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Copperbane Studio

Studio chatter and conceptual work from a strange creative type person who is definitely a bit obsessed with cats and who likes referring to herself in third person for some reason as well as pretending to do the voice narrations for imaginary National Geographic specials. Please note - as a chatter blog this place is pretty darn informal! To see a nice clean portfolio of my best, most awesome work please head on over to my  deviantART account. Thanks!

My boys, being extra cute this morning! Last night I did laundry and my bedding wasn’t quite dry by the time I wanted to go to sleep, so I slept in my sleeping bag (nothin’ wrong with that!) I got up this morning and came back to find Casper adorably nestled into it, delaying my putting away of it. Upon seeing this episode of cuteness overload I had to run and get my dad’s camera and on the way back I caught Copernicus looking extremely fluffy as well as attentive in his winter coat. 

I have such cute cats, gah! <3

— No Sketch of the Day Today

Hey guys, I had a really nasty panic attack today which caused me to get sent home early from work so I’m going to take it easy today and try to relax. This was the longest bout of heart palpitations that I have ever had and I am pretty disturbed. I have been taking GABA every day to keep them away (stuff works like a dream, usually) but today it apparently wasn’t enough. The attack hit me like a brick to the head, or a bullet even - it was that sudden. I’d just finished helping a customer and then BLAM - heart palpitations. Eugh. I’m feeling better now, but the fact that I wasn’t able to get my heart back under control with my usual breathing exersizes for so long (ten to fifteen minutes) really scares me. It’s also the closest I have ever felt to fainting and in the worst part of the attack I found it quite difficult to stand, however that disappeared as soon as my heart started behaving itself again. I feel pretty normal now but wow - that was horrible. I’ve had a couple of nasty panic attacks before (thankfully they are super rare for me usually) but this is a new brand of horrid. It messes with my head how a stupid panic attack can so quickly screw up an otherwise normal, fairly happy day. (Though it did turn pretty normal again after I got home. I laid on my bed and read an entire volume of KOTOR, made supper, watched three episodes of Outlander and started writing a dorky short story.)

I’m going to have to figure out something though to keep this from happening again, if I can. In the middle of it I was mentally wishing I had someone there with a tranquilizer dart for me or something, I’m not joking. 

So anyway, I’m pretty tired after that nasty stuff so that’s why there is no Sketch of the Day today. It’ll return tomorrow, health permitting!

limbling:

Sketch of the daaaaaaay: SUKRA, only one of my favorite characters EVER. I had a super wonderfully brilliant and fantastic chat today with the ever awesome rosannapbrost and this happened while we were both procrastinating going to bed. Please ignore those fingers oh my gosh I don’t even know. What are hands.
There’s going to be a lot more of this guy eventually because I love him ever so much and even though he has a cold and uncaring exterior most of the time I SAW STRAIGHT THROUGH THAT and he’s just a lovely chap. I like his scowls.
ROSY MELLON NIN YOU’RE AWESOME OKAY

EEEEEEEEEEEEEE LOOK GUYS IT&#8217;S SUKRA, IT&#8217;S SUKRA DRAWN BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN ME, SO MUCH HAPPINESS!!!
THANK YOU LIMBLING THANK YOU!!!&lt;3

limbling:

Sketch of the daaaaaaay: SUKRA, only one of my favorite characters EVER. I had a super wonderfully brilliant and fantastic chat today with the ever awesome rosannapbrost and this happened while we were both procrastinating going to bed. Please ignore those fingers oh my gosh I don’t even know. What are hands.

There’s going to be a lot more of this guy eventually because I love him ever so much and even though he has a cold and uncaring exterior most of the time I SAW STRAIGHT THROUGH THAT and he’s just a lovely chap. I like his scowls.

ROSY MELLON NIN YOU’RE AWESOME OKAY

EEEEEEEEEEEEEE LOOK GUYS IT’S SUKRA, IT’S SUKRA DRAWN BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN ME, SO MUCH HAPPINESS!!!

