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"Another Nine" by Michelle Tolo

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This is my entry for the Another Nine contest that runs here at Efwood, based on the movie 9 by Shane Acker. It's not often I join contests, but if they trigger my curiosity, I might very well just give it a try :).

About the character: I decided to call this guy 88, and he's supposed to have an 8 on each wing (then it looks the same from both sides). I didn't draw the numbers on, though, so that he wouldn't get mixed up with 8 from the real movie. I tried to come up with an original design, and my keyword was 'athletic'. Therefore I gave him springs under each foot (with a device on the back of each foot to lock the springs when they're not needed). He has small wings attached to his body with rings to hold onto, which enables him to make even longer jumps. When the wings are not needed, he simpy fold the wings on his back and attach the rings on his shoulders. He also has a 'bag-belly' as I like to call it: he can easily bring stuff around. If he existed in the real world, I imagine him being very good at running errands!

I hope the different drawings show how the character looks in a proper way. I tried to make everything look logical and functional. He even has fingernails of sunflower seeds, because I've aways loved the pattern :).

Drawn with graphite pencils and black inc on A4-paper, then coloured in the GIMP. I didn't really have time to draw anything for the contest because of loads of homework, but I couldn't resist ^_^. It is quite rushed, though it still took me about 7 hours to make - far more if you add all the planning. Enjoy!

21 Oct 2009:-) Saber Alexander Orion McConnell
He’s got an interesting design! And he has very cool feet. Best of luck!

:-) Michelle Tolo replies: "Thank you! I was mostly going for a special design, because I knew I wouldn’t have time to make a picture with a striking background and cool effects, hehe... 1"
21 Oct 2009:-) Helle Jorgensen
He looks quite endearing 12

:-) Michelle Tolo replies: "It’s great that you think so 2. I wanted to make him look like a fun and cheerful character to be around, the kind that tells funny jokes all the time ^^."
24 Oct 2009:-) Kent Jensen
my favorite of the ones that entered the contest12
It would fit perfectly within the movie.
Great work2

:-) Michelle Tolo replies: "Thank you very much! I just wish I had more time to make a more detailed picture, instead of having to read for a chemistry test... Oh well, that’s life 2."
9 Nov 2009:-) Thomas F Abrahamsson
Congratulations on making 1st place in the Another nine Contest!

:-) Michelle Tolo replies: "Thank you so much! I certainly didn’t expect to win the first place in this contest, because of all the other wonderful entries. I am so grateful to the Elfwood staff who made the decision, and gave me this great opportunity to develop my art. 11"
10 Nov 2009:-) Michael andrew koutek
this is great i love the detail in the fabric great work!:31

:-) Michelle Tolo replies: "Thanks a lot! I was worried that the fabric would be too time-comsuming for me to complete, but I found a very effective and easy solution on that 2."
10 Nov 2009:-) Sarah Charles
Wow! This is fantastic! Great work!
You deserved to win. The style fits in perfectly with the film!

:-) Michelle Tolo replies: "Thank you 3! I’m still quite shocked about the fact that I won. I mean, little me, up against all that amazing artwork? Unbelievable! O_o"
13 Nov 2009:-) Saber Alexander Orion McConnell
Hey, ya won! Awesome. 1 Congrats!

:-) Michelle Tolo replies: "Thanks 11! I think I still haven’t really understood that I won, it was just so unexpected. But I sure am happy!"
17 Nov 200945 Gary

Nice job on the artwork and the win! Keep up the good work, and never let your craft, slack.

:-) Michelle Tolo replies: "Thank you very much! 2
The day I stop creating will be the day I die - mentally of physically, either way would be just as bad for me 6. But hopefully I’ll keep my sanity for many many years to come!"
27 Nov 2009:-) Charlotte charlaphina
wow this is so cool 1 well done for winning you deserve it with a design likethis one XD

:-) Michelle Tolo replies: "Thanks a lot! I still feel a rush of joy whenever I think about the contest, hehe 11."
27 Jul 2010:-) Anna Barsal Bors
I love this movie! He’s 10 1

:-) Michelle Tolo replies: "It’s a great movie, that’s for sure! 2 And you think this guy is worthy of a number 10? Well that’s cool! ^^"
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'Another Nine':
 • Created by: :-) Michelle Tolo
 • Copyright: ©Michelle Tolo. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Bag, Design, Jump, Nine, Ragdoll, Springs, Steam, Steampunk, Strap, Wings
 • Categories: Urban Fantasy and/or Cyberpunk, Fan art
 • Techniques: Pencil/Graphite Pen, Black Ink, Computer-coloured Picture
 • Submitted: 2009-10-19 18:33:54
 • Views: 4248
 • Resolution: 647x898

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