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Had a scare last night.  Normally, I don't post daily randomness in these journals; its not like this is Facebook or anything.  But this was rather unusual, and I just want to rant about how kids these days aren't being raised with the respect for other people and their property like they used to.

Augh, I'm sounding like I'm sixty.  But here's the story anyways.

I live with my parents due to some health issues, so I was rather startled when my dad woke me up about 3:45 am to tell me to look out his window.  Now behind our house is a high school; the very same every kid in our family attended.  I loved being able to tell the teacher I forgot my homework, give me five minutes and I'll get it and they'd just let me head home to grab it.  I'd also go home for lunch, or grab a movie in case it was towards the end of the year and a teacher wanted to reward a class with some down time (usually it was Orchestra).  Teachers trusted me. It pays to be a good student.

But at past 3 am this morning, some people were not good students.  My parents and I have spoken to authorities today and they said security cams picked up a group of four maybe teens approach three vans that the school keeps in the parking lot behind our house, right next to the fence.  My siblings have all ridden in these vans to various sports or music events, because they're cheaper than buses to hire for small group events, and were more comfortable and personable.  Vairous clubs use them to visit other schools, and they get a lot of use and are well loved in the student community, according to my siblings who used them (my twin and I were before the vans' time).

My brother joined me and my sister in looking out the back window as we watched that personal history go up in literal flames.  Someone had set fire to two of the vans, and they were fully engulfed, sparks flying clear into our yard.  Worse, a parking lot lamp wasn't working due to fire damage, and nearby vegetation was catching fire.  Half of our backyard side of the fence is covered with really tall, really OLD juniper trees, and they had blackberry vines and other vegetation on the schoolside of the fence that we'd pick berries from in fall.  All we could do was watch in horror and hope the fire department would arrive in time before those old junipers and vines caught, because if they did, our yard and even house was in danger.  And right next to us was a derelict house that had been abandoned a few years ago, and their backyard was practically a tinderbox of uncut vegetation just waiting for a match.  On the other side, was a house that had a wooden storage shed nearly up to the fence, and their back fence was covered in flammable ivy.

Thankfully, we've been having an above-average wet season (which is saying something for the Pacific Northwest), and everything was somewhat damp to start with.  Also, when Dad called 9-11 (think he'd called them before waking us up), he found that someone had already called it in, and even as we watched from our parents' window, several fire trucks pulled up and immediately began dousing the surrounding vegetation.  Once they'd secured the area, they hosed the two flaming vans, sending pillars of smoke into the air.  The surviving van, when we checked it in the light of the morning, still had paint damage from smoke, and the metal doors on the side facing the blaze were cracked with heat.  My brother said that it was the junkier of the three vans as it was, and it was the two nice and relatively new ones that were torched.  The street lamp still doesn't work, and we think it's toast as well.  Several bushes on that side of the fence are half gone, as well as a chunk of blackberry vines.  Those should grow back by next week though (freakn' things are WEEDS up here, I tell you; WEEDS!  That grow like BAMBOO!).

This isn't the first vandalism to those poor vehicles we've seen either.  A few years back, when gas was monstrously expensive in the Pacific Northwest, there were attempts to siphon gas from their tanks.  We caught some in the act, even.  But the janitor in charge of the vans was way smarter than those thieves; he'd rigged the vans with an invention of his own design that not only blocked hoses and other gear from being inserted into the gas tank, but would damage any equipment making the attempt.  No one got a single drop.

Then, last year, in what could only be described as a random fit of violence, someone had gone back and slashed every last tire of those vans.  Again, my dad was a witness, and we even got photos of the culprits.  At this point, my father started considering himself a personal guard of those things, and any time someone prowls nearby he's on the alert.

And now this.  The school district said when Mom talked to them today that they've been having vandalism problems with vans and vehicles around all the schools, but this reached a new low.  This could have easily damaged private property nearby, or even have endangered lives.

OK rant warning.  Bear with me.

