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Alright! Revisiting my leading ladies in preparation for another go at =Fyuvix's character meme. They've all been revamped here, probably they'll be tweaked a little more during the meme. Just tryin' to beat my character designs apart more. Three of these have another character it's important they work well against visually so there are some cameos.

I don’t share these folks nearly as much as I should, so have a note on each of 'em.

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Magda Alder | 26/Hellecker Among Tresin City University's best and brightest, Magda is a quietly powerful witch and the eldest kid of wealthy merchants. Her life takes an unimaginable twist when she meets, and accidentally thrashes, the supposedly invincible shapeshifting warlock Morgan Daubenmire, allowing him to be captured by the cruel Captain Khafre and his sorry ass dragged off to the king as prisoner. But during the weeks of dragging the two became friendly. Morgan was just the kind of goofball to get Magda out of her shell and over her self-consciousness and Magda was the voice of rationality and intelligence to calm the rampaging Daubenmire to some semblance of sanity.

Magda is an accomplished psycromancer which may be the least flashy and cool magic branch of all, but among the most feared. Magda's had to have so many interviews and background checks to allow her to study it. It's the magic of the mind and covers stuff like hypnosis, telepathy, inference, Jedi mind control, and even totally illegal things like attacking one's spirit and full-body possession. These things can be super useful in medicine for contacting people in comas, literally 'tranquilizing' panicking or suffering patients, and putting people under for surgery (Hellecker has like 17th century technology), among other things.

Later on, bestest best friends Magda and Morgan make for a highly respected team. Magda's no weakling but Morgan's just an unsurpassable fount of magical power and provides most of the brawn and daring-do while Magda is the brains, the smack-down backup, and really the leader, of the pair (and can actually interact with other people in a non-psychotic way!). They split protagonism of their story.


Jackie | 24/The Library The youngest Librarian, Jackie was a grubby little fourteen year-old pirate urchin when she found her way out of her book and into the Library. She was pretty much raised by the staff and grew up in a little treehouse nest she made for herself waaay up in the Library's attic. She's taken a serious interest in computers and has long been head of all things tech in the famous library.

Her best friend in all the worlds is the Library's sarcastic, ghostly Webmaster, Charles Arrhenius. They have a complicated relationship. Often they're like best mates rocking out to their tunes (pirated of course by Jackie) and chattering over their work. And often they're like siblings giving each other a hard time and pulling pranks. Underneath it all, Jackie never had a dad and Charles botched his own fatherhood two hundred years ago when he was conventionally alive, so they're getting a second chance at having family together.

Derp, sorry, just three doodles for Jackie, her bangles and hair take me SO LONG. D:

Nicole Dunn | 21/The Network

Y'all remember good ol' Nicky, right? Right? No? My bad. She is famously 'The Other Glatni,' the only other living human to have survived the deadly form-melting lubii virus. Like Cornelius she is now a monster thing made of the genes of all previous hosts of her virus with an ability to temporarily pull back into human shape thanks to cellular memory AND MAGIC. Unlike Cornelius, she is not a weenie.

The only thing on Cornelius' mind after his mutation was 'Why me?' Nicole, however, suffers from some very serious survivor's guilt. The same little scumball that attacked and infected her killed at least six other people before it was stopped. She's also haunted by the thought 'Why me?', but for exactly opposite reasons, wondering why in heaven she should have been the one in millions who gets to wake up again after the infection, and if she now has a responsibility. She's been dealing with her guilt by redirecting it into a steady, unholy fury at lubii and all things like them. She's gone into training as a monster hunter to wipe out the parasite's hosts and end the species.

She's turned out a lot darker than I thought she would. She's still a kind, respectful, fun-loving person, but she's got this thing eating her all the time and is probably no longer sane on the topic of feral monsters. Benjamin would have a few words of caution for her there, but who knows if they'll meet.

Penny Montrey | 23/The Network

Consistently the HARDEST of my ladies to draw, ALWAYS. Dammit, Penny. I think I imagine her with the most mild features of the bunch and I wonder if that's what's tripping me up. I dunno. Trying my best.

