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-2014- The Dark Hand Destroys All by Eric-3
-2014- The Dark Hand Destroys All
One of my favourite scenes in NIER.
I've had the idea for this for a long time, but I've only recently gotten around to actually doing it. Unfortunately, it didn't quite turn out how I pictured it in my head all this time or laid it out as a tiny rough sketch.

It was supposed to be longer horizontally, with Jack of Hearts and Nier more centered "as one" rather than Jack being cut off and Nier somewhat centered by himself. Nier was also supposed to be higher off the bottom of the image to more clearly show that he's actually leaping in the air and looking down towards the ground ('cause I'm sure it's hard to tell here).

I tried laying out my original intentions numerous times, but I always ran out of space on the paper trying to cram everything I wanted to in and in a decent scale so that Nier wasn't tiny. It was very frustrating that I eventually just gave up and had to settle for some adjustments that resulted in this. This is already made up of three 8.5 x 14 sheets of paper pieced together, and it was very awkward doing that.

I'm quite disappointed that the framing of the picture is so off compared to what I wanted to do.

I could've helped the "looking down towards the ground" aspect a bit by drawing ground scenery to show that it's not the sky in the back, but I'm horrible at drawing scenery and objects in general; I'm sure trying to draw anything at a downward angle would've resulted in disaster so I didn't even bother trying.

I'm not entirely happy with how Nier turned out. I feel like I foreshortened his lower half too much in comparison to his pretty normal upper half. It looks unbalanced. I also did a horrible job with the back of his hair 'cause I didn't quite get what the heck it should even look like.

I had a lot of trouble drawing Jack's head, partially because he got cut off and it's awkward trying to imagine what isn't fitting on the page and draw from it so that what is fitting on the page actually looks right (not sure I explained that well enough...). The tentacle things didn't turn out how I wanted them to, partly because of the space issues. And I just noticed that there should probably be one or two more of the bigger tentacle things visible here behind his head. I don't know how I overlooked that.

I originally meant to draw Nier's head looking more towards Jack, but I didn't like the idea of his face not being visible. Though by making it visible at this angle, it kinda looks like he's not looking at Jack at all. I could say he's just in mid-turn of his head (as his body is in mid-turn) but it still looks off.

Aside from all that...I guess I'm OK with how the rest of the picture turned out.
It gave me a lot of trouble, but it was pretty fun overall drawing Nier's costume. The black things around the Dark Hand took a while, but they were fun too. And I wasn't sure how I was going to go about it at first, but once I got into it and finished it all, the yellow patterns on Jack were really fun and I'm happy with how it turned out (even though I'm pretty sure there's inaccuracy compared to the game).

The colours and tone I used are different from what I usually use, but I wanted to try to keep closer to what the game looked like. So I didn't go too crazy with the colours of the shading (the red of the Dark Hand is all vibrant red for example; I'd normally have it more desaturated and shaded with a dull purplish colour). I made everything else colder and tried to apply a light foggy effect like in the game at this part.

I was considering doing a fully-charged Dark Hand of five fists, but there's no way I would've fit that on here.
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-2014- Catasstrophe by Eric-3
-2014- Catasstrophe
(Please click full-size or download; the scaled down image is blurry and stuff...)
This picture is made around an inside joke. If you're curious about any of the nonsense, just ask.

The characters were mostly fun to draw in this.

The guy was made from scratch.

The dog is mostly from reference since I know nothing about drawing animals. Same with the cat, though it's less based on reference than the dog.

The minotaur was drawn on paper first then scanned. I was going to just make it rough to lay out the general shape/pose but then I figured I may as well just draw it completely, take those lines and clean them up a bit, then use it as the actual sprite. So I felt like I cheated as far as making a sprite goes, but since I had so many elements to make in this picture and it was intended as a joke, I really just wanted to get things done without taking a huge amount of time (well, it already took a huge amount of time, but anyway...).

The cow person was drawn from reference. Two separate references, of course. I generally avoid using direct reference and I could've drawn the body myself, but the character was added into the concept at the last minute and I didn't want to set myself back a huge amount of time by having to draw another full character from scratch and figuring out the pose and such.

The furniture and objects were actually kinda fun too. I don't have experience drawing it so I used some reference. Some of it is pretty directly referenced, others are referenced from multiple things and mashed together, and some of it is just made up after getting an idea from a reference.

I did not have fun drawing the room though.

