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Dance of a Dangerous Eight-Tail (Color) by fredrin Dance of a Dangerous Eight-Tail (Color) :iconfredrin:fredrin 99 4 Dangerous Headpats (Color) by fredrin Dangerous Headpats (Color) :iconfredrin:fredrin 115 4 Miss Sonoda's Zilla Dragon-Maid ZomZom by fredrin Miss Sonoda's Zilla Dragon-Maid ZomZom :iconfredrin:fredrin 88 17 Dangerous Headpats by fredrin Dangerous Headpats :iconfredrin:fredrin 146 9 SavePoint - FlightDeck by fredrin SavePoint - FlightDeck :iconfredrin:fredrin 130 15 SavePoint - FlightDeck (pencil) by fredrin SavePoint - FlightDeck (pencil) :iconfredrin:fredrin 114 5 The Great Underground Empire [Color] by fredrin The Great Underground Empire [Color] :iconfredrin:fredrin 139 12 Save Point - Damage Check by fredrin Save Point - Damage Check :iconfredrin:fredrin 126 12 SavePoint: Tousled Yakugashi (pencil) by fredrin SavePoint: Tousled Yakugashi (pencil) :iconfredrin:fredrin 155 8 SavePoint: Tousled Yakugashi by fredrin SavePoint: Tousled Yakugashi :iconfredrin:fredrin 182 13 Aria Wintermint and Gug by fredrin Aria Wintermint and Gug :iconfredrin:fredrin 281 13 Save Point - Tryst by fredrin Save Point - Tryst :iconfredrin:fredrin 126 8 SavePoint - Scramble by fredrin SavePoint - Scramble :iconfredrin:fredrin 127 11 SavePoint - Ghost by fredrin SavePoint - Ghost :iconfredrin:fredrin 128 8 Save Point - Pub by fredrin Save Point - Pub :iconfredrin:fredrin 119 7 Drop - Staggering Miho [watercolor] by fredrin Drop - Staggering Miho [watercolor] :iconfredrin:fredrin 108 3

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Dance of a Dangerous Eight-Tail (Color)
This took me a lot longer to produce than I thought it would.  It didn't really come out the way I was thinking it would, but it's still interesting.  Even the linwork here is watercolor, and its on a sheet of old Arches cold press watercolor paper that is from my stash of paper from when i was in college (so its like 25 years old).  I wasn't getting quite the depth I wanted from the watercolor, the layering wasnt going as well as i hoped - and I ended up using colored pencils to add some texture and definition.  That said, it actually came out not too bad.  I feel really challenged by the watercolor thing, which is not a bad thing :)
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Dangerous Headpats (Color)
Copic and colored pencil (for texture).  It sure has a brightness to it i wasn't expecting (or going for) and I'm not REALLY all that happy with the depth of the background... still learning and experimenting with that.  Mugi and Miho look pretty decent tho.
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Miss Sonoda's Zilla Dragon-Maid ZomZom
This was actually a silly idea that came to me after watching a few episodes of Ms. Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, a fun anime based on the manga by Cool Kyoushisha.  Zom zom has learned how to turn into human form, surprising Yuki one morning.  Two small problems is she is still a Zombie and since Zom zom doesn't have scales (just a thick hide) she cant make her own clothing.  It's a silly drawing that actually turned out to be not only fun but may find its way into the MT story (this sorta thing happens all the time with story development).  Pencil rendered and COPIC colored versions linked.

Oh, Zom Zom has always been a girl, FTR.  Also, just like in her old-school form she likes to eat old school consoles, in this newer more modern and hip form she has a taste for the newer consoles.  She is particularly enjoying the taste of Switch carts (that's a Zelda cart she has in her hand that she's been licking). 

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Dangerous Headpats
This drawing comes from a simple request for a drawing of Mugi and Miho.  Turned into a fun moment at the CoE. :)
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SavePoint - FlightDeck
Here is the finished version of the Flght Deck illustration, COPIC colored.  Asako does actually look surprisingly haunting floating back there behind Kimiko.  It was a good experiment in trying for a more dynamically lit scene - not 100% successful, but going in the right direction.  Starting to get better at adding density and color depth.

