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41. Teamwork by surfersquid 41. Teamwork by surfersquid
For the 100 Picture Challenge. [link]

Because everybody knows the greatest example of a team is an RPG party!

...Orrrr not.

Well, it's the most fun example, at any rate.

So here's my current party in a Star Wars RPG campaign I'm running.

From left to right:

Koor Bik the Ewok: An excitable, mischievous little fellow, Koor was accidentally taken off of the forest moon of Endor as a wokling, and had many varied adventures throughout the galaxy before landing a secure job as first mate on the Determination. Highly intelligent, but also highly impulsive. Enjoys learning to use new kinds of technology, especially weaponry. (Played by my best friend.)

X32V2 the Droideka: XV's adventures began when it found itself in a cargo crate in the hold of the Determination with its memory wiped. Discovered by Koor and Beyy, it quickly fell under Koor's ownership and is seeking to uncover its forgotten past. It can make a mean batch of biscuits. (Played by :iconxanadu32:.)

Jesik Gadra the Mandalorian: His sister having been murdered several years previous, and him being an outcast from Mandalore, Jesik is wandering the galaxy, tracking down his sister's killer, trying to prove himself to the other Mandalorians (especially his father), and trying to make a name for himself on the bounty hunting scene. Which is how he fell in with the motley crew of the Determination. (Played by :iconpanoramics-box:.)

Beyy Yaret the Bothan: A cunning, cautious smuggler who captains/pilots the freighter Determination. Despite preferring to keep a low profile, he has a soft spot for his fuzzy little first mate, and so lets Koor get away with a lot more than he should. He has a slight superiority complex when it comes to species less furry than he (including Humans, which he refers to as "Humies"). (NPC played by yours truly.)

???: A mysterious cloaked being whose true intentions and abilities are unknown; it seemingly randomly decided to assist Jesik on Tatooine and is now traveling with the crew. Despite its cloak usually concealing its entire body, the crew has seen its true face once--it was unsettling and like nothing they had ever seen before. (Also played by yours truly.)

This was fun, I know there are several problems with it, but ah well. It's also a gift for everybody involved in the campaign, as thanks for playing with me and sticking it out while I try to figure out what I'm doing.

Also, remind me to never attempt to draw any droid more complicated than an R2 unit ever again. I'm aware that there are several glaring problems with the Droideka, but I was working off of whatever reference pictures I could find.

I do like the way the metal came out, though.
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:icontheguywhohateshisnam:
theguywhohateshisnam Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Is there any chance I could get a link to this rp or was it done through private chats and stuff?
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:iconsurfersquid:
surfersquid Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
I'm afraid it was done through private chat, and we didn't keep any record of it (except our character sheets, but those don't say much). Not a lot really went on, honestly. It didn't get much farther than the group meeting up and getting into a small skirmish with stormtroopers, anyway.
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axem-ranger-black Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
awwsooomme~ OWO
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nirukii Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
where can I get me a driodika babysitter?
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:iconsurfersquid:
surfersquid Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Good question. :P
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
nice bunch, this must be a hell of s story.
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:iconsurfersquid:
surfersquid Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
It was a crazy campaign, let me tell you. :P
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ShadowAgent13 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
For a fan/rpg piece this is great. I recoganized the droid first so no problem there. My only complaint would be no background. But otherwise a fine piece.
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Thanks. Yeah, I've never been fond of backgrounds. :P
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walkai Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
sence when were bothans causious fellow? lol every time I read about them they are always jumping the blaster.
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:iconsurfersquid:
surfersquid Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
I dunno. Maybe I've just been reading the wrong source material. But there are always exceptions in every species.
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walkai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
true, srry I am over analitical.
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R0thian Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Gawd! Ewooook! Quick, Hide all the Stormtroopers!! AAAGH! DX....XD Nice artwork though.
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Thanks!

Yeah, that Ewok is crazy. :P
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Invert-alpha Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
Err, the Droideka is missing a leg, and it has a grappling arm as well as a blaster.
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Actually, its third leg is obscured by the Human's arm. And I gave it a grappling arm because it had its memory wiped and we have no idea where it's been or what it's done before we found it, so we figured it probably had some modifications done to it. Plus it makes it a lot easier for it to bake biscuits. :P
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art-exile Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
wow the whole team is just awesome n i love their bacvkground story tht must be something
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Thanks! Yeah, we're having a lot of fun with it. It's too bad we haven't been able to campaign much lately, since everyone's so busy with school.
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DSenderM Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
another great job
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Thanks!
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DSenderM Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
you´re so welcome ^^ your art is really good
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SinisterlySweet Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's probably my favorite interpretation of a Bothan so far. Holy heck, they're usually so funky lookin'.

I like the way this crew melds, they look like they have a good dynamic.
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
Lol, thanks. I actually haven't drawn Bothans too often, so I'm glad he looks "normal". He started as a throwaway NPC, but he's just grown on me far too much. :P

And yeah...they're a hilarious little group. Campaigning with them is always so much fun.
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aquanut Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, RPG parties are the best teams there are. :D I have no use for teamwork usually; I work better alone. >_>

It's a nice, clean drawing of these characters, and the poses are interesting and natural-looking. I particularly like Koor's pose and... er, that of the red guy in front (sorry, I fail at Star Wars species studies). I like their expressions as well. It's nice how the sketchy shading on the orange parts of the metal makes it look scuffed and yet still shiny.

