august

Tixi and Turbo, with lyrics


Leonard Cohen's "Jazz Police" may seem a strange choice for Tixi, but there's more about it that fits her than just the first line or two of lyrics. Meanwhile, Turbo's crusing the lanes of the Desert Speedway to Mark Knopfler's "Coyote", about a similar solitary southwestern speedster.

august

Luen Mazarine


Just thought I'd draw a character from my for-the-moment-back-burnered Delyria setting: Luen Mazarine (yes, that's how it's spelled now), the grouchy monster-tamer. He usually wields an oversized chalice, but I couldn't figure out how to make that work with this pose (I know, I know, should've planned better), but a meter-long staff carries about the same meaning - he's not out to kill things, he's out to make them work to his advantage.

august

Dopple, Blitz, and more lyrics


Another pair annotated with song lyrics - REM's "Bad Day" and the Foo Fighters' "Breakout", to go along with Dopple and Blitz. I've been having fun with the typography on these; Gyre's yesterday was just sort of generic, but all the others should have something appropriate going on with the lettering. Incidentally, that's supposed to be the font as in the official Critters logo.

august

Gyre and Digit, with lyrics


These are two appropriate songs for them, too - The Postal Service's "Such Great Heights" and Röyksopp's "Remind Me". Probably the best version of Digit I've drawn yet, and Gyre's not half-bad, either. I'm starting to concentrate more on backgrounds, getting more of a feel for just what their territories look like. This is because it's getting to be time when I need to start drawing out the level graphics and actually building stages, and I need a good clear mental picture beforehand.

august

Gimble with Wrench


Here's Gimble, the mechanically-oriented Critter with the mentality of a pre-teen girl on a constant sugar high. Those markings around her eyes aren't eyelashes; they're just white squarish spots that resemble gear teeth. I've drawn her here before, but I liked this expression so much I just had to share this one - it's not often you see Gimble actually at work. She clearly enjoys it, too, spinning from one project to the next in a literal whirlwind of activity.

august

Auger's favorite word


Just a bit of silliness here to break the journal back in - you might notice that the URL no longer has a ":3300" in it for the port number; my Internet connection is back and better than ever, and that includes port 80 finally working.


Incidentally, if LJ does go belly-up, all of my images are safe (since they're all on the lamppostisland.com server here), and I'll be backing the text up soonish, so nothing here should be lost.

august

Multi-Patch


Just a silly doodle for now - what if Patch had three heads (and four arms)? The fact is, she's not really proportioned for it; her head's too big anyway to fit three of them onto her body, and even then her ears stick out too far to the sides. So this doesn't really work. The arms might, but she doesn't really need them; they'd be a fun addition, but not really part of her essential Patchiness.

august

Patch Variants and a note

You've probably noticed that the images here seem to be missing. There's a reason for this; my (now former) ISP is embroiled in some kind of legal battle with Qwest, who promptly pulled the plug on them. I've since switched ISPs, but it'll take some time for my connection to flip over. Until then, since I'd rather keep the art on a server I actually own (for my own reasons), I'm going to put this journal on hold. It shouldn't be more than a week before I'm back, though, so consider this a short new-years vacation. See you shortly!
august

Turbo



Just thought I'd put up another picture of the System's workhorse Critter, Turbo, whose strength and speed are (almost) unmatched, but who gets very little respect from the others, or from the System in general. Her job is tiring, but at least it gives her a chance to get out on the solitary roads; Turbo has a very philosophical mindset, and enjoys having time to herself to think.