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Sing for me -- Besides the Will of Evil by Wisdom-Thumbs
Sing for me -- Besides the Will of Evil
Drawn for the Friend Off Round 2. Story is "Besides the Will of Evil" by Jetfire. www.fimfiction.net/story/18304…

Never have I done so much preliminary work for a drawing. But it really paid off, because I was able to draw everything on this piece of paper in a single night. Might upload all my prelim stuff later to show how the process worked.

Originally I had a similar but much more complex composition in mind, with most of the mane six visible in the foreground and background and midground and all over the place, with Fluttershy placed a bit distant (and Reiziger beyond her) so that it looked like she was separated from the group and in danger. Another composition idea had AJ or Twilight's leg framed over her, protectively, but that was even more crowded. Finally I admitted defeat and simplified it down to just the two characters. So instead of drawing the scene I wanted to, I drew the bit immediately before it.

Reiziger is one heinous villain. I love him. But those antlers... those frigging antlers. So much work. Had to leave out the crown-like bits because at this angle they were just beyond my ability to effectively draw.
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Gears of Sketchdumps by Wisdom-Thumbs
Gears of Sketchdumps
Compiling this sketchdump made me realize just how much I've grown to rely on the three-quarters turned pose.

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UIR Indie - pretty happy with how this one turned out, even though it will stay forever-a-WIP due to the fact that all of the official UIR art shows this exact trooper in this exact stance. I'm only three-quarters a plagiarist this way.

I've pieced together that UIR armor was generally tech-heavier and more sealed in than COG armor. Indie helmets are connected to the armor, and Indie armor typically covers more of the body than the vast majority of Gear armors. A Gear's helmet can filter out a wide variety of airborne pollutants and even toxins, an Indie can operate in HAZMAT conditions for as long as they have working charge cells (which they carry in reserve as canisters on their backs). One can speculate that the Indies also integrate their weapons into the armor similarly to how they integrate their helmets, which I tried to reflect here with the wire running down the Indie's arm. Personally I think the Indies would make use of HUDs in their visors, at least with most of their infantry, and they'd have some real cutting-edge toys to play with. While every Gear is expected to perform reasonably well in a wide variety of roles with most if not all weapon systems, the typical UIR trooper is much more of a specialist.

The COG struck the right balance of tech-reliance and ruggedness during the Pendulum Wars, and that helped them fight the Locust later on as their technology atrophied due to attrition. The absorbed UIR states, with an over-reliance on technology, might therefore have been at a real disadvantage as the first year of the Locust War slogged on.

THIS particular guy is probably from Pelles, which I maintain to be Sera's equivalent of France and the United States rolled into one. They have France's long, colorful military history, and 'Murrica's mixed love for oversized cars, ecological preservation, and taking other people's oil--er, Imulsion, instead of using their own. Among other things. Like excellent movies and large geographical size.

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Armored Skorge - let me just say that I hate Skorge's boss fight in Gears 2. I don't like the character design either, for the most part, but there's just something appealing about an amped up psycho Locust who put two chainsaws on a stick and leads their religious caste like some sort of warrior lizard pope. This was my attempt to draw a "screenshot" of Marcus and an armored Skorge exchanging gunfire, complete with HUD elements. Obviously I never got around to finishing it.

You may or may not be surprised to know that, obsessive nerd that I am, I also redesigned the map the bossfight takes place in. It involved a lot more Locust and a great many pillars on ground level, as well as much less magic nonsense on Skorge's part. >_>

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Onyx Guard - just a sort of sketch study of an Onyx Guard in profile, with arm removed to get a better feel for the armor it would have hidden. If you look very carefully, you might just find a few hidden surprises...

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Lil Dom and Big Dom - while Gears of War's character designs was always one of the big draws for me as a fan, I just didn't much like the new character models in Gears 3. They lost most of that gritty textured quality they had in the previous games, especially on their skin and faces. Dom and Baird especially lost most of their weathered facial scarring. It just felt like Epic had very little practice with the human physique, or just a lot less time with which to work on new models.

While I'm not too proud of Big Dom, as I drew him about three years ago, I have to say that I really like the greying hair look he has going on. That's something that would have really added to the character in Gears 3, when he's supposed to be in his mid-40s as a twenty-year veteran of terrible wars, not to mention the fact that he was grieving that whole time.

I'm much happier with Lil Dom, though his hair and beard feels less well thought out than Big Dom's. I tried to narrow his frame down, since the Gears 3 character models were often bulkier in some places than the Gears 2 models, even though they were supposedly stripped down and wearing less equipment. Adding the knife back went a long way toward making him seem more like the commando he used to be, with all of his many years of training and experience coming back to turn him into the ultimate combat survivalist... if he could just stop looking for nice places to curl up and die. Poor Dom. :[

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Georg Timiou - while he was just a bit character in a single book, there was something about this guy that really engaged with me. Just from what little we saw of him I was able to immediately build a picture of a deeper character, the bond he shared with Dom, and the history they built together as fellow commandos of approximately the same age. "Aspho Fields" showed him to be a quick thinker, resourceful, and an excellent actor. So here I drew him as he would have been a year later near the time of his unwritten death, with his gloves tied on by zipties, a knife on his shoulder in the Indie style, and a pistol slung across his chest. His light armor is a compromise between the Woods-esque look of Commando Dom in Gears 3 and a more Gears-y style (see the rank insignia on his shoulder). I figure that after Aspho Fields the commandos took to wearing the same equipment as Pesangas, more or less.

