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Running on Purple Dunes by TheCau Running on Purple Dunes by TheCau
WOW! It's not an oversized file this time! :icongwahplz:

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Boy, it's been a LONG time since I last posted anything like art. Due to skewl, but also procrastination and devotion to videogames. :P

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Meet my newest characters: Zero (the Vortian) and Duuir (his Laobab mount)!

They're relatively new, being that they've only existed for around five months as more than sketches and as fully-fleshed, full-colored characters. And this is probably the first time in a while that you guys have actually seen more of my strange little creatures in full-color and not pencil-smudged and/or inked with my micron pens.

I'm still working on Zero's own little storyline for a possible comic consisting of action, adventure, bad pick-up lines, fighting, and general silliness that comes with my own brand of interesting fiction. :3

Their stats:

Name: Zero Bvyk
Gender: Male
Species: Vortian
Age: 23
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 90 lbs
Eye Color: (Black-lensed goggles) Light Blue
Home Planet: Iridekk
Loyalty: Anti-Empire, The Free Universe
Occupation: Adventurer, animal wrangler, underground fighting arena participant, tracker
Personality: Good-natured, odd sense of humor, tenacious, passionate
Background:

- Zero comes from a 500 year-old off-world Voritan bloodline marked by their hardiness, adaptability, and striking family resemblance. Each and every Vortian springing from the Bvik family lineage have a dark, neutral skin tone, pale eyes, and unique dark boomerang-shaped horns.

- Despite being old enough to live on his own, he lives in a giant, half-buried frigate ship of unknown origin with his parents and seven other siblings. His mother, Vera, is the carrier of the Bvik blood and the main reason why all of her offspring look like her instead of Zero's father, Aardan. Zero's twin sister, Nyx, also stays at home for the same reason: to help raise the rest of the family and maintain the family assets. Dreg, Pheno, and Gen are the second oldest at 16 each; Wik and Theri are the third oldest at 10 each; Quin is the youngest at 8 and is the only singly-born child.

- Zero is an avid adventurer, tending to wander a wide radius around his home on a daily basis, picking up and returning with whatever caught his attention. This includes but is not limited to dangerous animals (whom he's lassoed and subdued), other wayward explorers, and beautiful women. As comes with his brand of adventuring, he's a regular patron to Iridekk's small underground sparring arena and frequently comes home battered and bruised but all smiles despite his injuries. He has a record of 19 wins and 3 loses.

- Zero has had multiple mounts (all were and are Laobabs). However, he's taken a liking to a particular dun-colored doe affectionately named, "Duuir" (Old Vortian for "Sweet one"), whom he raised from a fawn after her mother bled to death from complications with her pregnancy when Duuir was only a few days old. Duuir has been with Zero since he was 14 and has developed an incredibly strong bond with him (a typical, heart-warming "a boy and his horse" kind of relationship). Zero frequently plays tag with her and showers her with love and attention, all of which she returns without question.

- When he was just 18 years old, he and his twin sister, Nyx, saved a group of five Irken soldiers who were re-encrypted with Anti-Empire protocol by the Resisty; they were impressed by his quick wit and horsemanship and agreed to train him and his siblings to defend themselves, disarm opponents, and improvise with weaponry.

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Name: Duuir
Gender: Female
Species: Laobab (a type of doglike, six-legged, lop-eared, highly aerodynamic antelope)
Age: 9
Height: 20.2 hands high (approximately 88 inches tall at the withers/shoulder)
Weight: 1500 lbs
Eye Color: Deep Blue
Home Planet: Iridekk
Occupation: Zero's current mount
Top speed: 160 mph (straight, not curved)
Personality: Loving, loyal, obedient

Notes:

- Duuir is a particular type of Laobab; she's very sociable and playful around Zero but is very suspicious and cautious around strangers. Although she won't attack anyone under normal circumstances, she will only allow others to hitch a ride if Zero is also on her back.

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And that's all the info on them for now. There'll be more to learn as I draw new pictures for you all to see!

Enjoy my latest masterpiece! <3

I LOVE YOU ALL!!! >:U

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Vortians and the IZ Universe are (C) to Nickelodeon

Laobabs and Zero's design belong to me! TheCau!
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scnurcen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015   Writer
Nice, crotch-tits.
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TheCau Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's where they're located on a lot of equines/cervids/bovids/etc. :iconmegaderpplz:
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scnurcen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015   Writer
Being a brony, well, that kind of brony, I have seen a lot of crotch-tits. Just letting you know that your placement and presentation is pristine.
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TheCau Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, ha!

