This morning we are going to mostly talk about this amazing comissions that I just got back from my good friend Ammo. For the uninitiated she effectively is the unofficial artist of this blog, and what I mean by that is if given the chance I spend a lot of time paying her to do artwork for me of my various versions of “Belghast”. For reference here are some of the other “Belghasts” she has done for me in the past.
- Seventh Anniversary Collage featuring WoW, TSW, Destiny, Rift, ESO and FFXIV Belghast avatars.
- Commission Tam did featuring various folks from the AggroChat extended community that keeps growing over time.
- Avatar she created for me of my Destiny Guardian with my actual Real World Head on it.
- Lalfell Warrior Belghast from Final Fantasy XIV that is in the site’s masthead.
- Destiny 2 Shield Charge Belghast also in the Masthead.
- Assorted AggroChat portraits making up that site’s Masthead.
- Moogle’s that she did for me, that I never wound up doing anything with and should really share with the Moogle’s Pom community as a whole.
- Elder Scrolls Online Bel… as the look has changed significantly since that first Seventh Anniversary Collage.
Basically… she has drawn a lot of my characters over the years and I knew at some point I wanted her to do a version of the character that I mostly run around as in Monster Hunter World. Basically I operate in two modes with Ammo… either I give her months of lead time… or I beg her to rush something out the door. She has been super gracious in both cases, but the MHW Bel was something I had wanted for awhile but our schedules finally lined up to where we could give enough attention to both at the same time. I prepared several gigs worth of reference photos of both my character and my trusty Palico Kenzie… which is named after my very attention hogging middle cat.
I technically have an art degree but I just never really sketch anything these days. However occasionally I am able to sketch something together quickly that denotes the sort of feeling I had in mind for the piece. I did this with the Elder Scrolls Online commission as well and in both cases it worked out perfectly. However the posing with the Monster Hunter World piece is phenomenal and perfectly illustrated what I had in my minds eye. For reference the above screenshot is one of the ones I sent over to Ammo to work from. She nailed the feel of Extermination’s Edge the Rarity 8 Nergigante Longsword that I spend most of my time wielding. Additionally she got the feel of my usual outfit which involves a Dober Chest, Teostra Arms, the Eyepatch and a bunch of other gear obscured by the Samurai cosmetic waist and legs. This is more or less my signature look unless I am going for a specific set designed for a specific encounter.
One of the best parts about this commission is that it allowed me to correct something that I simply could not do within Monster Hunter World. This is Kenzie, who as you can see is an adorable butt and also a tortoise shell calico or “tortie” for short. The Palico creation system is just not complicated enough to do that sort of a design, so as a result I am stuck with a weird version of a dark calico to try and do my best to represent her in game. Ammo was of course not constrained by those limitations and when she asked me for reference photos for Palico Kenzie… I sent her a bunch of my girl here instead. I think she nailed the feel of Kenzie’s orange nose blaze perfectly.
Ultimately I have plans for this image that won’t quite come to fruition until a little closer to the actual anniversary of the blog which occurs April 17th. I am not exactly sure when it will happen, mostly whenever I get time to mess around with things. I feel like it is time for this blog to have a bit of a face lift so in theory one weekend there will be a rapid sequence of changes one day. Firstly I wanted to make today’s post to really dive into how the commission process has worked for me personally in the past, and how Ammo and I tend to coordinate on the various artwork that adorns my corner of the world. I also want to do a shameless plug given that she does such an amazing job and has done artwork for so many people that I know. She did an amazing holiday card that Chestnut sent out this year… that I don’t think I have actually seen a digital copy of that I can share here. Essentially… she does great work and you should totally use her skills for your artwork needs.
Here is a Giant Dump of How to See Ammo’s Amazing Artwork and Even Purchase Some of It!
- General Tumblr Blog
- Art Only Tumblr Blog
- Society 6
- Red Bubble
- Tee Public – Has the 7th Anniversary Aggronaut Shirt!
I know she keeps pretty busy with commissions so you would have to check with her directly to see if she has any bandwidth. On the 7th Anniversary Aggronaut shirt I didn’t want any cash from that, but did want one for my own personal use so I asked her to throw it up on one of her storefronts. Just to make sure this is out there… we have no financial relationship at all other than the fact that I spend money getting her to make cool artwork for me. I am just one of those people that will rabidly promote the things that I am into… and Ammo is the best. There are a lot of artists in what I would call the “Warcraft” style, and they are all quality without a doubt… but Ammo being roughly my age comes from a different genre… namely Comic Books and as a result I love the more comic style she has developed over the years.