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This journal is just a bit of fun. I have been messing around playing WWE 2k14 (yeh, the old version), and playing around with the create a character mode.

I always find this mode a good way to tweak AngelCrusher's designs, or see what works in a more realistic way, and I was thinking to myself, 'Could I create other characters in this game? Could I create an AFL roster?'

I set myself two relatively easy subjects to create within the game to get myself started, and so I picked on :iconritualist: and :iconkostmeyer: of their AFL legends Ritualist and Vigil. 
Afl 2k14 by AngelCrusher



ANGELCRUSHER
Ac 2k14 by AngelCrusher
Here he is in all his glory. I can't tell you how pleased I was when these games brought in the two tone pants so I could recreate AC's look. Each character can have upto 4 different designs, as well as 3 different designs within each look (for fighting, walking down the ring, and being backstage). Here I have the original AC design you all know, a red and black design which I toyed with as the AFL 4 revamp (but went with majority vote on a different look), the yellow and black design which I posted online way back in a redesign AngelCrusher Art Theme way back in 2006. Both these coloured designs I had thought up when I used to roleplay online but never drew proper pictures of them. And finally, we have :icongpapanto: winning design for AFL 5's new AngelCrusher. I thought this one would be hard to recreate, but was pleased with the outcome.
AngelCrusher: Animated by AngelCrusherRed n Black by AngelCrusherAngelCrusher V-2.5 by AngelCrusherAngelCrusher V by AngelCrusher



RITUALIST
Ritualist 2k14 by AngelCrusher
I thought 'how hard could it be to create a guy who wears normal street clothes and just has a headband on?' :iconritualist: is an AFL legend, so seemed a good place to start. The headband itself isn't too convincing, the amount of options weren't great, nothing that quite compares with what it is supposed to be. However, apart from that, the rest was sort of straight forward. We have his most well known look with the red t-shirt and jeans look, and for when he walks to the ring or is backstage, he has his black jacket. Then I did his Secret Wars appearance of a black vest revealing some scars. The suit look was for AFL 5. I couldn't get the exact look of the shirt unbuttoned and tie loose, so he looks a lot more sophisticated than we are used too! lol Finally, not a look  many will know, but one I love, is a design for SDL, another OC fighting tournament. This was tricky, but didn't turn out too bad.
Ritz by RitualistSecret Wars Handbook by RitualistAFL 5 Ritualist Sheet by RitualistRitualist in SDL by Ritualist



VIGIL
Vigil 2k14 by AngelCrusher
:iconkostmeyer: will probably hate me for this, besmirching his character in the realms of wrestling, but I thought a white body suit in a wrestling game must be easy to create. Well...not exactly. Here we have the original long haired look we are all familiar with. Unfortunately, the all in one body suit options weren't that great. This one has a zip down the middle and looks quite muscular. Next up I created her Vindicators look, which was just a shorter hairstyle. Next up was tricky, her Guardians appearance. She needed a cloak and her arms bare, but that wouldnt work with the previous design. As you can see, this is clearly a top with some tights, and we get unfortunate creases and folds. The cloak isn't exact, but was the best thing available. And finally, her Imperator costume, a look vastly different to what we are used to seeing, and the most challenging design yet. The suit looks like armour, and was really hard to find anything that looks remotely fitting. This is where the limitations of the character creation creep in, but the end result isn't too bad.
Evolution of Vigil by Kostmeyer

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They're not perfect, but was fun. I will try out a few other characters, but I know you guys have quite elaborate designs and I don't think the create a character is as detailed to make them, but I'll give it a go. Let me know what you think, and again, if anyone has this game and has created their own characters, let me know so I can download them. :)


In the meantime, my treatment is all done, I am recovering at home, wasting my time doing things like this, as well as chasing up medicine and doctors. I had my first MRI scan since leaving hospital so may find out how those scans went in a few weeks, and I have an a review with my consultant in a couple of weeks too. I may be able to start work soon, although I am on a lot of painkillers that can make me feel quite tired unexpectedly...so driving long distances isn't ideal at the moment. Also, 4 months of no proper pay has really hit my finances. It's lucky I have savings, but it sucks.

I've been drawing, but nothing really finished to be posted here. Not yet anyway. But it's good just to be sketching again. :)
Another update folks, I know you love them.

3 weeks down and 3 weeks to go. We are really past the halfway mark with 13 more treatments to go. I've started feeling some side effects where they are shooting the radiation through my neck. It's become quite uncomfortable to swallow and now my tastebuds have gone so things taste quite bland, which is no fun at all. After all the treatment is done, this could still last for another 2 weeks...or 3 months...or even a year. Yep, it is quite vague, so I have that to look forward to. lol

Apart from that, nerves haven't really improved, but strength has. I did some quick doodles on the cintiq just to see how it would be to draw and it was surprisingly good. I think it's because the cintiq pen is so chunky that makes it easier to grip. We'll see how it goes, but at least I know I can draw this way.



