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The Oakenhearted - Teaser by trevmun The Oakenhearted - Teaser by trevmun
In addition to stuff like Ragnarok Wisdom and the Legend of Key-Fu, I've got a lot of irons I've left lying around in the fire. I've got ideas that are almost a decade old which I've wanted to follow through on but never did for one reason or another. One of these days I need to go through and start doing something with it all—and there's nowhere better to start than with this!

Back in the summer of 2012, I started putting together ideas for random personifications of military ships and vehicles after being inspired by a few Taiwanese artists like acea4, as well as art from a now-defunct decade-old Japanese image BBS (I wouldn't know how to render its name in English, but Google Translate called it the Logistics Office) where artists submitted pictures of what they call mecha musume—which I THINK would translate to "machine girl/daughter/maiden" in English). Initially, I was playing around with some ideas for designs and the possibility of making a few comics and pictures, mainly involving the battleship USS Missouri, but I started gravitating toward personifications of oldschool sailing ships like USS Constitution (who is depicted here) since I noticed there weren't many artists who'd done stuff with those. WWII-era personifications are a dime a dozen, but I think I've seen only one, maybe two artists try their hand at Connie here.

So, I figured focusing on the Age of Sail (and earlier maritime history—Age of Oars, maybe?) would be a relatively novel approach to something which has already been done quite a bit. As I'd implicated earlier, personifying ships and other vehicles isn't anything new—the web game Kantai Collection, which launched late last spring, is now a smash hit. It's looking to displace Touhou in terms of popularity and is set to have its own anime series. Because of that, it's what most people will think of when they think of "ships as people," but the manga Arpeggio of Blue Steel has been running since 2009 and there's a webcomic I've heard of called Japanisches Kaiserreich Mitternacht Marine which I think is just as old. You can find some artists on Pixiv who've been doing this sort of thing for decades, in fact.

Given all that happened in 2013 I didn't do much with what I had until Christmas break, and then put it aside again during the spring semester this year. Over the summer, though, I've been doing a lot of reading on naval history, and it's given me a lot of ideas on what to do and where to go with this. So I've been putting some effort to get this actually out on the Internet somewhere, and to gauge everyone's interest in a series like this.

What do you guys think? Are you interested? I'd appreciate some feedback!
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Destroyer42z Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016
When are you posting the rest sir or Madame? I would love to read more.
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Gut-Funk Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
Whoa... this is some pretty awesome stuff Ara!!!
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Astrih-Konnash Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
Years ago I was a Ragnarok Wisdom avid reader - before RL issues happened (including my hdd dying with all my bookmarks) and forgot it even existed..
Nice to find your style has improved a lot!
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trevmun Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, it's all good, real life issues hit me too. My life turned upside down at the start of 2013 and that's when I stopped updating RW. The past few years, I've been trying to find my feet on ... well, basically everything.

I hope to one day return to RW as well!
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GGCrono Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
This is pretty cool. I would read this!
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trevmun Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Long time no see, GGC!

I will admit, the more people who take interest in this, the more it fills me with determination to see it through!
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GGCrono Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
Guess you got your ticket for the Undertale Hype Train too, huh?
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trevmun Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I didn't actually, it's more like I got soaking wet from its wake.

It's the same with Touhou. Never touched any of the games and yet I absorbed so much information about the series via popcultural osmosis.
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GGCrono Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
Well, do play Undertale, then. Unlike Touhou, it's just one game. And awesome. :D
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Luminic Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015
Oh sweet, I dig her design.
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trevmun Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really happy to hear this!

I've got some additional Oakenhearted stuff I'll try and put up on this gallery Soonish. Among them's a character design guide thingy for Old Ironsides here, like they do for anime and games.

I'll probably wind up doing something like that for most of the ships that appear in this series, if I move forward with it.
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