People, LIFE IS NOT GRAND THEFT AUTO.  It is NOT BREAKING BAD.  I don't FREAKN' CARE how awesome and fun those games, TV shows, and movies make acts of vandalism seem.  It is NOT brave.  It is NOT cool.  It is NOT macho.  It is CRUEL, COWARDLY, VINDICTIVE, and SELFISH, and I am trying not to hope that the next blaze they set they get caught up in it, because I don't want to lower myself to the level of such scum.

Also, if you have kids or want to have them, make sure to put a priority on teaching them how to properly respect other people and their property.  Because this just doesn't happen overnight.  As values and common sense plummet in society, this gets worse.  And the only way we can combat it is to just learn freakn' MANNERS, and realize that our personal enjoyment is not worth the sacrifice of thousands of tax dollars and the threat of human lives.

OK rant over.  Sorry, not so much yelling at all of you personally.  I just had to get all that out of my system.  Because looking out over your backyard before daybreak while half asleep and realizing your house may be burning down soon because some inconsiderate jack*** (and that shows you how ticked this makes me; I nearly swore!) wanted a bonfire made out of tax dollars and violence is enough to put anyone on edge for the rest of the day.

. . .   OK sorry again.  Not yelling at y'all, I promise!  :)  Hugs for all my followers; love y'all.  And thanks for putting up with me.

~Shada

EDIT:
P.S.  After calming down some throughout the day, I'll just say that I appreciate those in society who DO still know manners, and who put others before themselves.  I know some really good people, and as long as the world still has others like them then we're still in decent shape.  :D  POSITIVE THINKING!

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Buzz Expressions Practice by mystryl-shada
Buzz Expressions Practice
Well, I said I had these in reserve in my Buzz Roswell, and here they are!

I got this outline from Deviantart AGES ago, but I've long forgotten who put it up.  If anyone can help me track the original form down, I'd appreciate it, because I remember that the original artist preferring to be credited, and I like to follow artists' preferences.

I've made a few changes though, since some emotions I thought were over represented and others under, and a couple not very applicable.  So go by what I've written instead by what's typed and crossed out.

I've made a few minor changes to this character's personality since drawing these, but the only one I'd really change is the "Flirt" one.  If I were to draw it now, it'd be less embarrassed and more cocky.  I may add a little more of a cocky attitude to a few more, but not much more of one.

These were fun.  I've done them before, but have never put one up before.  They're good practice; you get a bit more of a feel for your character and how to draw him/her, as well as practice drawing the person.

My favorite faces here are the Pleased/Exited, Irritated, Triumph, and Suspicious faces.  I just liked how they came out  The Suspicious face came from the original Buzz Roswell pic.  Silly is rather cute too, lol.  As for Rage . . . well, his race can get frightening when enraged beyond control.
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Buzz Roswell, Star Sleuth by mystryl-shada
Buzz Roswell, Star Sleuth
EDIT: I have a character expression sheet done for this guy, here Buzz Expression Practice.

SHORT SUMMARY:

Another original character for a different story, a sci-fi/mystery series where I had immense fun designing an alien race based on insectoid charactaristics.  As per a lot of my stories, this started as a dream after binge-watching Detective Conan (Case Closed for all who go by the English name).  See Long Description for my babbling-ons about the character and race designs.

Tried something new with lineart.  The lines of the main pose were colored instead of remaining plain black.  Left the expression exercises in the corners black for comparison's sake.  I like expressive appendages, like ears and antennae that move according to what one is thinking or feeling.

Background taken from a desert rock picture, and filtered with cutout filter in Photoshop, with some personal tweaking. 

LONG DESCRIPTION:

Another original drawing?  I'm on a roll!

This has been in the works for months, but I finally got around to coloring the lineart that has been sitting in my computer since before Christmas.

