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Speaking of things I forgot to scan before swapping to a new sketchbook…
Couple of concept doodles of how the tribal troodons of my calendar project thingy carry their stuff around on bags carried by their older cows. Also at the bottom there’s a concept doodle of how they mark their cows. This particular tribe carves rings around the right side frill horn and then ties a string with certain decorations around it. Many tribes use horn carving and to differentiate their cows from other tribes’ ones, with pretty strings attached whenever there’s need for it (like meeting another tribe). The right horn has several rings around it on older cows, as the troodons carve a new one when the horn has grown so that the grove for string attachment is too high for their tribe’s mark-string.
The text on the left is notes from when a friend of mine helped me research flowers that were a thing back in late Cretaceous.

Speaking of things I forgot to scan before swapping to a new sketchbook…

Couple of concept doodles of how the tribal troodons of my calendar project thingy carry their stuff around on bags carried by their older cows. Also at the bottom there’s a concept doodle of how they mark their cows. This particular tribe carves rings around the right side frill horn and then ties a string with certain decorations around it. Many tribes use horn carving and to differentiate their cows from other tribes’ ones, with pretty strings attached whenever there’s need for it (like meeting another tribe). The right horn has several rings around it on older cows, as the troodons carve a new one when the horn has grown so that the grove for string attachment is too high for their tribe’s mark-string.

The text on the left is notes from when a friend of mine helped me research flowers that were a thing back in late Cretaceous.

Bugs of Unova
Entry IV: Nacrene city
Turns out what prof Juniper said about Nora was right after all. The silly pink seaslug has some difficulties adjusting to a life of a trainer pokémon after being a housepet all her life. She did do pretty well, though, all things considered. We challenged our second gym! Mostly Nora did well, but she had trouble concentrating, so I had to use Oliver a little too (still feels like cheating), but seeing her get ridiculously excited was all worth it.
I love Nacrene city’s gym, by the way. Really, really love it. It doubles as a museum with its own little research center, plus it has an extensive library. I’d love to live here some day (also bonus points for being located right next to Pinwheel forest).
Awesome museum. I had seen pictures of the giant proto-dragonite skeleton they had on display, and it was a sight to see! You just don’t get the feeling of scale by looking at pictures. And man, they had on display one of the best preserved slab fossils of Armaldo ever found. (Not revivable fossil, mind you, but no less amazing.) The details! 
Aaanyway. Pinwheel forest ahead. Can’t wait!

Whoops, it’s been a while since the last update on this bug run. I had this drawn like two months ago, but forgot to scan it, and then I changed sketchbooks because this one got filled up and you know, out of sight out of mind. Yay for consistent updates, Paper.
Let’s just sai that Jim girl here went to the Pinwheel forest and was so busy nerding about the wildlife she forgot her journal. Yeah, let’s go with that. Totally not my fault.
For newcomers: Hi all! Feel free to follow the tag to the previous updates of me documenting an all-bug (plus shellos) run on Pokémon White in an in-character manner.

Bugs of Unova

Entry IV: Nacrene city

Turns out what prof Juniper said about Nora was right after all. The silly pink seaslug has some difficulties adjusting to a life of a trainer pokémon after being a housepet all her life. She did do pretty well, though, all things considered. We challenged our second gym! Mostly Nora did well, but she had trouble concentrating, so I had to use Oliver a little too (still feels like cheating), but seeing her get ridiculously excited was all worth it.

I love Nacrene city’s gym, by the way. Really, really love it. It doubles as a museum with its own little research center, plus it has an extensive library. I’d love to live here some day (also bonus points for being located right next to Pinwheel forest).

Awesome museum. I had seen pictures of the giant proto-dragonite skeleton they had on display, and it was a sight to see! You just don’t get the feeling of scale by looking at pictures. And man, they had on display one of the best preserved slab fossils of Armaldo ever found. (Not revivable fossil, mind you, but no less amazing.) The details! 

Aaanyway. Pinwheel forest ahead. Can’t wait!

Whoops, it’s been a while since the last update on this bug run. I had this drawn like two months ago, but forgot to scan it, and then I changed sketchbooks because this one got filled up and you know, out of sight out of mind. Yay for consistent updates, Paper.

Let’s just sai that Jim girl here went to the Pinwheel forest and was so busy nerding about the wildlife she forgot her journal. Yeah, let’s go with that. Totally not my fault.

For newcomers: Hi all! Feel free to follow the tag to the previous updates of me documenting an all-bug (plus shellos) run on Pokémon White in an in-character manner.

I was too lazy to cook today, so I went and walked two kilometers in rainy weather with freezing wind at my face to buy chicken with curry sauce from a Chinese restaurant.

