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BrainSpew the 69th by Altalamatox BrainSpew the 69th by Altalamatox
Man, it's entirely too late for artist commentary. :p

Okay, the weed type Pokémon will only make sense if you've ever looked at the stats for the Oddish family. Weed Type Pokémon. They were asking for this. Why a Wigglytuff I don't know. I just hate them.

Crikit is Penny's most favorite pet of her mini zoo. I mean to design some gryphons for the Network, they're somewhat like horses in that they're almost all domestic and bred and trained selectively for work/show/play whatever. I won't pretend like I've laid down the rules for them just yet but rest assured there will be all cuts of them, from little playful things like Crikit to big damn bird-cats that can carry riders.

What I have designed to a decent degree are the first of my humanoid races, the centaurs. I have a small thesis on them I'll shove at you later about their origins, how they work, and how they fit into society today. As for Reece and Harriet, they're from Cornelius and Diana's side of the stories, that is they work at the capital. Harriet's in the centaur equivalent of her seventies and is a retired school teacher, Reece I don’t know as much about except that he's married with a kid and a kid on the way, the first of my characters to have children which is mindboggling for me.

My hypothesis is that if you like centaurs already you will probably not like mine. (But you wouldn't be watching me if you were looking for noble, beautiful fantasy races, now would you?) They wouldn't be caught dead prancing around in a state of nature (well, okay, there are hippies in all races) and are not all magically in their twenties with chiseled abs. Well. Except for Shad. Can't get much more chiseled than a statue, can you. Shad is an artist's representation of a centaur and he's the one bone I'll toss you if you're after big gorgeous classical centaurs, the rest will be made of real humans and real horses, thk u vry mch.

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Toxic-rain666 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist
i want a house grphyon 
xBubbleGummyx Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
oHmega14 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I WANT A SNURTLE!!!! :la: Sooooo CUTE!!!
DoubleFrickenRainbow Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Possum-In-White Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I wants the teddy chimera :XD: so cuute!
CharlottLeBronte Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012   General Artist
Aww love he centaur drawings! And your musings on them..greek sadists hehehe
Thunderscape-7 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your centaurs! :love:
BlueCrystal-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow i like your art/ draw style :D
Summercen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your centaur designs! One note though--Harriet's torso looks well past middle age, but her body looks young. As horses get older, their bodies degenerate as well. Usually this manifests as being hairier, getting a hay belly, or developing a swayback and pronounced withers (so kinda like a lot of humans, actually). Their fetlocks tend to drop as the tendons lose their springiness, and sometimes their lower legs lose definition as well from collection of fluid around the joints.

I would imagine centaurs would probably suffer from these things less, since they can be proactive about their health problems, but some of them (like the swayback) really aren't things you can prevent.

And now I am rambling about horses, sorry for the word vomit, I am excited about everything pertaining to the Network, goodnight!
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Excellent feedback, thank you! I knew it was bad of me to not show her age in these doodles, I think I was struggling a bit getting down just the basic centaur form at the time. Awesome. I will keep these points in mind next time I draw her, thanks! :)
DerpyBubbles Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
AAAAAH Tammie is soooo cute I could DIE.
brushtail-thegreat Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I ant a tucango
fiszike Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could be that productive... I love sketches, but not good with them. I just finish them, turn into linearts, or they are not so nice sketches just messy scraps.
BlueEyes-Den Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love your brain spews. So nice and neat, with great pictures and ideas! Do you draw these with pencil and paper or on an art program with a tablet or something? If you draw it with regular old pencils and paper, how do you make it so clean and white? If you have time I would love a reply. :heart: LOVE your art!
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Hey, thank you, glad you like my nonsense!

I almost always draw with .5 mech pencils on ordinary copy paper, I find that's the best combo for the cleanest lines with the least smudging. I rarely ink things but when I do it's done slowly and with much soft cursing in Photoshop with mah tablet.

When I scan my pencil work I'll knock the settings down pretty dark so it picks up my finer marks. Then I'll bring it into PS, use the brightness settings to bring the white back to white, set the layer to multiply, and copy it a couple times to get the lines back down to black. I do digitally clean up whatever specks and smudges survive the process but that seems to help keep things clean.

Hope that's helpful! Thanks for the questions!
BlueEyes-Den Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Dude, you're totally welcome. Your nonsense is great, it makes my day. (:

And that's reassuring, knowing I'm not the only one who draws on copy paper with regular old mech pencils! I always felt like everyone else who draws had all this fancy gear, which makes your art especially inspiring to me!

And it is helpful, thanks. I wonder if I could do that in SAI... Hopefully I can figure it out, since I don't have Photoshop. Yet... Haha.

