Thought to make for a stronger Monday by sharing some of my commissions or other art. Here's my newest, a picture from Thomas K Dye of who was offering cartoony commissions. I've not been a cartoon, somehow, but a makeover in Early Hanna-Barbera style seemed like fun, and it turned out to be so. It's weird for me to stand on two feet, but that is the Early H-B style, especially for a title card, so I should stretch some.

For today: an old piece! Around 1998 I did this plot on FurryMuck where I was a robot, and Spaceroo was moved to draw it.

Spaceroo's still around, although more busy with his wife and joeys than with, like, mucking. He still puts kangaroos and dinosaurs and dinoroos on the whiteboards at work.

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Another old-time picture : me as drawn by HoneyBadger, for the HoneyBadger's Burrow fanzine, which ran maybe two issues and featured pictures of the dozen-plus regulars in her FurryMuck hangout of the 90s. I was a reliable bookshelf-sitter, back when I was small enough to do that. (HoneyBadger's site's still up, but is suffering some database problem).

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For today, also a piece! A sketch by bitesizedewalt on birdsite, who'd wanted to do seashore-style pictures.

I so like the water and mer-creatures and webbed paws. If I had canonical shapeshifting powers, I'd take this as a morph. is someone I liked back in FurryMuck's glory days, and amazed me by remembering me when we got back in touch. (I usually assume people forget me the moment I'm out of sight, whatever our past relationship was.)

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Today's picture is so new it hasn't dried! Friend @frengers was fascinated by my clay coati form and drew it.

I started playing clay-elemental Austin on FurToonia Muck. It's a great variation, letting me play with transmuting and malleability.

I haven't succeeded in bringing the clay-elemental form to a new roleplay environment but do keep thinking it's a great idea.

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today is my other picture! pretor on FurAffinity offered half-fish YCHs and I took the chance.

Making a mer-creature of a nonanthro is a challenge and I like that this still reads as a fish, not a mer-humanoid.

I always like water creatures (see ) and the lionfish half cleverly adapts my tailrings.

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Starting my anniversary-month with this Savannah Horrocks picture of me and my dear bride BunnyHugger:

It's a us-together con-book sketch BunnyHugger commissioned at Midwest FurFest 2008 and we both look so gorgeously nonanthro here.

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My anniversary-month pictures continue with a Lyanti sketch that my dear BunnyHugger got at Morphicon 2009:

It may not come through, but there's this little tongue blep coming from me to lick BunnyHugger's cheek. It's such a good little bit of business.

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has a Morphicon 2011 sketchbook from one of the Ringtail Cafe artists (we didn't get her name).

If you do recognize the artist's signature I'd love to know as people who know the coati muzzle deserve the praise.

I don't do enough with my arboreal-creature nature and it's great that many artists do think to.

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Another Couples ! MWFF 2009 sketchbook art done by Likeshine in a picture true to our endless snuggling.

As often happens I'm large for @bunnydoe here. I think artists can't resist how adorable we look as a big-coati/small-bunny pair.

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For here's another couples sketchbook picture, even though it's past our wedding anniversary month. By Laura Garabedian, done at MWFF 2011.

If it seems we're always snuggling in pictures it's because Garabedian and other artists represent well how we like simply being together.

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For more of me snuggling dear @bunnydoe, done by fa/Matuska at Furfright 2012, just ahead of Superstorm Sandy.

My hindpaws clutching BunnyHugger is a thing I do in real life and that's maybe more wonderful even than Matsuka's graceful head shapes.

But also, all those toes and claws are gorgeously rendered. Just look at them.

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It's ! Here's another couples sketch, done by Hibbary at MWFF 2010 featuring nose-touching.

It's also magnificent for the look of toes, both rabbit and coati, but Hibbary's ears have a fantastic shape it's easy to overlook.

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Another snuggling couples ! My love BunnyHugger's Morphicon 2010 commission from Gravewalker, with me blepped.

I love the pose, and BunnyHugger sprawling so neatly across me. The markings are all also fantastic. Many pictures have poses that don't show off her markings and this is one of the rare ones you can see her spotting.

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Happy early ! Here, a 2011 Furry Connection North sketchbook picture by Firefeathers, more snuggling.

I know they're Firefeathers' construction lines but enjoy how they give BunnyHugger's face a hyperreal expressiveness.

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Another snuggling ? Could be! Done by FarelleMoon for my darling BunnyHugger at Furry Connection North 2009. We're often drawn as adorable; this is a high point for cute pictures. The valentine hearts are true to real life.