Like I've said in other drawings, a lot of my best plots and artwork inspiration comes from me waking up at 3 am going "wow that was a cool dream!".  In this case, I'd been binge-watching Detective Conan (Case Closed) with my sister, and getting in a total mystery mood.  Then I had a dream about an alien who crash lands on Earth, and because of his outsider perspective, can pick up on subtle clues that others miss.  He takes on a human disguise and hangs with some high schoolers and they start a mystery club, solving crimes ala Encyclopedia Brown style, occasionally taking on serious cases and helping out local police (much to the annoyance of the head detective, who thinks murder scenes are no place for kids no matter how smart).

Problem with this is, I also have a very sci-fi main plot going, with Buzz having come in the first place to find his missing xenobiologist parents, and a potential "should we invade or shouldn't we" debate going on his planet's government.  This doesn't mix well with a mystery series.  Mystery series, by their genre, need to have all the facts available to the reader/viewer, and no magic or science fiction gobbledygook can be introduced or it throws everything off.  No one likes a murder mystery where the murderer committed the crime in the locked room because he had some gadget that could kill a person remotely, or sneak in while under an invisibility cloak and remain until someone opened the door.  There's no mystery in a story where anything goes.  So in order to do this as a mystery series, and not just a science fiction adventure, I'd have to keep the sci-fi elements to a BARE MINIMUM; keeping fantastic gadgets out of Buzz's reach, and outlining specifically what other alien characters bring to the table.  So yeah, I'm still working on it.

Not to mention that in order to do a mystery series with multiple mysteries, like Detective Conan, I'd have to actually think UP all those crimes and scenarios.  And while I looooove mysteries (HUGE Agatha Christie fan, I can tell you), I'm not sure how well I can come up with those.  So yeah, the story of the series and even it's genre is still under mental debate.

In any case, here's a picture of the protagonist in his alien form!  Buzz Roswell, as he goes by on Earth (real name is Bazzetik Clixit Rackii) hails from the planet Kiir, and is a Kiiree.  He's curious, nosy, chatty, excitable, and intelligent.  He can also be suspicious, cocky, impish, and unintentionally curt, usually because if he makes an observation he tends to blurt it out.  He likes to learn everything about situations and people, which lead to all manner of antics.  The other main character of the series has learned how to slap him in such a way that he feels it even in bug form, due to the number of dumb questions he's asked or attempts to find out things about her that she'd rather keep secret.  He's rather knowledgeable about biology, because of his parents' roles as xenobiologists who came to Earth to secretly study this newly discovered race called Humans.  He's got a photographic memory, which isn't even common among his own people (who are in the process of trying to improve their previously warlike tendancies).  For a Kiiree, he's actually not that strong or good in a fight, but he can still take the average human.  And he will too, if you tick him off or pick on his friends.  But he'd MUCH rather outsmart you and make you look like an idiot; the look on your face will be so much more satisfactory.  I'm debating whether I want to add "a bit of a flirt" to his personality as well; his background doesn't really make him picky about race or looks.

Speaking of race, the Kiiree, are an evolved insectoid race that is in the process of going from exoskeleton to endoskeleton.  As a result, both skeletons are rather thin, but still extremely durable (a sort of organic carbon fiber if you will).  They are impervious to mild blunt force, and even a heavy blow will only knock one for a loop.  Bullets work, but only if fired from a higher-than-average powered gun (and even then you'd have to aim for the thinner, lighter colored parts).  They can fly, but not for long distances or long periods of time (getting a little too heavy).  Their antennae act as sensors for heat and sound, so they can detect heat signatures with them.  I debated giving them hair at all, but some bugs have a sort of fur, so I just went with it.  Guys keep it somewhat shorter, while girls wear theirs usually in up-dos.  Kiiree are incredibly strong, even among other alien races, and a trained warrior could break solid rock.  They also have rather sharp claws on all six appendages, and their teeth are razor sharp.  In this picture you see Buzz in standard form, but if enraged beyond their rational thought, the Kiiree enter a sort of bezerker status and go from rather cute bugs to terrifying monsters.  Soldiers are trained to harness this state and can enter and exit it at will, as well as maintain some semblance of sentience while in it.  While in it, they become so deadly they don't bother with weaponry at all.

