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BrainSpew the 84th by Altalamatox BrainSpew the 84th by Altalamatox
I suspect Spews will become sparser now that I've got a real person art job. The spirit is willing to blarf up art morning, day, and night, but the flesh is prone to carpal tunnel, tension headaches, bleeding eyes and aching joints. I'm finding I need to be economical about time spent in front of a screen or sketchbook (hence my complete absence from dA this month, sorry), my body seriously is just not having these daily eleven-hour art marathons.

Haha, but I can't help it. I get home from work and all I want to do is buckle down in front of my own computer and pick up my own projects. I think it would be ruinous to my growth as an artist and well-being as a person if I were to stop making art for fun as well as work, so it's nothing I'm giving up. Ever. Oh, the curse of doing for a living the same thing you do for fun. ;) I'm not complaining at all, honestly. But I do need to change the way I work before I hurt mahseeelf.

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VeeXanya9 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Lul, I just noticed 'The Daily Weekly' newspaper Cornelius is holding at the bottom x3 Also, Network dragons are super creative and awesome. Sweet-smelling lava-fire FTW ^^
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LtCommanderT-DOG Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish i could learn how to draw like you, i just absolutely LOVE your style :D
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Fangbite Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
That last sketch... Cornelius' face is priceless! And Penn looks so HAPPY!!! :D It's epic!
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ShannonAllAround Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah! So many awesome ideas here! The picture of the elderly cat, elephant, and turtle having tea was too cute. :D
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R3aperWolf Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it weird that I like the unfinished sketches more than the finished paints...? ._.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Ha, it's ok! If I didn't feel the same I wouldn't stuff my doodle dumps with them as I do. There's something just pleasant about loose pencil stuff, I have no idea why that is. Maybe it leaves more up to the imagination?
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R3aperWolf Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno... Whatever the reason, it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. In my brain. :>
But then, so does surfing through other artists' galleries.
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CalliScribbles Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
I love that Jackie the pirate found a place to stick her ipod. :)
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wings33 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
I think I was going to comment on other things... and then I saw the one at the bottom and everything else flew away.  I love it.
Daily Weekly... heehee.
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Nice
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:iconthe-gneech:
the-gneech Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
"Surprise, you're dead!" "...well crud."
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MactheViking Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student
I cannot even express in words how much I idolize your style and talent. I just, my eyes are sparkling in its beauty blksdfjsdjajjdkf
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BlackHuntersMoon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Oh my sweet baby Jesus. I about died when I saw that last one. I love Penny so much right now.
And holy creepy Morgan cat batman!
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HyenaTeeth Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it'll make your brainspews all the more exciting to see when they happen! Love the "challenge accepted cat" and the last illo. Also, disgusted unicorn is fun.
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Akaizer Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For real, i really love all your brainspew, i really enjoy to see traditional sketchs, don't know why but it's better than see a fully painted finished work lol
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
MAINE-COON MORGAN LOOKS SO FLUFFY. Can I pet him?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
DO SO! But know that he may follow you forever after. Or at least until the next shiny thing he sees.
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student General Artist
I WILL WEAR SHINY CLOTHES SO HE'LL FOLLOW ME FOREVER
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Is it just me or did Kirby swallow a gibbering mouther or some shit
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
That was some bad candy. Serves him right for eating crap off the ground.
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azispaz Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
I come back around to discover you are DISGUSTINGLY AND ILLEGALLY GOOD AS EVER.
Dat Cornelius in the rain is just...unf...just UNF.
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MaxiMaster Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
You know, the Berenger dragons may be the aspiring tyrants, but the Network dragons sound a lot more powerful. Sure, the Berenger dragons can fly and breathe much hotter flames, but the Network dragons are bigger, stronger, and can spew both fire (albeit weaker) and friggin' lava! I mean with fire, you just get a lot of heat and light, which is dangerous, sure, but with lava, you have heat, light, and LIQUID ROCK coming at you!

Is this supposed to be a metaphor for something? Like, cooperation gets you farther, or something?

By the way, do the Network dragons have any special relations or alliances with any other societies in the Network? Does Cornelius, as both a senator and an ambassador, interact with them frequently? Just curious.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
You're totally right, in a wrestling match Berenger dragons wouldn't stand a chance. But being winged, and cowards, some would say, they were good at keeping out of reach of their larger cousins. Their spit fire is great as a ranged attack, but nowhere near hot enough to faze a Network dragon, while the latter's sticking lava spew would be the end of a Berenger's wings. Networkers can bathe in volcanoes, and Berenger dragons aren't nearly as fireproof.

Hah! Yes, in part. I find the idea of kings and other hereditary rulers veeery interesting, especially when they, as they invariably do, claim divinity or divine right. The winged dragons are partly inspired by that. Granted they're big awful fire monsters, but humanity could've beaten them off before they became entrenched socially and politically and militarily as their masters. And they could've done so at any time after, but tolerated it for hundreds of years. And believed they were a more divine class of being. The winged dragons originally struck deals with humans to assist with labor and share their goods, when humans treated them with awe and respect it inflated their egos and both sides came to believe it was right and good for mighty dragons to rule human life. Meanwhile, grounded dragons were still back in the mountains, and by the time some migrated into the wider world it was under their cousin's rule. Grounded dragons were seen as something between man and 'true' dragons, and the (lighter, admittedly) oppression they endured under their cousins made them natural allies with humans. After their mutual overthrow of their winged rulers they've pretty much remained buddies.

