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11 September 2012 @ 02:39 pm
Moment of Weakness  
I just finished that quick art piece and am rather happy with it. It's called Moment of Weakness. Chris wanted to call it "True to From" Hehe, yeah. Don't worry I'm working on something special for you Owen haters. Anyway, even the strongest of people have their moment of weakness.

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I'm guessing this took place after Owen just narrowly escapes another of Thagirion's demon attacks. Don't know if it was Thagirion himself or if he sent some underling after him. Owen takes refuge in this room and just leans on this desk catching his breath and gathers his thoughts. He hates his fire. He wishes he had never gotten it. It doesn't hurt him but he feels it's ruined his life that was so perfect before it. He can't do normal things because of it so he had to develope his helmet and tanks to cover it up. He put his genius to use inventing that and the clear metal substance that his sword is also made of. But he hates that his gear draws the wrong kind of attention and people still stare at his fire, ask him stupid questions or whisper behind his back. So instead of being proud of his accomplishment he hates it too. But better that than having his fire be free. After a while he even started covering that up with the black bandana. He chose black because it's the best color to cover up the light from his flames. At night he's rather obvious. Not the kind of attention he likes. Notice on his left you can see his coat draped over the handle of his sword. He has to carry that everywhere for defense. I want to draw him from the side too so you can see how he ties the knot of his bandana under the little nozzles for his air lines. I drew this two years ago. I hope I was able to show that this is cloth under a hard surface. So I tired to leave some smooth parts and a few folds towards the back of his head to show this. I could probably do better now. Shading the helmet was a bit tricky and I still don't think it's quite right. But I'm thrilled with how his coat and shirt turned out. Hope you guys like it. Let me know what you think.

EDIT: Chris pointed out that he's alone too. He wouldn't like that but he wouldn't want to show weakness to anyone so he'd only get like this when alone. Also it's extremely rare for him to get like this. So that's why I called this a rare Moment of Weakness for him. If someone were to walk into the room he'd quickly compose himself.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Kotipelto - Mr. Know It All
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Drawingsilvolf on September 11th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
I really love the emotion of this picture in his body language. It goes to show you don't need facial expressions to create feeling.
Des: Thank Youthagirion on September 11th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm very glad to hear that. I want the viewer to relate to him and really get a sense of what he's feeling. Yeah, body language and posture is very important too. I think I learned to rely on that because when I started out drawing comics a lot of the characters I had either had no eyes, a fixed single eye or no mouths. If only he'd accept his fire things would be much better for him.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on September 12th, 2012 10:10 am (UTC)
That's very tricky trying to draw a bandana over a hard helmet. I think you pulled it off! But, I was wondering, is it heat resistant or something?
Des: Owen Helmetthagirion on September 12th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm glad you think so. Yes it is. His helmet and his sword are made of a substance he invented and named "clear metal". It's resistant to his fire so if you were to touch his helmet while he's wearing it it would feel cool. He can conduct his fire through his sword and it will not melt. Here is a character sheet I drew up a while ago that shows the detail of his stuff.

kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on September 13th, 2012 05:18 am (UTC)
Oh, cool! Very detailed. I will read it when it is dark. It is mid-afternoon here and the sunlight coming in the window is fierce. (Even though I've got curtains up). I'm just on here for a little while.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on September 13th, 2012 10:23 am (UTC)
I checked out your character sheet tonight. Hehe, I like how he says, 'Yet another feature that makes me unique' :)

Umm...why does his helmet have to have air? Is that to keep it cool?
Des: Owen Marshthagirion on September 13th, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
The master bedroom is on the west side of the house and I had to put heavy sheets and towels over the blinds in the evening or I can't watch TV in there at that time or play my xbox. So I understand.

