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Barb cuddles by Kalemon Barb cuddles by Kalemon
The best kind of cuddles.

A bit less polished sketch this time... Came out a bit meh. Changed barbs hair design a bit closer to that of :iconmistermech: and :iconinlucidreverie:. It's closer to cannon and actually fits him much better.

Murky is still fun to draw and Barb is definitely one of my favourite characters in the fic. Barbs cutie mark is most likely wrong. I just have a vague idea that barbed wire was somehow involved and I'm way too lazy to actually go through the chapters. Also there's a severe lack of Barb fan art...

Thats about it... feedback is welcome etc. Oh and on a sidenote... Release the darn chapter already Fuzzy! :P
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YoshiRingo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Dawww, he can cuddle me too, cuddles are very lovely o3o
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Mikey-The-Adventurer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Are you cuddling, or trying to snap their neck? I specialize in cuddles, and I know that is not one.
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Kalemon Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
It might not be your normal everyday hug.... It might be more of a struggle snuggle.
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Mikey-The-Adventurer Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Either way, it's awful. I'll show you how a real cuddle feels.
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PencilPonies Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Murky: "Barb. Barb, stahp." xD
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Ravenpuff Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Looks like he needs an adult XD
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Eisenfell Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
i Like Barb , he has my Manestyle is Kinda Big and a Unicorn ...we should become pals~
also Lovely picture i wonder why Murky is so afraid....he seems to be nice~
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Kalemon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Actually Barb is relatively small pony. He just seems large in comparison to the teeny tiny Murky. Also I wonder the exact same thing.... He is such a friendly chap. Tried to help Murky on several occasions and even offered protection... But Murky just didn't want to play ball. What a rude lad.

Well at least he learns from his mistakes and accepted Wildcards offers of friendhip! Because otherwise... oh wait...

(also on a sidenote, I should draw wildcard sometime. Also a friendly chap.)
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MLPOCG Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I absolutely love your art for MN7, it really adds to the story and its personality. I actually liked Barb until the Six Shooter Roulette chapter which showed just how sadistic and evil he is :( Oh and on another note, I do have a new design for my characters for my new card game project if you're interested :aww:
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Kalemon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
But why would that make you dislike him? :) But yeah I do kinda miss the "buddy" dynamic Murky and Barb had going on... it was amusing. Also sent you a note.
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MisterMech Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Oh, Murky. Always ending up in the attention of some of the worst ponies in the Wasteland.

Overall picture looks great with only a few small issues, but hey, whatever helps, right? It may just be the perspective or trick of the eye, but the placement of Barb's horn seems a bit off, kind of drifting closer toward his left eye. I maybe would have liked to see some sort of indication of the floor or some background to help ground the characters a little more. (but then again, the shadowy void thing probably fits rather well with the way Barb operates). The only other thing I would point out is the way parts of Murky have been cropped out of the picture, but again, I can see how this can work (which will be explained below). Anyway, those are the only real clear cut things I wanted to point out and that was just me being nitpicky.

The characters look great. Barb looks appropriately twisted and domineering. Murky's face speaks volumes to the level of terror he's found himself in. He's appropriately thin and boney and the little details of his cuts, sores, and bruises really hammer in some sympathy for him. The stare between them is has a great deal of tension and emotion. Going along with that, the close cropping seems to add to that tension, with everything so close together that you get the trapped feeling that Murky must be experiencing.

Loving the rendering as always. :) nice work!
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Kalemon Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Yeah the horn is still a bit off center... I should have redrawn it completely instead of just adjusting it when I did this thing. Hmm yeah just adding shadows would give the character a more grounded feel. I was a bit lazy with this piece in general... The shadows aren't consistent nor well defined, and I'm not too happy how Barbs body came out.

I was actually thinking about cropping it even closer. I tried to get some kind of uneasy claustrophobic feel to this. Maybe I should have cropped more... It just felt odd to shave small slices off the characters. But did you mean that it was weird how much or that not enough was cropped?

Oh and thanks. I really do appreciate the indepth feedback you give. No nit is too small not to be picked... or something.... :P
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UWoodward Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I really need to make the time to read this, don't I?
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Kalemon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Yeah it's a great fic... starts a bit slow and the atmosphere is pretty dark the whole time and that might not be for everyone. Not grimdark though, regular dark.
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UWoodward Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
So I just started on it last night...

Cadance's aphroditic mareheat, I'm not even through chapter 1 and I've never wanted to hug a pony more than I want to hug Murky!
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Kalemon Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Yeah that seems to be the usual reaction. What I've gathered from several sources, is that this fic makes people feel *feelings*. Lots of them.
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Warbalist Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
What really helped me really slip into the atmosphere of the book was listening to his interview on Wastelanders Weekly and realizing some of his influences.

Instead of FO:E's gray-scale, think of MN7 as more of a sepia-scale. It may hover over the dark side a lot of the time, but it's rarely truly black.
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johnnoz Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is insanely creepy and I love it.
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Kalemon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Thanks.
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Warbalist Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Barb has that living-in-the-park-molester vibe, just like I pictured him.

It almost looks as if his eye is going to come out and poke Murky's eye, Pinkie-Pie style.

