Community Spotlight : Little Duck

Community Spotlight : Little Duck

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A couple of weeks back, we ran a story which revealed how a regular user of The Escapist had created sigils for the members of the Podcast. It was a sweet gesture, so in thanks we'd like to help the rest of the community better get to know the man behind the sigils, Little Duck.

Duck, quick to remind us that he is neither little nor an aquatic bird, is a 23-year-old architecture student student based out of Plymouth and a big fan of The Escapist's content. He spends his nonexistent free time doing things like creating the aforementioned sigils, which we hope will someday be available for purchase.

We asked Duck to share his artistic process and his personal life with us, and here's how he replied:

How long have you been a member of The Escapist, and what about the site brought you here?

I've been a member since October 2009. A combination of wanting to get out of another forum and probably Mr. Croshaw saw me come here.

What is your favorite current The Escapist feature?

I'll probably never get the chance to go, but I love the Expo stuff. The videos and getting to know (albeit from later on) the people who make the site and listening to their commentary on the content they make. That was amazing.

You have created sigils for the crew members of the The Escapist's Podcast. Tell us a little about doing that. What gave you that inspiration? How did you go about making them?

To be honest, I thought they wouldn't really take notice of them. I have a method of making things, start small end big. I have about 4 sketchbooks of gradually increasing size at home. I started by noting down the house names I'd use and played with some words to go with them. Next to Susan I drew a flying muffin and thought this would be more games of thronesy, if they had a visual sigil to go with it.

I then researched their names, their origins, and tried to figure out a way to represent both in game of thrones and in our world. I don't think there were that many sketches between actual final product and original and I did want to do others, but I study architecture and it doesn't leave me a lot of time during the week to do stuff.

Do you do other artwork, too? What types?

I study architecture like I said, but I've also done a fair bit of logo designing, some for societies in university, some for some small businesses. Though these days I seem to have a thing for iPhone wallpapers. I mainly do this stuff though when I have a bit of time.

Side note, the avatar I use actually came from my uni course as they were teaching me to use some drawing programs.

Are there any tips you can give to other artists?

I don't really see myself as a confident or good enough artist to be distributing tips, but I will say anyone can draw. In architecture we're taught messy lines first to line stuff up then serious lines in one smooth motion afterward. I think that's a good way of at least starting. Hell it's the only lesson I was ever given.

What has your job experience been like? Any interesting stories?

I did some stuff, though my life is pretty dull. The most interesting thing I designed would probably be in college, where I helped build a presentation that was read in front of about 1000 people on climate change. Aside from that, nothing really to report. Sorry :(

In your free time, apart from browsing The Escapist, what do you do with yourself?

There's a saying among architecture students. You don't sleep. You wait for the sun to rise. The little free time I get though I spend with my mates. In fact some of my best mates I met through this site albeit indirectly (anyone remember Game Damage? Anyone?)

Do you have any pets? What are they and what are their names?

I have a dog, his name is Bruno. He looks like this:

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His goal in life is to find the biggest stick in the world and chew it. A goal he has problems with as he barely reaches people's shins.

Do you have a favorite game/movie/band/painting/etc. that you'd like more people to be aware of?

The Beards. Listen to The Beards. Why are you not currently listening to The Beards?

Also Theme Hospital.

If you would like to nominate someone for an upcoming Community Spotlight, feel free to let me, Marter, know through a PM or by posting in the official thread or user group! When nominating, please tell us why this user deserves to be in the next Community Spotlight and provide links if possible.

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Marter, why the no cat person love? DO YOU HATE CATS? 1/10 would not read again.

I'm kidding. Good interview.

Marter:
enormous snip

In the introductory part you say he's an Archaeology student, in the actual interview he mentions Architecture, might want to fix that ;)

OT: Always nice to meet some new people one here, especially the ones that do something cool and come out of nowhere site wise :)

.. That's some really nice, good looking art designs you got there. SO smooth in fact, I couldn't possibly do lines that neat unless I was whipped to death and still would have to try over and over haha. Great spotlight, got to learn something new and see some amazing artwork! Also I feel you about waiting until the sun rises- I don't get much sleep myself.

My favorite one out of those was the "House Arendt" one with the fox on it. That one was luxurious and amazing to look at.

Evil Smurf:
Marter, why the no cat person love? DO YOU HATE CATS? 1/10 would not read again.

I'm kidding. Good interview.

Sorry Smurf, I'm afraid this time you didn't fit the bill.

Thanks for the spotlight, I am genuinely blown away by this. I actually did finish some more sigils, but the second load weren't as good I think. If you want to see them look here:

http://imgur.com/a/4Ee7G#2

DVS BSTrD:

Evil Smurf:
Marter, why the no cat person love? DO YOU HATE CATS? 1/10 would not read again.

I'm kidding. Good interview.

Sorry Smurf, I'm afraid this time you didn't fit the bill.

I want it right meow!

I'll never get picked!