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And one ore cuddling ! Done by CoconutMilkyWay at FCN2012 with maybe BunnyHugger's cutest face ever. It's particularly wonderful for @bunnydoe's face, smiling and eyes just barely peeking open. And there's this solidity to the shapes that stands out.

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A last cuddling . Each day with my love BunnyHugger is a gift. The day of Christmas 2010, FA/francis_john drew.

I don't think any artist has ever rendered us more fuzzy or with more liquid-looking eyes, or with her headfur looking more lush. And the ever-challenging coati paws come out great. Plus my tail gets to look nice, long, and slender.

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Of course there's another cuddling , with a picture BunnyHugger drew in June 2008, when we were first a couple.

I had (on SpinDizzy) silver fur then, after the first Shiny Day. And BunnyHugger draws and digitally paints with such lovely touches.

We were about a month from meeting in person when she drew this.

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For another picture my love BunnyHugger drew of me. The lines were done at Christmas 2007 and colors put in around Shiny Day (17 March) 2008.

She draws me to look young, but she makes me feel young. Also I like how blobby and liquid and three-dimensional the silver looks.

The head scruff is more stylish than I usually think I have, but it makes for good cartoon logic; keeps my head from being too boring up top.

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today is a watercolor picture my love BunnyHugger made in 2011.

It's one of the few color pictures of Austin done in physical media, or that show how raccoon-like the coati body is.

It's also the (not actually) rare picture where I'm just a coati, not silver or melting or a crystal or something peculiar like that.

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Happy with another BunnyHugger-drawn picture of us. The Moon's always been one of our couple-symbols.

Moon imagery comes to us from Krazy Kat, and muck rooms (on a private place and then SpinDizzy) inspired by Apollo 17's landing site, places where we came to know each other and then turned from friends to lovers.

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Happy ! Here's BunnyHugger's most technically ambitious picture of us together:

She was immortalizing the brief while on SpinDizzy Muck that she was a balloon (someone had called to his spouse --- the moon Spengo --- which drew near to visit, causing floods, and since she couldn't swim well but did know where the balloon-tf device was, she used that in the emergency), and we enjoyed the novelty.

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Happy ! Another version of BunnyHugger's first-ever picture of me, this in real-coati colors.

It's from early in our relationship, before she learned how I like changing colors. She would recolor this in silver to compensate.

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Happy ! My love BunnyHugger enjoyed sculpting my clay form, on FurToonia, and once drew the result.

Obviously I need to play up my clay side more, not least because it encourages people to do stuff like this. Also, coati and dragon blend surprisingly well.

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For , my regrets for missing the Get Out The Float inflatables convention. A pooltoy virus commission from FA/JacFox that I'm not sure has published before.

The texture and puffiness is fantastic, and I really love how prominent the inner ring is, as that's unique to this kind of toy form.

My preference in TF is for novel textures that preserve the coati form, so this was very right.

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A brand-new illustration for ! It's a seadragon-itis commission from FA/JacFox that's a great moment of complex transformation. Again I love the sense of texture and puffiness, and that it picks up the moment that has to be peak awkward-body.

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CoatiMonday, melting, may look like cooking 

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Happy Halloween! FA/-Hornbuckle- sketched Berkeley Moreland, crab-eating raccoon and proprietor of SpinDizzy muck's Off-Brand Candy Shop! Yes, that's a Meh Henry candy bar he's offering; good luck enjoying!

Crab-eating raccoons are, somehow, a procyonid species even more obscure than coatis, and only *look* like I made them up as the transporter-acccident merger between a coati and a marten.

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And happy . FA/Akaji_Yui just weeks ago did this commission with maybe the cutest face mask I've ever sported. As a bonus, the left picture hints at how adorable and weird coati teeth can get.

I don't have a canonical set of markings, or color, but I love all the little ruffles given the edges of my white here. Standing on hindpaws as on the right is something coatis will do, yes, briefly or while running off with lunch.

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Happy ! Today a pleasant black-and-white icon from FA/techno. (warning: gallery includes robot gore) and the rare showing off of my teeth!

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The rare picture of me doing something! FA/Turnsky charcoal-style picture of me eating.

I have the problem of not really having a basic schtick, so it's hard for artists to have any idea what I could be doing. Eating is a reliable and realistic thing, but I've always been bored by people, mostly on mucks, who toss me food; there's not much fun to be had playing eating. More fun cadging food off someone, but that's a complicated commission.

