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Shades of Sheeri and Andrah by JoeEngland Shades of Sheeri and Andrah by JoeEngland
Or, "Over the Top and Under the Top: Big McLargehuge and Tiny O'Hoolinerd's Adventures in Sketchtown." No, on second thought, that's silly. On third thought, it's all silly. On fourth thought, I need to find the strength to change my life for the better. On fifth thought, I went a thought or two too far.

These sketches follow up my tangent based on characters created by Chris Morrison. I made up the little kid with the doll. And the dog chasing Andrah. And one of those shadowy figures. I don't know, hey, are you curious? They could have whole rich lives you're not aware of!
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UrusaiWrangler Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm surprised at how much time you've been spending on these two. I'm liking the exploration of the subject matter, as new interpretations of old standards are always of interest.
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
  Hey, thanks, Chris.  I'm actually enjoying drawing these two more and more, and I'd like to go on fleshing out their scenario, though up to now I wasn't sure they'd be well received.  But if you're interested, that's encouraging!

  Maybe I'll continue along this line.  I'd like to work out Mini-Andrah's personality and her role in Sheeri's life, which is a bit tricky since I'm a little fuzzy on certain details pertaining to your canon... my premise is that Sheeri has adopted Andrah and is caring for her in Urusai society while tending to her duties as the local superhero, but I don't know as much as I'd like about the culture and setting.  Could you answer a few questions?
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UrusaiWrangler Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sure, as you will. 
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
  Well, is this Urusai colony on an island?  On Earth?  Do they have regular contact with humanity?  Does Sheeri?  Just how insular is their society?  Are their cultural aesthetics more comparable to Western or Eastern motifs on Earth?  Or is it completely alien?  I put the little girl in a sort of kimono because I thought it looked cute, but is it appropriate?  Is their technology based on traditional electricity, nuclear power, steam, or something fantastical like crystals or magic?  Is there "air traffic" traveling to and from the heights of astonishing sky-scrapers, as we see in so many sci-fi cityscapes?  What is the general populace in relation to Sheeri?  Is she a "people's champion" like Superman, idol of millions?  Or thousands?  Come to think of it, how many Urusai are there?  Would they be considered an endangered species, or are they on comfortable footing?  Is Sheeri employed by the local government, or by some clandestine organization?  A religious order?  Or does she work by her own volition, like Spider-Man?  Also, how tall is Sheeri?  Has she grown vertically as well as... uh... horizontally?  And speaking of government, how is it with her people?  Is there a separation of church and state, or does mysticism factor heavily into policy?  And, finally... do Urusai normally wear shoes?
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UrusaiWrangler Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Also, the back half of my old comic series (polymercitychronicles.com) takes a closer but largely esoteric look at Urusai society on Earth both in terms of politics and aesthetics.
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UrusaiWrangler Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ok, here goes: 

Q: Well, is this Urusai colony on an island?  On Earth? 
A: Yes, tropical zoned. 

Q: Do they have regular contact with humanity?
A: No, though there is an ambassador to the UN. 

Q: Does Sheeri?
A: Yes, for years she lived with Otto and Andrah in Polymer City along the western US coastline. 

Q: Just how insular is their society?
A: Isolationist to a fault. They've erected a perimeter of defensive towers several miles from their coastline that will attack anything that wanders within range, effectively setting up a no-fly/no sail zone. A glaring omission is that submarines can still get by undetected, as underwater vehicles are unheard of in Urusai society.

Q: Are their cultural aesthetics more comparable to Western or Eastern motifs on Earth?  Or is it completely alien?
A: More the realm of high fantasy; consider World of Warcraft's draenei or Tolkein's high elves. 

Q: I put the little girl in a sort of kimono because I thought it looked cute, but is it appropriate?
A: It could be; as they learn more about humanity in their plodding, methodical fashion, they might adapt cultural affectations with their own variations.

Q: Is their technology based on traditional electricity, nuclear power, steam, or something fantastical like crystals or magic?
A: Their entire society is based around crystalmancy; all their 'magics' are actually a form of superscience. Their ruling body are a series of sentient crystals themselves, all part of a massive floating supercomputer of unknown origin. 

Q: Is there "air traffic" traveling to and from the heights of astonishing sky-scrapers, as we see in so many sci-fi cityscapes?
A: Most of their traffic is groundbound, though low-altitude flyers aren't uncommon among the religious and military castes, or a handful of particularly wealthy individuals.

Q: What is the general populace in relation to Sheeri?
A: She is a unique priestess subcategory, and thus of the religious caste. Typically the church is seen as a counterbalance to the state; the church focuses on the individual while the state focuses on the society. Ideological clashes are frequent. 

Q: Is she a "people's champion" like Superman, idol of millions?  Or thousands?
A: More mysterious than anything. The Helm of Artias is an ancient Urusai artifact that hasn't had a wearer in centuries, and for the most part, her activities have been in defense of humanity than New Urus itself. 

Q: Come to think of it, how many Urusai are there?  Would they be considered an endangered species, or are they on comfortable footing?
A: Endangered; their colony on Earth is all that remains of their society, their numbers fewer than 100,000.

Q: Is Sheeri employed by the local government, or by some clandestine organization?  A religious order?  Or does she work by her own volition, like Spider-Man?  
A: She is a ward of the church, and acts on its behalf.

Q: Also, how tall is Sheeri?  Has she grown vertically as well as... uh... horizontally?
A: Just over five feet normally, but the helm does bring her to over seven as well as temporarily increasing her mass. Once the crystals on her forehead bond with the ones in the helm, it is unremovable except by the wearer. 

Q: And speaking of government, how is it with her people?  Is there a separation of church and state, or does mysticism factor heavily into policy?
A: the Church of Nezrahi and the Council of Elders are the two governing factions; church and state. Typically the state is only represented by military proxy, as the Council of Elders are in reality a group of sentient crystals housed in a giant floating supercomputer several miles above New Urus, each crystal the source and control of a specific aspect of Urusai crystalmantrics. There is a prefect chosen directly by the Council to represent its interests (essentially a 'mayor'), though in typical day-to-day circumstances he isn't much more than a figurehead as the Council's own motivations appear to be little more than societal observation. The church is matriarchal despite their chief deity being depicted as male; the closest earth analogy would be a Catholic convent. The Crystal Science Academy trains Urusai youth in both aspects; priestess hopefuls learn basics that will hopefully get them selected to enter the priesthood, while the state also recruits military prospects from the graduate roster. Because of its unique position in teaching each generation the basics for both church and state, the Academy's headmaster can oftentimes change the tone of social issues, should a rift between church and state become untenable. 

Q: And, finally... do Urusai normally wear shoes?
A: As hooved creatures they don't need to, but typically footwear is found in military garb and other uniforms as a trapping of status. 
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
  Interesting, interesting.  So would you say that Sheeri adopting a member of another race would probably be highly controversial?

  Incidentally, thanks for taking the time, I know I laid it on pretty thick.  I should have done more research through your body of work before asking you all that directly.
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UrusaiWrangler Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Not necessarily, as she does have a voice of considerable influence. Besides, it's not as if the Urusai are entirely isolated; humans have been to their isle before. On the other hand, keeping something like that a secret might have interesting implications of its own. 
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riv3th3d Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Great work once again, really digging the contrast and Sheeri's build with the top sketch.
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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