I had such fun designing this alien race.  I wanted four arms and a bug like look, but I wanted it to look sorta cute too.  In this art I put Buzz in a uniform.  The bluish color indicates a science division, but I'm not sure if this is a government uniform, military, or school even.  Oh well.

AS FOR THE ARTZ!
I did something fun with the line art.  My friend :iconsharmclucas: helped me figure something out; how to color my black linework!  So I meticulously went in and made sure all the lines were color coordinated to the part they outlined.  At least on the main picture.  I kept the others black for comparison's sake.  I sill like black outlines, but it was fun to play with something new.

Background I had trouble in.  I did like five different backgrounds myself, and didn't like any of them.  So then I thought about doing a desert sort of scene, since a lot of his planet is red rock and sand (not all of it; its got all kinds of geology because I HAVE taken astronomy and geology classes, and one-ecology planets like Hoth and Dune and Pandora are friggn' impossible).  I looked up lots of different pictures on the internet with desert rocks and such, and when I found one I liked, I slapped a cutout filter over it to make it look more cartoony.  Then I made a few tweaks, adding some of my own shading shapes and cutouts, and got this.  Then I rounded it off with a black gradient to darken the edges and frame the shot.  I had a version where I put a 20% blue-grey transparency on the background too, to dim the colors somewhat, but I ended up abandoning it.  Let me know if the background is too saturated though, and maybe I'll slap it back on.

One of these days I'll figure a better way on line art, instead of vector-tracing everything in Photoshop.  That takes waaaay to blinking long.

Still don't know if this will be a novel series, a manga/webcomic, or what.  Under mental debate, along with its genre.
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  • Mood: Disgust
  • Listening to: Nightwish
  • Reading: Agatha Christie
  • Watching: Nature's Weirdest Events
  • Playing: Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Eating: Gormet Cheeses
  • Drinking: Boring Water
Had a scare last night.  Normally, I don't post daily randomness in these journals; its not like this is Facebook or anything.  But this was rather unusual, and I just want to rant about how kids these days aren't being raised with the respect for other people and their property like they used to.

Augh, I'm sounding like I'm sixty.  But here's the story anyways.

I live with my parents due to some health issues, so I was rather startled when my dad woke me up about 3:45 am to tell me to look out his window.  Now behind our house is a high school; the very same every kid in our family attended.  I loved being able to tell the teacher I forgot my homework, give me five minutes and I'll get it and they'd just let me head home to grab it.  I'd also go home for lunch, or grab a movie in case it was towards the end of the year and a teacher wanted to reward a class with some down time (usually it was Orchestra).  Teachers trusted me. It pays to be a good student.

But at past 3 am this morning, some people were not good students.  My parents and I have spoken to authorities today and they said security cams picked up a group of four maybe teens approach three vans that the school keeps in the parking lot behind our house, right next to the fence.  My siblings have all ridden in these vans to various sports or music events, because they're cheaper than buses to hire for small group events, and were more comfortable and personable.  Vairous clubs use them to visit other schools, and they get a lot of use and are well loved in the student community, according to my siblings who used them (my twin and I were before the vans' time).

My brother joined me and my sister in looking out the back window as we watched that personal history go up in literal flames.  Someone had set fire to two of the vans, and they were fully engulfed, sparks flying clear into our yard.  Worse, a parking lot lamp wasn't working due to fire damage, and nearby vegetation was catching fire.  Half of our backyard side of the fence is covered with really tall, really OLD juniper trees, and they had blackberry vines and other vegetation on the schoolside of the fence that we'd pick berries from in fall.  All we could do was watch in horror and hope the fire department would arrive in time before those old junipers and vines caught, because if they did, our yard and even house was in danger.  And right next to us was a derelict house that had been abandoned a few years ago, and their backyard was practically a tinderbox of uncut vegetation just waiting for a match.  On the other side, was a house that had a wooden storage shed nearly up to the fence, and their back fence was covered in flammable ivy.