Well, thank you very much, then! :'D

Glad my anatomy (even if it's my old lolnatomy) is still pretty good, lol!
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ZeroMKX Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*gasp*...it's got chicken legs!...
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RaynaHero200 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah...ah OoO Now I am left wondering....

WHY HAVEN"T I FAVED THIS BEAUTIFUL PIC YET?!!??!

Words cannot describe how wonderful this looks
Those colors asgaslkhblahb *explodes awesomeness*:iconexplodelaplz:
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TheCau Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BASDSLKDGHSDJGKH THIS IS OLD, THOUGH.

BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M GLAD PEOPLE STILL FIND THIS THING MODERATELY ATTRACTIVE AND FUN TO LOOK AT.

:iconiluplz:
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RaynaHero200 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It totally is :iconiheartitplz:
Its soooooo pretty

I still keep coming back to look at it x3
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Cooliberta Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
OMG!!O.O I am so loving this!!!!>w<
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TheCau Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:'D Thank you! I'm glad you like it so much! <3
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Cooliberta Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very welcome!!!!X3
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russiafangirl1234 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...its....its beutiful!
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TyraDragoness Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my word....this is just....oh my gosh, FANTASTIC! Your shading, lighting, and just overall colors are just-asdlgjalsdjg so cool!!! O u O Give me your shading secrets....I demand them!! >:U
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TheCau Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, thank you! I'm flattered. :iconheeplz:

With this piece, I used a combination of cell shading and soft shadowing to make the colors pop on this. So, pretty much, using Paint Tool Sai's pen and airbrush in conjunction with one another with clipping groups to separate them out. :D
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TyraDragoness Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!~

Ahh, yeah I use Gimp cuz I can't afford a fancy program. xD I'm still trying to figure out my own shading style... Can't seem to get it how I want it, lol.
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No1fan15 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Sai is free...
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TyraDragoness Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Only if you're getting a pirated version, lol...  Sai is $50 USD.  I'm currently trying out FireAlpaca, which is essentially the free version of Sai.
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Iycan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God do I love this picture,not sure if I commented before but just simply adore it,consider it a fav piece of the IZ fandom >w< Question on your Laobab's are they available for others to create their own or are they a closed species?
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DeustisOfShadows Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Whoa.

Those stars are fuckin' MAGICAL. :O


Wow. I mean...These characters, this picture, Both really struck me with a sense of awe and wonder. I love Zero's backstory, the bond you gave him with Duuir, the potential teamwork that could be used with that duo and just the sheer amount of soul you obviously poured into their being. I love it. I love it all.
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InvaderSony12345 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
the antelope critter is beautful
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Justt-K Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful! Man, you make Duuir look so graceful, if I tried to draw a six legged antelope type critter it'd look all sorts of broken and awkward. :l
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TheCau Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! Well, thank you very much! That's very flattering. ;u;

I always try my hardest to make my creatures at least somewhat believable. A six-legged, lop-eared antelope was my most recent anatomical challenge and I'd say it came out pretty well. Of course there's a few anatomical kinks here and there but I should be able to smooth everything out the more I keep drawing Duuir. Not every day I can make something with such strange anatomy as that come out looking good and this just turned out to be one of those days that I could.
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Justt-K Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well you did an amazing job on her. She's gorgeous. If you made adoptables of her species I'd be the first on the buy list. lol She's so beautiful :3
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thearttrix Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
wonderful job! i have just finished reading your bloodsport round 1 and your competidor's and there great :3
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TheCau Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! This next round will be fully illustrated so I hope you'll be as amused with my new comic as you were with my little short-story. ;w;
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InvaderVexx Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome! :omg:
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Michelle8936 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
This is really nice. Call me vague if you want to, but there's nothing that I can say that hasn't already been said XD Wish I could make stuff like this, but I'll need to get a tablet first...
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Starlit-Path Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Your anatomy is absolutely perfect! <33
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TheCau Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah! Thank you so much! :iconiluplz:
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Crow1992 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
*late inbox cleaning*

All I can say: Amazing *_*
The whole picture reminds me of the Arab countries, literally pulled out of Alladin.
The simplicity of the background and the detail on the characters is simply stunning, I love how clean and smooth your lineart is <3
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TheCau Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D

I really hate drawing backgrounds, but I suppose the simplicity vs. complexity contrast really draws in your attention to the characters themselves.

