August 25th, 2009

[fades] browns and reds

Straightening out, cleaning up, redesigning, fursonas, et cetera--

[Edit: This is my last entry as Spotty Logic. I'm really kind of sad about this, but because of LJ's ads, I don't want to have a free account, and it's not worth it to me to pay them--but my Spotty Logic account is a permanent account, so goodbye, old identity! Note added 4/14/11]

You can directly tell how self-involved a post is by the number of "I"s in it. This one's a doozy!

I've been totally neglegent in keeping up with my LJ friends. It's probably time to clean house a bit, since I can't keep up with my f'list with the amount of time I spend on LJ. So I'm going to do some cutting and trimming, mostly of people I don't have an emotional connection to (apologies if I drop you, but if I did, I probably wasn't participating in your 'blog anyway, so no harm no foul I hope!).

I'm also creating a new LJ-account for my primary account. I'll keep SpottyLogic around indefinately, mostly because I really like the name, but also because I own or mod several LJ communities that use that as a base for their account. I'll probably use it for RL stuff, jobstuff, and stuff stuff, but I'm going to take my mate's lead and use my primary blog for positive stuff, and the SpottyLogic one for quiet introspection, more of a "journal." If there's anything *important* I'll post it to the new account, fadesdog.

A lot of this is tied into a furry midlife crisis, not really thinking that I'm a hyena-person anymore--I *love* hyenas, but they've kind of become my shadow totem over the years. Personality-wise, I've been more of a dog person, and I think I would *like* to be more of a dog person.

Baaasically, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this LJ, which'll probably be a little more secondary. I may just keep it on-hand for the communities I regularly participate in--Austin Community, et cetera, more scannable stuff.
[fades] browns and reds

Character reference stuff

Character reference stuff: [fades] is a blink dog, baaasically a teleporting dingo/wild dog from the long-ago Dungeons & Dragons edition, cerca 1985. The species has evolved over the years to a more wolfy look, but we will be ignoring this. Original blink dog illustrations, I'm mostly going with the "blink dog leaping" illustration with a slightly longer tail:

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Here's a good reference pic from artist [info]kiraxlee. The head's a bit too wedge-shaped, but the overall look is good, and I like the vest, tail, and mood of pic.

Another good reference pic, from Coyotepuck: This one's got the best head shape:

Very basic description: A anthro canaan hound/dingo-type dog with a lion's tail. With blue-tinted 19th century glasses, round frames. Here's some good Canaan hound pics:


Fiddling details: Face: Pale muzzle, darker ears, top of head, mantle. I'm not really that concerned there! Red-brown eyes, blue glasses. No "mane" or "headfur."

Clothes: Usually wears an ornate ethnic vest, embroidered, somewhere between gypsy and polka. How much detail is purely up to the artist's patience :)  I like the pattern on the second of these vest illustrations, but the cut is from a waiter's uniform.


Beyond that, tends to wear scruffy jeans, tee shirts with a teleportation theme (Nightcrawler's "BAMF" logo, "beam me up", or something). These aren't really important, too much detail makes for busy pictures.

Coat: Back, sides, most of legs are on average a light brown. Belly and throat are labrador-dingo colored creamy gold.

Accessories: The only one that's really important is the blue glasses - round blue-tinted specs with, if it's relevant, straight legs:


Other body notes: Tail is labrador-length, but narrower, with a leonine tuft at the end, dog-flexible but not cat-flexible--the tuft would be halfway down calf on a human body shape).

If naked and this is relevant, groinal parts are canine. May be wearing some leather cords loosely bound around base of tail, because that look amuses me.

General attitude--explorer/traveller, with a generally thoughtful  expression but not a lot going on upstairs. "Surfer and backpacker with a second-hand copy of 'Howl' trying to pick someone up by faking a philosophy degree."

Also, his species (again, old school D&D) teleports a lot--one artist shows them teleporting in a flash of light, for what that's worth, which is very little. I don't think it's important, since that's hard to represent graphically, but it's part of the character.