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Knuckles Boom chapter 13 (Sonic Boom Fanfic)
The robots were just entering the main hall as Knuckles galloped down the Emerald chamber's stairs. Great--he'd have to fight his way out, and probably while carrying the girl.
She had to be there. The Master Emerald had given him the vision of the girl because it was keeping her alive. All this time, he'd been playing with the island's power source, never considering that life support needed power, too.
He crashed through the door into the Emerald chamber. No robots yet--only tranquil green light and polished, mirror-smooth floor. The Master Emerald sat atop the altar, and for a moment Knuckles stared at it. What would Eggman do with it?
Then he shook himself. They'd come back. Sticks said they would. Right now he had to find the girl.
He circled the altar, tapping it with his claws. The schematics showed it opened up. But where were the doors? In the back?
Doubt gnawed at him as he stared at the altar's stone back. What if he opened it and found only old machinery? What if his guess
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Knuckles Boom chapter 12 (Sonic Boom Fanfic)
The next day, Tails continued his repair work, Amy and Sticks began cleaning the bunker and galley, Sonic went out to explore the outside of the island, and Knuckles and Metal Sonic took the shark to Bygone Island.
They docked the shark near the island's southern cliffs, in a quiet bay. Knuckles climbed the cliffs, Metal simply flew up, and they hiked in to the island's interior.
The rain of the past two days left the air warm and humid, with moisture dripping from every leaf. Puddles gleamed like mirrors in every depression, and the numerous streams ran full and loud. Birds sang high overhead, and insects chirped in the undergrowth.
"What's your theory on this girl, Metal?" Knuckles asked, after they had hiked a while in silence.
The robot's almost-voice replied in his head, "She is more recent than the computer records, as Amy said."
"So where's she come from?"
"I have no data. Conjecture. There are other entrances to the island's interior than we have discovered."
Knuckles nodded, w
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Knuckles Boom chapter 11 (Sonic Boom Fanfic)
"Tails stole my shark!" Eggman bellowed. "Of all the nerve! When you're swallowed by a shark, you're supposed to just sit there!"
"Doctor," said Orbot, "it wouldn't have mattered if it had swallowed anyone else. But Tails is smart."
"More's the pity," Eggman growled. "I still don't know what they're up to on that rotten little island. But if I can contact Metal Sonic--" He hammered a button. "Grr--why won't he respond?"
"Maybe Tails hacked him, too," said Cubot.
Eggman leaned back in his chair and thought about this. He got up and paced around his lair, thinking about it. It would explain Metal Sonic's erratic behavior. Reprogrammed into switching sides. If he had, then those foolish animals would share their secrets with him, never thinking of how easily Eggman could repossess him.
Metal Sonic would never switch sides of his own choice. Eggman hadn't left him any will in the matter.
Eggman circled back to the control room and flicked a switch. "There's two drones remaining active. I c
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My kids recently got interested in Sonic the Hedgehog. This interest waxes and wanes, depending on who is raising chao at the time.

Anyway, this time when they got on a Sonic kick, I said, "Do you guys want me to read you my old Sonic stories?"

Their answer was Very Yes. So I started trying to read them the very first one I wrote when I was 15.

If I knew then what I know now:

1. Melodrama is not plot. I had pages and pages of little random dramas, but nothing really moving forward in the story.

There's also quite a few loops. Professional writers use them to hit word counts. A character goes out to accomplish something, fails, and winds up back where they started. It adds nothing to the story, but hey, it added 5k more words. This is why fantasy books are so thick.

Solution: cut that fluff and keep that story moving. If I did this with the fanfic in question, it would go from 50k words of wandering fluff to 13k of tightly-written awesome.

2. Bring the Big Bad in EARLY. In that first story, Metal Sonic is the main antagonist. But he doesn't show up until about the 3/4ths mark. My enthusiastic teen self built the plot like a Lego tower. Let's add on THIS and add on THAT and who cares if it makes sense? The plot muddles around with weaker secondary villains before finally settling on the Big Bad.

Solution: have Metal Sonic actively oppose the heroes from the start. He's terrifying. Let him terrify the reader.

3. Casts of thousands work fine for epic fantasy, but not for smaller-scope urban fantasy. I had eight main characters. Count 'em. Eight. And I really only liked four of them. So that's who got all the character development.

Poor Tails. I apologize for always leaving you out in the cold. You get more love later in the series, I promise!

Solution: cut everybody not necessary to the plot. They can stay home and have an adventure next time.

4. The idiot ball: don't give it to anyone. Ever.

This is when a character who has been competent up to this point does something randomly stupid to move the plot along. Horror movies are full of these.

"Don't go into the house alone!"

"Why are the lights out?"

"I'm going to ignore the spooky sound coming from the back of the house."

"We know the bad guy attacks girls when they're alone ... let's go hunt for him and leave our girl alone!"