In my headcanon Georg died when he took part in an ill-fated joint operation to capture or assassinate Anna Meurig, the last UIR scientist from the Hammer of Dawn project. The commandos of the 26th Royal Tyran Infantry worked with a true black-ops squad of Onyx Guards, infiltrating a Furlin mountain base to capture UIR armor and codes with which to infiltrate a second facility downriver. The operation went awry and many Gears were killed, with Meurig shot but alive. Georg was able to secure the escapes of his surviving comrades by detonating the base's artillery stores. The incident rekindled some degree of respect for the Onyx Guards, but relations with the prestigious regiment would never be smooth.

I like to think that Dom wears his sidearm across his chest because of Georg. The knife thing maybe not so much, though. Also, I meant to draw Georg with bronze-brown and very curly Greek hair, but... lazy

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Hussars and ja ja ja Furlins - I've already gone on way too long so let's just say the 58th Mechanized Hussars are my fan-created regiment through which all my UIR-exploring was/is/will be done. They're primarily a cavalry unit, a brigade of mechanized infantry, which means they have tanks and other, lighter armor but don't always use them. I'm adamant on the headcanon of Furlin being Sera's closest equivalent to Germany (though with a little more Old Austrian to them than the Germany we know today). Their motto is "immer zuerst und nie letzten."

The funny-faced Indies (also seen in the top-middle of the sketchdump) are concepts I doodled for a Gags of War that never happened. Their skull-face helmets lend themselves all too well to forming a number of expressions and emotions. Mainly, though, they just laugh.
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Swordpony - Roadmarker by Wisdom-Thumbs
Swordpony - Roadmarker

“Your Majesty,

Morning on the second day of fall, and the enemy occupies more than half of our territory south of the river. They hold the hillforts, they hold Broch Dunhalligan, and they hold the forest itself. The ground is theirs, but they have handed the initiative to us. We have made deep advances into Gallopway along the east road.
    Word from the Hebridles is not forthcoming, but I believe there are yet holdfasts standing firm within the pocket. Plans are in motion to assault forward and lift the sieges ere winter comes. We will relieve those trapped ponies.
    At the crossroads I sent four scouts up the dimwood road, north into the hills. They have not returned.

- Sworn Shield, Advisor of War and First Guard to King Paramount August”

-- From the letters of Sworn Shield, royal Shetland archive --

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Croswynd may or may not remember it, but he gave me the idea for this pillar and the scene surrounding it. He also did most of the work naming the Wrothkin and somehow survived reading the earliest drafts of Swordpony. Give the man some applause!
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Exactly what it says on the tin. It's unpleasant.

It also put a sizable crimp in my sizable plans. :icongwahplz: So a certain surprise for certain somebodies was delayed, and if you'll excuse me I need to go get some more ibuprofen

Keep your eyes to the east. Also check out dat music it's pre'ey cool v
  • Mood: Hurt
  • Listening to: Dessa - Skeleton Key
  • Watching: The Hobbit
  • Eating: coffee
  • Drinking: PILLS HERE!
The Myth by Wisdom-Thumbs
The Myth
They say Applejack planted six trees. One tree was a star, and its light filled the whole world. Another was metal and time, and it stretched back and beyond into infinity. The third was incorporeal, yet it was also the space between dimensions, which tied all the worlds together. The fourth held up the sky, and its leaves were clouds, its flowers rainbows; she saved its seed from the ashes of the first rainbow, from which all other rainbows are born. The fifth was the tree of life, and deer drank from its roots. And for the sixth she planted an apple tree.

Six trees, six friends. Only some say there was a seventh. Seven is the number of all things, after all. But of the last tree nopony speaks, for in its infinite gleaming facets lies the secrets of its sisters. Its magic is a special thing, a free thing. And it must be guarded.

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Old Applejack and the gals, they were the first. The beginning. And though their deeds and their names will echo throughout eternity, it is Applejack of whom the earth ponies speak.
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Exactly what it says on the tin. It's unpleasant.

It also put a sizable crimp in my sizable plans. :icongwahplz: So a certain surprise for certain somebodies was delayed, and if you'll excuse me I need to go get some more ibuprofen

Keep your eyes to the east. Also check out dat music it's pre'ey cool v
  • Mood: Hurt
  • Listening to: Dessa - Skeleton Key
  • Watching: The Hobbit
  • Eating: coffee
  • Drinking: PILLS HERE!

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Turns out this plz looks just like me: :iconcrybabyplz:

Hey there, I live on a farm in hot, hot, hot Texas, and in my spare time I'm the embodiment of sloth. We own cows. And horses. And tractors. Ugh.

I'm a Gears of War fan, I grew up on Calvin & Hobbes, and (fair warning) I just so happen to like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I've introduced my kid brother to all of these, and while he thinks Pinkie Pie is just about the funniest thing ever, he much prefers chainsawing his way through Locust hordes.

As for what I do, I've been drawing since the day I could hold a pencil. I also write for *BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IT*, and at the moment I'm working on some fanfiction. One day I hope to start publishing novels and start my own low fantasy webcomic on the side.

Remember that if you don't like what you see, you can always look elsewhere.
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Lollipony-Brony Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My goodness! Truly stunning gallery! Blew me away!
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Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks! That's very kind
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FatNumBat Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome work! You, sir, get a watch
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Dayimundia Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have such an amazing feel for mood and character expressions, and it's all done traditionally?? Blows my mind :O
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AquaRaptor Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Part 1 of your present awaits you on Facebook!
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Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
goochi goochi goo
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AquaRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
...Better late than never.
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Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That sounds accusatory. ...Looks accusatory? .......Reads accusatory?
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Raedin Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for fav hombre
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bladesfire Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much for the fav! :D
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