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10/8/2017 11:22:37   
Warmonger DragonJax

Awwww but still thanks for the Consideration and praise.
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10/25/2017 5:03:56   

Loving the gallery, and it's always great to see the positive change in style and detail over the years!
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11/10/2017 20:21:24   

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@Warmonger DragonJax You're very welcome and do not worry. I'll design the weapons at some point in the future if I don't have a lot to do. Anything can happen, man. :)

@Fionnes Thank you so much, miss. I've come a long way since I first started and I always showcase my progress whenever I redesign an old piece. It's always a perfect time to relax and reminisce. :)
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11/10/2017 20:22:43   

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Monstrous Pumpkin Patch

I planted a patch of pumpkins and carved a couple of jack o'lanterns. Suddenly, Korin's face appears on a third one under mysterious circumstances, smiling even after Croft's fated return to Apsaydaaun. How did his face materialize and why? Could it be that an overlord fiend with vampiric powers carved it there to keep an eye on Croft until the next year approaches? If he and Korin are indeed in cahoots, what mischief are they planning that could jeopardize the Cauldron Sisters' reputation as famed confectioners? Only next year will tell. Until then, I'm glad that after an entire week of planting that went awry, I finally designed the pumpkins to my satisfaction. It turns out that having a green thin is easier said than done for this pyromancer. I'm better off hitting the books anyway. :P I hope you all like the belated pumpkin patch.

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11/14/2017 14:02:25   

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Vengeful Gourd's Twinkle
While smiles are known to express joy and passion, this one can disguise this jack o' lantern's intent as it takes a liking to you not as a companion, but as one to toy with. Beware its smirk and whatever you do, leave it sheathed on Mogloween night.

It took me about a week and a half to sketch and vector this mace that was inspired from AQ3D's Smashing Pumpkin because I was stumped for a few days and as I said earlier, it came to show that I don't have much of a green thumb. The rest of the weapon's design was fortunately easier for me mostly because I had more practice working with weaponry compared to other objects, however, I still sketch and it's been key advice to me from Charfade to always do so before most, if not all, vectoring takes place. At least, that's what I believe based on my personal experience. *thinks of the Raging Tide of Oceanus and Volt Conductor swords as examples* I'd like to thank the talented and insightful Hollow for his advice that allowed me to create a further distinction in my version of the mace from the original Smashing Pumpkin. What I hope to take out of the design process this time is that I can use this advice to study where one would hold onto a weapon in any shape or size when arming him or herself for battle.

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AQ DF MQ AQW  Post #: 80
11/19/2017 10:55:48   

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Mallet of The Righteous
A sledgehammer made of refined wood that came from a tree in Doomwood devoid of leaves and stone in southern Greenguard that is strong enough to split metal in two. Don't be fooled by the gourd revealed inside the wood for its magic is more than meets the eye.

After I remade AQ3D's Smashing Pumpkin in 2D, I decided to recycle the weapon and recolored the bottom blade and its handle. I then recolored the pumpkin yellow because Thankstaking is around the corner and the color is sometimes associated with autumn. Some foliage on trees do gradually shift from green to yellow. What sets the Mallet of the Righteous apart from the Vengeful Gourd's Twinkle is the wooden head and the dark chartreuse blade on top of it. While working with wooden textures is nothing new to me, it was my first time designing texture on refined wood with Flash, which took me another five days and I'm glad it turned out to be pretty nice from a distance. I'm at a loss regarding what type of wood I prefer since its texture can vary depending on the type, but there's always room for improvement in that area. ;) The Mallet of the Righteous is my take on Amelia's Mallet, but it heavily contrasts to the original version because the head is more uneven, the handle is made of stone, the grip has a different texture, there are blades placed at the bottom and top of the weapon, the metallic layer in between the grip and the bottom blade retains jagged edges, and last but not least, clicking on the light orange button reveals the glowing yellow gourd in the place of the wooden head. The differences are drastic because I took a naturalistic approach on the design process and sought out ideas on how to set the weapon apart from what it was based on. Its backstory also differs from its original counterpart. While Hollow forged the mighty mallet for his daughter in the AdventureQuest timeline, I believe that in the DragonFable timeline that Amelia herself forged the mallet out of grief during Occavatra's, Irene's, Europa's, and Fortitudo's journey into the underworld to rescue her father that took place shortly after Jaania froze the Hero, Warlic, and Xan in self-healing ice at the end of Book 2. She vowed to use her mallet to defend her family and home alongside her father since then, hence the name of the weapon. I hope you guys like it and I'd like to thank Gabriel Castro for his helpful feedback on the weapon's design. :)

