Today, we meet another alien, a holographic computer interface: G.eotech L.abs I.ntelligent T.echnology C.ommunications H.ologram Model 3.1. Or as Henrik calls them, “Glitch” (G.L.I.T.C.H.). Glitch is not an interface created by humans; The G.L.I.T.C.H. interface was made by Flin Reli, an alien race with no genders. Glitch is a little ditzy, a little kooky, and when provoked, very sassy. It should be fun.
Glitch’s appearance was partly inspired by Jynx Monsoon a TV drag queen from Rupaul’s Drag Race, and partly by by Elroy from The Jetsons. This is my first non-binary character and I hope to do it some justice and make it fun.
G.L.I.T.C.H. copyright(c)Monica Marier, 2016
Yep, I fell behind, but I’m just going to keep right on going. So, anyways, I was looking at some Buzzfeed videos when I came across a video about how Asians are very rarely cast as major characters in movies. It made me look at my cast and think about Henrik Cates. Henrik was going to be yet-another white straight male lead in my books, and I suddenly wondered if it wasn’t getting a little same-y. The character design especially looked a lot like Evelyn Kelly from Madame Bluestocking.
I decided it was time for a change. I talked to my kids (since this is a joint project) and said, “what would you think about Henrik being Asian?” My daughter asked why the change and I said, “I think it’s nice to switch things up, so kids from other backgrounds can have a turn seeing people like themselves in books.” Girl then piped up. “Can he look like Eugene from the Try Guys?”
So, here we go: Henrik Cates, Captain of the Fishing Vessel, Mallard.
Henrik Cates Redesign, 2016
Goodness, this is hard to keep up on weekends! Well, all I can do is my best. Sadly inspiration and energy seems to find me at 10:45pm, so it’s a scramble to finish before I collapse from exhaustion. I can’t keep doing it this way. I’m going to try to find a time in the day where my energy is at a better place.
Here’s Day 17, It’s Mama Maxie, the Carnival Tycoon from an upcoming game. Some severe proportion problems, but I will fix them. I like her dress in any case.
Mama Maxie by Monica Marier, copyright(c)2016 Tangent Artists
And here’s today’s ink. This is a concept design for Elanai, the Mechanic from my upcoming SciFi book. He’s a Luo-Drigue—basically a lilac-colored space elf, since my daughter loves my elf characters so much and she said we needed one. Who am I to argue. Elanai is a cantankerous Rimmer who hates the kids and everyone else on the ship, but they’re pretty much the only people in the galaxy who tolerate him.
Elanai by Monica Marier copyright(c)monica marier 2016
So much for doing my pre-novel research. Assignments are starting to call, so those are going to be featured more this month. Case in point: today’s Ink is from a Carnival-themed game that Tangent Artists is working on. Here’s UNCLE LUCKY.
Uncle Lucky, by Monica Marier copyright (c) 2016, Monica Marier
A bit uncanny, yeah? I get the feeling that he’s one of those clowns who doesn’t understand that people don’t like clowns. I think he’s blissfully unaware of how creepy he is.
Skipped another day, but that’s okay, I’m going strong. Here’s today’s ink, which is from a commission I’m working on (posted with permission). It’s Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas at the battle of Pelenor.
Battle of Pelenor (excerpt)
If you really are curious, this is all I managed yesterday. It’s a sammich.
Sammich Art, by Monica Marier
I missed 2 days this weekend, but you know? That’s okay. Instead of worrying about making it up or stressing, I’m going to just keep going. So here is a cute little H. P. Lovecraft colouring page. I always dreamed that some day I can do a full colouring book of these. Some day. Anyways, feel free to print and colour this and share it with me. I’d love to see what you do!
Pickman’s Model, by Monica Marier
Quick one today. I was bu-hiz-sy today. This is Cedric. He’s the industrial lifting robot, who is in charge of all the dangerous activity on the Mallard. He loads the pots onto the launch, he uses the grappling attachment in his torso to fetch the bouys and reel the pots in again and stacks and ties them. The people on board can do this work in a pinch, but his large sturdy electromagnetic feet, herculanium frame, and powerful hydraulics mean he can do the job of six men with no fatigue or risk to life. Too bad about his attitude…
Cedric, by Monica Marier
Today’s ink is just a doodle, but a crucial doodle. I was playing with aliens. I need to come up with what the “Droloni” race looks like since I have 2 characters that are Droloni, Landri, co-pilot of the Mallard, and the antagonist, General Yzan. I’ve never done aliens before, so I decided to come up with a skull and go from there. Here’s what I got after a LOT of drawing and erasing. I’ve come up with a female skull with and without flesh. I also drew a male skull. Thoughts? Criticisms?
Alien Anatomy study, Droloni by Monica Marier
A slight deviation from my concept art, I’m combining business with pleasure today. Tangent Artists going to be publishing our first volume of collected comics, so I decided to work on the cover for said volume. The covers are going to be Tarot card themed, so here is Linus, the Hanged Man.
The Hanged Man, Monica Marier, copyright (c) Monica Marier, 2016
For this year’s Inktober, I’m doing concpet art and character design to prepare for NaNoWriMo. So here’s my first non-person design.
We’ve met, Zac, Lisa, and Henrik, so let’s meet the ship they have their adventures on. I give you, THE MALLARD
I modeled this interstellar fishing vessel after the crab-fishing boat Cornelia Marie. Like it’s model, this is a fishing vessel that must deal with, not only planetary waters and tides, but also the perils of space, atmospheric departure and reentry and solar radiation and turbulence, so this is the total air/water/space package. This way Henrik can always fish for SOME kind of animal. I kept the shape of the hull, and the wheelhouse. I added some thrusts and stabilizers, encased the prow with transparent titanium for observation. Also, the deck is enclosed with shields that can raise or lower when changing from atmospheric to interstellar.The deck is where all the fishing gear, launches, pulleys, winches and cranes are.
Also this boat’s origin is the Saturnal moon, Titan. Which has a harbour named for the UK town of …Ruislip… for some reason. I don’t even know. I’m kinda tired.
Any comments questions criticisms? Did I get something wrong? Leave a comment!