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Strop by stroppy-mchorseguy Strop by stroppy-mchorseguy
I decided I needed to work A LOT on my lines, so I decided to do some practice doing random sketches and playing with styles. I think I'm coming along.

This is a decent reference sheet of Strop. Since I started drawing him (as Morgan), I've started resembling him more and vice-versa, so now this is a pretty accurate depiction. Except to say that I don't have long flowing hair...and I'm not some kind of horse guy...

The other feature I've brought up here is that the original strop is an archer. I've only ever tried archery twice in my life but I can say that like the one time I handled firearms, there was something about the 'stillness' that I admired in the practice of marksmanship. Better yet to me is the practice of stillness in movement, which is what interests me about certain aspects of parkour.

Which makes strop a ninja that specialises in archery. As you can also see, I picked very plain clothes because strop doesn't feel the need to create some kind of ornate characteristic standout dress, doesn't fight and should he ever have to he doesn't intend to use any protection. The limit of that would be his bandaged limbs to prevent sprains. This reflects my own ascetic tastes.

Funny story about the sketch in the middle- I may have mentioned wearing...no I didn't. A friend of mine had a 21st on Halloween and made it fancy dress. I happened to be one of the only people who actually turned up in fancy dress (so much for that idea), and I cobbled together a ninja costume, very similar to the one above. When I rocked up, nobody recognised me because I was wearing my facemask, which furthermore made eating, talking and even breathing very difficult.

Which begs the question as to why I went as a ninja if I intended to be social, duh.
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Thoadthetoad Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
aww, I thought I'd see strop with another mask under his mask XD.
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:iconthosewhofightfurther:
OHHH. -thats- why your HI nickname is Strop. I always wondered.

by the way, this is Appleh :P if you remember me, that is.
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stroppy-mchorseguy Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I remember. Actually it's a bit of a long story. I have a friend whose nickname is Strawcat and I thought that was awesome. So I took up Strawpony. And then after Strawpony, Gutterflower announced dramatically that she was sick of typing Strawpony so she was gonna call me Strop.

And it stuck.
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Pfft. Seriously, only Gutter would think of a name like Strop.
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SteinWill Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey nice to see you've drawn Strop a reference sheet as well^^ I gotta say I love that pose him so epic'ly shoots with the bow =D

oh and are you SURE you can deal with the hair beeing under the hood? ;)
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Kijayz Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, well that was a fun description to read.

I must say, it seems like your character sheet is coming along nicely. Though I wonder...how silent can a being with hooves as feet really be? Heh. I'm sure plenty silent enough. But still, got me thinking for some reason.

As for your Halloween costume, yeah you're right...showing up as a ninja probably isn't going to do much for you socially...hehe. But still, a good one to put together so quickly.
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stroppy-mchorseguy Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, I know. Hooves != silent; haha. Maybe he wears some kind of padded shoe or has some *ultra-special-super-ninja silent running technique*

Even now the family of the girl still refer to me as the ninja. And for some reason her mother answers the door by peeking her head out the window in the adjacent room. Seriously.
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Kijayz Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol...let's go with the padded shoe. Heh.

And that's funny that they refer to you as the ninja now!
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stroppy-mchorseguy Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It could possibly be something to do with my habit of appearing from over walls and balconies instead of taking the stairs like regular people.
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Kijayz Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just maybe...heh. ;)
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