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AQ DF MQ AQW  Post #: 81
11/20/2017 23:43:53   

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Mogloween Storybook Collector's Edition Volume 2

This copy of the Mogloween Storybook Collector's Edition was distributed to a hooded nature-based sorcerer attired in robes of white by Vincent, Jenna, and Fortitudo during their travels around Lore to search for their companions who were captured by the Rose not long before the Hero had been thawed. The young sorcerer was pleased to acquire such a book during a perilous journey of his own for he felt that the guidance offered in the mystical book on the Cauldron Sisters' tales would light the way to a stronger and enlightened peace of mind. Accompanied in this copy are vines wrapped around the pedestal, several skulls scattered the area, cobwebs growing behind the scenery, a stash of weapons stored in a cauldron who was once human, and a pumpkin carved with an eerie face that had not been spotted since the Reset. What is the significance of its appearance and why has it materialized onto Lore once more? This innocent-looking jack o' lantern might be hiding a dark but strange secret long-thought to be lost forever.

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AQ DF MQ AQW  Post #: 82
12/2/2017 11:29:55   

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Numbing Blunt Sword of Hypothermia
A dangerous weapon capable of producing ice crystals at touch, its user can freeze the heart of its target in the blink of an eye or worse, cause it to stop beating for good.

This weapon, alongside its staff and dagger variations, were given to select warriors, mages, and rogues with undying devotion to the Rose by Archmagus Jaania as a thanks for their support and upon being assimilated into a recently founded squadron of knights known as the Rose Inquisition whose duty is to bring dissidents into questioning by the group's leader. He was personally appointed by Jaania for the individual was fair, understanding, and lacks personal bias because his heart had been frozen to the core moments after he lost his deeply beloved to Nicodemus. Fortunately, those who are brought into questioning are oftentimes let go under the condition where they swear loyalty to the Kingdom of Greenguard and promise to cease advocating against the Rose. Those that break their promises, lie during questioning, or fail the entire interrogation would be subject to getting a Numbing Blunt Weapon of Hypotermia pointed at their hearts to freeze them in hopes that their emotions would evaporate enough for them to be reduced to cynical distant versions of their former selves. Their fates remain unknown afterwards. Not long after Occavatra and his friends began to fight against the Rose, one Rose Inquisitor Knight attempted to apprehend Europa while she was out on a night stroll outside of Falconreach alone, but she surpassed the knight and used his sword against him not long after she salvaged it in order to save her own life. Europa removed the rose emblems from the Numbing Blunt Sword and replaced them with some of the diamonds she cherished growing up. Since then, it became her secondary weapon. Aware of its potentially fatal power, Europa vowed to only use it in life-threatening situations and battles. Since the failed attempt to arrest the little girl, the squadron was temporarily disbanded for an undetermined period of time, but it wasn't until after the Magesterium's attempted siege on Swordhaven's Castle during its gala that Jaania revived the group. This time, it is not just dissidents, anti-Rose activists, and rebels that were targeted by the Rose Inquisition, but also inhabitants of Dragonia with even the slightest Tkaaine descent. The reason is that their leader and likely Jaania herself holds a deep-seated agonizing fear that they might be spies that tipped off the Magesterium to attack the castle that fateful night. While the members of the Inquisition and their leader remained patient and polite enough to release most of their suspects once found innocent, some members have slowly begun to slip under Akanthus's shadow while taking their ice crystal-producing weaponry with them in the process...

It's been a while since I made a sword during my busy schedule in late November into December and I had to refresh my memory a little bit. This was more of an experimental sword that I drew in which I attemped to incorporate Nulgath's style into it after Void, a fellow AQW moderator, suggested to me to give it a try. The end result wasn't what I expected it to be so I ended up having to improvise on the sword's guard and handle. After a fixer upper yesterday morning, I was ultimately satisfied with how the sword turned out in the end of the design process. The next time I experiment with Nulgath's style, I would rather collaborate with someone else and take my time studying the weaponry textures seen in Oversoul.

