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Re: Visual References - Animorphs Graphic Novel
« Reply #30 on: February 23, 2009, 01:32:50 AM »
i think that the Dracon Beam could look like something like one of these, but more specifically, the bottom right one



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Re: Visual References - Animorphs Graphic Novel
« Reply #31 on: February 23, 2009, 02:54:35 AM »
I always imagined them very simples, like 10~15cm long sticks for human-Controllers, about 20cm long for Hork-Bajirs, just a little curved where you take them, a little like pirates' guns ^^'
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Re: Visual References - Animorphs Graphic Novel
« Reply #32 on: February 23, 2009, 01:36:00 PM »
I recently went to a bowling alley, which had some shooting arcade games (time crisis and the like).  I was really surprised just how big the light gun was.

So here's some distilled experience for you:

Real handguns are probably smaller than you expect.  Here's a medium-size 9mm pistol (Glock 19):


That's roughly the size of a concealable handgun.  Competition and service pistols are a little bit bigger.
Like in this video of
Todd Jarrett on grip
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To get an idea of the proportions of a holstered handgun: (and also one of the largest rifles around.  That is able to stop a jeep with a couple of shots to the engine, and is currently one of the biggest targets for prohibitionists.)


Dracons engineered for Hork-Bajir are larger, but we know some human-controllers have been issued concealable sidearms (Tom, for one).
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Re: Visual References - Animorphs Graphic Novel
« Reply #33 on: February 23, 2009, 06:18:57 PM »
Also, it may be worthy noting that the shredders (Andalite handguns) would be smaller than Dracon beams since their hands are small, and their fingers are tiny.

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Re: Visual References - Animorphs Graphic Novel
« Reply #34 on: February 24, 2009, 12:35:08 AM »
lol i love how you compared the teeny-tiny glock 19 to the M82A1... lol...


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Re: Visual References - Animorphs Graphic Novel
« Reply #35 on: February 24, 2009, 03:15:35 AM »
I just reckon sticks sound too much like the torches used in the show, Dameg.

The torch designs Hunter's posted look clunky, and I like the design yeah, but a standard Dracon Beam is meant to be more pistol-like, and would have to be small enough to be hidden in someone's pocket or jacket.
 
Something smaller with a streamline would be more like the Andalites' Shredder. I agree on rossabo's point about the size.


On that note, also, should the type used for Dracon Beams be the same as the ones used for Shredders.
The 'laser-shot' sound we've all come to know and identify is the 'TSEEEWWW!! TSEEEWWW!!'
I think, in The Arrival, Ax mentions how he could spot a distinct difference. And I recall in The Andalite Chronicles the shot sound being something totally different, but still 'electrical-laser' sounding, if you guys know what I mean.
I think it was like a 'TSSSAAAAAP!' or something...

My question for you guys is a technical one: Should we maintain the 'shot' sound effect difference (Tseeeewww! X Tsssaaaaap! [or whatever]) that was stated in the Andalite Chronicles, or drop it, like the Ghostwriters towards the end of the series did?!

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Re: Visual References - Animorphs Graphic Novel
« Reply #36 on: February 24, 2009, 04:36:41 AM »
it may not mean much but i myself couldn't bear to lose the Tseeewww (or however u spell it)


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Re: Visual References - Animorphs Graphic Novel
« Reply #37 on: February 24, 2009, 06:55:21 AM »
The 'TSEEEEWWW!' sound is d-e-f-i-n-i-t-e-l-y an Animorphs trademark!!!
We are soooooooooooooo not dropping it!!!

My ponder is about the difference between the Yeerk weapon and the Andalite one. Ax says there's meant to be a slight difference. How are we to show it, visually in the text?
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Re: Visual References - Animorphs Graphic Novel
« Reply #38 on: February 24, 2009, 10:23:32 AM »
I'm sorry but I described what I imagined reading the books, I never take care of the books (I can imagine Tobias with blond hair, you know?)... and I didn't imagined them like the torches: the torches seemed too big, and... well, it was torches... I don't like to draw on computer, and it's be really crap, but for you I tried to picture what I imagined...

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Re: Visual References - Animorphs Graphic Novel
« Reply #39 on: February 24, 2009, 03:56:43 PM »

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Re: Visual References - Animorphs Graphic Novel
« Reply #40 on: February 24, 2009, 08:40:32 PM »
Dameg, your sketches were actually the best representation to show what you had in mind! Don't ever hesitate. A sketch is a sketch!!!
And I can see what you mean for the Dracon Beam and the Shredder. I never really imagined either weapons with a trigger, like our guns. Perhaps they were pressure-sensitive and could be squeezed to shoot?! A knob on top changes power levels. And that shape can be ergonomic for either Controller-types in the Empire.


Awesome Blue!, a few of your pics didn't show. That 'cave' feeling is def something we need to capture when depicting the underground Yeerk Pool.

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Re: Visual References - Animorphs Graphic Novel
« Reply #41 on: February 24, 2009, 09:54:47 PM »
There's a description of the controls of a Dracon in The Underground.
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Re: Visual References - Animorphs Graphic Novel
« Reply #42 on: February 24, 2009, 10:23:39 PM »
Awesome Blue!, a few of your pics didn't show. That 'cave' feeling is def something we need to capture when depicting the underground Yeerk Pool.


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Re: Visual References - Animorphs Graphic Novel
« Reply #43 on: February 25, 2009, 04:14:06 AM »
You're right, Gafrash.
I imagined the Dracon beams with a button, not a trigger.

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(I'm sorry, the hand isn't the good size, but I made it quickly)
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Re: Visual References - Animorphs Graphic Novel
« Reply #44 on: March 01, 2009, 07:57:18 PM »
guys i dont know how much of a help i can be but if you want any specific colour, splashy and possibly cgi like. Then i have my very own tean back here in fiji to design the animorphs comic cover. Ill see if i can upload any samples by this week. If i manage then you guys can judge and tell me if u want my team to cover design.