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Pitching a new coloration for sentient slime Morgan, we'll see if it sticks. (Ew.) It's giving me all the right icky vibes. As for why it makes sense, I think I've mentioned Morgan gained his shapeshifting ability via some sketchy magic, magic which literally killed him, and reanimated him as a corrupted but structurally versatile being. His unshifted body is the melted and congealed reanimated remains of his corpse. So looking like he's full of meat milkshake is appropriate. I bet the colors all slurp and swirl around inside him as he moves. YUMMEH.

Tom's virtual avatar works very much like his mechanical prosthetic body, translating the impulses that would've directed his biological body into the movements of an animated model. He can throw the simulation up on any of the zillion monitors in his Tower, including the really big one which is daunting. The program's able to render him in ridiculously lifelike detail and expresses complicated facial expressions better than his android, so if you're visiting him at his home he'll likely interact with you through this simulation, viewing you through cameras around the lab and conversing through the speaker system.

(I should mention Tom's my only character Morgan'd stand no chance in hell against, so the doctor is rightly unimpressed by him. Morgan would take Tom's android for his actual body and never even know what hit him when Tom drops his carcass with forty milliamps across the heart. Science gets to kick magic's ass now and then.)

I have two and a half storyverses, and as my favorite fantasy creature dragons appear in all of them. Network dragons like Duncan are intelligent, flightless, and dinosaurian. Berenger dragons are intelligent, amply-winged, and sleek. In Morgan's storyverse, 'dragons' are akin to 'reptiles' or 'mammals', this highly diverse branch of animals, which are nothing more than animals.


Dear god I talk a lot.


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artst04 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 28, 2014
Could draw Eric and Robert Downy Jr. Side by side ? I'm just curious.... Eric in his human slender form I mean.... Dunno how Iron man would react to Tony.
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sweets8 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Talking is healthy. If it were anymore healthy I'd have rippling abs that would attract quarters just to bounce off of, lol.
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wee fluffers is so frikkin' adorable I just want to cuddle him and feed him all the cookies! :iconmonkeycuteplz: BTW, I have a question about Eric. What happens if he gets hurt/ill? Does it disappear if he shifts into Tony/Fluffers (and vice versa), or does it translate between forms? Like, if someone were to stab him or something, would he die if he didn't shift into Fluffers? Or would he still die even if he did shift into Fluffers?

Also, if dragons are, er, both shall we say, how is Duncan a "he"? Or all they all "hes" by default?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Oooh, good question! Honestly not thought too much about this! I'd saaaay, since Eric's change into Fluffers is a physical thing, maybe a very persistent bug or a bad wound would survive his transformation. Fluffers into Eric, however, is an implosive/explosive burst-of-light thing as the physical energy from his binging gets clapped into the other dimension in the form of magical power, during which for a moment he doesn't properly exist. So I'm thinking he gets reset at that point from any wounds or illnesses.

So turning into Fluffers, even if he somehow had the presence of mind to manage it, after a mortal wounding would probably not save him. (In fact, shapeshifting with any kind of broken bone or large wound is a thought universally shivered at in the Network, since it might get torn unbelievably wide open during the process.) But at the end of the day, one of the props to being Eric is not having to be particularly worried about death. :)

Since ninety-nine percent of all people most dragons know are human(oid)s, they adopt a lot of customs from them to fit in. One of them is, if a dragon so chooses, to align with one of the sexes for the ease of their human friends. Dragons wear genders like accessories, however, and often switch after a while for the novelty of it, or choose one as a fashion statement or to borrow the perceived qualities of that sex, whether that be grace or strength or whatever it is they admire in men or women. Kind of like people choosing their own spirit animal/mascot or whatnot. Around other dragons, this is all 'human stuff' and they use neutered pronouns for one another. An increasing number of dragons are not playing the game and ask that humans referred to them with the gender-neutral draconian pronouns. Duncan has gone by 'he' for most of his very long life, because he's a creature of habit and has never been bothered to change it up, nor sees any reason to.

