Community Spotlight: Eclipse Dragon

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Community Spotlight: Eclipse Dragon

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The Escapist is pleased to introduce Ashley Otis, a born-and-raised Florida gamer obsessed with dragons, art, and most of all... dragon art! Did I mention dragons? She really likes dragons. Hopefully that isn't a problem for you, as provoking people with a plethora of draconic friends is rarely a wise venture.

Where were we?

You may know Ashley under the appropriately titled username Eclipse Dragon. In her four years on The Escapist she's made a lot of friends with numerous thoughtful posts and generally acts like a caring and helpful person towards the rest of the community. On the internet kindness can be a rarity, so we thought she deserved to be shouted out a little bit for it.

Here is what she had to say:

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

I've been a member since 2009, but I lurked a lot. A while ago, there was a guy complaining on YouTube about working for Game Stop in the style of Zero Punctuation. The comments section was filled with people saying he copied Yahtzee, so I decided to see what Zero Punctuation was all about. I guess like a lot of other people, I came for Zero Punctuation, I stayed for the community.

What is your favorite current Escapist feature?

Jimquisition, I didn't like it at first, but now I love it and watch it every week. I also really like Experienced Points.

Your forum comments are generally well thought out. Do you make an extra effort to make them this way, or is that just how you are?

Sometimes I back out of things I'm going to say. If the thread has already gotten going, I like to read what other people have typed first, if I have anything to add, then I'll comment. If the user who made the thread spent a lot of effort writing the OP, I feel like I owe them that much in a response.

What got you into doing artwork?

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I've always drawn, ever since I was little. The first drawing I remember was of some stick figure cat. My parents are very supportive.

Do you have anything that you're more passionate about than your art, or is that what you throw yourself into the hardest?

...Dragons, but I guess the two can go hand in hand.

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

I have a black and white tuxedo cat named Boots. He doesn't know how to meow, he can only squeak. I also used to have a Chinese water dragon named Lionol. He was a great lizard, he taught me a lot about reptiles.

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Where do you see yourself in five years' time Do you have any goals that need fulfilling?

Hopefully making more money. At least enough to live by myself. I have a good friend who is really down on his luck. I'd like to help him stand on his feet.

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

Wild Arms is one of my favorite JRPG series, It didn't ever get that much recognition. Also the Temeraire series of books by Naomi Novik, they're about the Napoleonic Wars, but with an air force of dragons.

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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Excellent! Another Escapee with a reptile as a pet!

Congratulations on the spotlight friend! Personally, I would have loved to draw stuff, but my drawing skills are...less than good...

I like how her dragons have puppy dog noses ^_^

2 Ashleys have been in the Community Spotlight.

Suck it, society.

I wish I was this interesting and deliberate in my posts. A lot of times I'll just see all the things I would have said already covered, or I'll get there first and my mind will go blank. There's also a lot of stuff that I just take for granted and I don't feel needs pointing out.

Anyway it's nice to see a confirmed female member every now and again.

TizzytheTormentor:
Excellent! Another Escapee with a reptile as a pet!
Congratulations on the spotlight friend!

Thank you! Reptiles make great pets, although I'd never suggest going for a water dragon, they're really high maintenance! They need the temperature to be just the right heat and just the right humidity and they like to swim. Heat, water and humidity make the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. He did have a lot of personality though and when I fed him fish, the fish would jump out of the water and beach themselves to get away from him.

Nasrin:
I like how her dragons have puppy dog noses ^_^

Thank you. I like to make them look sort of like dogs and cats, I imagine they would act more like cats than reptiles anyway.

Daystar Clarion:
2 Ashleys have been in the Community Spotlight.

Suck it, society.

Society knows that Ashleys are the best. That must be why it's such a popular name.

All Hail The Dragon of the Eclipse!

May doom come to those who stand in her way!

:D Congratulations Ashley! It was all deserved.

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Also:Some more of her greatness!
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View her art and weep tears of joy at the beauty of it!