The one thing in this drawing I really want to explore further is that Heads Up Display using customized Nixie tubes to put information in front of the pilot.  An interestingly retro tech idea that I think I will try drawing more detail on sometime in the future.

The original art for this drawing is up in the MegaGear store here: www.megagear.com/6307_SP_Fligh…

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Ugh.  2011 was not what i'd call a particularly good year.  Figures that it was the 10 year aniversairy of MT and stuff, too. ^^;;  One casualty of the year was a lot of BS with my host and the loss of the server containing the Fredart and Sarah's Origami websites.  I have backups, so i can put things back together, i just haven't had the time yet... that and the fact that i really want to change fredart itself into a site i actually use to post and organize stuff rather than an older, rarely used repository of my older work.  

When i built the site back in 2000, non-static websites were kind of the new thing, sites that built themselves, parsing themselves server side when someone visited them.  Up till then, updating a site was usually a manual task, editing the code to add stuff, tweak things, break things ^^;;  Of course, the kind of interconnected social platforms like DA and Pixiv and Facebook and Twitter and stuff were not something to really worry about integrating.  I was proud of the fact that i had a little codebit on fredart that allowed TINAMI to index any new art i posted.  Back then, your homepage WAS where your work went, and the goal was getting people to your page to look at your stuff.

Today, things are kinda different.  The weird thing is, most of what i do and post and share can be (and often is) shared via the various active social network style 'enclaves' and in the case of Fredart, having the site be offline for several months is barely noticed.  I post art here on DA and on Pixiv, something things on Tumblr, i link things in Twitter and Facebook, and (way too rarely) on the Megatokyo page itself.  In what was a very disorganized and messed up year, it probably helped that all of this was plugged into neetworks (<-- that was totally a typo, but i think i'll leave it) so a lot more people saw stuff i was able to post and share than would if they just got tired of visiting my cricket-infested webpages.  

There are two kinda negative sides to all this, i think.  The first is that while each of these social networks (Facebook, Deviant Art, Tumblr, etc) are quite large, they are in a way like a gated community.  People have their favorite haunts that they tend to spend most of their time.  It sorta feels like it has compartmentalized the internet a little bit too much, imho.  The second thing has to do with what you have to do to reach everyone in this compartmentalized social networking age - you can't just post stuff to your homepage and know that people looking for your stuff will find it there.  You have to set up shop in each of the various social networking enclaves you have readers/fans/followers.  If i was a more organized person, i'd have a much better system for posting things cross-enclave.  As it is now, i post some stuff here, some stuff there, the result being that people often miss some things i post.  Since people usually hang out in several enclaves, you have to worry about spamming them too (i don't like the idea of bothering people too much).  When done well, you can reach a lot of people and keep people pretty happy.  If you flub it (which i am prone to doing) you will miss out on sharing your stuff with everyone.

I dunno, back in the 90s when i first got on the internet, i think the thing that was exciting was the idea that things could be in one place and everyone could find it there.  That idea is a bit fractured these days, but i guess it was inevitable in a lot of ways.  The net is vast, as they say, and content is not the problem - finding it is.  Fredart was a PHP coded website that i did myself that was remarkably archaic - all of the data was handled with flat text files (no databases for me, hacking around with PHP was hard enough to get my head around) and it was a massive pain to update (i had to create a txt file with the data all in the right places, and the site would count the number of files in the directory to determine how many elements were in the gallery, for instance).  It was kinda cool, but nothing like the things you can do with DA and stuff.  The trick for the new Fredart site will be that i want it to be a go-to point where all the different places things get posted will be shown and organized properly.  A place where i can start posting things, something idiot proof (a requirement) where i can start rambling on something (like this rant that sorta came out of nowhere) and be able to share it wherever i feel it should be shared.  