So many good questions, you! <3
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, I see! =D Interesting. And I didn't quite catch this until after I actually asked the question, but Eric can voluntarily change into Fluffers? I was under the impression it was involuntary and he had to wait it out until it wore off. So he could do it if he wanted to badly enough? :?

And true, it doesn't really matter either way when you get right down to it. XD Though... I do have another rather morbid question that's been nagging at me for awhile. You said sometimes that Eric... goes off and commits suicide when he's gotten old enough because being old is a pain for him, and it's not like it'd really make a difference anyway. If he knows his immortality curse is wearing thin... do you think he'd be likely to kill himself on purpose if he thinks he won't come back if he does it enough times? He doesn't really seem the type, but living for so long can do things to people sometimes. :worry: If he... had the chance, do you think he'd take it? Or if he knew for sure he wouldn't regenerate, do you think he'd try to stick around in his last life for as long as possible before he goes for good?

Oh, okay, that makes a lot of sense about the dragons. :)

Aww, I'm flattered you think so! :iconblshplz: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer them, too! I really appreciate it. :heart:
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Another good question! Eric undergoes obligatory transformations whenever the magic backing his curse runs low. However, since that moment could come at a very public and inconvenient moment, he's gotten good at gauging when he's due for an attack and preempting it, by setting himself off in the comfort of his well-stocked home.

So yes, he can and does talk himself into becoming Fluffers, it usually takes about five to ten minutes of daydreaming about his favorite dishes, and having something delectable to nibble on doesn't hurt either. And then he goes batshit for a while, and then, yes, he's at the mercy of his curse as to when he'll burst back into human form. There's no rhyme or reason to how long he'll be stuck this way, usually just a few days, at very worst a few weeks.

Eric is mentally prepared to die, but will cry when he does. He's always felt it would be the pinnacle of selfishness for someone as obscenely old as he to not fiercely appreciate the extra years and to leave the world willingly and content. But although he wouldn't fight it, he's not in any hurry to pass on. He's got a pretty good outlook for an immortal guy, so I wouldn't worry too much about his mental health. (:

If he knew he was on his last Mario, as it were, oh yes, he'd stick it out to the last hour, and bear hug every last drop out of life.

Prior to the curse noticeably winding down, if he'd been presented with a single opportunity for a countercurse and instant death, he'd have taken it. Not without tears, again, for the loss of the world, but he'd have taken it. An irony of his cursing is that it's made him very selfless, and that fact that he is SPOILED ROTTEN with infinite life has always irritated him, enough that it'd be a factor in electing termination.

The fact that his curse seems to be fading with time has made him a very happy camper. Not only does he not have Time left, he has time left, and can enjoy himself with the promise of a much-belated ending somewhere in the next hundred years or two or something.

It wouldn't be like Eric to complain, but part of him would also reeeeeeally like to be a normal human again before he goes. Call it closure. ;) We'll see if it's in the stars for him to finally find that countercurse before then!

Hey, not at all! Thank you for makin' me think! :)

     


 
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Roku4fire Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Vra'kriss Minotaur 
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artst04 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Eric looks rather large and round in some of these images. What size was he when he met Jess and Aden?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
The heaviest he ever was, I imagine. I did the math once, but I've forgotten the numbers. Enough that he had 100+ pounds to spare. Because I like a simple number. Because numbers are, if you hadn't guessed, not my strongest point. ;)
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artst04 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Numbers aren't my thing either. I think he would look better to keep an extra 15 bls but that's me. However I guess his fluffers form satisfies the belly fetish in me too. If that's not too creepy and makes any cense. How long does Eric stay fluffers after he transforms?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Can't tell you how many of the dates and ages in my stories are what they are because they're memorable and make the math easy. It's not a system to brag about, but it works. XD

