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Jellybots: Twist by nicholaskole Jellybots: Twist by nicholaskole
I finally made him! He's been rattling around my head for ages.
Just the fact that I did ANY personal work that kept me up till 3 is a big deal. It's been a while!
It's...bittersweet for a variety of reasons. Let's just say I have a lot more time on my hands, and icky-goo is therapeutic.

I've been wrestling with finding my villain for a long time, which is what's been blocking me from doing any Jbots work. But a things fell into place, and I think, at least for the time being, I've got him where I want him.
It's strange how these things happen- a car ride, a few sit-down and sketch sessions, the right song, mood, and the time. The other bots are based on friends of mine. This one's...kind of a self-portrait.

I have a lot of iterations and variations in mind- hopefully it's obvious that his suit is pretty malleable, so he'll be changing shape quite a bit. Well...you'll see.
He's a bit of a trickster. His masks change color and shape, subdividing and flitting around his suit like a school of electric fish. He speaks through them, picking a proxy to fit his preferred tone and emotion. A face for every occasion.

More fun, sketches, and chatter on my blog!
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:icongladlad:
gladlad Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
What song?
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Spectrum and Heartlines!
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gladlad Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
F&tM? Heartlines is AWESOME.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yup yup! She rules.
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8DemensionStudios Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Do you have any intentions to pursue this idea more? This is the sort of idea people have right before they go to bed and get made in the morning because they didn't write it down. It's a genius idea and the aesthetics of the concept are unlike most anything I see in the mainstream market. You're already a 'career' illustrator and I'm just an illustration student, but I know brilliance when I see it.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
^_^
Thank you SO much. It's actually been developed as a graphic novel series pitch, that is floating around the offices of a few publishers at the moment. It's definitely something I want to pursue further!
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EpicMyst Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THIS. IS. MAGNIFICENT.

I could not have hoped for a better, cooler, eerier, ominous enemy to your jellies. What I like about him best, I think, is his posture. It tells of a calm, collected person, with inner monologue. Yet there is a rage twisting mass around him, betraying his true inner workings. Love it!
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KelciD Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Looks like an awesome character! I hope to see more of him soon. :D
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alejjo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Love love love the Jelly Bots world that you are creating. Im assuming that this bad guy uses Jelly Drones as minions right? that would be cool!
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rokushipuchi64 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
This is beautiful, I love the colors and shape/flow, it's so abstract looking.
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aedifico Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ooohh, he looks pretty cool. Love that mask design and the shape changing idea. This, less pink, version is my favorite, but either way I like him. :)
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RoseMcClain Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
You have no idea how much I love the idea of Jellybots. What you do with the design and colors of your character is amazing. Can't wait to see what comes next!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D that is awesome to hear- I am always very encouraged by every little bit of Jellybots love I can get. Thanks!
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RoseMcClain Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha that was supposed to be characters*. But yeah, you're welcome! :D
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Kuenai Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student General Artist
All i want is to see him in action now, the design is so interesting and unique!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I hope some day you will! It would be awesome to get some of these guys actually MOVING :)
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Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student General Artist
this is win, the design is nice and neat, the mask floating are just ALKRKLAOEZZKLZAEZA if I may use this expression, and I love your style.
And reading the description of the character, dang I love him already.
Nice seeing your work again, good luck !
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) glad you like it! I'm excited to keep jamming on these guys and we'll see where this goes!
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Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student General Artist
as long as you have fun I guess it can't go anywhere bad !
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the-Mad-Hatress Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student General Artist
What a concept!

"The other bots are based on friends of mine. This one's... kind of a self-portrait."
I love, love, love that.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ha- well, I'm glad you do :)
It's good to work some things out via character design...kind of therapeutic.
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Mirix Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
I don't really know what to say more beside that it's an outstanding, thoughtful design. I'd love to see comics/animation in your style, I keep fingers crossed for you :aww:
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
^___^ thanks!
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Mirix Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
You're welcome! :aww:
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Artist
That's an insanely good idea, based on what the other jellybots characters and what I know about them. This has a super nice composition.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
^_^ glad you're keeping tabs!
Btw- I don't know why I wasn't watching before, but I'm watching you now! your work is awesome :)
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Artist
Haha, you being one of my fav artist on DA right now, that's quite the honour.

Thanks, and looking forward to seeing what comes of these Jellybots.
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Thorrson Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Is this a comic you're working on?
Because I've been waiting to give you my money for AGES.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haHA! well, that's incredibly encouraging. This is essentially a comic world I'm developing...I hope eventually, though, that it will be animated in some form or fashion, because really Jellybots doesn't quite work without motion.
In general, it's just a world/story I'm working on in my spare time :) I'll keep you posted when the occasion comes...there may eventually be a Kickstarter :)
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Thorrson Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Neato.
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Greipur Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Animated... Yes please. :]
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Never stop drawing these guys, seriously. I say this in a "Jellybots is such a good idea that I wish I had thought of it first, but I'd never do it as much justice as Nick would" tone of voice. :)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
O______O
Thank you, and...ok. Deal. In my best intimidated-and-serious-claire-hummel-just-made-my-day tone.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I will finally get my butt in gear and make some comics on my end. That can be our deal. :)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice! I'd throw money at a thing that had Claire comics in it!
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Horray a new jellybot!
I like author-self-insertion as the villain. I like that idea a lot actually.
And I love the pixilated pant legs
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
^_^ the pixel-pants are kind of my favorite last-minute-touch, too.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Great bad guy, he should be proud to be based off of you :)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
he has pride issues :)
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Even better! :)
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moonbeamergirl Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Woah what an incredible character! You've come up with a very intriguing and intimidating villain here. I can't to see his development, I think you've portrayed his trickster nature wonderfully--and I love how you've given his ability to 'take a face for every occassion' such an interesting and unique twist; it is both bone-chilling and fantastically cool! Can't wait to see where you take us with him!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I think he'll lend himself to a lot of interesting iterations :)
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Greipur Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
"I've been wrestling with finding my villain for a long time, which is what's been blocking me from doing any Jbots work."

Do all stories even need villains? Or I might misinterpret what you're saying, maybe you had in mind the whole time to do a story with protagonists and antagonists. Personally I fail to see why it would discourage oneself because you don't have a clear villain. But that's how I work I suppose.

Interesting design though.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ah- well, no. not all stories need villains at all. And I'm a big fan of the ones that don't! But this one does, and I knew it...and I couldn't quite figure it out.
I knew he was the next thing I wanted to work on, but it took me a while to come to a conclusion I was happy with.
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Greipur Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
I understand, homarusrex. I hope to see more of this project in the future.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D the name's Nick, if you prefer...and thanks! It's moving slowly but surely.
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Nafah Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like him!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
well, thanks! :)
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Whoah... This thing looks really intimidating - like a threatening stormcloud, almost. :D Great job on the design!

I like the idea of him being many-faced - it reminds me a bit of the Happy Mask Salesman from the Legend of Zelda-series - at first, he seems a pretty harmless guy who is content to sell you funny masks, but then you notice how jerky his animations are; almost as if he's flitting from emotion to emotion without passing through the states in between.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah- the kind of schizophrenic shifting is something I really want to do with him...and I think each mask would have an associated voice and attitude to go with it. Glad you like him...and I'm really glad he reads as intimidating :)
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