Well thank you, Altamatox!
GSnail Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what it is about your art, but when i reached the bottom of the dump, i literally fell back in my chair.
StoryShepherd Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student General Artist

Your expressions and ideas are just priceless.
Morag-I Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011   General Artist
If you think centaurs are hellishly hard to draw, might I suggest taking a look at a comic by Donna Barr?
Some very well drawn centaurs and a very practical look for that awkward fitting together of human hips to horse shoulders.
SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
I can haz housegriffin?
sweets8 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Are u kidding? I love your centaurs! 8D But I may be biased, cause I love pretty much all your art :heart: (what can I say, u gots awesome style - and one day I will inlist yew to illustrate a book for me :fuzzydemon:)
if yew have a list for people projects or whatever, I better be on thar! :shakefist:
Susiron Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love you Brain Spews so much, as always. e u e

And I must say that you did a fantastic job on the Centaurs! I've never seen an old one before-- well, other than a wise old male with a beard-- let alone an overweight one. You designed them both extremely well, especially with how Reece's body flows!
Wyco-turmoil Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Cornielus in pants finally being pantless is so unclassy
BlackfireSouls Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Great again :D The centaur kid is great and the others are wonderful too.
Arkeyana Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student General Artist
snurtle :heart:
MechanicalSun Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Oh my god Wow

... I really want a snurtle.
Catherine-Cairo Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student General Artist
I now really want to see a hippie centaur. :I
Child-of-God Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
This is amazing! I LOVE centaurs! You did a really awesome job on them! :D I wanna see mooooorrrrrreeeeah. XD
xxMossfacexx Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL Weed type. Win. I never thought of it that way. BUT I HAVE, however, thought of centaurs of all classes. Thin, muscular, average, fat, different breed types and ages, and even 'miniatures' which are like the dwarfed humans haha. Hobbit centaurs O.o I drew a whole village when I was little of centaur. Obviously the picture was utter shit since I was about 10 but I want to re-do it now..... lul.
crazyforartz Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
The "Awesumsauce" dragon really made my day. LOL!
Swashbookler Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student General Artist
I want a house gryphon, that is the darned cutest thing I've seen all week.
Huzzah for centaurs, The fist kid centaur I've seen was the one on Narnia.
sorry, lame comment is lame, not typative today.
luckypickle Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the snurtle is positively adorable. tucango would be lovely irl.
also housegryphon & tophats, teehee <3
NaturallyUndefined Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"I'm sorry if I'm BOARING you." That line cracked me up.
phiyen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my goodness this is so intense and beautiful!! :D excellent!
Osanagokoro Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Were you really on drugs?
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
No, not really. XD I was having my little siblings shout out animals for me to blend together for most of those.
Osanagokoro Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
That is so much more awesome than being on drugs.
Nemonus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
The way you use SHAPES amazes me. The lion and the Persian near the top, among other things from your Spews, have taught me more about...artistness...than I ever knew...before. Every once in a while they float through my brain as examples of something I should practice one day.

</extremely articulate>

Also, your centaurs are indeed like no others I have seen before and I love them, especially the child.
SunStateGalleries Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Stop re-vamping Cornelius!! D:<<< ;)

LOVE, love the centaurs, you inspire me so much! Also, gryphons... I am loving them in your style! I am glad you finally joined the band wagon, every one on DA has been drawing them the last few weeks!
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Cornelius: I second this.

Shut up, you. If I hadn't been revamping you along the way you'd still be a literal pool full of slime and sorrow. Did you enjoy that, Senator?

Cornelius: ...We aren't going to talk about this.
SunStateGalleries Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am not one to talk, however ;P
Huoryu Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Hhnnnnnghhh, your art never ceases to amaze me. Excellent work!
ChirreTheDragoness Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Do I have a really bad sense of humor if I laughed at the ''Boaring'' joke? xD
julieto96 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
i love the section tht warns artist on drugs very adorable, you&your artwork are very creative(:
Crossfire7 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to see your take on other fantasy creatures. Satyrs and Nymphs, perhaps?

I wonder what a Network-wide Woodstock would be like. Hippie Elves would make so much sense, don't you think? Meanwhile the Dwarves are curmudgeonly good ol' boys with an overly traditional and conservative view. Then again, considering we're getting such creatures as galatini and whatever the heck Morgan has transformed into this week, I doubt you'd rely on such common fantasy archetypes.
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Oh man, nooooo, I love using tired old fantasy archetypes! :B I think I like to make fun of them, mostly- you know me, I don't really enjoy taking things too seriously. I've decided, so far anyways, I'd really like to avoid using elves (meaning the Tolkien-esque ones), dwarves, and vampires because everything I could ever do to them to make them interesting to me has already been deftly covered by Terry Pratchett. The Network does have nymphs (Marie, the chick who's sometimes a heron is half-nymph), probably no satyrs though. (: Hopefully I'll get my notes together soon and introduce the lurigadaun (like Bridget, that little shizeshifter in my recent lineup) who are based somewhat on leprechauns.
Phantom-Jaselin Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love your centaurs, the idea of them being more regular is awesome. I think Tammie and her Chimera teddy are the best though. :D Love that she gave a name to both heads.

I wish the domesticated Griffon was real though, best pet ever! :3
Kantomsk23 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Clearly the answer is red. :D
CaptainSeawolf Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011   General Artist
freaking awesome art dump and so ironic. I am in a centaur phase too and was thinking the same thing! You don't see kids around, and I was doing my own designs mostly on... how they heck do they grow up to a young kid age? It's stumped me for a few weeks but now I am FINALLY getting some sketches in the work, your art has totally encouraged me here to keep at it. Tammie by the way is adorable with her Chimera teddy there, I love how he has two names you gotta love that! And I eagerly look forward to Penny and her training of Gryphons and freaking cute Crikit there. :B Amazing work as always Altalamatox! I always freak when I see your art waiting in my inbox. :D
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