I've never been set about how long Eric is confined to monster form. He's gotta stay Fluffers until he consumes enough junk to renew his curse, although given his appetite that doesn't take long at all. After that requirement's met, it seems to be random how long it drags on. His transformations have lasted for as short as a few hours to over two weeks. They tend to go on for four or five days, every other month or three. It's not actually a very common thing for him anymore.
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artst04 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Sounds mostly like what ever makes the moment funny memorable. I approve. Love your work too.
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Roku4fire Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
The character that is a 'killer bull'. That is Cornelius or Vra'kriss?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Oh gosh, Cornelius? Really? XD Noooo, that's totally Vra'kriss. Cornelius' character critter is a smallish sort of tiger, or sometimes a peacock.
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Roku4fire Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
I thought it might be Vra'kriss. He seems like the type to thoroughly enjoy being a bull.  How is it Morgan and Magda met? You usually draw them together.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Tangent question is tangent!

Magda met Morgan when he burned down the caravan she was traveling cross-country with. He was attempting to kidnap and ransom a prince traveling incognito in the group, but the night went all wrong when a talisman type thingy Magda carries jammed his powers in mid-attack leaving him a pathetic blob. Said blob was joyfully scooped up by the prince's entourage to be brought to the king and executed, and Magda was obliged to follow along to keep Daubenmire helpless. Magda and most of the guards take a liking to Morgan as they have adventures on the way to the kingdom capital, until finally they can't deal with seeing the captain of the guard smacking him around so badly and commit some serious treason and release the shapeshifter.

Oh, I guess you can hear it from them too, if you like. Third question down.

The two are pretty inseparable. They balance each other's issues. (:   
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Roku4fire Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Haha, well, I think they might just be my favorite pair of yours.  Though I think Morgan's cat shape is my favorite. Thank you.
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SirVevvan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My god, your art is amazing. :omg:
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Karret Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
But your talks are fascinating, so don't worry. :U <33

Your world things are awesome, and I've so far only gotten a glimpse of them. |D <333

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Drgnkpr313 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm... Duncan as a people looks a bit like Tim Curry...
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Shralana Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
And I have to be eating when I read that first paragraph >_< lol
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sweets8 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
I never understood why he wanted the bananas. He prolly dun even like 'em XP - urr meat milkshake D:

Talking is good for yew. N ur lungs, n stuff XP
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Dani12292 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
I love it when you upload BrainSpews, always find them terribly inspiring. Thank you very much!
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Sehvrin Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Love the Tom/Morgan interaction :XD:

And as usual your spew contains lots of other things that are funny, interesting or just totally awesome. This is also why I often waits to look at the brain spews until I feel like I need some cheering up (or until I grow to impatient and can't wait longer, like now ;) )
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Ja-Kitsu-Ryou Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your talk. It makes me smile. :D

Really, I do very much enjoy reading through all of your comments and brainspews. You have a crew of such delightful characters, and it really makes my day when you have something new in your gallery. :)

meat milkshake...lol...I just love Morgan to bits even though I would be absolutely terrified of meeting him in person. His interaction with Tom is quite amusing. :D
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Raven-Halloween Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
yeeess, more BrainSpew!
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Yangyexin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Haha I love the Panda whale C:
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Jane-Martin906 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
NO KING K ROOL CANNOT HAS MAH BANANA HORDE.

I love the brainspews you have. :3
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Ibkiz Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
i thought this is eric? xD
But i want chibi tony :D!!!

K... this i would take too for huuuuuugggggin!
(This dragon is awesome by the way. really nice idea!)
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shelbyhorsegirl40 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
:iconawwwplz: awwww little chibi lion-Ben eatin a cookie
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Susiron Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely love your dragon design at the bottom of this! The idea with the wings becoming hands is especially awesome.
And that seems like a really good idea, developing a humanoid character before making a creature one from it : O -- I may have to try playing wiht that!
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crazyforartz Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
330? But Duncan doesn't look a day over 200.
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Eliket Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You have such energy in all of your drawings which makes them absolutely lovely to look at. I think I can learn a lot from just looking at your sketch dumps!
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Julibee-Darling Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As always your shapes are absolutely to DIE for.
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cybre Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic sketch dump is epic.
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atrixEbitch Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I had completely forgotten K. Rool and his weird fettish for donkey nanas. You've given him a great expression here and btw I hereby request more crosshatching! That is some badass inking right there.
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Roku4fire Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
If I may? For Vra'kriss I think either the bottom left or top right tattoos would be best for him. But it is your choice.
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Ooooh, dragons! Dragons are cool!
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
YES, THEY ARE.
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
*glee* I love the way the wings are devolving into hands. That is very spiffy.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I've always been fascinated that bats, these random little rodent critters, via the process of evolving wings, have ended up with something looking so weirdly like the primate hand. We earned our fingers and thumbs clambering about on branches, I thought it would be interesting to have another species come by hands via the very roundabout route of wings.

