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Secret tunnel? No, SECRET ROOM!

Last week, I saw the studio's "secret room".
Well, not so secret that the executives don't know about it, but a secret secret secret room nonetheless!
Hidden. Invisible. You could walk past its entrance and never guess it was there.
Next time, I'll have to go and take picture of the inside- it looks like a pirate's den!
I love secret rooms! I've had many many dreams in my childhood about secret rooms and secret passages.
Yes, I am totally geeking out about the secret room.
*squeeeee!*
(I need a secret tunnel icon. Must do one when I have the time)

I saw some awesome drawing blogs today. The kind that makes me look at my own drawings and make me want to delete everything I've ever drawn. Gah!
Instead, I'll just keep kicking myself in the backside and keep drawing.
I needed to take a break today from work or go insane. Did some doodles instead.
None of these characters are mine.
A bit sad, really.
art
Then again, that's what most of my career has been: drawing other people's creations. Not complaining, it's a fun ride. It's still drawing for myself, so it's good.

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aviaq
Sep. 10th, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
kljsdflksjfsldkfjs

TJ ZHAO AND LUCA
rufftoon
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Zhao and Luca would get along famously. TJ...I don't think he'd want to stay near these two for too long.
deerheadlights
Sep. 10th, 2009 10:11 am (UTC)
I like the top Zhao best, he has just he right expression and lines on his face. I love your icon too, I remember seeing those pictures of slugs and liking that one best xD
rufftoon
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
I do like my happy nudibranch icon- looks happy but can also be deadly!
archangelbeth
Sep. 10th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
Oo, the fella in the turban is cute, too.

Is it cheesy to say that you draw so well they become your creations, too? (And to admire your use of shadow on that middle one there?)

Also, yay secret rooms!
rufftoon
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
Neh, it's just my spin on them, but thank you!
snapes_angel
Sep. 10th, 2009 11:24 am (UTC)
HEY! Drawing is good! ^_^ Characters, too (and Nauja is kind of, sort of, your original character, isn't she? o0; And the children). As always, win. And THERE's obligatory Luca (Ha, I always think that now, when I see him).
rufftoon
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Ha, I keep thinking obligatory Luca too when he sneaks into a sketch.
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redvelvetaddict
Sep. 10th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
i have always wanted a secret room! coooool

and look, a nelius! <3 awww yay
rufftoon
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Me too! Ah well, at least there is the secret room here, even if it's not mine.
I was surprised to see a Nelius bust sneak on to the page. Where did he come from. Must have been looking at Foxy's blog, there was a lot of art post recently.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 10th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
Secret room and secret talent
Cool about the secret room.
But you DO have a talent for original characters - Horus! Yay! Horus! (Well, actually, lots more the way I remember it, but none other officially published yet...) I'll send you a clipping that announces the French translation coming out this Fall :-) Alas, only celebrity translators are ever credited in these announcements ;-p
waterdelph
rufftoon
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Secret room and secret talent
You should be credited in the book too- your name, printed somewhere near the front, along with mine and the colorist :)
pretty_angel
Sep. 10th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
Love the sketches! And I also share your fascination with secret rooms. Must have been exciting to discover that "pirate den", haha. :D
rufftoon
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
Someone lead me to it, or else I would never have found it. It was exciting just standing in it. The people who built it did an awesome job.
youkaislayer
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
It matters not whether you are drawing original characters or those created by others you are still one hell of an artist and people like me are feeling the same thing when we look at your work that you are feeling when you look at those drawing blogs.
rufftoon
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
It's a universal feeling, ha ha!
Ah well, I guess it means I still have room to grow as an artist. Gotta keep learning until I die.
wodhaund
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
Your icon is the most adorable thing I've seen in ages. I want to hug it! Except. Y'know. It's probably poisonous. (But aaaaaaaaaaw, nudibranch!)
rufftoon
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Nudibranch- the underwater cousins of those poisonous frogs. Super colorful, cute with interesting shapes but deadly.
arcana_j
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
"The kind that makes me look at my own drawings and make me want to delete everything I've ever drawn. Gah!"

Ah, Universal Artist Self-Loathing (TM)! Every artist I have ever known, no matter how devastatingly talented, (and you are) has expressed much the same thing at one time or another. You make me smile, ma'am.
alexds1
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
nice icon XD
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alexds1
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
Nelly! Zhao! Tj! Luca!!!! I'm glad I had time to check this cut before I started my day XD

But back to the secret room, is the door secret because it is unmarked? Or camouflaged/ wall colored? Either way, You are very lucky to have a secret room in your life XD
rufftoon
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
It is a very classic secret room secret entrance camouflaged door....which I am not sure I should disclose more about. Secret room location must stay secret.
It does involve a hidden mechanism to open the door!
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ali_wildgoose
Sep. 10th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
HAH...bonus points for mystified!TJ and frazzled!Luca <3
rufftoon
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
I don't know how these two sneaked in, but I'm happy they did.
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riicchan
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Pffff, I love the expression you gave TJ. Priceless.