Hehe, I figured that would be the only character sheet where the character would narrate it himself. Owen would have it no other way. I like that you ask these questions. They are good ones to ask and I love answering stuff like this. His fire has to breath just like normal fire. So he supplies air to it while it's covered up. The helmet has two purposes. One is the one we've talked about which is to contain and hide the fire. The other is to protect it. Owen's fire can't go out. If it does he'll die. It's that strongly rooted in him. It's something that really bothers him because he'd love nothing better than to give it back to Thagirion so that he'd be left alone. But he can't, and living is more important to him. So as much as he hates the fire he still protects it. After a while his fire needs real air though. So after hours of work he gets home and sits on his stone bench and takes off his helmet for a little to let the fire breath. That always feels good and he gets to relax for a little bit. Something he also does only when he's alone because he doesn't want anyone to see that. He considers it a weakness on his part. If he were to get sick or hurt his fire would burn very low and weak reflecting his state.

Edited at 2012-09-13 01:22 pm (UTC)
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on September 18th, 2012 10:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for your explanation. Very interesting! I'm getting to know Owen now :)

I only have one more question. Owen didn't always have fire, did he? So, why can't he live without it now?

Hope you don't mind these questions. I'm always the curious one :D

You have a very good imagination to make these characters up.
Des: Owen Christmas Partythagirion on September 18th, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
I don't mind these questions at all. I love talking about my characters. I'm glad you're getting to know him.

Nope he didn't always have the fire. He used to be normal. The fire attached itself to his emotions and it is deeply a part of him now. Removing it would kill him. His fire does relfect his mood. If he's happy or excited his flames would be flicking and playful. If he's calm they'd be low and gentle like a candle. If he's angry they are eruptive and high etc. That's another thing he hates. He could have the perfect poker face but his fire will always betray how he really feels. More reason to cover it up. Here's his page on Nabyn I wrote up on him.


Let me know if you have other questions.
Cheezey: Cute Cobacheezey on September 14th, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
The picture turned out nice. I think Owen would be furious if Cope walked in and saw him like that.
Des: Owen Helmetthagirion on September 14th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I hope I showed well how he uses the bandana. Oh yeah he'd definitely not be very happy if Cope barged in on him like this. I think Cope would be surprised and confused when he first sees him. He didn't think it was possible for Owen to get this way. Owen might quickly make something up like he's trying to find something really tiny.
actipton80actipton80 on September 14th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
One thing I did notice, and it's too late to fix it is that his right hand looks "floppy." If this was a pencil drawing you could easily fix it, because the position doesn't look quite natural either. I know because I just tried to put my hands on the desk that way, and even though I have really flexible hands, the right one hurt.

I agree about the bandana not being quite right. It's outside the glass dome isn't it? I know it isn't really glass, but it looks like glass. It makes me wonder why he couldn't have made an opaque helmet, and then he wouldn't have to worry about a goofy looking bandana.

I have also never understood the choice of a sword as a weapon, since it's both an impractical weapon when faced with modern weapons/giant monsters, and difficult to use for someone who isn't athletically inclined.
Des: Owen Helmetthagirion on September 15th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
Hand example

I have floppy alien hands. I use myself as a model for my characters. My hands are abnormally long and not shaped like normal human hands and I can do some weird things with them.

The more I draw him like this the better I'll get at the bandana I'm sure. It was a property of the substances he used to create the "clear metal". He loved it for his sword since it's beautiful and see through blue, but it didn't work so well for his helmet. The bandana doesn't bother him actually. He's glad to cover up his helmet with it. It's wearing the whole thing he doesn't like. But he has no choice.

Swords are elegant and flashy and Owen likes to show off. Of course swords are no match for guns, and Owen knows better than to go up into a gunfight. This is something I actually touch on in The Sun and the Water. BUT, he can channel his fire through his sword. A flaming sword of hell fire stabbed into a monster is very effective especially since it's Thagirion's deadly fire. He can also use it like a gun and shoot fire balls from the blade or long plumes of flames. Clear metal is also fairly light but strong so that's an advantage too.

Oh and almost forgot. Yes the bandana is outside the glass. Yep the helmet is like glass but not fragile like it.