Yuck! It's great!
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Kalemon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Well I'm glad I managed the get the right feel for him then :).
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InLucidReverie Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
>linking me in the description
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InLucidReverie Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
>accidentally posting half way through typing

This is gorgeous, dude.
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Kalemon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Yeah no problem. I remember seeing your Barb drawing and thought "yeah thats much better design than what I used". [link] These were actually my first design sketches of Barb.... I dunno why on earth I made his mane white when Fuzzy had just given me detailed description of the character. Derp.
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InLucidReverie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Well, he's described as having a gray mane, almost black. I guess you just thhought of a light gray?
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Wiregeek Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
love love love Barb's facial expression. He's gonna do things. Bad things. And he's gonna _love 'em_
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Kalemon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Thanks. fortunately(or unfortunately?) Barb is just messing with Murky there... no funny business :p.
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Alamut1488 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
I love it when people draw my favourite character. It always interesting to see how other imagine the way they look. I really love his expression but I'm a little bit disappointed when it comes to the vest... Why didn't you include that ragged up abomination of bloodied pony hides into his design? That's my favourite Barb moment if I have to be honest xD
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Kalemon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Well to be honest I have a hard time visualizing that pony hide garment... I tried to make it in that Barb-Protégé-Murky fight drawing, but I wasn't able to make it work. Also clothing is still a bit of a weak point for me...
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Alamut1488 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Don't worry it wasn't a honest critique just a sick joke on account of my rotten mind ^^ I personally see it a little bit like the skin suit from "Silence of the lambs", but bloodied and in darker colours ;]
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chinman Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Murky: "B-b-b-buh I n-need an a-adult!"
Barb: "I am an adult, filly."

*Le Sigh* Yeah I was one of those people saying Murky needed a hug. Should of figured this is the sort of hug he'd get. :P

All that aside though great pic! Once again you managed to capture them both perfectly.
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Kalemon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Thanks. That bit of dialogue made me chuckle... and it certainly would fit the situation :).
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Ana-Mizuki Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Yikes!

Poses are really great. However, it's the fact that Barb isn't much taller than Murky that really sells it.
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Kalemon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Whew... I was actually worried that Barb came out too large. I know he's got a smaller frame than most colts, but I still wanted him to be larger than Murky. I actually think I got much better body for Barb in that other piece I made. I don't mean that this is too terrible... just that the previous design was better in my opinion.
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Ana-Mizuki Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
I think it looks fine.

Gotta say, woah how the new chapter changes this pic's mood, even with the changes.
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fuzzyveevee Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Yeah, it's not said much until right at the very end of Chapter 12, but Barb really was the little one of the Clan. Ironically, the only one in the Mall who likely understood how Murky felt likt that.
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Ana-Mizuki Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
He was lucky in that he was born free and was blessed with a dark coat and mane, though.

Actually, Murky going around in yellow and green and staying hidden is pretty nice show how good he is at sneaking.
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equilibrik Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great.

Love barb's expressions, tongue out like that, with a toothy smile on his face, just gives him a twisted look, that suits him perfectly. Poor Murky, he's so terrified in this piece of art, you can really feel that Murky is terrified. I enjoy the way Murky's mane is being ruffled and his cheek is being squashed, it's those details that you are excellent at showing so well. Good work overall, I love it, I enjoy how you've done Barb and his mane.
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Kalemon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Thanks. Though I'm not too happy with Murkys hair. It's just individual spikes of hair... doesn't feel quite natural. But oh well.
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equilibrik Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like to think it's the grease and sweat in his hair that's sticking it together like that =3. Also minor detail I forgot to mention, I enjoy how you show Murky's thin and starved state by using his hind-leg and making it look a bit bony.
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fuzzyveevee Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Oh my! How cuddly. People have wanted Murky being hugged for a while, I'm not sure this is quite what they meant, haha! Love it.

You really nailed the stark terror in Murky's face there. I don't think anyone's done his mark yet as a confirmed "this is it" so there's no worries there. This is really really cool. matches what Barb would do for him to a tee just to freak him out.

Thanks so much for doing this. ^^

I said I'd release Chapter 16 when Chapter 17 was done. I just sent 17 out to the prereaders, so I'm gonna take tonight to look over Chapter 16 once for last edits...then get it released somepoint tonight or tomorrow depending on time. So the process has definitely started for the release! Not much longer. :)
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sesshymorph Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Just got out of Basic Training and this is the first fanatic I see. Wonderful!! I can't wait to catch up!! :DD
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Kalemon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Yeah... Hugs seem to be the number one thing people want to happen to Murky. Well aside from things involving Protégé... But I won't go there.

Oh yeah and pretty neat new chapter there... kinda glad I'm so slow reader that I ended up reading the revised ending. Good call changing it... Without spoling... that subject has been run down in FoE fics. Though I have to say I was already expecting a bit cheerier chapter... but I guess now the only way is up. I mean unless you start offing main characters :).
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fuzzyveevee Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Plenty others seem determined to go there. :p

I'm really glad how many folks I know and always wonder the opinions of had yet to get to the chapter before I changed it. It's helped ease the embarrassment of having to do it a little. But it was for the best.
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chinman Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Ye gods I hope 16 was the nadir of the story. It doesn't look like Murky can survive much longer without some kind of intervention.
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