City of the Sun

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When a string of events leaves him parted from his surrogate father, Rilind becomes a ghost of the roads. Though he's considered little more than a local urban legend by society, he's venerated by homeless and drifter alike for his strange power- threads that can heal the sick. One night he's called upon to rescue a different friend of the homeless- who turns out to not be just the opposite of any friend, but a crass, sharp nosed, meat eating vampire! It's not long before their fates become entwined- literally and figuratively, in the search to find the culprit which haunts his past.

27th Aug 2020, 10:11 PM

Omi

Chapter 6 talk [spoilers] and special extra at the end

In my earlier post I mentioned how this series of chapters has my favorite short lived character, which is the Goat man. There's actually a lot of different ideas that went into the creation of this monster. For now I just want to talk about how he was made.
I can't recall exactly where the idea for this chapter came from. But this iteration of the goatman was a bundle of a lot of different ideas. I was heavily inspired by different anonymous stories about skinwalker encounters i've heard throughout the years- the only thing is, when I was trying to come up with the monster for this story, I was limited in what I had to work with. A lot of skinwalker stories don't outright say exactly what the skinwalker is, or rather, very few do. So initially, I tried to work with deer skulled faced depictions of the Wendigo, ignorant of any lore apart from some stories of it's appearence, at the time.

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The design was intended to be kind of strange. When he emerged from the skin I wanted it to be insect like, which is where the noodle body came in. The horns were also supposed to be soft and floppy at first, like antenna. But they would come into shape pretty fast afterward. I started to give him more human features, but even afterward it still didn't sit right with me. For example, he was really tall, and I had a hard time thinking about how to fit him in frame with other characters. There were also a few other issues I had which i'll mention in a bit.
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I felt limited in how to make the design as uncanny as I wanted to, and it ended up less interesting than I would have liked so after a while I decided he would be a goatman instead.
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  The Goatman actually ended up being a cryptid with stories in Lousiana, so I felt it was fitting in spite of the fact that skinwalkers and goatmen are different entities. I also repurposed some much earlier made ideas from another monster i'd made that didn't have a place in the story. Speaking of repurposing, it didn't take me long to find my source of inspiration behind his design. In my sketchbook, I had a creature design i'd already doodled. He was supposed to be a random monster for Castle, but it didn't go anywhere.
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I really liked this monster's mischievious and sort of dumb looking appearence. I also took the monster's arboreal look, so the goatman became kind of ape like, that was supposed to be part of the "man" in the goatman.
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It was becoming very easy to come up with ideas for the monster's personality. He was stupid looking, goofy and weird, just like normal goats. So this is the basis of the design.I made the goatman a creature who wants to be human, and satisfies this goal by wearing the skins of it's victims. Also, it can perfectly mimic the voices of humans and things it hears. I found these qualities to be pretty endearing, which is how I came to like it so much. (and now recently, they have a special fondness for corn)
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A couple of awkward choices with this design, the same problems I had with the wendigo. It was too difficult for me to build frames with his arms being as long as they were. The other thing was that his proportions made him seem a little weak and impish. His long horns also created later difficulties. Later on, I addressed this problem by giving him more muscle and adjusting his proportions. Now he was dopey, but overall he ends up being pretty scary, especially when he stands up straight (the same way a bear becomes even scarier when it looms over you on two legs)
Here's the official height chart comparing him to Aven and Rilind, and the car. (He's a total beast!)
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There's some future surprises in store for this character, which I'd love to talk about when the time comes. But as promised, here's some cute gijinkas I made a while back I just wanted to share. Hope you enjoy them, thanks for reading.
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