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Serra Daaken by jerek-uk
Serra Daaken
We're off to the post-apocalyptic, irradiated Earth of the 1978 RPG 'Gamma World' today, and an updated 'real' version of  another of my old character drawings, Serra Daaken.

Serra is full human (the character categories in Gamma World were: full human, mutated human and mutated animal) so has no abilities other than acquired expertise and no drawbacks other than her fairly obvious disabilities! 

The Earth of 2471 in which Serra lives has a strange mix of the technologically advanced and the primitive. Serra lives in a nomadic tribe, living off what they can pick up from the abandoned cities and old installations of the pre-apocalypse world. I always strove to design clothes and accessories that might be found in that setting. Most people would acquire clothes and possessions either by barter or by scavenging, and consequently Serra's clothes and equipment be a mix of 'high-tech' (her prosthetic left arm and her guns - although even the arm is fairly ancient by her standards, being body-powered) and pretty primitive (her trousers and 'home-made' peg-legs). In the move back to tribal ways of living, she would also wear identifying body paint and/or markings. The mark on her left shoulder is a brand, rather than a tattoo, given at birth and making her permanently as a member of her particular tribe.

For those who might be wondering the device on her belt next to the holster is a portable geiger counter - a necessity where she lives. The device on the other side of her hip is a power pack for the beam weapons she's packing. :)

Gamma World could be a brutal place with fearsome hazards - radiation, poisons, hostile plant and animal life and marauding warbands - and Serra, for all that she's an intelligent, sensitive and generous-spirited person, would be a pretty tough cookie and a real survivor.

Serafina Dark by jerek-uk
Serafina Dark
Another digital re-imagining of an old drawing. For some reason, one of the most popular of the old drawings of role-playing characters in my gallery is Captain Serafina Dark, even though the game she's from (Privateer) was never as successful or widely-known as Dungeons and Dragons and the other fantasy or SF games. In fact I only played it a few times myself.

I really like Serafina as a character though (as LondonJohn commented on the original - "A female eye patch wearing pirate with a peg leg AND a crutch: crikey!") so really enjoyed giving her a makeover! As with the other characters I've done, I've tried to keep the new version as close as possible to the old drawing in terms of the pose and the costume - just updating or improving or making slightly more believable where I can.

So just like her older incarnation, Serafina relies on a single peg-leg and single crutch, with a pinned up trouser leg on the other side. I still love the image of her balancing on the pitching deck of her ship, shouting orders as she grips a rope for support with her double hook, cutlass ready for action on her left wrist and her crutch held securely by its shoulder-lanyard. I still have no idea how she would ever use that flintlock pistol though!

I have a special liking for her elegant, beautifully-turned peg-leg... very posh! I've also kept the double hook and double cigar holder that I shamelessly nicked from some wonderful old illustrations of Captain Hook in one of the copies of Peter pan I have in my bookshelves. :)

There didn't seem to be much love for Sura's modernised version judging by the lack of responses, so hopefully this new, more realistic, Serafina will be to peoples' liking! Comments and critiques as always are much appreciated! :)
Sura 2 by jerek-uk
Sura 2
Another version of Sura from slightly earlier in her career, around the mid 2270s. Unlike most people, I've always rather liked the 'pyjama' uniforms of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (which is actually my favourite of all the films) so I could combine a desire to portray Sura in that era's uniform as well as using a short sleeved variant of the standard duty uniform to give us all a better look at her beautiful prosthetic arms. :)

By the way, as in the other version of this picture, the insignia on Sura's uniforms(s) show that she's a Lieutenant in Starfleet's Science division (Research and Technical).

There's also another version in my scraps with Sura... ahem... out of uniform.
Sura by jerek-uk
Another digital re-visiting of an old character sketch. I thought this might be a quick and easy one, but actually the details of the uniform were unexpectedly tricky to get right! I usually prefer slightly more 'basic' prosthetics for my characters... but Sura does live in the 23rd century when I suspect prosthetics will be quite sophisticated, and I also had these really nice cybernetic limbs which I hadn't used before. With a bit of re-texturing they matched the old drawing quite well. :)

I like the fact that Sura with true Vulcan practicality has opted not to hide the artificiality of her limbs with any kind of cosmetic covering, and also seems to be quite happy to wear the tunic and skirt combination of the uniform which reveals her metal legs in all their glory.

My only slight disappointment is that the late 2270s-2350s uniform, although from my favourite era, inevitably hides her arms almost completely. So I did another version from the mid 2270s, a few years earlier in her career, when the uniforms had a short-sleeved option!

There's also another version in my scraps with Sura... ahem... out of uniform.


Jerek Tucker
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United Kingdom
Current Residence: Planet Earth (occasionally)
Favourite genre of music: Anything not involving Cleo Laine or 50 Cent
Favourite photographer: Mapplethorpe
Favourite style of art: Abstract Expressionism
Operating System: Windows XP
MP3 player of choice: iPod Video
Shell of choice: MeShell My Belle
Wallpaper of choice: Woodchip
Skin of choice: Any colour, any shade, so long as it's hairy and involves full coverage...
Favourite cartoon character: Turanga Leela, Wile E. Coyote, Bugs Bunny (but only when he's dressed as a girl)
Personal Quote: "No matter where you go, there you are."
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Sinead O'Connor
  • Reading: Vast - The Nanotech Succession Book 3
  • Watching: Casablanca
  • Playing: Stevie Ray Vaughan licks
  • Eating: Cheese
  • Drinking: Wine
I've finally got around to doing something that I've been meaning to do for ages - which is to re-visit some of the (very) old drawings of role-playing game characters in my gallery and update them with all the digital bells and whistles that are available to me nowadays. At the back of my mind I had the idea of taking what are essentially 'cartoons' of these people and seeing what they might look like in 'real life'.

I've started with an upload of the 'real' Membra and Amantie from 'Two women, two limbs' Two women, two limbs by jerek-uk and I'm quite pleased with the result. So I think I'll continue... perhaps with Visma next or maybe Raelin. We'll see where it goes! :) 


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eie74 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 22, 2014
So, what happened with Ruth?
I hope she´s getting a head transplant =P (Razz) 
jerek-uk Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha! No. No head transplant sadly... She's still living somewhere, waiting for me to return to chronicling her life. Which I will. In due course. I can only do these things as the mood takes me... I haven't forgotten the lovely Ruth. Honest.
iroori Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Thank you very much for the Fav, and the Watch!!
jerek-uk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a pleasure. :)
mautheil Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jerek, thank you for the comments and the many :+fav:. You made me happy for the rest of this year ! I wasn't certain that you loved my art, but you certainly know how much I love yours, especially the hand-made drawings.

I didn't post comments or suggestions about the headless Ruth because, in my own taste, a beautiful girl is firstly a beautiful face, but I've been happy to see that several devs have sent comments or suggestions and that there's been a constructive discussion about this topic. BTW, years ago, I've seen a headless woman (with all four limbs) and a bodyless woman, but of course, they were fakes. It was at the 'Foire du Trône' in Paris, in the sixties or seventies.

All the best,

Maurice :) :#1: 
jerek-uk Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, Maurice. I should have done it before! :) (Smile)
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M3lanie Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Bounces eagerly*
I can't wait; you MUST tell me: How is part 3 of Ruth's life coming along? xD
jerek-uk Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's coming along. :)

Twelve hour working days don't help. But I am working on it. There might be a bit longer wait for further parts - parts 1 and 2 were written over a long weekend so I had more time. I'll post it as soon as it's ready! :)

In the meantime keep your eyes open for another couple of pictures which are on the way...

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