Solution: Characters have to do things that logically follow. Sure, people are stupid in real life. But this is fiction. It has to make sense. Give the characters some freaking survival instincts.

5. You know that perfect character who is perfect and never gets scared and has all the answers and is better than all the other characters? She's called a Mary-Sue. She's the author's self-insert into the story.

:tears out hair:

Solution: Give her some freaking FLAWS. Let her make MISTAKES. My GOSH. I hate this character so BADLY. And she's MINE.

I apologize to everybody who waded through my old stories. They're awful and painful and ... :whispering: ... still available. I'd take them down, except I still get the occasional message from a fan who remembers them fondly.

Long story short, the kids and I skipped the first five stories. We're just going to hit the ones where new characters get introduced. We'll see if my writing gets any more succinct as we move forward in time.
Moon Dragon
I've been learning to use Daz3D lately. I'd like to work up to modeling in Bryce, but for now I'm learning to pose and light models. This dragon model comes free with a tutorial, so I've been posing and lighting him in different ways. I wanted to try adding him to a composite painting, so here he is. I've been practicing some other kinds of painting techniques that I'll hopefully get to show off, too.

Made in Photoshop and Daz3D (which is free!)
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Commission: Lily the Pandaren
This was a commission by :iconnightshadehedgehog: for his Pandaren character, Lily.  I'm going to do a bunch of these WoW-themed pics, and I'm pretty excited. It's been a long time since I did much Warcraft art, and it's only gotten prettier.

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My kids recently got interested in Sonic the Hedgehog. This interest waxes and wanes, depending on who is raising chao at the time.

Anyway, this time when they got on a Sonic kick, I said, "Do you guys want me to read you my old Sonic stories?"

Their answer was Very Yes. So I started trying to read them the very first one I wrote when I was 15.

If I knew then what I know now:

1. Melodrama is not plot. I had pages and pages of little random dramas, but nothing really moving forward in the story.

There's also quite a few loops. Professional writers use them to hit word counts. A character goes out to accomplish something, fails, and winds up back where they started. It adds nothing to the story, but hey, it added 5k more words. This is why fantasy books are so thick.

Solution: cut that fluff and keep that story moving. If I did this with the fanfic in question, it would go from 50k words of wandering fluff to 13k of tightly-written awesome.

2. Bring the Big Bad in EARLY. In that first story, Metal Sonic is the main antagonist. But he doesn't show up until about the 3/4ths mark. My enthusiastic teen self built the plot like a Lego tower. Let's add on THIS and add on THAT and who cares if it makes sense? The plot muddles around with weaker secondary villains before finally settling on the Big Bad.

Solution: have Metal Sonic actively oppose the heroes from the start. He's terrifying. Let him terrify the reader.

3. Casts of thousands work fine for epic fantasy, but not for smaller-scope urban fantasy. I had eight main characters. Count 'em. Eight. And I really only liked four of them. So that's who got all the character development.

Poor Tails. I apologize for always leaving you out in the cold. You get more love later in the series, I promise!

Solution: cut everybody not necessary to the plot. They can stay home and have an adventure next time.

4. The idiot ball: don't give it to anyone. Ever.

This is when a character who has been competent up to this point does something randomly stupid to move the plot along. Horror movies are full of these.

"Don't go into the house alone!"

"Why are the lights out?"

"I'm going to ignore the spooky sound coming from the back of the house."

"We know the bad guy attacks girls when they're alone ... let's go hunt for him and leave our girl alone!"

Solution: Characters have to do things that logically follow. Sure, people are stupid in real life. But this is fiction. It has to make sense. Give the characters some freaking survival instincts.

5. You know that perfect character who is perfect and never gets scared and has all the answers and is better than all the other characters? She's called a Mary-Sue. She's the author's self-insert into the story.

:tears out hair:

Solution: Give her some freaking FLAWS. Let her make MISTAKES. My GOSH. I hate this character so BADLY. And she's MINE.

I apologize to everybody who waded through my old stories. They're awful and painful and ... :whispering: ... still available. I'd take them down, except I still get the occasional message from a fan who remembers them fondly.

Long story short, the kids and I skipped the first five stories. We're just going to hit the ones where new characters get introduced. We'll see if my writing gets any more succinct as we move forward in time.

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A long-time art student, still avidly studying art in between raising a growing family. Art production is slower and less polished than it used to be, but that will change.
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Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017   General Artist
Hey NR, what happened to your old website? :( 
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NetRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
It got hacked over and over, to the point where malware had been injected onto the server. My webhost wanted me to pay to get rid of it, so I just canceled the whole account. I still blog at kmcarrollblog.wordpress.com, so I don't have to worry about my server getting hacked anymore.
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Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017   General Artist
Oh dear. I tried going back there earlier. o_o I hope I didn't get a virus! 
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RaeLogan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, it's me again, another couple of questions. :P

1. Mecha's tail. How does that work now? Does it function the same as everyone else's by now, by which I mean, "Does it twitch and convey emotions now that he's getting more lax with everyone?"