As for games, well I have been stuck at home during the days so have been catching up with my Xbox 360 (yeh, I ain't getting next gen for a long while yet...too many old games in my library that I haven't even opened yet)

At the moment I am playing my way through Pay Day 2 (gamertag LAWay if you want a game and help me level up)

I am also 'playing' WWE 2k14. I say 'playing', I am more just making characters. But if anyone has a character they have created that has competed in AFL, I would love to download them and collate an AFL roster on the game. I have AngelCrusher created if anyone wants to download him.

So yeh, 3 more weeks to go of treatment. Man, do they drag. I'll try to be more productive in the future now that I can do a bit more stuff, so may be posting here soon. Maybe. ;)
Hey all!

Another journal, another update. I know, I know, you guys are probably sick of hearing about all this and I have responded to anyone's comments yet. I will, don't worry.

So going to the cancer treatment center, they have me booked in for 6 weeks of treatment instead of the initial 5 weeks that we were first told. Still, 5 days a week with pretty erratic times instead of a set time every day, which will make getting into a routine for the next 6 weeks a little awkward, but ah well.

Docs say that I'll probably start feeling side effects mid way into the treatment like fatigue, and near the end I'll probably have a sore throat which may affect my speech and eating for a few weeks, but we'll see how it goes. Just means I'll gorge myself on ice cream. :)


Anyway, here's a pic of my after my first treatment. They have to put this really tight mask on me to make sure I don't move my head, but because it's like a mesh, after they take it off it looks like I've been in some radioactive lab accident that has turned me into the Lizard (and strangely one of my ears is missing...maybe the tight mask pinned it back or it's just the angle - my face has also swollen a little from all the drugs, which the scientific name is called 'moon face'. I kid you not...)





Let that image sink in and ruin the rest of your day. 

Thanks for the support guys! 1 day down, 29 (treatment) days to go...

Hey Everybody! Just thought I would post a quick update since we have found out more news from the biopsy.

So the official diagnosis is that it is stage 2 cancer. The surgeon managed to get rid of as much if not all the tumour as possible, but there could still be some traces left so the next stage is radiotherapy to try and blast as much as possible so that we can be as safe as we can for the future.

Obviously this was quite a shock to hear, so anyone out there who has any niggles, pins and needle sensations, sharp pains in their back, if it persists for more than a few days get it checked it out as soon as possible just to be on the safe side. I was told for 10 months that I was wearing shoes that were too small, that it was my sciatic nerve, or that I needed in soles. That's what doctors know!

The important thing though is that I am now home and comfortable. No more being propped up in a hospital bed waiting for meals and getting blood pressure tested. No more around other sick people and being able to have a good night's sleep, it makes a difference for sure!

In the meantime, my wife Hannah has me attempting to grow a beard which is looking abysmal, but we thought we would try it since I am I hiding out during my recovery. All it has done is confirm I should never try Movember in the future.

Now I am catching up on all my old xbox 360 games and dvd boxsets, as well as all the kickstarter boardgames I have been buying but not playing yet. I still have pains and needles in my fingers so could be some time before I'm picking up a pencil and doing serious drawing, but hopefully that will get better with time. 

All the best to everyone and thanks again!

Leigh

Hi everyone!

Sorry for leaving you all in the dark after last week's update. I've been overwhelmed by everyone's support and well wishes and it means the world me, so thanks from the bottom of my heart. It's was a scary night and morning going into surgery but I'm pleased to say that the operation went as well as it could have possibly gone. I was operated on for around 5 hours in which the surgeons managed to completely remove the tumour from my spinal cord and have sent it to biopsy to see if it's anything that may come back, but hopefully because of the relative ease of the removal, with the tumour not fused onto the nerves or bones, so hopefully we are past the worst of it.

The operation I had effected my C2 to my T4 vertebrae so it was hitting a lot of scary functions. Luckily now I just feel pins and needles and a general weakness which is to be expected. Hopefully I'll be seeing some physios today who can access my mobility and pain. It does hurt like hell just sitting up and walking with assistance, probably to do with the pins and plates they have had to put in and muscle they cut away. Honestly it feels like I am strung up by meat hooks. But the doctors are being positive and think I could even be home in the next few days just so that I can be more relaxed and comfortable, so we'll see.




Until then, I just have a lot of recovery ahead of me. I don't think there is a time frame for being fully fit so will just have to take each day as it comes. But thanks again everyone for the support. I wish my long absence from dA wasn't just to inform you guys of bad news. When I do get home I'll be sure to post some artwork I've done as well as anything new as I'll probably have to teach myself to draw and strengthen my grip anyway.

But I will ascend!



Thanks again!
This journal is just a bit of fun. I have been messing around playing WWE 2k14 (yeh, the old version), and playing around with the create a character mode.