THANK YOU LIMBLING THANK YOU!!!<3

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Sketch of the Day - oh look, I inked Ringo! He is destined to be one of the cutest police dogs ever in comics. I think. (Maybe the only one?! I&#8217;m not sure if I have ever seen another one.)
I intend to portray him as accurately as possible to how police dogs actually behave and to make everyone fall in love with him. XD
Also the like weird code thing for the K9 department is EPK9 in the Escavian Police. Yay. (The brand on police horse butts is EP and all the humans/falcolfs/other species cops wear ID tags.)

Sketch of the Day - oh look, I inked Ringo! He is destined to be one of the cutest police dogs ever in comics. I think. (Maybe the only one?! I’m not sure if I have ever seen another one.)

I intend to portray him as accurately as possible to how police dogs actually behave and to make everyone fall in love with him. XD

Also the like weird code thing for the K9 department is EPK9 in the Escavian Police. Yay. (The brand on police horse butts is EP and all the humans/falcolfs/other species cops wear ID tags.)

Sketch of the Day (September 28th 2014) - more progress on Kayli! Not to much more to do; some touch ups, possibly some blue-green interference super lightly on her stripes, claw details maybe, sealer, then EYES! I can’t wait! :D

plays

Army of One - Jon Bon Jovi - one of only two songs so far on my Dragon Knight play list. :D

Sketch of the Day (September 27th 2014) - sketch for what will be a colour concept of Dragon Knight's token important dog (yes, Canis lupus familiarus, a domestic, ordinary Earth pooch) Ringo, who is an Escavian police officer in his own right. (When he isn&#8217;t peeing on things or trying to play with a freaked out Blacky.) Ringo is extremely sweet tempered but when his handler Sheila tells him to take down a bad guy, he&#8217;s all teeth and torque. 
The rest of the time he&#8217;s more likely to slobber all over your face.
Ringo is what I have been calling a Rimarian Shepherd or Falla Hound; the more correct name would be Escavian Shepherd. Basically; he&#8217;s an adapted-to-Rimer German Shepherd with some other stuff bred in according to the needs of his people. Because only the best (that is, purpose, field bred with absolutely NO show line) German Shepherd dogs were imported to Rimer, (this goes for other working dog breeds too, such as border collies,) when drawing Ringo and the other police dogs I aim to depict them as the conformationally sound animals that they would be. Finding references for this in this particular breed is not an easy task; most of our modern GSDs have been very carelessly bred, leading to the rampant amount of violently sloping backs that you see in the breed, especially in organizations such as the AKC, backs which are not healthy and do not facilitate the working animal&#8217;s needs. (If anything they facilitate hip displaciaand an early, tragic death.)
My favourite reference for good GSDs, as you probably know from my past fanatically passionate post(s), are those beautiful dogs bred by the Canadian RCMP; however, it is quite difficult to find a picture of one of these dogs that is properly stacked to display the conformation (helpful to my referencing of their anatomy.) A few days ago, I hit pay dirt in my vague search for good GSD references when I discovered the beautiful Swiss White Shepherd breed, a spectacular offshoot of the GSD which commonly displays healthy conformation which Max von Stephanitz would have swooned over. Straight, gorgeously level backs, beautiful proportions, lovely white coats - these dogs are something spectacular. (However, they cost more than some used cars, so a living, breathing specimen for reference probably isn&#8217;t in my immediate future.) I haven&#8217;t even seen any footage of these dogs in motion but just from the photos I can tell that they are poetry in motion - the perfect references for my falla hounds like Ringo. I mean, just look at how epically pretty they are! 
I am so happy to have found them! Now I have a base from which to draw my dogs which flies with my beliefs for how GSDs (and thus falla hounds) are supposed to look - strong, straight-backed and healthy. Ringo here is stacked, yet he displays nothing of the hind-weakness shown in show-line GSDs and for that I am extremely happy.
I knew it was possible to draw a GSD whose back didn&#8217;t look like crap! :D 
I apologize if anyone finds my take on this breed insulting, but again, I am very passionate about them and I don&#8217;t like seeing dogs that can hardly walk winning in the show ring, being genetically tortured by people who breed them only for a specific, very unhealthy and extreme look, rather than for their intended purpose as outlined by Stephanitz, who detailed a superior working dog, not a living sculpture. The dog breeders on Rimer would abide by his rules; purpose and health must always go first. If a dog can&#8217;t do its intended job well then it shouldn&#8217;t have puppies, plain and simple. (This goes for any working animal actually.)
I&#8217;m ranting. I absolutely love these dogs like a crazy idiot and Ringo is one of my favourite animal characters in Dragon Knight. He&#8217;s going to be like the dog that I wish that I had; the German Shepherd that I dream of every time I close my eyes and think of myself with a dog. While I can&#8217;t imagine myself with a significant other, I can imagine myself walking along with a big, gorgeous GSD pacing at my heel; I can even imagine walking down the aisle with it at my side. (However, I can&#8217;t imagine a groom waiting for me at the end of that aisle. My brain rejects this possibility somehow even as it thinks some heirs to my creativity would be nice to carry on the talent. This isn&#8217;t weird either, lots of authors have kids who finish their books for them postmortem and stuff. I want that kind of security for my stories. I hope that isn&#8217;t creepy. Todd McAffrey is carrying on the Pern torch for his deceased mom Anne McAffrey and I yearn a little for that kind of security even though small children quite literally scare the living tar out of me.)
I can imagine sitting at a desk with a GSD at my feet or coming home to a booming greeting bark; I can imagine going for bike rides and hikes, my large four-legged shadow giving ample reason for anything nasty at heart to stay away from my lone self. Sometimes when I&#8217;m alone and nobody else is home, I think about how much safer I would feel if only I had my dream dog at my side, protecting me and my cats. If, when the day comes that I can bring that dog home, the first thing that I will tell it is that its job is to protect me and the cats and any other people that I deem okay and I know that it will understand; these dogs are damned smart after all.
For now I yearn painfully for that dog. If I can hack it, if I can somehow make it possible, that friend will be my first dog. (Instead of a shiba inu or some smaller dog. Ew. Okay, I love shibas, but not really other small dogs. No thanks!)
How I hope so. There isn&#8217;t much that I have ever wanted more than a German Shepherd Dog. (Besides perhaps becoming an author&#8230;)
I think a GSD would make a fit author&#8217;s companion, don&#8217;t you?!

