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The Forgotten Freaks by DrewGreen The Forgotten Freaks by DrewGreen
Hello, all!

Okay, so I was making a small tutorial on how to create a basic digital painting brush for a friend of mine (this can be found in my scraps) and started looking at my old artwork for the fun of it.

I found myself in my "Snailsvenue" folder looking in the "Old Stuff" subfolder and was reminded of how many characters I threw away before the series was known as Snailsvenue (it was known as Freakshow, which is the base of my namesake on here).

The story revolved around 12 "freaks" who were constantly warring with "the popular ones." The main character of the story, Landon Landerson (one of only four characters - not pictured here - that survived the cut), was instantly grouped into the "freaks" category by the ever-so-popular Holly Randolph. It was at a time going to be a comic book, and detailed the events of how the freaks tried to overthrow the popular ones. It had a lot of quirkiness and style, but honestly very little substance and many characters were just filler, leading me to this image.

The characters here were only slightly redesigned so as to break the utter monotony that they used to convey. I like them better now.

NOTE: I don't expect you to read the ridiculous text wall that is coming up in just a second here, but you get bonus points if you do read it. ;D This is just for people who really want to know more about these now-defunct characters.

Each one of the characters pictured here was ditched for one reason or another. Here are some explanations of them:

Double: A boy with the soul of a little girl trapped inside of him, he could only control himself half of the time because of his ghostly parasite. That explains his mismatch of boy and girl clothing. This was my favorite of the originals that was cut, but I ultimately took this character's design and split personalities and cut him in two - effectively creating Snailsvenue's very own Verono twins, Bruno and Bludo.

Lizard Boy: Half boy, half lizard, what more can I say? He's neat, but ultimately useless, which is why he got the ax and never returned in any other form.

Celia Winston: A girl who died in the early 1900s and re-emerged a zombie not so long ago thanks to the pendant around her neck. Only Landon ever knew she was a zombie - the others just thought she looked strange, and there was no convincing them otherwise. Celia was cut because her premise was actually too strange for the story back then and she simply didn't fit. But her whispy, pale, sullen design heavily influenced a current Snailsvenue character, Olina Vaudel.

Con: Always caught committing some horrible sin or crime, con was known for his complete lack of morals. He was Zoe's right-hand-man in planning the dastardly deeds against the popular clique. Con was cut from the lineup because he made Zoe seem less frightening. At the end of the day, she'd probably rather do all of these terrible deeds herself, rendering Con useless.

3-Eyes: A so-called psychic who could see farther into the future than anyone ever claimed, 3 Eyes' idea of a reading was simply looking into her (plastic) crystal ball, waving her hands around, and shouting incoherently. Her wand took AAA batteries, for what it's worth. 3 Eyes was simply a gag character and nothing less, adding to the then-comedic Freakshow, but her nasty-yet-nonchalant attitude still lives on in Olina.

Rooster: As a baby, Rooster was hypnotized into acting like a chicken every time he heard a bell. This was troublesome, since the school's morning bell would ring, causing him to act like a chicken throughout the entire day until the dismissal bell rang, which is why Rooster was absolutely dumb. Rooster is one of those characters who fell victim to my personal trends fading: I lost him because I lost interest in his design, and the character himself didn't seem deep enough to bother redesigning when Freakshow eventually became a more serious affair.

Voices: Just as her name suggests, Voices hears...voices in her head. But unlike most voices in peoples heads, Voices considers her voices her very best friend and most interesting debate partner. In fact, there was a time where the voices themselves had names, but I don't remember them. They were sort of...how should I say...non-characters, if you will. Based off of the original design for Snailsvenue's own Izzy Arcaney, Voices was ditched largely for the same reason Rooster was, only she was ditched before any of these other characters were. At some point, her design became boring to me and I had come up with another character to replace her. But Voices was actually really too genius for me to realize that at the time. It was her normal design that made her ever deceiving - you would never expect someone like her to have issues with the voices in her head, which is why it was brilliant. But alas, she was bested by a girl who ate too much sugar, a character I've only ever drawn twice in my entire life and plan to never draw again. Voices, on the other hand...

Honestly, I should tell you that I actually drew one other character that I meant to include here, but the drawing was so horrendous that I couldn't subject you to that out of complete respect. Her name was Technicolor, and she was a girl who carried a flower pot (with one single flower in it) on her head. She was named for her rainbow scarf. But honestly, just like the character that replaced Voices, she was so insignificant that there's really no need to present her here anyway.

