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Zalost Reference Sheet by Art-Zealot Zalost Reference Sheet by Art-Zealot
“Am I a compassionate soul compelled to kill, or a bloodthirsty soul compelled to weep? Either way, I am damned.”

Audition: [link]

Finally done! I keep going back and tweaking things, but I'm forcing myself to just accept it as is. The formatting is a little sloppy, and it's pretty text-heavy, but it'll tell you more than you ever wanted to know about my OCT character! -_-'

Zalost is the character I'm entering for :iconeden-oct:. Without further ado, I'll let the sheet speak for itself (though feel free to ask questions).

I do so love drawing snarly Zal. :meow:

Extra Info for Competetors
Attack Patterns
:bulletblue: Initial attack:
--:bulletorange: He always begins in Large form
--:bulletorange: He is particularly predictable and vulnerable to counter-attack in this stage
--:bulletorange: He never speaks during this first attack, or if he does, it is a single, malicious phrase like “DEATH!” or “TRESPASSER!”
--:bulletorange: He snaps out of this state after the first few moments of battle, or if he is injured in the initial assault

:bulletblue: After the rush of malice, Zalost becomes calculating, switching between his other two forms as the situation calls for it, and using his environment to his advantage
--:bulletorange: At this point, it is possible to have a conversation with him, but it is impossible to talk him out of trying to kill you.

:bulletblue: He never voluntarily leaves his sanctuary, but it is fairly easy to lure him out
--:bulletorange: The moment he sees his enemy, he is compelled by his need to kill, and will pursue them past the borders of his territory

:bulletblue: His battles almost always end in death, be it his own, or his opponent’s. It is against his very nature to negotiate a treaty.

:bulletblue: He is rather bitter at everyone, particularly those who refuse to leave him in peace. He hates killing, and anyone who approaches him is inadvertently forcing him to try and kill them (due to the demon’s instinct).

:bulletblue: Because his personality is a fusion of the dragon Tanotl’s and his own, he can seem moody and unpredictable. The Dragon Soul gives him a bent for deep philosophical musings and regret, while the demon Zalost is cynical, uncaring, and distrustful at heart.

:bulletblue: To defeat Zalost, you must kill him. To leave him alive would not be merciful in his situation, and ending his existence is doing him a great courtesy.
--:bulletorange: He might even offer gratitude before he dies.

:bulletblue: He can be killed through normal means—physical trauma, loss of blood, etc. He is a physical, mortal creature, despite the fact that he can alter his shape.

Artist’s Notes
:bulletblue: I gave him two alternate medium forms to make him easier to draw; I know some people prefer to draw felines over wolves, so I wanted to give them the option to stick to their strengths.
--:bulletorange: That’s also why he has a fairly simple design: I want him to be easy and fun to draw for everyone (myself certainly included!).

:bulletblue: Feel free to portray him as a villain/boss to defeat. When his demon instinct is in control, he isn't something with which to be sympathetic...

:bulletblue: When he speaks, he does so Telepathically in a very straightforward and subconscious manner: if he's noticed you, he can speak to you, but if he's not directly including you in his conversation, you cannot hear a thing he says. The only actual "sounds" he can make are bestial snarls and roars.
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Clarilune Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Beautiful job! I love following tournaments here on deviant. I'm rooting for Zalost. I don't know if he made it past the first round, (admittedly, I haven't scoped out the tournament yet and know nothing of what has been going on) but I did see this reference sheet a few months back and am very impressed with it. Great job! :D
Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I did actually make it past Round One, but I withdrew shortly afterwards, simply because I couldn't let Eden commandeer all of my Summer free time.

I do plan on continuing his story in an original context, sometime in the future when the Eden stress has worn off. XP
Clarilune Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Ohhh, I see. Well, I will be closely following for when that time comes. Great job again! :D
Aankai-Rain Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I intend to put your charecter trought a mentos commercial

please don't kill me
Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Haha, I'm not sure what you mean, but it sounds amusing.
gartore Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
¡Muchísimas gracias!
InstilledPhear Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gah, I love his wispy tail! This demon is so extremely well-developed... I almost daresay that his design is simple--meaning, he doesn't have flames spewing from every orifice and he's not cracked open with magma pouring out like the design of most demons... The design is simple, but EXTREMELY original. I LOVE this character. He's a total bamf.

I also think of the Pokemon Cubone. XD Zalost is like... Cubone goes to hell. And evolves into this ferocious not-G-rated hairy evil thing. 8D
Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hah! He's actually been compared to Cubone before. ^^ And yes, I mentioned that I wanted his design to be simple so I (and others) could draw him repeatedly with less difficulty.

Thanks so much!
InstilledPhear Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's probably a good idea. XD I should have made my character a tad bit more simple... I'm struggling to draw him and I'm the artist. X'D Probably because I changed his face... Anywho, good luck getting into the OCT! Not that you'll need luck. XD This is refined talent, right here.
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