Sketch of the Day (September 27th 2014) - sketch for what will be a colour concept of Dragon Knight's token important dog (yes, Canis lupus familiarus, a domestic, ordinary Earth pooch) Ringo, who is an Escavian police officer in his own right. (When he isn’t peeing on things or trying to play with a freaked out Blacky.) Ringo is extremely sweet tempered but when his handler Sheila tells him to take down a bad guy, he’s all teeth and torque. 

The rest of the time he’s more likely to slobber all over your face.

Ringo is what I have been calling a Rimarian Shepherd or Falla Hound; the more correct name would be Escavian Shepherd. Basically; he’s an adapted-to-Rimer German Shepherd with some other stuff bred in according to the needs of his people. Because only the best (that is, purpose, field bred with absolutely NO show line) German Shepherd dogs were imported to Rimer, (this goes for other working dog breeds too, such as border collies,) when drawing Ringo and the other police dogs I aim to depict them as the conformationally sound animals that they would be. Finding references for this in this particular breed is not an easy task; most of our modern GSDs have been very carelessly bred, leading to the rampant amount of violently sloping backs that you see in the breed, especially in organizations such as the AKC, backs which are not healthy and do not facilitate the working animal’s needs. (If anything they facilitate hip displaciaand an early, tragic death.)

My favourite reference for good GSDs, as you probably know from my past fanatically passionate post(s), are those beautiful dogs bred by the Canadian RCMP; however, it is quite difficult to find a picture of one of these dogs that is properly stacked to display the conformation (helpful to my referencing of their anatomy.) A few days ago, I hit pay dirt in my vague search for good GSD references when I discovered the beautiful Swiss White Shepherd breed, a spectacular offshoot of the GSD which commonly displays healthy conformation which Max von Stephanitz would have swooned over. Straight, gorgeously level backs, beautiful proportions, lovely white coats - these dogs are something spectacular. (However, they cost more than some used cars, so a living, breathing specimen for reference probably isn’t in my immediate future.) I haven’t even seen any footage of these dogs in motion but just from the photos I can tell that they are poetry in motion - the perfect references for my falla hounds like Ringo. I mean, just look at how epically pretty they are! 