Penny is the youngest member of the aristocratic Montrey family, and total black sheep. She clashed so hard and so often with her parents and brothers that they mutually disowned each other years ago and she went her way, eking out an honest living at small jobs, living in cheap apartments. Her passion is for animals and her favorite work has been at zoos and conservatories. At the moment she is embarking on an apprenticeship at a gryphon ranch for to learn the ancient art of gryphon training.

Her big bro is of course hotshot Senator-Ambassador Cornelius Montrey, who came terribly close to popping himself off alone in his mansion after the glatni thing, if his banished sister hadn't unexpectedly turned up after years to support him and get him back on his feet. Penny and Cornelius are officially back to being siblings and while still polar opposites on many points have warmed up considerably to one another.

Penny likes to push her old-man brother's buttons. The end will only make sense if you've seen this:


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*"Thin, pale, and clad all in dusty black, the Patrician always put Ridcully in mind of a predatory flamingo, if you could find a flamingo that was black and had the patience of a rock." --Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man I am not really surprised my characters have been reading Pratchett behind my back.
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marchy96 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015   Artist
LOL Penny is hilarious!! Love her so much xD
Magda is da bomb, her attitude is gold ;D
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That picture of Penny imitating her brother cracks me up. XDDD
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I have been looking for this page FOREVER
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Funny thing, I forget where it is all the time tooo! It is stupidly named. It should be That One Post About the Chicks, or Look Tox Has Female Characters After All!
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ahaha! That would be an awesome name!
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lumignon Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
I love your style, it's so living!
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like this Nicole Dunn, she seems veddy interesting ;)
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TwiztedDagger Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
I adore Magda, and Morgan is adorable, too! Do they have a 'thing'? Probably not, or it could be the pretended "I realy dislike you, but I'll tolerate you" scenario between them at times... Oh well, just curious.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
I've changed my mind on their relationship status so many times now. What I think now, and would like to stick with, is that Morgan definitely has a crush on Magda, who feels genuinely nothing in return. However they both want to be friends- and they both know exactly how the other feels- and so they just don't talk about it.
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TwiztedDagger Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I can see that. Yes, that would do perfectly for the two... It's just the slight connection between them that suggested the possibilities. As I said, I like Morgan as a character, and Magda... I absolutely love her design! Their personalities are adorable, as well.
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Quick-Step Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist
very nice, love your anatomy work and the use of expressions through the eyes.
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MBlackwood Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
I just . . . cannot adore that last sketch of Penny gimping Cornelius' style enough. XDDDD WHY CAN I ONLY FAVE THIS ONCE?! Totally unfair. dA should rework its system.
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Elyandarin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Prideful!Penny is hilarious :D

Will we get more focus on the adventures of Morgan & Magda, someday?
A short story or something would be pretty cool...
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katcount Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
I always love learning about your characters. They're so interesting, visually and story-wise.

I've been hoping you'd put more up about Magda. I'm a sucker for creepy psychos and shapeshifters, so Morgan interests me immensely, and when I saw her listed as his best friend I immediately thought "I must know mooore!" Love the contrast you've made with them!
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Ha, well now you know! Yep, to balance out a character as colorful as Daubenmire, Magda is most everything he is not. Secretly she has a cruel streak that would make Morgan himself jaw-drop, but the difference between her and him is that she recognizes this in herself and squashes it, where Morgan let it sneak up on him, consume him, and, uh, kind of ruin his life. Enter creepy psycho shapeshifter. XD

Or it could be that Magda has partly been saved from her darker impulses because she lacks, unlike her buddy, the raw power and arrogance to act on them. She's been made to suffer for her appearance, for her questionable branch of study, for her privileged social class, and other incidentals and harbors a lot of serious distaste for humanity. All very, very bundled away, of course. She's puts on a very pleasant face and seems to gush with patience and most everyone likes her well enough, and she is mostly a very kind person. She's just got some Issues. Morgan also comes with Issues. Together, perhaps, they will solve their Issues. Or flatten cities. I don't know.
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katcount Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
I couldn't help it, my brain read that penultimate sentence as "together, they will solve crimes" and now Morgan has turned into Scooby-Doo and it's all gone rather silly.

