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EDIT - This is Ballad Quill, the gryphon Renaissance musician. See the latest post for my new picture of him as a Disney Tsum Tsum-style toy design.



Hello, Furtopia! :) I'm back to share some more of my artwork.

Here's an illustration of my fantasy short story, "Clap for Ballad". Ballad the gryphon musican visits the the meeting place of the Zoho Skeptics Society. The door is human scale (if slightly smaller than average) to give you an idea of how large Ballad is.

The story: http://forums.furtopia.org/furry-storytelling/gryphon-fantasy-story-on-'non-belief'/
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Re: Ballad the gryphon comes to call
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2014, 09:40:15 am »
Well drawn as usual. :orbunny:
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Re: Ballad the gryphon comes to call
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2014, 01:15:19 pm »
Nice guns

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Re: Ballad the gryphon comes to call
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2014, 08:12:54 am »
Thank you, Old Rabbit and Rockin' Hyena :).


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Re: Ballad the gryphon comes to call
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2015, 02:52:51 am »


I decided to do a picture that focuses more on setting than characters. This is the home of my Renaissance musicians Ballad Quill (gryphon) -see original post in this thread - and Sondrew Hayne (human) - http://animagusurreal.deviantart.com/art/Sondrew-the-musician-color-version-435271040 . Their apartment is on the top floor. (You can see Ballad's tail showing in the right window). With its high ceiling, it's one of the only apartments in the city that Ballad can fit into. (He enters and exits through a large window in the back, which faces out to sea).

The cafe on the ground floor is a popular hangout for residents of Paromdon-town's Zoho Bridge arts district. The neighborhood sits on a large stone bridge that spans the entrance of Paromdon Bay.

Sondrew can be seen sitting inside the cafe, at the rear table near the painting, along with his friends Sequiel the quest guide - http://www.deviantart.com/art/Sequiel-and-Rumples-the-Unicorn-finished-pic-378090241 - and Arix the werewolf - http://www.deviantart.com/art/She-Werewolf-Warrior-324033308 - (in human form, with her back to the viewer).


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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad's home
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2015, 08:33:10 am »
A nice drawing with a whimsical feel to it.

Pictures generally help ones mental image of a story.
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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad's home
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2015, 07:45:09 pm »
Great art, not so great history. Cafés were called "coffee houses" prior to the 19th century, and didn't exist outside of the Middle East prior to the introduction of coffee to Europe in the 17th century.
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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad's home
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2015, 01:06:17 am »
Thanks, Old Rabbit :). I hope this will eventually be an illustration in a novel about these characters.

Great art...


Thanks!

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...Cafés were called "coffee houses" prior to the 19th century, and didn't exist outside of the Middle East prior to the introduction of coffee to Europe in the 17th century.

I'm also trying to evoke sidewalk cafes from later periods, but you're right, it is anachronistic. Actually, I'm glad somebody pointed this out, because I almost mentioned something in the description.

Here's how I think of anachronism in period fantasy. In "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", cartoon characters appear that didn't exist in the setting of 1947, such as the penguins from "Mary Poppins" (1964). However, they're all from the Golden Age of theatrical animation.  So the penguins are OK, but if Scooby-Doo or the Ninja Turtles got in there, it would be all wrong.  Likewise, I figure it's okay for my characters to be drinking coffee instead of a more period-appropriate hot beverage. But if one them was listening to an iPod, the whole thing would fall apart  (:.

Of course, it's also possible that coffee caught on in the kingdom of Quintessentia before it reached the rest of Europe ;).
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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad's home, now in COLOR :)
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2016, 04:51:15 am »
Finally finished the color version:



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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad's home
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2016, 10:23:42 am »
The coloring turned out well. Nice details too.. :orbunny:
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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad's home
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2016, 01:56:24 am »
Have you ever thought of doing a comic at all? As a bit  of fun, I think your style would look good as one ^-^
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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad's home
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2016, 02:48:06 am »
Thanks again, Old Rabbit! :)

Jackie - Thanks! :). I have done a comic as a commission for someone:

http://forums.furtopia.org/artwork-announcements/superhero-comic-commission-shark-and-hyena-vs-giant-lioness/

And I'm currently working on a second comic for him.

I've also considered doing one set in the fantasy universe covered in this thread.
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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad's home
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2016, 07:14:36 pm »
Your style reminds me of... like, those beautifully-detailed illustrations from old children's literature. It has a real sense of story to it, and lots of charm.

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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad's home
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2016, 01:01:44 am »
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Wow, thanks! :)


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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad's home
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2016, 09:33:11 pm »


Ballad sleeping in his cozy nest, by a large ocean-facing window. (That's his hat hanging on a peg by the window.) Looks like he's sleeping pretty deeply - good thing there's a cafe downstairs to help him wake up for his next gig.


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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad sleeping in his nest
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2016, 09:22:19 am »
Your doing a real nice job with your artwork, and the comic too. :orbunny:
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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad sleeping in his nest
« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2016, 10:16:23 pm »
Wow I really love your style, I agree with catdetective, it has a lot of charm and a nice storybook feel. These are illustrations that would bring to life some fantasy novels
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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad sleeping in his nest
« Reply #17 on: July 14, 2016, 04:43:30 am »
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Thanks, Old Rabbit and JackalJames! :) :) :)

James, I hope they will, eventually.


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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad sleeping in his nest
« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2016, 12:42:01 pm »
Wooooww~ those are really cool looking and stuffies xD! Do you draw and color like traditionally, or what to you do/use? I hope you didn't already say that somewhere and I gazed over it or something @_@;; Sorry if I did...~

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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad sleeping in his nest
« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2016, 04:42:57 am »
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Thanks! :). All the pics in this thread were drawn digitally in Photoshop, with a mouse.

However, some of my older pictures of these characters were pencil/Photoshop hybrids, like this one:

http://animagusurreal.deviantart.com/art/Ballad-the-Gryphon-45045749

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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad sleeping in his nest
« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2016, 10:38:21 am »
Oh! Very interesting ^_^ I see now lol. Thanks for answering

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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad sleeping in his nest
« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2016, 09:31:38 pm »
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You're welcome, Saiyu :).



This is a design I made for a Tsum Tsum toy of Ballad. (For those who don't know what a Tsum Tsum is, it's a line of Disney toys that basically turns their popular characters a tiny, cute loaf of bread with a Hello Kitty face.)


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Re: Ballad the gryphon, NEW POST - Ballad as a "Tsum Tsum" toy design
« Reply #22 on: October 28, 2016, 08:34:16 am »
Another nice example of your artwork.

Thanks for sharing. :orbunny:
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