Thankfully, we've been having an above-average wet season (which is saying something for the Pacific Northwest), and everything was somewhat damp to start with.  Also, when Dad called 9-11 (think he'd called them before waking us up), he found that someone had already called it in, and even as we watched from our parents' window, several fire trucks pulled up and immediately began dousing the surrounding vegetation.  Once they'd secured the area, they hosed the two flaming vans, sending pillars of smoke into the air.  The surviving van, when we checked it in the light of the morning, still had paint damage from smoke, and the metal doors on the side facing the blaze were cracked with heat.  My brother said that it was the junkier of the three vans as it was, and it was the two nice and relatively new ones that were torched.  The street lamp still doesn't work, and we think it's toast as well.  Several bushes on that side of the fence are half gone, as well as a chunk of blackberry vines.  Those should grow back by next week though (freakn' things are WEEDS up here, I tell you; WEEDS!  That grow like BAMBOO!).

This isn't the first vandalism to those poor vehicles we've seen either.  A few years back, when gas was monstrously expensive in the Pacific Northwest, there were attempts to siphon gas from their tanks.  We caught some in the act, even.  But the janitor in charge of the vans was way smarter than those thieves; he'd rigged the vans with an invention of his own design that not only blocked hoses and other gear from being inserted into the gas tank, but would damage any equipment making the attempt.  No one got a single drop.

Then, last year, in what could only be described as a random fit of violence, someone had gone back and slashed every last tire of those vans.  Again, my dad was a witness, and we even got photos of the culprits.  At this point, my father started considering himself a personal guard of those things, and any time someone prowls nearby he's on the alert.

And now this.  The school district said when Mom talked to them today that they've been having vandalism problems with vans and vehicles around all the schools, but this reached a new low.  This could have easily damaged private property nearby, or even have endangered lives.

OK rant warning.  Bear with me.

People, LIFE IS NOT GRAND THEFT AUTO.  It is NOT BREAKING BAD.  I don't FREAKN' CARE how awesome and fun those games, TV shows, and movies make acts of vandalism seem.  It is NOT brave.  It is NOT cool.  It is NOT macho.  It is CRUEL, COWARDLY, VINDICTIVE, and SELFISH, and I am trying not to hope that the next blaze they set they get caught up in it, because I don't want to lower myself to the level of such scum.

Also, if you have kids or want to have them, make sure to put a priority on teaching them how to properly respect other people and their property.  Because this just doesn't happen overnight.  As values and common sense plummet in society, this gets worse.  And the only way we can combat it is to just learn freakn' MANNERS, and realize that our personal enjoyment is not worth the sacrifice of thousands of tax dollars and the threat of human lives.

OK rant over.  Sorry, not so much yelling at all of you personally.  I just had to get all that out of my system.  Because looking out over your backyard before daybreak while half asleep and realizing your house may be burning down soon because some inconsiderate jack*** (and that shows you how ticked this makes me; I nearly swore!) wanted a bonfire made out of tax dollars and violence is enough to put anyone on edge for the rest of the day.

. . .   OK sorry again.  Not yelling at y'all, I promise!  :)  Hugs for all my followers; love y'all.  And thanks for putting up with me.

~Shada

EDIT:
P.S.  After calming down some throughout the day, I'll just say that I appreciate those in society who DO still know manners, and who put others before themselves.  I know some really good people, and as long as the world still has others like them then we're still in decent shape.  :D  POSITIVE THINKING!
EDUG Diaries Main Cast by mystryl-shada
EDUG Diaries Main Cast
Download for full size, if you feel you can't live without it.