Drawing is drawing! And everyone has their own unique styles. So even if you're all, "Woaaah I'm so baaad" that's just because you're hard on yourself and stuff. I don't even know, I'm bad at giving art advice.
rufftoon
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
It's true that all artists have their own unique styles; god thing it is too!
Still, every time I try to draw something and the anatomy/construction gets all wonky, I just want to grrrrrr.
Gotta keep drawing. Gotta keep practicing, gotta keep learning.
ndgmtlcd
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
"The kind that makes me look at my own drawings and make me want to delete everything I've ever drawn."

No, no. Don't delete the cat and the mouse. Don't delete Daedalus and his son. Don't delete all those other characters you placed in antiquity, and above all don't delete Nofret and her gang.
rufftoon
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
I rarely ever look at them anymore. Anything that's more than a month old I barely glance at because I keep finding problems to fix (yes, Zhao, that includes you).
Well, except Horus since I need to get back on that.
gallo_de_pelea
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
8DDDDDD
rufftoon
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
I don't know how he sneaked in there, I swear!
(now I feel like saying "he followed me home, can I keep him?")
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tammylee
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
eee! I love seeing friends drawing each others' characters! Nelly!!

I, too, love secret rooms! I was online the other day and found the site for a builder who specializes in secret room doors!

http://hiddenpassageway.com/
rufftoon
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
They have fireplaces, secret rotating stairwells...If I'm ever rich and own a house, I WANT ONE!
Thanks for the link.
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rufftoon
Sep. 13th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
I should work more often with bigger, more solid shadows. So used to just do linework, I'm heavy lines and shadow shy.
Ha ha, I wish I was at Pixar (I have a few good friends there), but no. It's Dreamworks.
sonne_of_sun
Sep. 10th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
we also have a not-so-secret secret room. it is disguised as a cabinet.
cute sea slug
rufftoon
Sep. 13th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
Sweet! What's hidden in your secret room? Decorated in any way?
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fabledquill
Sep. 10th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
oh my godddd
this post has too much awesome in it.

I love how you draw TJ, he's so cute. XD
rufftoon
Sep. 13th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
I can't draw a nice TJ- so I'll make him look goofy-cute (not actually like Goofy...that would be weird).
flormarplay
Sep. 10th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
Great
I think you own Zhao, really
Is that Nauja's kid?
rufftoon
Sep. 13th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Re: Great
Ha ha, I wish I owned Zhao! The things I could do to him...I mean WITH him!
Yup, looks like Nauja's boy is paying attention to Zhao. Or maybe he just wants that spear.
elmenora
Sep. 10th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
I bet they hide ninjas in that room when nobody's looking....
rufftoon
Sep. 13th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Ninjas can hide themselves anywhere!
Seeing the decoration, I'd go for pirates.
Pirate ninjas?
uniformgrey
Sep. 10th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
Secret room stories, Zhao and Luca? I APPROVE OF THIS POSTING.
alexds1
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Oh god your icon made me laugh for like a minute XD XD
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rufftoon
Sep. 13th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
Like TJ, I don't know how Nelius got there. He's certainly the most calm of the bunch.
shotgunkitty
Sep. 11th, 2009 06:50 am (UTC)
SECRET ROOM?! No fair...we've got our velly own Nickelodeon sign now in the office but we don't have a secret pirate room. We just have a baby feeding room since a ton of our gals are pregnant.
rufftoon
Sep. 13th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Maybe it could be a secret baby feeding room!
sweet_gardenia
Sep. 11th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
I have composed a singing comment just for you!
Secret roooooom *twangtwangtwang* Secret rooommmm. Full of blogs. Awesome drawing. But don't let that turn your smile innnnto a frown.

cause you're awesomeeeee *twangtwangtwang* Love the Zhaooooo. And the Luca...and the othersketcheswhicharereallycoolandyoudrawshadowsexcellently and and....it makes me want to

TWANNNG dieeeeeeeee causeitssoawesome

XD
rufftoon
Sep. 13th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Re: I have composed a singing comment just for you!
Ha ha, thank you very much for the sung comment. I could see/hear the hippy singing that one. XD
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