ryan, 24, uk. ve/ver/vis preferably or any neutral pronouns. i do art. i love oddworld and neoscum and i have too many original projects to list
Everyone (including the GM) has been making NeoScum zines lately and I wanted to hop on the train so this is what I'm doing with my summer... not all of it is gonna be comics but they are gonna make up a substantial part of it. I'm having fun using some different brushes and colouring methods from my usual tools
I did the KK slider album redraw thing with Hollows and wish I'd done the lines thicker but w/e. Also listen to this album it's one of my absolute favourites
I did this the other day and I might have gotten a little froggy on a couple of those sliders but I HAVE been colouring some very intense comic pages lately so forgive me for turning the super saturation dial all the way up
#talks #artists on waterfall #fanart is kind of ehhh #aubrey et al are shadowrun characters #i think being neoscum-specific tips them more towards being fanart #they ARE original but #they share an origin point w/ zenith and i kind of hinge on blair/gannon giving me the sweet lore to be able to expand on certain parts of their history #so4 notes
✨ FASHION ✨
I kinda gave up shading these halfway through bc I want to post it more than I want to finish it but I wanted to draw Nein in a bunch of different outfits. Post-LoA her creative side leads her into fashion and makeup and she gets REALLY into it and eventually ends up running a fashion blog
(WHTB are Who Hid the Body. They’re witch house/punk fusion and they’re her favourite band.)
don’t forget us - relica
sometimes you sit down to draw comics and sometimes what actually happens is a song that makes you emotional for reasons unknown comes on and you accidentally spend your night drawing angst instead. aubrey never forgets the other children who lived, fought and died alongside her.
Time to face the unavoidable aftermath.
Eggshells is back!!! and I am really excited to get the last few batches of illustrations done because I'm really in the swing of things again
I pivoted halfway through these and decided to go for a more muted colour palette to suit the mood and I really like how it turned out. I get hyped up on vivid colours when I think about "strong" colour palettes a lot and forget that less saturated colours can be just as powerful
I really wanted to draw on Tuesday/Wednesday but I’ve been really tired n dealing with a lot of pain so I needed something easy and fun... which is the perfect excuse to knock out a fashion lineup because I’ve wanted to do some designs for Legacy of Adam uniforms for a little while now anyway
Various iterations for various situations (plus #1′s downtime wear) as modelled by sweet baby Nein before her shit got wild
THE RAT BASTARD
No fancy caption for this one but that IS a title he canonically has so I obviously had no choice but to use it
THE LONELY SISTER // They have eyes; eyes, everywhere, watching, always, and your attempts to close them only spill more blood.
I've been relistening to NeoScum and boy do I have #feelings about Pox being so tired of constantly running and always feeling like she's endangering the people she cares about just by associating with them
Part two of the illustrations! Getting the palette right for that nighttime scene took forever but I really really love how it turned out in the end.
Christmas is emotionally difficult when you were raised as a tool of war and you're still learning, in context, exactly how bad your past abuse was, but also: Christmas is good.
Hey good news I finally finished that fic I've been working on since fucking DECEMBER. It ended up being way longer than I anticipated and I drew more for it than I planned but it turned out so well and there's a lot of good first-person Aubrey exposition in here that I haven't tapped into (publicly) before now
Part one of the illustrations, part two coming probably tomorrow
I said I would do some intros for the characters I draw most atm so! Here they are
They're TECHNICALLY Shadowrun characters but they live in the NeoScum podcast's iteration of the shadowrun world and their GM's favourite thing about shadowrun is, to quote, "deviating from it", and I don't actually play these guys in an active game or anything so I don't really follow the rulebook too closely lmao. This is all "present day" info, AKA it more or less lines up with the canon NeoScum timeline right now
Some more info under the cut! History (what the hell is LoA, anyway) and how these guys relate to one another.
Preface: Legacy of Adam is a NeoScum-canon corporation which essentially raises kids to be human weapons. There's a LOT I could go into but the important info is: one of the player characters, Zenith, was raised by them (and when deemed unsuitable for further service due to PTSD and hir general mindset, mind-wiped and dumped into a civillian life), and they are absolutely performing drastic cybersurgery on children (obtained through as-yet-unknown means) and sending them out to fight wars.
SO this is where we start with Aubrey. She was raised in a different facility (Zenith was raised in Thailand) and made her escape when there was a transport incident on her way back from deployment. She and several others managed to fumble their way through the process of getting money and fake documents and split off, at which point Aubrey's life went to hell again. the TL;DR of it is she couldn't hack it as a shadowrunner and just about scraped by being traded off between gangs as an asset until someone who actually cared called in a favour and helped her get her foot in the door at the security company she still works for now
Kaveh and Iloya are pretty much Aubrey's best friends and have saved her ass numerous times. She took a bullet in her first month on the job and freaked at the prospect of being stuck in the medical wing for an extended period of time so Kaveh, being who he is, let her come and stay with him 'til she could comfortably look after herself again (I'm writing this series of events in Eggshells rn). They later end up being long-term roommates for a couple of years. Iloya was already friends with Kaveh before Aubrey was on the scene and kind of adopted Aubrey into their family. Aubrey goes home with them at Christmas WHICH I AM ALSO writing a fic about so I will let that speak for itself when I post it hopefully this coming week
And then we have Nein... Aubrey has always been very empathetic and protective but she really imprinted on a few other kids in particular while under LoA, and Nein was one of them. They're essentially sisters. She was one of the few who made it out along with Aubrey during the aforementioned transport incident but she was very young and found everything so overwhelming that she just turned herself back in to LoA. She's since come to resent Aubrey and they've used her experience as leverage to play her into their own hand, isolating her, outfitting her with a ton of custom cyberware/bioware and convincing her that a) she's literally better than anyone else and b) that she can only be that good while under their "employ".
Where this goes, ultimately.......... we will see. I have all kinds of possible outcomes slinging around in my head and I have a ~true ending~ in mind I guess but it comes down to what happens in NeoScum canon to some degree because Aubrey's whole deal in the first place is to be a counterpart to Zenith. I wanted them to bounce off one another, both of them having gone through something the same and yet vastly different at the same time. If Zenith dies Aubrey goes full murder mode and we get the ultimate bad end
Anyway! I love these guys a lot. there is also June (another ex-LoA operative/sibling) but I'm not entirely sure yet when or how he fits in so he'll get a card later, maybe with some other people
1: Thinkin about making Nein an orc. I think I subconsciously based her appearance a little bit on Gobbet from SR:HK from the start so fuck it why not lean into it
2: June, my third ex-Legacy boy who I posted like once last summer and then never did anything with because I haven’t figured out how to slot him into the (loose) plot yet. Changed him to be an elf cuz I need to vary my metatypes more and idk if his hair is quite right yet (I re-drew it so many times) but I like this for now. He shows up some time after Nein and Aubrey are reunited and he would have to be the one to approach Aubrey bc she straight up would not recognise him at all. He’s the same age as her so they last saw each other when they were 17 and since then he’s been on T and had all of his C&C cyberware removed/replaced with more inconspicuous pieces so the only major giveaway is the eye scar
2019 Art Summary
Whew!! lotta NeoScum. Lotta blue and pink. I'm really happy w/ the work I put out this year and the skills I've developed and I'm excited to go into 2020 with the stuff I have sitting on the bench rn