Congrats! We need more catoholics in the spotlight.

Excellent, yet another spotlight for an Injustice Leaguer, taking over the Escapist one spotlight at a time. Congrats Eclipse Dragon, I've always thought your artwork was cool.

Hah, I knew you were getting a spotlight eventually! Well done!

We really need more artists on the spotlight like Eclipse Dragon...

Congrats Ashley, you really deserved the spotlight after being here for 4 years. I'm happy to know you've made an impact and someone else besides me has a huge passion for dragons. Also-

Imp Emissary:
Edit:
Also:Some more of her greatness!
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View her art and weep tears of joy at the beauty of it!

MY GOD that is so awesome!!!

Is this on DeviantArt by any chance? I would so comment on that fine piece of work and compliment the crap out of it lol. But seriously so awesome... I should do that for people on here too since I can draw as well (though my art skills are rusty). But wow grand job at drawing everyone....... I love it!! :D

Well deserved :) I always fancy looking at dragon pictures when I see Eclipse Dragon artwork.

Bah! I used to have well thought out posts but then I took an arrow to the knee and now I just make tired and stupid jokes!

Anyway, congrats for on the spotlight! Your art is awesome! I wish I could draw :(

Caramel Frappe:

MY GOD that is so awesome!!!

Is this on DeviantArt by any chance? I would so comment on that fine piece of work and compliment the crap out of it lol. But seriously so awesome... I should do that for people on here too since I can draw as well (though my art skills are rusty). But wow grand job at drawing everyone....... I love it!! :D

Shameless self promotion? Don't mind if I do!
I'll PM you my DA url just to be safe... If you have one yourself, I'd also like to get yours.

It was fun to do and it's a nice challenge since you don't know what people are going to have for an avatar.
Like Imp and his Hurlock Emissary.

tippy2k2:
Bah! I used to have well thought out posts but then I took an arrow to the knee and now I just make tired and stupid jokes!

Anyway, congrats for on the spotlight!

You mean you got married?
Thank you.

Evil Smurf:
Congrats! We need more catoholics in the spotlight.

Every time you post that word I read Catholics.

OP: Well deserved!

A vastly superior dragon!

Colour-Scientist:

Evil Smurf:
Congrats! We need more catoholics in the spotlight.

Every time you post that word I read Catholics.

OP: Well deserved!

A vastly superior dragon!

HA, I did the same thing! I thought it was strange that he was talking about how we need more Catholics in the spot-light and I was confused since I didn't recall them mentioning religion at all during the interview...

Eclipse Dragon:

Caramel Frappe:

MY GOD that is so awesome!!!

Is this on DeviantArt by any chance? I would so comment on that fine piece of work and compliment the crap out of it lol. But seriously so awesome... I should do that for people on here too since I can draw as well (though my art skills are rusty). But wow grand job at drawing everyone....... I love it!! :D

Shameless self promotion? Don't mind if I do!
I'll PM you my DA url just to be safe... If you have one yourself, I'd also like to get yours.

It was fun to do and it's a nice challenge since you don't know what people are going to have for an avatar.
Like Imp and his Hurlock Emissary.


Thank you.

Don't worry about it. Being "toonified" makes me seem less threating, and makes people let down their guards more.

Evil Smurf:
Congrats! We need more catoholics in the spotlight.

Daystar Clarion:
2 Ashleys have been in the Community Spotlight.

Suck it, society.

What is it with you Ashleys and the escapistforums?
Is this just a part of your Ashleytopia?

Is this the foundation on which you shall base your empire?

Does one get bestowed with superpowers after doing a community spotlight?

If so, I need to get myself into one.
Time to shamelessly bribe the mods until they decide to give me one be the nicest person on the escapist until the whole community unanimously demands I get a community spotlight.

Alternatively, I could just work on my mind-controling device and take over the world by making everyone subject to my every whim, thus granting me the ability to decide on whom the honour of a community spotlight is bestowed and then choose to be the subject of the next spotlight. Hell, every spotlight.