And to answer your other question- there are a few dragon societies still living in their native volcanic mountain range, but it's all the comforts of cave-dragon life on the shifting magma and the vast majority of the modern dragon population live just outside of cities. The ring of fire, they call the phenomenon. You get a few miles out of town and start seeing all these big fire-proof dragon abodes. Network dragons have thrived by working back-to-back with other races and are welcome in most countries. Unfortunately there are a lot of physical barriers to fully integrating into society, but they're respected as a calm, careful, educated, powerful race. They tend to be wealthy and carry more political power than a small minority like they probably deserve, and in that way they are not at all unlike the Aagiean aristocracy, so Cornelius was never unfamiliar with dealing with dragons. He does absolutely continue to interact with them, particularly after his glatnism, which has made him popular with the more affluent non-human races. For delightful monster dinner parties and all that frippery which he denies he enjoys but he does. He meets up regularly with Duncan, Altalamatox city's oldest dragon, for advice and lessons on what the region is all about, since he's found himself their surprise ambassador.      

Good questions, thank you! :)







       
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Zerna Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So when you color something that had black lineart, do you color the lineart as well or always leave it black? It's hard to make out any harsh black lines in your colored work, and that's very impressive. Gives the entire image a much smoother feeling.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Good question! I almost never think to color my lines although I always mean to. Mostly anymore I just take them out entirely or make them very transparent. The only thing on here that has any lines is the tea party, which, funnily enough, is one of the only times I've thought to tint my lines. I tend to use pencil lines or scribbly digital lines, so that softness is possibly accounting for the smoothness you're feeling.  
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TysonLaFollette Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Haha! I love that silly ending! XD Cornelius(Right?) seems just mortified at seeing her prancing around in a costume of his galatini form.

The process shots are interesting too. It's cool to see the things you change between the sketch and the lineart stages.
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BLUEvsFIN Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Berenger and Network dragons are awesome!
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yorkie999777000 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
REALLY GOOD!! How do you color those drawings?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Hey, thank you! I use a Intuos4 tablet and Photoshop.
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yorkie999777000 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw your kung fu panda work. It looks just like the characters.
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Allana-san Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're expressions are gorgeous!~~ and some og them are simply priceless :D :la:
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ninjaelric Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Love that last sketch at the bottom XD
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MBlackwood Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
Don't kill yourself, but know that I love the ever-loving stuffing out of you and your Brainspews, and would be saddened much if they had to die off.

Particularly when they contain gems like that bottom picture. PENNY YOU ARE GOING TO GIVE YOUR BROTHER AN ANEURISM ON THE STAIRS WILL YOU STOP THAT.
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MBlackwood Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
Also: I love how Cornelius' newspaper is called "The Daily Weekly". Well-played.
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sweets8 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Yeis, this is why I think I would never want to cook as a job, for fear I might loathe it and not want to cook when I get off like so many people I know D:

But totally love the last panel, haha, oh the eye twitchery ;P
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Yetac Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What have you done to Perry?! XD I love how clueless I was towards your characters just a year ago, and now that last picture made me scream with glee! Funny how things change...can I have that costume too? We will mock him together. ^^ :heart:
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Haha! My boss man dude came by my desk and said almost the exact same thing! Poor Perry.

I foresee Penny making a bundle of these costumes and selling them on Etsy or something to aaaall her brother's frenemies. And also her being locked out on the highest balcony of the mansion for a week.
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DemonLog Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist
The guy with the orange glasses looks crazily like a younger version of one of my own characters, Conor. Also, I'm digging the coloured portrait of Morgan - especially the sharp shaded planes of his face.
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Elyandarin Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The last picture makes me giggle everytime I look at it :D
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SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Another bunch of great characters!
I like the tea/coffee scene and of course all your bearded/moustache men :P
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Candied-Cyanide Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, How I love such randomnescity (Made up word? Quite undoubtfully.) that makes it's way into these spews.
There's never to much of one character or person in each one, but a variety of people and thoughts that buzz on the paper. I enjoy these so much, and they make me laugh every time. :)
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shy4 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
how am i going to survive without brainspews? :( well, good luck at your job! and keep presonal stuff for 'fun' coming as often as you can :)
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MFox87 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
"The Daily Weekly"
The nation's most trusted news source! xD
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firesember222 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
This brainspew was wonderful. My only complaint is that there wasn't enough Vra'kriss. You cannot have enough Vra'kriss.
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drgnfrnd Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i want that costume. the one at the end <3
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Amaris-the-Demon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
BRAINSPEW IS AWESOME
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emiemi345 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dumb question: Is that an Eyrie?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Oh, the gryphon being relentlessly snuggled? Yep!
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emiemi345 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mine's sexier [link] :XD:
you have a neopets account?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Woo! Tie-dye face fedora gryphon! :boogie:

I don't, actually, I know very little about Neopets. This Eyrie, Tom, and the two characters (human versions of Cybunnies), are part of a story by ~ClockworkSeraphim, and I believe all three are actual Neopets.
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