I am so happy to have found them! Now I have a base from which to draw my dogs which flies with my beliefs for how GSDs (and thus falla hounds) are supposed to look - strong, straight-backed and healthy. Ringo here is stacked, yet he displays nothing of the hind-weakness shown in show-line GSDs and for that I am extremely happy.

knew it was possible to draw a GSD whose back didn’t look like crap! :D 

I apologize if anyone finds my take on this breed insulting, but again, I am very passionate about them and I don’t like seeing dogs that can hardly walk winning in the show ring, being genetically tortured by people who breed them only for a specific, very unhealthy and extreme look, rather than for their intended purpose as outlined by Stephanitz, who detailed a superior working dog, not a living sculpture. The dog breeders on Rimer would abide by his rules; purpose and health must always go first. If a dog can’t do its intended job well then it shouldn’t have puppies, plain and simple. (This goes for any working animal actually.)

I’m ranting. I absolutely love these dogs like a crazy idiot and Ringo is one of my favourite animal characters in Dragon Knight. He’s going to be like the dog that I wish that I had; the German Shepherd that I dream of every time I close my eyes and think of myself with a dog. While I can’t imagine myself with a significant other, I can imagine myself walking along with a big, gorgeous GSD pacing at my heel; I can even imagine walking down the aisle with it at my side. (However, I can’t imagine a groom waiting for me at the end of that aisle. My brain rejects this possibility somehow even as it thinks some heirs to my creativity would be nice to carry on the talent. This isn’t weird either, lots of authors have kids who finish their books for them postmortem and stuff. I want that kind of security for my stories. I hope that isn’t creepy. Todd McAffrey is carrying on the Pern torch for his deceased mom Anne McAffrey and I yearn a little for that kind of security even though small children quite literally scare the living tar out of me.)

I can imagine sitting at a desk with a GSD at my feet or coming home to a booming greeting bark; I can imagine going for bike rides and hikes, my large four-legged shadow giving ample reason for anything nasty at heart to stay away from my lone self. Sometimes when I’m alone and nobody else is home, I think about how much safer I would feel if only I had my dream dog at my side, protecting me and my cats. If, when the day comes that I can bring that dog home, the first thing that I will tell it is that its job is to protect me and the cats and any other people that I deem okay and I know that it will understand; these dogs are damned smart after all.

For now I yearn painfully for that dog. If I can hack it, if I can somehow make it possible, that friend will be my first dog. (Instead of a shiba inu or some smaller dog. Ew. Okay, I love shibas, but not really other small dogs. No thanks!)

How I hope so. There isn’t much that I have ever wanted more than a German Shepherd Dog. (Besides perhaps becoming an author…)

I think a GSD would make a fit author’s companion, don’t you?!

I&#8217;m still going through the photos from today&#8217;s session with the finished dragon (Flame Tabby #1) but this one is definitely a fave. :D Someday I&#8217;ll paint up one of these guys for myself and keep it; dunno when that&#8217;ll be, but it will be a pretty great day. 
(Not for sale. I&#8217;m interested in painting a kitsune though; any takers?)

I’m still going through the photos from today’s session with the finished dragon (Flame Tabby #1) but this one is definitely a fave. :D Someday I’ll paint up one of these guys for myself and keep it; dunno when that’ll be, but it will be a pretty great day. 

(Not for sale. I’m interested in painting a kitsune though; any takers?)

Sketch of the Day - had a dream last night about a smilodon; thus, a smilodon. Didn&#8217;t use any actual smilodon references, so probably isn&#8217;t very correct anatomically.

Sketch of the Day - had a dream last night about a smilodon; thus, a smilodon. Didn’t use any actual smilodon references, so probably isn’t very correct anatomically.

Sketch of the day - a bear! :D The start of a t-shirt design. :)

Sketch of the day - a bear! :D The start of a t-shirt design. :)