SHORT SUMMARY:

What's this?  Original art?  SAY IT ISN'T SO!  Too bad it is.  :)

The main cast for my new book, E.D.U.G. Diaries!  I'm still writing it, but its a fantasy/parody that follows the antics of a career villainess as she tries to figure out why these danged heroes keep winning.  She ends up latching onto a promising woodsman who might just grow to be a hero, and hitches alongside a budding (and very uncharactaristic) fellowship following a suspiciously unclear prophesy told by an old(?) man who may or may not be just plain crackers.  Characters from left to right: Kady Waverunner, Crown Prince Glade Locken Farscade, Shaiyl Diblo, Barc Bladeborne, Matilda Honninbrew, Prince Simutem Hetep, Spix the Sprite.  See long summary for details.

This took way longer than it should have, given that the lineart was just a sketch and the coloring was SUPPOSED to be sloppy.  I just wanted to meet the characters of my book to get a better idea of them.  But I ended up going all out with coloring anyways, dang it.

LONG DESCRIPTION:

So I decided to finally bunker down and do NaNoWriMo last November (National Novel Writing Month), and got about 50K words done for this book series of mine, called E.D.U.G Diaries.  Its short for "Evil Doesn't Understand Good", which is a TV trope.  I got the book idea from spending waaay to much time on that site, and I call out a lot of tropes in it.
I put up a longer synopsis that I had on my NaNoWriMo page on my journal: mystryl-shada.deviantart.com/j… .  The Short Summary above has a shorter synopsis, if you don't feel like flipping through the journal entry.
Or you can go here nanowrimo.org/participants/mys… and read the summary as well as an excerpt from the beginning of the book.  :D

The book itself will be mainly a comedy/adventure in a fantasy setting, but don't let that fool you.  I've got some drama planned, and some points the story will get pretty heavy.  Oh, and there's romance too, so that'll hopefully cover everyone's bases.  Unless you like extreme violence or saucy action; I'm not that kinda writer.  :P

So do you want to meet my characters?  I don't want to post too much (for example, backstory and character development will be saved for the book), but I can give y'all a glance.  Also, everyone in this world is born with an elemental power, the strength of which is determined by character and also how far up the power tree it is (for example, the primary powers of Wind, Water, Earth, and Fire are the strongest and rarest, then Secondary powers like Sound and Ice, then Tertiary powers like Heat and Granite)

CAST FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

1.  Kady Waverunner
Hailing from an islandic tribe of elves, Kady's the kid of the bunch.  He's fifteen and eager to make a man of himself in the world, and is in the middle of an adventure already when he gets swept up by the gang.  He's hyperactive and tends to climb anything nearby to get a good view of the world.  Kady is a bit of a flirt, energetic, easily excited, and tends not to think before acting. He's rather young in mind but is very optimistic, preferring to think that things will work out somehow than fretting about his current situation. While not the brightest bulb in the group, he is very good with his instincts, and is only matched by Barc and Matilda for wilderness smarts, and rules the pack for streetsmarts.  He's also very curious, and is often asking questions, sometimes awkward ones if he doesn't understand the context.  If he's missing from the group, its probably because a pretty girl walked by or there's a really cool looking tree that needed climbing or a body of water that needed swimming in.
POWER:  Rare Primary gift of Water

2.  Crown Prince Glade Locken Farscade
The Crown Prince for the country of Farscade, Glade is the world's leading Hero.  He wears a different suit of armor for each campaign he runs (its gold colored this time), and he spares no expense for travel.  He also somehow manages to be there to catch a falling child from a burning building, or to sweep an endangered elderly woman from being hit by a runaway carriage, or to stop a burglar from swiping a young woman's coinpurse.  He's everything that Shaiyl hates in life, and the two argue constantly throughout their adventure.  His arrogance, vanity, and flashy grin just adds further strain.  But, he IS the Hero, and the group's leader, so what he says goes.  Sometimes.  But underneath all that glit and glamor is a rather unsure person who's a lot deeper than the gold plating hints at.
POWER:  Rare Primary gift of Fire (a hereditary trait of the Farscade royal line)