AND this means these dragons can actually somewhat participate in a world largely built by humanoids for humanoids in a, aha, hands-on manner. Don't think I'd want to give Duncan a handshake, though.
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
No, that probably wouldn't be the brightest plan :D
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CalliScribbles Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Slime Morgan is awesomely awful. And Duncan the Dragon... teehee, taxi cabs.

In other news... you draw a damn good lion. And cats will always love keyboard hogging. Took me quite a bit to figure out it was Morgan, until the "duh, shapeshifter!" moment. (I was literally all like "hey, I know those speech bubbles from somewhere. They look drippy and full of meaty goodness. *Scrolls up and reads description of scene,* Oh, DUH.")
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I know somewhere in my childhood there was a dragon named Duncan but I can't find anything online to back this up. I did see it's a pretty generic name for cute dragons for kiddies, but for now I'm risking it and keeping his name. I've considered using Dhunkaan instead if it becomes an issue. I just love the idea of a titanic magma-filled dino thing going by Duncan, the inoffensiveness suits him. I don't think he'd go as far as to host a preschool learning show, but he does like kids.

Thank you! Lions. I even hesitate to say they're overrated because they are pretty impressive.

In hindsight I should probably not call Morgan just by his surname, I think I left a few people wondering who the cat was. If you see a Maine Coon anywhere in my art, and it is grinning, or gloating, or eating the still-beating heart of its enemy, it is Morgan Daubenmire.
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CalliScribbles Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Hmmm... I can't for the life of me think of another dragon named Duncan, and as Duncan's not that unusual of a given name, I think you might be good unless anyone else using it is still marketing it, which I kinda doubt if google didn't turn anything up. Hopefully kids like Duncan as well.

One of these things is creepier than the others: "grinning, gloating, or eating the still-beating heart of it's enemy." Of course Morgan would like being a cat. He's too smug not to.
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Miapet Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ohgosh. The things. The things everywhere. ALL OF THESE THINGS. HAVE I TOLD YOU I LOVE YER STYLE? CAUSE I DO. hnnnrrrg the shapes, the shading techniques, the flow, ahlisdghaliudhahflakihfj.

And this Duncan guy. He is like.. such an awesomely designed character. I LOVE his bottom heavyness and his posture and his tail and EVERYTHING.

*DIES*


I really like Network dragons. D:
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The-Hybrid-Mobian Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow, i REALLY like that flightless-dragon design! Using the vestigial wings as an extra pair of hands? Genius!
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DaffoDille Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:U So much love.

Pandorca. I must have one. And a baby Duncan. One of thems too
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RunawaySpirit Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Please disregard the following fictophilia.
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Tom. That picture of Tom's interface.
I demand a larger version of it.

Loving Morgan's new coloring! It's the perfect additional element that adds to the wrongness of her various forms and creations.

DRAGONS. YES! :does long celebratory dance: I was really hoping they would be in the world, somehow, and I just love your adaptation of them. Perfect for very evolutionary creatures trying to fit into normal society. And the incorporation of their wings becoming hands? Excellent idea. It just furthers their logic with what would keep them from becoming an extinct/overhunted species.

And I see your colored pencil drawings have improved! Not to say that they were bad before- no, not at all! They've just become more...mm...awesome? Yes. Definitely some exponentiation in awesome points.
This might just be my favorite BrainSpew!
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Itsumou Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Goddamn I love your art so fucking much.
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