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Shayl finds Christmas Treasure by tymime Shayl finds Christmas Treasure by tymime
Here's a (belated) Christmas gift for :iconfischotterchen:. We would've liked to have made it sooner, but Christmas preparations, a visit to Grandma, other art projects and of course the holidays themselves delayed it.

This is her character Shayl the Mogma (otterkit.deviantart.com/art/Sh…, a member of a species found in Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. We haven't had the pleasure of playing many Zelda games (just the ones on the Gameboy), but after checking out some walkthrough videos for reference, I think I'll be trying out more.

Texture used: paulinemoss.deviantart.com/art…

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firecat2418 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm really impressed with your style! It works with the mogma and turned out really good. Like if Skyward Sword were hand animated, this is what they'd look like. :)
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FreezingIceKirby Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely done on this! The Mogma came out great... wish mine came out just as well. :(

(Seriously, great work! :D)
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tymime Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I've always liked unique fantasy critters like these guys.

I don't think your art is as bad as you sometimes say it is... There are a lot of artists who're more technically accomplished, but their art is really boring. Technical know-how and true expressiveness are rarely seen in the same artist, and I think an artist like yourself has an advantage over most- your drawings show personality and thought.

You know what's really helped us with construction and anatomy (something most cartoonists neglect)? We do a lot of observing of animals, and if not in person (like when we visit a zoo or interact with pets), we collect a lot of photos and watch a lot of videos of animals to see how they move and change shape.

Probably one of the most valuable references we have are the animation how-to books by Disney/MGM animator Preston Blair. He animated for things like Fantasia and Tex Avery and Tom & Jerry cartoons.
There's also the Disney animator and designer Ken Hultgren- he was a key character designer for Bambi. He has a really excellent animal anatomy book called The Art of Animal Drawing.
You could also check out the work of Marc Davis, who designed characters for The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Country Bear Jamboree.

Of course, there's always model sheets of Disney characters that are going around on the internet... and screenshots are very useful too.
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Fischotterchen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconsqueeeplz: Ahhhhhh! Thank you so much! I love it! He looks great in your style! The expression on his face is so adorable! :love:
I feel kind of silly asking this, but what is he holding? Is it some sort of Christmas dreidel?
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tymime Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a crystalline tree-topper.
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