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< Message edited by Occavatra -- 12/2/2017 22:30:32 >
AQ DF MQ AQW  Post #: 83
12/16/2017 22:13:48   

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Occavatra (Book 1)

Not long after Occavatra's pyromancy was exposed to the city of Galicia during a deadwood attack that nearly led to the village catching flame, the fearful young man who was simply trying to save his own life isolated himself in the town library once more with Irene to read about the practical uses of pyromancy to prevent such an accident from happening again. It took him a month to sink in the fact that the element of fire is in the palms of his hands and exercise self-control over such a fearful power with the knowledge that he gained from the spell-casting tomes on the left side of the library's second floor. Although he is no longer afraid of losing control of his magic, he was still fearful of how he is perceived by more people should they become aware of it. Up until the move to Falconreach, Irene remained the only exception for her thoughts of the young man had not changed since she made that discovery herself. Overtime, Occavatra expanded his circle of friends and treated his pyromancy as an extension of himself, which further eroded his fear of the element itself. Despite the fact that he keeps his fire magic in control most of the time, he might occasionally miss a target and burn down a tree by accident with no further damage to its surroundings. Please don't joke about burning trees in front of Occavatra because to this day, he is still uncomfortable about the reminder of the fateful deadwood encounter. You might get a laugh out of Irene and his other allies, though.

During The Final 13th!, Occavatra's appearance hasn't changed too much except he had equipped sharp shoulder plates and he had forged his sword that he would later use as a dragonlord. In order to get an advantage against stronger foes, Occavatra uses this sword to disintegrate enemy defenses, leaving them vulnerable to his fiery attacks. Most of the time, striking where it hurts the most can save both his own life and his allies. In his additional animation, he performs the attack by unsheathing his sword and stabbing his target. The sword then catches fire before it burns out once the target's defenses are weakened by the flames. Occavatra also did not wear his shoulder plates as permanent accessories, but rather as a type of upgrade to protect his shoulders and keep his arms together. He found them in the Elemental Foothills while making his way toward the entrance of the Wind Elemental Cave. It seems like the Cultists had passed through the region and somehow dropped these two. Judging from the three ominous runes on the pieces of metal, they contain traces of dark magic that grants their wearer minor immunity to darkness, which was why he lasted longer against the Shadowscythe while he helped his comrades defend the Elemental Foothills.


After the war had concluded, with great reluctance, he placed the shoulder plates aside and kept them in his dresser's bottom drawer in his and Irene's home in Falconreach because he did not want another one of his terrible secrets exposed to even his friends and allies; his relationship with the Darkspyre family and the forces of darkness.

Occavatra's Book 1 outfit started with a concept of him drawn by Ergotth that I enjoyed. Although a caster class does not define him given that he is a warrior (or dragonlord to be specific) at heart, I liked it enough to design the attire to have him start out as a weaker one while his skill as a warrior built up. Over the span of Book 1, he dealt with monsters from creepy crawly spiders and elementals to insatiable adventurers consumed by their Doom Weapons and a dangerous Deadwood Destroyer that would've been beyond his caliber if he wasn't aided by Irene, Ingrijirea, Myron, Twilly, and Ash. I would like to thank Ergotth for inspiring me to draw this armor and pushing me past my comfort zone on this one especially when I finally animated the attacks. By studying some of DragonFable's animations, I found a way to make the walking animations more realistic. If you're wondering why Occavatra is wearing the Boulder Mask, the New Rock Mask, the Heavy Mask, and the Classic Rock Mask respectively on his head in both animations, it's because he didn't like his hair after Patch trimmed it on two separate occasions. Oh, well. ;)

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< Message edited by Occavatra -- 12/16/2017 22:14:11 >
AQ DF MQ AQW  Post #: 84
12/22/2017 7:04:22   

Those helmets... are perfect for pyromancy. The original welding masks. Occatrava won't be singing his eyebrows off any time soon... until his hair grows back.

Huge improvements with the shading and details on the armour. If I might suggest adding a much darker shading tone, for shadows close to the sources (such as where the plates overlap), that will add a greater sense of depth to details of that type.
In particular the brass components on his arms are nicely done, as well as the shoulderplates and belts.

In regards to the animation, walking is a quite complex motion which needs a lot of keyframes, as well as separate motions for the lower leg. I'd recommend looking at clips of people walking for reference.

It's been over a year since I first popped in here, and you're getting way better! More recently, your shading's improved a lot.
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12/22/2017 23:34:59   

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@Shiny_Underpants Wow, thank you. ^_^ Compared to most pyromancers that go mad overtime, Occa is a lot more collected and level-headed, but it still never hurts to wear protective gear created naturally from stone. In real life, I love collecting stones and minerals with bizarre, yet interesting shapes because not only do I find the bright colors compelling, but also because of the emotions they are said to be associated with.

