the moment. Thank you for your interest, though! Truthfully I'm more pleased to hear when my writing is enjoyed than my artwork. :heart:
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
*grins* I love Obi-Wan myself. You can tell he was really trying with Anakin, though there were times when he (and Anakin and everyone else in the third movie) really could have benefited from a smack upside the head.

Defunct shapeshifting spell. I like it!

I'm with you on the poor memory and not able to write things down fast enough =p So much in the head, so little time.
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CatholicVampire Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010   Writer
Well, I think I could start recognizing Ben as himself 'round abouts 2007.... ish.... He's quite familiar, really, and this was so amusing to read! I cannot wait to see him in 2011!
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Arlexim Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student General Artist
Ben in his 20's?

YES. yes you can. :dance:
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student General Artist
I always liked Ben.......sorry I beith not talkative today, but I love these progression sheets, I'm very tempted to one on Davy Jones only because my first attempt was hideously hilarious and I think I still have it somewhere. It burns my eyes.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Oh gosh, you so totally should. Really and totally. So much concentrated DJ by WOD might burn a hole of awesome straight through the interwebz, but it will just have to heal! :evillaugh:
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student General Artist
No really, it is so terrible you would go, WOD! HOW COULD YOU DRAW SUCH AN ABOMINATION!!! But I think I will, I just need to remember where I put it.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
*points up* Lookit that liddle shop of eyeball-searing horrors up there; if I can do it to Ben, you can do it to Jones! Coooourage!
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Student General Artist
YAR!
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tigersmeow Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
These are in possesion of un-godly amounts of EPIC.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
FAIL. Epic FAIL.

No, no, no, no, sorry, I shouldn't be like that. These are kind of hard for me to post because I'm so bashful of my old art but hey, whatever, right? We're all standing on a pile of really scary old art to get where we are now and where we are now will be buried somewhere under an even bigger pile in the future... and it's all about progress, really. I'm glad you're enjoying them! <3
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tigersmeow Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
^_^ If you think *you're* embarrassed about old art....oh dear...lmao
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Child-of-God Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
I love Ben. He's my favorite of all your characters. :) :heart:
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Mocha-Dragon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Ben has to be my favourite i just love his personality and liony hair which hair product does he use????^___^

I like how you make your drawings look like they have a life of their own I think thats rare ive seen a lot of great artisrs on DA but only a few of them can make their pictures life like and im happy to continue watching your art evolve because it all ways does, very much likeing the new softer pencil looks great!
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Ha! The hair thing is officially at the top of Ben's FAQ's... the answer is whatever's cheapest at the store. XD He actually doesn't spend much time on his appearance, and trust me we all hate him here for it.

Hey, thank you very much! Always awesome to hear one is improving (and not boring anyone to tears while one's at it)! <3
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Isideo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
AHAHAHAHAHAHAH WHY ARE YOU DRAWING JESUS ALL THE TIME? My God that's funny.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
THAT had to stop. Granted, I still get that just occasionally now if he's got his specs off. WHY WOULD JESUZ BE WEARING A MEDIEVAL TUNIC YOU PPL ARE CLUELESS. :shakefist:
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Isideo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Oh my God, that has to be the most funniest thing I've read today and believe me, I see some really funny sh*t around the net.
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AngeliqueAlene Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
I really do like Ben, even if I don't say it often enough.
I like Ben most in period attire though, there's something about him that just screams "Knight, chivalry, dragons and swords" and the clothing seems so very appropriate.
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amaliaseven Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
I like your drawings, but I see so much stuff it's hard for me to get into characters. This did it. I am a Ben-fan. :D
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