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Early morning practice by CrimeanDoodler
Early morning practice

Me experimenting with painting light, feat. Valiance practicing. In times like these, sometimes you just gotta draw robot tai chi.

Here, have some fictional self-indulgent rambling to distract you from my devil-may-care wonky rendering of the floorboards:

Robots in general have a weaker sense of proprioception than humans, though they can develop it – in general, human minds and bodies are blurry things that mush together at the edges, while robots’ are more sharply delineated, with much less feedback between minds and bodies.
 


In a way, this is nice for them – they don’t have interesting brain chemistry stuff (robots can have mental problems by robot standards, but they’re much milder and more easily identifiable than they are in humans). And while they don’t really enjoy physical stuff the same way humans do, pain’s also much more ‘distant’ and they can switch it off, generally. 

On the downside, all the little movements and compensations humans do naturally, to the point only animators and sports nerds realize we do them – robots have to consciously learn those at first, until they get good enough to do them on autopilot. And to make matters worse, they learn to move when they’re the height of an adult human and more than that weight. Val, here, is heavy and strong even for a robot (they were originally designed to be a factory/heavy industry model), so strength/endurance training only wears their components down. Even fifteen minutes into the future, being a bipedal robot is a tricky design to live with.

Instead, their practice is about developing the muscle memory of using one motion to balance or flow into the next – when you’re built like a literal tank, your sheer inertia limits your speed, but if you can teach yourself to be graceful and efficient in your movements, you can get more stuff done faster. Another goal is balance – when you’re several hundred pounds, probably, but with that humanoid build, it’s easier to get overbalanced and hard to recover – so training to keep your weight over your center of gravity is useful.

So…that form of tai chi that tends to use flowing movements rather than stops and bursts of movement, it’s handy for the athletically inclined robot.

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Huan and friends by CrimeanDoodler
Huan and friends

You know, it seems like 90% of drawings of Huan the wolfhound depict him as a wolf. I shudder to think what these people would do if asked to draw a bloodhound. 

Here he is worrying about his bipedal puppies.

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Life's a (Malabar) Beach by CrimeanDoodler
Life's a (Malabar) Beach
tfw you’re living in alternate 1950s Kerala and want a quiet day grading at home in a beat-up lungi, but get an invitation to a really awful party you can’t turn down for political reasons. And you have to wear a suit and tie in the dead of summer and your wife laughs at the disgusted face you’re making. (And then laughs a bit less when it turns out she has to come too, but she can at least wear weather-appropriate clothing.)

Uh. Yeah. This was supposed to be a speed paint but it was not.
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Case Histories by CrimeanDoodler
Case Histories
Poetry by Anne Carson, characters from my alternate history webcomic, secondcrimeanwar.thecomicseries.com (Which nobody gets buried alive in, if you were worried. :P )
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Monk Punk by CrimeanDoodler
Monk Punk
Thanks to a Second Crimean War fan who is also a Flannery O’ Connor fan who suggested Snark Monk in this jacket, which is like an entire Victory Day parade to a bull for me. Monk Punk rides again.
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irembeyzagilik Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
omg your art is AMAZING Heart are you from Crimea btw? 
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CrimeanDoodler Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
(Also, I went on over to your page and SHEESH, you're good. I sure wasn't cranking out realism like that at age 17.)
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CrimeanDoodler Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
Nah, it's a misleading handle and I really should change it. (I have an alternate history comic set in Ukraine about ethnic disputes over the Crimea -- I started drawing it before the current...stuff -- it just turned out that way.)

And thanks very much! I'm glad you enjoy it. :)
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Wilczomlecz Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Hi, just wanted to say that I love your webcomic. Although I'm allergic to Yaroslav's co-working with Russians (any co-working with Russians), I keep reading and reading because your comic contains EVERYTHING that I love: adventure, war - but with some humanity, great-but-not-totally-evil-villains, nice style.. and takes part in Slavic part of Europe, it's nice to see familiar names and all :)
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CrimeanDoodler Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Hah, well, maybe I should apologize, but Chekhov and Slava's bromance is serious fun to write/draw, but I can see how citizens of our respective countries might have different takes on Russia. (I tend to be very unhappy with how Western media has handled coverage of the real-world mess in Ukraine, especially about Russia's involvement, but that's another discussion.)

But yeah, thanks! I'm so glad you're enjoying it. I think we like similar things in comics. :)

(And sorry to take so long to reply -- I was vacationing in Poland and was away from a computer.)
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Wilczomlecz Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Here in Poland :)? Hope you enjoyed them! About that real-life mess - what do you personally think of it? Are there any chances so things could get better? 
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CrimeanDoodler Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
In the Tatra Mountains, in Zakopane, and Krakow. Incredibly beautiful places, and the mountains reminded me very much of another mountain range that's home to me. I'm going back someday, that's for sure. I was only there very briefly, but I really loved it. 

Ugh. I can't see it ending well in the foreseeable future. The post-coup government in Kiev has way too much influence from groups like Svoboda, who are frighteningly ethnocentric and violent, verging on neo-fascist, which is not a word I throw around lightly. (It was incredibly cynical of various countries to support the coup, but that's enough rant for another day.) And the Donetsk guys ain't exactly a utopia either. And right now the ordinary people caught in the crossfire are really severely suffering. But I'd love to be wrong about my predictions. 
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MadarasGirlfriend Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I just spent a couple hours reading the whole of your webcomic and omfg it's great. It's like a legitimately developed story which I appreciate so keep up the good work. I really really have enjoyed it so far :D
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CrimeanDoodler Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Glad you like it! I guess that means I should get cracking on the next page, huh?
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MadarasGirlfriend Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I wouldn't want to force you into it or something (I mean, you just updated it yesterday) but, I do anxiously await its arrival :D
Lol, I was reading and then you updated a page right on that day...it was kind of lucky like that.
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