I do recognize that my skill with armor still needs some work, but I am getting better. I'll keep your suggestion in mind given that armor and clothing in general are still some of my weakest points. Thank you very much for recognizing my improvement and where I still need to level up my skill as usual. ;)

Although animation comes easier for me, I actually have been looking to improve the way I animate my characters walking and I decided to animate Occa running based on my observations and memories of how our DF characters generally walk. I'll start practicing walking animation again on another character I'm redesigning, which would be a good time for me to also keep your recommendation in mind because watching clips of others walking might give me a better idea so I'll be able to grow my skill in that portion of my animation skills. Yeah, time really flies when I practice and grow my gallery. Fortunately, I do not plan on stopping anytime soon so here's to another year of passion and growth!
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1/9/2018 23:39:34   

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Propitious Heartbeat Mage Weapons
The potent fire magic that courses within the crystal flowers that bind to this scepter/wand had caused it to prevail over the perils of snow storms that would've swept away life forms like a fragile candlelight. Use it to melt a heart that succumbed to ice to bless it with the warmth of love once again.

In the DragonFable timeline, Silas had forged these weapons by using his own, Agatha's Desolation, as a model to base them off of and the crystalline flowers created from Elemental Essences by his grandmother with the staff's namesake. Both the staff and the wand were given to two agents of the Vind as a countermeasure against the Rose Inquisitor Knights and to melt the cold hearts that belonged to the unfortunate souls that they have not released should they succeed in rescuing them. More importantly, the Propitious Heartbeat Mage Weapons were created to reverse the effects of Jaania's ice magic through passive fire, a symbol of energy that courses through all that are living and love that they feel toward those they care about as well as their dreams. The agents that Silas had gifted these weapons to chose to remain anonymous to avoid being followed by their foes.

In the AdventureQuest timeline, the crystalline flowers were forged from gemstones that were found in Paxia's Igneus territory by an unidentified pyromancer who has a fondness of gemstones. The weapons that they became a part of were unfortunately abandoned for twenty long years and were later found by a gifted, studious mage named Winifred while she was studying abroad on the behalf of Northern Galicia University. She later brought them back to be donated to the school's bookstore to sell every February when they are at their most powerful.

The design process of the scepter and wand variants was an amazing learning experience for me because it allowed to explore European architecture once again and I took some inspiration from visiting one of aunts' house with my family two weekends ago before New Year's Day. Vectoring my sketches of the golden columns, gem holders, and curved capitals were challenging for me because they took some trial and error, but Hollow's advice on shading helped me pull through and give the columns a texture that came out nice and I am thankful for that because it helped me enjoy the design process and I started to have fun piecing together the rest of the weapon like they were broken pieces to put back together. The direction I took with Hollow's help worked perfectly and I was happy with how elegantly the scepter and variants turned out afterwards. ^_^ The above blurbs are the weapons' origins that take place in AQ's and DF's respective timelines to avoid any possible confusion about the details provided. Most of the time, I like to talk about DragonFable lore each time I describe a finished product except when it comes to writing item descriptions for AQW. Happy Hero's Heart Day, everyone!

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1/9/2018 23:42:22   

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Agatha's Desolation
This bittersweet beauty was forged by an aeromancer who lost her husband at sea decades ago to cope with her grief. Whenever its user would place their ear on the foggy wind orb, they can hear the near-elderly sorceress weep, longing for her beloved to return to her even if it is only in her dreams.

Agatha is the name of a woman who settled into a lone cabin in the Elemental Foothills to watch the ocean from on top of a mountain where the wind titan Zyphos once lived to await her husband's return, even though it was obvious he was not coming back. Every day, Agatha would practice her aerokinesis and harvest Elemental Essences to keep herself occupied. She had so many essences in her collection that she had decided to coalesce them into beautiful crystalline flowers that would remind her of the days of her youth when she and her husband were betrothed and he took her out to the flower meadows that flourished in the forests in between Galicia and Swordhaven. Upon realizing that her husband was not coming back, Agatha undertook one last project before she chose to settle down for good. She fashioned herself an eloquent and refined scepter that would allow the wind to calm down enough for her to hear the ocean waves so she, too, can breathe the air she believed would help her carry on through the rest of her life. Unfortunately, over the next two years, she was never heard from again. A water elemental disguised as a hooded priest paid a visit to Agatha's son, a landlord who owned large plots of land in the northern Greenguard Region along with his wife, to inform him of her passing. His family grieved for an entire week and there were no new clients through that period of time. When that week had passed, the staff that Agatha forged was passed on to her grandson, Silas, to teach him to always protect anything he held close to his heart, which he had promised to do. Although he took his grandmother's collection of crystalline flowers with him before he went into hiding in Doomwood Forest, the cabin on top of the mountain in the foothills remains deserted to this day. Only time will tell when another will call it home.

The crests and the orbs are recolored versions of the one that is part of the Aurora Key, but I had made much of the artwork that was used to make up this staff myself with advice from Hollow, which I am thankful for. I hope you all enjoy it. :)

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