You asked for a critique... I'm not confident enough to write an official one, but I'll try to point out some things I noticed. You might know about them already, but here goes:

The shading is pretty light in places, especially on the bearded yellow-pants dude's trousers. In reality shadows are usually quite a bit darker than the original color. That bearded guy's extended foot is kinda weakly drawn (although I sympathize--I need more practice drawing feet and shoes; looking at reference is really the only way to solve the problem). I like how the orange metal is shaded, but because the edge is defined by just a single line, it looks like it has no thickness. Unless it really is paper-thin metal, I probably would've added a bit of thickness for a prominent character like this (simplifying it would be fine if it were in the background or something).

But it's a pretty neat character study! :D
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Yeah, I'm a loner too, lol. But the essence of a tabletop RPG is working as a team, which makes it infinitely more fun when everyone in the team is already good friends and you feel free to goof around.

And thanks! The blonde dude is just a Human, lol...hence why he feels very out of place in a party full of aliens, droids, and who-knows-what-that-cloaked-thing-is. :P

Thank you so much for the critique! You pointed out a lot of good things. I'm still trying to work on my shading, so thanks for the pointer on that. And yeah, I have a lot of trouble with feet and shoes, I'm afraid--hopefully we'll get a lot of practice with them in class this semester. Good point with the line width, as well--I was actually planning to do some better nuancing with the line art, but was so busy with other things, I totally forgot. Will keep it in mind for next time, though.
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aquanut Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm sure that is fun. I wish I knew groups of people to play games with. I always want to hang out with my parents' adult friends, and they either have no time to play games or they want to get me to make friends with their teenage daughters, whom I usually have nothing in common with...

Haha, I bet. I didn't see Human anywhere in the description--I was looking at a choice between Mandalorian and Bothan, so I figured I'd play it safe. =P

No problem, I'm glad I could help! I need to practice feet too. One of these days I need to just sit down in front of a mirror and draw my own foot for as long as it takes to get it right. =P
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
I know the feeling...I had the same problem when I was a teen. I just didn't share any interests with any of the other people my age. It gets better once you get a little older, though.

Although I still haven't found anyone to play anything with...ah well...

And yeah, he's Human, but he's from the Mandalorian culture, so...I like to describe him as Mandalorian. It makes him sound cooler. :P
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aquanut Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I imagine it would. I'm eagerly awaiting graduating from high school. Why can't the kids in real life be as sensible and mature as the writers I meet on Neopets? *shakes head*

Yeah, that's where the internet comes in handy, so that we can all get together and talk about the games we'd play with our friends if we had friends. >_>

It does make him sound cooler, haha. Anyhow, when you're surrounded by races with wild names, you've got to do something to fit in.
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
Haha...yeah, poor kid, he must feel awfully out-of-place amongst this crazy crew. Not to mention he gets picked on for not being furry enough. :P
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kecen Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
The hooded figure is so...anticlimactic. Everyone is bright and happy except for the gloomy, mysterious entity. Hm, maybe a Droideka isn't exactly happy XD
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Haha...yeah, who knows, maybe it'll open up to the others once the campaign progresses.

As for the Droideka, that's true. Awfully hard to tell the mood of combat droids sometimes. It seems to be happy enough following the Ewok around, though. :P
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H3LLSTAR Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
OH WOW! That's so AWESOME. I like it a lot. sorry for not commenting and faving in the last time but I have to deal with a lot of trouble at the moment
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Thanks! And that's okay, I totally understand.
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H3LLSTAR Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
^^
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Everyone loves the Ewok because his pose is awesome. He looks very rakish and ready. ^_^ Nice work here. Now I'm curious as to what the hooded stranger's face looks like!
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Hehe, thanks. My friend does an excellent job of playing him, as well--little guy's got more personality in his little toe than some Wookiees have in their entire bodies! :P

Annnnddd if you're really curious, I guess I could upload it here... Look for my signal in the northwest sky!!

...And then check my scraps (if you don't already have the scraps category checked in my devwatch). :P
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
*is curious* I'm pretty sure I watch your scraps-- here's something to show that even though I've been here for a while I'm still a noob--how do I get to the watched deviants page, besides +watching someone?

I shall keep watch for smoke signals, or homing pigeons, or semaphore flags!
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Yeah, I think you watch my scraps too, I was just double-checking. Never hurts.

As per your question, you know that friend list thing on the top right of the toolbar on the top of DA pages? If you click on that and go down to "Add/Remove", you'll get to your devwatch page. (They recently re-did it, it's a lot smoother now.)

And I just put it up so... *signal flare!*
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Ah ha! Thanks.

(Your sig text is amusing.)
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Hehe, thanks. I kept seeing those "something-percent of teens yada yada..." and kept thinking "Okay, but what about those of us who aren't even teens?"

It's like the entire Internet is biased toward 13-19-year-olds. :P
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
I think that is the most common demographic. Nevertheless, as a former teenager, I will say that over-teens are people too. :P
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
This is true! Old people can still be cool! :P
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Panoramics-Box Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YAY! Awesome! I like it a lot, good job on Jesik too, he turned out nicely.
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Hehe, thanks.

I guess now you know why I asked you for a detailed description of him. :P
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Panoramics-Box Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol, yup
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Darth-Satanus Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Cool :D
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DarthRevan-DanOnasi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
The ewok is PERFECT! :dance:
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Hehe, thanks. Seems everybody loves the Ewok. :P
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DarthRevan-DanOnasi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
How can you not? He's fuzzy and... well, enough said. ;)
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SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Excellent work on the destroyer droid. The form and proportions are perfect. The Bothan and Ewok both look great too.
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