I ask this because I was amused briefly by the idea that he's trying to stay stoic, and his tail just just twitches happily, and everyone just says nothing because they don't want to ruin it by drawing his attention to it. XD

2. I've done a few more fanarts in the past few months, I'm not sure if the tag showed up in your inbox (you probably get flooded with notifications from everyone, it probably just got lost in there), so here's a few links for you:

raelogan.deviantart.com/art/Ye… (In which Mecha and Aleda discuss Super Forms)

raelogan.deviantart.com/art/St… (ion which Mecha joins a competition against Sonic, and -technically- wins)

raelogan.deviantart.com/art/He… (in which I made this a crossover with a segment of "Steven Universe", because the referenced segment is beautiful and sounds like the kind of words Mecha needs to hear)

I hope I'm not making too much fanart, it's just that, after about a decade of following these fantastic stories, I finally feel confident enough to actually make fanart that looks decently drawn. ^^;
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SonicDrawingFan1412 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, NetRaptor I had a quick question for you. You see, I write stories on Wattpad and I saw your Sunset Shadow image which is amazing and was wondering if I may use the image for a chapter photo? Oh course I would credit you but if you don't allow it it's cool. Thanks! ^^
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NetRaptor Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Sure, go ahead! Just credit me in your notes. :-)
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SonicDrawingFan1412 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright I will! Thank you so much! :)
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RaeLogan Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, here I am again, with yet more questions... I hope I'm not bugging you with these... ^^;

Hopefully this is a much simpler set for me to ask. Again, about Mecha.

So, does he actually have a preference in terms of food? I know that he doesn't care much for sweet stuff, aside from prefering to mix honey and coffee for energy reasons, but is there a specific flavor or food he actually enjoys, enough so to probably classify as a favorite?

For that matter, what is his least favorite?

Because while thinking of this, I wondered if he ever just thought of bringing peanut butter along on those trips of his, because 1) it's neutral enough in taste to not be overpowering, 2) it's protein and therefore energy fuel and 3) if not for his benefit, perhaps Aleda's.

And on a small tangent, I wondered his opinion on sour things, like lemons. For some strange reason, all I could think of beyond that was someone, not sure who exactly, saying: "Mecha tried a lemon once. Once." and leaving it at that, and that's really funny to me for some reason.

And after your Winter's Day story, I can't help but wonder if, since the Chao can have little winter clothes and stuff, does that mean there's a shop that sells Chao clothes, or that shops can carry Chao clothes, or if Chao owners just make them themselves? Because if it's the latter, that's adorable and probably means Mecha made Aleda's, which is probably really easy for him, like can you imagine him knitting (what am I saying, you made him up, you can imagine whatever you please), just every stitch is perfect and the rows are so even or something, and ahhhh...

I ask these mainly because I got around to porting your stories in the whole NetRaptor Sonic-verse to an eBook format to a chip on my phone to better bookmark and read where I left off without the browser crashing, and that meant some refreshing on things to check how the conversion process went down (quite well, actually).

I probably don't have to say again how much I love your stories, so I'll just leave now with a wave and an awkward smile.
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RaeLogan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I'm back again with another question...

I've been curious for a while, but... Gee, how do I word this coherently..?

Um... Mecha and music. What's his opinion of it? Is there a possibility that certain tunes resonate well with him, or does he not really care much for it?

What would be his preferred genre, if any? I honestly keep entertaining the idea of the Mobius equivalent to 80s music (specifically those of the Journey, Genesis, and Pat Benatar variety), but I kinda always default to 80s music as a catch-all answer to anything anyway... ^^;

On the other hand, I also imagine, if one specific genre or track resonates emotionally with him (whether positive or not), he'd either avoid it altogether to avoid further confusing his constantly evolving... emotion thingies (I do not word well compared to my thoughts)...

Although, maybe he'd end up being a sort of music collector, like with vinyls or something, maybe CDs... Say that it's for Aleda's benefit, I dunno. Actually, that'd be really cute if, when they're totally alone, they just sing along together or something. Mecha's Alone-With-Aleda-Activities are always pretty cute. :3

Then again, I can only speculate; he's yours, after all, so nothing can really be confirmed unless you say so. XD
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NetRaptor Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
That's a very interesting question, and one I hadn't considered. There's not a lot of music in Mecha's environment ... although with his increased association with other people, that may change. Something to explore in future stories! I could see him reacting, at first, the way a person does who has been deaf and has had the surgery to restore hearing--a lot of discordant beats and sounds. But he'd slowly get used to it, and maybe come to enjoy various kinds. What do you think would be best for someone who has no experience with music? Classical?
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