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« Reply #15 on: 14 July 2002, 18:51:00 »

I'm as good as done. Anything left now is just minute details which don't matter much left or right.

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« Reply #16 on: 16 July 2002, 07:38:00 »

I'm sorry, Stormcrow, but sharkskin HAS been used throughout history to wrap weapons handles; I didn't just make this up!

It was the mark of a high-quality weapon since before the Middle Ages - the skin is not like sandpaper - it has minute grooves which create hydrodynamic flow over the body of the shark.  I believe at the last Olympics American swimmers were wearing a new hightech swimsuit which simulated sharkskin for just that reason!

Those grooves or textures create a very good 'grip' when the skin is cut into strips and wrapped around the hilt, or sewn into a hilt-shaped sheath and bound with more skin.  You might also be able to find references to 'shagreen' if you do a search.

So Belgarion, you can stop glaring,  ;)   and either leave it or take it out - doesn't matter to me, as it was only a suggestion to add a bit more detail to your already interesting beastie.    But the day I make a historical error is the day my account has been taken over by aliens (she says with little humility)...

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« Reply #17 on: 07 August 2002, 14:10:00 »

I was given (or I took) the task of drawing the shark. One main problemt that I have is how does the shark have teeth and a jaw (that functions well enough to indure such rigorous activities like biting through another sharks hide) w/out the presence of bone? Would help a lot to find out what he's got so I could start sketching, thanks.

BTW sorry for any spelling errors, I suck.  

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« Reply #18 on: 07 August 2002, 16:10:00 »

Well our shark does have a spine, jaw, and teeth no other bones but those it does have. It has muscles to control the chewing and the biting and oh jeez! Uhhh yeah. So anyways he's got no rib cage or skull or pelvic joint but jaws he does have, like a normal shark.

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« Reply #19 on: 07 August 2002, 17:16:00 »

Ok thanks a lot!

Edited by: Erelen at: 8/7/02 1:50:01 am
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« Reply #20 on: 13 August 2002, 15:48:00 »

... oh ... sorry, Judy.

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« Reply #21 on: 16 August 2002, 12:18:00 »

Ok, here it is: Erelen's digitial painting of the shark. I have to make that bold, because it looks too good to be true. However, I got proof that this is really not a photo, and that it was drawn only by looking at a shark pic, not painting over it or something.

The pic really is too good to be true, as I already wanted to reject it, telling Erelen that we won't allow photos... :lol  Well, see for yourself:



I thought maybe we can make it look a bit more drawn by adding plants or fishes etc. - any ideas perhaps? I'd like to move a bit away from the photorealism of this pic if possible, so any suggestions are welcome.


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« Reply #22 on: 16 August 2002, 15:30:00 »

:eek :eek :eek :eek :eek :eek
*A crowd gathers round, staring in awe at the spiffy photo... er painting*
Wow.

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« Reply #23 on: 16 August 2002, 20:45:00 »

FOR MY ENTRY! :D  :D  :D  :D  :D ! I Always loved this shark, but remember, there aren't likely to be other fish since he'd have eaten them... although an oddly shaped rock would be a nice touch. I gotta say I love this! Just wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!

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« Reply #24 on: 16 August 2002, 22:28:00 »

haha I thought it may have a special place in your heart Belgarion :)  But wouldn't he also have eaten the oddly shaped rock? Or maybe he could be going after it??? Anyways thank you Stormcrow and Belgarion (and Art although it did take some convincing ;)  ) for your kind words.

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« Reply #25 on: 16 August 2002, 23:47:00 »

Heh, maybe an oddly shaped rock with teeth marks. It's a very good drawing though, But other than the very very cool shark, it seems to be missing something else. Like a plant or a ship, I don't know exactly and it is so cool as it is but for some odd reason we all seem to want more. I don't know why, I mean it's way cool, but... I dunno.

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« Reply #26 on: 17 August 2002, 00:43:00 »

Yeah, maybe some kind of sea landscape at the bottom in the distance...


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« Reply #27 on: 17 August 2002, 13:27:00 »

I was thinking about just throwing a rock formation in the bottom left corner. Would that work?

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« Reply #28 on: 17 August 2002, 13:55:00 »

Yeah, and maybe just some silhouettes of something very distant perhaps, not clearly recognizable, like a sunken ship's mast or something... Just hinting at it. And maybe just a few very tiny fishes somewhere...?


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« Reply #29 on: 17 August 2002, 14:55:00 »

haha I see if I can throw some lil fishes somewhere in there for ya ;)  I like the idea of some background silhouettes too. I will see what I can do.

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