Oh so they are your favourite band, that explains that thread!
They are pretty funny.

If your dad dosen't have a beard you've got two mums.
Two bearded mums!

I agree with him the beards are so very beardy!

Caramel Frappe:
.. That's some really nice, good looking art designs you got there. SO smooth in fact, I couldn't possibly do lines that neat unless I was whipped to death and still would have to try over and over haha. Great spotlight, got to learn something new and see some amazing artwork! Also I feel you about waiting until the sun rises- I don't get much sleep myself.

My favorite one out of those was the "House Arendt" one with the fox on it. That one was luxurious and amazing to look at.

Thanks man, but the smooth curves, whilst originally paper, end up being smoothed out on illustration programs.

Kaleion:
Oh so they are your favourite band, that explains that thread!
They are pretty funny.

Actually the beards, probably not my favourite band, but more people should know about them and I love them.

Evil Smurf:

DVS BSTrD:

Evil Smurf:
Marter, why the no cat person love? DO YOU HATE CATS? 1/10 would not read again.

I'm kidding. Good interview.

Sorry Smurf, I'm afraid this time you didn't fit the bill.

I want it right meow!

I'll never get picked!

Don't lose heart chum!
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Captain Planet can help!

OT: I know the feeling of wanting to go to an Expo but can't! I feel the same way mate!

Congrats on the spotlight! Now make me a sigil!

TizzytheTormentor:
Don't lose heart chum!
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Captain Planet can help!

OT: I know the feeling of wanting to go to an Expo but can't! I feel the same way mate!

Congrats on the spotlight! Now make me a sigil!

I already nominated you man!

Evil Smurf:

TizzytheTormentor:
Don't lose heart chum!
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Captain Planet can help!

OT: I know the feeling of wanting to go to an Expo but can't! I feel the same way mate!

Congrats on the spotlight! Now make me a sigil!

I already nominated you man!

I believe I nominated you a while back too.

TizzytheTormentor:

Evil Smurf:

TizzytheTormentor:
Don't lose heart chum!
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Captain Planet can help!

OT: I know the feeling of wanting to go to an Expo but can't! I feel the same way mate!

Congrats on the spotlight! Now make me a sigil!

I already nominated you man!

I believe I nominated you a while back too.

There is hope still!

Evil Smurf:

TizzytheTormentor:

Evil Smurf:
I already nominated you man!

I believe I nominated you a while back too.

There is hope still!

Yes there is!
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For now, we must dance!

TizzytheTormentor:

Evil Smurf:

TizzytheTormentor:

I believe I nominated you a while back too.

There is hope still!

Yes there is!
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For now, we must dance!

DANCING YEAH!

here's Pikachoas caramelldansen

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These spotlights are always nice to read.
A little info on people IRL that you see here on the site.
As he also said it would be really nice to get to the expo!

Evil Smurf:

TizzytheTormentor:

Evil Smurf:
There is hope still!

Yes there is!
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For now, we must dance!

DANCING YEAH!

here's Pikachoas caramelldansen

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Ere'Body loves dancing!
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Guffe:
These spotlights are always nice to read.
A little info on people IRL that you see here on the site.
As he also said it would be really nice to get to the expo!

Yeah, but we live on the other side of the world...tickets to America are expensive...

Guffe:
These spotlights are always nice to read.
A little info on people IRL that you see here on the site.
As he also said it would be really nice to get to the expo!

I'd love to go man. But as a poor student, that is not happening.

TizzytheTormentor:
Yeah, but we live on the other side of the world...tickets to America are expensive...

Ere'Body loves dancing!

Do they love dancing as much as this panda?
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Evil Smurf:

Guffe:
These spotlights are always nice to read.
A little info on people IRL that you see here on the site.
As he also said it would be really nice to get to the expo!

I'd love to go man. But as a poor student, that is not happening.

TizzytheTormentor:
Yeah, but we live on the other side of the world...tickets to America are expensive...

Ere'Body loves dancing!

Do they love dancing as much as this panda?
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I wish to see more of this...dancing panda...

We are not off-topic...

TizzytheTormentor:

Evil Smurf:

Guffe:
These spotlights are always nice to read.
A little info on people IRL that you see here on the site.
As he also said it would be really nice to get to the expo!

I'd love to go man. But as a poor student, that is not happening.

TizzytheTormentor:
Yeah, but we live on the other side of the world...tickets to America are expensive...

Ere'Body loves dancing!

Do they love dancing as much as this panda?
image

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I wish to see more of this...dancing panda...

We are not off-topic...

Perhaps we should continue this in my last post wins thread....

Evil Smurf:

TizzytheTormentor:

Evil Smurf:

I'd love to go man. But as a poor student, that is not happening.
Do they love dancing as much as this panda?
image

image
I wish to see more of this...dancing panda...

We are not off-topic...

Perhaps we should continue this in my last post wins thread....

Hmm, yes, I agree, we simply must continue our...ravishing conversation! *runs to the Forum Games*

 

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