Sometimes I feel like I take avoiding work to a whole another level…

Sorry for the anon, I don't have a Tumblr. So I noticed you said that Northern dogs tend to have curlier tails, and I need to point out a flaw in that. The reason why some real-world dogs from colder climates have curly tails is because they are sled dogs. Most sled dog breeds were bred to have curly tails so that the dog's tail would not get caught in the sled equipment. Since the dogs in Wurr are not domesticated, the curly tail/cold climate correlation shouldn't really exist.

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Huh, I actually didn’t know that. Thanks! Most spitz type dog breeds around here are hunting or shepherding breeds so I never made the connection with sledding.

I’m still tempted to say that many Wurr dogs up north would have curly tails, though I can’t back it up with anything more reasonable than “kinda fun to draw”.

Last night I dreamed you were a transfer student attending my university (in California- yet you were also taking online animation classes in Finland...) and I recognized you and tried to make friends. You were wary of my until I invited you to the local natural history museum (which happens to have an awesome exhibit on skulls at the moment). I thought it was amusing enough to tell you about it :)

How to make friends with Papermonkey the socially awkward penguin: Take to the local natural history museum.

This is actually truth. Now I just need to teleport myself to California…

Last week I decided to watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. I’ve only seen random bits and pieces of the series, despite FMA being one of my favourites, if not the favourite story (the printed form, not the anime, although I must give credit for the amazing animation work).

Thought it would be fun to start the day by watching another episode today at breakfast, before starting to work. Right. Apparently I didn’t remember which episode I left on. Sure was a fun way to start the day with the biggest downer of the series!

So much for concentrating on work.

I love how I can say that I exist because of comics. My dad started seeing my mom because she had a subscription to Aku Ankka, a Finnish Donald Duck comic magazine. I think it’s awesome.

Today I overheard my mom saying to my dad that tomorrow comes thirty years since he left to pursue Aku Ankka. And they are still together!

I think it’s destiny.

I got the stitches removed from the mole hole today. Good news is that the wound is neat and clean and pretty and doing great. On a not-so-good news, the stitch holes around the mole hole seem to have gotten infected. Not badly, but unless they experience some kind of miracle cure, I’m gonna go show them to a proper doctor tomorrow just to be sure they won’t get worse.

I will wait and hope I can soon sleep on my right side again. My left boob doesn’t like being slept on for full nights.

(virus aggro, heal plz!)

The stitches come off tomorrow, so I suddenly got the bright idea of grossing people out taking advantage of them still being visible.
So here, have a “selfie” in Papermonkey style. In which Narmer the kitty skull might of might not display vampiric tendencies. 

The stitches come off tomorrow, so I suddenly got the bright idea of grossing people out taking advantage of them still being visible.

So here, have a “selfie” in Papermonkey style. In which Narmer the kitty skull might of might not display vampiric tendencies. 

Can’t you show us a reference sheet of the guard station dogs instead? I love these guys (and gals)

Actually making a proper reference for these guys might be a good idea. Thanks!

In the meantime, here’s what I already had of them. The back cover of the third book is the only one with colors of these guys, and couple of them are obscured by shadows, but at least it shows the more important ones. The second one was the “character sheets” I made for myself back when I started drawing the dungeon break scene. Be amazed by the quality of the art. Since the scanning of this I have added some notes (like scars acquired from the battle and couple more names), but since it was drawn in a sketchbook that has long since been filled and stashed away to my book shelf, I refer to it a lot less than before. (These days when I have to draw the guard station dogs, I just take a copy the third book and cheat from there.)

But yeah, I probably should make better references of the guys. At least the ones we’ll be seeing more.

Aaand a RANDOM TRIVIA ATTACK! (Because that’s a thing I do. A bad habit.)

The copper plate collars are higher officers, which many people have already guessed. Because copper is expensive, it’s reserved for dogs who need it most. Spikes take up so much of the metal that only the chief of any given guard station can wear one (although in some guard stations the highest second-in-command dog might have spike collar too, but with spikes made of bone).

Two of the three copper plate collars are female, Kizia (the spotted one) and Anyara (the tricolor one). This is a complete coincidence, but one I decided to keep.

The two dogs with German shepherd-ish markings are brothers.

While most dog packs are family units, or a collection of family units, being a guard station soldier is a job, so the packs are artificial and rarely contain much members from same family. They will act like being one big family after a while, though.

I’m a little sad that Kosh was the one to get killed, she was really fun to draw. 

The chief’s name isn’t actually “Prettyfaceman”, it’s just the term I use when talking about him with my brainstorm buddy. He has a real name, but I haven’t quite decided on how to spell it yet. Just so we’re clear.