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On April 4, 1998, my friends learned I hadn't been making coatis up all along (many people did not realize!), as Mystery Science Theather 3000 episode The Puma Man did a sketch with Mike as Coatimundi Man!

When I won an MST3K-theme contest from Thomas K Dye ( ), I *had* to get this picture of Coatimundi Coatimundi.

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For a previously-unpublished (I think?) quickie sketch by Thomas K Dye ( ) of me experiencing a Meh, Henry bar, from SpinDizzy Muck's Off-Brand Candy Shop.

There's a bunch of not-quite-right candies in the shop (Snarkers Bars, Fresh-Water Taffy) but the Meh, Henry brand really captures people's imaginations.

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Happy ! FA/TailsMilesPrower8 was doing chibi-plush YCH art, so this gets me in a more toy mood.

The nose may seem a bit small, but this is consistent with real coati plush that don't go for photorealism. The colors being so strongly red panda matches what I'd expect from a real toy, too.

I should get more plush art; I like the seams aesthetic and, of course, any sort of transmutation into a different material is so good for me.

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Happy ! Years ago montypuffs on birdsite offered quickie little sketches so here's me running off with Roofus_roo's magic wand. I have curiously few running gags, considering how long I've been around. Helping Roofus_roo learn to share her shiny magic accessories is one of the handful I have, and a good one since anyone can understand and get in on it. I should get more art along this theme.

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Happy before Christmas! It's the full Spaceroo drawing used for my seasonal icon. In this 1997 Frithmas classic Spaceroo and I save the holiday with the help of an unknown seagull and squirrel. The 90s were a time and a half, friends.

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Happy last of the year! And ... oh, oh dear. We need to clear something up here. While it's true coatis will rub strong-smelling things on themselves, this does not mean we're usable as potpourri! Silly jar-maker.

Jar YCH by FA/spac-e-b0y.

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today is an icon by Candy Dewalt, @bitesizedewalt@birdsite, whom I've known since FurryMuck was young.

A late today: Fitzroy Fox drawing me especially slender and fat-tailed.

The rarely-seen armband's a Krazy Kat reference that every artist, me included, forgets and Fitzroy's the first to include it.

While the FA title for the picture is 'I Ain't No Raccoon', and I like not being a raccoon, the truth is like most coatis I'll caucus with the raccoons; our platforms are so similar it'd be foolish to split.

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Today's vintage is drawn by me, featuring Spaceroo, for The Borrow fanzine #1. Seen on page 11 of (scanned by @zorinlynx.)

The fanzine was done by regulars of HoneyBadger's Burrow on FurryMuck, and organized by @captpackrat@birdsite. It ran two issues I"m aware of. Now it's a snapshot of a late 90s furry microcommunity.

In the two decades since I drew this my art has evolved, in that I've lost the calligraphy pen that gave me such nice weird line weights.

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Oh for crying out loud. That's *The Burrow* fanzine, as it was named for the community at HoneyBadger's Burrow.

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For today the rarest of all pictures: the one that uses Weasyl! Pooltoy me from @/ArtingMartini

This picture paid *so* many dividends. While it was drawn folks in-stream were trying to guess my species, and one person offered 'gay otter'. Every time I remember this I smile.

Plus this picture got a comment from @ceralor that reconnected me with an old friend and that was a happy event.

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The Burrow fanzine's all the rage lately, so let me put it back in ! Here's HillBluffer's illustration of me from that zine.

Someone on eBay hopes to get $100 for the fanzine, which you can get at for free. But they illustrate it with me, as picture 3!

HillBluffer was a bear, one of the big regulars of the Burrow; he'd marry Bilali, another Burrow regular, an Albertan bush baby.

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Oh, I'm inexplicably absent from today but here's dashing superhero Cosmic Coati (II) drawn by ZenFetcher ( or ) instead!

I'd talked with Zen about how fun transmutation is; he thought that'd make a good super'sona for ... someone ... and is right.

I still don't do enough with transmutation, but there's always hope.

The (II) is there because it turns out few superlatives alliterate with 'coati' and someone else did something too.

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today is hot off the presses: a flag commission from KingTrashPossum@birdsite, or FA/DrVirus:

I don't have enough art where I'm doing something specific and, happily, yoinking eggs is quite a comfortable thing for me to do. Plus it gives good reason to show off our really quite good paws.

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Happy ! On SpinDizzy I spent a while as pooltoy. This little picture from FA/Mekh illustrates one little distinctive moment of that, the strange moment when you first step onto water and stay on the surface.