Other than that, very interesting insights. I am now even more intrigued how it will all play out.
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Jane-Martin906 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Laughing so hard at the Pratchett reference. XD

And, haaah, I love Penny.
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JackCaliber Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I REALLY wanna see this world fleshed out. Partly because it's similar to a cartoony network of universes I've been brainstorming since high school, but also because it seems like it would be pretty freaking good.
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IMonakoI Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student General Artist
You know I was looking around DA for some art which could inspire me when I stumbled onto your gorgeous artwork. I'm not the kind of person to really peak at someones whole Galley unless their really really good and you are AMAZING! This is beautiful your coloured works are beautiful your sketches are beautiful your backgrounds are wonderful. I love your characters I really like Tom and I really like Morgan!

Anyhow you have no idea how rare it is to find someone who truly has their own style. You don't have an anime or cartooning style. Instead you really have a one of a kind style that I find to be unique and expressive. You do animals accurately without over detailing them do characters from different weights, ages and colours and I just had to leave you a comment letting you know that you are an amazing artist and I can't wait to see more of your stuff.

I'd like to think one day I could be as creative and expressive. Thank you!
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GSnail Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Everytime i look through one of your sketchdumps, im just at a loss for words by the time i get to the comments.
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azispaz Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
...I can, for some reason, only think of David Cross in Kung Fu Panda 2 at the last drawing...
"When have I ever made that sound?"
Penny's expression as she silently mocks her brother is just priceless.
I hope there's some verse in the folds of time and space that allows Penny to be Marlow's big sister, because those two would probably adore each other. :D
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Nordstjerna Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect imitation of Cornelius. Way to go, Penny! Hilarious! :D
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Osanagokoro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TEACH ME YOUR WAYS.
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kirarules503 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
I love Jackie. Her hair is amazing. :)
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Dravening Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
psh. how could i forget Nicky. Nicky's bamf. So is Penny. She's got attitude. and Jackie too. She's got hair. Dang, they're all pretty bamf.
Can i just say i love Penny and Cornelius's sibling rivalry? That bottom picture makes me smile everytime i look at it. :D

you can always tell Morgan is an animal, cause he always has that insane silly grin. :D

*sigh* the female body eludes me. GAH! that sounded bad. I meant I have trouble drawing females. *facepalm* anywho, you're good at it.
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RivkaZ Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm enjoying Miss Dunn immensely!
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JLavisant Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Man Jackie's hair looks fun to draw!

Amazing sketches alkdfaskdf ♥
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karkooz Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Have you thought of how the story of your characters is going to end? I mean the vast majority of stories have endings, unless you want to keep it like one of those never-ending stories.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
I kind of dodge the word 'story' around my work, as that would, ah, imply plots exist. Stories tend to end after the major conflict's been resolved, and so I would need to know the major conflicts facing my characters and my 'stories' right now are nebulous. I've never scripted plots. Okay, I kind of know how Hellecker goes down, but the Network? If I were to write the Network characters I'd do lots of smaller books stalking different people around, there'd be no sane way to fit them all in one encompassing story.

So no, I can't begin to think up endings for anyone, I haven't watched them live their lives yet. Given the way I work I probably won't know quite how things will end until I'm there writing it. Honestly, I'm just now beginning a phase where some things are coming together and bad guys and sticky circumstances are finally showing up opposite my possible protagonists. Despite my best efforts there may be plots congealing yet!

Haha, you've got me talking like I intend to actually write stories one day, tricksy you.
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karkooz Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Your writings definitely feel like they are based on a story. I imagine with all your detailed writings, it would not be too difficult to come up with a full story from there. It would be great if you write illustrated story books, I would be very interested in reading.
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Osanagokoro Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What program do you use to draw these?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
I'm crap at drawing with my tablet, I just drew these with pencil and paper. I use Photoshop to combine them before I post 'em.
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Osanagokoro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O_______________O
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
My what a long face you have. D: What did I say?
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Osanagokoro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I could not do that with a pencil.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Pfft, I just looked at your pencil work, it's not bad at all. (:
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Osanagokoro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You did WHAT?