3.  Shaiyl Diblo
Move over princes and kings, there's a new boss coming to town.  Well, there will be soon, once Shaiyl can figure out how those blasted heroes keep tossing down her towers and budding empires.  Sarcastic, proud, argumentative, violent, and temperamental, Shaiyl is never one to hold back her opinion on anything.  Ironically, she often ends up one of the voice of reason (even if put sardonically).  She's seen enough heroes rise up to overthrow her to know something about what to do and what not to do from a heroic standpoint.  One day she finally has enough of it and latches onto what looks to her to be a young up-and-coming hero, intent on writing a journal about his progress and finding the weak link in the heroic cycle.  Now if only that peacock of a prince will leave her alone, she can do her research.  Gah she hates people like him.  But that Barc boy; he's got the heroic potential, and isn't nearly so irritating.  Yet.  But his career's in early days yet.
POWER:  Rare Primary gift of Fire (and plain redundant, in Glade's point of view)

4.  Barc Bladeborne
If Shaiyl can be called the Leading Lady of the story (even if she is a villainess), then Barc's got Leading Man (despite what Glade might think).  Sometimes replacing Shaiyl as the viewpoint character, Barc's the every-man to Shaiyl's crazy opinions.  Where she might bring a voice of reason to the party, Barc's got just plain common sense.  Brought up by family to be everything a decent man should be, he doesn't like to make assumptions about people, and insists on seeing the good in Shaiyl even when she insists she's a baddie through and through.  Despite this, he does have his opinions on the folly or otherwise of others, but he often keeps them to himself.  Its him that acts as the group's glue, often pointing out solutions when others get argumentative or confused.  Not much angers him, although exasperated might be a good word for the mood the antics of his group frequently puts him in.  His capabilities with a bow are second to few, and can swing a sword with the better of them.  When Shaiyl first bumped into him, he was on a hunting trip that had taken him a little off the beaten path.  Being new to the hero business, he looks up to Glade and is often awed by the things they see and do on their quest.
POWER:  Rare Primary gift of Wind

5.  Matilda Honninbrew
Rather tall for her mining tribesmen (they are NOT dwarves, they just all have dwarfism; they can fit in the small tunnels better that way), Matilda is the group surrogate mother.  Widowed a few years ago, she latches onto the group and treats them as her replacement family, making sure they all eat well by acting as the fellowship cook.  And boy can she ever cook; even Glade hasn't eaten such tasty food at his fancy palace.  She's a bit of a gossip, and tends to ramble from one subject to another, so the fellowship has no shortage of stories, anecdotes, or rumors to hear while they travel.  She's also somewhat opinionated, so don't step out of line around her or you'll get an earful.  Her husband was a blacksmith and taught her a lot of the trade, so she surprises people by being able to wield a hammer, and not just in crafting; she can be right deadly with one.  She's easily the strongest member of the group by far, a fact which embarrasses Glade more than any other.  Being in her late fourties, she's also probably most world-wise of the cast, and can read people better than they'd like to be read.
POWER:  Rare Primary gift of Earth

6.  Prince Simutem Hetep
Glade really doubts that this stick-and-bones bardic wanna-be is a prince at all, but there's no arguing with his mother, the Queen of Imut, who dumps her third son on the group in hopes that they can make a man out of him and get him out of his darkly lit palace wing.  Taking position as the group pessimist, Simutem is glum, cowardly, and humorously glass-half-empty.  His flatline sarcasm and capability of pointing out the worst possible solutions have been a source of anxiety for his family, and hopefully going out into the great world beyond might brighten his mood some.  Perhaps if he hadn't rescued that Sprite a few years back, he'd be allowed to mope and get it all out of his system.  At least he can write some morose poetry and pluck a few sad tunes on his lute to vent his inner drama.  Oh, and has he mentioned how much he HATES his elemental gift?
POWER:  Secondary gift of Light (a sometimes hereditary power of the Hetep family dynasty), and another reason why Glade doesn't think he belongs in the party.  What kind of fellowship member has a SECONDARY power?  What on earth can light do?

