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Monster Blair Ref by Blairaptor Monster Blair Ref by Blairaptor
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I saw Monsters University and of course that made me want to design a monster version of myself, as I have seen many others doing. I also recently watch Monsters, Inc. twice in 24 hours, so that did it for me. :heart:

First I started looking for some "rules" that the designs follow. I noticed that no monsters have external ears, and that most don't have external noses. (Needleman and Sulley being exceptions.) Instead, most designs have horns. Also, monsters have analogous color schemes, not counting the eyes. (Randall's eyes are green, the opposite of his purple skin.)

I went with some traits I like a lot in a creature - I like purple, things with four arms, a slender design, and a long tail. I had to break the color scheme a bit because I really wanted a purple tail, but that would mean the rest of her had to be purple, blue, or pink, which I either didn't like or looked too much like Randall's colors.

NOTES ON HER:
-Blair's tail is not a separate personality. She just pretends it is to make people laugh.
-The tail is part of her ability to mimic any sound or voice she hears with a bit of practice. When she mimics a sound, it will come out of the tail's mouth. This is the only purpose of the "mouth".
-Her digits have non-retractable claws.
-She wears glasses to correct her fixation problem. Don't ask how they stay on her face.
-When she was young, Blair thought she might become a scarer. But by the time she'd reached college age, Monsters Incorporated had made the switch to laugh power, so she studied to become a laugher instead, and it suits her much better.

*I listened to the Monsters, Inc. soundtrack while working on this. It won and Oscar; I didn't know that. It's really jazzy and awesome.
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xXHalocintXx Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dat tail do c:
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Rampage546 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
This monster is just....oh so good. I can't even put my finger on it but you've done real well.
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah, thanks so much!
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this character design and the matching tie for the tail is sooo cute 

I love the six limbs as well very creative and just very nice to look at too!
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! I just adore things with four arms so I had to go that route. XD
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BlackClaw93 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Artist
Is Blair a girl? Except the name but he's looks like a boy. :confused: rvmp 

                              PLZ!! FORGIVE MY RUDENESS!!! 
:sorry: :sad: Really Sad 
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Blair is me, and I am a girl, so she will always be a girl. XD
I should have put her gender on this ref sheet, haha.

Not a problem, though - she's not very feminine in this form. 
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BlackClaw93 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Artist
o.o Oh ok! :) lol! XD
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Grumpy-Old-Snake Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student
I like how you kept an eye out for general 'rules' for the monster creation, it's neat that you spent that time for this. Also, really cool design. I haven't seen the new movie, or the old one in years, but ... :XD: I really like the way the purple shades to red on the tail, as well.
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
Yes, I started to sketch some things and then I thought "You know, what makes a monster look like it belongs in the universe of MI?" They're great films; MU did not disappoint!

And thank you - I like gradients and I love that deep shade of purple.
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Grumpy-Old-Snake Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student

Of course!

 

It's a good thought to have! I'd actually been taking a bit of a leery view towards MU, but I've read a little (tiny) bit about it now and may give it a chance. We'll see! :)

 

It's a gorgeous shade; and the red makes it stand out even more. Vice versa, too. :D

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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I went in expecting MU to just be a silly, funny film that had fun with the characters and the quirkyness of the monster universe, but it added a lot of character to Mike and Sulley, and they even managed to expand Randall a bit. It had ups and downs in the story just like any good Pixar film, so I was really impressed.
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Grumpy-Old-Snake Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student
I saw the trailer and assumed it to be a slightly-painful movie trying to be funny and silly at the characters' expense. Everything I've heard tells me I took far too dim a view of things. Especially considering this is Pixar. :XD: If I do find the time to go see it, it will be with a much more open mind now!
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well, I can kind of see how one might get that idea from the trailers. I went in with hardly any idea f how things would play out and I kept my expectations pretty neutral - I just expected to laugh and enjoy those fun monster characters again. I do hope you get to see it after the DVD release. ^^ It broke my heart, it was wonderful. And honestly my heart is still broken because in the end the story is actually really tragic for a couple of the characters. But I won't give it away - just be warned that I thought it was.
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Grumpy-Old-Snake Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student
Yeah, I think I'll definitely keep an eye out for it. :) (Gah sorry for the late reply. Distracted as heck recently.)
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah, me too. It's fine. XD
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UnpleasantSlash Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013   Artist
Don't dare scare me, i have a Chucky doll, and im not afraid to use it against you(?)
and danmit, now i want to do a monster sdfkjsksl


i like especially how your mixed the purple color with blair "original" colors lD, it just looks so great on her, and her little horns make her look so adorable :heart:




also, raptor toe, hurrhurr
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much. eue

I struggled so much with that color scheme so I'm glad it came out looking good.
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SylarSushiCat Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student General Artist
O man she is so cool
I still haven't seen monster's U yet but I really want to. Gawsh.
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It was so goood! It was an excellent expansion of Mike and Sulley as characters (and Randall a bit) and it had so many hilarious little details and callforwards. XD

And I just love the universe of it, with the technicolor monsters. :heart:
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SylarSushiCat Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I always really loved the first movie so I'm really looking forward to it O3o   Can't wait XD
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ThisLunarWolf Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is actually the best thing ever :D I'm literally in love with her design! Now I totally want to make a Monsters, Inc. OC
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Urnam-BOT Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
whoa, i love her design! =D I think the purple adds a lot of interest to the overall design. the tie on her tail is also a really nice touch! i should start thinking of the design i'm going to try *brainstorms* i also really like the purpose of the tail. that is quite creative =D

the soundtrack won an oscar? that actually doesn't really surprise me... i remember it being really different and it set the mood really well in the film. i was hoping there would be a soundtrack a bit more similar to that in Monsters University but I only remember hearing it near the end of the movie when they were talking about working at Monsters, Inc. I wonder if you noticed it? or am i crazy xD
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I like ties a lot. I just don't get to use them in many things.
Oh, I'm sure you'll come up with something neat, haha.

I think the jazz vibe is a neat style to choose to go with a bunch of "ordinary" monsters, so that was always cool. Yes, I have to agree the MU soundtrack wasn't quite as good. It didn't strike me as great when I watched the film, and now I've listened to it on YT and I think it has less jazz and more classical music in it. It also has the marching band style several times because of the school theme. I think the mix of themes is what makes it less powerful; it's less unified.
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purplemudkip Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The tie on the tail!
That's adorable!
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! :'D
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SahkoWolf Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
THANKS BLAIR

NOW I NEED TO MAKE ONE

>BC

Amazing job on this fasdfasdfasdasdf
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha I was talking to Urn last week about it so hopefully she'll do it too. XD

And thank you. :heart:
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SahkoWolf Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
those cat's in WA

they'd make perfect kitty monsters C8<

No problem <3


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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Indeed they would XD
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gattsby Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow that so amazing Blair!
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SootingStarDragon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Shes really cool! I love her design, you put a lot of thought into her :D
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
Now I oughta draw her a few more times so the design doesn't go to waste, haha.
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DuskRipper Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist
This looks just awesome :D
I love the glasses and the tail with the tie is so cute :D
I wanna hug your monster version. :)
I think i need to watch this movie and make my own monster version :ninjaplot:
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!

Yes, go see it. ^^ Brave was kind of a flop but Pixar has really come back with Monsters U. It's so fun and inspiring - I felt like I was being immersed in pure cartoon art for an hour and a half. 
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