I totally passed on Myspace when it was the thing, but i was an early adopter on Twitter and a begrudging user of Facebook (where i probably reach the most people with the Megatokyo facebook page) and i still have no idea how to use Tumblr properly (who does?).  I still have no idea what im going to do with Google+, and like so many 'companies' you can only be active on so many social networks.  For instance, what about the soup.io people?  I have friends who use that, but i don't post anything there.  It makes you want to tear your hair out sometimes, and frankly... i'd rather be drawing or writing than fiddling with this stuff.  It used to take a long time to update fredart.com - editing text file, making thumbnails, uploading manually, etc.  But now, having to cross post in so many places, i think it actually takes longer to post new artwork than it used to.  Odd, really.

Finally, before i shut up, i'll note one other casualty of this social networking enclave thing - the web pages themselves.  Now i know you can customize things like DA and Pixiv to an extent, but you are still working within a framework that is exactly the same across the network.  Its sort of like the difference between an older neighborhood with lots of different kinds of houses that look different and unique vs. a gated community with rules about what your house can look like and what you can do in your front yard, etc.  I'm a contrarian by nature, i guess, and i miss the fact that in the past most people had to cobble their own websites together.  Sure, the results were often horrific, but they were still unique.  It used to be a lot of fun perusing japanese websites looking for artwork.  You can say that its much better this way because it's like seeing artwork on gallery walls and much easier to find and share them, and that you can still have your own website to present things in a creative way.  Thing is, most people's experience of your work will be in these social networks, not on your website.  

At least with Deviant Art and Pixiv and stuff, your art itself is your expression and says a lot about you.  The site itself is tuned out, mostly, and your work is what people look at.  Also, DA and Pixiv and the like are actually not bad to look at.  The thing that really grinds me, though, is Facebook.  Has it really happened that the way almost everyone these days presents themselves to the world is via a website that is really that... fuggly looking?  Sure, myspace was hellish, but facebook is way too restrictive and ugly.  But they didn't ask me about it, so what can you do. :)

i'll shut up now.  Sheesh, i was just gonna write a quick 'blah blah here, im posting some more stuff' post and it turned into this.  Maybe it should be a rant?  I wonder where that button is that will cross-post this to the Megatokyo site and... oh, i don't have that yet.  Maybe someday.

fredrin
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Fred Gallagher
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Befuddled and artistically challenged hack behind the webcomic/manga Megatokyo.

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Red--Samurai Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
I just bought your omnibus edition of Megatokyo yesterday. I loved it! I can't wait for the next edition! Keep it up Fred!
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swenyar Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Hello
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Kei-Magissa Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Student General Artist
I have literally been hoping to run into you and your art for years!! You're the one who inspired me to draw for the longest!!!
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Zerro Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
I know you ignore comments, but just maybe you'll check this one.

Commission: Zerro by Sabviee

A gift to the man who's art and storytelling have inspired me for almost 10 years.
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dragongirlart Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I can not believe you are on Deviant Art O.O It is such an Honor! :D
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TheBadPill Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Been a big fan of Megatokyo for years. Been re-reading my books at work lately.
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sabakunomimirinkaara Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I used to love your manga megatokyo as a kid, in fact almost my whole family did. I'm hoping to become a mangaka too someday ^^ keep up the great work 
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spiderliing666 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014   General Artist
Thanks so much for the watch!!! :iconblushplz:
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JOSHDILISI Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i have been reading Megatokyo since probably around 2006,  not your earliest fan but i really love and admire your work! i really hope i can see you at a convention one day, and looking forward to reading more of your stuff :)
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Armored-Cross187 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You draw very nicely in pencil.
I recently ran into your work inside a library from your megatokyo books and I just realized from you, that you DON'T need color for pictures to gain approval. So thank you for that.

I only use pencil and paper and draw vehicles and Guns, Only recently have I started to draw people that aren't incased inside Armored coffins.

Your pictures teach me alot from just viewing them So...Im gunna start posting more work. Cheers. 
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