Augwak's Treasure WIP Picture

PLEASE comment if you fave! I worked hard on this.
All right, I'm going to try to take part in the 100 Picture Challenge, or whatever it's called here. Basically, you draw one picture each for one of 100 themes. I just started learning how to draw human faces about two months ago. I was going to hold off on entering the challenge until I'd gotten bodily postures down better, but figured that if I waited that long I'd never get anywhere. So I know I still need a lot of work. Maybe doing this challenge will help me improve, maybe not. I like to hope that maybe someday I'll be able to redo this picture and it'll look a whole lot better. For now though, it's much better than what I could have done a couple of months ago.
This illustrates a scene from Part 72 of Return To Manitou Island [link] and pictures the theme of "Precious Treasure." The evil spirit Chakenapok has just appeared to the chief of the cannibal GeeBees, Augwak, and is making him a bargain he can't refuse: ultimate power over the Island, in exchange for killing the protagonist, Charmian. Now if only Augwak can curb his enthusiasm a little...

(Amusingly enough, I had trouble thinking of a good picture for this theme until this one suddenly popped into my head. It's only while reading over the section I'm posting at DA that I realize the phrase "precious treasure" is actually used in the text!
This is just the inked sketch. I cropped off a bit of the background for now. I'm planning on filling it all in with colored pencil, as that's the only medium I have, that and a photo program which mangles my pictures when I resize and try to up the saturation a bit.
Anyway...the next theme I believe is "Eyes" and I already have an idea in mind.
This will be scrapped later on when I upload the finished version. Just wanted to put this in my gallery to brag a bit.
Criticism not desired as I already know all the flaws this has, thank you very much.
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If you would cease rattling your jaws for but a moment, then I will tell you how this works, the mist interrupted, and Augwak scowled but obeyed. As I was saying...this spirit is already a part of you. But not in such a powerful form. You and your kin were made up of wind and water and of the dust which was once the Old Wendigoes. As such, you are but a shadow of what they once were. This, on the other hand...is pure and intact, despite being but a fragment. It has not crumbled with time. Its power is still concentrated. And even though it is but a piece, its power is far more than you have ever imagined you could be capable of.

Augwak held the fragment between thumb and forefinger, interest piqued. "And so what does one do with it...?"

Simply treat it as if it is part of your own spirit--since it is. The mist shifted. It will accept your existing spirit, and you will accept it. And it will give you the same powers and medicine that the Old Wendigoes once possessed--you will grow to be just as they were, so long ago.

Augwak's eyes grew and his face brightened. "You mean--I put this in my chest, and I can become--like one of them?" he exclaimed, growing excited. "One of the Old Ones--?"

The mist rippled, a sort of nod. This is exactly what I mean. Everything that they were, you will then be. And then you will no longer need to sit in your little cave and gnash your teeth and wish for your revenge. The entire Island will be at your mercy. Gitchi Manitou himself once imprisoned your kind, you were so strong. It is time that the Wendigo GeeBees rose again.

Augwak leapt into the air, hopping up and down. "JUST like them--?" he cried. "I will be JUST like them--? They terrorized all in their path, and none could ever hope to escape them! I would be INVINCIBLE!" He stopped jumping abruptly and narrowed his eyes. "Wait a moment--what of the other GeeBees? This is but one puny shard! This would hardly suit all of us!"

The mist glimmered. Forgive me if I am wrong...yet I was of the mind that you are a selfish creature, and would not care what becomes of your fellow GeeBees.

Augwak stared at the mist for a moment, then clutched the shard to himself. "Eh," he said. "And you are right! Forget them! They've never done me any good as it is--I am the only one DESERVING of this power!" He held the little stone up over his head with a great wide toothy grin and let out a cackle...then lowered it, narrowing his eyes yet again.

"Wait a moment," he growled. "What is the price to be paid for this? I do not think you would show up and give me such power without getting something in return!"

As a matter of fact, there is one small thing you may do to return the favor, the mist replied.

Augwak bared his teeth and pointed one finger accusingly. "A-HA! I knew it! NOTHING comes without a price!" He scuttled back toward the cave wall, clutching the stone to him as if afraid of it being taken away. "What is it? What sort of ridiculous payment are you going to demand of me? Lest you think you can take this thing back--I am MUCH faster than you think--!"

The mist rippled again, seeming exasperated. If you utilize this spirit stone in the proper manner, it said, then you may easily give me what I want. For all I wish...is for you to seek out this mainlander you despise so much...and kill her. Along with they who keep in her company. Every one you may reach.

Augwak's muscles slowly untensed. He stared at the glowing mist in great confusion.

"You mean...the girl?" he asked, and his brow furrowed. "You want me to kill the red-haired girl?"

This is correct. The mainlander...she who is the cause of all your grief, as you yourself just recently claimed. Finish her, and all in her company--but for Manabozho and his brothers, if you can spare them, for I wish them for myself--and this gift will be all paid for, and more. That is all I ask of you, in return.

The GeeBee still seemed uncertain. "And after that...?"

The mist rippled once more. After that...you may do whatever you wish. The Island is yours. Any havoc you may wish to wreak, is yours to wreak as you wish.

Augwak stared at the mist a moment more, still suspicious, before his grin slowly returned. He held up the little crystal between thumb and forefinger and turned it left and right, watching it glint, then hopped forward a step and clenched it in his fist. "It is a deal! That pathetic little scrap will be SHREDDED MEAT when I am done with her!"

A light flickered through the mist. Let us hope you can fulfill this promise, it said; but Augwak wasn't paying attention anymore. The mist drifted back toward the crack in the rock and slipped into it, evaporating from sight. Augwak hopped up and down, brandishing the shard as if it were a teeny sword.

"At last! What I have always wanted!" he crowed. He lowered his fist and gnashed his teeth. "And finally that little brat will be GONE from my life forever!" He cackled wildly, flinging his arms in the air and dancing around for several moments before gathering himself with a cough and scuttling from the cavern and into a side tunnel. He loped down the passageway until he emerged into a small cave at the end. The floor was littered with bones; he made a face at them, then kicked a deer skull aside. His eyes focused on a human skull--coated with several layers of dust--and lit up, and he picked it up in his free hand. He stuck his long fingers through it and jiggled it back and forth as if it were a puppet.

"'Ohhh, don't eat me, don't eat me!'" he cried in a falsetto voice. "'I'm from the mainland! I'm too POWERFUL to be eaten by a GeeBee! I'm too smart, and clever, and pretty!'" He stopped talking and blinked, then scowled and tossed the skull away. "FEH! She is NONE of these things! And once I have all my old powers back, it will hardly matter WHAT she is, anyway!"

He squeezed himself into the furthest corner of the little cave and cupped the crystal in his hands, slavering over it as if hoarding a precious treasure. Now that he actually had it...he was almost too afraid to use it. It was so perfect!

"I can't just jam it in my chest like it's a regular old rock!" he muttered, and held it up again, turning it about. "This deserves special treatment." He glanced around himself. "Should I even do it here--? If it works as that puff of air claimed, then I should become immense...will I hit my head...?" He stared at the rock ceiling with uncertainty, then shook his head and smacked himself. "Enough of that! I will be ALL POWERFUL! Like some bitty CAVE should bother me!" He grinned at the crystal and licked his lips. "Very well then! Prepare yourself to become a part of history, little rock! The return of the Old Wendigoes is imminent!"

And with this, he brought his hand down and in a flash of light jammed the dark crystal into his breast.


Chakenapok, the Wendigoes and GeeBees, Gitchi Manitou, and Manabozho are from Ojibwa mythology. Augwak and Charmian are © Tehuti.
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