The few shadows under some of the objects and characters were not fun either since I have no idea how to do shadows properly (I'm sure they're really off) but tossed them in since it might look like they were floating without them.

About the HUD:
-The paw's pads represent health. 4 hits only.
-The paw's palm is some kinda super meter, I guess.
-The 4 circles are a quick weapon/ammo-select tied to a d-pad. I did not mean for these to look like anuses, but it actually makes perfect sense.
-The numbers are the current weapon's ammo.
-The bottom meter is boss health. I did it pretty lazily, but had fun drawing the skull.

Random notes:
-The room (not the furniture in it) is loosely drawn after the entrance hall of the Spencer Mansion from Resident Evil, with changes made where I needed them or where I was too lazy to finish it. I needed a mansion hall and I have no experience drawing rooms/architecture/etc. Clearly.
-The guy is wearing "The Puffy Shirt".
-The drawer was loosely drawn after Grimoire Weiss (but the design didn't come through as much as I intended) and the yellow things on top of it were loosely made after the design theme of Shades, both from NIER. No real reason; I just needed something to go off while drawing furniture and objects.
-The down quick-select weapon is the Spread Shot from Contra. I was going to do a regular shotgun, but I'd been watching some Contra gameplay recently...
-The ammo font is Calvin & Hobbes.
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-2014- Patty Whack by Eric-3
-2014- Patty Whack
Ronald McDonald and The Burger King.
I had an idea like this for a while but didn't get around to it since I've clearly been very slow and unmotivated with art for a long time. I just wanted these two in one picture since I think they're both creepy (moreso The Burger King, but then Ronald is just a clown which is almost automatically scary). Ironically, they didn't come out especially creepy in this picture, even though my urge to draw them was based entirely on making them look creepy.

I wanted to alter Ronald's design a bit to make him look more like a jester and have him defying the King or whatever. I laid the poses out before deciding this though, and the pose didn't really allow me to show much of his design. I tried making new poses afterwards but couldn't come up with anything decent so I just stuck with this and half-assed the redesign since it wasn't going to show much anyway. If you're wondering about the hair, it's supposed to be like the jester's cap. I didn't put any of the hair forward though since it would cover up too much of The King. And I was wanting to do a skull paint motif on Ronald's face, but...yeah, half-assed it.

In case I didn't make it evident, The King's mask is supposed to be cracking open to show the real face under it. And he's using his gold chain thing as a brass knuckles-type weapon. After I had the idea to do that, I wanted to do a punching (with contact, I mean) pose and show it just breaking apart from the impact, but I couldn't come up with a good pose for it. I left the logo off of it since it looked way too cluttered when I tried drawing it, under all the cracks and the chain already over it.

When posing the characters, I also had somewhat specific fighting styles in mind for them. I wanted Ronald as a limber, agile, dirty/trickster guy and The King to just be unrefined brute force. Not sure why. And with crossover fights, I usually try to make things even with no clear winner. Again, not sure why...

I didn't lay this out with the intention of any specific / drastic foreshortening, but Ronald's pose just looked like it should've been foreshortened. But seeing it as the only thing in the picture that has that effect, it looks unbalanced. Oh well.

I'm not especially happy with this picture. It's not that there are bunch of problems nagging away at me, just that it doesn't really stand out or anything. It looks underwhelming.
At least it kept me busy for a while at work. :p
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Morbidly-Obtuse Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for watching dude
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Eric-3 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
You're welcome.
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Morbidly-Obtuse Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yoooo, you liked my Monster Party pic on the Silent Hill forum... I'm loving the your Rage picture! The perspective right on! Friggin intense! :)
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Eric-3 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Thanks! :)
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M-Ouariri Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The drawing that was in progress is finished, take a look at it here m-ouariri.deviantart.com/art/R…
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Eric-3 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Cool, thanks.
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DMajorBoss Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Hello again.

I do hope that all is going well on your side of things. I've not seen you in a bit, but I still think well of you. Take care, and here's to good stuff coming your way.

^_^
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Eric-3 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Hey,
Thanks, but it's me who should be dropping in on you more. I'm sorry I haven't been expressing my support for you over the past while. I do hope you're doing well. Still positive as always, I see. :thumbsup:
:handshake:
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DMajorBoss Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Heheh, yeah, I'm always one with a smile. Do check my journals out, at least, to see what's been going on. It's been quite a trip, to say the least.

*Hugs*

You are very welcome. Much love, my friend.
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DavidFolkie Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
How are you doing? :)
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