*dies*

*comes back, still mortified and ghosty*

Well, thanks anyway. ^_^U
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I find that the pretty characters are hardest to draw because I think we get self conscious for them and it locks us up. However our rougher and more easy going characters put us at ease and they just flow right out all natural like and absorb our attention.

I like your female characters a bunch, they're always the sorts that keep the guys in line.
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atrixEbitch Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
It's great to see you workimg on your ladies. I especially like Magda's look here, as a full-figured gal myself I feel under-represented in most genres as anything but a joke, or pathetic example of everything that is wrong with society right now.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Yeah, I'm pretty sick of the comic-relief stereotype for heavy characters as well. Bleh. I try to let all my characters have their serious and silly sides and none of them should be coming off as a cruel joke. I also do not want Magda to be the smart but weak compliment to Morgan, if I do my job right it'll ultimately be Magda who is strong, balanced, capable, and can stand on her own just fine without Morgan. Which is wise because Morgan is no-one you'd trust to lean on anyways.

I'm somewhat annoyed with casts that have no heavy body types. It is not a poisonous body type, nor inherently stupid, nor necessarily unattractive. I have a bit of a loathing for pornstar characters, or particularly their creators, not out of jealously but out of a 'we are trying to achieve respect and equality and you are making our sex look like a bunch of spineless, brainless, pointless sex toys for men' sort of hatred.

Much of the point of my stories is that one's physical identity can have little to no bearing on who they are and how they should be treated. It's a moral that's been beat to death but we still aren't getting the message. Anyway, you're far from the only one who's expressed appreciation over Magda, thank you for saying so. :)
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Tigryph Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...Thank you Tox, thank you. Because of you I spit tea all over my screen. I don't know why but the look on Penny's face on the bottom left cracked me up. ]8
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Rizathepenguin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome! you don't show enough of these guys. May I enquire, since you have so much planned out, If there is to be a book or comic or something written for them? I'd totally buy it! =)
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
I know, I'm terrible! Very happy you're interested in my stories, I would love to try writing something serious with them one day, but that day may be far and away, I'm afraid. The more people say they'd like to read them the sooner I suspect they may just have to get written one of these days. ;P
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Rizathepenguin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student General Artist
It'd be awesome if you did write them! Just take your time, and make sure to tell everyone when you do start writing! XD
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Winterquist Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would like to read the story of Magda and Morgan. It sounds interesting.
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Shenachie Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Your characters and art are *so* wonderfully expressive!
I could spend all day just browsing your Gallery!
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WeileAsh Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
"Pirated music"... I see what you did there... :D

You really have gotten much better with drawing women, it's wonderful to see! Penny still has the more boyish narrow hips, and I'm not sure if that's intended, but overall they all look well down! I love the varying body types, face shapes, eyes, etc. etc. etc. Way to beat the same-face syndrome, haha!
And gosh, all of these are so full of expression, it's really fantastic! I especially love how Nicole can get to serious to so lively, and you can make her buff without manning her up too much. Is she of whatever-The-Network's-equivalent-to-Asian descent? She's got those high brows and arched eyes that remind me of my Korean roommate.

But anyway, lovely lovely lovely job! I've been a long time silent follower (and worshiper... shh!) and seeing your art change and evolve so wonderfully has been such a delight!
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Hey, thank you so much! I've always struggled with women so this has been strange new territory for me, happy it's lookin' good so far!

Nicole would be the Network's equivalent to half-and-half Caucasian and Native American, and it's a little more obvious when you can see her skin tone. I think Asian eyes are awesome, been trying to use them more in my cast. When we meet the dragons they'll all have Asian eyes, because the East deserves credit for the beasties. ;)

Thanks again, and good heavens, don't be shy! <3
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WeileAsh Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Now that I think back to your other pictures of her, the skin tone definitely helps determine her ethnicity.
Omigosh, yes!! Eastern beasties are such a different breed of interesting, I can't wait to see how you tackle them!

I'll try not to be, hahaha! :heart:
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diana-hnd Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, Nicole looks like one of those ass-kicking Amazonians. O.O

Survivor's guilt? You mean, she can't accept the fact that she's become the same creature that could be a potential freaky killer, and copes with it by hunting down all things lubii? O_O;

Also, Penny, I :heart: you. *snicker* :giggle:
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