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Re: Aviarium: fantasy art of dragons, time-travellers and winged people
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2019, 05:06:45 PM »
I'm now thinking of the complexities of dress design for people with wings sprouting out their back. It must actually present quite a bit of a faff and some additional challenges...

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Re: Aviarium: fantasy art of dragons, time-travellers and winged people
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2019, 06:39:27 PM »
I actually really enjoy doing costume design for people with wings :) It is another thing to think about, but it's a fun concept to work with/around

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Re: Aviarium: fantasy art of dragons, time-travellers and winged people
« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2019, 08:04:17 PM »
At what point do you have the wing connection on your characters? It looks from the art like it's lower than the shoulder-blade which is where it's often put.
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Re: Aviarium: fantasy art of dragons, time-travellers and winged people
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2019, 12:33:57 AM »
So. The wings are made of the mage's magical energy, rather than bone and feathers. They can appear and disappear, and an accomplished mage can generate them at will.
The wings are pretty solid, hence the need for altered clothing still stands, but they connect to the magical energy within the body, rather than to the body itself.
I positioned the wings between the shoulder blades and just below them because I felt it looked balanced (from a flight perspective) and aethetically pleasing.

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Re: Aviarium: fantasy art of dragons, time-travellers and winged people
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2019, 08:58:58 AM »
Yes, below should definitely be better for balanced flight, I think, closer to the centre of gravity. And I guess magical wings means you can put them closer together because you don't have to have a really big muscle mass around the bases of them.
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Re: Aviarium: fantasy art of dragons, time-travellers and winged people
« Reply #20 on: June 21, 2019, 04:19:23 AM »
I really liked the art for Miyake. Subtle blending on the blue and overall design.

Really nice! You are obviously very good with different mediums.

So are all these pics you are doing just for planning & worldbuilding? Or do you include to include anything in the finished thing?
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Re: Aviarium: fantasy art of dragons, time-travellers and winged people
« Reply #21 on: June 21, 2019, 05:11:51 PM »
Thank you! :)

This definitely isn't going to be a graphic novel, so it would all depend on how my purely hypothetical publisher feels about illustrations XD. I'd like to include some  :) But I'm mainly doing these bc I like drawing my characters, it helps me write if I can visualise the characters well.

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Re: Aviarium: fantasy art of dragons, time-travellers and winged people
« Reply #22 on: June 28, 2019, 01:27:14 AM »
A couple of drawings of another of the novel's main characters, Cei Darian. The dragon is named Asuka, and is very much wiser than her somewhat reckless rider. Cei's main purpose in the novel is to drive Winter crazy, and give her someone to occasionally rescue from certain death (always his own fault).

Cei is a void-wanderer from the universe Atana, and is a kind of magical being known as a Cinaed. Like everyone from Atana, they can fly a little, and have a natural afinity with fire and light based magic. The Cinaed are highly enigmatic, often appearing only as indistinct forms shrouded in coloured smoke.  Because of their mystery, they are often unfairly feared.

           

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Re: Aviarium: fantasy art of dragons, time-travellers and winged people
« Reply #23 on: July 04, 2019, 08:25:59 PM »
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Re: Aviarium: fantasy art of dragons, time-travellers and winged people
« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2019, 06:44:52 PM »
A couple of designs for Megumi, a central character who acts as Winter's guide in her new world. She's quite an enigmatic figure, she seems to know a lot about everything that's going on but won't reveal how.

Megumi's an adventurer, time-traveller, resurrectionist, and really terrible pilot. Her life and her plans to save the world are incredibly chaotic, but it always seems to work out in the end.

She's very friendly and loves meeting new people, but she has no respect for anyone and once greeted an emperor with the immortal words "who the heck are you, sunshine?"

And she has a folding bed that she loves and refuses to be separated from, under any circumstances.




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Re: Aviarium: fantasy art of dragons, time-travellers and winged people
« Reply #25 on: August 05, 2019, 05:31:22 PM »
Does resurrectionist here mean "someone whose job/role it is to bring the dead to life" or?

Also, terrible pilot of what? I don't know if I should be expecting zeppelins, biplanes, balloons, hypersonic jets, submersibles, or what in this setting :)
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Re: Aviarium: fantasy art of dragons, time-travellers and winged people
« Reply #26 on: August 11, 2019, 07:45:16 PM »
'ressurectionist' is defined in this setting is defined as someone who tries to bring back the good (as far as anyone is good) who died too soon, so it's not like trying to bring back a hundred year old dark lord who really needed to stay dead. However, it is slightly frowned upon as meddling with time, and is very much a chaotic good sort of thing to do.

Ah sorry, forgot this world mainly exists inside my head so far XD. If you have any other setting questions, please ask!
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Since everyone in Atana can fly (apart from random humans who've wandered in through gaps from other universes), and they derive their magical abilities from the magical energy of the sky (in the same way that in other settings elves or fey might be thought of as linked to the magic of the earth), they are obsessed with air travel.
there are a huge variety of types of aircraft, everything from zeppelins to very futuristic lightspeed craft.
(although these are only used for travelling between continents, there are no other inhabited or indeed inhabitable planets around).
There are also a few people who have access to void ships that can travel between universes, and it is there in particular that Meg is crashing :'D

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Re: Aviarium: fantasy art of dragons, time-travellers and winged people
« Reply #27 on: September 29, 2019, 05:48:57 PM »
Not to go too heavily into the meta/physics, but does "void ship" imply the existence of an actual inter-universal void space, or is it just a general usage term here?

Also, am I allowed to assume that the lightspeed travel very much involves magic? Because I'm pretty sure the curvature of the planet and the issues of deceleration from lightspeed are sufficient that a pretty heavy additional dose of magic may be needed to sort them out functionally :)
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Re: Aviarium: fantasy art of dragons, time-travellers and winged people
« Reply #28 on: October 01, 2019, 11:40:24 PM »
so, I'm going with the general sci-fi principle that lightspeed travel is possible via hyperspace, the most useful of imaginary scientific concepts. I'll admit to not having thought about hyperspace much, 1. because star wars did it for me and 2. because its not at all significant to the plot, wheras magic, time-travel and void-travel are, so I put effort into developing detailed systems for those instead. (which I love talking about :) )

yes, there is an inter-universal void space, which essentially acts like normal space. It takes time to cross in a void ship, it has vast gaseous nebulae as a result of matter leaking through from universes. All universes exist within it, and appear as vast, silvery spheres.
The proximity of universes to one another is based on how frequently their timelines diverged, splitting them from one universe into two or more. Universes that are close together and split recently will be fairly similar, while ones further away will be vastly different, having separated billions of years ago.
It would take maybe a a couple of months to travel from one side of our local cluster of universes to the other, and about half an hour to travel to a universe very nearby.

It is also possible to move directly between universes without going into the void, if a rift opens; but inter-universe rifts are so rare that most time-travellers and void-travellers believe they are pure myth.

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Re: Aviarium: fantasy art of dragons, time-travellers and winged people
« Reply #29 on: October 05, 2019, 08:46:12 PM »
OK, that all makes sense :)

Though I think spheres feels too normal somehow. Silvery tauroids or something maybe?

Also I'm assuming that universes don't constantly split, and that it's only things of particular magnitude that cause schisms? Otherwise you'd get an infinitely sized nearby cluster of universes that you couldn't tell weren't your own.
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