I always find this mode a good way to tweak AngelCrusher's designs, or see what works in a more realistic way, and I was thinking to myself, 'Could I create other characters in this game? Could I create an AFL roster?'

I set myself two relatively easy subjects to create within the game to get myself started, and so I picked on :iconritualist: and :iconkostmeyer: of their AFL legends Ritualist and Vigil. 
Afl 2k14 by AngelCrusher



ANGELCRUSHER
Ac 2k14 by AngelCrusher
Here he is in all his glory. I can't tell you how pleased I was when these games brought in the two tone pants so I could recreate AC's look. Each character can have upto 4 different designs, as well as 3 different designs within each look (for fighting, walking down the ring, and being backstage). Here I have the original AC design you all know, a red and black design which I toyed with as the AFL 4 revamp (but went with majority vote on a different look), the yellow and black design which I posted online way back in a redesign AngelCrusher Art Theme way back in 2006. Both these coloured designs I had thought up when I used to roleplay online but never drew proper pictures of them. And finally, we have :icongpapanto: winning design for AFL 5's new AngelCrusher. I thought this one would be hard to recreate, but was pleased with the outcome.
AngelCrusher: Animated by AngelCrusherRed n Black by AngelCrusherAngelCrusher V-2.5 by AngelCrusherAngelCrusher V by AngelCrusher



RITUALIST
Ritualist 2k14 by AngelCrusher
I thought 'how hard could it be to create a guy who wears normal street clothes and just has a headband on?' :iconritualist: is an AFL legend, so seemed a good place to start. The headband itself isn't too convincing, the amount of options weren't great, nothing that quite compares with what it is supposed to be. However, apart from that, the rest was sort of straight forward. We have his most well known look with the red t-shirt and jeans look, and for when he walks to the ring or is backstage, he has his black jacket. Then I did his Secret Wars appearance of a black vest revealing some scars. The suit look was for AFL 5. I couldn't get the exact look of the shirt unbuttoned and tie loose, so he looks a lot more sophisticated than we are used too! lol Finally, not a look  many will know, but one I love, is a design for SDL, another OC fighting tournament. This was tricky, but didn't turn out too bad.
Ritz by RitualistSecret Wars Handbook by RitualistAFL 5 Ritualist Sheet by RitualistRitualist in SDL by Ritualist



VIGIL
Vigil 2k14 by AngelCrusher
:iconkostmeyer: will probably hate me for this, besmirching his character in the realms of wrestling, but I thought a white body suit in a wrestling game must be easy to create. Well...not exactly. Here we have the original long haired look we are all familiar with. Unfortunately, the all in one body suit options weren't that great. This one has a zip down the middle and looks quite muscular. Next up I created her Vindicators look, which was just a shorter hairstyle. Next up was tricky, her Guardians appearance. She needed a cloak and her arms bare, but that wouldnt work with the previous design. As you can see, this is clearly a top with some tights, and we get unfortunate creases and folds. The cloak isn't exact, but was the best thing available. And finally, her Imperator costume, a look vastly different to what we are used to seeing, and the most challenging design yet. The suit looks like armour, and was really hard to find anything that looks remotely fitting. This is where the limitations of the character creation creep in, but the end result isn't too bad.
Evolution of Vigil by Kostmeyer

-----------

They're not perfect, but was fun. I will try out a few other characters, but I know you guys have quite elaborate designs and I don't think the create a character is as detailed to make them, but I'll give it a go. Let me know what you think, and again, if anyone has this game and has created their own characters, let me know so I can download them. :)


In the meantime, my treatment is all done, I am recovering at home, wasting my time doing things like this, as well as chasing up medicine and doctors. I had my first MRI scan since leaving hospital so may find out how those scans went in a few weeks, and I have an a review with my consultant in a couple of weeks too. I may be able to start work soon, although I am on a lot of painkillers that can make me feel quite tired unexpectedly...so driving long distances isn't ideal at the moment. Also, 4 months of no proper pay has really hit my finances. It's lucky I have savings, but it sucks.

I've been drawing, but nothing really finished to be posted here. Not yet anyway. But it's good just to be sketching again. :)

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Leigh Way
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Welsh professional storyboard artist and animator with an MA degree in Animation.

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gwdill Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist
Thank you for the faves, Leigh!
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Dante91 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hey bro, thanks for the kind critical words on my latest deviations. Just like the good ol' days, didn't realize the amount of stuff you missed from my gallery. Means  a lot and glad you dig the new direction I have been taking with my artwork!
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AngelCrusher Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional Filmographer
No problem man. I always want to try and offer something constructive if I can, it's how we'll all grow as artists. Yeh, missed out on lots of deviations, but slowly catching up with my inbox. :)
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FairyJasmine123 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
thanks for the fav! :D
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ZoDy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015   General Artist
Hope you are resting up and all is well with yourself!
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