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And so I switch styles again. I’d never really tried something like this before, but the intended mood and lighting effects required something other than the standard outline-heavy stuff. We’ll see if I can ever figure out how to make use of it again.

Anyway, Pirates 4.

Obviously this installment wasn’t (and couldn’t have been) on the same level as the first, but it felt like a pretty decent adventure movie in its own right—even taking into account the distinct lack of krakens. I actually seem to have enjoyed it more than the majority of the internet did, but hey, I guess that’s what the internet is for, and you can’t fault it for being true to its calling.

Danger in the Cosmos

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So here’s the annual kraken, this time celebrating the site’s fifth birthday.

Obviously this marks a break from previous birthday kraken illustrations, which usually depict actual birthday shenanigans, but who knows—maybe invading desolate moonscapes is a cephalopod space-birthday tradition in its own right.