7.  Spix the Sprite
Simutem's (Or Simmy, as she calls him) eternal companion and pest problem, Spix is happy, bubbly, optimistic, hyper, and a trickster through and through.  Its unclear to the rest of the group if she's following him because she considers him a friend, or if she's trying to annoy him.  But whenever he's managing to pull off a wonderfully dour mood, she always tries to find the bright side for him in her simple manner, much to his further annoyance.  Like all Sprites, she's childish, refers to herself in third person, and has an impish manner about her.  Unlike other Sprites, she doesn't so much shun prolonged human contact, since for some reason she's latched onto Simmy (again, is it just because he's so much fun to bug, or what?)  She is an Ivy Sprite, and wears clothes made from the ivy leaves she grows.  She sort of acts like a pet parrot for Simmy, if parrots were sentient and undermined one for kicks.
POWER:  Ability to control ivy plants, and carries around a few seeds to plant in case she needs a vine or two.  Would be considered a Tertiary power if human/elf.


So that's my cast.  I was supposed to draw the group Mentor, but since he's sort of a odd old (maybe?) man who frequently comes and goes without warning, method, or reason, the group really isn't sure if he's an actual member of the fellowship or not anyways. 

Art was a quick sketch that was supposed to be colored quicker, with no shading, but I reeeeally got obsessed.  SIGH.  What should have taken maybe a day of on-off work ended up spanning half a week.  I need to figure out Clip Studio Paint; maybe I can work faster on that than in Photoshop.

Background done using a variety of Photoshop brushes set at different opacities; I just experimented and this is what came out.  Oh well, it works.
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EDUG-Diaries sketch by mystryl-shada
EDUG-Diaries sketch
Sketch for the main cast of my E.D.U.G. Diaries book series.  Will go into more detail on them in my colored version that will go up in gallery.  As it is, this was SUPPOSED to be a fast sketch with a basic color layer slapped on, but I'm getting distracted again.  I'll still have sketchy lineart, but I'm apparently shading now, and being more picky than anticipated about coloring in the lines.  Oh well . . .

Color up on main gallery!  mystryl-shada.deviantart.com/a…
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angel78990 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Student Artist
hey mystryl-shada you can draw prowl and bumblebee slepping ?
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mystryl-shada Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly, not in much of a state to accept commissions or requests; life is hectic and books need writing.  :/

Although sleeping shots . . . never tried those before.  Not sure, can't promise anything, but I'll keep it in mind.
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angel78990 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Student Artist
ok ,
I do understand
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SonicFull Featured By Owner Edited Dec 23, 2015
I have a contest you might be interested in checking out!
www.fimfiction.net/group/295/a…

PS: Please pass this along to your friends!
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mystryl-shada Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow do I wish I had the time for that; I actually have a team that's perfect.  They'd make for a HUGE combiner bot though, as each of them represents a different kind of train car (Engine, passenger, box, tanker, caboose) and each are rather large by themselves.  They're Autobots, but I could switch to Decepticon, since they specialize in hunting down prey and were rather aggressive anyways.
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SonicFull Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
YES! YES! YES! DO IT!  PS:Pulmonary sketches are acceptable! As all other methods of showing the character!
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tigergirl1209 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hello there mystryl-shada! I would like to know if you still interested in TMNT? Or if you are interested in any transformers characters? 

If you are I would like to invite you to TMNT-Transformers Fan
(I think that is how I put it)
Tell me what you think, and comment on my profile
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mystryl-shada Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooo that sounds like an awesome club.  I like two cool things put into one.  Count me in! 
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Joe-Roberts Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
 Thanks for faving :)
Doctor Who by Joe-Roberts 
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mystryl-shada Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!  Stumbled across it, and couldn't NOT fav; its gorgeous.
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