Nov. 22nd, 2011

The Legacy of Pern

Anne McCaffrey has died. It's a sad day for the science fiction and fantasy community. She was a powerhouse of the genre, helping to pave the way for generations of women creators after her. She also created some very popular worlds, including the Dragonriders of Pern.

I started playing Pern rpgs online in MOOs in 1997, when I was in college. Through those games, I met some of my closest friends, friends I now consider family. I cannot thank Anne enough for not only creating that world, but for encouraging people to populate it themselves, through rpgs like I played, or cosplay.

I probably can't finish these tonight, but since I was in a Pern mood, reminiscing, I went back and looked at some old log files, and sketched the first two characters I played at Dragonsfire MOO.

Calandra, a Weaver of Pern, with her gold firelizard, Vashti )

Zephre, rider of green Miyoth )

I played some other great characters, some of whom I've already drawn. Perhaps one day I'll have a whole portfolio of alter egos from Pern.

Seriously, Dragonsfire MOO people (you know who you are), I am so so so thankful everyday to have you in my life, even long-distance. You've all made a big difference, and I'm really happy that we all liked Anne's world so much we tried to live in it.

Fly high and free, Anne. Thanks.

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ART: Size Matters Not (Original Characters, G)

Title: Size Matters Not
Artist: [personal profile] zephre
Rating: G
Fandom: Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, if anything
Characters: A couple of awesome gnomes
Notes: There was a prompt on an art community to create characters that were AD&D style non-humans in modern world jobs. I decided to make a couple of gnomes into cute, punkish, tattooed Vespa mechanics. Because that would be totally awesome. (Thus the apparent weird scale issues. For a size chart of AD&D character races, see here (site warns for nudity).)

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Sep. 22nd, 2011

ART: Desert Princess (Original, G)

So this is mostly inspired by the exhibit "Afghan Gold" that came through the Museum of Fine Arts here a few years ago. I just couldn't keep the idea out of my head, so here's a much-evolved version of the concept.

Title: Desert Princess
Artist: [personal profile] zephre
Rating: G
Fandom: Original Character
Notes: This piece is done without top-layer lines. I did a very basic outline to place her features, then built it up in layers of color applied with fairly thick brushes. I'm pretty pleased with the effect.

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May. 18th, 2011

ART: The Library (original, G)

Emily suggested "a library" in my poll for art subjects, so I drew my steampunk submarine captain, Nomi, the first time she visited the University Library in the Imperial capital city.

Title: The Library
Artist: [personal profile] zephre
Rating: G
Fandom: Original
Characters: Nomi Otekir, future captain of an Imperial submarine
Content Notes: none
Summary: Nomi had never seen so many books in the same place before; it was her father's idea of heaven.

The Library )

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Feb. 24th, 2011

ART: Nursing (PG)

Title: Nursing
Artist: [personal profile] zephre
Characters: Original
Rating: PG
Summary/Notes: Obviously heavily influenced by Alice Neel, I had a photo that I worked from but did an experiment in laying out bulk color form before any lines.

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Jan. 20th, 2011

ART: Dogwalker

I saw this guy walking his dog in striped pajama pants and a black pea coat on my way home, and I had to try to get something of it all onto screen.

This is the result of my wrestling with Painter. Egads, what a program.

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Jul. 23rd, 2010

ART: Rosie, Top Student in Necromancy (PG-13)

I've started taking in the Character of the Week challenge at, although I have only completed one so far.  That one was Rosie.  The assignment:
Rosie von Kreuzberg is top student in Necromancy at the University of Dark Arts. This school has been around for hundreds of years and only the most talented students are accepted! With her talents and skills, Rosie could easily become the most powerful Necromancer in history...

Title: Rosie, in the lab
Artist: [personal profile] zephre
Rating: PG-13
Content: blood, dead animals
Character: Original, per the assignment
Artists' Notes: When I posted this I didn't really expect much except a good excuse to get drawing, but a few folks on the site actually voted for it in the poll!  Neat!

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Jun. 28th, 2010

Iron Artist 2010: Miss ApolloCon

Iron Artist: Miss ApolloCon 2010ApolloCon did an Iron Artist panel this year, which is like Iron Chef in that the panel of distinguished artists get a bin of random art supplies and have to create something according to the given theme.
This year's theme: Miss ApolloCon Pageant winner.
The supply I got out of the bin: finger paints in four colors (red, green, blue, yellow).
I worked on a foam board taped to the wall in front of a live audience, which was encouraged to heckle. I had my own personal heckler in Brian, one of the guys from the Jedi demo, who was there in full costume. I kept threatening to come over and pat him on the shoulder with my paint-smeared hand when he commented on my pageant-winning cow. (ApolloCon's unofficial mascot is the cow. We have a lot of "space cow" gags and jokes and even art.) At one point, Katy brought me some towels and I cleaned off my hands, but Brian didn't know that, so I walked up beside him while his head was turned and said, "Thanks for the support," and patted his shoulder, dragging my fingers.  He *jumped* and whipped around and then looked SO relieved when I showed him my clean hand. LOL.