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Happy Paleoart ! Spaceroo draws himself Bigears fennec, an unknown fox, me, Ikyoto lemur, and Skippy and Smucker.

Ikyoto was a fun person, and seemed close to Spaceroo, then vanished after a year. I wonder who she became.

Spaceroo always drew Skippy and Smucker, Animaniacs fan character toons, as realistic.

If the fox weren't in the way I'd likely extract an icon from this pose; it's such a perfect expression of nonanthro coati marching along.

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It's a Silver-Age today! FA/Slickpuppy does comic book cover redraws, and here's one showing off my joy in transmutation. It's rather anthro for me but there's so few nonanthro comics covers, especially with texture-shifting like this.

Slickpuppy occasionally opens for comic book cover redraws and I've got plans for when he does next; you should, too.

I'd kind of like to do a real superhero'sona thing but that's also, like, effort.

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today has that Shiny Day spirit! FA/techno. renders me as a nicely shiny inflatable.

I so like the shine, of course, but also the seams and the tied-off tail do so much to emphasize being a balloon here. The hearts on the paw pads are also great details, emphasizing cute toyness.

And I hope tomorrow everyone has a great Shiny Day. It's the third-highest event on the Raccoon calendar, after Raccoon Day and lunch.

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Happy Shiny Day! May it be a chance to share your light and joy with a world needing it so. Art by FA/-hornbuckle-

We're fortunate that Shiny Day falls on Raccoon Day this year so it'll be extra special, despite the news.

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Snacking on with FA/zukarotravon showing that even when I'm clay I'm part of the clean-plate club.

I'd wanted a Gumby-style blocky-body look for the picture; you can really see it in the shape of my head here.

People have questions about the clay side of me and I don't know the ansers to *any* of them, like, what I eat or how.

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My littlest picture! @/holidayhearse on birdsite drew an amoebic coati, part of a series (I believe still open) of amoebic commissions at

I like a little meltiness or goopiness to start with and this goes to a fun extreme.

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An April Fool's ! I jumped at the rubber clown 'sona experiments FA/techno (indrikisxiii on birdsite) was offering, and haven't stopped bouncing.

This was such a fun commission to get and is a lesson to volunteer for artists who're trying experiments. There's so many great lines here.

I don't like shoes RL (they hurt my feet) but as part of a clown makeover they're great for my character.

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Happy paleoart ! This Spaceroo piece has me, Bigears, and Spaceroo celebrate HoneyBadger's October birthday.

HoneyBadger and Bigears were the hosts of the Burrow, *the* FurryMuck hangout spot of 1996-98, and Spaceroo and I regulars.

This has maybe the darkest paws I've ever had in art. I have no canonical, consistent fur pattern, mind; I love the variations.

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It's a of surprises! FA/LaraTheLabRat got quite into a weird zipper-transformation idea I'd had.

The zippersnake idea is, they'll turn their victims into fursuits, and LaraTheLabRat's done it better than I could, with this sequence. I have, like, notes for maybe two more pages explaining zneks and about one-tenth the ability to render it. This is a shame since, looking over this sequence: there are a lot of people who'd reeeeeally like more of this.

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Also it's my anniversary! I'll reshare the start, a Thomas K Dye ( ) picture that got lost from the birdsite version of thread.

I should definitely make up a Generic Early-60s Hanna-Barbera Scene to get a 'still' from.

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I have to miss on an urgent appointment that suddenly arose! But never fear here's superhero Cosmic Coati luckily here just as I stepped out of the room. Picture by FA/Zen_Fetcher.

Gloves and sneakers may seem like a lot to wear but you do want something to keep transmutation powers under good control.

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Is getting warmer? A melty commission by FA/techno (at that time, plushcub) of me being all soft-hearted and soft-everything else.

My melting point has been pleasantly lowering. ZukaroTravon and techno have been great influences, as good solid non-solid artists.

And you may recognize this as the source of the banner and my current (early May 2020) icon here.

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@Mycroft Yeah, that's one of the many things I really like about the picture.

@Austin_Dern Here's me at fairly gay ottery of a mongoose, BTW. Does happen to us all.
Also my tail's migrated upwards along my back. Not sure if that's the gay or the otter.

@Chiaroscuro Oh, yes, I can see where someone might read otter from that.

Tails do tend to wander around some. I've never gotten a picture highlighting my rear end but can imagine a lot of curious possibilities there.