Alright, at the risk of driving you all insane and boring you all to tears, I'll close this one up.

Adobe Photoshop CS, about 3 hours for all of them combined.

Please full view and enjoy!
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:icontxemazter:
Txemazter Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
cool!
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Paperopunk Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
I really like these characters: the style is great, they're all so much diferent from each other (?) and the backstories are creative and interesting *-*
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Thank you!
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InsgesamtIngobert Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
great design, you're talented :) cool that you've used so many different ways to draw a figure.
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
Thank you! Yeah, for just a bunch of glorified doodles, I'm surprised at how diverse this bunch came out looking.
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queenfish Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
Those are all really great designs - they each have their own unique style and personality. Also love how they change in heights and weight, I know that is something sorta silly to like but it seems a lot of artist do not take those things into consideration when designing characters.
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
Thanks! I try to make my characters look varied and one of the best ways to do that is to change things like height, weight, skin tone, eyebrow thickness, etc. Glad to know it's appreciated and noticed!
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Poila-Invictiwerks Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
Leena has that Windwaker body shape, and your style is getting onto me quite easily :o :XD:
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
Hm, what do you mean by "getting onto you?"
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:iconpoila-invictiwerks:
Poila-Invictiwerks Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
Sorry, I meant "getting used to and liking it" ^^;
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
Ah, okay. Now it makes sense. Thanks!
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:iconseel-dingo:
seel-dingo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
lizard boy is my boyfriend
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Alright, sounds good!
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Artoveli Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, this sounds like the recipe for a rather dark version of Wayside School.;p
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Haha, I guess I never thought about it that way. I've never read any of the Wayside books, but I've seen the horrendous cartoon version they had playing on Nickelodeon (or was it Cartoon Network...) not too long ago. *Shudder*
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Artoveli Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
No no nonononono, completely different animal. Actually I still reccomend the books at your age, because Louis Sacher weaves the ridiculous stories together in a way that's funny and clever. Like... Snicket Light.:)
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
I wouldn't be surprised if they crossed my path one day. If they do, I'll be sure to give them a read.

And just so you know, I haven't given up on Myst in case you were wondering. I want to spend a chunk of time with it, but I have yet to set aside that chunk of time.
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Artoveli Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
;p
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CheungKinMen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha so funny, nice work!
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Thanks!
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ravensdojo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
My favorite freak is Lenny "Con" Manson. Top notch all around though.
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Thanks! Glad you like him.
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XantizmiecuhPcayk Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
I like Rooster. =]
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Thanks! ;D
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AndrewDickman Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Filmographer
So during a carnival, does Lenny's portion involve him like... killing people? XD
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Haha! Well, there actually were no carnivals within Freakshow. I guess that was my half-assed attempt at being clever when I was 15-years-old.

You simply had to be exceptionally weird for Holly Randolph to deem you a "freak." And when you're a tall, pale kid with nasty eyebrows and a long, black trenchcoat, you probably don't fit in with the popular kids. ;D

But yeah, he's probably killed plenty of people.
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turp Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
my friend wes...i want him to dress up like your wes lol that would be awesome, i like celia's design a lot too cool costumes
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Haha, thanks!
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Buuya Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008   Digital Artist
The concept for rooster is just wonderful :lol:

You have such a satisfying style... I don't know how to put it other than that! Very animated :)
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Thanks! It means a lot to know that my style is satisfying.
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Buuya Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008   Digital Artist
np :)
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lil-tiffy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
WOW, i read the whole thing... BROWNIE POINTS!
anyways, i loved some of those characters, they're funny XD
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Brownie points indeed!

Thanks a lot. ;D
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lil-tiffy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
no problem :]
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naylemonstre Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I totally love them D: Voices and that 3Eyes got to be my ultimate favorites tho, so original and fresh and full of little interestings detail (the AAA batteries <3)

Sad you had to cut them all, they seem pretty worth to me :heart: And your style is so strong, damn. D:
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Thanks, I'm glad you like them (and my style)!

The direction that Snailsvenue has taken may actually leave some room for some of these guys to return (albeit in heavily-redesigned form). It's a much stranger affair than it ever has been.
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pinkblot6 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
cool!

i love lizard boy haha funny story!

got axed haha!
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Thanks!
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