I really want to draw couple of my characters to make fun of them, and then show all the people to see their reaction. Except that these characters will first make their entrance in the end of book 5 (I’m drawing the early bits of book 4 right now, for reference. So probably around hundred pages) and it’ll take even longer to get to know them. Which pretty much renders this completely useless as people wouldn’t know the reference. You kind of have to know the characters to laugh at them.

Oh, right, and it would be spoiler too.

*comic maker problems*

wyrd66 replied to your post:I’m all ears and other Wurry rambling

Super neat stuff! I like the thought you’ve put into geographical differences. Are there differences in tail lengths and types as well?

Thank yous! Tail length doesn’t vary too much from place to place, although the fluffyness does! The norther you go the fluffier they get, and northerners tend to often have tails more curved than dogs in average. Southerners tend to have straighter tails, and even of those with curved tails they’re never curved enough for the tip to touch the dog’s back when held up.

nekonotaishou replied to your post:fablepaint replied to your post:I’m all ears and…

Even a little one would be good for reference purposes, I think. Would make your poses even stronger.

Well, obviously whatever species my future pet will be that you will all be drowned in doodles of it, I’m pretty sure of that! But even a small dog is still a dog, with the needs, brains and emotions of a dog, and I’d rather base big life changing decisions in something more responsible that “which animal would I like to draw best”.

In the meantime I can has youtube search.

fablepaint replied to your post:I’m all ears and other Wurry rambling

campaign to get Paper a doggy!

Maybe somewhere in the distant future. I’m not in a financial state where taking care of a life besides my own is responsible, and I’ve never actually thought about getting a dog. (I’ve been too busy dreaming about having a cat in my life.)  Maybe some day.

I’m all ears and other Wurry rambling

I’ve been thinking all kinds of random Wurr related things lately, and felt like typing out some useless factoids. This is mostly just stream of thought type writing blurb of random stuff.

Most dogs in the world of Wurr have upright ears, some with a slightly floppy tips. Full on floppy ears such as Soo’s pop up almost exclusively on dogs of the southern type, as something like 95% of all floppy ears are southerners (though not all southerners have them either, even though they are more common on them than on other dogs). As ears are important expressive features, floppy eared dogs look weird to most wurr-dogs, in a similar manner as people who lack eyebrows. Southerners just generally have really big ears, and apparently somewhere down the line some developed floppy ones.

The position of ears works like it does on real life as far as I know it. I mostly use it to indicating confidence (or submissiveness), and I’ve used it pretty consistently from the beginning. For example Surama’s defining feature to me is that she has absolute confidence in herself, and her ears are almost always up to show that - except in dark places, where her ears are kept down due to being super uncomfortable about being practically blind. (As opposed to like, say, Pyramos.) Also the chief of the guard dogs holds his ears up during most of his panel time, as he is, after all, the foundation for the other guard dogs to stand on, and so does the wolf. Crippled breaks the rule, but he’s excused because dang all the noices.

Talking about senses, one minor little detail that nobody probably noticed that I draw the dogs with human eyes while wolves have more canine-ish eyes with larger iris and not much sclera visible. Just a meaningless little detail. (The hellhound portion of the cast don’t follow any rules. Selective pressure has made working eyes with often slit pupils pretty common, but, well, you know.)

Another thing I should probably mention somewhere but never remember is character sizes. I have to admit, I kinda suck at keeping characters in proportion to each other. Specially Iacar. I have a mental map of how big each of them is, but I still manage to be all over the place with them. (What is consistency anyway… *cough*)

My mental default dog size is Finnish Lapphund. I’ve never had dogs myself, but my childhood neighbors had couple of lapphunds, and whenever I think of dogs they are what my brain defaults to. The hounds are varyingly bigger, Morri I imagine is roughly the size of the Guinnes world record great dane I saw in a youtube video (I think his name was Zeus?), He’s (supposed to be) tall enough that the average dog can stand below him so that the top of the dog’s head would touch the lowest bit of his chest. I think Iacar might be close to St. Bernards? (I haven’t actually seen one in real life, so I have to go by assumptions. He is big anyway. Plus he’s pretty wide, being overly muscular to the point of being the canine equivalent of Hulk.)

…I can’t think of anything smart to wrap up this list of random facts. Have a nice night/day/whatever time of the day it is around your particular spot on the planet!

Because nobody wanted to see it. My mole hole/cool-battle-scar-in-the-making, looks a lot less impressive than it feels. How can something so small sting so much? But it has stitches! Am I cool now? (No, Paper, no you’re not.)

Because nobody wanted to see it. My mole hole/cool-battle-scar-in-the-making, looks a lot less impressive than it feels. How can something so small sting so much? But it has stitches! Am I cool now? (No, Paper, no you’re not.)