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2020 in Review

2020 in Review

2020 was…well, it was quite something. But it really was a big year for the Spine of the Empire and my world. It felt like this was the year I just committed to…just going out there and doing things. Patreon was a big reason for this. A few of these accomplishments below were driven by having a Patreon page and communicating with you all. This post itself is because of that pressure to actually produce. And so this post is...

🗓 24 Dec 2020
📁 Updates

Commissioned Art of Lana Zfhi!

Commissioned Art of Lana Zfhi!

There should be no surprises here. It started with Balon, it proceeded with Rayacha Chajaran, and now we are here with Lana Zfhi. I commissioned Erika Hollice, of course, to finish the ‘set’ and to bring Lana Zfhi to artistic life. I had a somewhat strong image going in of what this picture of Lana Zfhi would look like: Background was to be spider legs coming out from behind her Wooden fooring (like the Cathedral) Dress was a simple pale...

🗓 19 Dec 2020
📁 Media

Commissioned Art of Rayacha Chajaran!

Commissioned Art of Rayacha Chajaran!

Since the Balon Zfnoctewoohi commission with Erika Hollice went so well, I decided to have Erika continue with Balon’s family. Specifically, Rayacha Chajaran and Lana Zfhi. In my mind, all three together would show the evolution of their sentiments: Rayacha closed, Lana reaching out but caged, and Balon open and ready. Instead of doing Lana Zfhi next, I decided on Rayacha Chajaran for a variety of personal reasons. I had a really good concept art of her to provide in...

🗓 21 Nov 2020
📁 Media

Commissioned Art of King Fla'neiel!

Commissioned Art of King Fla'neiel!

I went outside my comfort zone with this art commission! I wanted to try something a bit more cartoon-y compared to the other more moodier artwork I’ve had commissioned. And I really wanted to get King or one of the more armored/alien characters done. So I commissioned Malgamma for King Fla’neiel (after some back and forth of figuring that out, haha)! The Process It was pretty easy and straightforward, as I had a great deal of references for King in...

🗓 01 Nov 2020
📁 Media

Commissioned Art of Balon Zfnoctewoohi!

Commissioned Art of Balon Zfnoctewoohi!

I commissioned a new artist to do Balon Zfnoctewoohi. Balon is thus the first of the Trinity and the One to be commissioned! The artist’s name is Erika Hollice and I found her through ArtStation. I liked the colors and expressiveness of her artwork and felt like she could do a very compelling Balon. Balon in full! This is the first full body commission I’ve done, which introduced new questions: what do her legs look like? Her tail? And…the pose!...

🗓 14 Oct 2020
📁 Media

Series Tarot Major Arcana Matching: Part 4 FINAL!

Series Tarot Major Arcana Matching: Part 4 FINAL!

The last part of the The Adventures of the Trinity and the One Tarot Major Arcana matching series. The final stretch of the Major Arcana are matched with characters and concepts from the series. Exciting stuff!

🗓 05 Sep 2020
📁 Media

Series Tarot Major Arcana Matching: Part 3

Series Tarot Major Arcana Matching: Part 3

Part 3 of the Tarot card series! We are almost done matching up characters/concepts with the Tarot card Major Arcana. Some of the big Major Arcana are part of this post: The Hanged Man, Death, the Devil, and so on! Major characters here too. Some of these matchings were quite easy for me as it just made sense. Hopefully they make sense to you as well!

🗓 29 Aug 2020
📁 Media

Book Art: Containment Collapse as the Clam

Book Art: Containment Collapse as the Clam

The complimentary paper mache sculpture to the Expansion Expression Paper Mache Scorpion. Containment Collapse’s Primordial Essence is the Clam so the shape of the sculpture is my interpretation of the Clam in a closed state. Doing it opened seemed too ambitious at this point. So it was going to be closed, stationary, and plain.

🗓 24 Aug 2020
📁 Media

Series Tarot Major Arcana Matching: Part 2

Series Tarot Major Arcana Matching: Part 2

Part 2 of the Tarot Major Arcana matching series! Part 1 is here. Quoted meanings are taken from The Pictorial Key to the Tarot. Major arcana #8, Fortitude, is Strength in my deck so I’m using that. However, the meanings in my guide for Strength/Fortitude are slightly truncated, so I’m using the full one from the Key to the Tarot.

🗓 20 Aug 2020
📁 Media

Series Tarot Major Arcana Matching: Part 1

Series Tarot Major Arcana Matching: Part 1

Tarot cards have long had a place in my life. There is something about them that has compelled me to this day. I occassionally do Tart card readings for myself and I only use the Major Arcana when I do so. Since I appreciate Tarot cards so much, I’ve decided to align characters/concepts from the series to the Tarot Major Arcana that best exemplify them. The quoted meanings for each Major Arcana are taken from The Pictorial Key to the...

🗓 12 Aug 2020
📁 Media

Philosophy: The Highest Form of Devotion is Destruction

Philosophy: The Highest Form of Devotion is Destruction

“The most highest form of use and appreciation of existence and life is the act of destruction of it.” - Cyclone, Harmonic Waves “For destruction is the highest form of devotion…” - Ra, Emerald Haze Above are two selected quotes from the series regarding the philosophy that destroying something is the highest form of devotion towards something. At first, this idea may seem nonsensical, but it makes sense from a certain perspective. Cyclone, a devout Empirian, explains it very well...

🗓 07 Aug 2020
📁 World Building

Vashwva: A Short Story on the Fall of the Diamondae - 2014 & 2020 Versions

Vashwva: A Short Story on the Fall of the Diamondae - 2014 & 2020 Versions

‘Vashwva’ was a short story I wrote in 2014…and have revised now in 2020! Vashwva, as some of you know already, means inevitability and is a Diamondae Aspect. Vashwva, as a short story, is a story of chaos, inevitability, and the fall of the Diamondae. Archalex, a Diamondae, and Catasore have a conversation as the Diamondae are obliterated. It was originally written to explain Vashwva and Catas (chaos) so it was drier and more exposition based. The rewrite seeks to...

🗓 03 Aug 2020
📁 Stories