Thank goodness I have SAI or else my lineart would be a complete disaster. |D
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Crow1992 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
I think backgrounds are the nightmare of every artist xD
That works c: simple vs. complex makes a nice contrast.

Sadly, my SAI gave up on me xD even if I had a couple of wips on it.

And you're welcome c:
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InvaderAli87 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:icongwahplz: OH.. MY....GOD...
I LOVE THIS! Incredible! I love the pose, shading, expressions.. EVERYTHING!!!!
You are amazing! :clap:
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TheCau Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! You've been a great audience. :bow:
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Aplos Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
incredible is the only description
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TheCau Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :bow:
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Chiiasa Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
LOL WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT NO ONE COMMENTING? WHAT?
LIAR.

Anyway I love you.

Sorry I didn't call I got distracted and my fucking computer crashed on a game and made me more distracted as I tried to find out what was wrong ;w;!

Anyway, you should know by now I love Zero and everything about him. Do I hafta say it again? Okay. I love Zero and everything about him. <3

I can't wait to talk to you tomorrow about all those ideas we came up with. I hated being cut off like that D:<
Btw I love the sky. And Zero.

And everything about him.

:heart:
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De-PAKed Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
"Straight, not curved", that instantly made me think of "Shaken, not stirred"...
I love the family idea, I can't wait to see any family pictures you might have up your sleeve.
The clouds are fantastic, they look very cloudy.
Theres a lot of awesomeness in this picture, I can't pick a favourite part.
Laobabs have bunny ears...
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TheCau Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, I should probably reword that since I just copypasted everything off of my notepad. |D

Well, thank you! There will be a picture or two of Zero's family coming up sometime in the future. IN FULL COLOR! :icongwahplz:

Everybody's noticed that. |D I just can't go on living without making some sort of animal based collectively off of rabbits, deer, and dogs at least once, now can I? XD

Thank you! :iconiluplz:
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De-PAKed Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Don't, everyone loves a James Bond reference. Except for James Bond... :paranoid:
:icongwahplz: Full colour? Why must I wait for these pictures of wonder?
No, probably because bunnies have infected your mind. They're just using you in their nefarious plans!
You're welcome. :)
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ADDICT-Se Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Something I love? Galaxies, clouds, and awesomeness. You combined all three :D

I love the movement in the piece, the colors, and the moon's light that is cast over the characters XD
Yup. You're a BAMF. I hope you're able to draw more this week <3
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TheCau Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*puffs out chest* :iconohohoplz: I'm a BAMF, lol!

Thank you, 'Manda! I tried to push myself on this one and I seem to have triumphed! :heart:
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spitfire-productions Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Student Artist
Oh
my
god.
I... you.... aaaah! STOP DRAWING WAY BETTER STUFF THAN ME. IT MAKES ME CRY. >:I
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TheCau Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry, I can't help it! D:

I still like your stuff, though. Yours is nice, too! :iconheeplz:
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spitfire-productions Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Student Artist
I'LL STEAL YOUR HANDS AND EAT THEM. >:I HOW'S THAT?

Pft shut up ohgodthankyou. ;u;
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TheCau Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Y WOULD U DO THAT?! MY WITTLE HANDS... EATEN BY ANOTHER ARTIST. WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO? :iconbaawwplz:

It's true. I still liek your stuff. It's pretty and delicious-looking. :3
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spitfire-productions Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Student Artist
YOU COULD HAVE STOPPED IT WHEN I TOLD YOU TO STOP DRAWING BETTER THAN ME. BUT NO, YOU HAD TO GO AND BE STUBBORN. IT'S YOUR OWN FAULT. >:I

Shut up! ;u; Haha, my stuff used be so mary sue and fail-ish back then. :'D I think it looks a lot better now.
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TheCau Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH, CURSE MYSELF AND MY STUBBORN WAYS! :iconohgodwhyplz:

That's okay! Everyone goes through their Sue-creating stage sometime in life. What better way to celebrate your independence from Sue-ness than by creating truely creative and unique characters WITH flaws and weaknesses? :D
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NeonSquid Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
I'm seriously loving this piece. Awesome design for the Laobab, also. Very nice! ^^
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TheCau Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're the first one to leave a comment for me on this piece. I was seriously expecting more comments but everybody's being shy. ;w;

Thank you very much! :heart:
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