@Austin_Dern General Herpestid/Mustelid confusion is expected. I get mis-identified most as a weasel, skunk (due to color patterns), and otter in that order.

@Chiaroscuro Which all makes sense. I usually get red panda (coloration), then raccoon, then lemur (long ringed tail). Otter and mongoose are idiosyncratic guesses.

@Austin_Dern Raccoon is a close one, that's quite fair. If I got called a Meerkat I'd be content!
I'm a fictitious mongoose species anyway, no one really guesses among mongoose species. (I've settled after years that Yellow Mongoose is really close.)

@Chiaroscuro Oh yeah, has anyone worked out the wordplay in your species without being prompted yet?

@Austin_Dern There's been one or two people over the years getting it. And there's people that call me 'moongoose' just to be silly, and I never correct them, I quite like it.
(Even more magical is when some folks individually arrive on 'Chio' as a shortening of name, which I adore but never suggest. (It's a little complex)).

@Chiaroscuro I am curious about 'Chio' and will ask next time I catch you on Furry or such.

@Austin_Dern To be fair, in an alternate universe, you probably do make a superb gay otter. ^_^

@porsupah Was just about to say to @Chiaroscuro if I had to be something that wasn't procyonid, otter would fit pretty well. Yes, yes, something in mongoose would fit too.

And, yeah, if I weren't in a happy relationship, I'd ... well, probably fit in as bi-asexual, which would pass for gay-but-not-dating.

So, if you went back to 1995 and re-rolled the dice, 'gay otter' would be a decent bet.

@Austin_Dern I think I have a copy of that in one of my furry comic boxes.

@Nikon Wouldn't be surprised! I should have a copy in the basement myself, though I'm not sure in what box.

@BalooUriza I'm afraid I don't know. I haven't seen him in ages.

Apparently he's connected as recently as ... May, but I don't know just where to catch him.

@BalooUriza Yeah, happy about that. I don't think anyone of the Burrow crowd has died since Mavra.

@Austin_Dern I forget how she walked on, just remember that there was a few times were I'd log in and be like, "Ooh, I bet Mavra would love this link!" and wait like, an hour before I'd ask when Mavra was gonna log in and get re-reminded that she's no longer here.

@BalooUriza Yeah; I still get that myself sometimes. Her death really hit Loqu hard, too.

@Garan Thank you! I'd like to do more superhero-play scenes, especially with texture-change premises, but I'm not really good at organizing these scenes. I suspect my personality's just not well oriented toward titanic action scenes. While there are good little puttering-around superhero scenes, they're not usually what other people would like.

@porsupah Thank you. They'd wanted to do some experiments with shiny and inflatable art and that's so very much my kind of thing.

This is the same artist who did the very goopy melty me I'm using as an icon and profile header. Does a good bit of robot work too, if you know anyone who needs to be a robot or maybe made of rubber.

@Austin_Dern Oooh. I'd /definitely/ be up for seeing more of cybernetic-me, when circumstances permit. Could be fun making a group scene of it, even..

Oh, they were robocoon! Still got a couple of his old pieces in the archive, from 2010. =:D (Including one rather fun piece of someone discovering they'd already been converted)

@porsupah Oh yes, they were robocoon back in the day. And, yeah, any of their pictures with people learning they're robots or cybernetic or such is really nice.

(Now I can imagine a retro-style image of you bringing the red panda tail for trade on a rabbit tail.)

@Austin_Dern Oh, now that's a *fun* one. =:D Definitely a successful art experiment!

@porsupah Seriously; this is so interesting I'm thinking to commission follow-ups.

@Austin_Dern That's still one of my favorites, along with the beautifully pencil-colored ones by Spaceroo and that oh-so-nifty TRON-style one you still use on LJ on occasion. ^_^

@porsupah Aw, gosh, thanks.

I was thinking I should get some more H-B style art and even maybe have worked out a scene with a giant over on birdsite.

Some more Tron art would be great but I'm thinking to go *really* hipster with this and do Automan, if I can find an artist who'll take that sort of thing even for hazard pay.

@BalooUriza There was a good long stretch where I would spend about six hours a night there. (My school's system would disconnect us after six hours and I didn't want to pay for a second phone call in a day. I had an a-la-cart local phone call plan.)

@TrentSkunk I'm embarrassed to say I haven't seen him in ages either! Mostly through Gmail's chat thingy, rather than any particular online system. If he's on Mastodon or Birdsite or Telegram or anything I don't know if it.

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