So there is my contribution, one that I think turned out really well, for being 15 minutes of live finger painting.

In other news, ApolloCon was very successful, we had a fantastic bunch of guests, I got to go to several panels, our procedures went pretty well, I had another great group of volunteers organized by my On-Site Reg manager, and the after-Con parties were awesome. We managed to get loaded out in good time, and now I am utterly EXHAUSTED.

Also, Doctor Who freakin' rocked, OHMYGOD, how awesome was that season finale?? 

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Jan. 16th, 2010

ART: Musician (original, G)

I am trying to work more in a style that would be appropriate for grayscale-printed magazine or book interiors, and also develop some portfolio pieces that aren't pr0n.  ;)

Title: Musician
Artist: [info]zephre
Rating: G
Characters: Original Character
Fandom: Original
Notes: The window seat is based on a photo I took Pembroke Castle, Wales.

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Jan. 19th, 2009

Non-HP ART: Clockwork Engineer (OC, G)

Title: Clockwork Engineer
Artist: [info]zephre
Rating: G
Characters: Sofia Aguilar y de la Vega and her sidekick, Arnold
Fandom: Original
Summary: Sofia takes a break from her work.
Notes: This is [info]vermilionsun's fault. We were discussing the name "Sofia" as one that evoked beauty, grace, and poise, and I said that I had to draw a steampunkish greasemonkey named Sofia now. So here she is!

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Jan. 18th, 2009

Non-HP ART: A Dangerous Partnership (OCs, G)

Title: A Dangerous Partnership
Artist: [info]zephre
Fandom: Dragonsfire MOO (Dragonriders of Pern)
Rating: G
Characters: Lord Lucius of Fort Hold and Erika, rider of gold Zazerkath
Summary: He's an orphaned Lord seeking revenge for his dead father; she's a very junior weyrwoman with a taste for danger. Together, they fight crime!
Disclaimer: the world of Pern belongs to Anne McCaffrey. We just dabble.
Notes: I've been teasing Lucius's player with this art for way too long now. Here it is at last!

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Bonus art: Tickling, Lucius/Erika, PG-13. Because Lucius's player wanted something smexy. ;)

Dec. 22nd, 2008

ART: Can You Hear Me, Lysander? (Draco/Luna, PG)

Title: Can You Hear Me, Lysander?
Artist: [info]zephre
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairing: Draco/Luna, Danae
Medium: Photoshop
Warnings: not really. pregnancy, tattoos?
Disclaimer: Draco and Luna are not my characters, the work is not for profit fan art.
A/N: a scene from the Far Away as Moonshine universe.
Summary: Danae communes with her long-awaited brother.

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Dec. 2nd, 2008

Advent Drawble: Christmas in England (G)

Title: Christmas in England
Artist: [info]zephre
Pairing/Characters: Draco, Luna and Danae Malfoy
Word Count: n/a
Rating: G
Prompt:  02: gifts
Warning(s): none
A/N: drawn for [info]adventdrabbles 2008. a scene from the Far Away as Moonshine universe. hp_art100 prompt: Support.
Disclaimer: Fictional characters in fictional situations, for fan enjoyment only.

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Jul. 6th, 2008

ART: Happy Birthday, Laurel for [info]lilyseyes

Title: Happy Birthday, Laurel
Author/Artist: [info]zephre
Rating: G
Severus James, Laurel Eileen, Fred and George
Warnings: none
Disclaimer: This work is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers and Warner Bros., Inc. The Breathe series, Severus James, and Laurel Eileen Potter-Snape belong to [info]lilyeyes, and are used with her permission for Breathe Appreciation submissions. No profit is being made from this work.
Summary: Regular candles just won't do, with Uncle Fredngeorge around.

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May. 2nd, 2008

ART: The Namesake (G)

The luna_exchange reveals went up while I was out of the country, so I can post that I drew "The Namesake" for i_claudia over at LJ.

Title: The Namesake
Rating: G
Possible Spoilers/Warnings: spoilers for DH
Pairing/Characters: Luna/George, plus two OCs
HP Art 100 Prompt: Child

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Mar. 29th, 2008

ART: Story Time (G)

Title: Story Time
Artist: [info]zephre
Rating: G
Characters: Severus/Remus, Teddy, Hope (OC)
Summary: Story time in the Lupin-Snape household.
Warnings: ambiguously mpreg
Medium: Photoshop
Notes: For the [info]lupin_snape Family Fest prompt, "Snape and Lupin reading/reenacting a bedtime story."

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