ryan radley // 25 // ze/hir or ve/ver // maker of art, lover of pigeons, trans of gender
HEMISPHERECTOMY: a neurosurgical procedure to disconnect, disable or remove one hemisphere of the cerebrum
I just watched Ghost in the Shell (1995), Zenith made an offhand comment in a recent ep about half hir brain being metal, I have a longstanding fascination with the fact that hemispherectomies are a thing that we can do, and this image formed in my mind on Monday night and held me in a vice grip until I made it real
Inspired by @NeoScum: a zine about Legacy of Adam, the children God left in the shadows, and the insurmountable weight they must carry to Be Good.
I crawl out of my hole, as I do, periodically, to offer this: what I have been working on over the summer and most of the fall
I am forever hungry for more lore about Legacy of Adam, and in lieu of concrete facts, this is a collection of speculative experiences based on what we do know and what we can extrapolate from that. It was also a chance to dig into some character backstories a little bc I haven’t ever really gone this far back with these guys before.
You can download it for free right here. Enjoy, and please heed the content warnings on the itch.io page/intro page in the zine!!
Some other recent stuff: NeoScum band AU and casual Zenith inspired by the Gen Con-stand-in charity live stream the other week and a purple Lex bc the Moroverse has been living on the backburner of my mind again
"Z shock hands the crab to make it let go."
"The current travels through the crab and into Tech Wizard's body, killing him instantly."
Having a normal day at the beach with your friends, the NeoScum, dialogue mine
kids killing people and blowing things up // illustration page from my upcoming neoscum zine
This took me like... three days... but I got there in the end. THE LOST BOY, completing the primary player character tarot set, but absolutely not completing my run of these because they’re too fun and I know there are more I want to do
THE BLEEDING HEART
It took a lot to get this one right but it was worth it 😤
Coloured that Hanz while I wait for the new NeoScum ep to drop god please give me the audio. I will perhaps maybe eventually one day get around to drawing the rest of the SunUP crew when they warrant their own cards on my big plot map and I'm forced to
An Aubrey I drew in like 60 seconds because I was trying to remember how her face works and a Hanz who I did not expect to be so easy to draw. I took a shot at him last year and did NOT like the results but I want a pic of him for my new plot map and this just kind of happened. 1000% better
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
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
Zenith personas cuz if I'm gonna draw Aubrey's too then how could I not. I've been meaning to do this for ages tbh
This finally went live so I can share my stuff! Joe organised a project to set an episode of NeoScum to a bunch of art and while it didn’t pan out quite as much like an animatic as it was originally intended to be there’s still some really killer art in there. These are the panels I did specifically for this project in their intended viewing order. I had fun doing these and figuring out how to strip down my process to draw efficiently w/o getting hung up on detail
There's a couple things I should have fixed that I didn't get to but uhhhhh pobody's nerfect. This is one of my favourite eps and favourite scenes and I'm so glad I got assigned this section specifically
drags myself on2 the dash to post this Pox I drew last night while I was waiting for my dad to get home from the supermarket with bread
Some hot scenery from NeoScum ep 54/55 because the description of this was SO vivid in my head... more really fun colour work. I LOVE drawing fire
Continuing the suit trend because Zenith has actually CANONICALLY worn these suits and it should not have taken me so long to draw them
The precursor to Pox In Suits. Guest character Merinway and more Pox inspired by their canon fashions in this arc and a lot of pinterest deep diving to find weird shit befitting of this particular location
Pox in suits bc of some other art that I'm now realising I haven't posted here that made me think "hmmm I should draw Pox in a suit too". Results good, fond of that red one
Still on that oc/canon shit. Drew this right at the end of June and I regret not giving Pox an obscene amount of bracelets and wristbands but I cba fixing it now
*I went to school in the empireLearnt the rules from a brat sireI be a fool of the empire*'Til I break loose spread fire
It would take paragraphs for me to explain fully why Borderline is the perfect Zenith song but tl;dr mind-wiped ex-operative of an extremely shady transhuman corporation gets the hard facts about hir life with said corporation prior to getting hir memory nuked and is now more than ready to go enact revenge on them for being... universally abhorrent
More fic illustrations because that's all I ever do these days I GUESS. For this fic