On topic:
Congratulations, EclipseDragon, and is that a sheep wielding the Master Sword? A supersayajin sheep? I find this quite befuddling...

Hey, what do you know? I just voted for you last week!

Gratz Eclipse, you are one of the few people on this site who deserves the spotlight as much as I do >:D

Fappy:
Hey, what do you know? I just voted for you last week!

Gratz Eclipse, you are one of the few people on this site who deserves the spotlight as much as I do >:D

For being the most humble, right? >;D

Imp Emissary:

Fappy:
Hey, what do you know? I just voted for you last week!

Gratz Eclipse, you are one of the few people on this site who deserves the spotlight as much as I do >:D

For being the most humble, right? >;D

Well, of course! What else would it be for?

Why do I know no one in the community spot light.

That makes me sad.

Calibanbutcher:
Befuddlement

Cross me Manatee and I shall show you how one truly wields the Master Sword!

Eclipse Dragon:
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Woot go Eclipse Dragon! You deserve the spotlight.
And I want your kitty cat, hes so darn adorable!
He will be mine after I slay all the dragons

Huh... I wonder if your name comes from Eclipse, a Dragon summon in Golden Sun:
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I wonder if you also do commissions, too...

Calibanbutcher:
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I will never tell you the secret!
Because I'm not even sure what it is.

Fappy:
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Thank you, but you already have a review spotlight.
Be careful, too much light will blind you.

Beffudled Sheep:
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You will never steal him from me. He's surprisingly loyal for a cat.

Grenge Di Origin:
Huh... I wonder if your name comes from Eclipse, a Dragon summon in Golden Sun:
I wonder if you also do commissions, too...

It might possibly come from that particular dragon.
I do love the Golden Sun series

And I might possibly do commissions.

Eclipse Dragon:
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How old is your kitty?

Evil Smurf:
How old is your kitty?

He's seven, he's getting to be an old man, but he hides it well.
All these years, I thought he was lazy, it turns out he's just a master of energy conservation.

Also thank you.

Eclipse Dragon:

Evil Smurf:
How old is your kitty?

He's seven, he's getting to be an old man, but he hides it well.
All these years, I thought he was lazy, it turns out he's just a master of energy conservation.

Also thank you.

Perhaps your cat is a spy?

No problem!

Congratulations on the well-deserved spotlight :). It's great to see your art getting more recognition, particularly your aww'dorable 'Home is where Mom is' piece.

I had a kid for the sole reason that she was going to be born on the year of the Dragon.

Top that.

Draconalis:
I had a kid for the sole reason that she was going to be born on the year of the Dragon.

Top that.

Fun fact: The year of the dragon is also known as the year of change.

I don't think I'll ever not be late to these things :(

Though, in my defense, This time my timezone changed and I know fuck all about what time or day it is apart from what my phone says XD

Anyhoo how diddly, you're awesome and I'm glad you got the spotlight. Our afternoon random ass conversations in the IL have been a godsend while sitting on my ass waiting for class. Now, just join the hangouts more often (ever) and you can win my completely important cool member of the year award! xD

Congrats, Eclipse Dragon! If it wasn't for you I'd probably still be ignorantly futzing around with my Wacom tablet... or snapped it in half.

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Wild Arms is one of my favorite JRPG series

She won me over with that one. Grats, by the way, Eclipse. Seeing as how you're interested in dragons, do you take a liking to the many versions of Bahamut? And if you're a fan of Wild ARMs, I can only imainge the kind of art you could draw of Zephyr, Guardian of Hope.

Eclipse Dragon:
Society knows that Ashleys are the best. That must be why it's such a popular name.

Nah, Ashleys only use the name because that would put them on top of alphabetical lists. They also don't realise that Aarons currently are cleverer.

I am, however, going to one up you and even Aarons - my child will be called Aardvark. Ha, take that alphabetical lists!

By the way, great to see you under the spotlight :) Keep up the good work.

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